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Scarborough, Maine - October 12, 2019 ... A large and enthusiastic crowd converged on Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10/12) to witness the crowning of the Maine Sire Stakes champions as Maine's premier harness racing facility once again played host to Maine's marquee day of racing on Festival of Champions Day. Purses in excess of $570,000 heightened the anticipation as Maine's preeminent drivers mapped out their strategies, but it was a 21-year-old rising star bursting boldly to the head of the class on Saturday. Matthew Athearn, winning early and winning often, grabbed top honors in three of the eight Maine Sire Stakes Finals before closing out his grand slam day with a maiden class victory in the afternoon's finale. Athearn, whose horses earned $132,963 on Saturday, clearly lived up to the nickname "Matty Ice" as he coolly vaulted into forth place in the drivers standings while simultaneously elevating to the status of leading money earner at the meet this year. Two-year-old Filly Trot Final - $55,045 purse Athearn's profitable day quickly got underway in the very first race of the day as he guided RT's Warrior to a gate-to-wire score timed in 2:03.2. The win was the third career tally for the daughter of Noble Venture-Oye Oye who is trained by Matty's mother, Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. "He's a strong willed trotter who wants things his own way" Gretchen remarked, "He certainly got his preferred trip today." Current Caper (Bruce Ranger) finished second while Gracie Under Fire (Ivan Davies) rallied for third. Three-year-old Colt Trot Final - $82,157 purse Athearn's day of acclaim continued later in the program as Hall of Fame conditioner, Donald Richards, sent a pair of trotters to the gate for longtime owners Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. Wind Current (Current Cast - Flourescent), the less regarded portion of the entry, glided comfortably to the front, en route to an 11-1/2 length manhandling of his fellow high-steppers. The mile was timed in a lifetime best 2:01.2 to give "Matty Ice" his second stakes win of the afternoon. In Bill We Trust (Shane Taggart) crashed the number at 35-1 odds to finish second while Spot On Gone (Mark Athearn) was elevated to third after Ally Way Cast (the other portion of the Richards entry) was placed out of the money for a pylon rule violation. Two-year-old Colt Trot Final - $54,948 purse Athearn scored his third stakes trotting win in this division as he once again chose the front end journey for The Man Band (Boy Band - Cinematic Hanover). The duo maintained a steady advantage throughout the mile before holding off a determined late stretch run by Stevic (Ivan Davies) who fell a mere length shy at the wire. Trained by partial owner Marc Tardif for fellow owner Leighton Property, The Man Band broke his maiden in the biggest engagement of his career on Saturday, stopping the clock in 2:04.4. Current Connection (Bruce Ranger) completed the top three. Three-year-old Filly Trot - $82,168 A year of dominant performances continued for Just Enuf Sass on Saturday as the daughter of Boy Band - Sassy's Child toyed with the competition while securing her ninth win of the season for owner-trainer Joseph Flynn with regular driver Michael Stevenson sitting the seat. "Joe's had this filly good all season long" Stevenson remarked, "Its pretty remarkable how she's grown mentally since she was a two-year-old. She has a bright future ahead of her." Pembroke Sweets (Heath Campbell) finished second while Winning Wind (Matthew Athearn) battled for third. Two-year-old Filly Pace - $55,073 purse Shes A Fireball (Western Maverick - Fire Can Fly) claimed top honors in this freshman filly split after grinding it out in first over style to claim a brand new lifetime mark of 2:00 flat in only the second win of her career. Ron Cushing expertly executed the robust driving strategy for trainer Heidi Gibbs and his co-owner Adams Racing "She's a moody filly and I had trouble keeping her flat this year" Cushing said, "She was bred from a broodmare I owned with Ken Clairmont but its a little bittersweet as unfortunately we lost Kenny a couple of years ago." Two Moods (Ivan Davies) was second while Maverick Fiber (John Nason), the post time favorite settled for third. Two-year-old Colt Pace - $55,095 purse Chico Estrella (Western Maverick - Madonna Hanover) capped a lightly raced yet brilliant season by scoring her sixth win of the year from only seven starts. Driver Gary Mosher steered the Erika Saucier trainee through an extended first over gambit up the backstretch before clearing to the top by the head of the lane, stopping the clock in 2:01. Out of a blue hen brood mare, Chico Estrella is owned by the stalwart tandem of W J Donovan and the East Pond Stable. Wesley Snoops (Ivan Davies) finished second at 32-1 odds while Pembroke Hat Trick (David Ingraham) added additional value, finishing third at 18-1 odds. Three-year-old Filly Pace - $82,184 purse Wicked Wanda (Deuce Seelster - Wafflesicecream) upset the heavily favored Moonlightandroses after grabbing an advantageous second over journey which was punctuated by a stunning three wide swoop off the final turn with driver David Ingraham calling the shots for owner/trainer Tony Dearborn. "We got a good trip today, yes that's true" Ingraham mused, "But this mare has been good all year long." JUstCallMeBets (Matthew Athearn) was second while MayDayMaverickHope finished third at 31-1 odds as the Trifecta payoff came back at a hefty $1346.80. Three-year-old Colt Pace - $82,195 purse Trainer Valerie Grondin claimed the lions' share in this sophomore colt final as two of her trainees, Victoria's Maverick (Heath Campbell) and Bait A Hook (David Ingraham) finished first and second respectively. Bait A Hook did all the hard work, racing first over up the backstretch but it was his stablemate who benefited as Victoria's Maverick drafted behind the live cover before sprinting to the lead at the wire. A brother to Maine Stakes Champions Seeley Man and Pembroke Perfect, the son of Western Maverick - Perfect Launch stopped the clock in a seasonal best 1:58.3 for co-owners Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe. CBF Bantam (Gary Mosher) overcame a break at the start to rally for the show. Even as the Maine Sire Stakes season concludes Scarborough Downs will continue to feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm (EDT) through the first weekend in December. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, ME - October 11, 2019 ...The Maine Sire Stakes Championship round takes center stage during Festival of Champions Day on Saturday (10/12) at Scarborough Downs, and with over $500,000 in purse money on the line, this will be the richest day in Maine harness racing this season. Eight Maine Sire Stakes Championship races will anchor the eleven race program which is slated to get underway at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) while a festival atmosphere overtakes the historic grandstand at the southern Maine racing venue. Fans will be welcomed at a special trackside tented pavilion area that has been created specifically for the event. Sharon Hood and the Dixon Road Band, one of Maine's premier country music groups will perform in between races, local food trucks will provide tantalizingly delicious food offerings, and a trackside beer garden will be featured. Local radio station WPOR will be broadcasting live from the Downs throughout the afternoon, registering attendees for a grand prize getaway trip for two to the Luke Combs concert at Mohegan Sun. The only place to register for the trip will be at Scarborough Downs on Saturday and the winner will be drawn trackside at 4:30 pm. Admission and programs are free on Festival of Champions Day, and fans will also have the opportunity to enter to win a $1000 Cash Giveaway and six pairs of tickets to the upcoming Travis Tritt concert in Augusta, Maine. Face painting and trackside games will delight the kids on Saturday while everyone will enjoy meeting Winnie, Maine harness racing's mascot, and make sure to check out the Virtual Reality Harness Racing Experience - the closest thing to driving in an actual race! "This is the harness racing party they'll be talking about for years to come" said Denise Terry, vice-president of Scarborough Downs. "We wanted to create a festive atmosphere to help showcase these championship races, and with the help of the Maine Harness Racing Commission and the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, I think we've come up with the perfect mix." Scarborough Downs features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm (EDT). For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 27, 2019 ... The two-year-old harness racing pacing divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program took center stage at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/27) with twin five-horse splits of freshman fillies contesting purses of $9561 and $9562 respectively, while the colts divided out into two races of their own; a field of five going for $9592 while a six horse field garnered a $9692 share. Veteran driver/trainer John Nason sent a pair of ferocious fillies to the gate and their dominant performances soon became the story of the day. First, Western Jane Doe proved relentless in earning her first career winner's circle appearance, claiming the lead from the word "Go" and refusing to relinquish that advantage despite numerous overland challenges. Nason charted the winning course for co-owners Carolyn Corso and Lynn-Marie Plouffe, steering the daughter of Western Maverick-B Passionate to a one-length margin at the wire, timed in 2:01.2. Shes A Fireball (R. Cushing) overcame an early break to rally into the runner-up spot while Two Moods (Ivan Davies) applied persistent overland pressure throughout the third panel before settling for third. Nason then doubled his Maine Sire Stakes pleasure, claiming top honors in the second filly split with Maverick Fiber. The daughter of Western Maverick-Fiber Art won in-hand by a 3-3/4 length measure while breaking her maiden timed in 2:01 as owner Carolyn Corso's roster completed a day of domination in the filly portion of the stakes program. JustCallMeMinnie (M. Athearn) was second while ProudAmericanGirl (S. Thayer) finished third. The boys managed to spread the accolades around a bit more as Wesley Snoops tasted victory for the very first time in his career while impressively making every pole a winning one. Driver/trainer Ivan Davies proved masterful in the sulky, guiding the low-headed son of Western Maverick-Secure Hanover to an under wraps 2-1/2 length margin while stopping the clock in an unhurried 2:00.4. Wesley Snoops was bred and is owned by Nancy Longobardi of Norfolk, Ma. The Leaping Cowboy (M. Athearn) sat the pocket trip while finishing second and Pembroke Ranger, likewise, saved ground to snag third. The second division saw Clairmont continue his rampage through the early portion of the freshman stakes season, remaining undefeated while earning his second consecutive stakes victory from only two lifetime starts. Driver Ron Cushing guided the son of Western Maverick-Unknown Artist to an easy 8-3/4 length jiggy-jog, coasting to the wire timed in a career best 2:01. Clairmont is trained by Heidi Gibbs for co-owners Kevin Sywyk and Ronald Cushing. Run Around John (N. Graffam) rallied for the bridesmaid share while Mister Puzzles (R. Humphrey) finished third. In other action, driver Nick Graffam held the hot hand at the Downs on Saturday, teaming five winners down Victory Lane and at one point scoring four wins in a row. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday as the three-year-old trotters take center stage. Post time for Sunday's card is slated for 1:30 pm (EDT) with a pair of non-betting Maine Sire Stakes races scheduled to go to post at 12:30 pm. 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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 13, 2019 ... The Maine Sire Stakes made their second seasonal appearance at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/13) as the harness racing three-year-old pacing divisions, featuring twin splits for both the fillies and colts, co-anchored an extremely strong Mid-Summer Classic Day card. LucksRealDeal doubled his pleasure in the first colt division, grabbing the lion's share of the $9948 purse while scoring his second consecutive win in Maine Sire Stakes competition. Guided confidently off the car by driver Matthew Athearn, the son of Luckcammotion-Deal With Life maintained a comfortable margin over his closest rival throughout the mile before gliding to an 8-1/4 length romp at the wire, the effort timed in a career best 1:58.2. LucksRealDeal is trained by Marc Tardif who co-owns the gelding in partnership with Leighton Property. Just Chief (M. Sowers) rallied for second while