Happy Affair equaled the Freestate Raceway track record for 3-year-old pacing colts last night, winning the first division of the $405,000 Terrapin Stakes in 1:53 1/5. Amity Chef, driven by John Campbell, paced the mile in 1:53 1/5 last year in a division of the Terrapin.
Dictionary, Dennis Seelster and Typhoon B were the other divisional winners.
The first division had a surprising start when Simcoe Hanover, driven by Ron Waples, took the early lead despite breaking from post position 8. In addition, race favorite Devilish Fella, with Bill O'Donnell, broke stride in the first turn.
Simcoe Hanover continued strongly, setting quarter-mile fractions of 27 1/5 seconds and :56. Campbell, harness racing's second-leading driver in money won, smartly tucked Happy Affair to the rail in fourth at this time.
Knowing that Simcoe Hanover would not be able to keep up the fast pace, Campbell made his move with Happy Affair to the outside shortly past the half-mile pole.
After three quarters of a mile, Happy Affair ($30) passed Simcoe Hanover and scored a 5 1/2-length victory over Meadowbranch Bret and driver Tommy Haughton. Lindwood Nuke finished third. Simcoe Hanover faded to sixth.
In the third division, Dictionary, driven by Bill O'Donnell, won in 1:54 1/5. O'Donnell angled Dictionary off the rail just before the half-mile mark and gained the lead from pacesetter Tylers Destiny.
The colt went on to win by a neck over Golden Greek, also driven by Haughton. The win pushed Dictionary's lifetime earnings to $392,075.
Typhoon B, driven by Waples, won the fourth division in 1:54 4/5. The race favorite, Sherwood Abe, was scratched.
The second division went to Dennis Seelster ($59.40) and driver Robert Barella, in 1:55 2/5.