Day At The Track

Twin trotting records fall at Scarborough Downs

12:59 PM 27 Aug 2016 NZST
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Tango Pirate Cherry Crown Jewel and driver Mark Athearn
Tango Pirate eclipsing the previous four-year-old gelding benchmark of 1:58.2
Michael Newman photo
Cherry Crown Jewel and driver Mark Athearn
Michael Newman photo

Scarborough, Maine (August 26, 2016) ... On what, at first glance, appeared a rather pedestrian Scarborough Downs harness racing program, speed quickly became the order of the day as two trotting records for four-year-old trotters were rewritten in impressive style during the course of the Friday (8/26) twilight performance.

Tango Pirate, a recent Saratoga import who was up in class off a dominant win last weekend, charged hard from the gate in the opening event with Dan Deslandes calling the shots from the sulky. The duo were never seriously challenged throughout the mile, gliding to victory in a sterling 1:58.1 and eclipsing the previous four-year-old gelding benchmark of 1:58.2 which was established by Names Muscle just five weeks prior.

Tango Pirate, the son of Crazed-Celia Bleue is owned and trained by Eddie Fournier, Jr of Auburn, Maine.

The standard for four-year-old mares was also lowered later on the Friday card with Cherry Crown Jewel and driver Mark Athearn grinding their way to a torrid 1:57.4 score while demolishing the previous track record of 1:58.3 set almost one year ago to the day by Bryan's Angel.

Trained by Athearn's wife Gretchen, the daughter of RC Royalty-Nowerland Kristen is owned by William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine.

Scarborough Downs features live harness racing with twilight cards on Friday and Saturday with post time at 4:30 PM (EDT). The Sunday matinees get underway at 1:30 PM.

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

By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

 

 

 

 

 

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