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July 28, 2013 (Scarborough, Maine) – Trainer Gerald Smith continues to exert dominance over the three-year-old colt division of the Maine Sire Stakes program which was contested at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/28) in three splits, each going for purses in excess of $10,600. Smith added two more win tallies to his seasonal skein, now claming six victories after the completion of four divisional legs. SUMMERWINDS ATLAST tasted stakes victory for the third time this season, rebounding from a disappointing 3rd place finish in his recent Bangor start in which he suffered the indignation of broken equipment.  Skipping a week following that unfortunate appearance, the three-year-old son of Western Cyclone reclaimed the winning stride with Greg Bowden driving for owner Florence O’Keefe of Old Orchard Beach. UTAH SKYE (Kevin Switzer) was second, and GOIN MANSTYLE (Wallace Watson) was third. Continuing the success of the Gerald Smith roster, stablemate JOHNNY FAST CASH scored his second consecutive win, third stakes win of the year, and fifth overall top tally. Also owned by Florence O’Keefe, this three-year-old son of NEUTRALIZE was aided in his quest to be the best by driver Greg Bowden. The score was one of three on the program for driver Bowden. Runner up honors went to MASTER OF PUPPETS (Heath Campbell), while ALL DONE FOOLING (Joey Mosher) claimed show dough. In the Gerald Smith-devoid third split, NEUTRAL DATA reigned supreme scoring his second stakes win of the season with driver/trainer Wallace Watson calling the shots for owners Harold and Nancy Dresser of Buxton. WILLY MAC (Gary Mosher) was second and EVERYBODY LIES (David Ingraham) was third. Live racing continues at Scarborough Downs next weekend on Friday and Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm.  By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Thursday, July 25, 2013 (Scarborough, Maine) - The great Maine-bred standardbred trotter, Pembroke Prayer, stands on the brink of achieving millionaire status as he gears up to make the 250th start of his storied career on Friday (7-26) at Scarborough Downs. The nine-year-old son of Like A Prayer now stands less than $2,000 from breathing the rarified air of Millionaire Row and will cross over the threshold on Friday if he should win Scarborough's $4,500 fifth race, scheduled to go to post at approximately 5:00 PM (EDT). Pembroke Prayer is co-owned by prominent horsemen Mark Ford and William Varney and was foaled at Varney's farm in Bangor, Maine during the spring of 2004. The accomplished trotter therefore holds the distinction of being the richest racehorse ever to be born in the Pine Tree State. A terror of the upper-level set throughout his career, Pembroke Prayer has tasted victory a total of 51 times during his career and has been feted in the winners circles of 16 different racetracks across America, having taken his lifetime mark of 1:53.3 last season at Pocono Downs. His most notable state of Maine win came at Scarborough Downs in 2010 as he defeated world Champion Enough Talk in the $50,000 Joseph Ricci Memorial Trot, stopping the tele-timer in a then-track record of 1:57.3 to best one of the greatest field of trotters ever assembled in the Pine Tree State. "The track has been buzzing with anticipation ever since Pembroke Prayer's name came out on the overnight sheet this week," said track announcer Mike Sweeney. "We can't wait to see this great campaigner back in front of the fans at Scarborough. He's coming off a handy win at Bangor last week and draws into a rather manageable field at the Downs so, while nothing is ever guaranteed, it looks like we'll have a great chance to witness history on Friday." Currently housed in the stable of Valerie Grondin, Pembroke Prayer will be driven by familiar pilot Heath Campbell. by Susan Higgins      

It doesn't happen very often when a horseman is cited twice in a two week span, but it did over the 4th of July weekend to harness racing driver Heath Campbell at Scarborough Downs.

Maine Sire Stakes Championships for the 3-year-old divisions were decided on Sunday (10/14) at Scarborough Downs. An enthusiastic harness racing crowd came forth to witness the combat as the Maine-breds battled for purses in excess of $77,000 per split.

Pembroke Dewey is a happy horse. Which is only fair, since he spends a lot of time making harness racing owner Bill Varney happy. Heading into Sunday's Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes championship at Scarborough Downs, Pembroke Dewey has won 12 of 13 races this year and was second in the other. Of the lucky 13 races, 12 were in the MSBS.

Maine Sire Stakes racing took center stage at Scarborough Downs on Sunday as the 2-year-old championships were decided in four distinct splits, raced for purses in excess of $52,000 per division. A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Seaside Oval to bear witness to the event and they were rewarded for their patronage by outstanding performances both equine and human.

Harness racing driver Heath Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday (8/11) at Scarborough Downs, steering three winners down victory lane; chief among them, Pembroke Dewey, who claimed top honors in an $11,767 division of Maine Sire Stakes competition.

It was a big day of giving and some of the most exciting harness racing of the season as the second annual Maine Harness Racing Gives Back day took center stage at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/28).

A large and enthusiastic gathering greeted the renewal of the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic Invitational on Back to the Track Day on Sunday (7/15) as Scarborough Downs pulled out all the stops to welcome eight top-class harness racing invitational pacers to the Seaside Oval.

Two-year-old rising star, Counting on Connie, remained undefeated, winning her fourth consecutive start in Maine Sire Stakes action on Thursday (7/5) at Scarborough Downs. Corinna harness racing driver Heath Campbell steered the gray daughter of Derrybeg confidently to the top, never to look back, en route to the leisure jog around the oval in a moderate 2:09.

Western Comfort provided the crescendo of harness racing excitement at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (5/26), speeding over the lightning-fast strip timed in 1:54.2. Driven by Heath Campbell for trainer Michael Hitchcock, the 6-year-old son of Western Hanover recorded the second-fastest mile of the season at the seaside Oval.

Wholly Louy continued his successful assault on the Scarborough Downs Free-for-All ranks on Saturday (4/28), posting his second top class harness racing victory from three local appearances timed in a seasonal best, 1:55.4.

Scarborough Downs and the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association are pleased to announce that Sunday's (11/6) Maine Harness Racing Gives Back event raised a total of $5,234.00 for three Maine charities.

Scarborough Downs and the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association present Maine Harness Racing Gives Back, a day of racing exciting and giving, to be held at The Downs on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The event will benefit three Maine charities. Post time is 12:05 pm.

The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (MSBOA) and Scarborough Downs will present the Maine Breeders Stakes 2-year-old Trotting and Pacing Finals on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Post time for the harness racing card is 1:05 pm.

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