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Thursday, July 17, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - The two-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes Program came to Scarborough Downs for the first time this season on Thursday (7/17) following three consecutive starts at Bangor Raceway. While the location was different, the results remained the same with the top three finishers this week precisely mirroring their placings in last. Analyze made it look easy as she grabbed her second straight score racing first up into valid fractions before grabbing the lead and being hand-driven to the wire by owner/trainer Mike Graffam. The daughter of Neutralize, owned by the trio of William Arnold, P. Richard Shaw, and Michael Graffam, claimed the lion's share of the rich $10,343 purse. Time for the mile was 2:00.1. Cat Has A Kitten (Kevin Switzer) was second; with Eat Your Enemy (John Nason) third. In other news: Driver Drew Campbell continued to hold the hot hand on Thursday claiming victory in four of the eight races programmed. Stakes action returns to The Downs on Friday (7/18) with the three-year-old trotting divisions taking center stage. Post time is 4:30 pm. By Mike 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

(Sunday, June 29, 2014- Scarborough, Maine) - Drew Campbell, a perennial power house at Scarborough Downs, secured career driving victory #3,500 at the Seaside Oval on Sunday (6/29). Heading into the day, Campbell needed two wins to reach his latest milestone and quickly got on the winning stride, grabbing one of the victories in the second race with a gate-to-wire performance behind the pacing mare, Saturday Night Dancer. Campbell then had to fret the afternoon away waiting until the 12th and final dash before tasting victory once again. "When I looked at today's card, I had thought I had a pretty good shot in the last race to hit it," said Campbell, who was met in the Winner's Circle by a crowd of cheering fans and horsemen. "But, honestly, I really have to tip my hat to the guys who get 4,000 or 5,000 wins. Man, it's a lot of hard work." Campbell's benchmark win came with the Adrian Wisher-trainee, It Hurts Me, who won in typical front-running fashion, Campbell's trademark tactic. This strategy is so familiar to the local fans that his license plate on his truck proclaims, ISENDEM. In other news: The Maine Sire Stakes 3-year-old colt division made its second appearance of the year at Scarborough Downs on Sunday. Pembroke Newt (Heath Campbell) grabbed victory in the first of three divisions, scooting up the inside path to secure the win and grab the lion's share of the $10,089 purse. The son of Neutralize is owned by William Varney of Bangor, Maine and trained by Valerie Grondin. Alittlebitcountry (David Ingraham) was second, while David the Saint (Mark Athearn) was third, beaten just half a length. Drama King (Dan Deslandes) remained undefeated on the season, grabbing his second consecutive stakes victory in convincing fashion. The son of B Dramattic, owned by James Smallwood of Windsor, Maine, paid a generous $15.40 to win in the $10,316 split. Zip It (Kevin Switzer) was second; Dansan Clyde (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) was third. Fast Del (Gary Mosher) last season's freshman champion, regained the winning stride in the $10,314 third flight. Sent to the gate as the bettor's choice, the son of Fast Company is owned by Ben Bill & Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. Blackmalin (Greg Bowden) recovered from last week's disastrous trip to score runner up honors, while Whip Chaser (John Nason) was third. Live racing resumes on Thursday, July 3rd featuring the 2-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program. Post time is 4:30 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (June 23, 2014) - Hollywood filmmaker and Maine-native Kyle Rankin, who has recently turned the streets of Portland into a zombie apocalypse with his newest production, Night of the Living Deb, will make a stop at the harness racing track Scarborough Downs on Saturday. The Hollywood zom-rom-com is scheduled to film on the Downs' property sometime next week, and members of the cast and crew will take some time off from production to enjoy an afternoon of harness racing at the iconic track on Saturday, June 28th. A race will be dedicated in their honor with a trip out to the Winner's Circle. Post time is 4:30 pm. Maria Thayer, (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) stars in the production, along with Michael Cassidy (The O.C.), Chris Marquette (The Girl Next Door, Fanboys) and veteran actor, Ray Wise (How I Met Your Mother, RoboCop, Twin Peaks), all of whom are expected to visit the track. The afternoon at the races will be filmed as part of a behind-the-scenes segment which will air on YouTube. Rankin, whose credits include, "The Battle of Shaker Heights" and "Infestation," plans to wrap up filming in early July. Susan Higgins

