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Drew Campbell put on a clinic of harness driving prowess on Sunday (6/2) winning 6 races on the 10 race program while inching closer to the latest milestone in his sights - Membership into the 5000 career win club. The perennial powerhouse and current leading driver at Scarborough Downs now sits with 4994 lifetime trips down Victory Lane and with a full slate of drives at Plainridge Park and Bangor Raceway scheduled for the coming week, chances are that Campbell will become enshrined as Mr 5000 well before live racing returns to the Downs next weekend. En route to claiming victory in the first five races on the card, Campbell opened the day with a 1:54 front-running score behind Lioness Hanover who, in the process, registered the fastest win time of the 2019 Scarborough Downs meet. He followed that speedy trip up with a pair of off-the-pace journeys with Explosiveafternoon (2:02) and Western Stepp (1:56.4), before returning to the pike-route strategy with the 14-year-old Anderlecht (1:56.3) and CJ Marshall (1:58). Campbell then reverted to the rally-method to secure Thomas B Hanover’s (1:58) third career victory to close out his phenomenal six-pack performance. Live harness racing will resume on Saturday (6/8) at Scarborough Downs with a special 2:00 pm (EDT) post time on the Belmont Stakes Day program. The card will feature three $10,000 invitational events; the renewal of the historic Dirigo Pace, The Shady Sabrina Distaff Pace and The Obrigado Trot, all leading up to the simulcast of thoroughbred racing’s third jewel of the Triple Crown season. Buffet dining will be available in the elegant Downs Club Restaurant for $21 (inclusive) on Belmont Stakes Day and reservations are recommended. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - March 29, 2019 ... Saturday and Sunday's live harness racing cards have been cancelled at Scarborough Downs. Track management and representatives of the Maine Harness Horseman's Association both concur that incoming weather coupled with the winter thaw have combined to create adverse track conditions, necessitating the postponement of the Opening Weekend of Maine's harness racing season. Racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday April 6th with a 12:30 pm post time. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 PM (EDT) through the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - March 29, 2019 ... Scarborough Downs will swing open it's gates for the 70th consecutive year on Saturday (3/30), welcoming the multitudes of fans and horses back to the track, and heralding the start of the 2019 harness racing season in Maine. The Downs will open the race meet on a two day a week schedule, racing Saturday and Sunday afternoon cards with a post time of 12:30 p.m. (EDT). Admission to the races is once again free of charge at the Downs, and with twin 8-race programs carded for both Saturday and Sunday, the fans will have ample opportunity to witness the excitement and pageantry of harness racing from a close-up, rail-bird's seat. In addition to a season full of top harness racing action, the track is pleased to promote exciting events all season long. The Kentucky Derby, which kicks off thoroughbred racing's chase for the Triple Crown, falls on May 4th this year and will once again be the Downs' biggest party of the year. On the local side, the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic, scheduled for July 13, will attract and showcase the finest pacers in New England while the $25,000 Joseph Ricci Memorial (August 24) will be the highlight of the trotting scene in Maine. The Maine Sire Stakes program will once again anchor the action at the Downs this summer as the regal Maine-bred pacers and trotters launch their season-long campaigns beginning on June 25, culminating in the highly anticipated Festival of Champions on October 12, where they will be racing for championship glory and combined purses that will exceed $600,000. The local harness racing season, packed with heart pounding excitement and the chance to win big, gets underway as the bugler sounds the first "Call to Post" at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Get Back to the Track to experience it all! Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 PM (EDT) through the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - December 7, 2018 ... With just two days remaining in the 2018 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs, Year End Award recipients were announced on Friday (12/7) as the staff at the seaside oval continued with the tradition of honoring achievement, while recognizing the excellence of the many performers who made the meet one of the most successful in recent years. Drew Campbell once again walked away with Scarborough's Leading Driver title as the perennial powerhouse's tally of 148 wins easily outdistanced the 80 scores amassed by runner-up Mitchell Cushing, who in his breakthrough season, is generally recognized as one of the industry's rising stars. Campbell's dominance extended