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Augusta, ME --- One of Maine’s top harness racing drivers and veteran horsemen has reached a career milestone. After achieving his first win in 1977 at the Skowhegan State Fair, Gary Mosher can now be called Mr. 6,000 after piloting So What Who Cares to career victory number 6,000 at the Topsham Fair on Monday (Aug. 3) in the sixth race. The horse may be named So What Who Cares (owned by Victoria Leighton and trained by Marc Tardif), but this career milestone should not be taken so lightly. Gary Mosher, who just turned 56 years old on the Fourth of July, had family and friends on-hand to witness this momentous occasion. Yannick Gingras, one of the world’s top harness drivers and brother-in-law to Gary, attended this agricultural fair to congratulate the reinsman. Mosher took his driving talents outside of his home state in the 1980s and found quick success on the New York circuit, including at Yonkers Raceway where he developed a craft and driving style of his own. Mosher returned to Maine in the 1990s to be back with his family. He continues as a force to be reckoned with as a successful owner, trainer and driver on the Maine circuit. During his driving career, Mosher has amassed more than $25 million in purse winnings along with those 6,000 wins. Maine Harness Horsemen's Association 

Maine Sires Stakes action returned to the harness racing meeting at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/26) as the two-year-old colt pacers supplanted their freshman sisters who had toiled their trade before the fans just the day prior. Fifteen rookies headlined the matinee card, split into two division, each going for purse money in excess of $11,000. Ball Don't Lie "tipped off" the action as Gary Mosher teamed the son of Neutralize-Ms Jeanne Marie to an imposing 3-1/2 length margin of victory in the $11,742 opening stakes split, timed in 2:01.3. The colt won in his very first career start for the Ben Bill & Will Stable and trainer Eric Bickmore and delivered the 5992 career driving win for Mosher who is fast closing in on the 6000 win milestone. Wish Granted (Ruel Goodblood, Jr.) and The Irish Maverick (John Nason) finished in lockstep to dead heat for runner-up honors. Seeley Man remained undefeated on his young career as the Western Maverick-Perfect Launch gelding impressively imposed his will during the $11,566 second division with Kevin Switzer, Jr teaming for trainer Gerald Smith. Owned by Florence O'Keefe, the precocious youngster extended his win streak out to three in a row while equaling his lifetime Mark of 1:59.4. Lord Maverick (Kevin Switzer) rode the deuce to gain the bridesmaid share while Pembroke Willie (Heath Campbell) finished 18-length back in third. 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. Michael Sweeney

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, March 29, 2015) -. Veteran teamster, Gary Mosher, put on a driving clinic Sunday (3/29) at Scarborough Downs as the harness racing man in the red and green colors claimed victory in four of the ten races programmed. The career winner of more than 5900 races kept everything "family style" in the early going, kicking off the day by claiming victory in both ends of the daily double with horses owned by his son Garrett Mosher. The proud Dad made back to back visits to the winner's circle, first with Wildcat Ideal and then with Pembroke Boogie, keying a fan favorite $9.60 gimmick, much to the delight of the large crowd of punters assembled on the crisp New England afternoon. With the popular winners in the rear view mirror, the fans discounted Mosher's chances later in the card as Joseph Nelson's Warrawee Nonesuch snuck past them paying $21.20 to win in the 8th. The six-year-old gelding not only snuck past the players but also past the heavily favored JJ's Jet (Drew Campbell) to deliver the perennially powerful Nelson his first training win at the Downs in over a year. Charlie By Far capped off Mosher's grand slam performance returning $41.60 in the finale to the fans that stuck around and believed. Live harness racing resumes next weekend at Scarborough Downs with cards going to post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on both SATURDAY and Sunday. For more information, visit or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, September 7, 2014) - The old saying, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation" never rang more true than on Sunday (9-7) at Scarborough Downs as the Maine-bred filly, Bibbidi Boo, wrapped up a brilliant undefeated season while continuing to lead the national standings as the winningest two-year-old filly trotter in the land. Leaving alertly from post 7, the daughter of Noble Venture never encountered a serious threat with driver Heath Campbell confidently calling