Takter's Miller Drive Under Scrutiny
Published: July 15, 2014 4:15 pm ET
Last Comment: July 21, 2014 8:12 pm ET | 16 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments
On Tuesday, Meadowlands' Chairman Jeff Gural issued a statement regarding Saturday's final of the Del Miller Memorial.
The race was won by Shake It Cerry, but social media made note of that horse's stablemate -- longshot Scream And Shout, driven by Jimmy Takter -- racing parked out while not appearing to make a concerted effort for the lead and keeping the favourite Designed To Be further from the pacesetter.
"As a result of several complaints that we have received and the fact that the judges are holding a hearing on Friday regarding Jimmy Takter's drive in the Del Miller Memorial where it appeared that he was "blocking" race favourite Designed to Be, The Meadowlands is considering a rule change that would prevent any trainer from driving against a horse that he or she owns part of," said Gural.
"No action will be taken until after the hearing and the facts are known," the statement continued. "Obviously this has put the Meadowlands in a difficult position and opened us up to criticism by customers who wagered on Designed To Be."