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Scarborough, Maine - July 20, 2017 ... The three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored the harness racing card at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/20) and while hopes for success were high among the 12 fillies entered, two dominant forces continued to rack up the wins, much to the delight of their owners but to the chagrin of the competition. Meadows Rosebud remained perfect as a sophomore as she extended her current win streak out to three in a row in the first of the two stakes splits. Guided by driver Eddie Davis, Jr for trainer Ralph Anderson, the daughter of Western Maverick-Rose Of Aquamarine engaged in an insistent sort of campaign on Thursday, bullying her way through three-wide traffic from the start, gaining command after flashing a sizzling 27.4 clocking at the quarter-pole, throttling down that early speed to conserve energy, and then fending off all challenges en route to posting a seasonal best 1:57.4 race time. Meadows Rosebud, who claimed the lion's share of the $10,241 purse, is owned by Lorraine O'Connor. Arabella (D. Campbell) repeatedly hounded the pacesetter before settling for an encouraging runner-up placing. Persephone (H. Campbell) rode the pylons to the show. Pembroke Perfect matched Meadows Rosebud in their pursuit of the perfect season by throwing in yet another dominating performance in the second $10,242 stakes division. Hustled confidently to the early lead by driver Heath Campbell, the filly was never seriously threatened as she strode majestically twice around the half-mile oval. The win was the third of the season for the daughter of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch who is trained by Valerie Grondin for the ownership group of William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. More impressively though, the win marked the 9th consecutive victory lap for the 2016 freshman pacing champion, a string of wins that remarkably began exactly one year ago to the day. CBF Sunshine (E. Davis Jr) completed a great day at the races for the Ralph Anderson stable by finishing second. Spoxy's Girl (D. Campbell) aggressively secured the show dough. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/23) afternoon as the two-year-old trotting divisions revisit the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - July 16, 2017 ... The three-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their second consecutive stop at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/16) and although stakes season is still relatively young in Maine this year, certain patterns are becoming rather evident. This weekend the theme of the day could well have been "Double Your Pleasure" as all of last week's winners doubled down on winner's circle glory with win streaks beginning to mount on those harness racing charted lines. Fuzzy Sweater overcame an early bobble before the start to extend her win streak to two in a row in the 10,322 filly division in which a grand total of 6 state-bred trotters went to post for a share of the $10,322 purse. Driven by Eddie Davis, Jr for trainer Brian Lamb, the daughter of Noble Venture relied upon on the missteps of others to gain the early lead, before gamely withstanding a surprising and persistent challenge from Noble One (I. Davies) just past the quarter pole, that extended well into the second turn before being repelled at the 3/8th pole. Fuzzy Sweater, owned by Di Stefano & Son Stable, pretty much controlled the tempo from that point on, en route to securing a brand new lifetime Mark of 2:04.2. Mary June Victory (Wallace Watson) eked out the slightest of advantages to claim the bridesmaid share while Noble One settled for the show. Let's Get It All did just that, as the son of Noble Venture-Bimmelibim remained perfect in sophomore stakes competition, spinning his third win in a row in the first of two $10,003 colt trotting divisions. Hustled confidently to the early lead by driver Ron Cushing, the streaking steed was never seriously threatened during the course of the mile, stopping the tele-timer in an unhurried 2:01.2, despite being throttled down in the stretch. Let's Get It All is trained by Heidi Gibbs for the ownership consortium of Lucia Les, Kenneth Clairmont and Ron Cushing. Prydwen (I. Davies) sat second throughout to finish second while Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) sat third throughout to finish third. Fox Cast and driver Wallace Watson made it two in a row as the tandem sat chilly at the wood behind the expected early speed of Pembroke Morgan (W. Watson) in the second $10,003 colt division. The two came together quickly though as Fox Cast, like a true disciple of the Don Richards stable, pulled just off the 3/8th pole to engage the front runner. The battle continued all the way around to the head of the stretch before Pembroke Morgan rolled off stride under the persistent pressure, allowing Fox Cast to sprint clear. The son of Current Cast-Celebrity Image is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Donald Richards for owners Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. The win was timed in a lifetime best 2:01.3. Bruizn (K. Ireland) benefited from Pembroke Morgan's break to finish second while Pembroke Morgan recovered his stride in time to cross the wire in third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/20) afternoon as the