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Scarborough, Maine - September 10, 2017 ... The three year old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program headlined the harness racing card as the summer meet at Scarborough Downs came to its conclusion on Sunday (9/10). The field, reduced to five starters, went to post for a purse of $10,328 Princeoftheforest continued his late summer dominance in the class as he posted his third win in a row with driver/trainer Kevin Switzer calling the shots form the sulky. Idling in the outer flow while the early speed horses jostled for position, Switzer powerfully rifled his charge to a commanding lead just past the quarter pole, a lead which ultimately extended out to 5-3/4 lengths as the clocked proclaimed 1:57.1 at the wire. Princeoftheforest, a son of Baron Biltmore out of the stakes champion mare Barbra Ann, is owned in partnership by KDK Standardbreds and Anthony Sivik, Jr. Mic Woodrow (D. Campbell) finished second while Primos Last Rodeo (D. Ingraham) rallied late from last to third. While stakes racing stole the closing day headlines, the real stories of the day belonged to driver Drew Campbell and trainer Ryan Abel who both pieced together five win efforts during the final Scarborough Downs performance of the summer season. Campbell, the meet's leading driver, is in the midst of one of his finest seasons, boasting over twice as many wins as his closest competitor at the Downs this year and is now well within reach of recording his 4500th career victory in the coming weeks. Abel, the meet's top rated trainer, sent five horses to the post on Sunday with all five earning winner's circle photo sessions, including the mare Lady Spartacus, whom Abel drove himself. Live harness racing at Scarborough Downs will resume on Saturday October 15 on a twice weekly schedule, featuring Saturday and Sunday matinees with a 1:30 post time. Opening Day of the fall meet will feature the three-year-old Finals of the Maine Sire Stakes program, Maine's biggest day of harness racing of the season, with purses slated to be in excess of $300,000. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - September 9, 2017 ... The three-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored a late summer twilight harness racing card at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/9) with the track record setting performance of Lets Get It On stealing the headlines away from his fellow state-breds. Lets Get It All pieced together yet another dominating performance on Saturday, easily taking top honors in the first of two $10,003 sophomore colt trotting splits, easily outdistancing the competition, while laying claim to his 7th seasonal win, timed in a lifetime equaling 1:59.1. That clocking was more than adequate enough to establishing a brand new divisional trotting record, supplanting the previous benchmark of 2:00 set by another Maine-bred, Noble Yaz, during the summer of 2016. Now ensconced in the record books, the three-year-old son of Noble Venture-Bimmelibim was once again deftly driven by Ron Cushing for trainer Heidi Gibbs and the ownership group of Lucia Les, Kenneth Clairmont and Ron Cushing. Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) was second while King Cast (M. Athearn) finished third. Top honors in the $10,003 second division went to Bruzin, who pieced together a faultless effort while fully capitalizing on the missteps of others as the Kim Ireland driven and trained entry stepped to a lifetime best 2:01.3 clocking. The son of Musclini-Perpetual Notion laid claim to the early lead which quickly extended out to a margin of three lengths as three of the five starters rolled off stride before reaching the 1/8th pole. With the competition unable to make-up the spotted distance, Bruizn confidently marched first to the wire, while notching his 5th career victory for owners Dennis and Deborah Foss. Pembroke Morgan (H. Campbell) overcame his early bobble to finish second while post time favorite Fox Cast (Wallace Watson) never really found his best stride on Saturday and settled for third. Competition in the sophomore filly division has become rather a wide open matter since the recent sidelining of early season top point earner Fuzzy Sweater, and with just 4 weeks remaining until the $75,000 (+) final, the trotter able to gain the most late season momentum might well hold the upper hand. Noble One is certainly stating her case as the most "right now" trotter as she scored her second win in a row on Saturday, trotting to a new lifetime speed record of 2:02.3, with driver/trainer Ivan Davies calling the shots from the sulky. Owned by Douglas Hutchins, the daughter of Noble Venture-Demeter claimed her customary front end seat in the early going before coasting to her third win of the season, while claiming the lion's share of the $10,322 purse offering and simultaneously taking over first place in the seasonal point standings. Knella Bella (M. Athearn) mounted an extended overland campaign to finish a determined second, while Just Like Linda (D. Campbell) parlayed the pocket journey to a third best showing. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (9/10) as the three-year-old colt pacers will take center stage, on what will be the closing day of the 2017 summer season at the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs' fall meet will commence on October 14 with racing featured on a Saturday and Sunday schedule with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT). For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - September 2, 2017 ... State-breds were back in action at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/2) as the three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored a well-received twilight card at the harness racing seaside oval. Divided into twin five-horse splits, the victors spun decidedly disparate diatribes as the dust settled; one filly winning for the very first time this season while the other extended her sophomore undefeated streak to eight consecutive scores. The headliner of the year in state of Maine circles remains Pembroke Perfect, a prolific powerhouse who has bravely pieced together a remarkable eight for eight win record, while rampaging through her three-year-old season. More astounding than her current unblemished seasonal record perhaps, is the realization that the daughter of Western Maverick- Perfect Launch has not tasted defeat since July 2, 2016; boasting a win streak that now consists of 14 consecutive victory laps. Regular pilot, Heath Campbell, sat chilly off the gate, idling in the outer flow as the field straightened up the backstretch, before powerfully pouncing to the lead as the quarter pole came into view. From that point on the deal was sealed, with the perfect lass coasting, unchallenged, to a brand new lifetime speed record of 1:57 flat, while claiming the lion's share of the $9391 purse offering. Pembroke Perfect is trained by Valerie Grondin for owners William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Persephonie (D. Campbell) sat second throughout the mile and finished in that position while Arabella (N. Graffam) utilized a similar strategy to grab the show dough. Spoxys Girl presented the fans with a slight upset proposition in the other $9393 sire stakes split, as the daughter of Neutralize-Royal Ribbons grabbed the early lead at 3-1 odds, put the entire field in line before reaching the quarter pole, and then withstood a solid stretch challenge from the 1-5 favored Meadows Rosebud;. She stopped the clock timed in 1:59.1 en route to notching the first win of her 2017 season. Pilot Nick Graffam confidently secured the first of his three driving wins on Saturday while sulky sitting for his dad, trainer Mike Graffam, and the ownership group of the Ben Bill & Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. Meadows Rosebud (E. Davis, Jr) settled for the runner-up's share while Poocham Princess (H. Campbell) stayed flat for the first time in three appearances while posting a strong rally for third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/9) as the three-year-old trotting classes will take center stage. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on Thursday and 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 - August 20, 2017 ... The two-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their fourth and final appearance of the 2017 season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8/20); the harness racing freshman leaving town on a high note with one even etching his name on the wall of honor as a divisional track record holders. He'salilbitnoble scored his fourth career win during the $10,272 colt division on Sunday, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 2:02.3 which equaled Scarborough's divisional track record which was established in 2008 by another Maine-bred, Bad Boy Billy. With all the colt's wins featuring a front end trip, driver Mark Athearn promptly steered his charge onto the early lead. The dashing duo quickly benefited as 4 of the 7 combatants rolled off stride before reaching the 1/8th pole, and the rest of the mile was mere child's play for the son of Nobel Venture-Litany Hanover. He'salilbitnoble is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher), one of the three trotters to not make a break finished second while Go Full Throttle (K. Ireland) benefited from a fault-free trip to grab third. Team Athearn then doubled their stakes pleasure as another member of their roster, Wild Bandita took top honors in one of two $9976 filly divisions on the program. Just as the front end seat worked magic for her track record holding stable-mate, the strategy proved equally faultless for Wild Bandita as driver Mark Athearn cut the mile and navigated the course, in a lifetime best 2:06.1 clocking en route to securing the filly's third career win. The daughter of Boy Band-Wild Pine is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner Michael Andrew. American Flambe (M. Cushing) kept her perfect on-the-board ratio intact with a solid runner-up placing while June Carter Cast (G. Mosher) survived multiple breaks to finish third. Pembroke Dancer continued her display dominance on Sunday, effortlessly securing her fifth consecutive victory in a lifetime best 2:05.2 clocking in the other filly division. Driver Heath Campbell confidently steered the CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter filly to the early lead and then commenced to toy with the field, ultimately with no one coming within two lengths of the pacesetter throughout the mile. The remarkable filly, trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney, claimed the lion's share of the $9977 purse, increasing her career bankroll to 29,872. Sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) finished second while Dualpatwitchywoman (M. Athearn) was third. 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 - August 10, 2017 ... The two-year-old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made it's second local appearance of the season during the Thursday (8/10) twilight harness racing card at Scarborough Downs. Eleven pacers were split into two compact groupings, and everything went exactly according to Hoyle as the final results perfectly mirrored expectations, especially for the ownership tandem of Florence O'Keefe and KDK Standarbreds, whose partnership teamed up to claim top honors in both stakes contests. Luceman entered the day pegged as one of the top contenders in the freshman pacing division, and as such, appeared to race with a target on his back as the gate sprung closed in the first $9837 stakes split. Leaving from the extreme outside post (5 in the 5 horse field) the Gary Mosher driven colt was strung three deep all the way to the quarter pole marker before finally gaining the lead through a surprisingly tepid