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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  

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, March 27, 2015) - After suffering through a historically tough winter, southern Maine's harness racing fans came out in droves to witness the birth of the 2015 meet at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (3/28). The faithful crowded the stands and cheered from the fences as ten ultra competitive races were showcased on a track groomed to perfection by a track crew who have worked tirelessly to combat whatever Mother Nature has had to throw at them. "People responded to the lure of the horses and the great promotions we offered for Opening Day" said Downs' General Manager Martina Mitchell, "It was one of the largest and most enthusiastic Opening Day crowds in recent memory and all of us here at the track are committed to build upon today's momentum." Drew Campbell wasted precious little time in establishing the fact that he was hungry to defend his 2014 Scarborough drivers' championship as he steered the winners of the day's first two races down victory lane, nabbing the natural daily double with Kevin Gee's LUVNUISFUN in the first and Douglas Smith's RD MISTY in the second. Campbell then gave way to others in the deep and talented driver's colony as Eddie Davis, Jr. trumped all teamsters by scoring three wins from the ten races programmed. Included in that tally were AMERICAN PLAN and LEAP OF FAITH, two horses owned by William Fischer of Newfield, Maine. Dan Deslandes was the other driver to win multiple events on the day as he closed out the program by securing top honors in the both ends of the late daily double with Pam Gauthier and Katlyn Waterhouse's LUCKY MAC, followed quickly by Anthony D'Amico's newly acquired, CARRIE ANN. Live harness racing resumes at the seaside oval on Sunday (3/29) with a ten race matinee program which gets underway at 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Moving forward, Scarborough Downs will race next weekend on Saturday and Sunday with post times adjusted to 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, March 27, 2015) - Opening weekend of the 2015 harness racing season is set to occur exactly as scheduled at Scarborough Downs with 10 race programs in place for Saturday (3/28) and Sunday (3/29). Saturday's card will go to post at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) while Sunday's matinee kicks off at 1:30 p.m. We all know how brutal the past winter has been in Maine and how difficult it has been for the local horsemen to properly train down the equine athletes who put on the show. While the current horse population is marginally adequate to accommodate two days of racing at the Downs (142 horses were entered to race this week), it cannot realistically be stretched to fill three cards at this time as at least another 40 to 50 horses would be needed to fill three 8-race cards. Regretfully, in consultation with the Maine Harness Racing Commission and the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, the decision has been made not to attempt to race on Friday (4/3) as scheduled but rather to stick with the current Saturday and Sunday offering to allow the horse population to build. Qualifying races will be scheduled for Sunday (3/29) at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday (4/1) at 10:00 a.m., and Sunday (4/5) at 4:30 p.m. Weather will also play a role on future post times as projected rain, snow and gradual thawing will impact track conditions at the Downs. While post times will remain as published for Opening Weekend, beginning on Saturday April 4th Post Time will be at 1:00 p.m. daily until further notice. We anticipate these changes to be short lived and appreciate everyone's understanding as we launch into the 2015 meet. With open communication and just a little bit of cooperation from Mother Nature, we'll all be back on schedule soon. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs      

Scarborough, Maine (Thursday, March 26, 2015) - Scarborough Downs will kick off its 65th season of racing excitement on Saturday afternoon (3/28) with post time slated for 4:00 p.m. (EDT) while offering a ten race program featuring purses in excess of $29,000. "We made it through a long hard winter here in southern Maine, historically hard" said race secretary David Sawyer, "but despite the long odds and frozen conditions, the horsemen came through with an adequate horse population for Opening Weekend. The mix of local veterans along with a big influx of fresh new faces should make for fun and competitive racing." Scarborough's driving colony will remain one of the deepest to be found at any small market harness track in North America with 2014 Downs driving champion Drew Campbell joined by the reigning North American UDR pilot, Kevin Switzer, Jr. in the top two slots. Returning from a winter stint at Dover Downs, Eddie Davis, Jr's familiar red and white silks will once again grace the seaside oval, to be joined by those of veteran teamsters like Gary Mosher, Ron Cushing, Chris Long and Dude Goodblood. On the near horizon, the fans await the mid-spring arrival of the ever popular David Ingraham and Heath Campbell who have (wisely) wintered in Florida. Youth will be served on the track by the breakout talents of drivers Dan Deslandes and Nick Graffam, who will be joined this year by 18-year-old Eric Davis (Eddie's son), as he becomes the latest generation from the famed racing family to make his pari-mutuel debut. Food and beverage specials will delight the fans once they arrive for the races with a Friday Happy Hour second to none, featuring $2.00 draft beer specials, $4.00 Jameson Whiskey drinks and $4.00 9-inch pizzas. Beer and BBQ take center stage on Saturday with more of the popular $2.00 drafts and a delicious $5.00 BBQ chicken dinner while Sunday will surely be "Fun Day" at the Downs with $1.00 hotdogs, $2.00 drafts and $4.00 Bloody Marys. Scarborough Downs will feature live harness racing on Saturday at 4:00 with the Sunday matinee swinging into action at 1:30 this season. Friday racing (4:00 post) joins the line up on April 3rd. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page.    

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, March20, 2015) - In conjunction with the newly created "All Heart Campaign", state of Maine harness racing drivers Eric Davis (left) and Matty Athearn visited children at the Barbara Bush Clinic in the Maine Medical Center today. The duo brought the kids a bit of happiness on this first day of spring while signing autographs on trading cards and handing out harness racing themed coloring books. The All Heart Campaign is a newly formed grass roots organization, organized by rank-and-file horsemen and women. They have charged themselves with creating a broader connection between the harness racing industry and the local community. The campaign has been enthusiastically joined and supported by Scarborough Downs. Opening Day of the 2015 season at Scarborough Downs is scheduled for Saturday March 28 with a 4:00 pm (EDT) post time followed up by the popular Sunday matinee set to kick off at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, March 6, 2015) - Following her wintertime offerings of frigid temperatures and blankets of snow, Mother Nature is slowing loosening her grip on southern Maine as the harness racing industry anxiously awaits the start of the 65th season of racing at Scarborough Downs, and the announcement of the qualifying schedule is a sure sign that the birth of the 2015 meeting is just around the corner. Qualifying races will be held on Wednesday March 18, Saturday March 21 and Tuesday March 24 with first post time slated for 10:00 AM. Horsemen are asked to enter their horses either by written or electronic declaration by 9:00 the day prior. Opening Day of the 2015 season at Scarborough Downs is scheduled for Saturday March 28 with a 4:00 pm (EDT) post time followed up by the popular Sunday matinee set to kick off at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. Photo - Despite the harshest winter in recent memory, the Scarborough Downs track crew works diligently to prepare the raceway for Opening Day. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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

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

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

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

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