three-year-old filly pacing division graces the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 13, 2017 ... Freshman debutants ruled the school at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/13) as the two year-old filly pacers of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their second seasonal appearance at the seaside harness racing oval. The state-bred fillies were divided into two flights, each contested for an identical purse of $10,357 per dash. Justcallmedee extended her undefeated streak out to four career wins as the daunting daughter of Deuce Seelster-Justcallmerosie lulled the field to sleep in the opening division. After touring the outer rim through a respectable opening panel of 29.3, driver Mark Athearn jammed on the coaster brakes while fronting the fillies to the wire, eventually to be timed in a leisurely 2:04.2. Justcallmedee is owned by William Phipps and trained by Gretchen Athearn, who entered into a tie with Christopher Hitchcock atop the seasonal trainer standings at the Downs with the victory. Cab Bearnaise (M. Cushing) rallied strongly at 11-1 odds to secure the runner-up placing while Poocham Magic (G. Mosher) rode the pylons for the show. Pembroke Passionly took the pike route to a brand new lifetime mark of 2:02.2 in the second twilight stakes division. The daughter of Western Maverick-B Passionate was deftly guided twice around the oval by driver Heath Campbell for trainer Valerie Grondin, while grabbing her second consecutive front-end score in Maine Sire Stake competition. Pembroke Passionly is owned by the tandem of William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. She's A Maverick (J. Nason) mounted a determined stretch assault before settling for runner-up honors while Little Honeybadger (M. Graffam) rallied with determination to finish third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday afternoon as the three-year-old trotting divisions revisit the local venue. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards (and Drew Campbell) on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 9, 2017 ... Drew Campbell held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/9) as the man in the orange and black colors engineered a powerful harness racing performance, impressively driving six winners down Victory Lane. The perennial driving champion at the Downs, Campbell got his day started in high gear by scoring wins in the first two dashes of the day, while returning a ridiculously generous $26.40 Daily Double payoff for a ticket with the name "Campbell" at both ends of the gimmick. Taking a few races off to catch his breath, the hot streak resumed quickly though, as Campbell briskly ran off wins in the next four consecutive contests. Drew Campbell currently sits firmly ensconced in his customary seat atop the Scarborough Downs leaders' board with 69 seasonal wins to his credit following Sunday's six-pack performance. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards (and Drew Campbell) on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 8, 2017 ... Brisk early speed proved not only to be the key winning strategy, but ultimately the saving grace for ALittleBitHipHop, who remained undefeated as a harness racing sophomore, in what would evolved into an incident marred edition of the three-year-old colt class of the Maine Sire Stakes program at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (6/8). Trouble reared its ugly head early in the split, just after the word "Go" was given in fact, as the favored Kevin Switzer trained mutuel-entry of Bilt For Delight and PrinceOfTheForest effectively took themselves out of the contest before entering the first turn. Bilt For Delight veered sharply right as he entered the bend, hooking up and entangling himself with his stable-mate, before impeding and causing interference with half the field. ALittleBitHipHop and driver Eddie Davis, Jr were able to avoid the commotion unfolding behind them, as they sped out to an uncontested early lead before stopping the clock at the wire in a brand new career best 1:57 clocking. Trained by James Smallwood for owner Diane Bryant, the son of Baron Biltmore-Powder Hanover scored his fourth win of the season from four seasonal starts. JustCallMeDino (M. Athearn) parlayed an unimpeded journey to the runner-up placing while Mic Woodrow (M. Graffam), the only other horse to avoid the early mishap, finished third. Maine Sire stakes action returns to the Downs on Thursday (7/13) as the two-year-old filly pacing divisions take their turn at the raceway. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - July 6, 2017 ... The sophomore trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their premier stop at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/6) with a grand total of 16 colts and fillies gathered to vie for their share of purses totaling $30,328, in what remains a rather lucrative, yet apparently under appreciated harness racing opportunity, along the national sire stakes circuit. The common theme in pocketing the lion's share of those rich stakes purses though, was the pocket journey, a strategy that executed flawlessly in all three stakes splits. Let's Get It All remained perfect in sire stakes action this season as he backed up last week's Bangor Raceway score with an identically timed 2:01.3 effort at the Downs, in the first of two colt divisions. Driving for trainer Heidi Gibbs, Ron