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Scarborough, Maine (July 3, 2015) - The Maine Sire Stakes program made it's second consecutive appearance at Scarborough Downs on Friday (7/3) as the harness racing three-year-old filly pacing divisions took center stage in twin splits contested for purses of $11,668 per. Everything old was new once again on Friday as Eat Your Enemy served bold notice that she was more than up to the task of defending her freshman Sire Stakes Championship while winning at first asking to launch her three-year-old season, taking a brand new lifetime speed record (1:59.4) for driver/trainer John Nason. The daughter of Western Maverick/Smooth As Ice sat the patient pocket trip before igniting the afterburners around the 5/8th's bend, sprinting clear to a handy 6-1/2 length lead at the wire, much to the delight of co-owners Carolyn Corso and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Stella's Big Girl (Heath Campbell) rallied for the runner-up share while Toast Of The Meadow (Kevin Switzer, Jr) parlayed an early front-running strategy for the show. Cat Has A Kitten toyed with the competition in the other stakes split building upon a promising lifetime best prep effort (1:55.3) at Harrington Raceway to easily hold the competition at bay in a more leisurely 1:58 clocking on Friday. Owned in tandem by Anthony Sivik, Jr and the KDK Standardbreds, the daughter of Western Cyclone/Lady Katie was making her first start from the Valerie Grondin stable after prepping for former trainer Kevin Switzer at Harrington. She was driven to victory for noted stakes teamster Heath Campbell. Analyze (Michael Graffam) was second while Daydreamer Jo (Gary Mosher) finished third. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (July 2, 2015) – The Maine Sire Stakes program made its 2015 debut at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/2) as the Heidi Gibbs/Ron Cushing roster served serious notice that they would be key players in the state-bred harness racing sophomore trotting divisions. The tandem sent out winners in both splits with Sampsonofravencast kicking the action off in high gear, overcoming the extreme outside post to take a new lifetime mark (2:02.1) in the $12,216 colt division. The son of Current Cast/Raven’s Ruby is owned in partnership by Joseph Trice and Ron Cushing and was bred by the Thunderbolt Farm. Saving the best for last though, Tropical Trice slew the previously undefeated Bibbidi Boo to claim the lion’s share in the $12,226 filly division, an effort which featured a daring pocket-pulling maneuver at the ¾-mile marker followed by a doggedly determined stretch battle, resulting in the upset clocked in 2:01.4. The daughter of Current Cast/Sharra Blue Chip is also owned by Joseph Trice and was bred by noted Maine stalwart, Richard Hartley. Maine Sire Stakes action continues on Friday (7/3) as the three-year-old filly pacers will take center stage in twin splits being contested for $11,668 per. Post Time for the twilight performance is 4:30 p.m. (EDT). Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (June 27, 2015) - Kevin Switzer, Jr held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (6/27) winning five of the eight harness racing dashes carded on the twilight program. Switzer, who has been dividing his time driving at all three racing venues along the New England circuit, made an emphatic statement while making his first appearance of the week in southern Maine, claiming victory in both of the co-featured events on Saturday's card. The man in blue and black kicked of his day steering Randy Bickmore's Glow Stick to her fifth consecutive win in the $6000 Distaff Free For All before closing out his day with a 1:54.1 walk in the park with Scott McKenzie's A Sweet Ride in the $6000 colt and gelding feature. Sandwiched in between were Winner's Circle appearances with Fairytale Prince, Rose Alba and Western Rival. Switzer, whose name is featured prominently on Sunday's matinee program remains cemented strongly in second place upon the Scarborough Leader's Board, trailing only perennial powerhouse Drew Campbell in the standings. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (June 20, 2015) - Fast miles have become the order of the day at Scarborough Downs this season so harness racing fans could have been forgiven if they viewed A Sweet Ride's 1:53.2 win in Saturday's (6/20) $6000 feature pace as just another "day at the office" event. At second glance though something special had transpired on a rather chilly late spring day in Maine as the six-year-old son of Dontgetinmyway effortlessly paced to the fourth fastest mile ever recorded in the 65 year history of the Downs. After being locked in with pace during a fourth place finish last weekend, driver Kevin Switzer, Jr sent his charge with sharp determination to the early lead on Saturday, clipping through zippy panels of 27.1, 56.1 and (the seldom seen) 1:24.2 while holding solid sway over a determined bunch en route to cruising to the 2-1/2 length margin of victory. The win was the 4th of the season for the Jamie Gerard trainee who was recently purchased by owner Scott McKenzie of Saco, Maine. BP Diet Food (Dan Deslandes) rode the perfect pocket trip to runner up honors while JJ's Jet (Drew Campbell) parlayed a first over challenge to the third place showing. A Sweet Ride's sterling effort was just 1/5th of a second off the track standard for older geldings. Impressively, only existing track record holders have ever paced faster at the Downs included therein the older gelding standard bearer Wholly Louy's 1:53.1 mile in 2012, Shady Sabrina's epic mare record of 1:53.1 taken in 2010, and Hotrod Falcon's immortal overall track record of 1:52.4 taken during the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace with Walter Case, Jr steering the course. "And that's on a chilly night! He'll pace 1:52 or better on a warmer day!" Kevin Switzer, Jr could be heard exclaiming as he guided the speedy steed into the Scarborough winner's circle. If that is indeed the case, the harness fans in Maine are in for the time of their lives this season. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (June 19, 2015) - It was certainly a Family Affair at Scarborough Downs on Friday (6/19) as harness racing driver Nick Graffam drove offspring of the broodmare Pass The Dessert to back-to-back victories for proud owner Diane Frazier. Four-year-old mare Dancers Pass (top) led things off with a career best effort in the sixth and not to be outdone by his little sister, five-year-old "Big Bro" Cyclone Pass took a new lifetime mark of 1:57 in the very next race! There should be plenty of bragging rights to go around as the Ashlee's Big Guy siblings gather at the feed trough at the Norton farm after the races tonight - With one proud Mom looking on from the broodmare field! Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

The week-long harness racing speed show continued at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (6/18) as the track remained lightning fast while the horses and drivers took full advantage of the favorable conditions to put up eye-popping miles to the delight of the fans. Ashlee's Cool Gal became the latest to test the tele-timer on Sunday as the Maine-bred mare blazed around the oval to secure a brand new lifetime Mark of 1:54.2 with driver Drew Campbell calling the shots for trainer Stephen Murchison. The win broke a four-race stretch of runner-up placings for the Randy Tompkins owned Maine-bred and was one of three trips down victory lane for Scarborough's top rated pilot on Sunday. The sterling clocking was the third fastest yet recorded this season at the Downs and fastest by a mare, trailing only Destination Moon N (1:53.4) and Only The Lonely (1:54.1) for top honors on the speed meter. With summer weather heating up, talented horses plying their trade and fans flocking to the stands this year, the party never ends at Scarborough Downs. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. Michael Sweeney

Scarborough, Maine (June 13, 2015) - Fans at Scarborough Downs would have been forgiven if they thought they had been caught in a time warp on Saturday (6/13) as a couple of kingpins from the 1980's came center stage on a perfect late spring evening to show the young fellas a thing or two about harness racing. With both a feature class trot and pace co-headlining the strong card, Don Richards, the 82 year old stalwart whose name has been associated with many, if not most, of the biggest events ever staged in state of Maine harness racing sent two top campaigners to the post. Retired from driving for two seasons now, the perennial fan favorite and winner of over 4200 career dashes named fellow state of Maine standout Ruel Goodblood, Jr., the winner of nearly 4500 races himself, to catch drive. And when the dust had settled, the veteran campaigners claimed victories in both top-level events. Whata Winner, a brand new addition to the Richards roster took the pike route to score his 30th career win, stopping the tele-timer in a blistering 1:57.4. The classy Credit Winner trotter co-owned by Thomas Dillon of Anson, Maine and Terrax, Inc of Longwood, Florida added to his imposing $700K-plus career bankroll with the zippy win which clocked just 3/5th-second off the track record. Not to be out down by his accomplished new stablemate, Destination Moon N blasted off to an early lead secured by a blistering .27 opening panel before deftly holding the field at bay in a jam packed photo finish which featured 5 horses all with in 1-3/4 lengths at the wire. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA, the Grinfromeartoear gelding recorded one of the fastest miles ever registered at the Downs, stopping the clock in 1:53.4, and like his stablemate falling just 3/5th-second shy of equalling the existing track record. As summer heats up and with accomplished top-level talent flocking to Maine this season, track records across the state appear in serious jeopardy indeed. And with Richards and Goodblood once again making serious noise at the height of the class ladders, the young guns would be well advised to take notice. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (May 30, 2015) - Kevin Switzer, Jr remained the hottest commodity at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (5/30) as the torrid teamster escorted five winners down victory lane, one day after notching four top scores during Friday's harness racing card. With nine wins already in hand this weekend, Switzer now takes over sole possession of second place in the Scarborough drivers standings with 34 seasonal scores, sitting 15 wins back but closing in on leading pilot Drew Campbell. Live harness racing is featured weekly at Scarborough Downs with the Friday card now going to post at 4:30 p.m. (EDT), a special 2:00 post time on Belmont Stakes Day while the popular Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney  