through all driving categories. From 487 starts, he topped out with; the most wins (148), highest purse earnings ($487,489), the gaudiest Universal Driver Rating (.473) and the leading win percentage after visiting the winners circle with 31.7% of his drives. Top Trainer honors went to Bo Sowers, who served notice from the earliest portions of the meet that his roster would be a force to reckon with. His unprecedented blitz of five wins on the opening day card elevated him to the top of the Leader's Board, a position that he would never relinquish throughout the entirety of the meet. From 192 starts, Sowers scored 42 wins while boasting a hefty .351 Universal Trainer Rating. His horses' earnings totaled $126,460 on the year. The Freeman Parker Award which recognizes the Up-And-Coming Driver of the Year goes to McGwire Sowers in 2018. The 18-year-old sensation wasted little time in making an impact at the Downs, piloting five winners down Victory Lane on Opening Day, catapulting himself to an early lead in the driver's standings, a position that he held for much of the first month of the meet. Sowers closed out his Scarborough season with 44 wins from 255 starts, finishing 5th on the year end Leader's Board. The Loring Norton Award which recognizes the Up-And-Coming Trainer of the Year belongs to Christopher Petrelli. The 19-year-old conditioner won the very first race of the 2018 meet with Fox Valley Bailey (one of two wins from his roster on the Opening Day program) and closed out the season in 7th place on the Leader's Board with 19 top tallies. JJs Jet was named Pacer of the Year for 2018, on the strength of his track record performance in Scarborough's $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic. During a year when the big invitational horses seldom graced the seaside oval, the 9-year-old son of Jereme's Jet-Northern Desire made the biggest splash, touring the raceway in a new track record of 1:52.3 with Drew Campbell at the helm, eclipsing the previous benchmark of 1:52.4 established 25 years ago by Hotrod Falcon and Walter Case, Jr., way back in 1993. JJs Jet, a winner of 3 races from 4 seasonal starts at the Downs, is trained by James Dunn for owner Bruce Maxwell. Nathaniel capped of a strong 2018 meeting at the Downs by securing Trotter of the Year honors. The 5-year-old son of Lear Jetta-Ponytail Express secured five top-level wins from 10 local appearances, including a 1:57.4 score in the $16,200 renewal of the Joseph Ricci Memorial. The handsome chestnut trotter is trained by James Dunn for owner Linwood Higgins. The leading lady of the meet was a mid-level pacer named Rockintheniteaway. A nine-time local winner, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Best Of Ball was a gimmicks player's dream come true throughout the entire season in 2018, factoring in the Scarborough pari-mutuels at an astounding 23 for 29 clip. The Distaff Pacer of the Year is owned and trained by Gordon Du Bois Sr. A battle tested veteran was named Claimer of the Year as Kid Courageous A continued to defy age all season long. The 14-year-old war horse scored an eye-popping 1:56.1 open-length victory on Opening Day at the Downs (a speed standard that was not eclipsed until well into the second month of the meet) and with one local start remaining on Saturday (12/8) amassed a record of 6-1-3 from 14 appearances. The son of Bettor's Delight-Talilia is owned and trained and driven by Dan Deslandes. Live harness racing will be featured this coming Saturday and Sunday during closing weekend at Scarborough Downs with the 12th annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony taking center stage on Saturday (12/8). Post time for both performances will be at 12:15 pm (EST). The Downs will remain open for simulcast wagering on a seven day a week schedule throughout the winter months with opening day of the 2019 live harness racing meet set for March 30th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - June 30, 2018 ... The Mid-Summer Classic Series made a triumphant return to Scarborough Downs on Saturday as a dazzling field of six invitational class pacers answered the call to post for an event that had been absent from the racing calendar since 2012. None shone brighter than StarzNHeaven though, whose game rally bid resulted in a divisional track record timing of 1:53.1, as he laid claim to the title of fastest aged stallion winner in the 68 year history of the seaside oval. The effort supplanted the oldest pacing record on the books, an honor held by Prince Ebony and driver Ron Pierce since they won the 1990 edition of Scarborough's iconic Presidents Pace. The former record was equaled in 2009 by On A Tear and driver Shawn Gray. As the race unfolded, Hickory Icon and driver David Ingraham set blazing early fractions leading the field past the first three poles through torrid clockings of 27.4, 55.4 and 1:24 flat. JJs Jet (D. Campbell) took dead aim on the pacesetter just past the half, pulling to lead the overland charge and providing perfect cover to his brother Heath Campbell who was piloting the heavily favored StarzNHeaven. The perfect cover nearly turned into a nightmare scenario though as JJs Jet rolled off-stride just past the ¾-mile marker, scattering the trailers, including StarzNHeaven who appeared to lose most of his forward momentum. Class showed through though as Heath Campbell and his charge quickly regained their composure, made up all that lost ground in a matter of seconds, and stoically engaged Hickory Icon at the top of the stretch. The six-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Dancinwiththestarz coasted through a hand-driven tour of the lane to post the ¾-length margin over Hickory Icon, while Kenrick N (R. Cushing) rallied for the show. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA and Donald Emond of Taunton, MA, StarzNHeaven scored his fifth consecutive win during what turned into a triumphant homecoming for trainer Jim Nickerson, a state of Maine native who now plies his trade at Saratoga Raceway. The 2nd elimination leg of the Mid-Summer Classic Series will be held on July 7 with the $25,000 final scheduled for Saturday July 14th. 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 23, 2018 ... The Maine Sire Stakes action got underway at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (6/23) with the three-year-old filly pacing division making its initial harness racing appearance of the 2018 season. Sixteen sophomore hopefuls divided into twin 8-horse fields, contested miles for purses in excess of $11,000 per split. Like a fine wine, Cab Bearnaise has clearly improved with age, as the daughter of Shady Character - Get A Cab seems to have reached her peak vintage as she embarks on her 3-year-old season. Like an expertly crafted culinary masterpiece, she patiently followed a tried and true recipe for success on Saturday while claiming victory in her first foray into Maine Sire Stakes action in 2018. Guided in the $11,055 split by regular pilot Mitchell Cushing for the ownership consortium of Linwood Higgins and John Korhonen, the Charlene Cushing trainee, secured a picture perfect picket trip behind the heavily favored She's A Maverick (John Nason). She then followed the punter's darling twice around the oval before pouncing to a 1-1/4 length margin of victory at the wire, claiming a maiden breaking clocking of 2:01.4. She's A Maverick who finished second, has now finished top-two placed in all of her 11 career appearances. Poocham Magic (N. Graffam) raced tidy at the rail to finish third. JustCallMeDee extended her seasonal undefeated streak to two-a-row by claiming victory in the $11,056 second division on Saturday with driver Mark Athearn plotting the winning strategy. The duo tussled with Top Em Off (S. Thayer) to the quarter before establishing a dominant front-end position that they would ultimately never surrender despite a full field cavalry charge at the finish. The daughter of Deuce Seelster - JustCallMeRosie is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. The win marked the 4th training win on the program for the Athearn Stable. Tip Em Off fell a mere 1-1/2 lengths short after parlaying a pocket trip into the runner-up placing. Pembroke Passionly (H. Campbell), last season's freshman divisional champion, ground out a determined first over attack to finish third. Maine Sire Stakes action continues on Sunday (6/24) when the three-year-old colt pacing division takes 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

Scarborough, Maine - May 13, 2018 ... Air Force Grad, a 7-year-old standardbred, is on quite a roll right now. The striking steed has now won 4 straight races at Scarborough Downs this year and remarkably has done so with 4 different drivers teaming him home! Owner/trainer Charlene Cushing took her turn in the sulky on Sunday (5/13), and fittingly (as the only woman and only mother driving on the card) earned top honors at the raceway on Mother's Day! Cushing, who just this month graduated from college, couldn't have been any prouder of her beautiful gray, and while she'll soon be putting her recently earned degree to work by launching a new career as a Registered Nurse, she vows that she'll still make time to Get Back to the Track! With a winning horse like Air Force Grad, who can blame her? Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing next Saturday (5/19) with a special 2:00 p.m. (EDT) post time on Preakness Stakes day. Racing will resume on Sunday (5/20) at 1:30 p.m. as the Downs hosts their first annual College Day at the races, featuring $1.00 hot dogs, $2.00 draft beer, $4 Bloody Marys and free programs for all college students. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - April 22, 2018 ... Mitch Cushing held the hot hand on the first spring-like day of the harness racing season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (4/22), the 20-year-old teamster turning up just as torrid as the temperature, while guiding four winners down Victory Lane. Included in the tally was an open-length victory with the trotter, Prince C Hall, fittingly symbolizing Mitch's regal day at the races. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

