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Scarborough, Maine - May 13, 2018 ... Air Force Grad, a 7-year-old standardbred, is on quite a roll right now. The striking steed has now won 4 straight races at Scarborough Downs this year and remarkably has done so with 4 different drivers teaming him home! Owner/trainer Charlene Cushing took her turn in the sulky on Sunday (5/13), and fittingly (as the only woman and only mother driving on the card) earned top honors at the raceway on Mother's Day! Cushing, who just this month graduated from college, couldn't have been any prouder of her beautiful gray, and while she'll soon be putting her recently earned degree to work by launching a new career as a Registered Nurse, she vows that she'll still make time to Get Back to the Track! With a winning horse like Air Force Grad, who can blame her? Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing next Saturday (5/19) with a special 2:00 p.m. (EDT) post time on Preakness Stakes day. Racing will resume on Sunday (5/20) at 1:30 p.m. as the Downs hosts their first annual College Day at the races, featuring $1.00 hot dogs, $2.00 draft beer, $4 Bloody Marys and free programs for all college students. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - April 22, 2018 ... Mitch Cushing held the hot hand on the first spring-like day of the harness racing season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (4/22), the 20-year-old teamster turning up just as torrid as the temperature, while guiding four winners down Victory Lane. Included in the tally was an open-length victory with the trotter, Prince C Hall, fittingly symbolizing Mitch's regal day at the races. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

Scarborough, Maine - March 31, 2018 ... Scarborough Downs swung open its gates for the 68th consecutive year on Saturday (3/31) and was graced by a large and enthusiastic crowd which turn out to witness the splendor and spectacle of harness racing and to cheer the winners home. While defending driving champion, Drew Campbell, won the first race of the 2018 season with Fox Valley Bailey, it was rookie driver, McGwire Sowers, who stepped into the limelight on Saturday, claiming victory in five of the ten races programmed, and at one time posting wins in four consecutive races on the card. Sowers' quintuple performance kicked off in the third race of the day as he cut brisk fractions aboard Falcon's Luke to stop the clock in a blistering 1:57.1, which was at the time the fastest clocking of the young meet. He quickly extended his win streak with front running scores behind Jus' Like A Virgin, Keystone Camaro and Bliss And Luck, before closing out the day by engineering another pike effort with Northern Ideal in the finale. All five of Sower's winners hailed from the family stable headed by Bo Sowers, the young teamster's father. In other notable action at the Downs on Saturday, the fastest mile of the young meet was recorded by the 14-year-old veteran, Kid Courageous A, who stopped the tele-timer in a brisk 1:56.1 effort while coming from off the pace for owner/driver/trainer Dan Deslandes. The win was the 55th career score for the veteran pacer. Live harness racing will resume on Easter Sunday (4/1) at Scarborough Downs with a ten race program swinging into action beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - March 30, 2018 ... Scarborough Downs will swing open it's gates for the 68th consecutive year on Saturday (3/31), welcoming the multitudes of fans and horses back to the track, and heralding the start of the 2018 harness racing season in Maine. The Downs will open the race meet on a two day a week schedule, racing Saturday and Sunday afternoon cards with a post time of 1:30 p.m. (EDT). The response to Opening Weekend has been exceptionally keen among the harness racing community this season with 170 horses entered in to race this week, resulting in full fields and ten race programs carded for both Saturday and Sunday's performances. Admission to the races is once again free of charge at the Downs, and with a seasonally warm and sunny day forecast for Saturday, the fans will have ample opportunity to witness the excitement and pageantry of harness racing from a close-up, rail-bird's seat. Featured alongside the harness races themselves, drawings for fun prizes will be conducted throughout the afternoon on Saturday with one lucky patron set to walk away with a free betting voucher good for $100 worth of wagers. In addition to a season full of top harness racing action, the track is pleased to promote exciting events all season long. The Kentucky Derby, which falls on May 5th this year, is the Downs' biggest party of the year, while the $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic, scheduled for July 14, will attract and locally showcase the finest horses in New England. The Maine Sire Stakes program will once again anchor the action at the Downs this summer as the regal Maine-bred pacers and trotters launch their season-long campaigns beginning on June 23, culminating in the Festival of Champions on October 13 where they will be racing for championship glory and combined purses that will exceed $500,000. The local harness racing season, packed with heart pounding excitement and the chance to win big, gets underway as the bugler sounds the first "Call to Post" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Get Back to the Track to experience it all! Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) through the month of April. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - December 8, 2017 ... The curtain will fall on the 2017 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs with the final two performances of the year slated for Saturday and Sunday this weekend, but before the horses retire to the comfort of their winter stables, the members of the Maine Amateur Drivers' Club (MADC) will make one more charitable splash at the raceway on Saturday (12/9). The MADC hold races on a weekly basis at Scarborough Downs and bankroll their driving commissions in a fund dedicated to philanthropic donations. With the Christmas season fast approaching, the members of the MADC felt that Toys For Tots would be the logical beneficiary for their final 2017 disbursement of funds. "Toys For Tots and the United States Marine Corps have a long history of bringing holiday cheer to children all across the United States and have been extremely active for years here in the state of Maine" said MADC president, Omer Burke, "The members of our club are delighted to be able to contribute $1750 toward helping their organization ensure that less fortunate children in the community experience a happy Christmas." Major Thomas R. Wallin, Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines will be at the Downs to accept the donation following the third race of Saturday's program. Major Wallin is the senior ranking active duty officer in the state of Maine. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 PM during closing weekend. The 2018 harness racing season is scheduled to commence on March 24. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - November 26, 2017 ... For the 11th consecutive season, a special retirement ceremony was held at Scarborough Downs to celebrate the careers of the grand 14-year-olds who have graced our racetrack over the years. This year, 12 such veteran campaigners were feted, including Ariel, Art's Sake, Chilli NZ (300 starts, 56 wins, 35 seconds, 40 thirds, $466,940) , Cactus Creek, Corky Baran, Devil's Embrace N, (270 starts, 35 wins, 37 seconds, 33 thirds, $257,315) Dreamluck, Fulla Fire, Keystone Stately, Longshaw Hanover, Mcpfast Bluegrass and Super Sydney C. Combined, this grouping has won 466 races and earned over $3.8-million during their careers, while providing countless thrills to their owners, drivers, trainers and grooms. Today, they reclaimed the limelight while visiting the winner's circle one final time to the delight and applause of their adoring fans. What an amazing day to be at the races! Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 21, 2017 ... Legendary harness racing driver Walter Case, Jr, who was making his first driving appearance in nearly nine years on Saturday (10/21), showed little sign of rust while winning three races on a picture perfect mid-autumn afternoon at Scarborough Downs. Case, a state of Maine native and the sport's eighth leading dash winner of all time with 11,041 wins, was recently granted a provisional driver's license by the Maine Harness Racing Commission, after being rebuffed in other jurisdictions, clearing the way for his first raceway starts since November of 2008. A large crowd of both veteran and potential new fans thronged the trackside apron as the first bugle sounded; the crowd falling eerily silent in anticipation, as the pacers were introduced over the track's PA system. When Case's name was announced the throngs erupted in a spontaneous and extended ovation of cheers and well wishes, so loud and heartfelt, that the track announcer was forced to pause his introduction of the field until the tribute faded. Case, who seemed caught off-guard and genuinely moved by the reception, turned to acknowledge the recognition by waving toward the fans and vocally thanking them for their support as he scored his pacer in front of the stands. "The ovation brought me to tears," said veteran racetrack announcer Lloyd Johnson, "It was a genuine and unexpected outpouring and the sort of demonstration you seldom see at a harness track. I've been calling races for 50 years now and I can't recall anything quite like it." The fans, anxious to cheer Case to victory, didn't have to wait past the afternoon's second race to begin their celebrations. They roared their approval as he tipped the pacer Real Yankee out of the pocket and on to the lead approaching the 5/8th pole. Their cheers reached crescendo status as Casey drew upon his long stored arsenal of talents to keep the pacer brave through the lane, holding off a determined inside charge from Ms Lynette and driver Mitch Cushing. Walter's sister, Kelly Case, while leading a delegation of family and friends onto the track to greet her brother following the race, turned and beckoned to the fans on the apron, "Come on everybody! Come on out to meet Casey in the winner's circle!" The track announcer repeated Kelly's invitation and dozens responded by making the march across the track, while dozens more waited to cheer Casey as he exited the winner's circle following the ceremony. "I just want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make today possible" a humble and grateful Case said, "The reaction from the fans and everybody was amazing. It feels so good to be back racing in Maine." Case later tallied wins with the pacers Heart Breaking and Arsenal. The fans' response to the return of Walter Case Jr on Saturday serves as a reminder of the excitement that harness racing can still generate. "The turnout and enthusiasm that was evident at the track on Saturday pleasantly exceeded our expectations," said Downs' Vice President Denise Terry, "We thank the fans for their support of both Casey and the track, and we pledge to do all we can to build upon this very successful day." Live harness racing will resume on Sunday with a 1:30 post time. Walter Case has been programmed to drive in 8 of the afternoon's 10 dashes. