It will be an emotional night for Dexter at The Meadowlands this evening
He is currently the top driver in the US by stake-earnings and has driven a number of champion horses during his career. This evening at The Meadowlands, Dexter will combine one last time with three champions of the sport, that will retire following their respective races this evening.
It is the TVG Series championship night at The Meadowlands, with a number of late season feature races on a big night of racing. Importantly for Dexter however, he will combine just one last time with three of his favourite horses - Bettor's Wish, Manchego and Kissin In The Sand - that will all retire to pursue breeding careers.
Champion trotting mare Manchego will be the first to hit the track tonight in the TVG Series Open Trot for $320,000. In what is a small, but elite field, Manchego will continue her amazing rivalry with Atlanta. The fastest female trotter of all-time - 1.49.0 - Manchego has had a mixed year by her high standards, but turned her season around with a third Breeders Crown win three weeks ago. She will come out of post four this evening, with Atlanta having drawn the inside. She will round out an incredible career that has seen her win 32 of her 55 career starts.
Kissin In The Sand has been the dominant performer in the open mares grade and was another Breeders Crown winner last time out for Dexter. She has drawn the widest barrier in her nine horse field as she takes on Caviart Ally (1) and Shartin (4), for one last time in the Mares Final for $150,000. She has been in an an unbelievable run of winning form since Dexter has taken over as her regular driver and is a short-priced favourite to do the job once again for trainer Nancy Takter.
Of tonight's three retirees, it will be Bettor's Wish that will contain the most emotion for Dexter. Last year's champion three year old, he took his time to hit the ground running in 2020, but cemented his position as the top aged pacer in the US, winning five of his 12 starts to date, for over $500,000 in stakes. An incredibly tough competitor, he was the horse that put Dexter on the map in his breakout year in the US in 2019. The winner of 23 of his 43 starts, he is a horse that has shown that amazing will to win in his 43 start career that has netted nearly $2.5 million in stakes. There would be no more fitting end to his career than a win in the TVG Open final for $340,000 this evening.
While these three champions will be firmly on Dexter's mind this evening, he has a host of chances in some of the night's big feature races, with Fire Start Hanover looking to continue a wonderful run of form in the $323,600 Three Diamonds for the two year old fillies, where she will start from the inside barrier.
It promises to be a fantastic night of racing.
Posted: Sun 22 Nov 2020