Scarborough, Maine - March 31, 2018 ... Scarborough Downs swung open its gates for the 68th consecutive year on Saturday (3/31) and was graced by a large and enthusiastic crowd which turn out to witness the splendor and spectacle of harness racing and to cheer the winners home. While defending driving champion, Drew Campbell, won the first race of the 2018 season with Fox Valley Bailey, it was rookie driver, McGwire Sowers, who stepped into the limelight on Saturday, claiming victory in five of the ten races programmed, and at one time posting wins in four consecutive races on the card. Sowers' quintuple performance kicked off in the third race of the day as he cut brisk fractions aboard Falcon's Luke to stop the clock in a blistering 1:57.1, which was at the time the fastest clocking of the young meet. He quickly extended his win streak with front running scores behind Jus' Like A Virgin, Keystone Camaro and Bliss And Luck, before closing out the day by engineering another pike effort with Northern Ideal in the finale. All five of Sower's winners hailed from the family stable headed by Bo Sowers, the young teamster's father. In other notable action at the Downs on Saturday, the fastest mile of the young meet was recorded by the 14-year-old veteran, Kid Courageous A, who stopped the tele-timer in a brisk 1:56.1 effort while coming from off the pace for owner/driver/trainer Dan Deslandes. The win was the 55th career score for the veteran pacer. Live harness racing will resume on Easter Sunday (4/1) at Scarborough Downs with a ten race program swinging into action beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - March 30, 2018 ... Scarborough Downs will swing open it's gates for the 68th consecutive year on Saturday (3/31), welcoming the multitudes of fans and horses back to the track, and heralding the start of the 2018 harness racing season in Maine. The Downs will open the race meet on a two day a week schedule, racing Saturday and Sunday afternoon cards with a post time of 1:30 p.m. (EDT). The response to Opening Weekend has been exceptionally keen among the harness racing community this season with 170 horses entered in to race this week, resulting in full fields and ten race programs carded for both Saturday and Sunday's performances. Admission to the races is once again free of charge at the Downs, and with a seasonally warm and sunny day forecast for Saturday, the fans will have ample opportunity to witness the excitement and pageantry of harness racing from a close-up, rail-bird's seat. Featured alongside the harness races themselves, drawings for fun prizes will be conducted throughout the afternoon on Saturday with one lucky patron set to walk away with a free betting voucher good for $100 worth of wagers. In addition to a season full of top harness racing action, the track is pleased to promote exciting events all season long. The Kentucky Derby, which falls on May 5th this year, is the Downs' biggest party of the year, while the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic, scheduled for July 14, will attract and locally showcase the finest horses in New England. The Maine Sire Stakes program will once again anchor the action at the Downs this summer as the regal Maine-bred pacers and trotters launch their season-long campaigns beginning on June 23, culminating in the Festival of Champions on October 13 where they will be racing for championship glory and combined purses that will exceed $500,000. The local harness racing season, packed with heart pounding excitement and the chance to win big, gets underway as the bugler sounds the first "Call to Post" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Get Back to the Track to experience it all! Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) through the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - December 8, 2017 ... The curtain will fall on the 2017 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs with the final two performances of the year slated for Saturday and Sunday this weekend, but before the horses retire to the comfort of their winter stables, the members of the Maine Amateur Drivers' Club (MADC) will make one more charitable splash at the raceway on Saturday (12/9). The MADC hold races on a weekly basis at Scarborough Downs and bankroll their driving commissions in a fund dedicated to philanthropic donations. With the Christmas season fast approaching, the members of the MADC felt that Toys For Tots would be the logical beneficiary for their final 2017 disbursement of funds. "Toys For Tots and the United States Marine Corps have a long history of bringing holiday cheer to children all across the United States and have been extremely active for years here in the state of Maine" said MADC president, Omer Burke, "The members of our club are delighted to be able to contribute $1750 toward helping their organization ensure that less fortunate children in the community experience a happy Christmas." Major Thomas R. Wallin, Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines will be at the Downs to accept the donation following the third race of Saturday's program. Major Wallin is the senior ranking active duty officer in the state of Maine. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 PM during closing weekend. The 2018 harness racing season is scheduled to commence on March 24. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - November 26, 2017 ... For the 11th consecutive season, a special retirement ceremony was held at Scarborough Downs to celebrate the careers of the grand 14-year-olds who have graced our racetrack over the years. This year, 12 such veteran campaigners were feted, including Ariel, Art's Sake, Chilli NZ (300 starts, 56 wins, 35 seconds, 40 thirds, $466,940) , Cactus Creek, Corky Baran, Devil's Embrace N, (270 starts, 35 wins, 37 seconds, 33 thirds, $257,315) Dreamluck, Fulla Fire, Keystone Stately, Longshaw Hanover, Mcpfast Bluegrass and Super Sydney C. Combined, this grouping has won 466 races and earned over $3.8-million during their careers, while providing countless thrills to their owners, drivers, trainers and grooms. Today, they reclaimed the limelight while visiting the winner's circle one final time to the delight and applause of their adoring fans. What an amazing day to be at the races! Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 21, 2017 ... Legendary harness racing driver Walter Case, Jr, who was making his first driving appearance in nearly nine years on Saturday (10/21), showed little sign of rust while winning three races on a picture perfect mid-autumn afternoon at Scarborough Downs. Case, a state of Maine native and the sport's eighth leading dash winner of all time with 11,041 wins, was recently granted a provisional driver's license by the Maine Harness Racing Commission, after being rebuffed in other jurisdictions, clearing the way for his first raceway starts since November of 2008. A large crowd of both veteran and potential new fans thronged the trackside apron as the first bugle sounded; the crowd falling eerily silent in anticipation, as the pacers were introduced over the track's PA system. When Case's name was announced the throngs erupted in a spontaneous and extended ovation of cheers and well wishes, so loud and heartfelt, that the track announcer was forced to pause his introduction of the field until the tribute faded. Case, who seemed caught off-guard and genuinely moved by the reception, turned to acknowledge the recognition by waving toward the fans and vocally thanking them for their support as he scored his pacer in front of the stands. "The ovation brought me to tears," said veteran racetrack announcer Lloyd Johnson, "It was a genuine and unexpected outpouring and the sort of demonstration you seldom see at a harness track. I've been calling races for 50 years now and I can't recall anything quite like it." The fans, anxious to cheer Case to victory, didn't have to wait past the afternoon's second race to begin their celebrations. They roared their approval as he tipped the pacer Real Yankee out of the pocket and on to the lead approaching the 5/8th pole. Their cheers reached crescendo status as Casey drew upon his long stored arsenal of talents to keep the pacer brave through the lane, holding off a determined inside charge from Ms Lynette and driver Mitch Cushing. Walter's sister, Kelly Case, while leading a delegation of family and friends onto the track to greet her brother following the race, turned and beckoned to the fans on the apron, "Come on everybody! Come on out to meet Casey in the winner's circle!" The track announcer repeated Kelly's invitation and dozens responded by making the march across the track, while dozens more waited to cheer Casey as he exited the winner's circle following the ceremony. "I just want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make today possible" a humble and grateful Case said, "The reaction from the fans and everybody was amazing. It feels so good to be back racing in Maine." Case later tallied wins with the pacers Heart Breaking and Arsenal. The fans' response to the return of Walter Case Jr on Saturday serves as a reminder of the excitement that harness racing can still generate. "The turnout and enthusiasm that was evident at the track on Saturday pleasantly exceeded our expectations," said Downs' Vice President Denise Terry, "We thank the fans for their support of both Casey and the track, and we pledge to do all we can to build upon this very successful day." Live harness racing will resume on Sunday with a 1:30 post time. Walter Case has been programmed to drive in 8 of the afternoon's 10 dashes. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 19, 2017 ... Walter Case Jr., the legendary harness racing driver and state of Maine native, will return to action at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10/21), nearly eight years removed from his last start in the sulky. He is listed to drive in all eleven races on the afternoon program which will get underway at 1:30 PM (EDT). The best place to witness Case's historic return will be live at the track, but the program will also be simulcast through the Maine OTB network and nationally through the wagering platform, Day At The Track, who is the exclusive provider of the Scarborough Downs live video stream. Case, the eighth leading driver in the history of the sport with 11,038 career wins received a provisional driving license from the Maine Harness Racing Commission last week setting the stage for his return to racing in Maine. Case, who has not raced anywhere since 2008, was grateful for the opportunity to rekindle his career remarking, "Maine is my home. It's where my career started, and I'm looking forward to coming back and competing again." For the last nine years, Case has lived a relatively quiet life, training horses with his wife in Ohio. His racing career all but ended in 2004 when he was convicted of assault and ended up serving four years in prison. Until now, he had been kept out of the sport by licensing authorities. "Everyone deserves a second chance," Case's attorney Evan Fisher said. "The commission's decision is not only good for Walter, but it's good for the sport and good for Maine's harness racing industry." Casey's prowess on the track remains vivid in the minds of longtime harness fans but his return should prove enlightening to younger patrons of the sport who may only be familiar with Case through archives and record books. "How to explain Casey to people who never saw him drive a horse" mused trainer Adam Gray, "The man could make horses do things that even the horse didn't know was possible. He got speed out of horses like no other driver could do. The man had a gift, and now we get a chance to see him try to do it all over again. Casey's return will be a huge boost to harness racing in Maine." "We are happy for Walter and pleased that he will be appearing at the Downs this weekend" said Denise Terry, vice president at Scarborough Downs. "He has always been an integral part of the Maine harness racing industry and a generous supporter of this track and we believe its time to allow him his chance at redemption. The reaction to the news of his return has been overwhelmingly positive and we are expecting a big day at the races on Saturday." Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - October 14, 2017 ... A large and enthusiastic crowd lined the raceway on Saturday (10/14) as the harness racing finals of Maine Sire Stakes program were contested on a picture perfect mid-autumn afternoon at Scarborough Downs, for total purses in excess of $370,000. Like the day itself, the major headlines going into the finals belonged to Pembroke Perfect as the three-year-old wunderkind put her twelve race seasonal undefeated streak firmly on the line The headlines following the day of competition still belonged to Pembroke Perfect as the powerhouse pacer cruised to the filly championship in an unhurried 1:57 front-running romp, and capped off an extraordinary day that would see her connections secure three of the four divisional championships. The daughter of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch grabbed the lion's share of the $86,183 purse while pushing her seasonal bankroll over the $100,000 plateau and her career tally in excess of $163,000 - All monies earned while racing exclusively in Maine. Driven by Heath Campbell for trainer Valerie Grondin, the filly scored her 21st career win from 23 lifetime starts, much to the delight of co-owners William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Lynne-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. Ms. Plouffe was also the filly's breeder. "Bill and I have owned a few together in recent years and have enjoyed quite a bit of success in our partnership" Lynne-Marie Plouffe remarked. "By the time the foals are weaned we generally make our decision on which ones to keep. Bill wants more horses than I can afford but we jump in together on a few. We picked one out this year. He's a full brother to Pembroke Perfect. Hopefully we get just as lucky with him." Spoxy's Girl (N. Graffam) finished second while Persephonie (D. Ingraham) was third. Prince Of The Forest capped off a brilliant late summer run on Saturday as the son of Baron Biltmore-Barbra Ann coasted gate to wire timed in 1:58.2, to claim top honors in the $85,928 colt pacing division. The win was the seventh consecutive score for the Kevin Switzer trained and driven combatant; extending a streak that began at the Downs back on August 27th, and also represented the colt's 15th career victory lap. "We got lucky to develop a colt as nice as this one" Kevin Switzer said, "It's a strong sire stakes program here in Maine. Well, we've kind of slacked off on the breeding part; we need more mares bred; but its a long program with many legs raced over lots of different tracks for good purses." "You've got to keep your horse strong over a long season to be effective and the crew at the stable did just that. He battled a sore foot this week, they went right to work on him, and he responded to their TLC. Sometimes harness racing