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 19, 2017 ... Walter Case Jr., the legendary harness racing driver and state of Maine native, will return to action at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10/21), nearly eight years removed from his last start in the sulky. He is listed to drive in all eleven races on the afternoon program which will get underway at 1:30 PM (EDT). The best place to witness Case's historic return will be live at the track, but the program will also be simulcast through the Maine OTB network and nationally through the wagering platform, Day At The Track, who is the exclusive provider of the Scarborough Downs live video stream. Case, the eighth leading driver in the history of the sport with 11,038 career wins received a provisional driving license from the Maine Harness Racing Commission last week setting the stage for his return to racing in Maine. Case, who has not raced anywhere since 2008, was grateful for the opportunity to rekindle his career remarking, "Maine is my home. It's where my career started, and I'm looking forward to coming back and competing again." For the last nine years, Case has lived a relatively quiet life, training horses with his wife in Ohio. His racing career all but ended in 2004 when he was convicted of assault and ended up serving four years in prison. Until now, he had been kept out of the sport by licensing authorities. "Everyone deserves a second chance," Case's attorney Evan Fisher said. "The commission's decision is not only good for Walter, but it's good for the sport and good for Maine's harness racing industry." Casey's prowess on the track remains vivid in the minds of longtime harness fans but his return should prove enlightening to younger patrons of the sport who may only be familiar with Case through archives and record books. "How to explain Casey to people who never saw him drive a horse" mused trainer Adam Gray, "The man could make horses do things that even the horse didn't know was possible. He got speed out of horses like no other driver could do. The man had a gift, and now we get a chance to see him try to do it all over again. Casey's return will be a huge boost to harness racing in Maine." "We are happy for Walter and pleased that he will be appearing at the Downs this weekend" said Denise Terry, vice president at Scarborough Downs. "He has always been an integral part of the Maine harness racing industry and a generous supporter of this track and we believe its time to allow him his chance at redemption. The reaction to the news of his return has been overwhelmingly positive and we are expecting a big day at the races on Saturday." Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - October 14, 2017 ... A large and enthusiastic crowd lined the raceway on Saturday (10/14) as the harness racing finals of Maine Sire Stakes program were contested on a picture perfect mid-autumn afternoon at Scarborough Downs, for total purses in excess of $370,000. Like the day itself, the major headlines going into the finals belonged to Pembroke Perfect as the three-year-old wunderkind put her twelve race seasonal undefeated streak firmly on the line The headlines following the day of competition still belonged to Pembroke Perfect as the powerhouse pacer cruised to the filly championship in an unhurried 1:57 front-running romp, and capped off an extraordinary day that would see her connections secure three of the four divisional championships. The daughter of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch grabbed the lion's share of the $86,183 purse while pushing her seasonal bankroll over the $100,000 plateau and her career tally in excess of $163,000 - All monies earned while racing exclusively in Maine. Driven by Heath Campbell for trainer Valerie Grondin, the filly scored her 21st career win from 23 lifetime starts, much to the delight of co-owners William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Lynne-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. Ms. Plouffe was also the filly's breeder. "Bill and I have owned a few together in recent years and have enjoyed quite a bit of success in our partnership" Lynne-Marie Plouffe remarked. "By the time the foals are weaned we generally make our decision on which ones to keep. Bill wants more horses than I can afford but we jump in together on a few. We picked one out this year. He's a full brother to Pembroke Perfect. Hopefully we get just as lucky with him." Spoxy's Girl (N. Graffam) finished second while Persephonie (D. Ingraham) was third. Prince Of The Forest capped off a brilliant late summer run on Saturday as the son of Baron Biltmore-Barbra Ann coasted gate to wire timed in 1:58.2, to claim top honors in the $85,928 colt pacing division. The win was the seventh consecutive score for the Kevin Switzer trained and driven combatant; extending a streak that began at the Downs back on August 27th, and also represented the colt's 15th career victory lap. "We got lucky