the shots from the front-end seat to secure the lion's share of the $57,329 purse. Owned in tandem by William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe, the Valerie Grondin trainee secured her 10th consecutive victory in a track record clocking of 2:01.4, supplanting the previous benchmark of 2:03, established by her stable mate, Pembroke Mistress, just one month earlier. "She's been simply awesome all season long" said driver Heath Campbell, "She's required no vet work, never been sick and absolutely loves to race. What more can you ask for?" Rhonwen (Ivan Davies) sat the pocket trip throughout to secure runner-up honors while Kisses (Kim Ireland) followed the top two twice around the oval to remain third best. Just SayMo took top honors in the $57,229 colt trotting final rallying three-wide off the final turn after sitting next to last throughout most of the mile. The 2:03 victory march represented a maiden score for the son of Boy Band who is owned in partnership by Heidi Gordon and driver/trainer Kim Ireland. "He's always closed good" Kim Ireland remarked, "And the last three weeks he's been getting better and better. I though he had a pretty good chance coming into this race." "It really was his biggest race" Kim's wife Wendy Ireland chimed in, "I want to thank Heidi for her confidence in our stable and I really appreciate what Scarborough Downs did today to host these finals." Pembroke Jack B (Heath Campbell) returned to early season form, just getting bested at the wire by 3/4-length to finish second. Broadway Cast (Mark Athearn) was sent to the gate as the post time favorite but could rally for no more than third. The $57,357 colt pacing division came down to a battle between two brothers as Drew and Heath Campbell piloted the Valerie Grondin trained entry of Pembroke Wildcat and Pembroke Maverick. The duo jockeyed for early position before Pembroke Maverick and driver Heath Campbell settled on the lead and with his sibling-driven stable mate ensconced In The Pocket, girded for the expected stretch duel. That battle came as advertised with Wildcat just nosing out Maverick at the wire as Drew Campbell raised his whip in triumph. "I had the 8-hole so I had to wing it" Campbell remarked, "I left out of there just looking for a hole but when none developed I just kept going. I told Heath to come back around and it's a good thing too because when he did my colt came right up on the bit." When asked about raising his whip, Campbell remarked, "We just lost our mother earlier this year so when we crossed the finish line together I said to Heath, 'This one's for Linda'. I know she was looking down on us today." Owned by William Varney, the son of Western Maverick scored the 6th win of his rookie season in a track record clocking of 1:57.2, trumping the previous benchmark of 1:58.4 established by another Main-bred, Maineiac Matt in 2007. Seabliscuit and driver Michael Graffam rallied to secure the third place finish. The $57,268 filly pacing final continued with the day's theme of razor close finishes as Eat Your Enemy rallied three wide off the final turn while navigating a last to first route on her way to winners circle glory with driver/trainer John Nason engineering the winning strategy for co-owners Carolyn Corso and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. The daughter of Western Maverick stopped the clock in a lifetime best 2:01.2 while lighting the board to the tune of a $29 win ticket. "Want to see how many fingers I had crossed?" Carolyn Corso quipped following the winners circle ceremony. "It really feels wonderful and there are so many people to thank. It's really a team effort and we are so very happy for all of them. Oh, and she does not live up to her name, she's a very sweet little filly in the barn." "I came by her name after reading the wording on a Nike tee shirt and just knew it was the perfect name for a horse" Lynn-Marie Plouffe explained adding, "I've never had such a career year as this, with two great horses both wining stakes finals. It's been a long time coming. I guess you never get tired of it." Ms Casey Mac (Gary Mosher) who set the early fractions just got caught on the wire before settling for second. Analyze (Michael Graffam), the post time favorite who set up the outer flow and gave live cover to the eventual winner was third. In other track news, Panchester United equaled the second fastest mile ever recorded at Scarborough Downs with his 1:53.1 score in the $8,000 Free For All, with Drew Campbell driving the horse out to the wire, only to fall 2/5th-second off the ancient overall track record which was established by Hotrod Falcon and Walter Case, Jr back in 1993. With the summer meet concluded, Scarborough Downs heads into a five week hiatus as the fall fairground season takes center stage in Maine. The Downs will reopen to begin its fall meeting on October 10th racing a three day per week schedule of Friday through Sunday with post time slated for 1:05 PM (EDT). Simulcast wagering continues at the downs 7 days a week from noon to midnight throughout this month's shutdown. 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

