DEXTER STEPS UP USA LADDER AFTER FEATURE WIN
Dexter Dunn, a former 10-time NZ driving champion and World Driving champ when associated with the Cran Dalgety stable, won the $C188,500 Confederation Cup Final at Flamboro Downs, Canada, on Sunday (Canadian time).
Dexter reined four-year-old Done Well, the most favoured of three runners in the race for top trainer Ron Burke, leading from the five gate to win the big mile in 1:50.2.
The previous Sunday he partnered Done Well, a gelding by Well Said, to a $C20,000 elimination at Flamboro in 1:51.8.
Dexter made the trip to Canada for just the one drive in the Cup Final, after placing in the first two at Harrah’s Philadelphia in America earlier on Sunday (North American time).
On Saturday, Dexter reined six winners at three different venues in America.
He won two $US42,600 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows, then was back in New Jersey in time for the $21,000 opener at The Meadowlands, winning with former Australian pacer None Better in 1:49.6.
After driving in the opening three races at the Meadowlands, Dexter moved across to New York for the Yonkers night meeting, winning a treble from just three drives.
He reined the Chris Ryder-trained Bettor’s Wish to win a $40,000 Art Rooney 3YO Elimination in 1:53.4, Mac’s Jackpot to take out the $44,000 open handicap in 1:52 and Dr J Hanover to win a $35,000 conditioned pace in 1:51.2.
Dexter’s stunning weekend has cemented his place among the top 10 North American drivers on earnings this year.
He has improved to eighth on the drivers’ earnings table last weekend, having driven the winners of $US2.26 million from 145 wins, 125 seconds and 122 thirds, in 961 drives.
Tim Tetrick leads the way in North America again this year, having driven the winners of $3.92 million from 287 wins and 344 placings in 1193 drives.