to develop a colt as nice as this one" Kevin Switzer said, "It's a strong sire stakes program here in Maine. Well, we've kind of slacked off on the breeding part; we need more mares bred; but its a long program with many legs raced over lots of different tracks for good purses." "You've got to keep your horse strong over a long season to be effective and the crew at the stable did just that. He battled a sore foot this week, they went right to work on him, and he responded to their TLC. Sometimes harness racing really is a team sport." "He's out of the stakes champion Barbra Ann who we also bred and raced" added co-owner Denise Mcnitt, "I swore I'd never breed a double Maine-bred but I did ... And he's awesome!" Prince Of The Forest was bred by and owned in partnership by KDK Standarbreds of Harrington, Delaware and co-owned by Anthony Sivik, Jr of Orono, Maine. Silver Chrome (N. Graffam) was second while Mic Woodrow (D. Campbell) finished third. Pembroke Conifer entered the $86,172 filly trotting final off an extremely light race schedule which saw the daughter of Noble Venture-Wild Pine Princess head to the post only three times prior to the biggest engagement of her career. The strategy proved spot on though as the filly responded to driver Heath Campbell's cajoling, executing a flawless front end strategy, and stopping the clock victoriously timed in 2:04. "I knew it was time to cut her loose" driver Heath Campbell remarked, "She had a couple of tighteners under belt and she was ready. It was a long bumpy road with this filly this year but the cream rose to the top today." Pembroke Conifer is trained by Valerie Grondin for the ownership partnership of William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. The filly was also bred by Ms. Plouffe. Noble One (I. Davies) finished second while Breezin (K. Ireland) secured third. Pembroke Morgan overcame a close examination of the photo-finish print to post the narrowest of margins in the $86,156 colt trotting final, after closing gamely in the lane to track down a determined Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) by mere whiskers at the wire. Heath Campbell claimed one of his three sire stakes scores by strategically gaining ground in small increments. During three distinct portions of the race, he launched a swoop and tuck strategy, which proved masterfully brilliant in the end, with the clock proclaiming the winning time of 2:00.1. Happy Hooligan just fell short in second while Prydwen (I. Davies) got up for third. When asked about Pembroke Morgan's powerful closing kick, Campbell modestly and proudly replied, "He's a pretty good horse, huh?" And when complimented on his aggressive driving strategy he responded with a grin and his usual wry sense of humor, "Yeah, that was a pretty good drive too, huh?" Good enough on both counts for trainer Valerie Grondin to claim three sire stakes championships on the day for owner/breeder William Varney. And certainly good enough for the Grondin, Campbell and Varney combination to cement their standing as one of the most effective sire stakes combinations in the history of Maine's state-bred program. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 12, 2017 ... Scarborough Downs will kick off its fall harness racing meet in high gear on Saturday (10/14) as the folks at the seaside oval once again play host to the championship round of the three-year-old division of the Maine Sire Stakes program. Over $370,000 in purse money will be on the line as the top state-bred trotters and pacers square off in epic fashion, vying for bragging rights, on what will be the richest day in state of Maine harness racing this year. Four divisional Sire Stakes Finals will be interspersed among the eleven-race program but the undisputed star of the day will be the aptly named pacer, Pembroke Perfect, who will be putting her season-long undefeated streak on the line while attempting to score her thirteenth win of the year in the $86,183 filly pacing division. Owned in partnership by William Varney of Bangor, ME and Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, ME, the prolific filly will bid to add the sophomore championship trophy to the two-year-old hardware she earned last season as she matches strides against an accomplished field from post number four in the ninth race of the afternoon card. The imposing filly will score as the even-money morning line favorite as regular driver Heath Campbell once again gets the nod from trainer Valerie Grondin. While all eyes will rightly be on Pembroke Perfect, the other divisions are headlined by feature players in their own right. - Princeoftheforest has been installed as the even-money favorite in the $85,928 colt pacing division as the Kevin Switzer driven and trained gelding rides a dominating six-race win streak into battle on Saturday; - Knella Bella boasts a nifty three-race win streak of her own while shouldering the pressure of being made the 7-5 morning line choice in the $86,172 filly trotting division. Mark Athearn will drive for trainer Gretchen Athearn, - The mutuel entry of Fox Cast (Gary Mosher) and King Cast (Mark Athearn) has been named the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $86,156 colt trotting final after combining to win nine races this season for Hall of Fame trainer, Donald Richards. First post for Maine Sire Stakes Championship performance will be at 1:30 PM and as always, admission is free at family friendly confines of the Downs. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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

