Day At The Track

Streaking steeds strut in Maine Sire Stakes

11:46 AM 17 Jul 2017 NZST
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Fuzzy Sweater and driver Eddie Davis Jr.
Fuzzy Sweater and driver Eddie Davis Jr.
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Scarborough, Maine - July 16, 2017 ... The three-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their second consecutive stop at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/16) and although stakes season is still relatively young in Maine this year, certain patterns are becoming rather evident. This weekend the theme of the day could well have been "Double Your Pleasure" as all of last week's winners doubled down on winner's circle glory with win streaks beginning to mount on those harness racing charted lines.

Fuzzy Sweater overcame an early bobble before the start to extend her win streak to two in a row in the 10,322 filly division in which a grand total of 6 state-bred trotters went to post for a share of the $10,322 purse.

Driven by Eddie Davis, Jr for trainer Brian Lamb, the daughter of Noble Venture relied upon on the missteps of others to gain the early lead, before gamely withstanding a surprising and persistent challenge from Noble One (I. Davies) just past the quarter pole, that extended well into the second turn before being repelled at the 3/8th pole.

Fuzzy Sweater, owned by Di Stefano & Son Stable, pretty much controlled the tempo from that point on, en route to securing a brand new lifetime Mark of 2:04.2.

Mary June Victory (Wallace Watson) eked out the slightest of advantages to claim the bridesmaid share while Noble One settled for the show.

Let's Get It All did just that, as the son of Noble Venture-Bimmelibim remained perfect in sophomore stakes competition, spinning his third win in a row in the first of two $10,003 colt trotting divisions.

Hustled confidently to the early lead by driver Ron Cushing, the streaking steed was never seriously threatened during the course of the mile, stopping the tele-timer in an unhurried 2:01.2, despite being throttled down in the stretch.

Let's Get It All is trained by Heidi Gibbs for the ownership consortium of Lucia Les, Kenneth Clairmont and Ron Cushing.

Prydwen (I. Davies) sat second throughout to finish second while Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) sat third throughout to finish third.

Fox Cast and driver Wallace Watson made it two in a row as the tandem sat chilly at the wood behind the expected early speed of Pembroke Morgan (W. Watson) in the second $10,003 colt division. The two came together quickly though as Fox Cast, like a true disciple of the Don Richards stable, pulled just off the 3/8th pole to engage the front runner. The battle continued all the way around to the head of the stretch before Pembroke Morgan rolled off stride under the persistent pressure, allowing Fox Cast to sprint clear.

The son of Current Cast-Celebrity Image is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Donald Richards for owners Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. The win was timed in a lifetime best 2:01.3.

Bruizn (K. Ireland) benefited from Pembroke Morgan's break to finish second while Pembroke Morgan recovered his stride in time to cross the wire in third.

Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/20) afternoon as the three-year-old filly pacing division graces the seaside oval.

Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM.

For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page.

By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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