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Kevin Switzer, Jr., the leading percentage driver in North America during 2014, was honored through special recognition by the Maine State Senate on Tuesday (1/13). Legislative Sentiments are significant expressions of the sense of the Legislature. They are a public declaration in honor of a personal achievement signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The presentation took place in the Senate Chamber of the Maine State Capitol Building in Augusta on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM Senator Volk was recognized by the President of the Senate at which time she spokeof the accomplishments of Kevin Switzer, Jr during his 2014 harness racing season. Mr. Switzer then receive the commendation of the full Senate. 2014 was an outstanding year for Kevin Switzer, Jr. as he earned bragging rights as the top harness driver in Maine, scoring 377 wins, 68 more than his closest competitor. More impressively though, his .410 UDRS, a sort of batting average for harness drivers, ranked Kevin as the top percentage driver in all of North America in 2014 while the horses he drove earned more than $1.1 million in purses. by Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Maine Senator Amy Volk (R - Cumberland) will introduce a Legislative Sentiment to recognize the accomplishments of harness driver, Kevin Switzer, Jr. Legislative Sentiments are significant expressions of the sense of the Legislature. They are a public declaration in honor of a personal achievement signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The presentation will take place in the Senate Chamber of the Maine State Capitol Building in Augusta on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM Senator Volk will be recognized by the President of the Senate at which time she will speak to the accomplishments of Kevin Switzer, Jr during his 2014 harness racing season. Mr. Switzer will then receive the commendation of the full Senate. 2014 was an outstanding year for Kevin Switzer, Jr. as he earned bragging rights as the top harness driver in Maine, scoring 377 wins, 68 more than his closest competitor. More impressively though, his .410 UDRS, a sort of batting average for harness drivers, ranked Kevin as the top percentage driver in all of North America in 2014 while the horses he drove earned more than $1.1 million in purses. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine -  Closing Day marked the conclusion of the 2014 meet at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (12-21) with competitive racing and recognition of seasonal achievements being the hallmark of the day while the New England Harness Writers Association joined the track to help dole out the hardware. Drew Campbell, the perennial powerhouse among a very competitive drivers colony secured yet another Drivers Championship in 2014, spinning together a grand slam performance on the closing day card to augment his meet's leading tally to 199 seasonal scores. Currently the third rated UDRS driver in North America, Campbell closed out the year in identical fashion to the way he began it, winning both the first and final dash of the nine month meet. Philip "Bo" Sowers secured the very first Scarborough Trainers Championship of his career, surviving a late charge from the Randy Bickmore Barn to claim top dog status after sending 49 winners to the post during the year. Sowers joins a handful of state of Maine horsemen who are ranked among the leading campaigners in North America in 2015, with his roster currently ranked fourth in the continental trainers standings sporting a hefty .380 UTRS. With 2014 now fully engraved in the archives, all eyes are set on the dawn of a new year and continued success, with the 2015 meeting, the 65th in the history of Scarborough Downs, set to begin on March 28. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

