September 30, 2021 – by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

CUMBERLAND, ME – The big, strapping trotter Bruizn took command from the start and driver Andy Harrington let the son of Musclini high-step through all the fractions to win the $7,500 Free For All Trot at the First Tracks Cumberland Fair in 1:59.1.

Trained by Kim Ireland for owners Dennis and Deborah Foss, the 9-year-old winner of 22 lifetime starts made it two-in-a-row on the Maine Fair circuit.  Already the winner of nearly $150,000 lifetime, the good-looker was a fan favorite during the First Tracks Cumberland Spring/Summer meet where he won 4 of 6 starts in the top winners over class during a six-week stretch.

Bend In The River (Gary Mosher) finished second; favorite Joey Bats (Kevin Switzer Jr) was third.  Bruizn paid $8.60 to win.

Cumberland also hosted two divisions of the Maine Amateur Driving Club (MADC), with the part-time pilots entering week six of their annual Summer rotation around the Fairs.

Adrian Wisher Jr got his first win of the season, driving the Christopher Dubois-trained Drain Daddy to victory in 2:00.4.  Getting away third from post six, Wisher was eager to get some of that good Southern Maine air as he pulled first up, sat on the outside from the half, and held strong right on down to the wire.  A 13-year-old veteran by Mach Three, Drain Daddy has 41 lifetime wins to his credit, along with $412,494 simoleons to retire on.

Wilson Frost (Benson Merrill) finished second; Teal Hanover (Ryan Hall) was third.  Drain Daddy paid a whopping $46.20 on a two-dollar win ticket.

The second MADC split went to Wynnfrith with Alex Richardson aboard.  Blasting out from post five, Richardson went to the top and never looked back with the 9-year-old daughter of Ameripan Gigolo.  Trained by Karl Butterfield for owner Edward Lynskey, the pair tripped the timer in 2:00.4.

Esteemed Members (Michael Girouard) finished second; Forward Bliss (Adam Gray) was third.  Wynnfith paid $5.60 to win.

Driver Matty “Ice” Athearn won three races on the program, including the early daily double.

Post time is 1:00 pm for Thursday with nine races on the program, and then post time reverts back to 1:30 pm for the final three days of racing at the First Tracks Cumberland Fair through Sunday (Oct. 3).

Racing resumes at First Tracks Cumberland for our winter meeting, beginning November 3rd and racing through December 31, 2021.  Post time 11:00 a.m.

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