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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

Scarborough, Maine (July 18, 2015) - Sterling speed was the order of the day at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7-18) as Warrawee Nonsuch traveled the lightning fast oval timed in 1:53.1, equaling the second fastest mile ever recorded in the 65 year history of the seaside oval. Handled expertly by driver David Ingraham for trainer Joseph Nelson, the 6-year-old son of Jereme's Jet also equaled the track record for older geldings, joining a former member of the Nelson roster, Wholly Louy (Gary Mosher) as co-standard bearer; a record which has stood since 2012. Shady Sabrina (Kevin Switzer), Scarborough's reining distaff pacing queen, was the first to stop the clock at 1:53.1 way back in 2010, while Hotrod Falcon (Walter Case, Jr) continues to boast the ancient overall track standard of 1:52.4 set during the 1993 edition of the Presidents Pace. 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 11, 2015) - Millionaire trotter, Pembroke Prayer doggedly tracked down an accomplished field to claim top harness racing honors in the $6000 Free For All trotting event at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/11), getting up in the final strides for the 1:59 clocking. With Heath Campbell in his customary driver's seat, the classy son of Like A Prayer - Super Earl scored the 65th win of his storied career to the delight of owner/breeder William Varney of Bangor, Maine. The win was the fourth of the season for the 11-year-old wunderkind who continues to show no mercy to his younger competitors. . Like a fine wine, Pembroke Prayer continues to excel with age. 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

Tropical Trice continued her pursuit of Sire Stakes perfection as the Maine-bred daughter of Current Cast-Sharra Blue Chip won her second consecutive state-bred battle to remain undefeated in the sophomore program as the Maine Sire Stakes sophomore trotting divisions returned to the harness racing meeting at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/9). Driver Ron Cushing once again showcased the filly's tenacious ability while engaging the front-running Kisses (Kim Ireland) in a dogged overland battle through the final two-furlongs before gliding to the wire in a leisurely 2:02.5 for owner and namesake Joseph Trice and trainer Heidi Gibbs. Rhonwen (Ivan Davis) threw in a strong rally bid to secure the bridesmaid share while Kisses settled for third best. Pembroke Jack B returned to form in the first colt split of stakes competition on mid-week card, making amends for a costly pre-start break in last week's contest and delighting the crowd by paying dimes to dollars as the prohibitive 1-9 betting favorite in the $11,433 contest. The three-year-old son of CR Power Glide-Dark Lady won for the 6th time in his career at the urging of driver Heath Campbell, claiming a new lifetime mark of 2:03.3 in the process. The Maine-bred is trained by Valerie Grondin for owner/breeder William Varney. Noble Neeley (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) was second while Wyatt Hayes (David Ingraham) finished third. Broadway Cast sought and won revenge over Sampsonofravencast in the final $11,658 stakes split of the twilight card as the sons of Current Cast repeatedly engaged each other in a determined give and take battle to turn the tables over last week's outcome. The Don Richards trained entry took a brand new lifetime mark in the process, stopping the clock timed in 2:00.2 in harness to driver Mark Athearn, for noted co-owners Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight. Sampsonofravencast (Ron Cushing) settled for second best while Just Say Mo (Kim Ireland) was 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. Mike Sweeney

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  

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