Day At The Track

Sire Stakes win streaks continue

02:31 PM 14 Jul 2017 NZST
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Pembroke Passionly
Pembroke Passionly withstands a determined rally from Shes A Maverick to record her second win in a row.
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Scarborough, Maine - July 13, 2017 ... Freshman debutants ruled the school at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/13) as the two year-old filly pacers of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their second seasonal appearance at the seaside harness racing oval. The state-bred fillies were divided into two flights, each contested for an identical purse of $10,357 per dash.

Justcallmedee extended her undefeated streak out to four career wins as the daunting daughter of Deuce Seelster-Justcallmerosie lulled the field to sleep in the opening division. After touring the outer rim through a respectable opening panel of 29.3, driver Mark Athearn jammed on the coaster brakes while fronting the fillies to the wire, eventually to be timed in a leisurely 2:04.2.

Justcallmedee is owned by William Phipps and trained by Gretchen Athearn, who entered into a tie with Christopher Hitchcock atop the seasonal trainer standings at the Downs with the victory.

Cab Bearnaise (M. Cushing) rallied strongly at 11-1 odds to secure the runner-up placing while Poocham Magic (G. Mosher) rode the pylons for the show.

Pembroke Passionly took the pike route to a brand new lifetime mark of 2:02.2 in the second twilight stakes division. The daughter of Western Maverick-B Passionate was deftly guided twice around the oval by driver Heath Campbell for trainer Valerie Grondin, while grabbing her second consecutive front-end score in Maine Sire Stake competition.

Pembroke Passionly is owned by the tandem of William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe.

She's A Maverick (J. Nason) mounted a determined stretch assault before settling for runner-up honors while Little Honeybadger (M. Graffam) rallied with determination to finish third.

Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday afternoon as the three-year-old trotting divisions revisit the local venue.

Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards (and Drew Campbell) on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM.

For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page.

By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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