Scarborough, ME---Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner’s circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a Provisional driver on Sunday (April 13).
|Photos by Derek Davis|
Rookie pilot Nick Graffam, 23, secured his first win in only his second appearance as a Provisional driver on Sunday at Scarborough Downs.
Born and raised on the historic Norton Farm of Falmouth, Maine, the up-and-comer hails from the family lineage which includes noted drivers Loring Norton, Bruce Ranger, Chuck Connors, and his dad, Michael Graffam.
Nick Graffam, driving his own pacer, Samardi Shuttle, secured the second-over journey just prior to the half then tipped his charge three-wide off the final turn before drawing clear to the wire in 2:00.4. The duo lit the board at 69-1 odds, returning $141.40 to win.
2013 retiree, Art By Keene, accepts a bouquet of carrots in the Scarborough Downs’ winner’s circle from owners Caiden Francoeur and Stephanie Gray.
Not to be outdone, Nick’s father secured a win of his own later in the program, steering Deuces N Eights down victory lane in 2:00.1. The elder Graffam was greeted by his protégé in the winner’s circle.
In other news, top-rated driver, Drew Campbell, continued on his torrid streak, spinning a grand slam performance from the nine-race card and cementing his status at the top of the leaderboard.
Sunday’s program was highlighted by the Standardbred Retirement Ceremony, which was rescheduled from last December, and featured seven racehorses who went into mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Live racing resumes Friday (April 18); post time for Fridays and Saturdays reverts to the traditional time of 4 p.m., with the Sunday matinee at 1:05 p.m.