Scarborough, ME---Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Friday (Aug. 8) as the 2-year-old trotting state-breds headlined the late summer performance, only to once again find the roster of the Valerie Grondin Stable stealing the spotlight.
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|Pembroke Mistress tied a track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies with this 2:03 win.|
Pembroke Mistress was first to score, taking the early lead and never looking back, spinning a performance that would cause her name to become etched in the Scarborough Downs record books. The youngster claimed her share of the track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, joining a fellow Maine-bred, Iza Bella (Ivan Davies) who had established the standard of 2:03 during the freshman Sire Stakes finals of 2010.
The daughter of CR Power Glide - Crying Photo continued along her now familiar course as she grabbed the lion's share of the $9,615 purse while remaining undefeated in stakes competition, running her string of success to six straight wins. Owned and bred by William Varney of Bangor, Maine, the precocious filly has yet to face any serious threat to her superiority, winning on Friday by an unhurried 5-3/4 lengths as driver Heath Campbell only briefly allowed her her head.
Rhonwen (Ivan Davies) secured her third consecutive runner-up placing while Comcast (Mark Athearn) once again this week settled for third best.
|Orderingin (far left) set a track record for 4-year-old trotting mares when she won in 1:59.4.|
Bibidi Boo nearly matched her stablemate’s record-setting accomplishment while dominating action in the $9,614 second division of fillies with driver Heath Campbell calling the shots from his customary seat. She mimicked the front-end strategy of her barn roommate and extended out to a 3-3/4 length margin at the wire, only missing her share of the track record by a mere fifth of a second. Owned in partnership by William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe, the daughter of Noble Venture - Lilting Lily remains undefeated on her career as she secured her sixth consecutive score on the picture-perfect afternoon.
Jazz Show Shirley (Michael Graffam) grabbed the runner-up placing as she made her first career appearance sturdied by the addition of trotting hobbles. Kisses (Kim Ireland) recovered from an early misstep to rally for third-place honors.
The Grondin juggernaut ended at that point as the freshman colts took over center stage in their segregated $10,129 stakes split. Sampsonofravencast effortlessly tread the boards on Friday as he glided to his second consecutive stakes victory in a lifetime best of 2:04.2 for trainer-driver and co-owner Ron Cushing. The son of Current Cast - Raven's Ruby remains as solid as Sears, having now finishing either first or second in all lifetime appearances, much to the delight of her other co-owner, Joseph Trice.
Half Time (Ivan Davies) held firm at the wire for the place while Broadway Cast (Mark Athearn) turned near tragedy into a respectable third-place effort as he recovered from an early bobble to rally into the number.
In other track news, the trotter Orderingin eradicated one of Scarborough's oldest divisional track records on Friday as the 4-year-old mare became the fleetest of her age and sex ever to cross the wire on top at the Downs. Driven by Heath Campbell for owner Kyle Gibbs, the daughter of Majestic Son stopped the clock in 1:59.4, eclipsing the standard of 2:00 established by D D's Copter and driver Raymond Tremblay in the 1993 version of the Legislators Trot, which was, in those days, the richest trotting event in Maine. The old record had been most recently matched by Jennys Jammies and driver Rob Dinning in 2009.
Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m.