Drew Campbell scores 3,500th driving victory

09:16 AM 30 Jun 2014 NZST
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Drew Campbell scores his 3,500 win with It Hurt Me
Photo by Michael Newman

(Sunday, June 29, 2014- Scarborough, Maine) - Drew Campbell, a perennial power house at Scarborough Downs, secured career driving victory #3,500 at the Seaside Oval on Sunday (6/29).

Heading into the day, Campbell needed two wins to reach his latest milestone and quickly got on the winning stride, grabbing one of the victories in the second race with a gate-to-wire performance behind the pacing mare, Saturday Night Dancer.

Campbell then had to fret the afternoon away waiting until the 12th and final dash before tasting victory once again.

"When I looked at today's card, I had thought I had a pretty good shot in the last race to hit it," said Campbell, who was met in the Winner's Circle by a crowd of cheering fans and horsemen. "But, honestly, I really have to tip my hat to the guys who get 4,000 or 5,000 wins. Man, it's a lot of hard work."

Campbell's benchmark win came with the Adrian Wisher-trainee, It Hurts Me, who won in typical front-running fashion, Campbell's trademark tactic. This strategy is so familiar to the local fans that his license plate on his truck proclaims, ISENDEM.

In other news: The Maine Sire Stakes 3-year-old colt division made its second appearance of the year at Scarborough Downs on Sunday. Pembroke Newt (Heath Campbell) grabbed victory in the first of three divisions, scooting up the inside path to secure the win and grab the lion's share of the $10,089 purse. The son of Neutralize is owned by William Varney of Bangor, Maine and trained by Valerie Grondin.

Alittlebitcountry (David Ingraham) was second, while David the Saint (Mark Athearn) was third, beaten just half a length.

Drama King (Dan Deslandes) remained undefeated on the season, grabbing his second consecutive stakes victory in convincing fashion. The son of B Dramattic, owned by James Smallwood of Windsor, Maine, paid a generous $15.40 to win in the $10,316 split.

Zip It (Kevin Switzer) was second; Dansan Clyde (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) was third.

Fast Del (Gary Mosher) last season's freshman champion, regained the winning stride in the $10,314 third flight. Sent to the gate as the bettor's choice, the son of Fast Company is owned by Ben Bill & Will Stable of Carmel, Maine.

Blackmalin (Greg Bowden) recovered from last week's disastrous trip to score runner up honors, while Whip Chaser (John Nason) was third.

Live racing resumes on Thursday, July 3rd featuring the 2-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program. Post time is 4:30 pm.

by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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