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Scarborough, Maine - October 10, 2020 ... The sun broke through and temperatures climbed into the mid-70's on Saturday (10/10) as an enthusiastic crowd gathered to fete the creme de la creme of the Maine-bred harness racing set on a brilliant early autumn day at Scarborough Downs. The three-year-old finals of the Maine Sire Stakes programs were contested for purses just shy of the $250K level and participants breathed a sigh of relief, as a stakes season delayed and interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, graciously came to a well received conclusion. The $61,210 filly pacing final featured a determined effort from Proud American Girl, who gamely ground her way through the outside speedway lanes in dogged pursuit of the front-running Maverick Fiber. That energetic strategy set up an epic stretch duel as she reached even terms with the rabbit, just as the lead tandem was quickly joined by the late flying She's A Fireball. As they rounded the final turn, charging toward home, stacked three across the raceway, they raced with no design on defeat. But it was Proud American Girl finally wearing down her early rival and withstanding the challenge of her trailing foe to proudly reach the wire 1/2-length the best, timed in 1:59.2. Proud American Girl, a daughter of Western Maverick-Funnel Cake Queen, is trained by Marc Tardif for owner Lesley Leighton and was driven to her third win in a row by Dan Deslandes. She's A Fireball (Ron Cushing) rallied for the place while Maverick Fiber (John Nason) settled for third. Spatterdash slaughtered the competition in the $61,226 colt pacing final, extending out at the wire, 7-1/4 lengths the best, while stopping the clock in a sizzling 1:55.3. The zippy clocking fell just 1/5th-second off the track's divisional record and the stakes record set by Seeley Man in the 2016 Maine Sire Stakes Final. Owned, trained and bred by Ralph Andersen, the son of Deuce Seelster-Poster Hanover was expertly driven by Michael Stevenson. Clairmont (Ron Cushing) settled for the bridesmaid share while R J Maverick (Bruce Ranger) rallied gamely for the show. Victory in the $60,803 colt trotting final went to Noble Sand Man who extended his win streak out to four-in-row as he strutted on the biggest stage of his career. Un-raced as a freshman, the son of Noble Venture-Damsel In The Sand, in essence inherited the early lead, led throughout, and then extended out to a 8-1/4-length margin while equaling his lifetime mark of 2:03.1. Owned by longtime state-of-Maine breeder, Michael Andrew and trained by top trot-master, Ivan Davies, the courageous colt was confidently steered to victory by Heath Campbell. Late season sensation, Song Of Victory (Gary Mosher), finished second in only his third start of the year, while T Brook Billy (David Crochere) rode the cones to claim the show dough. R T's Warrior capped off a brilliant Maine Sire Stakes career in the $61,194 filly trotting final on Saturday, holding off a stern challenge late in the mile to claim her seventh win of the season. Timed in 2:01.3, the daughter of Nobel Venture-Oye Oye, remained perfect on the year in Maine Sires Stakes contests while adding the Maine Stakes sophomore title to the freshman crown she earned in 2019. The prolific filly is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps, and was driven to victory by the trainer's son and one of the leading drivers at the Downs, Matty Athearn. Pembroke Whisper (Heath Campbell) mounted a stern late charge only to fall a mere neck shy at the wire while settling for the runner-up honors. Current Caper (Bruce Ranger) was third best. Scarborough Downs features live harness racing on a Tuesday and Saturday schedule with post time slated at 1:30 PM (EDT). In addition to the live on-track experience, people may also watch and wager on Scarborough Downs races at Maine's OTB parlors, and online at (Maine residents must wager at For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, ME - August 3, 2020 ... Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the state of Maine harness racing industry is once again on the ascendancy as Scarborough Downs will restart its 2020 season on Tuesday (8/4), kicking off a late summer meet that is scheduled to extend through the month of October. The Downs will race on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT) for the next two weeks, before establishing a Tuesday, Saturday schedule beginning on August 18 when Bangor Historic Track will join the mix by hosting racing on Wednesdays and Sundays. After racing came to a conclusion in early July at the Downs, an historic agreement between the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, The Maine Harness Racing Commission and the two commercial tracks has created a funding vehicle to help provide operational revenues to the racing venues, enabling Maine's harness racing horsemen and women and other industry participants an opportunity to get back to work. In the midst of their 70th season, Scarborough Downs was forced to relinquish their customary April and May dates in compliance with emergency declarations from the state of Maine but then