Scarborough, Maine -. In what has become one of the most anticipated days in state of Maine harness racing, the 8th annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony took place at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (12-20). Six tried and true veteran racehorses took their final bows in front of their adoring fans with custom embroidered coolers and ample bunches of carrots replacing the traditional gold watches of the human retiree set. By rule, all Standardbred racehorses must hang up their bridles at the conclusion of their 14-year-old seasons and Scarborough Downs in cooperation with the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association and the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association remain committed to sending them off to their new careers in style. Included in this year's ceremony were; Bolero Loupet (1:51), Freedom Of Speech (1:52.4), Pacific Sonata (1:54.3), Red Bullet (1:52.4), Redstone Ruckus (1:49.4) and Sammys Honor (1:57.3). In a unique twist on the celebration, the classy Red Bullet made the 440th and final start of his career in the race just prior to the retirement ceremony. Owned by Douglas Gray of Lewiston, Maine, the gritty son of Life Sign - Lady Largo dug out a game third place showing in his swan song appearance, the 13th time the veteran warhorse has finished in the show spot this season. The 2014 meeting at Scarborough Downs has now entered deep stretch with just one performance remaining on the calendar. The seasonal curtain comes down on Sunday (12-21) with a nine-race program scheduled to get under way at 12:05 PM (EST). For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine -.The 2014 meeting at Scarborough Downs enters the home stretch this weekend as the horses will be called to the post for the 105th time this year with closing day scheduled for Sunday (12-21). While Sunday's final performance will be a bittersweet occasion, Saturday's card will be a day of celebration with two very special ceremonies interspersed among the day's eleven races. The 8th annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony will take place mid-way through the program as ten tried and trued veteran racehorses will parade one last time in front of the stands before hanging up their bridles for the final time. By rule, all standardbred race horses must retire at the conclusion of their 14-year-old season and Scarborough Downs, in cooperation with the Maine Harness Horseman's Association and the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association will come together to fete these equine athletes in what will be a colorful and emotional celebration of their careers. Year end achievement awards, sponsored by the New England Harness Writers Association, will also be presented during the day, in various categories, including the coveted Pacer and Trotter of the Year Awards. Post Time for both Saturday and Sunday's cards is set for 12:05 PM (EST) with Opening Day of the 2015 season at Scarborough Downs slated for March 28th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, ME---Scarborough Downs has been forced to cancel Sunday's (Dec. 14) live harness racing card due to continued unseasonably warm weather conditions following this past week's extended heavy rain events, which have combined to create unsafe track conditions.  The decision to cancel was made in consultation and in complete agreement with representatives of the track, the Maine Harness Racing Commission, the Presiding Judge and representatives of the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association.  Unfortunately, the likelihood of track conditions improving dramatically in the short term prohibits the carrying forward of this weekend's lost performances but live racing is scheduled to resume next weekend on Saturday and Sunday with a post time of 12:05 p.m. (EST).  The annual Standardbred retirement ceremony which was scheduled for today (Dec. 14) has been rescheduled for next Saturday (Dec. 20).  The clubhouse facility will open for simulcast wagering at 11:00 a.m. as scheduled. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, November 30, 2014) - Who's that alien-ish looking guy riding the UFO at the Scarborough Downs on Sunday (11-30)? Why under all that mud its none other than 2012 driving champion, Shawn Thayer! He's seen here leaving the winners circle after getting Devil May Care home on top for her third consecutive win and the 42nd of her illustrious career! Looks like it'll be a 3 bucket day for both mare and man back in the paddock here but the mud is always a bit easier to take after a victory lap! - photo by Derek Davis. Live harness racing is now featured three days a week at Scarborough Downs with first post scheduled at 12:05 PM (EST) on Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

This weekend's live racing schedule at Scarborough Downs has been seriously impacted by the snowstorm, a power outage and resulting poor track conditions. In a cooperative attempt to accommodate all concerned and to provide additional racing opportunities to the local horsemen as the 2014 racing season winds down, the decision has been made to race Sunday's card as scheduled on 11-30 and to carry Saturday's card to Monday December 1 with a 12:05 PM Post Time. Please note that the grandstand building will not be open on Monday with all wagering to be conducted in the clubhouse facility. Live harness racing is now featured three days a week at Scarborough Downs with first post scheduled at 12:05 PM (EST) on Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs    

