EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Trixton won the Hambletonian on Saturday, beating off Nuncio by a half-length in the $1.2 million race for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the New Meadowlands Racetrack.
Driven and trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, Trixton finished in 1:50 3-5 and paid $10.60, $5 and $7.60 for his seventh victory in nine starts this year.
Nuncio, driven by Hall of Fame driver John Campbell, held the lead as the horses turned for home, but Trixton stormed past down the stretch.
Nuncio returned $4.20 and $7.20, and Harper Blue Chip paid $37.60 to show.
It marked the first driving win in the Hambletonian for Takter, who trained two previous Hambletonian champions in Malabar Man in 1997 and Muscle Massive in 2010. Takter also trained runner-up Nuncio as well as Father Patrick, the 2-5 favorite driven by Yannick Gingras who broke stride at the start.
Lifetime Pursuit won the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, finishing in a world-record 1:50 4-5 in a 2 1/2-length victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Takter, Lifetime Pursuit paid $22, $8 and $5. Gingras had five winners on the day.
Takter joined Jan Johnson as the only trainers to win the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks in the same year. Johnson won both races in 1988, taking the the Hambo with Armbro Goal and the Oaks with Nan’s Catch.
Sebastian K, a winner of more than $2.6 million lifetime, added to that total Saturday by winning the $300,650 John Cashman, Jr. Memorial Trot.
Driven by Ake Svanstedt, who also trains the horse, the 8-year-old Sebastian K romped home in 1:50, equaling the world record for trotters on a mile track. Set off at odds of 1-5, Sebastian K won by four lengths. He won for the seventh time in eight starts this year and has 33 victories in 71 career starts.