Sunday, July 20, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes activity returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/20) as the 2-year-old pacing colt divisions split out into two dashes contested for purses of $10,153 apiece. Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he continued his undefeated streak by scoring his fifth career victory. The Maine-bred son of Cheyenne Hollywood has answered every call this season while being deftly handled by driver Andy Harrington for owner/trainer Mike Graffam. Sailor Jerry sat second in the early going but reclaimed the lead with little trouble at the quarter and from that point on, the race became a mere formality as the freshman colt was never seriously threatened, completing the mile timed in a leisurely 2:00.4. Apollo's Chariot (Ron Cushing) was second; Cruzin Maverick (David Ingraham) rallied for third. Victory was claimed in the second division by Pembroke Wildcat (Heath Campbell), who took a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1 as he insisted on a front-end seat while grinding to the lead through a zippy opening panel of 28.4. The William Varney-owned son of Western Maverick never looked back from that point as he glided to a 5 ¾ length margin to grab his third Maine Sire's win from four career starts. Hardcorjohnypawn (Kevin Switzer) was second, while Reckless Rebel (Gary Mosher) was third. In other news, Drew Campbell held the hot hand, winning three dashes from the nine race card. Live racing returns to The Downs on Thursday, July 24th as the Maine Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting divisions come to town, post time: 4:30 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs                                

Saturday, July 12, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday as the 3-year-old filling pacing division split out into three dashes contested for purses in excess of $10,000 per. Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) took full advantage of a favorable early pace scenario to grab victory at 22-1 odds in the first division. While morning-line favorites Shurfine Baby Cate and Princess Wave hooked up in a determined quest for the top, Dansan Flicka sat patient at the wood. The front-end frolic continued for much of the mile with Ingraham pulling his charge to power past the softened up duo and secure his pacer's maiden win timed in 2:01.3. Dansan Flicka, the daughter of Destry Hanover, is owned by Dana Childs of Saco, Maine. Princess Wave (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) tasted defeat for the first time this year but held on for second, while On Wings of Silver (Wallace Watson) rallied for the show. Mary Rose of Topaz (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) continued to show solid improvement as she grabbed her first career victory in the second stakes division. Another early speed duel, this between Fast Pat and Big Bad Rose, created a favorable scenario for the daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy, who sat third at the rail behind the speed of that robust opening panel. Once taken to the lead, she extended to an easy victory timed in 1:59.3 to the delight of owner, Andrew T. Card of Billerica, Massachusetts. Fast Pat (Gary Mosher) held for place, while Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden) settled for third. Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) regained her winning stride in the third division, recovering from her upset loss in stakes competition last weekend. Sitting third throughout the mile, the daughter of Fast Company pounced late to secure the narrowest of victories in a jam-packed photo. Owned by Roland Cole of Wells, Maine, the filly secured a brand-new lifetime record of 2:01.1. Your Special (Drew Campbell) was second; Pembroke Lynn (Heath Campbell) rallied from far back for third. In other news: Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. held the hot hand on Saturday, scoring four wins from the eleven-race card. Live racing resumes at the Downs on Sunday with a 1:05 pm post. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs              