Scarborough, Maine (May 23, 2015) - Making his very first state of Maine start on Saturday (5/23), Only The Lonely with harness racing driver Eddie Davis, Jr., just missed equaling one of the oldest Track Records on the Scarborough Downs books when they stopped the tele-timer in 1:54.1. The effort came within whiskers of matching Prince Ebony's standard for aged stallions set during the 1990 edition of The Presidents Pace, Scarborough's then marquee invitational, with driver Ron Pierce getting the entry home in 1:54 flat. The mile was the fastest recorded yet in 2015 at the Downs. Only The Lonely is the latest addition to the roster of Scarborough's 2014 Trainer of the Year, Bo Sowers and is owned by David MacDonald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The five-year-old son of Western Ideal was insistently driven to an early lead through a contentious 28 second opening panel and maintained that front-seat advantage throughout, coasting to a 6-1/4 length margin at the wire, pretty much under wraps. We've got a feeling that Prince Ebony's ancient standard which has stood the test of time for nearly 25 years, may be in jeopardy soon with this new fleet stallion setting up shop at the Downs. Live harness racing is featured weekly at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards going to post at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) while the popular Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Standupnkissme earned his 35th career victory lap on Sunday at the harness racing meeting at Scarborough Downs. The win was one of four on the day for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. and one of six on the weekend for trainer Adrian Wisher, Jr. Trainer Adrian Wisher, Jr. made an immediate impact upon moving his stable to Scarborough Downs this weekend, winning six races from seven entered to sport a hefty .857 Universal Trainer Rating following his first appearances of the 2015 season in state of Maine competition.   Wisher divvied his wins equally among the Saturday and Sunday cards with a mixture of horses racing fresh off the shelf scattered in with a few campaigners who have recently been battle tested along the mid-Atlantic circuit.    His well conditioned and well classified charges, a hallmark of the approach Wisher traditionally takes toward success on the raceway, also benefited from the services of Maine’s two top drivers from last season. Kevin Switzer, Jr teamed four roster members down victory lane (part of Switzer’s tally of seven winners on the weekend) while Drew Campbell, the meet’s leading driver thus far this season,   took victory laps with two.   Live harness racing resumes next weekend at the Downs with a special 2:00 p.m. (EDT) post time on Preakness Saturday while the popular Sunday matinee will go to post at 1:30 p.m.   For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page.   Michael Sweeney

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, April 26, 2015) – Eric Davis became the latest member of the famed Delmarva harness racing family to etch his name in the winner’s ranks at an extended meet, as the 18-year-old steered  Big Heart from off to pace to grab top honors on Sunday (4/26) at Scarborough Downs. The red and white Davis family colors, so familiar to fans up and down the eastern seaboard, get their latest redesign this season as Eric follows in the footsteps of his father Eddie Davis, Jr. and grandfather Eddie Davis Sr. On his maternal side, mother and noted trainer Janet Stevenson Davis and harness driving uncle Mike Stevenson were surely beaming with pride. The win was actually the second in Davis’ career but his first since being elevated to provisional driver status following his 18th birthday, and his first at Scarborough Downs. Live harness racing resumes at Scarborough Downs on next Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, with a special 2:00 p.m. (EDT) post time. The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, April 18, 2015) - Leading driver Drew Campbell wasted precious little time following up on last Sunday's six trips down Scarborough Downs' Victory Lane as the man in the orange and black colors continued to tally victories at a near record clip. On Saturday (4/18) Campbell added to his imposing tally, claiming top honors in five of the eleven dashes carded. Included in the five wins were a couple from Campbell's very own roster as he extended Remix's (1:58.2) win streak to three straight. He then claimed the lion's share of the $6000 Winners Over pace, mounting a determined bid with JJs Jet, to wear down the front-running Mr Nice Guy while stopping the clock in 1:56.4, the third fastest time recorded this season at the Downs. No stranger to the creation of fast miles, Campbell helped spin the fleetest journey of the season earlier on in the card as Ashlee's Cool Gal scored her second consecutive victory timed in 1:55.2, just 2/5th-second off her lifetime best. Campbell's successful day was rounded out with wins behind Check Don's Pulse (1:57.1), the second in a row for the Steve Vafiades trained pacer, and the first seasonal win for Bettor's Night (2:00) who hung tough to survive a late challenge in the finale. The defending driving champion at the Downs, Campbell has now cemented his lead in the early 2015 standings with his 22 seasonal scores nearly doubling those of his closest competitor. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Friday, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinee scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, April 11, 2015) - JJs Jet rocketed back into the Scarborough Downs consciousness on Saturday (4/11), as the Drew Campbell driven/trained entry finally tasted victory while making his third upper-class appearance of the 2015 season. Owned by Bruce Maxwell of St. John, N.B., Canada, the 6 year-old gelded son of Jereme's Jet launched a determined first over campaign to engage last week's top class winner, Ellie's Best Dream (Ron Cushing) before putting the mare away in deep stretch. JJs Jet then stopped the tele-timer in a sterling 1:57.2, the fastest clocking yet of the young Scarborough Downs season. Ellie's Best Dream, the lone mare in the field raced strong from the 8-hole today, holding for the place. Fear Itself (Nick Graffam), making his very first start of the season completed the top three. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday with post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT) For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, April 5, 2015) -. Easter is a time for family gatherings and celebrations but in Maine, Easter is also a time for harness racing excitement. The Gretchen Athearn Stable effectively combined both traditions on Sunday (4/5) as three generations of her family teamed up to set the holiday table at Scarborough Downs by engineering victories in both halves of the Daily Double. General Bill Brown proved capable of a successful launch to his 2015 campaign as the New York Sire Stakes graduate won fresh off the shelf after exiting the Empire State trenches last fall in favor of the PineTree State battlegrounds in the spring. The four-year-old son of Crazed, now owned by William Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine coasted to an impressive victory with driver Mark Athearn calling the shots from the sulky. The fun continued in the very next dash as Saffron scored an upset win for Team Athearn, crashing the board at 14-1, while holders of the $30 win tickets could be heard singing a verse from the old Donovan song, Mello Yellow, "I'm just mad about Saffron, Saffron's mad about me". Sunday's success concluded a profitable weekend for the Athearns who, combined with Saturday's winner, Daggett, scored victories with three of the five horses they sent to post. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday with post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT) For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, April 4, 2015) -. Despite facing inclement conditions and chilly temperatures, harness racing driver Ron Cushing continued his torrid ways on Saturday (4/4), winning three of the eight races programmed at Scarborough Downs, with all three winners coming from his very own roster. Cushing served notice from the very first bugle call that Saturday would belong to him, as he soared gate to wire in the opener with Kevin Sywyk's Vodka Is Terror. The 6-year-old post time favorite, held firm to score the 20th win of his career, but more impressively keyed a robust $749.60 Trifecta return despite his favored status. Driving for his son Mitchell later in the card, Cushing once again chose the pike route while extending the veteran Sign Of Thunder's seasonal undefeated streak to two, before closing out the day by claiming the lion's share of the $6000 Winners Over purse with Sywyk's newly acquired mare Ellie's Best Dream, besting an accomplished field of geldings in the process. Cushing's sensational Saturday pushed his name to the top spot in both the Driver and Trainer Standings after three sessions of the 2015 season. His six driving wins now equal the seasonal total of fellow teamster Gary Mosher but more imposing is Cushing's complete domination of the trainers' ranks, where the man in the maroon and gold silks has won with six of the nine entries he has sent to post. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Saturday and Sunday with post time slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT) For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, March 29, 2015) -. Veteran teamster, Gary Mosher, put on a driving clinic Sunday (3/29) at Scarborough Downs as the harness racing man in the red and green colors claimed victory in four of the ten races programmed. The career winner of more than 5900 races kept everything "family style" in the early going, kicking off the day by claiming victory in both ends of the daily double with horses owned by his son Garrett Mosher. The proud Dad made back to back visits to the winner's circle, first with Wildcat Ideal and then with Pembroke Boogie, keying a fan favorite $9.60 gimmick, much to the delight of the large crowd of punters assembled on the crisp New England afternoon. With the popular winners in the rear view mirror, the fans discounted Mosher's chances later in the card as Joseph Nelson's Warrawee Nonesuch snuck past them paying $21.20 to win in the 8th. The six-year-old gelding not only snuck past the players but also past the heavily favored JJ's Jet (Drew Campbell) to deliver the perennially powerful Nelson his first training win at the Downs in over a year. Charlie By Far capped off Mosher's grand slam performance returning $41.60 in the finale to the fans that stuck around and believed. Live harness racing resumes next weekend at Scarborough Downs with cards going to post at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on both SATURDAY and Sunday. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

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