Denver Cyclone sets 1:57.3 Maine 2YO mark
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Denver Cyclone lowered the Maine record for 2-year-old pacing colts as he glided to victory in 1:57.3 in Maine Sire Stakes action at Bangor Raceway. Reined and trained by Wallace Watson, the son of Western Cyclone remained undefeated for owner Alfred Ross of South Dartmouth, MA.
The race was a duel of two unbeaten colts–Jimmy Whizbang from the Florence O’Keefe Stable and Denver Cyclone of the Wally Watson Stable. Both colts had set previous track records at Bangor Raceway in previous legs of the series.
Jimmy Whizbang, a gelding by Shady Character, was victorious in the first leg of the series at Bangor in a track record time of 1:59.3, and took the second leg in a second track record of 1:58.4.
Denver Cyclone won his division of the first leg in 1:59.1, a Bangor track record, and cruised to victory in his division of the second leg in 1:59.4.
When the two met up in the third leg and the wings of the gate folded, Denver Cyclone sprinted to the lead easily from post five. Regular driver Greg Bowden decided to float Jimmy Whizbang from the seven hole and watched the action for the first eighth of the mile. Jimmy Whizbang sprinted to the front up the backside. He was third at the :29.4 quarter pole and crossed over to the rail before the three-eighths mile marker.
Watson, though, was on a mission and immediately retook the lead headed to the half, which was reached in :58.4. That mission was evident at the five-eighths mile pole as Denver Cyclone rebutted Jimmy Whizbang’s second attempt at the lead up the backside and was in complete control of the race at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1.
Denver Cyclone was unchallenged for the last quarter mile and finished 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Lollipop Kid, who sat the garden spot for the race. Jimmy Whizbang finished third after his grueling mile, 4 ½ lengths back.
Next week the colts leave Bangor Raceway for action at Scarborough Downs on Sunday, July 24th.
Maine Sire Stakes action continues this week as the three year old trotters invade Scarborough Thursday, 2-year-old trotters make their first visit to Bangor Raceway Friday and the 3-year-old colts visit Bangor Raceway as their close out their spring/summer meet. (Maine Harness)