Sunday's (April 6) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Scarborough Downs, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Dover Downs.
Mr Nice Guy finishes first at Scarborough
Scarborough, ME --- As Maine’s long winter gives way to spring, the track at Scarborough Downs becomes faster and faster with each passing race day. Mr Nice Guy took full advantage of the zippy strip to wire the field in Sunday’s $6,000 Free For All event, securing the 35th victory of his career in the process.
|Michael Newman photo|
|Mr Nice Guy was a winner in a time of 1:57 on Sunday at Scarborough.|
Kim Ireland, trainer and regular driver of the 9-year-old son of Western Ideal, shook things up in the sulky this week, naming Kevin Switzer, Jr. as his catch driver. Switzer responded by aggressively steering Mr Nice Guy to the early lead, never to look back, as he held off a determined late-stretch charge by Western Victory (Wallace Watson). The mile was timed in 1:57.
In other news, Drew Campbell continued his torrid tempo by scoring four wins on Sunday’s card, his second consecutive grand slam performance.
A win in the co-featured Free For All Trot was included in Campbell’s Sunday tally as he steered track-record holder Victory Tax to a handy score, marking the former Trotter of the Year’s return to the State of Maine following a successful Saratoga swing.
Live racing continues next weekend on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday schedule, all beginning at 1:05 p.m.
-- Mike Sweeney
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight) won her first local Fillies and Mares Open on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga as the 4-year-old outclosed her rivals en route to a 1:57.2 victory. Jordan Derue piloted the mare for trainer Frank Podlenski. Venus Delight, a New York Sire Stakes star last year, finished third in her debut in the $17,000 Open two weeks ago, but on Sunday would not be denied. Mc Taylor (Billy Dobson), the winner of the previous Fillies and Mares Open, was the runner-up this week while Little Santamonica (Jim Devaux) held on for the third place check despite being parked the mile. Venus Delight is now 11 for 20 in the win column in her young career and she recorded the Sunday upset at odds of 9-1.
Hasty Western, an 8-1 shot, came on in the stretch to score a lifetime fastest 1:51.3, victory in the $20,000-$25,000 male claiming pace on the final Sunday of the Dover Downs 2013-2014 season. Well back in the nine-horse field, Hasty Western never became involved until the contestants reached the top of the lane. From the half until mid-stretch, Lord Terror (Sean Bier) and Andy Roo (Tony Morgan) engaged in a heated side-by-side battle. Allan Davis then sent Hasty Western four-wide and rolled to the finish line, holding off Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) at the wire. Lord Terror, who had two claims on him, bravely held on for third place. Mark Givens and Legacy Racing own the winner, a Western Hanover-Up Front Sassy gelding who won for the second time this year. Allan Davis completed the day with four wins; owner Legacy Racing of Delaware, trainer Wayne Givens and driver Jim Morand, who usually doesn’t drive on Sundays, had two wins each.