Lincoln’s Girl does it again - this time with our very own champion Dexter Dunn at the helm
Champion Kiwi reinsman Dexter Dunn did the honours when Lincoln’s Girl made it two wins from two starts in the United States on Wednesday night.
Dunn, who ranks as the third best driver on earnings in North America this year, took the Sir Lincoln mare to the lead at Dover Downs after 500 metres and from there she was never tested.
Lincoln’s Girl cruised to the line two lengths clear in 1:54.6, exactly the same time she recorded when scoring on her US debut at Harrington last month.
The mare, now trained by Josh Green, ran her opening half in 57.4 and sprinted home in 28.3 to claim the fillies and mares’ event run for a stake of US$14,500.
It was the ninth win of Lincoln’s Girl’s career after scoring five wins in Queensland with Al Barnes before her sale.
She took a lifetime mile rate mark of 1:53.3 for 1660 metres at Albion Park in May to become the second fastest of Sir Lincoln’s progeny behind Lincoln Road (1:53.1) who was also trained by Barnes.
Dunn has now driven 359 winners in North America this year for stakes of US$10,398,719. Among his 2225 drives he has notched 299 seconds and 293 thirds.
Add in the 93 wins he scored in the latter part of 2018 from 693 drives, two in 2017 and seven in 2011 and his total tally in North America stands at 461.
Dunn was champion reinsman in New Zealand 10 years in a row from 2008 to 2017.
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Sir Lincoln Top 10
Did you know…
1. CUP DAY BIRTH: It was preordained Sir Lincoln would be a headliner when he was born just hours before the 2006 New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington. Three years later to the day, and almost the hour, he annihilated his rivals on the same course in the Sires’ Stakes Final.
2. AGE NO BARRIER: In his second last race start, at the age of six, Sir Lincoln paced the fastest 1700 metres in New Zealand history, 2:00.5, beating Gold Ace and clocking a mile rate of 1:54 at Alexandra Park. Champion pacer Elsu held the previous record at 2:01.1.
3. ON THREE LEGS: Sir Lincoln ran his last race virtually on three legs, when second to Terror To Love in an Interdominion heat at Auckland. He had to be pulled out of the Melbourne series, and retired, when found to have a subluxated pastern joint - basically his ankle joint was dislocated.
4. SWIFT GOLDEN MILE: Sir Lincoln’s fastest mile was recorded in the 2012 Group III Golden Mile at Menangle in Sydney when he was nosed out by Captain Joy in 1:51.4. He was known by the name Lincoln Royal in Australia.
5. AT THE REINS: One for the trivia fans - how many drivers did Sir Lincoln have in his 57-start career? Maurice McKendry was Linc’s pilot throughout his career but he was MIA four times when the horse was handled by James Stormont, Ken Barron and Blake Fitzpatrick (twice).
6. WINNERS KEEP COMING: In only his third season with runners on the track, Sir Lincoln has already sired the winners of 30 races despite having limited numbers to represent him. Last season in New Zealand alone he had 16 winners from only 39 starters and this term he already has six winners from just 18 starters.
7. SOMEBEACH SOME RAP: Breeding buffs made a beeline for Sir Lincoln after superstar racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere had to be put down with cancer. Sir Lincoln is 7/8th bred on the same cross as Somebeachsomewhere - by Mach Three out of a Beach Towel mare who is in turn out of a Cam Fella mare.
8. DISCOUNT FOR LOYALTY: Broodmare owners are returning to Sir Lincoln in droves. Taken by the attractive foals he is leaving, many book straight back to the Alabar-based sire and take advantage of Lincoln Farms’ loyalty scheme which cuts his service fee in half to just $1250 plus GST.
9. TIME BEST FRIEND: Sir Lincoln’s progeny are mirroring the sire’s own start on the racetrack, benefitting from a little time to mature. The best the horse himself could manage as a two-year-old was one third from four starts but he was a different animal at three, winning four of his first five starts.
10. MEGASTAR’S FREAK DEATH: A freak accident claimed the life of valuable broodmare Lincoln’s Megastar, a full sister to Sir Lincoln. The mare, who opened her career with a nine and a half length walloping at Auckland, was retired after six wins, but left only one foal. She was killed when crushed by a fallen tree in a violent storm. Woodlands Stud has another full sister in two-year-old Moonlighting who is in training with Ray Green.