Sunday, July 06, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/6) with the 3-year-old colt pacers taking center stage, racing three splits for purses in excess of $10,000 per dash. Trainer James Smallwood's roster came to the forefront on Sunday securing top honors in two of the tree divisions. Drama King (Dan Deslandes) mounted a convincing rally to overcome the unexpected early speed of Dansan Clyde before having to dig down deep to withstand the persistent late charge of Whip Chaser. The win marked the third consecutive trip down victory lane for the son of B Dramatic, who is owned by James Smallwood of Windsor, Maine. The mile was timed in a lifetime best of 2:00 flat. Whip Chaser (John Nason) was second; Dansan Clyde (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) faded to third. Alittlebitcountry doubled the pleasure of owner/trainer Smallwood, taking a speedy new lifetime mark of 1:58.4, erasing nearly 5 seconds from his previous best, with driver David Ingraham calling the shots. The son of Ashlee's Big Guy, like his stable mate, rallied smartly to secure his first stakes win of the season, out-dueling David The Saint (Mark Athearn) in the stretch to just get up at the wire. David The Saint was second; With Cracked Ice (Wallace Watson) rallying for the show. Blackmalin (Greg Bowden) took victory in the third division, reclaiming the form that made him a seven-time winner last season. The son of Shady Character led the field twice around the oval to secure his first sophomore score. Owned in tandem by Florence O'Keefe and Dean Malin, the gelding was never seriously threatened during the mile as he glided to an easy three-length margin, timed in 1:58.2, the fastest stakes split of the afternoon. Scarborough Downs was pleased to welcome the 3-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program as they relocated to the Seaside Oval after their divisions were rained out at Bangor Raceway on Friday (7/4). Three divisions were carded on a non-wagering basis, with Kate At The Gate (Gary Mosher) claiming victory in the filly division, timed in 2:01.3. The daughter of Current Cast is owned by the East Pond Stable of Waterville, Maine. The colts split out into two divisions with CCC (Kim Ireland), a daughter of Musclini, claiming victory timed in 2:03.2 as she was cheered on by owners Dennis and Deborah Foss of Rye, New Hampshire. Bickmore claimed victory in the second colt division as he made his very first start under the tutelage of driver/trainer Ivan Davies. The son of Noble Venture, owned by Stephen Hall of Newport, Maine, took a brand new lifetime mark of 2:02.1. In other news: Driver Drew Campbell continued to hold the hottest hand, scoring five wins on Sunday's program as he followed up on his grand-slam performance on Saturday. Live racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm. By Michael Sweeney

Sunday, June 22, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Sunday marked the 2014 debut of Maine Sire Stakes harness racing at Scarborough Downs and upsets were the order of the day. There were three $10,000 plus divisions. Double D Deluxe got things off to a rollicking start, keying a $582.20 exacta, as the Donald Dickison trainee rallied to secure his maiden win over the heavily favored A C's Meadow Star, who failed to hit the board. Getting Outta Line (Eddie Davis, Jr.) was second, while Little Big Time (Charlene Cushing) held firm for the show. The mile was timed in 2:00 flat. The upsets continued in the second division as Fast Del (Gary Mosher), last year's freshman champion, was unable to hold off the late charge of David The Saint (Mark Athearn), who just got up for the win timed in 1:59.2. AlLittleBitCounty (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) rallied to complete the top three. The third and final split produced the biggest payoffs as Drama King (Dan Deslandes) returned $158.60 to win and keyed a $944.80 trifecta payoff as the heavily favored Bad Bet Harry (David Ingraham) could finish no better than third. Toothpicktycoon (Kevin Switzer) was second. In other news, Kevin Switzer held the hot hand on Sunday, steering four horses down victory lane. Sire Stakes racing continues next weekend as Scarborough Downs goes to post Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, March 29, 2014) - On the first spring-like day following a long and dreary winter, a large and enthusiastic crowd welcomed the return of harness racing to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (3/29).   