Sports Teen triumphs in Polar Express #3

Cumberland, Me – Dakota “Action” Jackson, a native of Michigan, staked his Ontario-bred stable racing star Sports Teen (Sports writer) into the hands of Mainer Walter Case Jr., and together they decisively captured the $15,000 Polar Express Late Closing Series Final #3.

Teenage sports car driver Walter Case Jr. (Photo by Stephanie Gray)

The 6-year-old son of Sportswriter has had a different driver each week for the past four weeks and won the first $6,000 elimination with Ron Cushing two weeks ago. However, Jackson’s instructions to Keys were to “go with him.” When the starting gate closed, Sports Teen and Case effectively closed the gate on the competition.

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Out of the third turn, he shot to the front by 1-1/2 lengths in the opening board in 29 seconds over the muddy surface. Nets Of Passion (Mike Stevenson) was content to sit in the two holes. The first horse to draw was Twin B Impressive (Bruce Ranger), followed by Swellendam (Drew Campbell) in 1:00.2 for the half mile.

Harrington found room with Commondiscourtesy and regained his fifth position on the pole as Case powered Sports Teen’s plug through the third board in 1:29.1 and Twin B made a stunning standoff on the outside.

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As the field turned for home, Sports Teen found another gear and quickly turned his legs to score by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:59 on the wet surface. Sports Teen, owned and trained by Dakota Jackson, paid $7.60 to win. Nets Of Passion took second place; Commondiscourtesy came in third.

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SPORTS Juvenile REPLAY

In the Blue Seal winner’s circle, Jackson, surrounded by his family, including twin brother Zach, said, “Besides the two wins on the Meadows, it was the most exciting time of my life.”

The contest was sponsored by Windham and North Yarmouth Blue Seal Feeds.

Lisa and Wally Watson won the $7,500 Polar Express 3rd Consolation with their Terror Hall.Western terrorism), had no problem with the wet surface and cruised home to the winner in 1:59.4.

Lisa and wally watson8217’s Hall of Terror $7,500 Polar Express comfort photo by Stephanie Gray.

Trained by Lisa Watson, her husband Wally Watson drove West Terror, a 9-year-old that paid $7.20 for a $2 ticket. Librado Hanover (Aaron Hall) finished second; Third was Touch Of Dragon (Nick Graffam).

CHAMBER OF HORRORS REPLAY

Thankfully, more than a dozen coaches, drivers and track crews filled the winner’s circle for the fourth Mark Reynolds race. The track bid farewell to its first racing secretary, who continues after this meeting, and thanked him for his continued support of Maine horse racing.

Walter Case Jr. and Mark Athern were double helmsmen for the program.

Racing continues on Monday (December 19, the postponed 17th race) with the $12,000 Polar Express Final #2.

Also part of the day’s festivities will be the “Au Revior” Retirement Fair. As we say goodbye to each 14-year-old, all eighteen horses will line up in front of their assembly while the host reads a brief biography. Sporting an average earnings of $317,000 and purse earnings of $5.7 million, these retired or retired Standardbreds will be the shining stars of the day. With a total of 784 victories, these “monsters of the middle ages” made an average of 43 trips to their winners’ circle. Together, these horses have raced 5,552 times around the world.

Each race has a 50-cent Trifecta, and the last race each day has a 20-cent Pentafecta.

Racing continued at the Cumberland Winter Games dressage meeting on Thursday (December 22). The final weekend of racing continues on Friday (December 23) and the season ends on Christmas Eve, Saturday (December 24). Post time 11.

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by Chris TullyFor First Tracks Cumberland

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