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The Week That Was – May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

By Chris Lomon /@ChrisLomon

May 17, 2021 – A winning brother act, taking the trot game to another level, netting 3,000 wins, making the grade, and more.

Here are five takeaways from last week:

Earning top grades

Good things comes in threes, in this instance, Grade 3s, as Thoroughbred trainer Jack Sisterton made it a horse racing hat trick after Channel Cat eked out a whisker win in the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes.

“It’s not me winning the Grade 1. It’s a big team effort,” said Sisterton.

Brother act

It was a one-two brother moment at Thistledown, with Buckeye Bullet and Midnight Mikey stepping into the spotlight in the Michael F. Rowland Memorial Handicap.

Eight-year-old Buckeye Bullet earned sibling rivalry bragging rights over his younger full-brother, 6-year-old Midnight Mikey, to take all the spoils in the 6-furlong race for Ohio-breds.

Takter opens the gait

She’s already made a name for herself as one of the top trainers in the Standardbred world, but Nancy Takter, daughter of training legend Jimmy Takter, is pacing herself to become even more successful.

Just how will last year’s U.S. trainer of the year up her game? By taking everything in stride.

Milestone moment

Richard Fahey sent out his 3,000th winner in Britain May 11 as Hong Kong Harry delivered the trainer with his milestone moment at Ayr Racecourse, with stablemate Galipoli finishing second.

The conditioner had modest expectations, to say the least, when he launched his career.

“I would never have dreamed of reaching 3,000 winners when I started out, to have had 30 would have been enough back then!”

Have a seat?

Dean Towers tackles one of Standardbred racing’s most talked about issues, specifically, the argument regarding the giving or not giving of tucks (especially on the first turn).

To give, or not to give, that is the question. Five industry experts provide their thoughts on the topic.

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