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

Scarborough, Maine - September 2, 2017 ... State-breds were back in action at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/2) as the three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored a well-received twilight card at the harness racing seaside oval. Divided into twin five-horse splits, the victors spun decidedly disparate diatribes as the dust settled; one filly winning for the very first time this season while the other extended her sophomore undefeated streak to eight consecutive scores. The headliner of the year in state of Maine circles remains Pembroke Perfect, a prolific powerhouse who has bravely pieced together a remarkable eight for eight win record, while rampaging through her three-year-old season. More astounding than her current unblemished seasonal record perhaps, is the realization that the daughter of Western Maverick- Perfect Launch has not tasted defeat since July 2, 2016; boasting a win streak that now consists of 14 consecutive victory laps. Regular pilot, Heath Campbell, sat chilly off the gate, idling in the outer flow as the field straightened up the backstretch, before powerfully pouncing to the lead as the quarter pole came into view. From that point on the deal was sealed, with the perfect lass coasting, unchallenged, to a brand new lifetime speed record of 1:57 flat, while claiming the lion's share of the $9391 purse offering. Pembroke Perfect is trained by Valerie Grondin for owners William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Persephonie (D. Campbell) sat second throughout the mile and finished in that position while Arabella (N. Graffam) utilized a similar strategy to grab the show dough. Spoxys Girl presented the fans with a slight upset proposition in the other $9393 sire stakes split, as the daughter of Neutralize-Royal Ribbons grabbed the early lead at 3-1 odds, put the entire field in line before reaching the quarter pole, and then withstood a solid stretch challenge from the 1-5 favored Meadows Rosebud;. She stopped the clock timed in 1:59.1 en route to notching the first win of her 2017 season. Pilot Nick Graffam confidently secured the first of his three driving wins on Saturday while sulky sitting for his dad, trainer Mike Graffam, and the ownership group of the Ben Bill & Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. Meadows Rosebud (E. Davis, Jr) settled for the runner-up's share while Poocham Princess (H. Campbell) stayed flat for the first time in three appearances while posting a strong rally for third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/9) as the three-year-old trotting classes will take center stage. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - August 20, 2017 ... The two-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their fourth and final appearance of the 2017 season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8/20); the harness racing freshman leaving town on a high note with one even etching his name on the wall of honor as a divisional track record holders. He'salilbitnoble scored his fourth career win during the $10,272 colt division on Sunday, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 2:02.3 which equaled Scarborough's divisional track record which was established in 2008 by another Maine-bred, Bad Boy Billy. With all the colt's wins featuring a front end trip, driver Mark Athearn promptly steered his charge onto the early lead. The dashing duo quickly benefited as 4 of the 7 combatants rolled off stride before reaching the 1/8th pole, and the rest of the mile was mere child's play for the son of Nobel Venture-Litany Hanover. He'salilbitnoble is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher), one of the three trotters to not make a break finished second while Go Full Throttle (K. Ireland) benefited from a fault-free trip to grab third. Team Athearn then doubled their stakes pleasure as another member of their roster, Wild Bandita took top honors in one of two $9976 filly divisions on the program. Just as the front end seat worked magic for her track record holding stable-mate, the strategy proved equally faultless for Wild Bandita as driver Mark Athearn cut the mile and navigated the course, in a lifetime best 2:06.1 clocking en route to securing the filly's third career win. The daughter of Boy Band-Wild Pine is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner Michael Andrew. American Flambe (M. Cushing) kept her perfect on-the-board ratio intact with a solid runner-up placing while June Carter Cast (G. Mosher) survived multiple breaks to finish third. Pembroke Dancer continued her display dominance on Sunday, effortlessly securing her fifth consecutive victory in a lifetime best 2:05.2 clocking in the other filly division. Driver Heath Campbell confidently steered the CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter filly to the early lead and then commenced to toy with the field, ultimately with no one coming within two lengths of the pacesetter throughout the mile. The remarkable filly, trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney, claimed the lion's share of the $9977 purse, increasing her career bankroll to 29,872. Sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) finished second while Dualpatwitchywoman (M. Athearn) was third. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - August 10, 2017 ... The two-year-old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made it's second local appearance of the season during the Thursday (8/10) twilight harness racing card at Scarborough Downs. Eleven pacers were split into two compact groupings, and everything went exactly according to Hoyle as the final results perfectly mirrored expectations, especially for the ownership tandem of Florence O'Keefe and KDK Standarbreds, whose partnership teamed up to claim top honors in both stakes contests. Luceman entered the day pegged as one of the top contenders in the freshman pacing division, and as such, appeared to race with a target on his back as the gate sprung closed in the first $9837 stakes split. Leaving from the extreme outside post (5 in the 5 horse field) the Gary Mosher driven colt was strung three deep all the way to the quarter pole marker before finally gaining the lead through a surprisingly tepid clocking of 29.1. Despite the best efforts at softening up the son of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch, it was Luceman laughing all the way to the bank after shaking his tormentors and cruising to an open-length margin timed in 2:00.1; his 4th victory from 7 lifetime starts. Luceman is trained by Gordon Corey for the ownership team of Florence O'Keefe and the KDK Standardbreds. Twelve (E. Davis Jr) recovered from a break behind the gate to rally into the runner-up placing while Shotgun Called It (D. Campbell) parlayed an aggressive first over strategy into the first on-the-board finish of his career. Hoppi continued to build upon his reputation as the premiere sire stakes star of the 2017 two-year-old set, as the freshman phenom remained perfect at the raceway, extending his undefeated streak to six unblemished scores, in the second $10,013 stakes split. Ron Cushing, making his third consecutive appearance in the driver's seat behind the son of Western Maverick-Barbra Ann, promptly gunned the pacer to a contested quarter, timed in 28.2, before throttling down the engines and cruising to an in-hand 2:00.2 clocking at the wire. Hoppi is trained by Kevin Switzer for the ownership team of KDK Standardbreds and Florence O'Keefe Thankyouallmyfans (E.Davis, Jr) gave his all through a robust stretch drive, before settling for the runner-up placing while Mr Blakely (D. Campbell) scored the show. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine – August 5, 2017 … American Flambé found the recipe for success in the first of two freshman filly harness racing events as the two-year-old trotting divisions anchored an 11-race program at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/5). Entering the contest boasting a perfect four for four on-the-board ratio, she secure a seat at the big kids table on Saturday, tasting victory for the first time in her career, while stopping the tele-timer in 2:08 to claim the lion's share of the $9976 purse. Driven by regular pilot Michael Cushing, he daughter of Boy Band-American Caviar stalked the expected early speed of June Carter Cast (G. Mosher), who attempted to lull the field to sleep through an opening half of 1:05, before aggressively pulling the pocket just past the 3/4-marker, applying persistent pressure to the front runner, and confidently measuring the wire. American Flambé is trained by Charlene Cushing for the ownership partnership of Michael Graham, Michael Cushing and R. Nelson Di Pompo Jr. June Carter Cast settled for the runner-up placing by the measure of a mere nostril while Shesaharleygirl (M. Athearn) finished third for the third time in her career. It quickly became a waltz through the park for Pembroke Dancer in the $9977 second filly division as driver Heath Campbell confidently steered his charge to an early front end seat, expertly controlling the tempo, before sashaying home timed in 2:07. The win was the third consecutive and third career score for the daughter of CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter who is trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney. Wild Bandita (M. Athearn) threw in a convincing three wide rally to secure bridesmaid honors while Sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) parlayed a first over journey into a third place showing. The boys took center stage after the girls had completed their turn in the spotlight, and it was Pembroke Boss Man taking charge, developing a competent business plan and then executing the strategy to a tee while speeding to a brand new lifetime mark of 2:04.2 in the $10,097 freshman colt division. Driver Heath Campbell’s colt effectively inherited the early lead, racing unhurried to the half in a soft 1:04.2 after both members of the heavily favored Gretchen Athearn mutuel entry (Mouthpiece and He'salilbitnoble) made costly breaks before the start. The son of Noble Venture-Phoenicia Hanover then ignited the afterburners to speed home in a sterling 1:00 flat en route to securing his third career win. Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher) threw in a game first over attack throughout that 1:00 back-half to gain the runner-up share while Myreh's God Son held steady position to grab the show. Maine Sire Stakes action will return to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (8/10) as the two-year-old colt pacing division graces the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

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