really is a team sport." "He's out of the stakes champion Barbra Ann who we also bred and raced" added co-owner Denise Mcnitt, "I swore I'd never breed a double Maine-bred but I did ... And he's awesome!" Prince Of The Forest was bred by and owned in partnership by KDK Standarbreds of Harrington, Delaware and co-owned by Anthony Sivik, Jr of Orono, Maine. Silver Chrome (N. Graffam) was second while Mic Woodrow (D. Campbell) finished third. Pembroke Conifer entered the $86,172 filly trotting final off an extremely light race schedule which saw the daughter of Noble Venture-Wild Pine Princess head to the post only three times prior to the biggest engagement of her career. The strategy proved spot on though as the filly responded to driver Heath Campbell's cajoling, executing a flawless front end strategy, and stopping the clock victoriously timed in 2:04. "I knew it was time to cut her loose" driver Heath Campbell remarked, "She had a couple of tighteners under belt and she was ready. It was a long bumpy road with this filly this year but the cream rose to the top today." Pembroke Conifer is trained by Valerie Grondin for the ownership partnership of William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. The filly was also bred by Ms. Plouffe. Noble One (I. Davies) finished second while Breezin (K. Ireland) secured third. Pembroke Morgan overcame a close examination of the photo-finish print to post the narrowest of margins in the $86,156 colt trotting final, after closing gamely in the lane to track down a determined Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) by mere whiskers at the wire. Heath Campbell claimed one of his three sire stakes scores by strategically gaining ground in small increments. During three distinct portions of the race, he launched a swoop and tuck strategy, which proved masterfully brilliant in the end, with the clock proclaiming the winning time of 2:00.1. Happy Hooligan just fell short in second while Prydwen (I. Davies) got up for third. When asked about Pembroke Morgan's powerful closing kick, Campbell modestly and proudly replied, "He's a pretty good horse, huh?" And when complimented on his aggressive driving strategy he responded with a grin and his usual wry sense of humor, "Yeah, that was a pretty good drive too, huh?" Good enough on both counts for trainer Valerie Grondin to claim three sire stakes championships on the day for owner/breeder William Varney. And certainly good enough for the Grondin, Campbell and Varney combination to cement their standing as one of the most effective sire stakes combinations in the history of Maine's state-bred program. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 12, 2017 ... Scarborough Downs will kick off its fall harness racing meet in high gear on Saturday (10/14) as the folks at the seaside oval once again play host to the championship round of the three-year-old division of the Maine Sire Stakes program. Over $370,000 in purse money will be on the line as the top state-bred trotters and pacers square off in epic fashion, vying for bragging rights, on what will be the richest day in state of Maine harness racing this year. Four divisional Sire Stakes Finals will be interspersed among the eleven-race program but the undisputed star of the day will be the aptly named pacer, Pembroke Perfect, who will be putting her season-long undefeated streak on the line while attempting to score her thirteenth win of the year in the $86,183 filly pacing division. Owned in partnership by William Varney of Bangor, ME and Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, ME, the prolific filly will bid to add the sophomore championship trophy to the two-year-old hardware she earned last season as she matches strides against an accomplished field from post number four in the ninth race of the afternoon card. The imposing filly will score as the even-money morning line favorite as regular driver Heath Campbell once again gets the nod from trainer Valerie Grondin. While all eyes will rightly be on Pembroke Perfect, the other divisions are headlined by feature players in their own right. - Princeoftheforest has been installed as the even-money favorite in the $85,928 colt pacing division as the Kevin Switzer driven and trained gelding rides a dominating six-race win streak into battle on Saturday; - Knella Bella boasts a nifty three-race win streak of her own while shouldering the pressure of being made the 7-5 morning line choice in the $86,172 filly trotting division. Mark Athearn will drive for trainer Gretchen Athearn, - The mutuel entry of Fox Cast (Gary Mosher) and King Cast (Mark Athearn) has been named the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $86,156 colt trotting final after combining to win nine races this season for Hall of Fame trainer, Donald Richards. First post for Maine Sire Stakes Championship performance will be at 1:30 PM and as always, admission is free at family friendly confines of the Downs. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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