clocking of 29.1. Despite the best efforts at softening up the son of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch, it was Luceman laughing all the way to the bank after shaking his tormentors and cruising to an open-length margin timed in 2:00.1; his 4th victory from 7 lifetime starts. Luceman is trained by Gordon Corey for the ownership team of Florence O'Keefe and the KDK Standardbreds. Twelve (E. Davis Jr) recovered from a break behind the gate to rally into the runner-up placing while Shotgun Called It (D. Campbell) parlayed an aggressive first over strategy into the first on-the-board finish of his career. Hoppi continued to build upon his reputation as the premiere sire stakes star of the 2017 two-year-old set, as the freshman phenom remained perfect at the raceway, extending his undefeated streak to six unblemished scores, in the second $10,013 stakes split. Ron Cushing, making his third consecutive appearance in the driver's seat behind the son of Western Maverick-Barbra Ann, promptly gunned the pacer to a contested quarter, timed in 28.2, before throttling down the engines and cruising to an in-hand 2:00.2 clocking at the wire. Hoppi is trained by Kevin Switzer for the ownership team of KDK Standardbreds and Florence O'Keefe Thankyouallmyfans (E.Davis, Jr) gave his all through a robust stretch drive, before settling for the runner-up placing while Mr Blakely (D. Campbell) scored the show. 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 – August 5, 2017 … American Flambé found the recipe for success in the first of two freshman filly harness racing events as the two-year-old trotting divisions anchored an 11-race program at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/5). Entering the contest boasting a perfect four for four on-the-board ratio, she secure a seat at the big kids table on Saturday, tasting victory for the first time in her career, while stopping the tele-timer in 2:08 to claim the lion's share of the $9976 purse. Driven by regular pilot Michael Cushing, he daughter of Boy Band-American Caviar stalked the expected early speed of June Carter Cast (G. Mosher), who attempted to lull the field to sleep through an opening half of 1:05, before aggressively pulling the pocket just past the 3/4-marker, applying persistent pressure to the front runner, and confidently measuring the wire. American Flambé is trained by Charlene Cushing for the ownership partnership of Michael Graham, Michael Cushing and R. Nelson Di Pompo Jr. June Carter Cast settled for the runner-up placing by the measure of a mere nostril while Shesaharleygirl (M. Athearn) finished third for the third time in her career. It quickly became a waltz through the park for Pembroke Dancer in the $9977 second filly division as driver Heath Campbell confidently steered his charge to an early front end seat, expertly controlling the tempo, before sashaying home timed in 2:07. The win was the third consecutive and third career score for the daughter of CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter who is trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney. Wild Bandita (M. Athearn) threw in a convincing three wide rally to secure bridesmaid honors while Sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) parlayed a first over journey into a third place showing. The boys took center stage after the girls had completed their turn in the spotlight, and it was Pembroke Boss Man taking charge, developing a competent business plan and then executing the strategy to a tee while speeding to a brand new lifetime mark of 2:04.2 in the $10,097 freshman colt division. Driver Heath Campbell’s colt effectively inherited the early lead, racing unhurried to the half in a soft 1:04.2 after both members of the heavily favored Gretchen Athearn mutuel entry (Mouthpiece and He'salilbitnoble) made costly breaks before the start. The son of Noble Venture-Phoenicia Hanover then ignited the afterburners to speed home in a sterling 1:00 flat en route to securing his third career win. Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher) threw in a game first over attack throughout that 1:00 back-half to gain the runner-up share while Myreh's God Son held steady position to grab the show. Maine Sire Stakes action will return to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (8/10) as the two-year-old colt 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 - August 3, 2017 ... Victory Tax has spent most of his career as a "Friday Night" sort of trotter, racing the best on the circuit and generally being recognized as the esteemed King of the Free For All scene. It was a during a Scarborough Downs harness racing twilight card, on a picture perfect high-summer day though, that the now 11-year-old class-master reached his latest plateau, as the four-time Trotter of the Year recorded the 70th win of his illustrious career with his favorite driver Drew Campbell calling the shots from the sulky. Always tough on the lead and still with plenty of gate speed left in those veteran legs, Victory Tax was hustled quickly to the early advantage before sprinting home under wraps to record the benchmark win timed in a seasonal equaling best clocking of 1:59.2. The son of Victory Sam-Ataxia who is trained by Kimberly Vafiades for owner Kyle Gibbs, crossed over the $350,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the win. 