Sunday, June 22, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Sunday marked the 2014 debut of Maine Sire Stakes harness racing at Scarborough Downs and upsets were the order of the day. There were three $10,000 plus divisions. Double D Deluxe got things off to a rollicking start, keying a $582.20 exacta, as the Donald Dickison trainee rallied to secure his maiden win over the heavily favored A C's Meadow Star, who failed to hit the board. Getting Outta Line (Eddie Davis, Jr.) was second, while Little Big Time (Charlene Cushing) held firm for the show. The mile was timed in 2:00 flat. The upsets continued in the second division as Fast Del (Gary Mosher), last year's freshman champion, was unable to hold off the late charge of David The Saint (Mark Athearn), who just got up for the win timed in 1:59.2. AlLittleBitCounty (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) rallied to complete the top three. The third and final split produced the biggest payoffs as Drama King (Dan Deslandes) returned $158.60 to win and keyed a $944.80 trifecta payoff as the heavily favored Bad Bet Harry (David Ingraham) could finish no better than third. Toothpicktycoon (Kevin Switzer) was second. In other news, Kevin Switzer held the hot hand on Sunday, steering four horses down victory lane. Sire Stakes racing continues next weekend as Scarborough Downs goes to post Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Saturday, June 07, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Kevin Switzer, Jr. served notice in the early going on Saturday that something special was about to happen at Scarborough Downs as the man in the blue and black colors pummeled an imposing driving colony into submission as he claimed the first of seven wins on the eleven race card. Switzer's prodigious performance was all the more remarkable considering that it was the most scores secured by a single driver since Water Case, Jr. grabbed 8 victories back in 1995. It also included top tallies in both Invitational events carded on the program. "Walter Case was always a driver I idolized growing up," Switzer remarked. "He had a talent to keep horses alive and it's great to be mentioned in his company. I had a little luck to go around combined with a little bit of talent, and I benefited from driving some good horses." Sky Keeper, took top honors in the 2nd edition of the $10,000 Triple Crown Trot, demolishing an eight-horse field by multiple lengths in a lifetime-equaling 1:58. The win marked the fourth of the season for the six-year-old son of Lockkeeper who is owned by Irwin Kaplin of Merrick, NY. This newcomer to the PineTreeState has forged his way to the forefront since joining the Bo Sowers stable after shipping in from the tough Saratoga circuit. Wolf's Milan (Eddie Davis, Jr) was a hard charging second while Neverdie (Michael Cushing) claimed the show dough. Trainer Bo Sowers, utilizing the lightning-hot Switzer in the sulky, claimed the third of four wins from his roster on Saturday in the $10,000 renewal of the fabled Dirigo Pace with the classy veteran Art Of Illusion. Quick to the lead and to never look back, the son of Real Artist soared to victory timed in 1:53.2, the fourth fastest clocking ever recorded in the history of Scarborough Downs. A relative newcomer to the local scene since being acquired by owner David MacDonald of Halifax, NS, Art Of Illusion extended his undefeated streak in Maine to four-in-a-row with the impressive score. Burkentine Hanover (Drew Campbell) was second with Western Victory (Wallace Watson) rallying for third. "I thought I had a good shot with both of these horses today," Switzer reflected. "I want to thank Bo and Tammy Sowers for giving me some great horses to drive today and I want to thank my family for always standing behind me." Kevin Switzer, Jr. now moves into second place in the driver's leaders board with 46 wins, trailing Drew Campbell by three top tallies. Live racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday with a 4:30 post time; the summer schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and the Sunday matinee at 1:05 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, June 6, 2014) - Scarborough Downs is preparing to host overflow crowds on Saturday (6/7) as the focus of the world turns to Belmont Park and California Chrome's attempt at Triple Crown immortality. While awaiting the Belmont Stakes, the local fans will be treated to an afternoon of top-level harness racing excitement featuring two $10,000 invitationals; The renewal of the fabled Dirigo Pace and the Triple Crown Trot. Burkentine Hanover has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Dirigo despite being bested in his most recent outing in Open competition at Bangor Raceway. The four-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, owned by Michele Nelson of Temple, Maine, looms off a convincing score at Plainridge Racecourse (1:51.4) just two starts back and a tantalizingly close third place showing in a leg of the Meadowlands' What A Baron series in April where he was raced timed in 1:49.3. Scarborough's leading driver, Drew Campbell, will sulky-sit for trainer Joseph Nelson and score from post two. Chief to contend will be the classy Art Of Illusion, who remains a perfect three for three in state of Maine competition, included therein, a three length besting of Burkentine Hanover just last weekend. Starting from post three and named the second choice on the morning line at 7-2 odds, this son of Real Artist will once again be handled by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. for trainer Bo Sowers and cheered on by the Halifax, Nova Scotia contingent headed by owner David MacDonald. The $10,000 Dirigo Pace Invitational will be contested as race nine of the eleven race Scarborough program on Belmont Stakes Day and is made up as follows: 1. PRAMATIC LIFE ... (Driver TBA) ... 