Cushing sat a patient pocket trip behind King Cast (M. Athearn) before pulling at the head of the stretch, then measuring the 3/4-length margin of victory at the wire. The Noble Venture-Bimmelibim gelding is owned by the consortium of Lucia Les, Kenneth Clairmont and Ron Cushing and claimed the lion's share of the $10,003 purse offering. King Cast held for runner-up honors while Prydwen (I. Davies) finished third. The benefits of the pocket journey continued to hold sway in the second $10,003 colt division as Fox Cast and driver Wallace Watson stalked Pembroke Morgan (H. Campbell) twice around the oval before just nosing out the rabbit at the wire. Trained by Maine State Hall of Fame member Donald Richards for Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight, stalwart owners along the Pine Tree Circuit, the son of Current Cast-Celebrity Image strode to a new lifetime Mark of 2:02.4. Pembroke Morgan settled for second while Bruizn (K. Ireland) was third. Fuzzy Sweater unraveled the best laid plans of the competition in the $10,322 filly division, as the Eddie Davis, Jr piloted state-bred parlayed a perfect pocket strategy en route to establishing a maiden speed standard of 2:05. The daughter of Noble Venture-Fuzzy Slippers tracked the front-running Noble One (I. Davies) throughout the mile before getting the nod at the wire by the slender margin of a head. Fuzzy Sweater is trained by Brian Lamb for owner Di Stefano & Son Stable. Noble One claimed bridesmaid honors while Quote This (M. Cushing) finished third. Maine Sire stakes action returns to the Downs on Saturday (6/8) as the three-year-old colt pacers take their turn in the limelight. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 2, 2017 ... Prodigy of the Maine Sire Stakes program once again graced the seaside oval of Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/2) as the harness racing two-year-old trotting divisions took center stage on the final session of the holiday weekend. Eleven fillies were split into two divisions carded at just shy of $10,000 per dash, while the 6 colts went post ward for a purse of $10,097. The fillies kicked things off with Shesaharleygirl seemingly proving the old adage that the race often goes to the steadiest of stride. The daughter of Noble Venture-Dynamic Kid executed a flawless front end strategy, en route to registering a maiden-breaking 2:10.4 speed standard, in only her third career start. Matthew Athearn, driving for trainer Gretchen Athearn (who just so happens to be Matty's mom) received accolades in the winner's circle from the consortium of owners including Donald Harmon, Sr., Normand St Clair and Gretchen Athearn. American Flambe (M. Cushing) closed gamely in the lane to secure runner-up honors while sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) came from off the pace to finish third. The Athearn roster doubled their pleasure in the second filly division as Wild Bandita and driver Mark Athearn (Gretchen's husband this time) sat a rambunctious pocket trip behind Pembroke Dancer (H. Campbell). Ever keen to go on throughout, the freshman lass pounced powerfully at the wire to claim a brand new lifetime mark of 2:06.4 in what was only her third career appearance too. Wild Bandid, a daughter of Boy Band-Wild Pine is owned by Michael Andrew. Pembroke Dancer held for the place while Dualpatwitchywoman (Matt Athearn) another Gretchen Athearn trainee, finished third. The two-year-old colt class proved problematic for many of the contestants, as 4 of the 6 trotters, at one time or another were charted off stride. Myreh's Good Son (R. Cushing) though, one of the few who behaved himself during the contest, opened up a substantial lead over the competition, a lead that he maintained until mid-stretch, when Pembroke Bossman and driver Heath Campbell found their fastest gear, and with determination, just got up over the pacesetter by 1/2-length margin at the wire. Pembroke Bossman, the freshman son of Noble Venture-Phoenicia Hanover is owned by William Varney and trained by Valerie Grondin. Myreh's Good Son held for the place while JJ's Venture (I. Davies) finished third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to the Downs on Thursday (7/6) as the three-year-old trotting divisions make their 2017 debut at the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday through Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - June 30, 2017 ... The guardians of the Maine Sire Stakes program, let loose their freshman colt combatants, to frolic along the seaside oval at Scarborough Downs on Friday (6/30), as the harness racing two-years-olds made their second career stakes starts following up on last weekend's Bangor debut. Thirteen colts and geldings were split into two divisions to be contested for twin $10,000 (plus) purses, in what remains a relatively lucrative, yet somewhat hidden, opportunity along the national sire stakes circuit. Luceman and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. held sway in the opening split, choosing a front-end assault while leading the field twice around the oval in a lifetime best 2:01.1 clocking. The son of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch deftly made amends for last week's troubled trip at Bangor, which featured multiple breaks of stride, with a picture perfect example of steadiness of gate and fortitude in Friday's Scarborough appearance. Luceman is owned by Florence