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Scarborough Downs will once again host the biggest party of the season on Kentucky Derby Day (Saturday May 7) but this year, particular local attention will be paid to the "greatest two-minutes in sports", as prominent state of Maine horse owners will saddle one of the morning line favorites in the $2-million classic. Exaggerator, who is owned in portion by Old Orchard Beach brothers, George, Jamie and Michael Kerr, will start from post position 11 on Saturday and has been installed as the 8-1 second choice on the morning line by Churchill Downs. The three-year-old son of Curlin is coming off an explosive victory in last month's Santa Anita Derby, an effort which has been described as "...one of the most impressive of this year's Triple Crown prep races." The Kerr brothers, who traditionally view the Derby via simulcast from the Scarborough Downs Clubhouse, will instead be in attendance at Louisville this year, to witness their colt's historic run for the roses. Doors will open at Scarborough Downs at 10:00 AM on Saturday with a 12-race live harness racing program commencing at 2:00 PM. The Kentucky Derby will then take center stage with post time scheduled for 6:34 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Drew Campbell held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4-23) as the man in the orange and black colors steered five winners down Victory Lane to grab top harness racing honors in half of the ten races programmed. Campbell, who entered the weekend tied with Eddie Davis, Jr atop the drivers' standings, separated himself from his rival (who went winless) and now tops all contenders with 20 wins on the young state of Maine harness season. Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Mitchell Cushing made his very first career start as a Provisional Harness Racing Driver at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4/2) and wasted precious little time in claiming Victory Lane as his very own territory. The son of noted driver, Ron Cushing, whose license was upgraded after celebrating his 18th birthday earlier this year, kept the classy campaigner, Sign Of Thunder, brave all the way to the finish-line, to cap off a perfectly executed gate to wire strategy in the afternoon's first race. While this may have been the first "P" win for Cushing, it was the 50th career winners circle appearance for the 11-year-old Sign Of Thunder, who just so happens to be owned by young Mr. Cushing himself. What a great combination this rookie driver and veteran pacer make! Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

The 2016 Scarborough Downs harness racing meet opened up to rave reviews on Saturday (3/26) with a generous mix of full fields, speedy miles and blanket finishes on full display, as the enthusiastic opening day crowd roared it's approval. The undisputed stars of the day were trainer Philip "Bo" Sowers and driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who both recorded four wins on the ten race program. The tandem serving notice right from the very first race that this combination of talent would stand as a force to be reckoned with in state of Maine harness racing this season. Davis utilized a patient strategy to claim victory with Clubber Lang, a newcomer to the Sowers roster, sitting a stalking third in the early going of the opening race, before igniting the after burners through a powerful 28-second third quarter, to extend out to an insurmountable lead before coasting to an open-lengths margin timed in 1:56.1. Davis also engineered the winning strategy with two other new arrivals to the Sowers' barn (Body Guard and Lady's Bag Man), before concluding his grand slam day with a victorious nail-biter as Cool Runnings, a member of his own stable, held off a hard charging Sandy Barbie Legacy (Louis Gassbarro, III) by a head at the wire. Sowers' fourth win came in the $6000 feature race event with the 12-year-old veteran, Noble's Grand Slam (Ron Cushing), upsetting the top class contestants at 13-1 odds. With the first of 101 scheduled race cards now in the books, the staff and horsemen at the seaside oval look forward to bringing continued fast paced action to the fans with tomorrow's (3/27) Easter Sunday card set to head to post at 1:30 PM. Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Maine's 2016 harness racing season is set to commence on Saturday (3/26) as the gates at Scarborough Downs swing open for the 66th year in a row. The Downs will launch the season on a two day a week schedule, racing Saturday and Sunday, with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EST) on both days. Well over 200 horses have entered to qualify this spring, a sharp contrast to the weather plagued 2015 season, so the fields will be full and the competition at a fever pitch, which should certainly test the handicapping skills of the local patrons. "We're extremely happy with the number of horses entered for the opening weekend cards and those numbers should translate into very competitive racing," said Scarborough Director of Operations Steve Cobbett, "Currently the staff is putting the finishing touches on all our preparations and we'll be ready and excited to welcome the large expected crowds on Opening Day." Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (November 6, 2015) - Midnite Craze and driver Ivan Davies equaled the track record for aged gelding trotters at Scarborough Downs on Friday (11/6) spinning an epic mile timed in 1:57.1 to replicate the standard established by Waterlou Willie in 2013. Remarkably, Midnite Craze, a recent New York import who now sits a perfect two for two in state of Maine competition, never saw the wood throughout the mile, marching second-over through the first time around the half-mile oval before launching a bold three-wide bid up the backstretch. A dogged battle then ensued with the front-running Dagget (Ruel Goodblood, Jr.), with neither trotter giving an inch throughout the heated stretch duel until in the final strides, Midnite Craze extended to the wire a mere half-length on top. The win was the 15th career victory for the five-year-old son of Crazed-Trapezius who is owned by G. Richard Mason, Jr. of Luneburg, MA. Dagget finished second best while Thro Time (Kevin Switzer, Jr) grabbed the show spot. Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing Friday through Sunday at 12:05 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

