Last year, Ice Machine went to the top of the Hambletonian watch list when he defeated the buzz horse, Marcus Bi, through a grueling first over mile. In the end, he did not make it to the Hambletonian, but it is possible this years winner will catch the Hambletonian spotlight.
The 2012 Dexter Cup features one elimination where the top six go to the final. In the elim, there are three Hambo eligibles including Not Afraid (Sj’s Caviar), Astarsborn Hanover (Donato Hanover) and Market Share (Revenue S). Frost Bites K (Broadway Hall) and Southwind Austin (Conway Hall) are two eligibles that received a bye to the final.
Market Share, the morning line favorite, has proven his ground at Freehold. He dominated in the New Jersey Sires Stakes Green Acres and closed out his season with a win in the New Jersey Futurity. The unbeaten three-year-old of Donato Hanover looks to become the third undefeated trotter of the new millennium to win the prestigious dash.
From the beginning of the year, Not Afraid has been one of the top glamour boy trotters in the division. After his romp in the Charles Singer Memorial, he has been the underdog in the Spring Survivor series. He finished second to Top Billing in the final. The half-mile may bring out a new side of this guy that will be a threat later on in the season.