Heza Deuce (B. Ranger) settled for third. Maverick Art continued his season long demonstration of blossoming ability, scoring his fourth career victory in the $9947 second division of colts. Steered with determination toward the early lead by driver Bruce Ranger - after the prohibitive favorite, Bait A Hook rolled off stride behind the gate - Maverick Art dug in gamely to repel all challenges before gliding to a comfortable 2-1/4 length margin timed in a lifetime best 1:57.1. Un-raced as a freshman, the impressive colt, a son of Western Maverick-Fiber Art, is trained by Adam Gray for owner Kenneth Piper. CBF Bantam (G. Mosher) threw in a game rally bid to secure the bridesmaid's share while Victoria's Maverick (H. Campbell) was third. The first $9717 division of fillies featured a battle of razor sharp pacers as both MoonLightAndRoses and MayDayMaverickHope putting their seasonal sire stakes unbeaten streaks on the line. The battle was rather short lived though as driver Steven Wilson hand drove MayDayMaverickHope to an uncontested early lead, gaining an advantage which they never relinquished. The daughter of Western Maverick-Summer Hope, who is trained by Charlene Cushing for owner Darrell Tibbetts, recorded her third victory from only five career starts, all wins coming sequentially, with this one timed in a career best 2:00.2. MoonLightAndRoses (H. Campbell) rallied three wide off the final turn to grab the place while JustCallMeBets (M. Athearn) secured the show. The second $9717 filly division drew out into a field of five pacers which were all winless on the season as the more accomplished campaigners grouped into a separate split by the mere luck of the draw. CominRightAtYou and driver Ron Cushing took full advantage of that happy circumstance by choosing the pike route toward Victory Lane. The victory did not come without perils though as they were forced to withstand a determined overland challenge from Wicked Wanda (D.Ingraham) through the final quarter, and then further withstand a judge's inquiry after Wicked Wanda rolled off stride as they veered wide off the pylons at the head of the lane. When the dust had settled, the daughter of Western Maverick-Express Ball N persevered though, scoring her first seasonal win for trainer Heidi Gibbs and owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing, in a career best 2:00 flat. Cranky (R. Lanpher III) rode the pylons for the runner-up placing while We Love Western (J. Nason) finished third. 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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 6, 2019 ... The horse of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their first local appearance of the 2019 season on Saturday (7/6) as the harness racing fillies and colts of three-year-old pacing divisions came to match strides at Scarborough Downs. Two splits of each gender went to post on the sultry summer afternoon with total stakes purses of $39,329 doled out to the combatants. The girls were first to take to the raceway as Moonlightandroses powered through a determined front end journey to claim victory in the first $9717 filly split. The daughter of Deuce Seelster-Guard The Rose served serious notice to the other ladies assembled that she remains fully determined and capable of defending her 2018 freshman Maine Sire Stakes crown as driver Heath Campbell steered the Valerie Grondin trainee to her second consecutive win in as many seasonal starts. Owned by Clark Bustard of Elmwood, NB, Moonlighandroses paced her mile timed in 2:01.1. Cominrightatyou (R.Cushing) fell just 1-1/4 lengths back at the wire to settle for the place while Gailsgirl N Motion (M. Athearn) finished third. The sultry afternoon transformed itself into a deluge event as the skies opened up while the field assembled for the second filly grouping of the day. The torrential downpour did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm espoused by the backers of Maydaymaverickhope though, as she rallied aggressively to secure her second consecutive Maine Sire Stakes score. Guided by regular pilot Steven Wilson, the Charlene Cushing trainee survived a driver's objection lodged by Mark Athearn, driver of the eventual second place finishing Justcallme Bets, who alleged that Maydaymaverickhope crossed over before the start. The judges disallowed the objection citing insufficient evidence for placings. The daughter of Western Maverick-Summer Hope who is owned by Darrell Tibbetts of Livermore, Maine paced her mile in 2:03.3 over a track which quickly became soggy while the race progressed. Justcallme Bets (M. Athearn) was second while Cranky (R. Lanpher III) rode the pylons for a decent show dough effort. The boys then took to a track which had been downgraded to muddy, as the first of twin splits of the sophomore colt division was contested for a purse of $9747, and as streams formed in the infield, a pacer named Bait A Hook wasted precious little time casting for the lead with veteran teamster David Ingraham serving as the angler. The son of Deuce Seelster-Josie Plumstead, holder of the 2018 Maine Sire Stakes freshman crown, piked twice around the oval to remain a perfect two-for-two on the current season, while delivering trainer Valerie Grondon and owner Clark Bustard their second sire stakes victory of the afternoon. Maverick Art (B. Ranger) settled for the bridesmaid share, finishing a scant 3/4-length back of the eventual winner while CBF Bantam (G. Mosher) executed an extended rally maneuver to claim third place honors. The second $9948 colt division saw Lucksrealdeal rifled off the car by driver Matthew Athearn. Insisting on a front end journey, the duo gained an advantage which was never relinquished as the Marc Tardiff trainee scored the first win of his sophomore season in a respectable 2:00 clocking, given the wet track condition. The son of Luckcamotion-Deal With Life is owned in tandem by the team of Marc Tardif and Leighton Property. Victoria's Maverick (H. Campbell), coupled in the pari-mutuels due to common ownership, rallied strongly to finish a hard charging runner-up while Touch Of Character (S. Wilson) finished third best. Maine Sire Stakes racing returns to the Downs on Saturday July 13th, serving as the co-anchor featured attraction alongside the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic, the biggest invitational pacing event on the Scarborough Downs calendar. 