Not Afraid showed his courage, holding off Frost Bites K at the wire for a head victory in the $138,300 Dexter Cup for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.
Market Share, the 2-5 favorite, had his unbeaten streak snapped at six when he made a first quarter challenge for Not Afraid's lead and broke stride for the first time in his career. He finished seventh.
Not Afraid [$17.00, $4.60, $5.00], from the team of driver Ron Pierce and trainer Jimmy Takter, was on top at every call, trotting the mile in 1:55.4, a tick off of the stakes record of 1:55.3 set in 2009 by Anders Bluestone.
Frost Bites K [$9.40, $8.60] made a bid for the win in the final sixteenth but came up short. It was two and a quarter lengths to On The Podium [$3.60] who miscued early in the race but rallied for third.
Not Afraid posted only his second career victory, although he has finished in-the-money in 10 of 11 career outings, and boosted his earnings to $124,520 for the ownership of Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ; John D. Fielding of Toronto, Ontario and Goran Anderberg of Malmo, Sweden. Christina Takter acquired Not Afraid as a weanling for $17,000 at the 2009 Harrisburg Mixed Sale. Fielding and Anderberg came on board in November of 2010.
The gelded son of SJ's Caviar, the 2001 Dexter Cup winner, is out of Beverly Crusher. His only other win was in the $44,500 final of the Charles Singer Memorial on March 2.
Pierce recorded his fourth Dexter victory. He also won in 1993 with, 1998 with Trade Balance and 2008 with Holiday Credit.
Not Afraid is eligible to the $1.5 million Hambletonian on August 4, 2012 at the Meadowlands.
2012 Dexter Cup Final
-Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