Scarborough, ME – The 3-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes made their first appearance at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (July 28) after four consecutive weeks spent on the northern circuit at Bangor Raceway.
The filly division split evenly into twin five-horse fields, each racing for identical $9,709 purses. The streaking sensation Just Enuf Sass wasted precious little time in continuing her sophomore stakes dominance, whipping off her fourth consecutive victory march while cruising, in-hand, to a 6-3/4 length romp.
Trained by Joseph Flynn, the impressive daughter of Boy Band-Sassy’s Child stopped the clock in a leisurely 2:01.4, with Wallace Watson catch driving for the ownership tandem of Joseph and Edward Flynn.
Winning Wind (Matthew Athearn) finished second while Lady Victoria (Ivan Davies) was third.
Pembroke Vicki claimed top honors in the other filly split as she rode the front-end journey to her third stakes win of the season with Heath Campbell driving for trainer Valerie Grondin. Owned by William Varney, the daughter of Noble Venture-Spring Laughter has now finished either first or second in all five of her sophomore stakes appearances.
Buena Vita Bebe (Ron Cushing) rallied late to secure the runner-up placing while Kate At The Cup (Gary Mosher) settled for third.
On the boys’ side of the equation, nine colts and geldings were programmed into one $10,682 field with eight scoring behind the gate and one relegated to the second tier. Undeterred by the trailing assignment though, Ally Way Cast nailed his second stakes win in row with veteran driver Gary Mosher calling the shots for Hall of Fame trainer Donald Richards.
Ally Way Cast, last year’s freshman sire stakes champion is a son of Current Cast-Ally-Gal Ridge and is owned in partnership by Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight.
Spot On Gone (Ivan Davies) recovered from a break behind the gate to finish second while SaltPondNic (David Ingraham) grabbed the show dough.
Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (Aug. 3) when the 3-year-old pacing divisions take to the raceway.
Live harness racing is featured three days a week at Scarborough Downs with 4:30 p.m. (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinee will go to post at a special 1 p.m. starting time next weekend as the Downs plays host to their 15th annual Family Fun Day Festival.
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