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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - October 13, 2018 .... Festival of Champions Day, a showcase for the Maine Sire Stakes Championship Round started out cold and wet on Saturday (10/13) but quickly heated up and the sun finally made an appearance half way through the harness racing program. The large crowd at Scarborough Downs was treated to a live band along with many giveaways. The first of Eight Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes races, the $89.007 three year old colt & gelding final trot, was won by the 20 year old driver that is affectionately called "Matty Ice" guiding Mouthpiece into the winners circle. Matt Athearn steered the 3 year old son of Noble Venture-Beluga to a wire to wire performance in a time of 2:02.4 on a track rated as good. The heavily favored entry was on the lead at the quarter, parked to the outside, but when he cleared it was all over as he stormed home with a 5¾ length victory, that could have been a lot more. William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine owns the winner and the entry mate He'salittlenoble, who couldn't keep his footing heading to three quarters and broke, but still managed to finish third. The trainer for Mouthpiece was as happy as happy could be and smothered her driver/son with hugs and kisses. Next the $89,278 three year old filly trotting final took center stage with all eyes pinned on favorite June Carter Cast who was having a near perfect season with 11 wins in 12 starts. Pembroke Dancer with driver Nicholas Graffam had the benefit of the rail though and used it to his advantage to pull off the minor upset. Trainer and the drivers' father, Mike Graffam, credits the victory to the early scrum between Pembroke Dancer and June Carter Cast. The daughter of Cr Power Glide-Spring Laughter stretched out June Carter Cast in an opening quarter of 29.4. Pembroke Dancer picked up the fight again at the three quarter pole and from there went on to a four length victory in a time of 2:06.3 for the Ben, Bill and Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. Two year old fillies, racing for $56,454 went to post in their respective final with the leading point earner JustCallMe Bets going off as the favorite. JustCallMe Bets grabbed the lead but had company all away around the seaside oval. Cominrightatyou and driver Ron Cushing hampered the favorite throughout the mile and managed a very game second but the outside route was costly. It was the daughter of Deuce Seelster- Guard The Rose, Moonlightandroses and driver David Ingraham that took home the big prize as Ingraham traveled on the outside following Cominrightatyou and picked up the pieces in the stretch with a four length victory for Canadian owner Clark Bustard of Elmwood, New Brunswick and trainer David White. Moonlightandroses won her fifth race in eight starts timed in 2:06.4. The $56,437 two year old fillies trot final saw Lady Victoria, the daughter of Victor Blue Chip-AJ's Baby, wait out a long photo as she and Buena Vita Bebe and Ron Cushing, who attacked on the inside, were noses apart at the wire. Cushing came back to the winners circle but the photo ultimately gave the win to Lady Victoria. Trainer/Driver Ivan Davies started from post eight and after a couple of missteps by the competition found himself grabbing the lead by the quarter with Lady Victoria. Lady Victoria had enough at the wire to hold on recording her seventh win in nine starts for owner Stephan Hall of Newport, Maine in a time of 2:08.4. The other half of the Davies/Hall Entry, Victor's Secret, finished fourth. The combination of driver Drew Campbell and trainer Jim Dunn captured the $15,000 Fillies and Mare Free For All Pace in 2:01.1 with Western Stepp. Campbell who charged from the back of the pack to record a head victory said in the winners circle that the track was heavy and was fortunate that he managed to get the victory. With the knowledge of the track being heavy Drew Campbell tried a different strategy in the $89, 311 three year pacing fillies final. Campbell left with Gonna Hear Me Rohr, the daughter of Western Maverick-Heather K and settled in behind pacesetter Saratoga Liz who was driven by long time veteran Bruce Ranger, who hasn't raced since 2015. Campbell at the three quarter pole tipped and went by Saratoga Liz and coasted home a 13 length winner in 2:01.4 for owner Bradford Veilleux of Greene, Maine and trainer Jim Dunn. Owners Thomas Dillon of Anson, Maine and Walter Hight of Skowhegan, Maine have teamed up year after year and have owned some of the best racehorses that Maine has offered. Ally Way Cast is another outstanding trotter for this pair and one that Tom Dillon said in the winners circle was one of the best that the team has ever owned. In a very uneventful win, Ally Way Cast, son of Current Cast-Ally-Gal Ridge, easily won the $56,426 two-year-old trotting final in a leisurely 2:06.2, ten lengths the best. Dillon credited his success to driver veteran reinsman Gary Mosher and the Maine stalwart trainer Donald Richards. The $56,460 two year old colt and gelding pacing final saw driver David Ingraham and trainer David White team up for another over the road victory. Bait A Hook from post position eight, saw Ingraham take the son of Deuce Seelster-Josie Plumstead to the outside going past the half and from there he grinded past the competition winning in a time of 2:01.2. When asked in the winners circle about his luck from the outside post positions Ingraham stated that the luck wasn't with him on the draw but he managed to overcome the poor positions. The win with Bait A Hook was the second stakes victory of the day for owner Clark Bustard of Elmwood, New Brunswick Canada. The $15,000 Free For All Trot was won in the same fashion that David Ingraham had demonstrated all day. From post position seven, Ingraham had BJ Anthony out and going at the half and he crossed the wire 11½ length victor in 2:02.2 for owner/trainer Dustin Ingraham. The final of the eight Breeders Stakes races saw the three year old pacing colts go to post battling for a purse of $89,321. Race favorite Pembroke Pharoah got away slow and had problems breaking as the field headed towards three quarters. The outside flow was active and Stormyweatherahead came like a thunderbolt with driver Matt Athearn guiding the son of Luckcamotion-Wolf Creek Cupid into the winners circle finishing off a day that the young driver will never forget. Stormyweatherahead won in a time of 2:00.3, seven lengths the best. Matty Ice, the son of Mark & Gretchen Athearn, started his racing career in 2014, and is now the sports newest millionaire with his driving purses now totaling 1,004,673. Stormyweatherahead is trained by Marc Tardif for owner Leighton Property of Waterboro, Maine. With the Maine Sire Stakes season now concluded, racing action in the PineTreeState will be controlled by the overnight ranks, with live racing action continuing at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday afternoon through December 9th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By William Ellis for Scarborough Downs and the New England Harness Writers Association

