Incommunicado Wins Dexter Cup at Freehold
Posted 139 days
Off an impressive win in last week’s elimination, expectations were high for Incommunicado in Saturday’s $115,583 Dexter Cup final at Freehold Raceway. He lived up to all of them, cruising to an impressive 3 1/2 length win.
Just like he did in his elimination, Incommunicado drew post position seven in the field of eight. That did not deter the betting public, who made him the 3/5 favorite.
At the start, Yannick Gingras immediately pushed the gas pedal, sending his drive up to the front. Without much trouble, Gingras got him to the lead and the inside at the opening quarter, trotting that split in 28 2/5 seconds.
Incommunicado slowed things down in the second quarter, trotting the opening half-mile in 58 4/5 seconds, but soon encountered first-over pressure from Believer. Believer moved up to Incommunicado’s throatlach around the third turn, but Incommunicado held firm and would not let his rival by. Turning for home, he pulled clear and left his rivals in the dust. The final time was 1:56 3/5.
Incommunicado is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc, Little E LLC, Arthur Geiger, and David Stolz, and trained by Ake Svanstedt. He made waves last year by sweeping the Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge Park, winning the final by 17 1/4 lengths. Subsequently, he was second in the Matron at Dover Downs by half a length. For his career, he’s won six times from twelve starts, with earnings of more than $250,000.
“I wanted to get him in the race and when (Credit Con) made a break in the first turn, it made things a little easier for me.” said Gingras, who won his second straight edition of the Dexter Cup. I knew (starting from post seven) wasn’t ideal. I knew it was going to be harder than last week, there wasn’t going to be a hole or something like that, but he still did it pretty easy. The horse raced good and did the job. He’s a nice horse. He does everything you ask of him.
Sunny Crockett, Fifty Ways, Ambassador Hanover, Believer, Chapolier, Credit Con, and Share the Wealth completed the order of finish.
Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (May 7), starting at about 12:30 PM.