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Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, August 24, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8-24) as the three-year-old pacing colts split out into twin nine-horse fields contested for matching purses of $10,597 and a 17-year-old track record was broken. Alittlebitcountry capitalized on a rare inside starting spot to reclaim his winning ways in the first stakes split of the afternoon. After getting away in the top-three at the start, David Ingraham steadied his charge at the rail before tipping the son of Ashlee's Big Guy wide into the final turn as the tandem tracked down David The Saint at the wire. The victory was the 4th of the season for the James Smallwood owned and trained state-bred who took a zippy new lifetime mark of 1:57.1 in the process. David The Saint (Mark Athearn) settled for second after aggressively grabbing the lead just past three-parts while Pembroke Newt (Heath Campbell) had his two-race win streak halted as he could rally for no better than third best in the contest. The win streak did continue for Fast Del in the second stakes division though as the Maine-bred son of Fast Company claimed his third consecutive top tally for the Ben Bill & Will Stable. Driver Gary Mosher leisurely steered the outside path from the get go before eventually gaining the lead as the field approached the 5/8th pole. Once on the point though, instead of tiring, the colt appeared re-energized as he distanced himself from the field with every stride. Even as the pack began to close in late, Mosher sat chilly and unworried as he let his charge glide across the wire in an unhurried clocking of 1:58. Drama King (Dan Deslandes), the early pacesetter, held on for the runner-up share while Maynard B (Greg Bowden) closed in late to garner the show dough. In other news, the third oldest divisional track record to be found on the books was broken on Sunday as the Donald Richards owned and trained colt, The Fighter, toured the oval in 2:00.3, becoming the fastest three-year-old trotting stud to ever win a race at Scarborough Downs. Driven to victory by regular pilot Mark Athearn, the effort supplanted the previous benchmark of 2:00.4 established back in 1997 by Kentucky Yankee and the legendary driver, James Dougherty. Of particular note here, Dougherty and Richards, lifelong friends, have teamed up to campaign many racehorses over the years so it is profoundly ironic and perhaps perfectly fitting, that a Richards trainee should replace a Dougherty charge in the local annuls. Live racing continues for two more weeks at Scarborough Downs on a two day a week schedule with the Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 17, 2014) -.In quick response to being called out by our good friends at Plainridge Racecourse, the drivers at Scarborough Downs answered in kind by partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday (8-17). The water was chilly but the cause was worthwhile and the baton has been passed via of the challenge route to the drivers at Saratoga and Yonkers raceways. In charity and cooperation, the Maine Amateur Driving Club donated their 5% driver's commission ($150) for the day to ALS Research. Check out the video feed via You Tube. Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 16, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-16) as the three-year-old filly pacing division visited the seaside oval for the fifth and final time this year in preliminary leg competition before embarking on their late-summer fairgrounds swing. The state-bred fillies split out into three dashes with slight upsets sneaking up on the punters in the first two splits before order would be restored by a heavily backed favorite in the final stakes event of the day. Shadytouch took full advantage of drawing into the weakest of the three flights on Saturday as the daughter of Shady Character settled third in the early going before swinging three-wide off the final turn to just get up at the wire in a jam packed photo finish. Handled by driver Mike Cushing for owner Neal Tranten, the sophomore lass took a new lifetime mark of 2:01 as she won for only the second time in her career in the $10,076 split. Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden) threw in a game runner-up placing in extended overland fashion as she appeared to be on the verge of regaining her outstanding freshman championship season form. Sweet Catastrophe (Kevin Switzer) rode the conservative inside path for third. Veteran driver Gary Mosher utilized his vast array of talents to dictate the terms from the get go in the $10,075 second division as he confidently steered Fast Pat to the early lead before awaiting the expected challenge of heavily favored Cheryl Leigh. Mosher stung the bettor's choice to the quarter, in an adequate clocking of 29.3, before finally cutting her loose just past the 3/8th pole. Fast Pat then sat the pocket trip behind the softened up leader, biding her time covered up before pouncing to victory at the wire. The daughter of Neutralize scored her maiden win for owner Ben Bill and Will Stable timed in 2:00.4 while lighting the board at 11-1 odds. Princess Wave (Heath Campbell), who appeared much sturdier in the turns this week, charted a game first-over trip as she ground it out for the place. Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) faded slightly at the wire as she settled for third best. Anticlimactically, the third and final split of the day offered little of the unexpected as the streaking Mary Rose Of Topaz effortlessly claimed the early advantage only to play a rousing game of catch-me-if-you can to the wire. With regular driver Kevin Switzer, Jr in action at the Skowhegan State Fair, trainer Ralph Andersen took to the seat on Saturday to engineer the winning strategy, enabling the daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy to claim her 5th consecutive stakes victory for veteran owner Andrew T. Card in the $9850 contest. The mile was clocked in an unhurried 2:00.3. Shurfine Babycate (Michael Cushing) sat the pocket seat throughout to gain the bridesmaid share, while B Glamorous (Drew Campbell) rode the wood for third. Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 9, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-9) as the harness racing three-year-old filly pacing division took center stage with the sophomore lasses divided into three splits contested for purses totaling just shy of the $30,000 mark. Five fillies finished within a length of each other in the first split with Cheryl Leigh persevering by a mere nostril over the front running Princess Wave after taking the battle to the pacesetter from just before the midway point. With driver Kevin Switzer handling the reins, Princess Wave lost ground and struggled in every turn allowing Cheryl Leigh and David Ingraham to take the advantage in the bends, but the plucky filly bounced back gamely in the straight-aways to even out the score. The battle was on though as the duo matched strides through the stretch with the outcome decided by one of the tightest photo finish prints in recent memory. Cheryl Leigh, a daughter of Fast Company and the Albatross mare Think Of Me Fondly, is owned by Roland Cole of Wells, Maine. The win, timed in 2:01.1, was her fourth of the season from just six appearances .Princess Wave settled for the bridesmaid share as she recovered from last week's off-the-board outing, the first such effort of her career. DancersPass (Wallace Watson) rallied from far off the pace to secure her 2nd straight third place showing. Both the photo finish camera and Scarborough's fifty-year-old tote board got a major workout as the second division crossed the wire with the gorgeous long shot, On Wings Of Silver and driver Wallace Watson persevering by the slightest of margins over the pacesetting favorite, Big Bad Rose. On Wings of Silver returned bars of gold at the Mutuels on Saturday as she was sent to the gate at generous 24-1 odds for proud owners Robert and Diane Frazier of Kennebunk, Maine as they watched their home-bred daughter of Berley take a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowdon), last season's freshman champion finished second best with B Glamorous (Heath Campbell) grabbing the show dough. Mary Rose Of Topaz extended her winning streak to four consecutive scores while speeding in pillar to post for driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. in the final stakes dash of the day. Once on the lead, the daughter of the near-millionaire stallion, Ashlee's Big Guy, never appeared in peril as owner Andrew T. Card's home bred has now found the best stride of her career as summer begins to wane. LP'S Shyla (Kevin Switzer) clinging to the old adage that two seconds equal a win, laid claim to runner-up status for the second straight week while Fannie Porter (Drew Campbell) finished in the top three for the first time in her stakes career. Of particular note, the streaking Mary Rose of Topaz gave teamster Kevin Switzer, Jr. his fifth driving win on the Scarborough program to go along with three wins earlier in the day at the Topsham Fair for a grand total of eight top tallies in state of Maine action on Saturday. While the stakes win was certainly the most lucrative victory lap of the day, the most satisfying surely was the 1:53.4 tour of the Topsham Fairground oval behind Art Of Illusion as the duo established a blazing new track record at the mid-coast venue. This effort obliterated the former Topsham benchmark of 1:55.3 established in 2012 by Mr Nice Guy and Kevin Switzer, Sr. Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, August 08, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes harness racing action returned to Scarborough Downs on Friday (8-8) as the two-year-old trotting state-breds headlined the late summer performance, only to once again find the roster of the Valerie Grondin Stable stealing the spotlight. Pembroke Mistress was first to score, taking the early lead and never looking back, spinning a performance that would cause her name to become etched in the Scarborough Downs record books. The youngster claimed her share of the track record for two-year-old fillies on Friday, joining a fellow Maine-bred, Iza Bella (Ivan Davies) who had established the standard of 2:03 during the freshman Sire Stakes Finals of 2010. The daughter of CR Power Glide continued along her now familiar course as she grabbed the lion's share of the $9615 purse while remaining undefeated in stakes competition, running her string of success to six straight wins. Owned and bred by William Varney of Bangor, Maine, the precocious filly has yet to face any serious threat to her superiority, winning on Friday by an unhurried 5-3/4 lengths as driver Heath Campbell only briefly allowed her her head. Rhonwen (Ivan Davies) secured her third consecutive runner-up placing while Comcast (Mark Athearn) once again this week settled for third best. Bibidi Boo nearly matched her stable mate's record setting accomplishment while dominating action in the $9614 second division of fillies with driver Heath Campbell calling the shots from his customary seat. She mimicked the front end strategy of her barn roommate and extended out to a 3-3/4 length margin at the wire only missing her share of the track record by a mere fifth of a second. Owned in partnership by William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe, the daughter of Noble Venture remains undefeated on her career as she secured her sixth consecutive score on the picture perfect afternoon. Jazz Show Shirley (Michael Graffam) grabbed the runner-up placing as she made her first career appearance sturdied by the addition of trotting hobbles. Kisses (Kim Ireland) recovered from an early misstep to rally for third place honors. The Grondin juggernaut ended at that point as the freshman colts took over center stage in their segregated $10,129 stakes split. Sampsonofravencast effortlessly tread the boards on Friday as he glided to his second consecutive stakes victory in a lifetime best of 2:04.2 for driver/trainer and co-owner Ron Cushing. The son of Current Cast remains as solid as Sears, having now finishing either first or second in all lifetime appearances, much to the delight of her other co-owner, Joseph Trice. Half Time (Ivan Davies) held firm at the wire for the place while Broadway Cast (Mark Athearn) turned near tragedy into a respectable third place effort as he recovered from an early bobble to rally into the number. In other track news, the trotter Orderingin eradicated one of Scarborough's oldest divisional track records on Friday as the four-year-old mare became the fleetest of her age and sex ever to cross the wire on top at the Downs. Driven by Heath Campbell for owner Kyle Gibbs, the daughter of Majestic Son stopped the clock in 1:59.4 eclipsing the standard of 2:00 established by D D's Copter and driver Raymond Tremblay in the 1993 version of the Legislators Trot, which was, in those days, the richest trotting event in Maine. The old record had been most recently matched by Jennys Jammies and driver Rob Dinning in 2009. Live racing continues throughout the summer at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and the popular Sunday matinees kicking off at 1:05 p.m. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, August 03, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8-3) and the budding rivalry continued as Pembroke Maverick and Sailor Jerry matched strides for the fourth consecutive week. In all previous showdowns, Sailor Jerry and driver Andy Harrington steered the steady course, gained the lead and held off consistent late challenges from his chief rival. The tables were turned in the $9978 contest on Sunday though as driver Heath Campbell insisted on putting Pembroke Maverick on the early lead with Harrington's colt forced to take the unfamiliar two-hole seat and dog the pacesetter throughout the mile. Campbell's strategy worked to perfection as his charge swelled up on the lead and held firm at the wire to secure his very first career score in a respectable clocking of 1:59.3. The son of Western Maverick is owned in partnership by William Varney and trainer, Valerie Grondin. Sailor Jerry settled for the bridesmaid share for the first time in his career as his undefeated streak was put to an end at six straight. Hardcorjohnypawn (Kevin Switzer) threw in a strong rally to grab the show dough. The second split ($9979 purse) saw Cruzin Maverick earn his first stakes victory, power-moving his way to a mid-mile lead and holding off the late stretch challenge of Pembroke Wildcat to stop the clock in a new lifetime best of 1:58.2. That clocking, tagged the son of Western Maverick as the fleetest colt in his division so far this season supplanting Pembroke Wildcat's former claim on that honor. Another son of Western Maverick, Cruzin Maverick was teamed to victory by David Ingraham for owner Stephen La Casse. Pembroke Wildcat's (Heath Campbell) three-race win streak came to an end as he held on for second while Harttattack (Kevin Switzer, Jr) rallied from far back to get up for third. In other track news, Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Sunday as the meet's top rated pilot steered four winners down victory lane to add to his imposing margin atop the leader's board. Live racing resumes next weekend at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The popular Sunday matinees kick off at 1:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, August 01, 2014) - For the 10th consecutive year, Scarborough Downs will host Family Fun Day as a day of “Harness Racing Education and Fun for the Whole Family.” Scheduled for Sunday (8-3), the day will feature a wide range of activities suitable for the whole family with a unique focus on the Standardbred horse. “It’s very important to us that people understand all facets of the sport of harness racing, including its enormous impact onMaine agriculture,” says Scarborough Downs president, Sharon Terry.  “From how a horse gets its shoes to what it eats during the big race, people can get up close and personal to the animals and really learn about the industry.” Doors open at 12 noon with the activities taking place in the Grandstand building.  Highlights include a live mare and foal for the kids to pet, a horse shoeing demonstration, a harness demonstration, a mini horse, games, contests and much more. As a special feature this year, the nationwide "Old Friends" book tour comes to town on Sunday featuring the rollout of the latest exciting installment in the popular series. The book (3rd in the series) by accomplished equine photographer Barbara Livingston and noted harness journalist Ellen Harvey spins the stories of horses which once captured front page attention but have now disappeared from the limelight. The tales of their second careers and homes provided by loving caretakers will warm the heart of the reader. On hand to promote the book will be two retired standardbreds who are featured in the work, Dreamy Starlet, who will be marshaling the day's program and McKeever Hanover, a former racing star on the state of Maine Circuit. Live racing begins at 1:05 and features the Maine Sire Stakes program as the two-year-old colt pacing division swings into action in twin splits contested for purses of $9979 apiece. Admission to the event is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Sunday, July 27, 2014) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7-27) as the two-year-old colt pacing division made their second straight appearance. Split into two distinct flights whose makeup differed from last week's lineups, the competition was surely varied yet the results held true to form. Sailor Jerry rode a perfect five for five career record into battle in the first $10,154 flight and was sent to the post as the prohibitive fan favorite. The Cheyenne Hollywood colt grabbed the early lead which he maintained comfortably throughout the mile until in deep stretch he felt pressure as Pembroke Maverick (Heath Campbell) pulled along side. This being the first time the prolific winner had ever been tested from behind, driver Andy Harrington touched the colt with his whip for perhaps the first time in his competitive career, but unlike Niatross at Saratoga, Sailor Jerry stayed upright and true, remaining undefeated for owner/trainer Michael Graffam. Pembroke Maverick fell just a half-length short as the runner up while Hardcorjohnypawn (Kevin Switzer) rallied gamely for third in a mile which was timed in 2:04.4 over a muddy surface. The winning streak also continued for driver Heath Campbell's Pembroke Wildcat as the freshman son of Western Maverick claimed his 3rd consecutive top score in the $9978 second division. Owned by William Varney, the gelding glided pillar to post timed in 2:06.1 over a deteriorating track rated 2-seconds off after absorbing the result of a passing thunderstorm. Apollo's Chariot (Ron Cushing), who had finished second to the streaking Sailor Jerry in each of his last two appearances, had to settle for the bridesmaid share once again today while Western Moment (David Ingraham) just got up over Seablisscuit (Michael Graffam) to grab Show dough. In other track news, driver Heath Campbell held the hot hand on Sunday steering three winners down victory lane while Kevin Switzer, Jr. celebrated his 27th birthday with a pair of wins on the card. Live harness racing resumes at Scarborough Downs next week on a Thursday through Saturday schedule with post time set for 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the Sunday matinee slated for a 1:05 p.m. starting time. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, July 26, 2014) - Scarborough Downs was privileged to play host to the 4th annual Maine Harness Racing Gives Back charity drive on Saturday (7-26) as members of the racing community combined forces to assist the folks who do the good deeds out in the local community. Spearheaded by the Maine Harness Horseman's Association (MHHA) and championed by the Maine Amateur Drivers Club, a total of $2067 was raised through raffles and donations. That total will be shared equally by this year's three charities; The Scarborough Food Pantry, the Arthur B Huot House and the Maine Standardbred Welfare Fund. "The harness racing industry worked hard and dug deep today but it all paid off as we were able to raise good money to benefit these outstanding organizations" said MHHA board member David Crochere, "We recognize the importance of community and stand ready to do whatever it takes to help out people in need." In other track news, Kevin Switzer, Jr. came to the forefront on Saturday, steering four winners down victory lane, including back-to-back wins behind horses sent out by his mother from the Patty Switzer stable. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 PM (EDT) post time. The matinee performance will feature the return of Maine Sires action as the two-year-old colt pacing division will take center stage in twin nine-horse fields contested for purses in excess of $10,000 per division. