Party Girl Hill just keeps doing what she does best
Breeders Crown Elimination - Night One
It was the first night of Breeders Crown eliminations at Harrah's Hoosier Park and the champion filly Party Girl Hill again did what she does best, winning her elimination in 1.50.1. The win was her 14th, from just 14 lifetime starts and only confirms that she will start the shortest of favourites in next weeks Breeders Crown for the three year old fillies.
Party Girl Hill was handy throughout, but was asked to get trucking after leader Peaky Sneaky rounding the home turn. While it took her the length of the straight to get the winning advantage, a final quarter of 25.1 probably reveals plenty in that story.
This extraordinary filly will give Dexter his best chance next weekend of winning a Breeders Crown and it appears that only bad luck would stand in the way of her and victory.
The following race, Dexter was again in the winners circle, this time in the elimination for the three year old trotting fillies. Driving Spoiled Princess for Nancy Takter, the combination downed some class fillies including Hypnotic AM and Sorella after digging tough over the last quarter. Handily enough placed in the running, Dexter made his move before the quarter, looming up to the pacemaker Hypotic AM. These two were at it in front turning in and in a length of the straight battle, it was Spoiled Princess that prevailed, with Sorella, stablemate of the winner getting home for third. Such was the nature of this victory, Spoiled Princess must be a strong prospect again in next week's Breeders Crown. The win was her 5th in 12 starts this season.
There were a number of elimination placings on the day for Dexter. These included:
Fire Start Hanover - 2nd in the 2yo fillies elimination for trainer Nifty Norman
Always A Miki - 3rd behind the impressive Perfect Sting in the 2yo colts and geldings for Nancy Takter.
New Year - 3rd behind Lyons Sentinel in the 3yo fillies for Chris Ryder.
Dexter passes $8 million mark
For the second year in a row, Dexter has passed the $8 million mark in stakes. He is still the top driver for 2020 by earnings, with Tim Tetrick hard on his heels and Yannick Gingras close up in third. Dexter has driven 307 winners for the year and is presently 9th in the top driver by wins table. Aaron Merriman with 564 wins again tops this table.
Breeders Crown eliminations - Night Two
The second night of the Breeders Crown eliminations is set to get under way. Dexter again has a very good book of drives that start in Race Four.
First up for the night, Dexter will combine with No Lou Zing for Nancy Takter in the elimination for the 3yo colts and geldings. He will come off barrier eight in the eight horse line-up and is rated a 4-1 chance. Hardest for him to beat will no doubt be the well performed Captain Midnight, Allywag Hanover and Cattlewash.
In Race Six, Dexter combines with former NZer Miss You in an invitational for the fillies and mares. She has been in super form with five wins from her 12 starts and a best winning time of 1.49.0.
Bettor's Wish is Dexter's drive in Race Seven, another invitational. Back to his best form, he will start at prohibitive odds as he takes on the likes of Century Farroh and Dancing Lou.
The champion trotting mare Manchego (in picture) has been off her game in the last couple of months, as she has battled health issues. Hopefully she has again put these behind her, as she takes on Gimpanzee in Race Nine.
Dexter and Kissin In The Sand have proved a formidable combination this year and take on a strong field including Shartin the elimination for the open mares. Drawn the two widest gates, this race should be one of the highlights on the night.
Dexter's final drive on the night will be with last season's Breeders Crown 2yo trotting winner Amigo Volo for Nifty Norman. He is again back to his very best form and from barrier five in his elimination will start at short odds as he takes on Back Of The Neck.
Photo credit - Harnesslink
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Sun 25 Oct 2020