Saturday, July 12, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday as the 3-year-old filling pacing division split out into three dashes contested for purses in excess of $10,000 per.
Dansan Flicka () 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.
Princess Wave (, Jr.) tasted defeat for the first time this year but held on for second, while On Wings of Silver ( ) rallied for the show.
Mary Rose of Topaz (, 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 , 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, Massachusetts.
Fast Pat () held for place, while Big Bad Rose ( ) settled for third.
Cheryl Leigh () 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 () was second; Pembroke Lynn ( ) rallied from far back for third.
In other news: Driver, Jr. held the hot hand on Saturday, scoring four wins from the eleven-race card.
Live racing resumes at the Downs on Sunday with a 1:05 pm post.
By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs