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WOODSTOCK, VA --- The14-year-old A Fool For Mark, the 2011 Horse of the Meet at Colonial Downs, put a punctuation mark on his return to Virginia by wiring the harness racing field for his 81st win today (Friday) at Shenandoah Downs.   Dustin Ingraham's Western Ideal gelding beat six other pacers in a $4,000 claiming handicap in his 414th career start.   With Jim Meittinis in the sulky, the veteran gelding held off Lyons Johnny in deep stretch to win by one-half length. He cut fractions of :28.0, :57 4/5 and 1:26 2/5 and finished in 1:55 4/5, second fastest time of the day. The runner-up, a 12-year-old Mach Three gelding who was making his 265th start, stalked in second through most of the last half.   A Fool For Mark has bankrolled $322,863 from 39 seconds and 68 third place finishes in addition to the 81 wins. His life mark of 1:49 3/5 came as a 7-year-old at Pocono. He finished second last Friday on the Woodstock oval's opening day, his first start in Virginia since 2014.   Fastest time of the day was authored by another of Ingraham's horses --- Movie Star --- also driven by Meittinis. The four-year-old Ponder gelding crossed in a lifetime best 1:54 1/5 after passing Fritzie Pic Up Man and Cirrus De Vie in the stretch. He crossed one-half length the best for his sixth lifetime win.   Shenandoah Downs presents a 15-race card Saturday with first post at 1:00 PM. Live streaming is available at   by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...November 18, 2019...On a relatively cold South Florida night, Skyful Of Lighters, handled by Dave Ingraham, was red-hot in taking top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's Open II pacing feature. The eight year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight had been knocking at the door in his two previous starts here but, on Sunday night, he out-gamed his competition in a "bang-bang" finish in 1:53.3. While the margin of victory was an officially a nose, the final clocking was not indicative of the gameness shown by the winner this night as he was outside looking in the entire mile--and, in his case, a mile and 30 yards. Four Socks, with Mike Simons in his sulky, was second after finding a seam late in the journey while Here Come William (Don Dupont) and Panocchio (Corey Braden) finished in a dead-heat for third. War-No Munn picked up the final award in the multi-million dollar field of nine. As the wings folded, Four Socks and Here Comes William both left with alacrity with the latter taking charge at the :27.4 opener with Skyful Of Lighters also on the prowl early from post 6 looking for a cozy spot that never materialized and he was hung out to dry. Meanwhile, the 3 to 10 favorite, Rebellious, away sixth, was following the cover of Skyful Of Lighters halfway through the mile in :56.4. On the backside, three-eighths from home, Rebellious went on a double-bubble binge as the pace seriously accelerated and even stuck his head in front by the third station in 1:24.2 with Here Comes William still fighting and Skyful Of Lighters still lurking in his shadow. As a cavalry charge developed to the wire, Skyful of Lighters kept digging and prevailed in the photo finish. After the event, driver Dave Ingraham said, "He beat some very good horses tonight. The time wasn't that much because of the cold but he can take a lot of air on the outside. I don't think there was more than a couple of lengths between us all at the end." (There was three lengths from first to last). Owned and trained by Dustin Ingraham, Skyful Of Lighters sent his 2019 scorecard to 5-10-5 in 33 starts, good for $98,444 and $418,389 lifetime. As third choice in the wagering, Skyful Of Lighters paid $15.20 to win. Ingraham had a driving double on the card as he piloted Thatsjusthowiroll to a narrow win at odds of 38 to 1. Owned and trained by Dan Gassien, this five year-old altered son of Santanna Blue Chip completed the early daily double and was the key ingredient in a Pick-5 carryover for Monday night of $8,532.50. That pool is guaranteed at $30,000. The only other driving double on the card was achieved by "Sky" Walker, who piloted Thisisshe ($10.60) and Jurgen Hanover ($11.60) to wins their respective Florida Amateur Driving Club events. Walker now has 136 career wins. His Kelly Walker Stable owns both winners. Dein Spriggs' Sheer Flex took the other F.A.D.C. event. Besides the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed pool for the Monday program, there is a Super Hi-5 jackpot carryover of $9,369.44. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the FSBOA

Scarborough, Maine - August 3, 2019 ... The three-year-old pacing divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program concluded a month-long residency at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/3) as the sophomore steeds made their fourth consecutive appearance at the seaside oval, split into twin five horse fields of fillies and a mirror image arrangement of colts. Moonlightandroses claimed her third sire stakes victory of the year in the afternoon's first $9717 filly split, pouncing out of the pocket late while charting a brand new career pacing mark of 1:59.3 with customary driver Heath Campbell calling the shots. The reigning freshman champion, a daughter of Deuce Seelster-Guard The Rose, is trained by Valerie Grondin for owner Clark Bustard and has now finished either first or second in all of her 13 career starts. MaydayMaverickHope (S. Wilson) lead throughout before settling for the runner-up placing. GailsGirlInMotion (M. Athearn) rode the pylons for the show. The second $9717 filly division was won by another daughter of Deuce Seelster as JustCallMeBets struck the pike route while holding off a determined bunch at the wire to secure a brand new lifetime clocking of 2:00.3 with driver Matthew Athearn in the bike. Out of the broodmare JustCallMeRosie, the filly claimed her eighth career win for trainer Gretchen Athearn and owner William Phipps in the process. Wicked Wanda (D. Ingraham) launched a game rally from far back to earn the bridesmaid share. CominRightAtYou (R. Cushing) ended her two race win streak while settling for third. Deuce Seelster then completed a "parenting Trifecta" of sorts as another of his get, Bait A Hook, grabbed top honors in the first $9722 colt split of the afternoon. With driver David Ingraham at the helm, the win, timed in a seasonal best 1:58, was the third of the season for last year's freshman champion. Co-parented by the broodmare, Josie Plumstead, Bait A Hook gave trainer Valerie Grondin and owner Clark Bustard their second sire stakes score of the day. LucksRealDeal (M. Athearn) tracked throughout to place second while LittleBitShady (D. Campbell) was third. Inches separated the field at the wire in the second $9723 colt division as driver Gary Mosher popped CBF Bantam from the pocket in deep stretch to overtake the front running Maverick Art at the wire. Trained by David Crochere for co-owners Glen Harris and Marion Phelps, the son of Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia secured his second consecutive Maine Sire Stakes win, this one timed in 1:59.2. Maverick Art (B. Ranger) continued his sizzling sophomore season by finishing second while Touch Of Character (S. Wilson) rallied strongly for third. The popular Sunday matinee will go to post at a special 1:00 pm post time tomorrow (8/4) as the Downs plays host to their 15th annual Family Fun Day Festival. Live harness racing will continue next week with twilight cards scheduled for 4:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday and Friday while the Downs will be dark on Saturday (8/10) as an accommodation to the Topsham Fair. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 4, 2019 ... While the rest of the nation prepared to enjoy patriotic pyrotechnic displays on the Fourth of July holiday, the fans at Scarborough Downs were treated to fireworks of a totally different nature as harness racing driver David Ingraham sizzled through a three win performance en route to scoring the 7500th driving win of an amazing career. Ever the family man, Ingraham secured the milestone win with a veteran campaigner named Jay Bees Grin N who is fittingly enough co-owned by his daughter Kelsie Case Ingraham. The win, a milestone for the racehorse too, was the 40th career victory for the 11-year-old standardbred. A native of Lewiston, Maine, Ingraham cut his teeth along the Pine Tree Circuit before becoming a kingpin at Yonkers Raceway and then later PompanoPark. In recent years, Ingraham and his wife Kelly Case split time between winter campaigns at Pompano and summer sojourns in their native state of Maine, much to the delight of their loyal fans at both locales. Live harness racing is featured three day a week at Scarborough Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 1, 2018 ... The three-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their initial appearance of the 2018 season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/1), sporting twin 6-horse splits of fillies contesting purses of $10,589 apiece while the boys were grouped together in one 8-horse bunch, vying for their share of the $11,107 prize. The first filly brigade changed complexion even before the starting gate released the field as last season's freshman champion and this week's 4-5 favorite, Pembroke Dancer, rolled off stride for the first time in her career. Taking advantage of circumstances, driver Drew Campbell sent Sweet Amy O smartly to the lead while walking the field to the half timed in 1:03.3. Sensing the lack of pace, Ron Cushing sent American Flambe to battle in first over fashion, with these two trotter's matching strides through an accelerated 30.1 third panel, before the front-runner succumbed to the persistent pressure and rolled off stride midway through the final turn. Loose on the lead now, American Flambe appeared home free, but then a late burst of speed from Peregrine Elanas and driver David Ingraham changed the complexion of this race once again, as the duo raced wide into the stretch to reach the wire, ultimately 1-1/2 lengths the best. Trained by Eric Bickmore for owner Kemit Allen, Peregrine Elanas, a daughter of Lord Valentine-Elanas, stopped the clock in a maiden establishing 2:04.3. American Flambe's game bid resulted in runner-up honors while Pembroke Dancer (N. Graffam) recovered from her early misfortunes to rally for third. The second filly division began with some level of uncertainty too, as the heavily favored June Carter Cast made a not so rare break before the start, spotting the field an advantage of multiple lengths in the early going, as she was left in their wake attempting to regain a confident stride. Once back in gear though, she and driver Gary Mosher wasted precious time establishing a dominant position as they hustled to the lead while approaching the quarter mile marker. Once on the point, Mosher throttled down his charge, coasting to an unhurried 9-1/4 length margin of victory, timed in a career best 2:03 flat. The daughter of Current Cast-Celebrity Image is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner, Donald Richards for noted state of Maine owners Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. DualPatWitchyWoman was second at every pole en route to securing the runner-up placing while Lilly Longwood overcame an early misstep to rally for third. The colt division saw a powerful mutuel entry sent to post by the Gretchen Athearn Stable, with the combination of He'sALittleBitNoble and Mouthpiece being backed to the tune of 1-5 odds by the patrons assembled. The patrons were forgiven for uttering an early startled gasp though as He'sALittleBitNoble rolled madly off stride while Mouthpiece scored multiple lengths off the gate before the word go was even given. Never one to disappoint the fans though, driver Matt Athearn quickly regrouped, shifting Mouthpiece into gear, and steering him into a first-over assault through torrid fractions of .30/1:00.1/1:29.3 before gaining the pylons entering the final turn. The son of Noble Venture-Beluga then coasted through the lane to stop the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:59.3 for owner William Phipps. Pembroke Boss Man (N. Graffam) drafted in second-over position to rally for the runner-up honors while Myreh's God Son (R. Cushing) saved ground to grab the show dough. The sophomore Stakes Stars will be absent from Scarborough Downs for a two week period, but the Downs is pleased to present a program of Maine Sire Stakes Preview races for two-year-old state-bred hopefuls on Sunday July 8th. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...April 6, 2016...When the six year-old mare Diamonds Princess earned her initial win of the 2016 season in 13 starts with a 44 to 1 upset in the Tuesday finale at Pompano Park, it set the stage for the largest Super Hi-5 payout in Pompano Park history.   One unidentified bettor was able to come up with the correct 4-2-3-9-7 combination with the 20 cent ticket worth $182,716.56.   Diamonds Princess, trained by Mike Micallef for the Baron Racing Stable, was driven this night by Dave Ingraham, who steered the mare past the 4 to 5 tote-board favorite, Pacific Date (Aaron Byron), in deep stretch for the win.   With Mayabelle and Gaston Lareau finishing third at 24 to 1, followed by Machin Marley (9 to 1) and Diva Las Vegas (69 to 1), the Super Hi-5, requiring one unique ticket to take down the entire pool, was hit for the seventh time this season.   Those who wagered their $2 to win on Diamonds Princess were enriched with a $90.40 payday while the 4-2 exacta came back at $379.40 with the 4-2-3 trifecta combo returning $1,710.00. The 20 cent superfecta of 4-2-3-9 paid $1,251.88.   From Pompano Park Media Department    

Scarborough, Maine (July 18, 2015) - Sterling speed was the order of the day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7-18) as Warrawee Nonsuch traveled the lightning fast oval timed in 1:53.1, equaling the second fastest mile ever recorded in the 65 year history of the seaside oval. Handled expertly by driver David Ingraham for trainer Joseph Nelson, the 6-year-old son of Jereme's Jet also equaled the track record for older geldings, joining a former member of the Nelson roster, Wholly Louy (Gary Mosher) as co-standard bearer; a record which has stood since 2012. Shady Sabrina (Kevin Switzer), Scarborough's reining distaff pacing queen, was the first to stop the clock at 1:53.1 way back in 2010, while Hotrod Falcon (Walter Case, Jr) continues to boast the ancient overall track standard of 1:52.4 set during the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...February 28, 2015...They threw everything but the kitchen sink at Duc Dorleans at Pompano Park on Saturday night but this five year-old son of Shanghai Phil was most certainly up to the task as he scored a three-peat victory IN 1:52.1 for Donald Dupont in the $13,500 Open Pace.   Beginning from the outside eight post in the octet, Duc Dorleans had to endure some very rough going early with others also seeking the early advantage, holes closing rapidly, and the necessity of a brief three wide binge around the opening turn before assuming control past the opening marker in :27.1.   Once there, though, the "Duc" was the "king" the rest of the journey, clocking panels of :56.2 and 1:24.4 before zipping home in :27.2 and putting the serious threat of P L Hellcat (Dan Clements) to bed in the final stages of the mile.   The final margin was 1 3/4 lengths over "Hellcat" with Cadillac Phil (Bruce Ranger) rallying for third. Coopers Beach was fourth after being shuffled on the backside while Neptune was fifth. Raji's Blue Line, playing hardball with the winner early, made a miscue early, recovered on the backside to move into contention--briefly--then wound up sixth in the octet.   After the race, driver Don Dupont said, "This was not the easiest trip for us. They played, what you call it? 'Hardball' early and we didn't have an easy path to the lead. I had to go from that post, you know, because you can't spot these good horses anything early. Once we got to the lead, he was tested again around the final turn but, again, he responded well. I am proud of him."   For Duc Dorleans, owned by Gestion C Levesque and Les Ecuries Dorleans, it was his fourth win in seven starts this year, sending his seasonal earnings to $29,260. He's banked $431,056 lifetime.   As the 8 to 5 choice, Duc Dorleans paid $5.40 to win.   The $10,000 co-featured conditioned pace went to Heart Felt with Rick Plano handling the lines for trainer Luanna Beeson.   This four year-old son of Well Said negotiated a track labeled "good" and decisively put a thrashing on his five rivals by stopping the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:50.2 in posting a 9 1/2 length triumph over Pontiac Luck (George Napolitano, Jr.) with T's Electric (Jason Dillander) third. Always N The Money finished fourth while Rocky Mountain was moved up a notch to fifth to garner the nickel in the sextet.   Owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Heart Felt rushed the gate at the start from the five post and discouraged any others with thoughts of making the top with a very sharp first eighth and then rambled down to the quarter in :27.4. A :28.3 "breather" in the second panel lit up the timer at the half in :56.2.   From there, Plano let Heart Felt roll, pacing a third quarter in :27.1 to open up a lead of almost six lengths past the third station in 1:23.3. He even bettered that in the final panel, striding home in :26.4 to post his career best mile in only 19 starts.   In a post race interview, Plano said, "Every week, this horse seems to pace in (1):51 and change so, tonight, when we got to the half kinda cheap for what he's been used to, I thought he'd be around (1):51 and a piece again. I was pleasantly proven wrong!"   For this young season, Heart Felt shows a 4-3-0 scorecard in seven starts and $23,625 in the bank. He now has lifetime bounty of $67,622.   As the overwhelming 1 to 2 favorite, Heart Felt paid $3.00 to win.   Also on the card was the $15,000 final of The Midnite Hardy Late Closing Event for claiming pacers and M G Home Run, very hot property recently off claims his last two starts and 4 to 5 on the board, was a wire-to-wire winner for Dave Ingraham in 1:53, a seasonal best time for this eight year-old son of Astreos.   Trained by Randy Bickmore for new owner Emery Pelletier, M G Home Run clocked fractions of :27.1; :55.3 and 1:23.3 before coming home in :29.2 to hold off the 38 to 1 chance Kommander Hawk (Ben McNeil) by a half-length with First Impression (Bruce Ranger) rallying for third after being well back with three-eights remaining. A List was fourth and Dojes Maidscaptor was fifth in nthe field of nine.   After the race, driver Dave Ingraham said, "This is the first time I have driven this horse but I knew that he won many times" (actually 21 of his 36 lifetime wins) "on the front end. So, this being a $15,000 race, I thought, 'why not send him?' He raced giant tonight...but I am glad the wire came when it did!"   Winning for the 37th time during his career measuring 153 lifetime starts, this win was the richest payday for M G Home Run since his very first lifetime win--an Ontario Sire Stakes win worth $10,320 back on July 17, 2009--that in his very first pari-mutuel start as a two year-old.   M G Home Run, paying $3.60 to win, sent his lifetime earnings to $221,299.   Another notable performance on the program was produced by the ageless 11 year-old St Pete Star, handled by Jason Dillander,   This son of Life Sign won for the 54th time in his illustrious career, mowing down, first, Red Hot Yankee (George Napolitano, Jr.), who eventually finished third, and, then, holding off Fearless Chip (Rick Plano), who got up for second (at 63 to 1) to score in 1:53.2.   With the 60 to 1 chance Rock N Go fourth, the 20 cent superfecta ticket was worth $7,813.12.   St Pete Star, a recent claim by owner-trainer Shawn Glassmeyer, now has banked $614,434 during his career of 280 starts.   Finally, the pacer Oozie's Bad Boy was honored in a retirement ceremony after the first race tonight by Retired Life Stable Owners Mindy and Jan Repko. Oozie's Bad Boy gained wide popularity with his 11 year-old season which saw him win the most races in any season during his career, earn the most money and take a lifetime mark of 1:49.4.   The Super Hi-5 carryover vaulted over the $10,000 for Sunday night's program when 46 to 1 outsider Mackenzie's Bliss captured the Pompano Park finale on Saturday night. The 10-1-5-4-ALL 20 cent consolation paid $1,188.34.   Post time for Sunday's card is 7:30 p.m.   by John Berry, for the Isle Pompano Park      

Pompano Beach, FL...January 27, 2015...First stop Wednesday morning--the hardware store to get some lightbulbs for Pompano Park's harness racing tote board. Dave Ingraham is buying! Three of Ingraham's charges lit up the Pompano tote board and nighttime sky on Tuesday, each scoring at better than 40 to 1 odds with one, Wesley's Fortune, emerging a winner at better than 60 to 1. Ingraham's memorable night began in the third race when Rocinante came from dead last around the final turn to score in 1:55. Trained by Randy Bickmore for owner Richard Knight, this son of Rocknroll Hanover, now eight, scored his initial win of the year and 24th lifetime to send his lifetime bounty to $198,377 and reward his faithful with a mutuel of $86.40 as the longest proposition in the field of seven--though he was coming off a race where he had a second tier post and enjoying a class drop this time around. Ingraham's second bomb came with Bob Dutilly's Tug River Dylan in a conditioned-optional claiming trot. Making his first start of the new year, Ingraham laid off a hot early pace and then sent his