Freehold, NJ --- Sarcastic Man, trained by Gail Wrubel and driven by Ron Pierce for breeder/owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA was the winner by a length and a quarter in today’s $38,460 Dexter Cup elimination race for 3-year-old trotting colts. The time was 1:59.2, a new lifetime mark.
Helene Gregory, World Wide Racing Photos Sarcastic Man won the elimination for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters in 1:59.2 on Saturday at Freehold Raceway.
With nine entered, only the horse finishing last would not be a starter in next week’s final for eight horses. A misstep and a break by the even money favorite Well Built (John Campbell) changed the complexion of the race at the quarter-mile mark. Well Built, then in sixth place along the rail with Sumatra (Brian Sears) on the lead at the :29.3 first quarter, made a break and scattered Dave Briggs (Jimmy Takter) behind him and also Derby (Jordan Stratton) and Donato’s Wish (Ray Schnittker).
Sumatra kept the lead past the :59 half mile, when Sheer Action (Jeff Gregory) went by him and then kept the lead to the 1:29.2 three-quarters, when he was overtaken by Sarcastic Man and Pierce at the head of the stretch who trotted off for the win. King City (Dave Miller) was second by a nose over Sumatra in third.
It was third win of the year for Sarcastic Man (Tom Ridge-Sass Away K – Super Pleasure), who was coming off a second place finish in 1:54 in the Weiss Series at Pocono on April 22.
“He’s a nice little fellow,” said Pierce in the winner’s circle. “He raced big at Pocono last week. He’s a nice colt, I like him a lot. “
The only horse failing to make the final was Well Built, who crossed the wire in seventh, but was placed ninth.