05/07/2016 3:45PM

Freehold: Dante delivers in Dexter Cup

World Wide Racing Photos/Helene Gregory
Dante led at every call on his way to winning Saturday afternoon's Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway

Dante (Ake Svanstedt), racing as part of an even-money favored entry, set easy fractions and then sprinted home to comfortably win the $140,800 Dexter Cup for sophomore trotting colts and geldings on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway in 1:59 4/5.

Starting from post seven, Dante was away quickly and had the lead early in the first turn.  While he was clearing to the poinrt, Sir Royson (Jim Marohn Jr.), Credevie (Trond Smedshammer), Steed (Matt Kakaley) and Dominion Beach (Marcus Johansson) all broke stride. 

Dante hit the opening quarter mark in 30 1/5 and continued to lead at the 1:01 4/5 half.  Dominion Beach, who was the other half of the entry with Dante, caught the tail of the field before the half and then came three-deep when Hillman (Marcus Melander) got off the rail ahead of him.

Dominion Beach continued his surge in the third quarter, and he was within half a length of Dante at the 1:31 2/5 three-quarters.  They continued to race side-by-side on the final turn, as well, but Dante shook away at the top of the lane.

In the stretch Dante continued trotting strongly, and he would report home with a 1 3/4 length victory.  Cufflink Hanover (Dave Miller) tracked from the pocket the whole way and wound up second with Credevie back in third despite his early mis-step.

The winner is also trained by Svanstedt and is owned by Sweden's Courant A B.  A Credit Winner colt, Dante has a pair of wins from four starts, and he has now earned $87,281.  Dante, who is not a Hambletonian-eligible, sold for $355,000 as a yearling in Lexington, which was the third-highest price of the sale.  He paid $4.20.

The companion $58,000 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters was won by Dazzling Dollars (Smedshammer) in 2:00.  She had a second-over trip, and then took advantage of final turn breaks by leaders Cree (George Brennan) and Flowers N Songs (Miller) to win by half a length over Southwind Hope (Steve Smith).  Currikee (Matt Kakaley) took third.

Smedshammer trains Dazzling Dollars, a daughter of Cash Hall, for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. of New York.  Dazzling Dollars, the runner-up in last year's New York Sire Stakes final, prevailed for the second time in her career, and she now has earned $128,624