December 28, 2015 by RAZERHORSE BLOG
Jimmy Takter was voted Trainer of the Year for the fifth time in his career.
Takter, who was nominated by every U.S. Harness Writers Association chapter for Trainer of the Year and therefore an uncontested winner of the honor, continued to write his name into the record books in 2015. He set a record by training six Breeders Crown champions and won the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks for thesecond consecutive year, making him the only trainer to ever capture both prestigious trotting events in the same year on two occasions.
Takter won 16 races worth at least $350,000 this year, with eight different horses. He had the two richest trotters in North America in 3-year-olds Pinkman (Hambletonian winner) and Wild Honey (Hambletonian Oaks) plus the richest 2-year-old pacer in undefeated filly Pure Country (10-for-10).
Pinkman’s wins also included the Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic, and Beal Memorial while Wild Honey won the Kentucky Filly Futurity and a Breeders Crown. Pinkman was voted the Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Takter’s other Breeders Crown champs were All The Time, Always B Miki, Creatine, Pure Country, and The Bank. Pure Country received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female pacer.
Other notable stakes-winners from the stable included Father Patrick, French Laundry, JK Endofanera, Lagerfeld, Master Of Law, and Shake It Cerry.
Takter has won 183 races and $12.94 million in purses this year. His average earnings per start were $16,533.
(Article excerpt from http://www.ustrotting.com)