A massive day ahead for Dexter on Night Two of the Breeders Crown
After a fantastic night at Woodbine Mohawk Park last night, winning his first Breeders Crown with Amigo Volo, Dexter is back there today NZT, with two fantastic chances in Bettors Wish and Manchego. Both runners are in career best form and will start short-priced favourites in their respective features.
Manchego is a freewheeling Muscle Hill four year old and has been burning up the racetrack wherever she turns up in the past month. Following world record wins at both Dayton and Lexington, she was an easy winner of her elimination last week, giving Dexter plenty of confidence for today.
"She did it pretty easily last week," said Dexter.
"The plugs were still in and she pretty much just did her own thing."
"It was good actually as after those two world records, I was a bit wary that she might be a bit flat, but Nancy (trainer Nancy Johansson) has done a great job with her."
In today's final, Manchego comes out out of barrier four and has her two major threats drawn either side of her in Plunge Blue Chip (3) and Dancing Mearas (5).
"They are both really good mares that's for sure."
"I drove Dancing Mearas in her elimination last week and she was very good."
Regardless of the opposition today, Manchego appears to have gone to another level with her performances and she will be the one that they will all be having to chase if she can adopt her favoured frontrunning role. The mares race today for $325,000 US.
Dexter's other main chance today is Bettors Wish in the final for the three year old colts and geldings, Race Eight. Trained by ex-pat New Zealander Chris Ryder, this guy has been simply enormous throughout his three year old campaign, winning 12 of his 16 starts for a cool $1,367,694. His four misses were all second placings and include features such as the North American Cup and the Meadowlands Pace.
Bought for just $20,000 by Chris Ryder, Dexter has to pinch himself to believe that he has been associated with such an amazing horse in just his first full year in North America.
"He is an incredible horse. What really makes him standout though is his sheer staying ability."
"He is amazing as far as toughness goes and can win his races any way that he has to."
"In last week's elimination, he was great and I was really happy with him."
In what may be his last start before a stud career Dexter had no qualms about naming him as the top of a very fine list of horses that he has sat behind.
"Smiling Shard, Christen Me and Bit Of A Legend were all super racehorses, but I think this guy is probably the best, with everything that he has done and keeps doing."
"To win this race for Chris after everything that he has done for me, that would be pretty special."
A 9-5 chance on the early markets, Bettors Wish comes out of barrier (5) today. His biggest threats come from the runners drawn inside him with Captain Crunch (2) and Southwind Ozzi (1).
Dexter's Breeders Crown drives and chances don't end with those two favoured runners. He drives Treacherous Reign in Race Five for one of last night's stars, trainer Tony Alagna.
"She was able to miss last week's race which was probably good for her."
"She has trained on well and gets a great draw to work with, giving her a chance to get a slice of it."
"The way that Warrawee Ubeaut has been racing though, we are all running for place money. She is a super filly."
One race later and Dexter combines with Geez Joe in the final for the open pacers.
"I haven't driven him before."
"He was really good two weeks ago at the Meadowlands and is a real up and comer."
"He cops a nice draw and is a definite place hope if we get the right run."
Dexter drives Soul Strong in Race Seven, for Ake Svanstedt. Really good in running 4th in both the Hambletonian and the Kentucky Futurity, Dexter was happy enough with him last week.
"Yes, he was good again, but the race pattern didn't really go his way."
"He was a little bit flat after they walked and then sprinted."
"He should be better here and is a place chance again if he brings his big race form."
Dexter drives Will Take Charge in the open final for the trotters, Race Nine.
"He is a good trotter and is strong off the gate."
"This is an incredible field though, with the likes of Bold Eagle, Guardian Angel and Lindy The Great."
Dexter rounds out the day with two drives late in the day on the undercard.
Stag Party and Pointtomygranson are both winning chances in their respective races, Race Ten and Race Eleven.
It should be a monster day of harness racing. Trackside Two are down to cover the card, but you can also watch the full day live if you go to the following link:
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Sun 27 Oct 2019