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, July25, 2014) - The harness racing industry will once again come together on Saturday (7-26) in support of the local community as the 3rd annual Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day is showcased at Scarborough Downs. Three local charities have been selected to benefit from this day of recognition and they will receive gifts contributed to by driver donations from members of the Maine Amateur Drivers Club, the Maine Harness Horseman's Association and the proceeds from a 50/50 drawing and various other raffles. The Scarborough Food Pantry has been designated as one of the featured charities. The pantry provides supplemental grocery items to roughly 200 families per month chiefly from donations received from the Scarborough Community and federal distributions. The Arthur B. Huot House will also benefit from the proceeds of the day. Located in Saco, Maine, this organization is a veteran service provided by Volunteers of America and maintains 10 efficiency apartments for veterans who are homeless and assists in transitioning veterans back into the community. The third charity is the Maine Standardbred Welfare Fund. Their goal is to provide temporary financial support to registered Standardbreds that are in need while assisting in the rehabilitation and placement of the horse in a secure and healthy environment. Representatives of all three charities will be staffing booths at Scarborough Downs during the races on Saturday. First post time for Saturday's harness racing card is 4:30PM (EDT). For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, June 6, 2014) - The freshman trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program returned to action at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7-24) and the magic continued for Bibbidi Boo as the daughter of Noble Venture once again chose the pike route while extending her unbeaten streak to five consecutive scores in the $9614 contest. Owned in partnership by the tandem of William Varney and Lynne-Marie Plouffe, the state-bred filly deftly circumnavigated the Scarborough course on Thursday without encountering any serious threat to her impressive skein and with driver Heath Campbell barely breaking a sweat during the unhurried (2:05.3) contest before drawing clear for the 4-3/4 length margin. Rhonwen (Ivan Davies) settled for second while My Sweet Alex (Kim Ireland) held firm for third. William Varney owned trotters have pretty much dominated the early portion of stakes season in Maine and the mastery continued in the second $9615 filly split of the day with Pembroke Mistress joining her stablemate Bibbidi Boo in receiving winners circle accolades. The daughter of CR Power Glide extended her unbeaten stakes streak to four-in-row as she tracked the early speed of the trotter Kisses (Kim Ireland) before kissing the pace-setter goodbye in deep stretch to get up for the 1-1/4 length win timed in a new lifetime best clocking of 2:05.1 with driver Heath Campbell in his customary seat for trainer Valerie Grondin. Kisses once again settled for runner-up status, the 4th consecutive time she's played the bridesmaid role, with Tropical Trice (Ron Cushing) third best in the dash. The Varney/Grondin/Campbell consortium hit pay dirt in the $10,129 colt division as the trio completed the natural stakes Trifecta with a nifty effort from Pembroke Jack B whose undefeated record was put by the wayside just the week prior. Another son of CR Power Glide, he stalked the good early speed generated by Sampsonofravencast (Ron Cushing) twice around the oval while appearing outmatched by the pacesetter. Sampsonofravencast veered wide off the final turn though and seemingly encouraged by the sudden appearance of daylight, Pembroke Jack B drove determinedly up the inside path to persevere by a slight neck at the wire. The mile was timed in a career best 2:06.2. Sampsonofravencast settled for place with Broadway Cast (Ruel Goodblood, Jr.) recovering from a misstep before the start to rally for third. Live harness racing continues at Scarborough Downs throughout the weekend with 4:30 PM (EDT) posts on Friday and Saturday. The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:05 PM and will feature the freshman pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Sunday, July 20, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes activity returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/20) as the 2-year-old pacing colt divisions split out into two dashes contested for purses of $10,153 apiece. Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he continued his undefeated streak by scoring his fifth career victory. The Maine-bred son of Cheyenne Hollywood has answered every call this season while being deftly handled by driver Andy Harrington for owner/trainer Mike Graffam. Sailor Jerry sat second in the early going but reclaimed the lead with little trouble at the quarter and from that point on, the race became a mere formality as the freshman colt was never seriously threatened, completing the mile timed in a leisurely 2:00.4. Apollo's Chariot (Ron Cushing) was second; Cruzin Maverick (David Ingraham) rallied for third. Victory was claimed in the second division by Pembroke Wildcat (Heath Campbell), who took a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1 as he insisted on a front-end seat while grinding to the lead through a zippy opening panel of 28.4. The William Varney-owned son of Western Maverick never looked back from that point as he glided to a 5 ¾ length margin to grab his third Maine Sire's win from four career starts. Hardcorjohnypawn (Kevin Switzer) was second, while Reckless Rebel (Gary Mosher) was third. In other news, Drew Campbell held the hot hand, winning three dashes from the nine race card. Live racing returns to The Downs on Thursday, July 24th as the Maine Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting divisions come to town, post time: 4:30 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs                                

Saturday, July 12, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday as the 3-year-old filling pacing division split out into three dashes contested for purses in excess of $10,000 per. Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) took full advantage of a favorable early pace scenario to grab victory at 22-1 odds in the first division. While morning-line favorites Shurfine Baby Cate and Princess Wave hooked up in a determined quest for the top, Dansan Flicka sat patient at the wood. The front-end frolic continued for much of the mile with Ingraham pulling his charge to power past the softened up duo and secure his pacer's maiden win timed in 2:01.3. Dansan Flicka, the daughter of Destry Hanover, is owned by Dana Childs of Saco, Maine. Princess Wave (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) tasted defeat for the first time this year but held on for second, while On Wings of Silver (Wallace Watson) rallied for the show. Mary Rose of Topaz (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) continued to show solid improvement as she grabbed her first career victory in the second stakes division. Another early speed duel, this between Fast Pat and Big Bad Rose, created a favorable scenario for the daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy, who sat third at the rail behind the speed of that robust opening panel. Once taken to the lead, she extended to an easy victory timed in 1:59.3 to the delight of owner, Andrew T. Card of Billerica, Massachusetts. Fast Pat (Gary Mosher) held for place, while Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden) settled for third. Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) regained her winning stride in the third division, recovering from her upset loss in stakes competition last weekend. Sitting third throughout the mile, the daughter of Fast Company pounced late to secure the narrowest of victories in a jam-packed photo. Owned by Roland Cole of Wells, Maine, the filly secured a brand-new lifetime record of 2:01.1. Your Special (Drew Campbell) was second; Pembroke Lynn (Heath Campbell) rallied from far back for third. In other news: Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. held the hot hand on Saturday, scoring four wins from the eleven-race card. Live racing resumes at the Downs on Sunday with a 1:05 pm post. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs              

Sunday, July 06, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/6) with the 3-year-old colt pacers taking center stage, racing three splits for purses in excess of $10,000 per dash. Trainer James Smallwood's roster came to the forefront on Sunday securing top honors in two of the tree divisions. Drama King (Dan Deslandes) mounted a convincing rally to overcome the unexpected early speed of Dansan Clyde before having to dig down deep to withstand the persistent late charge of Whip Chaser. The win marked the third consecutive trip down victory lane for the son of B Dramatic, who is owned by James Smallwood of Windsor, Maine. The mile was timed in a lifetime best of 2:00 flat. Whip Chaser (John Nason) was second; Dansan Clyde (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) faded to third. Alittlebitcountry doubled the pleasure of owner/trainer Smallwood, taking a speedy new lifetime mark of 1:58.4, erasing nearly 5 seconds from his previous best, with driver David Ingraham calling the shots. The son of Ashlee's Big Guy, like his stable mate, rallied smartly to secure his first stakes win of the season, out-dueling David The Saint (Mark Athearn) in the stretch to just get up at the wire. David The Saint was second; With Cracked Ice (Wallace Watson) rallying for the show. Blackmalin (Greg Bowden) took victory in the third division, reclaiming the form that made him a seven-time winner last season. The son of Shady Character led the field twice around the oval to secure his first sophomore score. Owned in tandem by Florence O'Keefe and Dean Malin, the gelding was never seriously threatened during the mile as he glided to an easy three-length margin, timed in 1:58.2, the fastest stakes split of the afternoon. Scarborough Downs was pleased to welcome the 3-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program as they relocated to the Seaside Oval after their divisions were