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Pinkman ties stakes record time, gives trainer JimmyTakter Breeders Crown-record 20th win


EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Hall-of-Fame trainer Jimmy Takter extended his own Breeders Crown record with a 20th victory Saturday as favorite Pinkman matched a stakes record time in the $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot at the Meadowlands.

Pinkman, driven by Yannick Gingras on the final night of the 30th annual Breeders Crown, covered the mile oval in 1:53 2/5, holding on at the wire to beat a charging John Campbell-driven Muscle Diamond by a half-length. Pinkman went off at even money and paid $4.00.

Takter, who had five horses in the race, picked up his first Crown winner this weekend in Friday's 3-Year-Old Filly Trot.

Saturday's card included the final eight stakes races of the two-night, 12-race event worth a total purse of $5,556,250. The late-season harness event is the sport's equivalent of thoroughbred racing's Breeders Cup, and its champions can take a major step toward winning Horse of the Year honors.

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