charge rocking home to nail a photo finish victory in 1:57.2 at odds almost identical to his first winner. Paying $86.20, Tug River Dylan won for the 25th time in his career to send his lifetime earnings to $138,081. Ingraham completed his "hat trick" with Dorothy Zarza's Wesleys Fortune, this 10 year-old following live cover the final 3/8ths of a mile to squeak by late at odds of 64 to 1. He paid $130.80 to win and keyed a $9,052 tirfecta and a 20 cent superfecta payoff of $3,599.26. After that event, trainer Howard Klohr joked, "I didn't bet one single dime of him but, now, you'll have to excuse me...I have to go to the window and try and bet $2 on the replay! In other Pompan o action on Tuesday night, the second leg of the "Better Late Than Never" pace for condition claimers was held with Henry Blue Chip and Indigo Artist the winners in their respective divisions. Maryann Plano's Henry Blue Chip, a four year-old son of Art Major driven by Rick Plano, held on gamely to score a narrow decision over the late surging Directly Related and Dan Clements in 1:55.4.for his second success of the year in four starts. Smithers finished third for Jason Dillander while Total Proof and Justice My Way also picked up minor awards. Indigo Artist, with Ed Hensley handling the lines, repeated his win of a week ago, stopping the clock in 1:54.4 for a decision measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Son Day, driven by Kevin Wallis. New Rock To Roll and John Macdonald teamed up for show honors with Big Better Best and Tough Issue getting the minors. In a post race interview, driver Ed Hensley said, "he (Indigo Artist) seemed like he wanted to race tonight so I made--rather HE made--that quarter move and was strong right to the wire. Indigo Artist. a six year-old son of Arturo, is trained by Rod Grady for owner Percy Jones. The "Fair Start" Late Closer second leg went to Tom Petri's Nomad, driven by Rick Plano. Making his first start for the new owner, Plano sent this four year-old son of Swan For All on a quarter move to the top and never looked back, scoring the 1:57.4 victory over Railee Kwik, driven by Bruce Ranger. Gray N Cloudy was third for Dave Ingraham with Luvnuisfun fourth. Ilari got the nickel. Finally, the Super Hi-5 again had several winners with the carryover to Wednesday's card at $81,704.54. Post time for the midweek card is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 13, 2014...There are dozens of "manias" that are part of society with Beatlemania and Wrestlemania among them. Then there is "hippomania," a passion for horses. On Saturday night, Pompano Park will host the "Hippomania" Pace, one of the most highly anticipated matchups in Pompano Park history. The field features a quintet of the best pacers ever to set foot on Pompano Park's five-eighths mile oval--in alphabetical order, Duc Orleans, Mr Dennis, Northern Companion, Panocchio and Prairie Jaguar. Four of the five are seeking repeat victories while the "other," Prairie Jaguar, comes off a second place effort but is the only horse in Pompano history to record five winning efforts in 1:50 or faster. "It should be a 'barn-burner,'" said Mike Deters, trainer of Prairie Jaguar. "Here you have five exceptionally talented horses, each capable of threatening our track record under ideal circumstances. It's an honor to be included in this group." Indeed. Duc Orleans, the author of 16 lifetime victories, two of which have been clocked in 1:49.2, has been known to pace a final quarter under :26 seconds. Trained and driven by Donald Dupont for owner Gestion Levesque, the "Duc" grinded out a final half in :54.4 to pin a defeat on Prairie Jaguar in last week's encounter to push his lifetime bankroll close to $400,000. The soft-spoken Dupont humbly said, "He sure has come a long way from his first win up in Quebec--2:05." Prairie Jaguar, of course, is having a banner year, having earned over $90,000 for owners Laurie Poulin and Mike Deters. This Florida bred son of Spy Hard has three sub-1:50 wins--the fastest being 1:49, accomplished on two occasions here at Pompano Park. Trainer Deters has enlisted Aaron Byron to take the lines back of the "Jaguar," seeking his 11th win of the year. Panocchio, owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, is on a roll, having won the last two Open events in which he has competed at Pompano Park. The four year-old son of Panocchio has won six of his last seven starts and has seasonal earnings of $113,570 to go along with 14 wins this year. Not only does he have a 1:50.4 mark here at Pompano, Panocchio also has a splendid 1:51.3 mark over the half mile oval at Saratoga. Bruce Ranger will be back in the bike back of Panocchio and said, "this is one of the handiest horses I have ever driven...two fingers, he's that handy and he's very sharp right now." Dorothy Zarza's Northern Companion looks to have "home field advantage" in the select field. Trained by Howard Klohr, "Buddy," as he is known around the barn, has won 29 of his 37 career successes at Pompano Park. With a mark of 1:50.3, Northern Companion is well known for his explosive brushes and is capable of picking up the pieces off of an anticipated hot early pace. Dave Ingraham will be in the bike back of Northern Companion. The "unknown" quantity in the field is Mr Dennis, owned by the J L Benson Stables and trained by Joe Sanzeri. Having been competitive in recent Open events here at Pompano, this five year-old son of Dragon Again utilized