The closing day card of the summer harness racing meet at Scarborough Downs was headlined by the Maine Sire Stakes program as the three-year-old colt pacing division arrived on the scene, forming two splits, each contested for a purse of $11,682. Pembroke Maverick made things look extremely easy in the opening division as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite effortlessly grabbed the lead before reaching the quarter pole, never to be seriously challenged throughout. Driven by Heath Campbell for owner William Varney of Bangor, Me, the home-bred threw in a blazing final quarter of 28.4 as he extended out to a 4-3/4 length margin at the wire, timed in 1:57.4 The win was the seventh of the season for the son of Western Maverick-Migrane who has been deftly handled throughout his career by trainer Valerie Grondin. Sailor Jerry (Michael Graffam) threw in a game rally bid during the third quarter, but could close no further than the runner-up position. Lew's Maverick (Eddie Davis, Jr) raced in the trailing spot for most of the mile but surged late to secure the show dough when the dust had finally settled. Reckless Rebel kept the Grondin stable from doubling their pleasure in Stakes competition on Sunday though, as the Kevin Switzer, Jr piloted entry pounced from the pocket at the wire to finish a mere whisker in front of the heavily backed Pembroke Wildcat, in the second Maine-bred contest of the day. Owned by the East Pond Stable of Oakland, Me and trained by David Crochere, the son of Western Maverick - Madonna Hanover scored his fifth win of the season in 1:58.1, while gaining revenge over his chief rival after finishing second best to Pembroke Wildcat in four consecutive starts. Pembroke Wildcat (Heath Campbell) led throughout the entire mile only to fall just shy at the wire. Alittlebitrocknroll (Drew Campbell) who never saw the wood, threw in an ultra game effort to persevere for third. Scarborough Downs will reopen for the fall season on October 16 racing a three day per week schedule of Friday through Sunday with post time slated for 1:30 p.m. (EDT). The Downs will play host to the "Day of Champions" on October 24 when the finals for all eight Maine Sire Stakes divisional finals will be contested on a single program for the very first time, in what should prove to be the richest card of harness racing ever put together in the state of Maine. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. Michael Sweeney