rained out at Bangor Raceway on Friday (7/4). Three divisions were carded on a non-wagering basis, with Kate At The Gate (Gary Mosher) claiming victory in the filly division, timed in 2:01.3. The daughter of Current Cast is owned by the East Pond Stable of Waterville, Maine. The colts split out into two divisions with CCC (Kim Ireland), a daughter of Musclini, claiming victory timed in 2:03.2 as she was cheered on by owners Dennis and Deborah Foss of Rye, New Hampshire. Bickmore claimed victory in the second colt division as he made his very first start under the tutelage of driver/trainer Ivan Davies. The son of Noble Venture, owned by Stephen Hall of Newport, Maine, took a brand new lifetime mark of 2:02.1. In other news: Driver Drew Campbell continued to hold the hottest hand, scoring five wins on Sunday's program as he followed up on his grand-slam performance on Saturday. Live racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm. By Michael Sweeney

Saturday, July 05, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/5) as the harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers took center stage in three splits for total purses in excess of $30,000. Shurfine BabyCate (Michael Cushing) posted a minor upset of sorts to kick stakes competition off on Saturday as she managed to secure the lead past the quarter mile marker after a total of three fillies jockeyed for early position through a series of retake maneuvers. From that point, she never looked back as the daughter of Fast Company coasted to the win en route to breaking her maiden in a fleet 2:00.4. Shurfine BabyCate is owned in partnership by Donald Tranten and Michael Cushing. Cheryl Leigh (David Ingraham) was second; On Wings Of Silver (Wallace Watson) was third. Princess Wave (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) withstood a judges' inquiry in the second division after a brief misstep at the 3/8th-pole raised the question of the possibility of a breaking rule violation. When the judges completed their review, however, she was found to be in compliance, thereby securing her second straight win and remaining undefeated on the year. The daughter of Armbro Wave, owned by Tony Dearborn of Exeter, Maine, paced the mile in 2:02.1. Danvile Sweetheart (Eddie Davis, Jr.) was placed second after the original runner up, Big Bad Rose, was convicted of a pylon-rule violation. Shady Touch (Michael Cushing) was elevated to the third place showing. Making her first start from the powerful Bo Sowers stable, LP's Shyla, mounted a strong rally effort to crash the board at 50-1 odds, keying huge mutuels, featuring a $518 exacta and a $1,380 trifecta. The daughter of SouthwindMountain is owned by her former trainer, David Miller, and broke her maiden on Saturday in an extremely brisk 2:00.3. Mary Rose Of Topaz (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) was second; while Your Special (Drew Campbell) faded to third. In other news: Drew Campbell maintained his dominance over an extremely deep drivers' colony, scoring four wins on the twelve-race program helping to cement his lead in the Scarborough drivers' standings. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to The Downs on Sunday (7/6) at 1:05 pm and features the 3-year old colt pacers, with an extended card featuring the 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. By Michael Sweeney

Thursday, July 03, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine sire stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/3) with the two-year-old trotting divisions taking center stage. The appearance marked the second week that the freshman turkey footers graced the Seaside Oval and once again, the William Varney-owned entries dominated. Bibbidy Boo (Heath Campbell), a daughter of Noble Venture, remained perfect on her career, scoring her third consecutive win in the first $9,440 filly division. Tropical Trice (Ron Cushing) was second; Jazz Show Shirley (Andy Harrington) was third. Her stablemate, Pembroke Mistress (Heath Campbell), a daughter of CR Power Glide, remained perfect in stake competition in the $9,430 second division. Kisses (Kim Ireland) was second; Rhonwen (Ivan Davies) was third. Campbell made his 3rd appearance in the Scarborough Winner's Circle with Pembroke Jack B, who took top honors in the $9,439 colt division. The son of CR Power Glide remained undefeated on his career, securing his third lifetime win, to give owner William Varney the Trifecta of stakes victories. Sampsonofravencast (Ron Cushing) was second; Half Time (Ivan Davies) was third. With no further Varney entries in sight, the second colt division was won by Broadway Cast (Mark Athearn). The son of Current Cast is owned in partnership by Thomas Dillon and Walter Hight and scored the first win of his career in the $9,615 dash. Just SayMo (Kim Ireland) was second; A Maine Adventure (Wallace Watson) was third. Live racing continues this weekend at Scarborough Downs on Friday and Saturday at 4:30 and Sunday at 1:05 pm. Sire Stakes action returns to the Downs with the 3-year-old filly pacers on Saturday (4:30) and the 3-year old colt pacers on Sunday (1:05 pm) by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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