a class dip in his last outing and, after taking command past a blazing :26.1 opener, went on to carve out amazing panels of :53.2 and 1:21.1 to score an open lengths win for Mike Micallef in a lifetime best 1:50.4. Mr Dennis has the rail in the Hippomania pace and could very well dictate the pace. The Hippomania pace gets an excellent Saturday evening card started as the first race on the program. Also on tap is the C. K. G. Billings event for amateur drivers. Billings, a wealthy industrialist and noted horseman, invested much of his time and fortune promoting the standardbred horse and its amateur participants. One of the great horses he owned was Lou Dillon, the first trotter ever to cover a mile in 2:00, that being in 1903. The Billings series was founded in 1981 and serves as a platform for amateur drivers to showcase the sport of harness racing at participating tracks throughout North America. Pompano Park's Saturday program is further enhanced by a Pick-5 carryover (covering races 2 through 6) and a Pick-4 with a patron friendly 12% takeout encompassing races 5 through 8.) Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park  

Scarborough, Maine - David Ingraham had the hot hands at Scarborough Downs on Friday (10-17) as the man in Orange and Blue teemed four winners down victory lane, claiming the lion's share in half of the eight races programmed. Included in the tally were two entries from the Rodney Grady Stable, The Midnight Owl and Butn Your Shirt Ed. The final two scores came in both ends of the late Daily Double with the aptly named Sam Lucky and I'm A Lucky Man closing out a very "Lucky" day indeed for Ingraham. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 30, 2014) - The three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made its final preliminary appearance at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-30) before sending the ladies out on their late summer fairground swing. The fillies split out into three divisions as they vied for their share of nearly $30,000 in stakes purses. The field for the first $9850 stakes split raced single file style through the first half-mile as heavy favorite, Cheryl Leigh and driver David Ingraham effortlessly grabbed the early lead while establishing rather soft fractions. Pembroke Lynn finally strayed from the parade route near the midway point as she aggressively made overland progress from the trailing position at the behest of driver Heath Campbell only to find her forward progress stall as she was challenged by the bend as she entered the clubhouse turn. Before she could regain momentum in the straightaway though, Mike Cushing pulled the pocket with Shurfine Babycate to test the rested leader only to fall victim to the very next bend as they reached the final turn. All the while though, Kevin Switzer steered LP's Shyla along the conservative inside path, improving position as others took their turn in the outside lane, and itching to take his shot late. The strategy proved sound as the daughter of SouthwindMountain rallied to score her second career victory for co-owners Elisha Lafreniere and Tammy Sowers timed in a career equaling best of 2:00.3. Cheryl Leigh retained her perfect on the board ratio his season as she fell back for second while Shurfine Babycate survived a judges inquiry to hang on for third. A photo-finish print never smelled so sweet as Mary Rose Of Topaz and Big Bad Rose matched strides to the wire in the second $9850 stakes division with Mary Rose Of Topaz holding off her persistent challenger to secure her 6th consecutive stakes score. Steered down victory lane by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr for owner Andrew T. Card, the prolific winner, a daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy, persevered through a judges inquiry for a possible pylon rule violation in deep stretch before eventually extending her skein in a leisurely clocking of 2:01 flat. Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden), last season's freshman champion placed in the runner-up spot for the third consecutive start while Danville Sweetheart (Eddie Davis, Jr) held firm for the show. The third $10,076 stakes event of the day saw Fast Pat absolutely inherit the early lead as her nose was the only nose anywhere near the gate at the start. Her driver, Gary Mosher, engineered a fortuitous trip featuring generously tepid fractions throughout but the advantage lasted only until mid-stretch as Shadytouch and Mike Cushing roared three-wide off the final turn to rally for their 2nd straight stakes score. Owned by Darrell Tibbetts, the daughter of Shady Character was race timed in 2:02 flat. Fast Pat settled for the bridesmaid share this week after breaking through to the stakes winner's column in her last appearance. Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) rallied for the show. The Maine Sire Stakes program will next visit Scarborough Downs on Sunday (9-7) as the two-year-old championships will be decided. Freshman consolation bouts will co-anchor the Stakes Final card next weekend with total purses for the day expected to approach the $250,000 threshold. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, August 24, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8-24) as the three-year-old pacing colts split out into twin nine-horse fields contested for matching purses of $10,597 and a 17-year-old track record was broken. Alittlebitcountry capitalized on a rare inside starting spot to reclaim his winning ways in the first stakes split of the afternoon. After getting away in the top-three at the start, David Ingraham steadied his charge at the rail before tipping the son of Ashlee's Big Guy wide into the final turn as the tandem tracked down David The Saint at the wire. The victory was the 4th of the season for the James Smallwood owned and trained state-bred who took a zippy new lifetime mark of 1:57.1 in the process. David The Saint (Mark Athearn) settled for second after aggressively grabbing the lead just past three-parts while Pembroke Newt (Heath Campbell) had his two-race win streak halted as he could rally for no better than third best in the contest. The win streak did continue for Fast Del in the second stakes division though as the Maine-bred son of Fast Company claimed his third consecutive top tally for the Ben Bill & Will Stable. Driver Gary Mosher leisurely steered the outside path from the get go before eventually gaining the lead as the field approached the 5/8th pole. Once on the point though, instead of tiring, the colt appeared re-energized as he distanced himself from the field with every stride. Even as the pack began to close in late, Mosher sat chilly and unworried as he let his charge glide across the wire in an unhurried clocking of 1:58. Drama King (Dan Deslandes), the early pacesetter, held on for the runner-up share while Maynard B (Greg Bowden) closed in late to garner the show dough. In other news, the third oldest divisional track record to be found on the books was broken on Sunday as the Donald Richards owned and trained colt, The Fighter, toured the oval in 2:00.3, becoming the fastest three-year-old trotting stud to ever win a race at Scarborough Downs. Driven to victory by regular pilot Mark Athearn, the effort supplanted the previous benchmark of 2:00.4 established back in 1997 by Kentucky Yankee and the legendary driver, James Dougherty. Of particular note here, Dougherty and Richards, lifelong friends, have teamed up to campaign many racehorses over the years so it is profoundly ironic and perhaps perfectly fitting, that a Richards trainee should replace a Dougherty charge in the local annuls. Live racing continues for two more weeks at Scarborough Downs on a two day a week schedule with the Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 16, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-16) as the three-year-old filly pacing division visited the seaside oval for the fifth and final time this year in preliminary leg competition before embarking on their late-summer fairgrounds swing. The state-bred fillies split out into three dashes with slight upsets sneaking up on the punters in the first two splits before order would be restored by a heavily backed favorite in the final stakes event of the day. Shadytouch took full advantage of drawing into the weakest of the three flights on Saturday as the daughter of Shady Character settled third in the early going before swinging three-wide off the final turn to just get up at the wire in a jam packed photo finish. Handled by driver Mike Cushing for owner Neal Tranten, the sophomore lass took a new lifetime mark of 2:01 as she won for only the second time in her career in the $10,076 split. Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden) threw in a game runner-up placing in extended overland fashion as she appeared to be on the verge of regaining her outstanding freshman championship season form. Sweet Catastrophe (Kevin Switzer) rode the conservative inside path for third. Veteran driver Gary Mosher utilized his vast array of talents to dictate the terms from the get go in the $10,075 second division as he confidently steered Fast Pat to the early lead before awaiting the expected challenge of heavily favored Cheryl Leigh. Mosher stung the bettor's choice to the quarter, in an adequate clocking of 29.3, before finally cutting her loose just past the 3/8th pole. Fast Pat then sat the pocket trip behind the softened up leader, biding her time covered up before pouncing to victory at the wire. The daughter of Neutralize scored her maiden win for owner Ben Bill and Will Stable timed in 2:00.4 while lighting the board at 11-1 odds. Princess Wave (Heath Campbell), who appeared much sturdier in the turns this week, charted a game first-over trip as she ground it out for the place. Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) faded slightly at the wire as she settled for third best. Anticlimactically, the third and final split of the day offered little of the unexpected as the streaking Mary Rose Of Topaz effortlessly claimed the early advantage only to play a rousing game of catch-me-if-you can to the wire. With regular driver Kevin Switzer, Jr in action at the Skowhegan State Fair, trainer Ralph Andersen took to the seat on Saturday to engineer the winning strategy, enabling the daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy to claim her 5th consecutive stakes victory for veteran owner Andrew T. Card in the $9850 contest. The mile was clocked in an unhurried 2:00.3. Shurfine Babycate (Michael Cushing) sat the pocket seat throughout to gain the bridesmaid share, while B Glamorous (Drew Campbell) rode the wood for third. Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 9, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-9) as the harness racing three-year-old filly pacing division took center stage with the sophomore lasses divided into three splits contested for purses totaling just shy of the $30,000 mark. Five fillies finished within a length of each other in the first split with Cheryl Leigh persevering by a mere nostril over the front running Princess Wave after taking the battle to the pacesetter from just before the midway point. With driver Kevin Switzer handling the reins, Princess Wave lost ground and struggled in every turn allowing Cheryl Leigh and David Ingraham to take the advantage in the bends, but the plucky filly bounced back gamely in the straight-aways to even out the score. The battle was on though as the duo matched strides through the stretch with the outcome decided by one of the tightest photo finish prints in recent memory. Cheryl Leigh, a daughter of Fast Company and the Albatross mare Think Of Me Fondly, is owned by Roland Cole of Wells, Maine. The win, timed in 2:01.1, was her fourth of the season from just six appearances .Princess Wave settled for the bridesmaid share as she recovered from last week's off-the-board outing, the first such effort of her career. DancersPass (Wallace Watson) rallied from far off the pace to secure her 2nd straight third place showing. Both the photo finish camera and Scarborough's fifty-year-old tote board got a major workout as the second division crossed the wire with the gorgeous long shot, On Wings Of Silver and driver Wallace Watson persevering by the slightest of margins over the pacesetting favorite, Big Bad Rose. On Wings of Silver returned bars of gold at the Mutuels on Saturday as she was sent to the gate at generous 24-1 odds for proud owners Robert and Diane Frazier of Kennebunk, Maine as they watched their home-bred daughter of Berley take a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowdon), last season's freshman champion finished second best with B Glamorous (Heath Campbell) grabbing the show dough. Mary Rose Of Topaz extended her winning streak to four consecutive scores while speeding in pillar to post for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. in the final stakes dash of the day. Once on the lead, the daughter of the near-millionaire stallion, Ashlee's Big Guy, never appeared in peril as owner Andrew T. Card's home bred has now found the best stride of her career as summer begins to wane. LP'S Shyla (Kevin Switzer) clinging to the old adage that two seconds equal a win, laid claim to runner-up status for the second straight week while Fannie Porter (Drew Campbell) finished in the top three for the first time in her stakes career. Of particular note, the streaking Mary Rose of Topaz gave teamster Kevin Switzer, Jr. his fifth driving win on the Scarborough program to go along with three wins earlier in the day at the Topsham Fair for a grand total of eight top tallies in state of Maine action on Saturday. While the stakes win was certainly the most lucrative victory lap of the day, the most satisfying surely was the 1:53.4 tour of the Topsham Fairground oval behind Art Of Illusion as the duo established a blazing new track record at the mid-coast venue. This effort obliterated the former Topsham benchmark of 1:55.3 established in 2012 by Mr Nice Guy and Kevin Switzer, Sr. Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, August 03, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8-3) and the budding rivalry continued as Pembroke Maverick and Sailor Jerry matched strides for the fourth consecutive week. In all previous showdowns, Sailor Jerry and driver Andy Harrington steered the steady course, gained the lead and held off consistent late challenges from his chief rival. The tables were turned in the $9978 contest on Sunday though as driver Heath Campbell insisted on putting Pembroke Maverick on the early lead with Harrington's colt forced to take the unfamiliar two-hole seat and dog the pacesetter throughout the mile. Campbell's strategy worked to perfection as his charge swelled up on the lead and held firm at the wire to secure his very first career score in a respectable clocking of 1:59.3. The son of Western Maverick is owned in partnership by William Varney and trainer, Valerie Grondin. Sailor Jerry settled for the bridesmaid share for the first time in his career as his undefeated streak was put to an end at six straight. Hardcorjohnypawn (Kevin Switzer) threw in a strong rally to grab the show dough. The second split ($9979 purse) saw Cruzin Maverick earn his first stakes victory, power-moving his way to a mid-mile lead and holding off the late stretch challenge of Pembroke Wildcat to stop the clock in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. That clocking, tagged the son of Western Maverick as the fleetest colt in his division so far this season supplanting Pembroke Wildcat's former claim on that honor. Another son of Western Maverick, Cruzin Maverick was teamed to victory by David Ingraham for owner Stephen La Casse. Pembroke Wildcat's (Heath Campbell) three-race win streak came to an end as he held on for second while Harttattack (Kevin Switzer, Jr) rallied from far back to get up for third. In other track news, Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Sunday as the meet's top rated pilot steered four winners down victory lane to add to his imposing margin atop the leader's board. Live racing resumes next weekend at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The popular Sunday matinees kick off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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