Scarborough, Maine - Kevin Switzer, Jr. registered a milestone moment at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (11-22) as the man in the blue and black harness racing colors scored the 1500th win of his driving career, behind the front-end speed of the veteran pacer Fulla Fire. With 12 days of racing left in the season, Switzer remains the leading dash winner in the state of Maine this year with 369 trips down victory lane, but more impressively, leads all harness drivers in North American with an imposing UDRS rating of .413, a full 10 percentage points ahead of James Morrill, Jr., his closest rival in the standings. After being feted in the winner's circle by his family, friends and fellow teamsters Switzer took time to reflect on his good fortune this year. "It took a little bit longer to get here than it probably should have but I'm making up for lost time now. Of course, all the credit goes to my family for standing with me day after day, especially my wife and son. I wouldn't be where I am today without their love and support." "I also need to thank all the trainers and their owners who have made my job easier by putting me up on some solid horses this year. I remember when I went to Pompano I went 1-for-70 and I knew I was a better driver than that but when you've got no stock you can't get it done. Having good stock to drive was never a problem this season." All along the state of Maine circuit and especially at Scarborough Downs, getting that stock into the winner's circle has never been a problem for Switzer either, as he closes out 2014 on a high note - With eyes fully fixed on continued success just beyond the horizon. Live harness racing is now featured three days a week at Scarborough Downs with first post scheduled at 12:05 PM (EST) on Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, ME---Due to a power outage caused by an automobile accident, live racing has been cancelled at Scarborough Downs for Sunday (Nov. 9). If power can be restored at some point during the day, the facility may be able to reopen for simulcast wagering. We apologize for the loss of the live card and will keep you updated. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - Even as mid-autumn temperatures struggle to get into the 40 degree range, Kevin Switzer, Jr. continues to hold the hottest hand at Scarborough Downs and on the Saturday (11-8) matinee program the man in blue and black steered five winners down victory lane. The five-bagger brings his state of Maine leading tally to 345 wins on the season and inches the 27-year-old teamster to within 22 scores of his 1500th career victory lap. In other developments at the Downs, conditioner Bo Sowers vaulted to the top spot in the trainers standings on Saturday as he sent four winners to post from his prolific roster. Currently, Sowers stands three wins ahead of last year's champion, the perennially powerful Randy Bickmore. Live harness racing is now featured three days a week at Scarborough Downs with first post scheduled at 12:05 PM (EST) on Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - Classy racehorses come in all shapes and sizes and their names pepper the program pages at Scarborough Downs. While it's tough to beat the back-class and experience of a veteran warhorse, the special ones generally find a way to come to the forefront when placed upon a big stage even now, as they approach the twilights of their careers. One of those magical moments developed on Sunday (10-26) at Scarborough Downs as the 13-year-old mare, Sassy Sarah, took to the track for the 290th time in her career while in search of her 63rd lifetime win. What at first glance might have appeared just another day at the office for the workaday racehorse, who has been a stalwart and fan favorite on the state of Maine circuit for years now, turned out to be one of those occasions whose performance help cement the status of legend. While sent to the post by owner/trainer Lisa Saindon as usual, the backdrop to this story was the fact that Lisa was celebrating her birthday by racing two members of her stable on Sunday. Her trotter, Keystone Stately could only manage a fifth place showing earlier in the card but Sassy Sarah had grander celebration plans in mind as she rallied boldly around the final bend to extend out for the well earned and equally well timed victory - Delivering the best birthday present any racehorse could ever give her owner. Birthday cake for Lisa, carrot cake for Sassy Sarah and congratulations all around for the feel good story of the week at Scarborough Downs. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - David Ingraham had the hot hands at Scarborough Downs on Friday (10-17) as the man in Orange and Blue teemed four winners down victory lane, claiming the lion's share in half of the eight races programmed. Included in the tally were two entries from the Rodney Grady Stable, The Midnight Owl and Butn Your Shirt Ed. The final two scores came in both ends of the late Daily Double with the aptly named Sam Lucky and I'm A Lucky Man closing out a very "Lucky" day indeed for Ingraham. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, October 10, 2014) - History will be made at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10-11) as the Maine Sire Stakes three-year-old championship round will be contested with total purses on the program standing in excess of $365,000 - The richest day of harness racing ever scheduled in the state of Maine. A big 12-race program will be presented with first post slated for 1:05 pm (EDT) including four Sire Stakes Finals, each to be raced for a purse in the $85,000 range. One of the biggest stars on the program will be Mary Rose Of Topaz, the great sophomore filly, who will be attempting to cap off an outstanding season by scoring her 11th consecutive sire stakes victory. The daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy will be driven by Kevin Switzer, Jr, one of the hottest pilots currently competing on the state of Maine circuit, for noted Massachusetts trainer, Ralph Andersen and owner Andrew Card. She has been made the even money morning line favorite and will start in race number nine. Scarborough Downs kicked off its fall meeting on Friday (10-10) and will race into December on a Friday through Sunday schedule featuring a 1:05 pm post time. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

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

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, August 31, 2014) - Over $280,000 in purse money will be on the line on Sunday (9-7) as Scarborough Downs once again plays host to the two-year-old Maine Sire Stakes Championship round with first post slated for 1:05 PM (EDT). This season marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the state-bred program. Headlining the card will be the undefeated wunderkind, Bibbidi Boo, who will be attempting to cap her freshman career with a perfect ten for ten win record. The prolific winner makes up part of a powerful mutuel entry with her stable mate, divisional track record holder, Pembroke Mistress who herself sports 7 career wins from 10 starts. The tandem, owned by William Varney, has been installed as the prohibitive 4-5 morning line favorite but will be challenged from an unfortunate draw as they will score side by side from posts 7 and 8 respectively. Sunday will also be Back To The Track Day at Scarborough Downs, featuring an exciting round of Harness Racing Bingo with $500 in prize money distributed to the lucky winners. A free card will be available to all in attendance. This will be the closing weekend of the 2014 summer meet at the Downs with the fall meet set to commence on October 10th featuring a three day a week schedule of Friday through Sunday with post time slated for 1:05 PM. TheDowns will remain open for simulcast wagering throughout the year. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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