Nick Graffam: Rookie driver on the move

09:24 AM 14 Apr 2014 NZST
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Twenty-three-year-old rookie driver, Nick Graffam, secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver
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Art By Keene, accepts a retirement bouquet of carrots in the Scarborough Downs’ Winner’s Circle from owners, Caiden Francoeur and Stephanie Gray.
Photo by Derek Davis
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - (Scarborough, Maine) - Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner's circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/13).

Born and raised on the historic Norton Farm of Falmouth, Maine, the up-and-comer hails from the family lineage which includes noted drivers Loring Norton, Bruce Ranger, Chuck Connors, and his dad, Michael Graffam.

Nick Graffam, driving his own pacer, Smardi Shuttle, secured the second-over journey just prior to the half then tipped his charge three wide off the final turn before drawing clear to the wire. The duo lit the board at 60-1 odds, returning $141.40 to win.

Not to be outdone, Nick's father, Mike Graffam, secured a win of his own later in the program, steering Deuces N Eights down victory lane; the elder Graffam, being greeted by his protégé in the winner's circle.

In other news, top-rated driver, Drew Campbell, continued on his torrid streak spinning a grand slam performance from the nine-race card and cementing his status at the top of the leader's board.

Sunday's program was highlighted by the Standardbred Retirement Ceremony, which was rescheduled from last December, and featured seven racehorses who went into mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Live racing resumes Friday, April 18th; post time for Fridays and Saturdays reverts to the traditional time of 4 pm; with the Sunday matinee at 1:05 pm.

by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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