Coral Springs, FL – Harness racing driver Bruce Ranger was once the King of the Pompano Park track in south Florida and before that was the top driver in Maine for years. During his illustrious career he competed in nearly 50,000 races with 8,916 wins and purses won at $36,453,179. Then on June 27, 2015 after he finished fourth in the last race with Master Of Puppets at Pompano Park, Bruce Ranger walked away from harness racing. “I was beat back then,” Ranger explained. “Too many accidents, too many mornings jogging or training 15 to 20 horses, then driving in ten or more races at night. My back especially was so sore that I knew it was time to stop.” Ranger returned to his home state of Maine and began rehabilitation, living in Lewiston. He rested up, started to heal and even got married on September 23, 2016 to Mary Beth Beauregard. Now enters Joe Morris in the picture. “My cousin Joe Morris is the one who owns the starting gates up here and it was him that helped get me to get my license and get the job starting the races on the Maine Fair Circuit,” Ranger added. “If It was anyone else other than him I would have said no thank you,” Ranger said. “If anything, it gave me a reason to see him more often. He is my favorite cousin since I was a kid and has helped me in the past.” Now, gone from competing in harness racing for more than three years, Bruce Ranger is returning to the races once again as a driver. His first appearance will be aboard Miss American Bi in the fourth race trot at Scarborough Downs in Maine on Saturday. It’s the $56,437 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. He has one other drive on card in the sixth race, with Saratoga Liz (post two) in the $89,311 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies. Both horses are trained by Kim Ireland. “Here comes cousin Joe Morris again,” Ranger said. “He owns Saratoga Liz and put me down to drive and I also got another one of Kim’s (Ireland) horses.” After being away from racing for more than three years, Ranger is making his comeback with a bang in a couple of major stakes races.  “I got the itch,” Ranger said. “I was very fortunate to get the chance to learn and become a starting judge and then was able to get hired as the starter for the Maine Fair Circuit this summer. “I really enjoyed being the starter for the Maine Fair Circuit,” Ranger added. “It peaked my interest to get back on a sulky and drive. But, first I had to get back in shape again. I ate too much of that great Fair food every weekend.” Getting back in shape for Ranger has been enjoyable. “During the winters I do a lot of skiing,” Ranger said. “And when not working during the summer I love to go biking. It has really helped me get back into shape and both the skiing and biking is great fun. “I had really missed the changing of the seasons and wintertime,” Ranger said. “I’d rather be working a snow blower than jogging horses. So, what are Bruce Ranger’s plans for his return to driving? “Since I got the itch,” Ranger said. “I’ve been considering driving at Plainridge. They have some green now and their purses are much better than what is available in Maine. “Why not go down there and race for real money,” Ranger added. “I’ve been there before when they did not have any decent purses. It’s not that far away that I can make the trip. “I have to see how things go on Saturday,” Ranger said. “I could get behind a horse and right afterwards say “no more” and walk away again. I could also love it and want to do more. We’ll know after Saturday for sure.” When asked about returning to Pompano Park in Florida where Ranger won more than half of his 8,916 career wins, Ranger said “No thank you. I don’t want to race in the heat ever again. I was born and raised up here in New England and want to say around here.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Scarborough, Maine - October 11, 2018 .... The Maine Sire Stakes Championship round takes center stage during Festival of Champions Day on Saturday (10/13) at Scarborough Downs, and with over $600,000 in purse money on the line, this will be the richest day in Maine Harness Racing history. Eight Maine Sire Stakes Championship races will anchor the eleven race program which is slated to get underway at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) while a festival atmosphere overtakes the historic grandstand at the southern Maine racing venue. Fans will be welcomed at a special trackside tented pavilion area that has been created specifically for the event. Country Roads, one of Maine's premier country music bands will perform in between races, local food trucks will provide tantalizingly delicious food offerings, and a trackside beer garden will be featured. Local radio station WPOR will be broadcasting live from the Downs throughout the afternoon, registering attendees for a grand prize flyaway trip for two to the CMA Awards Show in Nashville (provided by EMI Records - Nashville). The only place to register for the trip will be at Scarborough Downs on Saturday and the winner will be drawn trackside at 4:30 pm. Admission and programs are free on Festival of Champions Day, and fans will also have the opportunity to enter to win a $1000 Cash Giveaway. Face painting and trackside games will delight the kids on Saturday while everyone will enjoy meeting Luigi, the ice cream eating horse, as he joins the festivities in his trackside pen. "This is the harness racing party they'll be talking about for years to come" said Wendy Ireland, president of the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. "We wanted to create a festive atmosphere to help showcase these championship races, and with the help of the Downs, I think we've come up with the perfect mix." Scarborough Downs features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm (EDT) through December 9th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - September 6, 2018 .... Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (9/6) as the three year old filly pacing division took center stage. Split into twin 6-horse fields for purses of $11,606 and $11,605 respectively, the sophomore stakes stars anchored the twilight program. Shes A Maverick fired the opening sire stakes salvo on Thursday as driver John Nason rifled his charge off the gate, gained the lead before reaching the 1/8th mile marker, and from there enjoyed an advantage which the tandem never relinquished. The filly survived a determined first-over, mid-mile attempt from the eventual third place finishing Perfect Maverick (Ron Cushing), only to drift wide into the stretch where she held off (by a matter of whiskers) a fast closing, inside bid from the post time favorite, Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell). Trained by John Nason for owner Carolyn Corso, the win was the second consecutive score for Shes A Maverick, who put an end to the imposing five-race win streak of Gonna Hear Me Rohr with her effort. In the day's second division, Saratoga Liz blew up the tote board, scoring an imposing win at 11-1 odds, as catch driver Matthew Athearn put the sophomore lass on the lead for the first time this season. From that coveted perch, the duo repelled all challengers en route to securing the second lifetime win for the daughter of Western Maverick-Laughs Last, in a career best 2:00.2 clocking. Tip Em Off (Dan Deslandes) rode the outer rim throughout, yet still held firm for the runner-up placing, while Luck Of The Deal (Eddie Davis, Jr) rallied from last to third to secure the show dough. Maine Sire Stakes racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/9) as the three year old colt pacing division will anchor the twilight program. The three year old trotters invade the Seaside Oval on Sunday. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing during the coming week on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. Closing Day of the summer meet is slated for September 15th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, ME - September 1, 2018 ... The two-year-old harness racing filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made its first appearance of the 2018 season at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9-1), with twelve entries divided into twin $11,327 splits. The occasion marked the fourth time that the divisional battle call had sounded this year, as the freshmen gals reached the midway point of their sire stakes season. ComingRightAtYou took top honors in the first split, throwing in a steady effort in juxtaposition to some recent appearances, in which the filly had twice failed to maintain stride before and/or after the start. Driver Ron Cushing confidently steered the daughter of Western Maverick-Express Ball N swiftly off the car on Saturday though, putting the competition quickly in line and securing a rather unhurried journey. The strategy enabled them to hold a determined field at bay as they marched through a nifty 59.4 back-half, ultimately reaching the wire under wraps, timed in 2:01.4 for the mile. Trained by Heidi Gibbs for the ownership partnership of Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing, the win marked the third career victory lap for the Maine-bred lass. MoonlightAndRoses (David Ingraham) steered an overland course to grab runner-up honors, while Wicked Wanda (Gary Mosher) drafted second-up for the show - both fillies beaten a well-measured half-length by the ultimate victor. The second Sire Stakes division of the day saw JustCallMeBets looking every bit the 1-9 shot that she was sent to post at, as the ferocious freshman dominated the competition while securing her fifth career victory from six lifetime starts. Driver Mark Athearn sent his charge merrily on her way from the get go, gliding to an opening quarter timed in a leisurely 31.4, before sealing the deal at the half as the tele-timer announced a demoralizing 1:03 clocking. The competition chased in vain from that point on as the daughter of Deuce Seelster-JustCallMeRosie coasted toward a 2:03.2 jaunt in the park sort of effort, finishing well in-hand and under wraps, much to the delight of the wagering public and to the chagrin of her co-combatants. The precocious youngster, ever popular at the mutuel windows, is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. Ms Downeast (Gary Mosher) sat second throughout the mile, ultimately finishing in that position, while we Love Western (John Nason) raced third best. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing during the coming week on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. Maine Sire Stakes racing will be showcased on all three of those days as the three-year-old divisions revisit the raceway. Closing Day of the summer meet is slated for September 15th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - August 11, 2018 ... A large crowd witnessed the return of Maine Sire Stakes action to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/11), bolstered by legions of tourists who flocked from the beaches on the overcast weekend afternoon, as they cheered on twin splits of the sophomore colt pacing division of the state-bred program. ThankYouAllMyFans revved up his engines from the get go in the $10,611 first division, as driver Eddie Davis, Jr attempted to secure the customary front end seat for his home-bred steed, a pacer who had been sent merrily down the highway in each of his last five starts. The Ron Cushing piloted Hoppi would eventually thwart that endeavor though, as the pair of speedball sophomores jockeyed for early position to the quarter, at which point it was ordained that Hoppi would lead the charge from that pole onward, with ThankYouAllMyFans' nose glued right to Cushing's helmet. A rousing, yet strategic game of catch-me-if-you-can then ensued, until the battle was re-joined at the top of the lane. ThankYouAllMyFans pulled to the outside of Hoppi at that point in the mile, as the tandem quite literally matched strides to the wire, before eventually dead-heating for the win in a sizzling 1:57 clocking; a brand new lifetime mark for both. Hoppi, while making his first start of the 2018 season, extended his undefeated streak to a perfect 10 for 10 on his career. The son of Western Hanover-Barbra Ann is trained by Heidi Gibbs for the ownership group of KDK Standardbreds and Florence