Day At The Track

John Nason trained fillies dominate Stakes

12:25 PM 28 Jul 2019 NZST
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Western Jane Doe was one of two Maine Sire Stakes winners from the John Nason Stable on Saturday.
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Scarborough, Maine - July 27, 2019 ... The two-year-old harness racing pacing divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program took center stage at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/27) with twin five-horse splits of freshman fillies contesting purses of $9561 and $9562 respectively, while the colts divided out into two races of their own; a field of five going for $9592 while a six horse field garnered a $9692 share.

Veteran driver/trainer John Nason sent a pair of ferocious fillies to the gate and their dominant performances soon became the story of the day.

First, Western Jane Doe proved relentless in earning her first career winner's circle appearance, claiming the lead from the word "Go" and refusing to relinquish that advantage despite numerous overland challenges. Nason charted the winning course for co-owners Carolyn Corso and Lynn-Marie Plouffe, steering the daughter of Western Maverick-B Passionate to a one-length margin at the wire, timed in 2:01.2.

Shes A Fireball (R. Cushing) overcame an early break to rally into the runner-up spot while Two Moods (Ivan Davies) applied persistent overland pressure throughout the third panel before settling for third.

Nason then doubled his Maine Sire Stakes pleasure, claiming top honors in the second filly split with Maverick Fiber. The daughter of Western Maverick-Fiber Art won in-hand by a 3-3/4 length measure while breaking her maiden timed in 2:01 as owner Carolyn Corso's roster completed a day of domination in the filly portion of the stakes program.

JustCallMeMinnie (M. Athearn) was second while ProudAmericanGirl (S. Thayer) finished third.

The boys managed to spread the accolades around a bit more as Wesley Snoops tasted victory for the very first time in his career while impressively making every pole a winning one. Driver/trainer Ivan Davies proved masterful in the sulky, guiding the low-headed son of Western Maverick-Secure Hanover to an under wraps 2-1/2 length margin while stopping the clock in an unhurried 2:00.4.

Wesley Snoops was bred and is owned by Nancy Longobardi of Norfolk, Ma.

The Leaping Cowboy (M. Athearn) sat the pocket trip while finishing second and Pembroke Ranger, likewise, saved ground to snag third.

The second division saw Clairmont continue his rampage through the early portion of the freshman stakes season, remaining undefeated while earning his second consecutive stakes victory from only two lifetime starts. Driver Ron Cushing guided the son of Western Maverick-Unknown Artist to an easy 8-3/4 length jiggy-jog, coasting to the wire timed in a career best 2:01.

Clairmont is trained by Heidi Gibbs for co-owners Kevin Sywyk and Ronald Cushing.

Run Around John (N. Graffam) rallied for the bridesmaid share while Mister Puzzles (R. Humphrey) finished third.

In other action, driver Nick Graffam held the hot hand at the Downs on Saturday, teaming five winners down Victory Lane and at one point scoring four wins in a row.

Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday as the three-year-old trotters take center stage. Post time for Sunday's card is slated for 1:30 pm (EDT) with a pair of non-betting Maine Sire Stakes races scheduled to go to post at 12:30 pm.

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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