6-1 2. BURKENTINE HANOVER (Drew Campbell) 5-2 3. ART OF ILLUSION (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) 7-2 4. MAXINE'S MENACE (David Ingraham) 8-1 5 WESTERN VICTORY (Wallace Watson)10-1 6. COOL RUNNINGS (Eddie Davis, Jr.) 9-2 7. MR NICE GUY (Kevin Switzer). 5-1 Other events happening for Belmont Stakes Day at The Downs: The Downs Club will be open for a BBQ Chicken luncheon, catered by CVC Catering Group of South Portland, for $11.00, which includes meals tax and buffet gratuity. Reservations are recommended, call 207-883-3022. The Downs will also be giving away a $100 win wager to place on the Belmont Stakes race, along with many gift certificates donated by local businesses. Drawings are free to enter, and take place after race 9 on the live race program (must be 18+ to enter, and must be present to win). "We are so excited for this day to finally get here," said Susan Higgins, Scarborough Downs' marketing director. "Triple Crown races always bring us great crowds and give the local fans a chance to see the horse racing that is going on right in their own backyard. We've got an exciting line up on the track for Saturday, and if Chrome wins it, we want people to remember that they watched history here with us, at our iconic track. I'm already working on T-shirt artwork!" For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, May 23, 2014) - Driver Kevin Switzer completely dominated the activity at Scarborough Downs on Friday (5/23) claiming victory in five of the eight races programmed. Included among the tally were two from Switzer's own roster, Colby's Victory, who scored his third win in a row on Friday, and Cisco Hanover, who took a seasonal mark of 1:58.4. Switzer also contributed to the recent success of the Adrian Wisher Stable, steering two from that roster down victory lane: Fox Valley Spencer and Thro Time (pictured). The fifth win came in the $6,000 Feature Trot with Big Z Class, making his first local start in 2014 a winning one. by Susan Higgins, for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine (May 23, 2014) - The Maine harness racing industry is partnering with the Portland Sea Dogs for the first-ever Harness at Hadlock event, Wednesday, May 28th at 6pm at Hadlock Field in Portland. Members of Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board, the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association and the Maine Standardbred Breeders & Owners association will have a presence at the ballpark to introduce baseball fans to the sport of harness racing. "Like baseball, harness racing in Maine is a very family-oriented sport, and has been bringing families together for over 150 years," said MHHA president, Timothy Powers, DVM. "We are thrilled as an industry to be able to introduce our sport to new fans, to showcase our superb equine athletes, our racing drivers, as well as our enthusiastic fans to Sea Dogs baseball. It's a win-win for both our sports." Program attractions include: Racehorses ROADSHOW VIC and HONORED HALL from the Cushing Stable of Farmington will be at the ballpark entrance to meet and greet fans, Maine's best and brightest harness racing drivers will sign autographs; up-and-coming rookie driver, Nick Graffam, who hails from a long line of industry celebrities, will throw out the first pitch, "Winny," the Promotion Board horse mascot, will be handing out promotional items to the fans. The star attraction of the night will be Maine-bred racehorse, Sea Dog Time, owned and trained by Gretchen and Mark Athearn of North Yarmouth, who will be walked around the bases in front of the fans prior to the game, and be in his horse trailer for a meet and greet with the fans during the game. "The Portland Sea Dogs are looking forward to this "Harness at Hadlock" event," said Sea Dogs Sr. Vice President, John Kameisha. "What better way to kick off the summer season than to attend a great baseball game and support the Maine harness racing industry!" General Admission tickets are being sold at Scarborough Downs, Bangor Raceway and through the MHHA office for $6, with $1 of each pre-sale benefiting the Maine Standardbred Welfare Support Fund; otherwise, cost is $8 at the gate. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the game, which features The Portland Sea Dogs versus the New Britain (CT) Rock Cats, will begin at 6 pm sharp. For more information and tickets, contact Susan Higgins at Scarborough Downs 207-883-4331 x1002, Donna DuBois of the MHHA at 207-641-5431, or call the MHHA office at 207-623-6442. by Susan Higgins, for Scarborough Downs

