Dexter Cup Entrants Advance Straight To Final

Espresso winning at The Red Mile
Published: April 26, 2023 03:48 pm EDT

Seven horses were entered for the Dexter Cup, the first Grand Circuit event of the season for three-year-old male trotters, making eliminations unnecessary this Saturday at Freehold Raceway. All seven horses advance directly to the Dexter Cup final, which will go for a purse of $137,775, on May 6 at the half-mile track in central New Jersey.

The seven horses entered on Wednesday, April 26 were, in alphabetical order: Candy Bomber, Designer Drink, Espresso, Khaosan Road, Met Your Request, Sevecheetah and Top Leader S.

Designer Drink and Espresso are eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 5 at The Meadowlands.

Espresso (pictured above), trained by Julie Miller, is the richest horse in the field, with $243,400. The son of Chapter Seven-Biscotti was no worse than second in 10 of 11 races last season, winning six. His victories included divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes as well as the Kentucky Commonwealth Series championship.

Andy Miller is listed to drive Espresso, who is unraced this season.

The Miller Stable also will send out Met Your Request, with Tyler Miller listed in the sulky. The son of Mets Hall-Quest Blue Chip was a winner on the Grand Circuit last year and has won four of 11 career races. He is one-for-one this season and has $65,626 in lifetime purses.

Designer Drink, trained by Symon Spicer, was a winner in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series last year and finished third in the final. The son of Bar Hopping-Designable, who will make his seasonal debut in the Dexter, has won two of eight races and earned $99,473. Dexter Dunn is listed to drive.

Sevecheetah, from the stable of trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, finished second to four-year-old Senna at The Meadowlands on April 14 in his seasonal bow. Last year, the son of Chapter Seven-White Cheetah hit the board in four legs of the New York Sire Stakes and finished fourth in the final. He earned $65,743 in 11 starts as a freshman.

Khaosan Road and Top Leader S both are trained by Ake Svanstedt. The two combined to start seven times last year, with each picking up a win in a conditioned race.

Candy Bomber, trained by Ron Coyne Jr., finished second in a division of the Simpson Memorial last year and earned $20,421 in nine starts. The son of Tactical Landing-Candy Lane has one start this season, a fifth-place finish in a conditioned race on April 21 at The Meadowlands. Todd McCarthy is listed to drive.

The draw for the Dexter Cup will be May 3.


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