DEXTER CONTINUES EXTRAORDINARY RUN IN NORTH AMERICA
Former top NZ driver Dexter Dunn has achieved another milestone, breaking the $US3 million barrier in North America for the year.
Dexter’s drives have now won $US3,065,198 for the year, from 189 wins, 152 seconds and 141 thirds, advancing him to sixth among the top USA winning drivers on earnings.
He had has had another blistering run in North America, culminating in three wins at Woodbine, Mohawk, Canada, on Saturday night (Sunday afternoon NZ time), including victories in a $50,000 North America Cup elimination, and $35,000 Fan Hanover elimination.
Dexter again partnered Bettor’s Delight colt Bettors Wish, for Chris Ryder, to win their three-year-old North America Cup elimination in 1:49.6.
The colt, unbeaten in four starts at three, has won nine of 16 career starts, and chases his biggest prize in next Saturday’s (Sunday NZ time) $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.
Dexter teamed up with Treacherous Reign (by Captaintreacherous), for the Tony Alagna stable, in the three-year-old fillies Fan Hanover elimination, winning in 1:50.
He also teamed up with the former Cran Dalgety-trained filly Bettor Joy, now prepared by Jim King jun, in a $35,000 Roses Are Red Heat for the top mares, but they had to settle for fifth to champion stablemate Shartin, who won in 1:48.8.
Bettor Joy, who went back to eighth early from the seven gate, ran the quickest final quarter of the field, clocking 25s flat, finishing four lengths from Shartin. Bettor Joy, race-timed in 1:49.6 will be looking for a better starting position this week.
Dexter was at The Meadows, Pennsylvania, earlier the same day in the USA, for five drives, taking out two of three $US55,758 Adios Betty Pennsylvania 3YO Fillies Sires Stakes divisions with Philly Hanover, in 1:49.4, and Odds On St Lucie, in 1:50.8.
He also finished second in the first 3YO Fillies Sires Stakes division with the Jim King jun-trained Rockn Philly.
Dexter was back in the USA on Sunday, driving Millies Possesion to win a $30,000 Pennyslvania 3YO Fillies Trot division at Pocono on Sunday, winning in 1:54.2 from three drives.
He also had two drives at Tioga Downs, New York, on Sunday, finishing third in a $50,000 4YO Open Pace with the Ron Burke-trained Done Well, who he previously partnered to win the $C188,500 Confederation Cup in Canada last month.
Dexter won a double on Monday (Tuesday, NZ time), for the “Nifty” Norman stable with ex-Canterbury mares, Dibaba and Shebang.
Dibaba (4m Shadow Play-Imprint), winner of this season’s Group Two NZ Premier Mares Championship for the Terry and Glenys Chmiel stable, won a $US28,000 fillies and mares pace in 1:53.8, while Shebang (4m Mach Three-Shazza’s Dream), previously trained in NZ by Gavin Smith, won a $US22,000 fillies and mares pace in 1:56.
His extraordinary winning week actually began with a double at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last Wednesday (Thursday NZ time), then he was dominant at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday, winning five.
Dexter also drove a treble at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday, including bringing up the 2000th training win of fellow ex-Kiwi Mark Harder, with Ataboy Hanover.
He then moved to the Meadowlands, New Jersey, at night, winning a double, including a $18,000 pace with U S Captain, a three-year-old colt by Captaintreacherous, in 1:50.2.
Within the space of six days, the former 10-time NZ driving champion has racked up 20 wins.