May 26, 2015 by RAZERHORSE BLOG
Not only did Father Patrick win the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters at Harrah’s Philadelphia while wearing Razer horseshoes, he beat out 2013 Horse of the Year, Be A Magician, by two lengths and tied the track record for 4-year-old male trotters.
The Maxie Lee field featured a deep group of trotters, including Bee A Magician as well as division champions Classic Martine and Market Share, who won last year’s edition of the event.
Bee A Magician tried to launch a challenge coming off the final turn, but Father Patrick yielded no ground.
“He did it so easy too,” winning driver Yannick Gingras said. “The earplugs are still in; I never really called on him. I let him trot the last eighth (of a mile).
“Bee A Magician got the right trip, but with those kinds of fractions maybe I got a little bit of a jump on her. But she’s a great horse and I was definitely worried around the turn when Brian (driver Sears) pulled because I knew she would give me a run. But he just showed what kind of horse he is.”
Father Patrick was a division champion at age 2 and 3, and has won 23 of 29 career races to earn $2.51 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group.
“If everything stays perfect I think he’s going to be very dominant,” says Takter. “I really do. I’ve been around greatness, and I think he’s going to be a horse people talk about for many, many years.”
A son of Cantab Hall and out of Gala Dream, Father Patrick prepped for his seasonal debut by qualifying three times, with his final effort being a 1:52 victory at the Meadowlands on May 16.
In addition to preparing for his racing campaign, Father Patrick has been doing stud duty. He made three trips to the breeding farm in the week leading up to the Maxie Lee.
“It’s individual,” Takter said about whether breeding and racing could work for all horses. “I know horses that won’t go at all; when you start breeding them they lose total interest in racing. In his case, it hasn’t been negative. So far so good.”
Father Patrick’s next start will be in the June 6 Graduate at the Meadowlands.