Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, July 27, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7-27) as the two-year-old colt pacing division made their second straight appearance. Split into two distinct flights whose makeup differed from last week's lineups, the competition was surely varied yet the results held true to form.
Sailor Jerry rode a perfect five for five career record into battle in the first $10,154 flight and was sent to the post as the prohibitive fan favorite.
The Cheyenne Hollywood colt grabbed the early lead which he maintained comfortably throughout the mile until in deep stretch he felt pressure as Pembroke Maverick () pulled along side. This being the first time the prolific winner had ever been tested from behind, driver Andy Harrington touched the colt with his whip for perhaps the first time in his competitive career, but unlike at Saratoga, Sailor Jerry stayed upright and true, remaining undefeated for owner/trainer Michael Graffam.
Pembroke Maverick fell just a half-length short as the runner up while Hardcorjohnypawn () rallied gamely for third in a mile which was timed in 2:04.4 over a muddy surface.
The winning streak also continued for driver's Pembroke Wildcat as the freshman son of claimed his 3rd consecutive top score in the $9978 second division. Owned by William Varney, the gelding glided pillar to post timed in 2:06.1 over a deteriorating track rated 2-seconds off after absorbing the result of a passing thunderstorm.
Apollo's Chariot (), who had finished second to the streaking Sailor Jerry in each of his last two appearances, had to settle for the bridesmaid share once again today while Western Moment ( ) just got up over Seablisscuit (Michael Graffam) to grab Show dough.
In other track news, driverheld the hot hand on Sunday steering three winners down victory lane while , Jr. celebrated his 27th birthday with a pair of wins on the card.
Live harness racing resumes at Scarborough Downs next week on a Thursday through Saturday schedule with post time set for 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the Sunday matinee slated for a 1:05 p.m. starting time.
By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs