East Rutherford, NJ — Rebounding from a sixth-place finish the week prior, Ecurie D DK landed on the front, kept his competition at bay, and rolled to a 1:50.2 victory in the $330,000 TVG Open Trot final on Saturday night (Nov. 26) at the Meadowlands.
Driver Dexter Dunn floated Ecurie D DK off the wings and accelerated off the pegs for the top heading to a :27 first quarter. The 6-year-old stallion by Infinitif cleared the lead from It’s Academic on the backstretch and faced no threats to a :56 half before speeding around the final turn to click three-quarters in 1:23.3.
Dunn worked to keep Ecurie D DK to task in the lane as he bounded for the finish with It’s Academic looming nearer off the pocket trip in the closing stages, though Ecurie D DK held firm to win by three-quarters of a length. Jujubee gave chase to finish third and Back Of The Neck took fourth.
“He’s amazing. What a day. Being here at The Meadowlands and to win again…it’s amazing,” said Marko Kreivi, co-owner of Ecurie D DK who bought the stallion as a 3-year-old from Jean-Pierre Dubois. “I don’t know why he didn’t (race) more, but he’s had an amazing season. I felt good (about tonight). He was good in Canada…when he’s good, he’s really good.”
The victory — Ecurie D DK’s 20th from 31 starts — expands his bankroll to $1,514,969. Conditioner Åke Svanstedt co-owns Ecurie D DK, who paid $3.40 to win, with Marko Kreivi Stables and Suleyman Yuksel Stables.