Drew Campbell wasted precious little time as he mounted the defense of his 2013 driving title, winning the first race of the season with JJS Jet, stopping the clock in a sizzling 1:57.2, the fastest clocking of the afternoon. As a precursor to what promises to be the deepest driver colony in years, eight different drivers took their turn in the winner's circle. Of particular note, one of those winning drivers, Eddie Davis, Jr., was making his first state of Maine appearance in over fifteen years. The former Scarborough driving champ is setting up summer residency returning to the scene of former glories after campaigning successfully on the Delaware circuit in recent years. His name, combined with the Campbell brothers (Drew and Heath), former track driving champions Gary Mosher, Shawn Thayer and Kevin Switzer Sr., and with the up-and-coming talents of Dan Deslandes, Kevin Switzer, Jr., and Steve Nason, should provide plenty of thrills for the Scarborough fans this year. In other news, Scarborough Downs completed a test of its new simulcast uplink capacity, successfully sending the video and audio signal by way of closed circuit internet system to all state of Maine off track betting locations. Phase two of the process will involve a nationwide roll-out, which should be completed within the next two weeks. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 pm starting time. Next weekend, the live racing schedule expands to three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; each going to post at 1:05 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Last week I did a column on racetrack management needing to do their homework on allowing harness racing people to compete at their tracks when they have a questionable history. It came about because of situations involving individuals who may or may not have been allowed to compete and to try and shed some light to readers on how tracks make these decisions and why. It’s a tough subject insofar as most tracks hold the key to allowing someone to continue working in our industry. Some say it is not right that tracks make a decision such as this, some say it needs to be done for the majority of horsemen and the betting public that do play by the rules and that many tracks are too easy to let a “bad boy” back in racing. The story created a bit of controversy and I received a lot of emails and calls from track managers, horsemen and even betting fans who gave me their pros and cons on the article. And I appreciate everyone who commented and hope others take the time to voice their opinions. The most interesting of the calls and emails I received was from one of the horsemen who I pointed out in the story was allowed to return to racing after a questionable past. His name is Marc Mosher and he is currently racing at Cal Expo in northern California. Here is his story. Let’s do some background first for the readers on how you came to get involved in harness racing. “I first lived in Maine and was introduced to harness racing by my grandfather, Merle Mosher,” Marc explained. “He was a dairy farmer and as a hobby he always had two or three horses that he trained and drove so I knew about harness racing early on. My brother Gary is nine years old than me and he was already helping on the farm and started with the horses. He developed into a top driver and has nearly 6,000 wins. “When I was in high school and during the summer Gary had a stable at the track and I would help out with the horses,” Marc explained. “After school and most weekends I would be at the track and I knew I wanted to work in racing.” Early in his career Marc became one of the youngest drivers in the sport to reach 1,000 career wins in 1993. When Marc started training and racing on his own in Maine he had some issues and fines with racing officials but attributed that to being young. “I was an immature young man who did not know better,” Marc laughed. “I would show up late to drive a horse, take the breathalyzer test after a couple of races. But I soon learned to settle down and show some respect to the officials. They were doing their job. I never drank or did drugs but I guess you could say I had a chip in my shoulder early on.” Marc then went on to a decent career in racing. He had more than 1,600 wins as a driver. Always had a stable of horse to train and was a sought after catch driver, but then his life in racing came to screeching halt after the events of February 20, 2001 at Monticello Raceway. According to the report from the New York Racing and Wagering Board “ You attempted to influence the outcome of a pari-mutuel race by authorizing, directing and causing a hypodermic injection of a prohibited substance to the horse Too Much Data and removed the horse from the track after it died without the required equine death certificate and written consent of the presiding judge.” I asked Marc to explain the events of that ill-fated day. “I have no reason to lie about anything that happened that day,” Marc said. “We had a horse in to go from my stable at Monticello Raceway. I had asked the veterinarian to give him something for his bleeding. It was not lasix but I told the vet to go ahead and treat him. Then afterwards the horse passed away. “I was going to do the right thing,” Marc said, “And inform the officials what had happened but the vet asked me to not do it. He wanted me to cover it up and get the horse off the grounds. From there it was a nightmare. “The last thing I