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Bettors Fire N triumphs in Mid-Summer Classic

02:59 PM 14 Jul 2019 NZST
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Bettors Fire N scores an epic victory in the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic at Scarborough Downs
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Scarborough, Maine - July 13, 2019 ... A large and enthusiastic crowd packed the stands on a picture perfect day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/13) as a determined group of big league harness racing pacers converged on the raceway to do battle in the $25,000 renewal of the Mid-Summer Classic

The field was headed by Bettors Fire N, the morning line favorite, who was bidding to add the Mid-Summer Classic title to his win in The Dirigo Pace earlier this season, thus laying claim to the laurels from both of Scarborough's 2019 premier invitational pacing events - A sturdy, steadied, assemblage of warrior steeds however, were determined to stand in his way.

The opening salvo was fired just as soon as the starter released the field when Zack Lee and driver Dan Deslandes gunned off the car in search of their customary front line assault. That maneuver was countered though as Kevin Switzer, Jr took full advantage of an unexpectedly wide open rail to launch their own campaign toward an early advantage, while heavily favored Bettors Fire N and driver Ron Cushing complicated matters as they joined the early fracas in a three wide flanking move.

The hard charging trio reached the quarter pole with the tele-timer announcing a sizzling :26.3 opening clocking.

Bettors Fire N, hard used to the top, then got a bit of a breather while piking to the half in 56.2 with StormyWeatherAhead breathing right down Cushing's neck. Drew Campbell, ever the strategizing general, then pulled Quick Shot to engage the pacesetter as the field rambled past the 5/8th-mile marker while the persistent pressure brought the tandem to the 3/4-mile station timed in a brisk 1:25.1.

The pair then raced in lockstep to the head of the lane.

Down the stretch they thundered and as they turned for home, StormyWeatherAhead engineered a sneak attack up the pylons to form a three-wide cavalry charge to the wire.

Despite his well executed battle plan, Bettor's Fire N soon found himself flanked on either side by ferocious combatants.

When the dust had settled and the battle done, it was Bettors Fire N claiming the major spoils by a scant 3/4-length over Quick Shot who just nosed out StormyWeatherAhead for the place, as the tele-timer documented the epic, proclaiming a stellar 1:54 final clocking.

The win marked the 50th career victory lap for Bettors Fire, an 11-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Sparks A Flyin who is trained by Heidi Gibbs for the ownership tandem of Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi.

He is next expected to link up with forces in the northern Maine theatre, to contest supremacy in Bangor Raceway's Paul Bunyan Pace on July 19th.

Next up on the Scarborough Downs invitational scene though will be the $25,000 Joseph Ricci Memorial Trot slated to be contested at the seaside oval on Saturday August 24th.

Live harness racing is featured three day a week at Scarborough Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm.

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By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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