Hat trick for Case at Farmington (Maine)

Farmington, ME — Driver Walter Case Jr. paraded three winners in front of the historic stands at the Farmington Fair on Friday (Sept. 23).

Included in Case’s tally was the fastest split of the weeklong fairground meeting as he piloted Dakota Jackson trainee Deseronto (Whosurboy) to a first-over score in 1:56.4, despite being dismissed at 9-1.

The win placed Jackson in a tie with Marc Tardif atop the Farmington trainers’ board with one day of competition left. Jackson will be afforded one chance to break the tie and claim the title as he sends out Cold Decked (driven by Ron Cushing) as the 5-2 favorite in Saturday’s eighth race.

Case’s other Friday afternoon winners included Dr D’s Jodine, who visited the winner’s circle for the fourth consecutive time for owner-trainer Stanley Bubier III; and Captain Google, who made his first start in Maine a winning one for new trainer David Saywer.

The 14-year-old Bettors Fire N (Bettor’s Delight) continued his steady march toward retirement with his third consecutive win — and 69th of his career. Ron Cushing drove the millionaire, who has bankrolled $43,790 this year while boasting a seasonal mark of 1:53.3 taken at Plainridge Park, for trainer Heidi Gibbs and co-owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Rinaldi.

The Farmington Fair concludes its 2022 meeting with a 10-race program on Saturday (Sept. 24) with post time slated for 2 p.m. (EDT). The card will feature the $12,000 renewal of the Farmington Fair Invitational and a special trackside ceremony honoring the memory of Hall of Fame member Ted Wing, who passed away at age 74 earlier this month.

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