Scarborough, Maine (September 12, 2015) - The two-year-old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made it's final appearance at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9-12) before heading out on their upcoming fall fairground swing. The assembled stakes stars provided plenty of thrills for the harness racing fans in attendance, spinning tales of extremes, with both long shots and favorites persevering in the $11,000-plus twin splits. Poocham Rocket scored the major upset in the first stakes division of the day as the freshman son of Western Maverick-Yeah Baby N sat the patient pocket trip behind the heavily favored Ball Don't Lie before pouncing to victory with a determined stretch run, crossing the wire one-length in front, while rewarding his backers to the tune of 7-1 odds. Nick Graffam executed the perfect driving maneuvers for owner G. Russell Austin of Westmoreland, NH, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 2:00.1. Ball Don't Lie (Gary Mosher) gave way late as he settled for the runner-up pacing while Just Call Me Nosey (Mark Athearn) survived a tight photo to gain the show dough. Seeley Man remained perfect on his career in the second division, scoring his 7th win from as many appearances, with driver Kevin Switzer, Jr controlling the tempo from the word "Go". Owned by Florence O'Keefe of Old Orchard Beach, ME, the son of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch crossed the wire on top by an 8-plus length margin while pacing the mile in an extremely unhurried 1:59.2. Lord Maverick (Heath Campbell) stalked from the pocket throughout the mile but could advance no further than second best. Wish Granted (Ruel Goodblood, Jr) rallied for third, finishing in the show spot for the third consecutive time. Live racing resumes at Scarborough Downs on Sunday with post time slated for 1:30 p.m. (EDT) featuring the three-year-old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program. Sunday will also be the closing day of Scarborough's summer meeting as the Downs will go dark while the fall fairground circuit takes center stage. Scarborough Downs will reopen for the fall season on October 16 and will play host to the Day of Champions on October 24 as the finals for all eight divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program will be contested on what should prove to be the richest card of harness racing ever put together in the state of Maine. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (September 5, 2015) - Seeley Man continued with his dominant freshman season on Saturday (9/5) as the Maine-bred harness racing sensation extended his undefeated streak, scoring his sixth consecutive win, in his $11,392 division of the Maine Sire Stakes at Scarborough Downs. Owned by Florence O'Keefe of Old Orchard Beach, Maine and trained by Gerald Smith, the two-year-old son of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch toyed with his competition throughout the mile, extending out to an effortless 2-3/4 length advantage at the wire, timed in a career best 1:58.3. That clocking established a brand new track record for two-year-old geldings, supplanting the previous benchmark of 1:58.4 by Mainiac Matt (David Ingraham) which had stood the test of time since 2007. The victory behind Seeley Man was one of four on the program for winning teamster Kevin Switzer, Jr. Ball Don't Lie took top honors in the other Maine Sire Stakes split of the day, stopping the clock in 2:00.2 for winning driver Gary Mosher - one of three wins on the card for Mosher. Live racing is proudly featured next week at Scarborough Downs on Thursday through 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 (August 30, 2015)  Harness racing driver Shane Taggart recorded his 1500th career driving win on Sunday (8/30) at Scarborough Downs, reining Pan Taylor home from off the pace to secure the milestone victory. Taggart who calls Maine home, has maintained a roster of horses on the Scarborough backstretch for years while dividing his time driving primarily at the Downs and at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts. The 37-year-old teamster is a career purse winner of over $3.8-million. Live racing is proudly featured next weekend at Scarborough Downs on 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 (August 28, 2015) - The weekend's action got off to a blistering start at Scarborough Downs as record breaking speed was generated, in long shot fashion, in just the second event of the Friday (8-28) harness racing twilight card. Bryan's Angel impressively became the fastest winning four-year-old mare in the 65 year history of the Downs after driver John Beckwith aggressively sent the striking miss to an early lead after stacking the field three-deep to a quarter timed in a moderate 29.1. The tempo picked up from that point though as the daughter of Cash Hall-Paradise Quickie soon opened up what would prove to be an insurmountable advantage to stop the clock in 1:58.3 while coasting to a six-length margin of victory. The zippy effort supplanted the previous divisional benchmark of 1:59.4 which had been set by Orderingin and Heath Campbell in 2014. Bryan's Angel is owned by Danbry Racing Inc. of Allentown, NJ and is trained by Shannon Watson and returned a hefty $43.60 to win. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on 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 Maine Sire Stakes program made a brief reappearance at the harness racing meeting at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-15), taking a respite following a short Bangor swing and a breather before heading out for a weeklong appearance at the Skowhegan Fair. In the first of two splits for three-year-old pacing colts, Pembroke Maverick regained his good steady stride, effortlessly gliding to his 4th stakes victory of the season after sporting inconsistencies of gait in both his most recent appearances along the fairground circuit. Driver Heath Campbell utilized a powerful burst of speed to quickly grab command at the midway point, only to then throttle his charge back down toward a leisurely clocking of 1:56.2 en route to claiming the lions' share of the $11,391 purse. The son of Western Maverick-Migraine is owned by William Varney of Bangor, Maine and trained by noted stakes conditioner Valerie Grondin. Sailor Jerry (Michael Graffam), who cut respectable early fractions before giving way to the eventual winner, finished a strong runner-up while HarttAttack (Gary Mosher) claimed the show dough. The consortium of Campbell, Grondin and Varney doubled their pleasure in the $11,567 second division as Pembroke Wildcat took full advantage of an early bobble by the well-backed HardcoreJohnyPawn to vault to an almost uncontested lead despite scoring from the outside wing. The path to victory was not as effortless as the one previously charted by his stable-mate though, as the son of Western Maverick-Saluki Hanover was forced to withstand a competent late charge from Reckless Rebel, before crossing the wire by a scant margin, on top in 1:58. Reckless Rebel (Kevin Switzer, Jr) settled for the hard fought bridesmaid share while Paris Beau (Gary Mosher) rallied smartly for third. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on 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 (August 2, 2015) - Cat Has A Kitten kept her perfect sophomore season intact on Sunday (8/3) as the graceful harness racing Maine-bred won her fifth consecutive start and her 4th in a row in Maine Sire Stakes competition. Deftly handled by driver Heath Campbell, the three-year-old daughter of Western Cyclone-Lady Katie pounced to the lead just past the half and then proceeded to toy with the competition, like a calico would a captured mouse, before extending out to a 3-1/2 length margin at the wire in a more than adequate time of 1:57.2. The "ferocious feline", owned in tandem by Anthony Sivik, Jr and the KDK Standardbreds and who is trained by noted stakes conditioner, Valerie Grondin, claimed the lion's share of the $12,462 purse. Eat Your Enemy (John Nason) saw her own undefeated season come to a conclusion while settling for the runner-up placing while Ms Casey Mac (Gary Mosher) held firm for the show. 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