would never do is abuse an animal,” Marc said. “You would not believe the stories that have come out about how I abused this horse. I wanted to take care of this horse’s bleeding problem but did not want to put him on lasix. I made a stupid mistake that has cost me my career in harness racing. I was not trying to fix a race. I was trying to help the horse so he could continue racing. “In this industry, I guess like all others, stories get changed around,” Marc said. “The rumors being spread about me were outrageous and people did not want to hear it from my side. They wanted to believe what others made up about the events that happened. “I can only blame myself for everything,” Marc added. “I should have never listened to the vet and just taken my lumps for treating the horse on race day and did the right thing. The commission at the time really did not want to hear what I had to say as much as they listened to the vet’s story. It was just a total disaster. A couple of months later the commission finally understood my side of the story. But you can’t change history.” Marc received a two-year suspension and did not return to racing until 2004 where he trained and drove at Rockingham Park and Plainridge Racecourse. He did not even try and get his license back in New York. “New York was not ready yet to give me my trainer/driver license back.” Marc said. “They said they would give me a groom’s license to start with so I went to New England where I could train and drive. Then in 2006 I had another incident when my vet had left medication for another trainer to pick up and the authorities said I was wrong in allowing this to take place and convicted me on a conspiracy charge. I have not and will not name the vets involved and again I told the authorities the truth, but when you have a past record they are very quick not to believe you. “I then just used my groom’s license and did not train or drive from 2006 to 2012,” Marc explained. “My wife was a trainer so the horses were in her name and we ran the stable. The officials knew all of this and they were fine with it. That is why you do not see me have any drives or trains for those years.” Then in 2012 Marc  was able to get a provisional license to train and drive at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but things did not work out after just two weeks. “After the meet opened, I qualified a horse at the track.” Marc explained. “A few days before he raced I treated him with Banamine paste because he had problems with his stomach and ulcers. Then he comes up positive. So then they excluded me. They tried to fine me $1,000 but then after I got a lawyer they dropped it to $500 but still kicked me out because I was on a provisional license.” Marc packed up and was fortunate to have a friend in long time trainer/driver Syl King, Jr., who had one of the biggest stable of horses competing in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Fairs that are run all summer long throughout the state. King hired Marc on to help train and drive in the fairs where King led all trainers in wins and purses won this year. Marc had a great season with more than 20 wins and a universal driving rating of .350. From there Marc applied to the authorities at Cal Expo and they said they would give him a chance to train and drive again. What does the future now hold for Marc Mosher? What is he looking for after this season at Cal Expo? “I want to come back east next spring and drive in the fairs during the summer and help Syl again with his stable,” Marc said. “I want to get back to training a decent stable of horses on the east coast. I would  concentrate on training and not so much on driving. I want to try and just train young trotters. I have always done well with them. Over the years now I have also learned a lot about shoeing and feel I can once again become a good trainer. “I came forward in doing this interview with you,” Marc said, “so I can tell people the truth in what happened years ago. I want to be a productive and active part of this sport again. I have served my time for the infractions I was responsible for and I want to be a positive force in the industry. I just want a chance to prove myself and help this industry to grow.”  I thanked Marc Mosher for coming forward and telling his side of the story for everyone to read. He has admitted to making some major mistakes in his career, explained what took place and also that he paid his dues for years and is now seeking a chance to return. I would guess that if Marc completes the season at Cal Expo without any incidents that he may have a chance to return to pari-mutuel racing on the East Coast in 2014. If he does and there are no further incidents then I will be the first to congratulate him. By Steve Wolf for 

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