Clear sailing for Sailor Jerry in Scarborough Sire Stakes

08:54 AM 21 Jul 2014 NZST
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Sailor Jerry and driver Andy Harrington
Photo by Michael Newman

Sunday, July 20, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes activity returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/20) as the 2-year-old pacing colt divisions split out into two dashes contested for purses of $10,153 apiece.

Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he continued his undefeated streak by scoring his fifth career victory. The Maine-bred son of Cheyenne Hollywood has answered every call this season while being deftly handled by driver Andy Harrington for owner/trainer Mike Graffam. Sailor Jerry sat second in the early going but reclaimed the lead with little trouble at the quarter and from that point on, the race became a mere formality as the freshman colt was never seriously threatened, completing the mile timed in a leisurely 2:00.4.

Apollo's Chariot (Ron Cushing) was second; Cruzin Maverick (David Ingraham) rallied for third.

Victory was claimed in the second division by Pembroke Wildcat (Heath Campbell), who took a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1 as he insisted on a front-end seat while grinding to the lead through a zippy opening panel of 28.4. The William Varney-owned son of Western Maverick never looked back from that point as he glided to a 5 ¾ length margin to grab his third Maine Sire's win from four career starts.

Hardcorjohnypawn (Kevin Switzer) was second, while Reckless Rebel (Gary Mosher) was third.

In other news, Drew Campbell held the hot hand, winning three dashes from the nine race card.

Live racing returns to The Downs on Thursday, July 24th as the Maine Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting divisions come to town, post time: 4:30 pm.

by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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