received special permission to open for racing on June 5th. Operating revenue dried up after 17 performances though as the industry attempted to function on a spectator less basis, and the Downs was forced to close their doors on July 10th. Track revenues will now become partially reestablished as new guidelines allow up to 150 spectators to attend the live harness racing cards with attendees spaced and socially distanced throughout the massive grandstand apron and new outdoor trackside beer garden. Additionally, simulcast wagering is now being conducted on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Winner's Circle Lounge, with simulcast attendance capped at 50 customers. Mask wearing and social distancing will be required and strictly enforced at all times at the Downs. "It's tough to overstate the Herculean effort that was put forth by the entire industry to get harness racing back up and running this year" said Denise Terry, President and Treasurer of Scarborough Downs, "The agreement that was worked out coupled with the fact that our revenue streams have been partially reestablished, gives us hope as we head back to the races on Tuesday. All industry participants will now pledge to work cooperatively to provide a safe and exciting racing experience, both in the paddock for the horsemen and women and in the grandstand areas for our patrons." In addition to the live on-track experience, people may also watch and wager on the Scarborough Downs races at Maine's OTB parlors, and online at (Maine residents must wager at For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 8, 2020 ... In the midst of the 70th season of racing at Scarborough Downs, the summer harness racing meet will be suspended following the card on Friday (7/10) due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, which currently do not allow the track to entertain patrons. The Downs was prohibited from racing its customary April and May dates due to the state of emergency declared in Maine. Working with others in the industry, however, the Downs received special permission from the Maine Department of Economic Development to launch its season on June 3rd, under strict protocols, which included racing without spectators at our live cards. Operating with funds secured from the Payroll Protection Plan and with financial grants received from the Maine Harness Racing Commission, the track was able to conduct an abbreviated 17 day meet, allowing our proud industry and our animals a chance to compete. Those funds are exhausted, however, and the Downs is working on plans for new and different revenues, perhaps including revenues from patrons or other sources, so that the Downs and our industry can resume the competition, fun, and excitement of live racing this fall. Scarborough Downs hopes to generate revenues through full card simulcasting, which we understand is allowed under stage three of the state's re-opening plan, and other revenue ideas management is pursuing. Downs management is cautiously optimistic live racing can reopen September 5th. "The Downs is proud of its long history as an integral part of Maine racing since 1950," Denise Terry, President and Treasurer of the Downs, said, "The hard work of our loyal employees and others in the industry allowed the Downs to operate live racing with only remote wagering this spring. "No other Maine track and only a handful of tracks in the country were able to operate during the COVID shutdown. We appreciate the efforts of our employees, Maine's wonderful horsemen, and the leadership and the Maine Harness Racing Commission and its staff, including in particular Executive Director Henry Jennings. Everyone worked cooperatively to provide safe, exciting racing on the limited basis that was possible under the circumstances. We are optimistic we will find a way forward to an even more robust and exciting, but equally safe, fall meet." For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, ME - Sunday's live harness racing card at Scarborough Downs has been postponed due to predicted inclement weather which is expected to conspire to produce less than ideal track conditions. The card, in its entirety, has been carried over to Tuesday (11/26) with post time slated for 12:05 pm (EST). Scarborough Downs will remain open for simulcast wagering on Sunday. Live harness racing continues every Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 pm through December 8th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