O'Keefe and KDK Standarbreds and hails from the roster of noted state of Maine conditioner, Gordon Corey. Thankyouallmyfans (E. Davis, Jr.) sat second throughout to secure runner-up honors. Secret Assault (S. Gray) made a bold power move up the backstretch before settling for third. The magic continued for the ownership group of Florence O'Keefe and KDK Standardbreds in the second division, as the consortium doubled their pleasure with their other stable star, Hoppi, who extended his young undefeated season out to two consecutive scores. The son of Western Maverick - Barbara Ann was put to the sternest test of his young career as he took determined air in the final panel en route to a brand new 1:58.4 speed standard, but proved more than up to the challenge when the dust had settled. Hoppi, who is trained by Kevin Switzer, Sr., gave driver Kevin Switzer, Jr his 5th win on the program. Mylastdime (S.Gray) rallied to secure second while Twelve (E. Davis Jr) dropped back under pressure to finish third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to the Downs on Sunday (7/2) as the two-year-old trotting divisions invade the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday through Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - June 29, 2017 ... Maine sire stakes racing made a triumphant return to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (6/29) as the harness racing three-year-old filly pacing divisions took center stage, in twin splits, raced for purses in excess of $10,000 apiece. Meadows Rosebud left a little doubt in the outcome of the first division of state-bred lassies as the three-year-old daughter of Western Maverick-Rose of Aquamarine set sail from the rail, never to look back, while she effortlessly piking her rivals twice around the half-mile oval, before coasting to a 5-length margin at the wire. Owned by Lorraine O'Connor of Bedford Massachusetts and trained by veteran roster-master Ralph Anderson, Meadows Rosebud was teamed to her initial three-year-old victory by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. and timed in 2:00. Downeast Foxy lady (G. Mosher) followed gamely along for runner up honors while Arabella (M. Graffam) rallied for third. Pembrook Perfect wasted precious little time in laying out her plans for her quest for back to back state-of-Maine Championships, as the Queen of last year's freshman set quickly claimed her customary front-end seat, to impressively tally her 9th career victory, timed in 2:00, as she launched her sophomore campaign in picture perfect fashion. The daughter of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch was driven to victory by Heath Campbell for trainer Valerie Grondin, much to the delight of co-owners William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Persephone (K Switzer, Jr) stalked throughout while settling for second place honors, while CBF Sunshine (E. Davis, Jr) mounted a credible rally for third. Maine sire stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs Friday afternoon with the two-year-old pacing colt division taking center stage, starting with a 4:30 PM post time. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on Thursday through Saturday at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

Scarborough, Maine - June 24, 2017 ... Just as June heralds the beginning of summer, the arrival of Maine Sire Stakes season marks a certain regeneration of hope and a renewal of vigor, as anxious harness racing breeders, owners, trainers and grooms bring their young equine charges to the raceway for the very first time. Under ideal twilight conditions on Saturday (6/24) the freshman filly pacers were the first of the Maine Sire Stakes combatants to arrive at Scarborough Downs this season. They were split into near-twin divisions and sent post-ward for purses of $10,007 and $10,182 respectively Shes A Maverick responded handsomely at every asking in the first stakes division as the daughter of Western Maverick-Fiber Art held off a determined cavalry charge en route to scoring her her first career victory, timed in an in-hand 2:04, much to the delight of her owner, Carolyn Corso of Henderson, Nevada. Driver/trainer John Nason pushed many of his filly's buttons on Saturday with the freshman pacer responding like a veteran campaigner at every asking. When urged to leave from the gate, she quickly made the top. When Nason reined her back to get a parked horse out of his way, she graciously complied. When asked to retake the lead at the half, she accomplished the task so quickly it hardly seemed real. The effort was, all in all, a very polished performance for a filly making only her second career start. Little Honey Badger (M. Graffam) threw in a strong rally bid to secure runner-up honors, while A Thousand Wishes (G. Mosher) held firm for the show. With her premier victory lap now practiced and perfected, Shes A Maverick sets her sights on the summer horizons here in Maine. With nine more $10,000 stakes elimination rounds and a rich $50,000 freshman final in wait in September, who can blame her? Saturday's second stakes division saw JustCallMeDee extend her unbeaten record out to a perfect two for two after seemingly pushing the starting gate out of her way while staking her claim for the early lead. She and driver Mark Athearn had everything their own way until Pembroke Passionly (H. Campbell) took flight to engage as they approached the 3/4-mile station and from that point home the dashing divas matched strides to the wire with Just CallMe Dee extending out to a narrow 3/4-length advantage at the finish. A daughter of Deuce Seelster-Justcallmerosie, JustCallMeDee is owned by William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine. Pembroke Passionly held for the place while Where Does Time Go (E. Davis, Jr.) finished third. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on Thursday through Saturday at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - May 31, 2017 ... Horse supply issues continue to be a major concern in state of Maine harness racing circles with the latest casualty being the Friday twilight card scheduled for June 2 at Scarborough Downs. A total of 19 horses were entered to race on what was to be Scarborough's first Friday program of the season, necessitating the decision to cancel. Live harness racing will be conducted this week on Thursday (6/1), Saturday (6/3) at 4:30 PM and Sunday (6/4) with post time set for 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - May 14, 2017 ... Horse supply issues continue to impact the live harness racing schedule in the state of Maine this season with the latest casualty being the Thursday (5/18) program scheduled at Scarborough Downs. The Downs' race office was unable to cobble together a card with the 26 horses entered in to race. Live harness racing will be conducted next weekend on Saturday (5/20) at 2:00 PM and Sunday (5-21) with post time set for 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine – April 28, 2017 … Horse supply issues in the state of Maine have made necessary the decision to cancel the Scarborough Downs harness racing card that had been scheduled for Thursday May 4th. Live harness racing will be conducted this weekend on Saturday (4-29) and Sunday (4-30) with post time set for 1:30 PM. The following weekend, the Downs will race on Saturday May 6th (Kentucky Derby Day) with a special post time of 2:00 PM, and on Sunday at the normal 1:30 post. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 15, 2006 ... A large and enthusiastic crowd turned out for Festival of Champions Day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10/15) to witness the crowning of the three-year-old champions of the Maine Sire Stakes harness racing program. The expectation of exciting equine thrills reached near fever pitch on the picture perfect autumn afternoon at the southern Maine racing venue, and with nearly $370,000 in purse money on the line, the horse and drivers certainly did not disappoint. Seeley Man capped a lustrous sire stakes campaign by adding the sophomore colt pacing trophy to last year's freshman crown, all the while retaining his perfect 24 for 24 undefeated career win streak. Hustled to the early lead in the $85,233 split by driver Ron Cushing, the Western Maverick - Perfect Launch gelding never felt pressure at any point in the mile as he extended off to an 11-3/4 length margin at the wire. He ultimately stopped the clock in an unhurried 1:55.2, establishing a new divisional track record in the process. "People might have thought we were crazy to spend the amount of money that we did to buy him at the conclusion of his two-year-old season, just to race him in Maine" Ron Cushing remarked, "But I really liked him. Gerry Smith (former trainer) was nice enough to sell him and we were nice enough to pay the price. He's been a very nice horse throughout his career." Now with a career bankroll in excess of $176K, the Heidi Gibbs trained Seeley Man is owned in partnership by Kevin Sywyk, Ben Bill & Will Stable and Florence O'Keefe and was bred by Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Talladega Speed (David Ingraham was second with The Irish Maverick (John Nason third. Western Stepp was another repeat champion on Saturday as the Western Maverick - French Stepp filly earned top three-year-old honors after securing last year's two-year-old championship in a maiden-breaking upset. The win was the 10th of the season for the Western Maverick - French Stepp filly whose career earnings now eclipse the $127K level. Regular pilot Drew Campbell hustled her to her customary front-end seat but was forced to use all his powers of persuasion late as Ladies Love Outlaws (Kevin Switzer, Jr) closed gamely in the $85,233 contest which was clocked in 1:57. "She got a little lazy on the lead today and I was glad to see Junior not fly by me" Campbell said, "But she did hold the other horse off and that's what counts." Owner/trainer James Dunn added, "I was really glad the wire wasn't 30 or 40 feet down the track or we might have got beat. She's certainly earned some good pasture time." Western Stepp was bred in Maine by Dirk Duncan and Sidney Bradley. Ladies Love Outlaws settled for a hard fought runner-up share while Life Is A Short Walk rallied for show. Miss Flaggy Meadow and driver Ivan Davies were also put to a stern stretch test on Saturday, as the daughter of Boy Band - Willing Wind earned the top placing in the $85,201 filly trotting final. She ground out the win in extended overland fashion while withstanding unrelenting late pressure through the lane from Just A Little Evil (Heath Campbell) with the pair reaching the wire nearly in lockstep timed in 2:01.3. "I want to thank breeder Mike Andrew for selling me this horse and Ivan's done a tremendous job with this filly" said owner Jack Kelly of the East