Maine Sires Stakes action returned to the harness racing meeting at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/26) as the two-year-old colt pacers supplanted their freshman sisters who had toiled their trade before the fans just the day prior. Fifteen rookies headlined the matinee card, split into two division, each going for purse money in excess of $11,000. Ball Don't Lie "tipped off" the action as Gary Mosher teamed the son of Neutralize-Ms Jeanne Marie to an imposing 3-1/2 length margin of victory in the $11,742 opening stakes split, timed in 2:01.3. The colt won in his very first career start for the Ben Bill & Will Stable and trainer Eric Bickmore and delivered the 5992 career driving win for Mosher who is fast closing in on the 6000 win milestone. Wish Granted (Ruel Goodblood, Jr.) and The Irish Maverick (John Nason) finished in lockstep to dead heat for runner-up honors. Seeley Man remained undefeated on his young career as the Western Maverick-Perfect Launch gelding impressively imposed his will during the $11,566 second division with Kevin Switzer, Jr teaming for trainer Gerald Smith. Owned by Florence O'Keefe, the precocious youngster extended his win streak out to three in a row while equaling his lifetime Mark of 1:59.4. Lord Maverick (Kevin Switzer) rode the deuce to gain the bridesmaid share while Pembroke Willie (Heath Campbell) finished 18-length back in 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. Michael Sweeney

Maine Sire Stakes action returned to the harness racing meeting at Scarborough Downs on Saturday as 13 state-bred two-year-old fillies took over the limelight in twin splits contested for purses in excess of $11,000 per division. Pembroke Bambino turned the tables on apparent deep-stretch defeat in the first $11,391 stakes contest of the twilight program, as the daughter of Baron Biltmore-Fully Committed took full advantage of a costly misstep by the post time favorite Life Isa Short Walk, who rolled off stride while on the lead with the wire right at hand. The win established a maiden standard of 2:05.2 for the William Varney owned home-bred who is trained by Valerie Grondin and was driven to victory by Heath Campbell. Seriously Sarah (Gary Mosher) was elevated into the runner-up placing after Life Isa Short Walk (David Ingraham) was set back to third for a lapped on break at the wire. Former Scarborough driving champion Kevin Switzer returned to the raceway on Saturday following an extended Delmarva swing and quickly re-established himself as one of the most strident forces in Maine Sire Stakes action with an insistent sort of win behind LadiesLoveOutlaws in the $11,567 second stakes division. In her very first lifetime start, the daughter of Keystone Rodeo, out of the blue hen mare, Dynamite Donna sprinted home to an 8-3/4 length domination, while establishing a respectable maiden standard of 1:59.2 for owner/driver/trainer Switzer. Racing For Rick (Ron Cushing) settled for second after briefly grabbing the lead from the eventual winner, while Wonderdust (Wallace Watson),who followed along in third throughout the mile, eventually finished in that position. Maine Sire Stakes races return to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/26) as the two-year-old colt pacers will take center stage. 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

The two-year-old segment of the Maine Sire Stakes program made its first appearance of the 2015 harness racing season when the freshman trotters invaded Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7-19) with one division of fillies and one division of colts lending their luster to the eleven race program. Hes A Castoff proved much the best in the $12,008 colt split as driver Mark Athearn sent his charge smartly to the lead and never to look back, extending out to a leisurely 5-1/4 length margin at the wire while taking a brand new lifetime mark of 2:05.3. The son of Current Cast - Celebrity Woman extended his career streak of perfection to two in a row for co-owners Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight and legendary state of Maine Hall of Fame trainer, Don Richards. Pembroke Bada Bing (Heath Campbell) stalked from the pocket to secure the runner-up spot while Dusty Venture (Ivan Davies) followed the leaders twice around the oval for the show dough. The mutuel entry of GonnaKissMeOrNot (Noble Venture-Wild Pine Princess) and Just A Little Evil ((Noble Venture-Crying Photo) overcame posts seven and eight respectively to secure the top two placings in the $11,850 filly division. GonnaKissMeOrNot and driver Ron Cushing relentlessly attacked the pace-setting StartActnLikeALady (Gary Hall) through a contentious second half, before clearing by 3-lengths to the wire, and stopping the clock in a maiden breaking 2:08.3. The filly is owned in partnership by Kevin Sywyk, Lynne-Marie Plouffe and Ron Cushing and trained by Heidi Gibbs. Just A little Evil (Heath Campbell) rallied for second while StartActnLikeALady recovered from a break in the final turn to secure third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs next weekend with the two-year-old filly pacing divisions being showcased on Saturday (7/25) and the freshmen colts taking center stage on Sunday (7/26). 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

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