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 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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - September 1, 2019 ...Just two days after Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones wrapped up their latest American tour in Miami, a harness racing horse named McJagersOnTheMove made a sparkling debut at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (9/1) while equaling the all-age track record in a brilliant 1:52.3 performance. Fresh off an eye-popping 1:52.3 score at the Windsor (Maine) Fair, the seven-year-old son of McArdle-Grand Fancy appeared destined for a more pedestrian journey on Sunday, gliding to the quarter in an easy 28.3 before catching a breather to the half in 57.1. With an almost imperceptible shifting of gears though, he began to separate himself from the field just past the half before reaching the three-quarter mile marker in a breathtaking 1:24.3. Perhaps sensing an epic in the making, driver Drew Campbell, who had sat prone in the sulky up to that point, began to ask the horse for just a bit more. The horse gamely responded in the affirmative, pacing his final panel in a smart 28 seconds, completing an astounding 55.2 back-half clocking, and romping home over 30-lengths the best to etch his name in the storied annuls of Scarborough Downs. McJagersOnTheMove who is trained by Frank Petrelli for owner Marissa Russo of Eden, NY, equaled the track record that was set by the Drew Campbell driven JJs Jet in the 2018 edition of Scarborough's Mid-Summer Classic. Ironically, JJs Jet was on hand in the race paddock to witness his track record being equaled after winning for the 53rd time in his career just two races prior. The win was one of six on Sunday's card for driver Drew Campbell, who effectively fortified his position atop the leader's board with the devastatingly powerful performance. Live harness racing will continue next weekend at Scarborough Downs with a 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight card on Saturday followed by the popular 1:30 pm Sunday matinee performance, all leading up to the closing day of the summer meet which is slated for September 14th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - August 18, 2019 ...The freshman trotters of the Maine Sire Stakes program reached the mid-way point of their eight race season on Sunday (8/18) and as both the fillies and colts duked it out on the half-mile oval at Scarborough Downs, harness racing driver Heath Campbell, with two stakes win on the program, was proven the most prodigious pugilist of them all. A scant field of four Maine-breds answered the call for the colt and geldings division, requiring an early non-betting event to be conducted for a generous $9448 purse offering. All four trotters came to the races with their maiden status firmly intact and three of them left labeled the same, but it was Cashes Ledge (Noble Venture-Rhonwen) who rolled on in confident front running fashion, to post his first career winning performance while tripping the tele-timer in a smart 2:06.2. Heath Campbell earned the first of his two Maine-bred victories while calling the shots for owner/trainer Owen Davies. T Brook Billy (G. Mosher) sat second throughout and finished just that way, while Current Connection (B. Ranger) rode the pylon path for the show. Fillies proved much more plentiful than colts on Sunday though, as 14 Maine-bred lasses split out into a pair of $9948 dashes. Pembroke Whisper completely dominated the first filly contest en route to engineering her third career victory march as Heath Campbell steered the front end course behind the daughter of Noble Venture-Spring Laughter to nail his second stakes score of the afternoon. The impressive filly is trained by Valerie Grondin for stalwart owner, William Varney. The mile, timed in 2:06.4, also featured a stirring and extended battle for runner-up honors as Noble Posey (M. Athearn) and Bisou (K. Ireland) ferociously engaged throughout the final quarter to finish second and third respectively. Saving the best for last though, the final filly split proved to be the most exciting stakes race of the afternoon, as Current Caper out dueled RT's Warrior through an epic stretch battle to preserver by mere whiskers at the wire. Driver Bruce Ranger charted the winning course for the Donald Richards trainee, who broke her maiden in a respectable 2:04.2 clocking. The Daughter of Current Cast-Ally Gal Ridge is owned in tandem by Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. RT's Warrior (M. Athearn) was magnificent in the bridesmaid role while Sammi K (G. Mosher) finished third. Live racing resumes at 4:30 PM (EDT) on Saturday (8/24) at Scarborough Downs when the $25,000 Ricci Memorial Trot will take center stage to anchor Travers Stakes Day from Saratoga Racecourse. The Ricci Memorial, pegged as the biggest trotting event of the season in Maine, will be augmented by powerful promotions, including a $500 cash giveaway, drawings for Fall Fair Fun Pac Passes to all four of Maine's fall agricultural fairs, and a gift bag drawing after every race. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 28, 2019 ... The three-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes made their first appearance at Scarborough Downs on Sunday 7/28) after four consecutive weeks spent on the northern harness racing circuit at Bangor Raceway. The filly division split evenly into twin five-horse fields, each racing for identical $9709 purses and the streaking sensation, Just Enuf Sass, wasted precious little time in continuing her sophomore stakes dominance, whipping off her fourth consecutive victory march while cruising, in-hand, to a 6-3/4 length romp. Trained by Joseph Flynn, the impressive daughter of Boy Band-Sassy's Child stopped the clock in a leisurely 2:01.4, with Wallace Watson catch driving for the ownership tandem of Joseph and Edward Flynn. Winning Wind (M. Athearn) finished second while Lady Victoria (I. Davies) was third. Pembroke Vicki claimed top honors in the other filly split as she rode the front-end journey to her third stakes win of the season with Heath Campbell driving for trainer Valerie Grondin. Owned by William Varney, the daughter of Noble Venture-Spring Laughter has now finished either first or second in all five of her sophomore stakes appearances. Buena Vita Bebe (R. Cushing) rallied late to secure the runner-up placing while Kate At The Cup (G. Mosher) settled for third. On the boys' side of the equation, nine colts and geldings were programmed into one $10,682 field with eight scoring behind the gate and one relegated to the second tier. Undeterred by the trailing assignment though, Ally Way Cast nailed his second stakes win in row with veteran driver Gary Mosher calling the shots for Hall of Fame trainer, Donald Richards. Ally Way Cast, last year's freshman sire stakes champion is a son of Current Cast-Ally Gal Ridge and is owned in partnership by Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. Spot On Gone (I. Davies) recovered from a break behind the gate to finish second while SaltPondNic (D. Ingraham) grabbed the show dough. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/3) when the three-year-old pacing divisions take to the raceway. 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 matinee will go to post at a special 1:00 pm starting time next weekend as the Downs plays host to their 15th annual Family Fun Day Festival. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael 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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 19, 2019 ... The races scheduled for Saturday July 20th have been cancelled due to the expected high heat indices caused by the heat wave that is bearing down on the east coast this weekend. This decision was reached in joint consultation with represents of the track, the Maine Harness Racing Commission, the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, The Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, as well as members of the veterinarian community who all agreed that proceeding with the Saturday card would present unacceptable risks to the participants. At this point, live harness racing is scheduled to resume on Sunday (7/21), weather permitting. The four dashes of three-old-old Maine Sire Stakes originally drawn as part of Saturday's cancelled card will be raced as non-betting events beginning at 11:30 AM (EDT) with the eleven-race pari-mutuel program getting underway at 1:30 PM. A decision regarding the viability of Sunday's card will be made early in the weekend if forecasts continue to predict unacceptable heat indices heading into Sunday. Please refer to the Scarborough Downs Facebook page for further updates. Live harness racing is featured three day a week at Scarborough Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 12, 2019 ... Big League harness racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/13) as the 70-year-old southern Maine racing venue plays host to the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic Invitational - The biggest race of the 2019 harness racing season. Post time for the eleven race racing card, which will co-feature four divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program, is slated for 4:30 pm (EDT). Last year's Mid-Summer Classic saw JJs Jet and driver Drew Campbell set a new track record of 1:52.3, erasing the longtime standard of 1:52.4 that was established in the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace by Hotrod Falcon and Walter Case, Jr. This year's field appears fully capable of surpassing that effort. Bettors Fire N, the winner of over $810K and 49 races in his career, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. When last seen at the Downs in June, he claimed victory in the Dirigo Pace Invitational, timed in a sizzling 1:53, just 2/5th of a second off the overall track record. Driven by Ron Cushing, he will score from post four. Calvin B will truck up from Saratoga Raceway as state of Maine native trainer, Jimmy Nickerson, makes a homecoming appearance. This razor sharp pacer with a lifetime mark of 1:49.2 will be handled by Nickerson's nephew and regular Scarborough Downs driver, Matthew Athearn, and will score from the coveted rail position. StormyWeatherAhead, a 2019 Maine Sire Stakes divisional champion, will make his first state of Maine appearance of the year for trainer Marc Tardif. The four-year-old Maine-bred sits just three races removed from establishing a lifetime speed record of 1:52.2 at Plainridge Racecourse and will be driven by Kevin Switzer, Jr from post number two. Zack Lee, a 12-time winner already this season, will score from post number three for driver/trainer Dan Deslandes. Capable of stepping off the starting gate in the blink of an eye, this veteran pacer figures to ensure honest fractions, much as he did in his runner-up performance in June's Dirigo Pace. Quick Shot trucks up from Plainridge Racecourse for owner/trainer Kathleen Brewer and will be piloted