Pond Stable, "He's resolved some earlier problems she had through determined experimentation - Ivan really deserves all the credit for her success." "Now I can't wait to watch my son's horse, the Maine-bred Obrigado race in the International Trot at Yonkers", Kelly continued, referring to trainer Paul Kelly, "What a great day for state of Maine harness racing!" Just A Little Evil fell just 3/4 -length short while finishing second. Gonna Kiss Me Or Not (Ron Cushing) was third. Noble Yaz hit a homerun in the $85,185 colt trotting final, pouncing at the ¾-mile marker before extending out to an imposing 4-length margin as driver Nick Graffam triumphantly pointed his whip skyward in celebration. The Noble Venture - Sassy Cathy gelding who was timed in 2:01.1, is trained by Graffam's dad, Michael, for owner/breeder Francis Hanley. "The horse has just been getting better lately" Hanley said, "He and Nick have been melding but the horse just seemed to figure out that he shouldn't be out there fooling around but that he should be getting to the lead and getting the job done. He sure figured it out at the right time!" Dusty Venture (Ivan Davies) settled for second while Pembroke Bada Bing (Heath Campbell was third. With Maine Sire Stakes season has now reaching its successful conclusion, the fall/winter meet will continue at the Downs through the first weekend of December. Live harness racing will be featured weekly on a Thursday through Sunday schedule with a 1:30 PM (EDT) post time. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - October 13, 2006 ... The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and Scarborough Downs will present the harness racing annual Festival of Champions Day on Saturday October 15, 2016 with first post time slated for 1:30 pm. For the first and only time this season, all the top-rated three year-old Maine-bred racehorses will be gathered in one spot, on one day, as the championships of the Maine Sire Stakes program will be decided, and with nearly $370,000 in purse money on the line, Saturday will be the richest day in state-of-Maine harness racing this year. Seeley Man, undefeated in 23 career starts, has been cast in the 'leading man' role, as the sophomore gelding will attempt to add the three-year-old championship trophy to last year's freshman crown in an almost unheard of bid to sweep the table in the ultra-tough arena of Maine Sire Stakes competition. "This is indeed an historic bid" said Seeley Man's breeder, Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. "A horse may well have remained undefeated at some point during the 40-plus seasons of the Maine Sires Stakes program, but none have done it in recent years. It takes a special animal to pull off such an impressive feat and we are so proud that Seeley Man has represented our breeding farm in such gallant fashion." Seeley Man was born on March 3, 2013 at the picturesque Dupuis Farm in southern Maine and was trained to a perfect 11 for 11 race record by Gerald Smith for owner Florence O'Keefe as a two-year-old. Retaining a share for herself, O'Keefe sold the budding star at the conclusion of that campaign to a partnership which includes Kevin Sywyk of Swartz Creek, Michigan and the Ben, Bill and Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. The gelding has been effectively driven by Ron Cushing for trainer Heidi Gibbs throughout the 2016 season and has now amassed career earnings in excess of $133,000. A win on Saturday would push his seasonal earnings total to over $100,000 - an eye-popping tally for a horse raced almost exclusively in Maine. The horses competing in these finals are bred, trained and stabled here in Maine, and have been competing in stakes races at the fairs and at tracks around the state all racing season. The top eight horses in each of the four divisions will vie for purses of $85,000 each, which are the largest in Maine horse racing history. "We're so excited to be hosting such an important event in Maine harness racing," said Scarborough Downs owner Sharon Terry. "Our commitment has always been to support the farms, families, and fairs of Maine, and this event is exemplary of all of those things." The fall/winter meet will continue at the Downs through the first weekend of December with live harness racing featured weekly on a Thursday through Sunday schedule with a 1:30 PM (EDT) post time. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (September 27, 2016) ... Scarborough Downs, Maine's premiere horse racing venue since 1950, is set to kick off the fall portion of it's 2016 season on October 14th, featuring live harness racing action on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT) daily. Festival of Champions Day will headline the opening weekend action as the Maine Sire Stakes championships for three-year-old Maine-bred trotters and pacers will be contested on Saturday (10/15), with total stakes purses expected to exceed the $350,000 level. The fall/winter meet will continue at the Downs through the first weekend of December with the 2016 closing day scheduled for Sunday December 4th. In addition to live harness racing action, Scarborough Downs features simulcast wagering on all the top north American thoroughbred and harness racing tracks, seven days a week from noon to midnight, in the Inside Track Lounge facility. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

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