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Takter Appeals Placing In Haughton Final

Published: August 11, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Last Comment: August 13, 2010 2:24 pm ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The New Jersey Racing Commission confirmed this morning that trainer Jimmy Takter has filed an appeal of the placing of his horse, Pastor Stephen, in the Peter Haughton Memorial, held on August 7 at the Meadowlands.

Pastor Stephen crossed the wire first, but was placed out of the money for interference in the backstretch.

The hearing, originally scheduled for this Saturday (August 14) at the Meadowlands, has been postponed to a yet to be determined date. Takter will be represented by attorney Dennis Dowd.

This story courtesy of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association. For more information, visit

August 13, 2010 - 2:24 pmI bet on Pastor Stephen that

john thomas SAID...

I bet on Pastor Stephen that afternoon and my first thought was when he crossed the wire is fantastic, I won...If he doesn't get DQ'd.
It was minor but he did pull out and cause the flow of the outside to stack up albeit briefly.
50/50 call.
I was not surprised.
I watched the replay a few times and it was rather inconclusive or minor at best.

August 13, 2010 - 6:55 amYou have watched the replay

Mike Griffin SAID...

You have watched the replay four times you say.
Were any of these replays a head on shot from the backstretch?
My guess is NO.
Guys, Gingras broke which cause Mike to go out which caused Pierce to take up.
Even though it was a quick break and back on the trot, which Gingras did a great job by the way and he definitely had the best horse in the race, the judges decision was fair and sound.
The fact that Takter is even appealing to me is stunning.
Maybe he did not see the head on shot, cause it is clear.
Then again, when you race for that kind of money, what is the harm.
Get em next time time Jimmy!

August 13, 2010 - 1:00 amIt is all too often terrible

It is all too often terrible decisions by Racing Officials like this one that turn betters to other games of chance, and rightly upset owners, trainers, drivers, and grooms whose livelihood depends on reasonable accuracy by Racing Officals. Errors by drivers and trainers are punished, often severly, yet Racing Officials routinely escape responsibility for their actions!

August 12, 2010 - 2:13 pmHe made a momentary bobble

He made a momentary bobble in the backstretch and was grabbed up pretty quickly before he went into a full fledged break. The announcer even commented that the pace slowed down considerably. Very minor interference if it could even be called that.

August 12, 2010 - 9:06 amIn my opinion Takter will

brian hancox SAID...

In my opinion Takter will win this appeal hands down and if he does not it should go forward to the Courts.

The only interference that occured in this race was by Mike LaChance when he tried to move to the top with his 55-1 shot and than tried to back into the hole he had just vacated. He was half in, half out which caused Pierce to make the bold move with his horse to get to the top.

August 11, 2010 - 8:33 pmI have watched that replay

Bill Stanton SAID...

I have watched that replay 4times and for the life of me I cannot spot any interference in the back stretch by Pastor Stephen. Perhaps someone can point it out to us.


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