O'Keefe. ThankYouAllMyFans secured his first win of the 2018 season and has now hit the board in 17 of 19 career starts. The son of Baron Biltmore-Holme In A Moment is trained by Eddie Davis, Jr for the ownership consortium of Janet and Eddie Davis, Jr and Janice Watkinson. Pembroke Pharoah's (Heath Campbell) settled for third best in the contest, as his three-race win streak came to an end. Long shot fever then struck at the Downs in the $10,610 second division as the 14-1 shot, StormyWeatherAhead and driver Matty Athearn wore down the front running combination of Eddie Davis, Jr and the pacer Twelve, in an epic display of strength and stamina. Guided to the outside just past the 3/8th's pole, StormyWeatherAhead appeared to be in uncharted territory as he began his assault on the streaking Twelve, who to that point had not tasted defeat in five consecutive appearances. Stride for stride they duked it out all the way to the wire, with Twelve appearing to hold the upper hand, until a desperate late burst of speed propelled StormyWeatherAhead past his foe at the wire, with mere whiskers separating the two at the finish. StormyWeatherAhead, a son of Luckcamotion-Wolf Creek Cupid, owned by Leighton Property and trained by Marc Tardif, stopped the clock in a career best 1:57.2, while returning a hefty $31.20 for a $2 win ticket. Twelve finished a dead-game runner-up while MyLastDime (David Ingraham) rallied for the show. Maine Sire Stakes action now heads out on its weeklong Skowhegan Fair swing before returning to the Downs in one week's time on Sunday August 19th. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing throughout the summer season on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs         #       Virus-free. www.avast.com

Scarborough, Maine - July 26, 2018 ... The Gretchen Athearn roster ran roughshod over Maine Sire Stakes competition at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/28) as the Cumberland Fairgrounds-based, family staffed outfit, sent three stakes winners down Victory Lane; two in the very same race! The dominant stable performance was highlighted by a dead heat finish in a $10,589 split of the sophomore filly trotting division, in which ShesAHarleyGirl (Matthew Athearn) doggedly tracked down her stable-mate, DualPatWitchyWoman (Eddie Davis, Jr.) at the wire, to stop the clock in 2:05; establishing brand new lifetime speed records for both. ShesAHarleyGirl, a daughter of Noble Venture-Dynamic Kid is owned in partnership by Joan Harmon, Normand St. Clair and Gretchen Athearn. Not to be denied her fair share of winners circle glory, DualPatWitchyWoman, a daughter of Boy Band-Hs Hallsdeckedout is owned by the tandem of Linwood Higgins and Dual-Pats Farm. American Flambé (Ron Cushing) finished third. The Athearn stable magic worked equally well on both genders of Standardbreds on Saturday as Mouthpiece, another enrollee in the Athearn honors program, continued to state his case for prized student of his class in the three-year-old colt division, which went post-ward for the purse of $10,657. The son of Noble Venture-Beluga who is owned by William Phipps, threw in a strong rally bid en route to securing his fourth win of the season with driver Matthew Athearn guiding the gelding to a steady 2:00.3 clocking, effectively setting the table for the ultimate Gretchen Athearn hat trick. Cinamatic Venture (Gary Mosher) charged hard late to gain the bridesmaid share while Pembroke Boss Man (Nick Graffam) overcame an early misstep to finish third best in the split. Just to spread some of the success beyond the boundaries of the Athearn barn, earlier in the day, June Carter Cash continued to prove an unstoppable force in Maine Sire Stakes action as the push-button filly strode to her fifth win in a row while keeping her seasonal undefeated record intact, in a $10,589 non-betting split of the filly trotting ranks. Driver Gary Mosher never felt pressure as he hustled the sophomore daughter of Current Cast-Celebrity Image confidently off the car, ultimately extending to a 13-length margin at the wire, timed in a career best 2:01.1. June Carter Cast was trained to her 9th career victory by Hall of Fame conditioner Donald Richards for the perennially powerful partnership pair of Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. Sweet Amy O (John Beckwith) just got up at the wire to secure runner-up honors in the non-betting dash, while Sister Longwood (Heath Campbell) rode the pylons to third. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing throughout the summer season on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 22, 2018 ... Maine Sire Stakes action made its third consecutive appearance at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/22) as the three-year-old colt pacing division took center stage. In stunning deja vu fashion, everything old was reminiscently new once again on Sunday with two stakes divisions generating the exact same winners from just the week prior. It seems that Pembroke Pharoah has found winning races to his liking. It was only last week that the Baron Biltmore-Migrane colt tasted the sweet nectar of success for the very first time in his career. Apparently he found the experience so pleasing that he came back for a second serving in his very next start, and has now earned the status of "flavor of the month" in Maine Sire Stakes circles. Driver Heath Campbell was once again able to negotiate a prime second-over journey for the up-and-coming sophomore this week, sliding in behind the twice favored My Last Dime (David Ingraham) as the field approached the midway point. Ever game, My Last Dime persistently tracked down the front-running ThankYouAllMyFans (Eddie Davis, Jr), ultimately overtaking his prey at the top of the lane, but equally determined, Pembroke Pharoah once again ascended over his rival at the wire, with the margin of victory not measured in cubits but rather in mere whiskers. Pembroke Pharoah is trained by Valerie Grondin for the ownership consortium of William Varney and Heath Campbell. He claimed top honors in his $10,606 stakes split while stopping the tele-timer in 1:58.4. My Last Dime was vanquished to second best for the second week in a row, while ThankYouAllMyFans held steady for third. A horse named Twelve secured his fourth consecutive Sire Stakes score in the $10,605 second division on Sunday as driver/trainer Eddie Davis, Jr deftly steered his charge on toward an early lead. From that perspective they toyed with the field through moderate fractions, gaining an advantage which they would ultimately never relinquish. Owned by Dean Malin, the Shady Character-Sabine Hanover gelding paced the mile in a leisurely 1:59.3 to score the seventh top tally of his career while simultaneously delivering the 4999th career tally for driver Eddie Davis, Jr. StormyWeatherAhead (Matthew Athearn) rode the perfect pocket trip to earn the bridesmaid share while Just One More Time (Michael Stevenson) sat the pylons to finish third. 