Dexter Dunn is gaining momentum in advance of his World Driving Championship title defense coming up next month in Canada.
On Friday, July 7 at New Zealand's Addington Raceway, Dunn reached a career milestone when he drove his 2,000th career winner and in the same race set a new season’s record of 221 victories in a single season.
Dunn, at age 27, is the youngest and only the fifth driver to reach the 2,000 win mark on New Zealand soil and joins fellow reinsmen David Butcher, Ricky May, Maurcie McKendry and Tony Herlihy in this exclusive club.
Fittingly, Dunn's record-breaking drive came in the colours of his long-time boss and mentor Cran Dalgety with Mistahmistah on the last race on the card at Addington.
But while the new record has been a near certainty for the last week, Dunn was thrilled to set it at the home of New Zealand harness racing.
“Addington is my home track so to get it here, at a Friday night meeting is the way I wanted to do it,” said Dunn
“And it is just as special the winner is trained by Cran (Dalgety).
“He has been a huge supporter of mine, a massive part of my career and a great friend so I am glad the new mark comes on one of his horses.”
Dunn will win the national driver’s premiership in New Zealand for the 10th straight season and with $2,206,866 in domestic stakes earnings this season should break his own personal best of $2,220,136 by the end of the term.
Dunn will miss the last week of the season when he travels to Canada to defend his World Driving Championship title and compete alongside NZ representative Mark Purdon.
"I'm looking forward to all that Canada has to offer. I've heard its a beautiful place," Dunn told Trot Insider "I'm also looking forward to going to Charlottetown [for the Gold Cup & Saucer]. From all accounts, it's a great weekend."
(Reposted from Standardbred Canada - with files from Harness Racing New Zealand)