Sunday, May 18, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) -Harness racing driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. continued his dominance on Sunday (5/18) at Scarborough Downs as he added four wins on the post Preakness stakes day card to go along with his three-win tally on Saturday. His sterling weekend performance propels him into second place on the leader's board with 29 seasonal wins, trailing perennial powerhouse Drew Campbell by 13 top tallies. by Susan Higgins, for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (May 16, 2014) - Harness racing driver / trainer Kevin Switzer ("The King") was honored with a special plaque from Make-A-Wish Maine on Friday (5/16) for his contributions last season that enabled the organization to grant a wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Last season, Switzer championed "The King Drives for the Kids" campaign and donated his driver's commission for the entire month of June to Make-A-Wish Maine. Other trainers heard about his cause and added their commissions to the tally, which totaled over $6,000, enough to grant a wish to one child. Rebecca Leaming, Make-A-Wish Maine's Development Manager, presented Switzer who was joined in the Winner's Circle by his son, Kevin Switzer, Jr., with the special plaque, and told him that because of his generous contributions, a young girl from Old Orchard Beach, who suffers from leukemia, was granted her lifelong wish to go to Disney. She also read a note from the child's mother, thanking Switzer for making her daughter's wish come true and for bringing smiles back into their lives. In honor of the organization, Switzer has just named the newest addition to his farm, a Maine-bred colt, Let's Make A Wish, for all the good work it does for kids. The young horse will begin his racing career in next two years. For more information, contact Susan Higgins, Director of Marketing at 207-883-4331 x1002 or via email at shiggins@scarboroughdowns.com. You can also visit the Scarborough Downs website at www.ScarboroughDowns.com. Make A Wish Maine is online at www.Maine.Wish.org Susan Higgins

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, May 2, 2014) - The eyes of the world are rightly focused on Louisville, Kentucky as Churchill Downs prepares to host the 140th edition of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (5/3), but here in Maine the local horseplayers will once again be flocking to Scarborough Downs to bask in the Derby Day experience with a down east twist. The gates at the Downs will swing open bright and early at 10:00 AM with pre-wagering on the Derby available all day long. A special live harness racing program gets under way at 2:00 PM culminating with the simulcast of the Run For The Roses, which is scheduled to go to post at approximate 6:25 PM. The live Scarborough race card will be headlined by the $8,000 Free For All pace which is slated for race five on the program, and Art Of Illusion, a newcomer to the state of Maine harness scene, will be gunning for his 2nd win in a row. Drew Campbell has been listed to drive the classy son of Real Artist by the meet's current top trainer, Bo Sowers, as the combo will look to match or exceed last week's dramatic local debut which resulted in the fastest mile so far this season with the clock stopped in a torrid 1:55.3 when the dust had settled. Art Of Illusion will line up against an accomplished field which includes; Cool Runnings (Eddie Davis, Jr) who will ride a 2-race win streak into battle, Mr Nice Guy (Kevin Switzer) a 2-time winner in Free For All competition already this season, Panchester United (Kevin Switzer, Jr.), who finished 2nd behind Art Of Illusion last weekend, and A Fool For Mark (Shawn Thayer), who will ride a 2-race win streak of his own to the races on Saturday. The Free For All anchors an extremely strong eleven race program on Saturday. Other events happening for Kentucky Derby Day at the Downs is the annual "Belle of the Derby" hat contest, where ladies vie for the title of "Most Creative" and "Most Elegant" hats in their Derby day attire. Registration is from 1 - 5 pm in the Downs Club. Special guest, fashion designer and judge of Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss World and Miss International, Ashley Lauren, will be one of three guest judges. The Downs Club is open for a dining buffet, catered by CVC Catering Group of South Portland. The Downs will also be giving away a $100 win wager to place on the Kentucky Derby. Drawing takes place after Race 10 on the live race program. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - (Scarborough, Maine) - Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner's circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/13). Born and raised on the historic Norton Farm of Falmouth, Maine, the up-and-comer hails from the family lineage which includes noted drivers Loring Norton, Bruce Ranger, Chuck Connors, and his dad, Michael Graffam. Nick Graffam, driving his own pacer, Smardi Shuttle, secured the second-over journey just prior to the half then tipped his charge three wide off the final turn before drawing clear to the wire. The duo lit the board at 60-1 odds, returning $141.40 to win. Not to be outdone, Nick's father, Mike Graffam, secured a win of his own later in the program, steering Deuces N Eights down victory lane; the elder Graffam, being greeted by his protégé in the winner's circle. In other news, top-rated driver, Drew Campbell, continued on his torrid streak spinning a grand slam performance from the nine-race card and cementing his status at the top of the leader's board. Sunday's program was highlighted by the Standardbred Retirement Ceremony, which was rescheduled from last December, and featured seven racehorses who went into mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Live racing resumes Friday, April 18th; post time for Fridays and Saturdays reverts to the traditional time of 4 pm; with the Sunday matinee at 1:05 pm. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

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