Make it three Halls of Fame for Jimmy Takter

Swedish native Jimmy Takter will be inducted into the Travets Storheter in the Nordic Trot Museum less than a month before the trainer is inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

by Dave Briggs

Swedish native Jimmy Takter said he was deeply honored to learn that on July 13 he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Nordic Trot Museum. The announcement was made this week as part of the pre-Elitlopp celebrations in Stockholm.

His enshrinement comes less than a month before he is inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Takter, who was inducted into the (U.S.) Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012 is the first person in harness racing history to be inducted into three Halls of Fame exclusive to the sport.

“I am extremely proud to be the first one to be inducted into Hall in three countries,” Takter said. “That’s tough to beat.”

Takter will be inducted to the Travets Storheter — located at the Nordic museum in Värmland, Sweden — with Jorma Kontio, Roger Walmann and 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight.

Inductees are chosen by the Swedish Horse Sports Journalists’ Club (SHK) and the Norwegian Trotting Journalists’ Club (NTJK).

Takter retired in December of 2018. He is credited with 9,972 starts, 2,157 wins and earnings of $130,132,900. The eight years between 1983, when he started training, and 1991, when they started keeping trainer records, are not accounted for. As a driver, he has won 824 of 4,370 starts and posted earnings of $24,447,651 in 35 years in the sulky.