Scarborough, ME---Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (July 12) as the 3-year-old filling pacing division split out into three dashes contested for purses in excess of $10,000 per.
Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) took full advantage of a favorable early pace scenario to grab victory at 22-1 odds in the first division. While morning-line favorites Shurfine Baby Cate and Princess Wave hooked up in a determined quest for the top, Dansan Flicka sat patient at the wood.
The front-end frolic continued for much of the mile with Ingraham pulling his charge to power past the softened up duo and secure his pacer’s maiden win timed in 2:01.3.
Dansan Flicka, the daughter of Destry Hanover, is owned by Dana Childs of Saco, Maine.
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|Dansan Flicka paid $47.80 to win in her Maine Sire Stakes division.|
Princess Wave (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) tasted defeat for the first time this year but held on for second, while On Wings of Silver (Wallace Watson) rallied for the show.
Mary Rose Of Topaz (Kevin Switzer Jr.) continued to show solid improvement as she grabbed her first career victory in the second stakes division. Another early speed duel, this between Fast Pat and Big Bad Rose, created a favorable scenario for the daughter of Ashlee’s Big Guy, who sat third at the rail behind the speed of that robust opening panel. Once taken to the lead, she extended to an easy victory timed in 1:59.3 to the delight of owner, Andrew T. Card of Billerica, Mass.
Fast Pat (Gary Mosher) held for place, while Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden) settled for third.
Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) regained her winning stride in the third division, recovering from her upset loss in stakes competition last weekend. Sitting third throughout the mile, the daughter of Fast Company pounced late to secure the narrowest of victories in a jam-packed photo. Owned by Roland Cole of Wells, Maine, the filly secured a brand-new lifetime record of 2:01.1.
Your Special (Drew Campbell) was second; Pembroke Lynn (Heath Campbell) rallied from far back for third.
In other news: Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. held the hot hand on Saturday, scoring four wins from the 11-race card.
Live racing resumes at the Downs on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. post.