Saturday, October 14, 2017
Five days after his last race, Richard Westerink announces Timoko's retirement. At the age of ten, his career ends with a win obtained Saturday August 26th in Cagnes-sur-Mer. He displayed all his courage and will to win in this 1:51:1 mile and remains unbeaten (7/7) on the French Riviera track.
He goes into history as the richest ever french trotter, his 36 wins and 42 shows made 5,006,731€. Only two trotters have higher earnings than him, the great Varenne and Moni Maker.
The trainer was considering a 2018 campaign in Scandinavia, in France it is not allowed to race after the 10 year old season, with his champion. He preferred ending his career while he was still on top and in France: « he’s always done his best, but he’s showing me some signs of tiredness, it’s time to stop, I have to respect that. A page is turned but the book’s not over, his progeny will honor him on the track » he told us.
Of course, his numerous victories in Paris and his two Solvalla Elitlopp wins are the highlights of his career but his second place behind Papagayo E in the 2015 International Trot at Yonkers raceway remains one of his most impressive efforts.
Timokos career in numbers
15 Group 1 wins
5,006,731€ in earnings
This year Timoko will be represented in the Yonkers International Trot by his son Dreammoko, a four year old out of his first crop. He is also trained in the south west of France by Richard Westerink. The beautiful chestnut colt just finished third in Group 2 event Prix Jules Thibault at Vincennes on August 31st.
See Timoko's last race here :