from post five by Scarborough's leading driver, Drew Campbell. With career earnings in excess of $350K and a lifetime speed record of 1:50.4, this veteran campaigner has now finished runner-up in 5 of his last 8 starts versus top level metropolitan talent. In addition to top flight racing action, the fans will have an opportunity to win concert tickets, a gas grill, and other great prizes during giveaway drawings held after every race on the card. Prizes for this promotion were provided by the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association. An exciting interactive display called the Virtual Reality Driving Experience will be available in the grandstand facility during the entire program, giving fans the chance feel the thrills of driving in a harness race through a cutting edge VR simulation. A $7.00 BBQ chicken dinner along with other gastric specialties will be proudly served up in the Grandstand Grill. Live harness racing is featured three day a week at Scarborough Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - July 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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

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

Scarborough, Maine - June 8, 2019 ... When last seen at Scarborough Downs, harness racing driver Drew Campbell was busy piecing together a dominant six-win performance last Sunday, an effort that left the man in orange and black six wins shy of registering the 5000th victory lap of his prodigious career. After a week spent campaigning at Bangor Raceway and Plainridge Park, Campbell fittingly reappeared at the Downs, the venue where he has enjoyed the majority of his successes, needing just one win more to cross the magical threshold. With drives in ten of Saturday's (6/8) twelve races, Campbell seemed destined to record the benchmark win in front of the home fans, but he dramatically kept the large Belmont Stakes Day crowd in a general state of suspense until breaking through to the winner's ranks with an eighth race victory behind a recent Maritimes import named Woodmere Nightlife. Campbell, whose lineage is also steeped in the harness racing traditions of the Maritimes, sat off the pace with his charge before tipping three-deep up the backstretch and powering to an open length romp, as the fans roared their approval. A perennial powerhouse at the Downs and a regular contender for the North American UDR Championship, Campbell, who counts multiple local driving championships among his accomplishments, was joined in the winners circle by a multitude of his fellow drivers and horsemen, as is the tradition in Maine, to celebrate his latest accomplishment. Drew Campbell wasn't the only headliner on the Scarborough Downs card on Saturday as a trio of Invitational class events were carded, charged with the goal of showcasing the crème de la crème of the local harness scene in front of the large crowd expected on Belmont Stakes Day. The goal was surely exceeded when driver Ron Cushing steered Bettors Fire N to a brilliant victory in the $10,000 renewal of the historic Dirigo Pace, stopping the clock in blistering 1:53, while equaling the third fastest mile ever recorded in the 70 year history of Scarborough Downs. The effort was just 2/5th of a second off the all time track record recorded by JJs Jet (D. Campbell) in the 2018 edition of the Mid-Summer Classic and just 1/5th off the only other horse to ever eclipse the 1:53 mark, Hotrod Falcon (W. Case, Jr) who set the longtime overall standard in 1993's Presidents Pace. Zack Lee (D. Deslandes) who set torrid fractions throughout the mile placed second while All Artist (D. Campbell) rallied for third. Bettors Fire N Not content with a mere one win day, Cushing continued his domination of the local invitational scene on Saturday, scoring a convincing victory in the $10,000 Shady Sabrina Distaff with ShezSugarSweet A, who stepped away to a zippy 1:57.1 top-class score. The win was the 7th of the season for the Heidi Gibbs trained mare who now boasts 4 wins and 4 runner-up placings from her last eight starts, all coming since rejoining the New England circuit in mid-April. Western Stepp (D. Campbell) settled for the bridesmaid share after cutting reasonable fractions, while Amethyst Seelster (D. Deslandes) finished third. ShezSugarSweet A A Maine-bred trotter claimed top honors in the inaugural edition of the $10,000 Obrigado Trot, as Pembroke Castaway and driver Heath Campbell expertly controlled the tempo and tenor while piking the course and eking out a narrow final advantage over a hard charging Cherry Crown Jewel (M. Athearn) who fell a mere neck short at the wire. Northern Skyway (B. Ranger) finished third. Named for a native-bred trotter who went undefeated in Maine Sire Stakes action and then went on to make a name for himself in major North American stakes, the Obrigado Invitational produced a mile that was timed in 1:57.2, just 2/5th of a second off Scarborough's overall track record. Pembroke Castaway Live harness racing now expands out to a three day a week format at the Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

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