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 30, 2017 ... The three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored the Scarborough Downs harness racing card on a picture perfect mid-summer afternoon and quite fittingly, Pembroke Perfect continued to flaunt her winning ways on Sunday (7/30). The prolific filly grabbed the lion's share of the $10,017 stakes purse as the daughter of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch scored her fourth seasonal win from four seasonal starts, in the first of two state-bred events for sophomore fillies. Driver Heath Campbell confidently guided the streaking filly to an early lead and then never once twitched a muscle en route to an in-hand glide to the finish line, while the Valerie Grondin trainee posted her fourth consecutive charted line to feature only the number one at each and every pole. The imposing filly, owned by the tandem of William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe, tripped the tele-timer in a fleet 1:58.1. Arabella (N. Graffam) closely stalked the pacesetter throughout the mile to earn the bridesmaid share while Dual Pat's Bug Bug (M. Athearn) hit the board for the first time in 2017 by finishing third. Like the birth of spring, Persephonie burst upon the scene in the second $10,016 stakes split, securing her first win of the season through a determined front end strategy. The daughter of Baran Biltmore-Dynamite Donna who previously had been matched up against either the undefeated Pembroke Perfect or the undefeated Meadows Rosebud in all 2017 stakes starts, took full advantage of Sunday's hidden class relief to the secure the 2:00 score, with driver Heath Campbell claiming his second stakes win of the afternoon. Persephonie is owned and trained by Kevin Switzer. CBF Sunshine (E. Davis Jr.) tracked throughout the mile to secure the runner-up placing while Poocham Princess (G. Mosher) rallied for the show. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/5) afternoon as the two-year-old trotting divisions take center stage. 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 27, 2017 ... Alittlebithiphop continued to waltz through his sophomore campaign on Thursday (7/27) as the Maine-bred juggernaut posted his sixth win from six seasonal starts, while dominating the harness racing competition in a $10,328 division of the Maine Sire Stakes program at Scarborough Downs. Driver Eddie Davis, Jr, who once again occupied his usual seat behind the son of Baron Biltmore-PowderHanover, guided his charge confidently to the lead while reaching the half-mile marker in a rather pedestrian 1:01.1 clocking. The turbo jets were then engaged as the pacer effortlessly shifted gears through a torrid .57 back half before stopping the clock at the wire timed in 1:58.1. The streaking Alittlebithiphop is trained by James Smallwood for owner Diane Bryant. Princeoftheforest (H. Campbell) recovered from back-to-back disastrous performances to grab the runner-up share, while Mic Woodrow (D. Campbell) finished an aggressive third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/30) afternoon as the three-year-old filly pacing division takes center stage. 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 23, 2017 ...The deployment of similar strategies often create similar results, but seldom do we witness those strategies result in the tables being turned on the same two harness racing drivers, in such quick succession, as we did at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/23). Heath Campbell and Mark Athearn though, found themselves both the beneficiary but then quickly the victim, during a rousing game of 'anything you can do, I can do better' as the two-year-old divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program revisited the seaside oval. Pembroke Dancer sped to a brand new lifetime mark of 2:06.2 in the first of two filly divisions, extending her win streak out to two in a row. Driver Heath Campbell took full advantage of the inside post position to secure the early lead, lulling the field to sleep by reaching the half in 1:04.1. The daughter of CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter girded for battle entering the third turn as Wild Bandita (M. Athearn) recognizing the lack of tempo, pulled the pocket well before the 5/8th pole. Twice they challenged the pacesetters and twice they rolled off stride, as Pembroke Dancer held firm to her advantage out on the point. Pembroke Dancer, trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney, earned the largest share of the $9977 purse. Lilly Longwood (D. Ingraham) finished second for the 3rd time in 6 career starts while American Flambé (M. Cushing) secured the show. Mark Athearn turned the tables on Heath Campbell in the $10,272 colt division as the luck of the draw enabled him to take full advantage of the rail to steer He'salilbitnoble to the early lead. Campbell, driving Pembroke Boss Man, was forced to engage the pacesetter with a first over strategy and just as Athearn rolled off stride in the filly division, Campbell's charge made a series of missteps as the tempo picked up, with He'salilbitnoble ultimately coasting to a brand new mark of 2:03.1. The son of Noble Venture-Litany Hanover is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. Myreh's God Son (R. Cushing) rallied for the runner-up placing while Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher) finished third. June Carter Cast responded quite favorably to her new driver assignment on Sunday as Wallace Watson's appearance in the seat helped the daughter of Current Cast-Celebrity Image regain her steady stride after back-to-back starts which featured breaks of stride. The Don Richards trainee easily gained the early lead over the compact grouping after a race day scratch reduced the field to four starters, and the filly was never seriously threatened from that point forth, coasting to the win timed in 2:10.3 while claiming the lion's share of the $9801 purse offering. June Carter Cast is owned by Thomas Dylan and Walter Hight. Katahdin Rose (S. Mac Kenzie) hit the board for the first time in her career by finishing second. Dualpatwitchywoman (M. Athearn) recovered from an early misstep to grab the show dough. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/27) afternoon as the three-year-old colt pacing division takes center stage. 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 - 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

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