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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 19, 2018 ... The Maine Sire Stakes opened a weekend long engagement at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/19) as the three-year-old filly pacing division, divided into twin splits, anchored a well received 8-race harness racing twilight program. The opening stakes division saw Little Honey Badger bolting alertly off the car in a valiant attempt at gaining early supremacy. The David Ingraham piloted entry was immediately met with substantial gate speed to her inside though which forced her driver to abort the early takeoff maneuver and rein the filly back to third. And third they sat as the favored Pembroke Passionly (Heath Campbell) cut the mile with the well regarded JustCallMeDee (Mark Athearn) claiming the pocket seat, and single file style these three raced past the quarter pole marker. As they turned for home though, the battle that was aborted at the start of the race was renewed with great vigor, and the three principles fanned across the raceway as the finish line came into view. Little Honey Badger deftly snuck off the pylon path as she vaulted past her early vanquishers, gliding to a hand-driven lifetime best 2:01.1 speed record in only the second winner's circle appearance of her career. The sophomore daughter of Cheyenne Hollywood-Terri I Fra, owned and trained by Michael Graffam of Falmouth, Maine, claimed the lion's share of the $10,831 purse while returning a generous $27.40 win price to the fans. JustCallMeDee held steady at the wire to secure the brides-mare share while Pembroke Passionly faded back to third. The $10,830 second division featured a rematch between a pair of fillies who had finished first and second to each other in two of their 2018 sire stakes appearances. Cab Bearnaise (Mitchell Cushing), a two-time stakes winner this season had bested Shes A Maverick (John Nason) in her sophomore debut, only to experience the taste of defeat, courtesy of her rival, in their very next match-up. Living up to expectations, the battle was joined immediately, with the gloves coming off as soon as the starter released the field. Cab Bearnaise, holding the inside edge over her rival, was hustled on to the early lead only to be hounded to the quarter mile marker by Shes A Maverick who paced through a torrid 28.1 panel while aired to quarter. Despite a perfunctory challenge up the backstretch and an attempt to rally through the lane, Cab Bearnaise's fate was sealed after that opening salvo as Shes A Maverick stepped off to a lifetime equaling 1:59 clocking, en route to a 2-1/2 length margin of victory. Shes A Maverick, a daughter of Western Maverick-Fiber Art, is trained by John Nason for owner Carolyn Corso of Henderson, Nevada. Cab Bearnaise, by finishing second, continued her mastery of the pari-mutuels with her 4th on the board placing this season. Where Does Time Go (David Ingraham) rode the pylons to grab the show dough. Maine Sire Stakes action will be featured all weekend long at Scarborough Downs with the 2-year-old colt pacing division gracing the seaside oval on Saturday, one day before their sophomore older brothers take over center stage on Sunday. 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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - June 24, 2018 ... The Maine Sire Stakes program made its second seasonal appearance at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (6/24) with the three-year-old colt pacing division taking center stage at the raceway. Thirteen state-breds were divided into two splits which raced for purses in excess of $10,600 per dash. Speed was the order of the day in the $10,605 first stakes division as driver/trainer Eddie Davis, Jr briskly hustled the pacer, Twelve, out to the early lead while simultaneously taking determined air to a quarter timed in 28.1. Despite the torrid opening panel, the son of Shady Character-Sabine Hanover continued to add to his lead at every successive pole, before stepping out to an in hand margin of 5-1/2 lengths at the finish line, stopping the clock in a seasonal best 1:57 flat. Owned by Dean Malin of Gilbertville, MA, the win marked the fourth triumphant effort for the sophomore campaigner. StormyWeatherAhead (M. Athearn) skimmed the wood to finish second, while The DeuceMeister (D. Deslandes) rallied strongly to grab the show dough. As impressive as Twelve was in the opening split, Eddie Davis' bid to claim victory in both stakes divisions was thwarted at the wire, as no fewer than four challengers came flying late after the pacesetting duo, with the stampede ultimately separated by less than two lengths when the dust had settled. As starter Bruce Ranger released the field, Davis sent ThankYouAllMyFans smartly to the lead as MyLastDime and driver Shawn Gray settled solidly in second. With motion coming from the back of the pack approaching the half, Gray calculated that the pocket was not the proper place to be, and he quickly pulled alongside Davis to engage. The duo battled toe to toe throughout the second navigation of the oval, only to be separated by mere whiskers as they crossed the wire in lockstep, with MyLastDime ultimately declared the winner after a careful examination of the photo-finish print. Owned and trained by Alicia Gray, MyLastDime, a son of Baron Biltmore-Twin B Candy took a brand new lifetime mark of 1:58.4 in only his first start of the 2018 season. ThankYouAllMyFans held on for the runner-up placing by the official margin of a nose, while HeyThePartysOver (D. Ingraham) finished third by a scant half-length measure. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to the Downs on Sunday (7/1) when the three-year-old trotting divisions take center stage with post time slated for 1:30 pm (EDT). 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 www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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