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CUMBERLAND, ME - Maine harness racing icon Bruce Ranger set a track record of 1:56h with Sarah's Lilly to cap off a driving three-peat under sunny skies on Cumberland's first Tuesday card. The $6,000 Fillies and Mares Winners Over saw the 5-year-old mare by He's Gorgeous pace to a wire-to-wire romp to set a new standard for older pacing mares. The wire-to-wire victory also gave the mare's trainer Ben Merrill three trips to the winner's circle, where Ben and his wife Lauren also celebrated their wedding anniversary. Sarah's Lilly was bred by Irwin Kaplan, Merrick, NY and is owned by Moo Coo Inc. (Ellen & Irwin Kaplan), Merrick, NY. She paid $5.20 to win. SARAH'S LILLY REPLAY   It was opening day all over again for Webmaster Hanover who won the first race on Saturday and came back just three days later and won again, taking a new seasonal mark of 1:57.1h. The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere was driven by Drew Campbell for trainer Brian Lamb and owner Mona Dodd of Yarmouth, ME. Bred by the sport's leading nursery Hanover Shoe Farms, Webmaster Hanover paid $3.30 to win. Several teamsters enjoyed driving doubles on the nine-race card, including Heath Campbell and McGuire Sowers, the 21-year-old up-and-comer who has set up shop in Maine following a successful run at Monticello. Racing from Cumberland continues tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12, first post 4:15 pm. For more information go to our website and follow us on Facebook at @FirstTracksCumberland. For full race results, click here. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

Plainville, MA --- Bet You displayed intestinal fortitude during a fast trip and a tight finish winning the $14,000 Winners-Over harness racing pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 9). Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the first lead off the gate and carried the race to the quarter in :26.3. There, Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) rolled up from mid-pack and took command as they moved in front of the stands and to the half in :54. Bet You stepped on the gas in the third panel buzzing a :27.3 split and opening up a two-length advantage as they went around the final turn. Heading into the stretch Quick Shot (Drew Campbell), who had been sitting third most of the race, found room at the pylons and paced through the opening making up ground fast. Despite the rush, he came up a head short under the wire as Bet You hung on to win in 1:50.3, which tied his lifetime mark. It was the 32nd lifetime win for Bet You ($5.40) and pushed his earnings over the half-million dollar mark, now with $504,612 banked. Scott Dillon owns and Joe Nelson trains. In the $12,000 conditioned sub-feature, Biggie (Drew Campbell) sat second the whole mile letting Legal Power (Jay Randall) lug the mail until the head of the stretch where he pulled and delivered the winning blow by a neck in 1:52, which was a new seasonal mark. The first trip to Plainridge this season garnered the sixth win of the year for Biggie ($19.20) who is owned by Michael Huff and trained by James Dunn. The third leg of the $10,000 Nauset Light series for 2-year-old pacing colts was won by Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) who went gate to wire to score his second win in a row in 1:54.1, tying his lifetime mark and the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts he set just one week ago. The Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) eligible Han Solo ($4.20) was bred and is owned and trained by Monique Cohen. Han Solo will make his first start in the MASS on Monday (Sept. 30). The series starts on Sunday (Sept. 29) and runs through Monday (Oct. 28) when eight divisions will vie in the finals for an estimated $800,000 in total purses. When racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 12) there will be a $27,005 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Scarborough, Maine - September 1, 2019 ...Just two days after Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones wrapped up their latest American tour in Miami, a harness racing horse named McJagersOnTheMove made a sparkling debut at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (9/1) while equaling the all-age track record in a brilliant 1:52.3 performance. Fresh off an eye-popping 1:52.3 score at the Windsor (Maine) Fair, the seven-year-old son of McArdle-Grand Fancy appeared destined for a more pedestrian journey on Sunday, gliding to the quarter in an easy 28.3 before catching a breather to the half in 57.1. With an almost imperceptible shifting of gears though, he began to separate himself from the field just past the half before reaching the three-quarter mile marker in a breathtaking 1:24.3. Perhaps sensing an epic in the making, driver Drew Campbell, who had sat prone in the sulky up to that point, began to ask the horse for just a bit more. The horse gamely responded in the affirmative, pacing his final panel in a smart 28 seconds, completing an astounding 55.2 back-half clocking, and romping home over 30-lengths the best to etch his name in the storied annuls of Scarborough Downs. McJagersOnTheMove who is trained by Frank Petrelli for owner Marissa Russo of Eden, NY, equaled the track record that was set by the Drew Campbell driven JJs Jet in the 2018 edition of Scarborough's Mid-Summer Classic. Ironically, JJs Jet was on hand in the race paddock to witness his track record being equaled after winning for the 53rd time in his career just two races prior. The win was one of six on Sunday's card for driver Drew Campbell, who effectively fortified his position atop the leader's board with the devastatingly powerful performance. Live harness racing will continue next weekend at Scarborough Downs with a 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight card on Saturday followed by the popular 1:30 pm Sunday matinee performance, all leading up to the closing day of the summer meet which is slated for September 14th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Plainville, MA --- Although she has won at Yonkers Raceway, Bangor Raceway and Scarborough Downs in recent weeks, you'd have to go back to May 16 for Western Stepp's last win at Plainridge Park. But that all changed on Thursday (Aug. 29) when the fast harness racing pacing mare scored an upset win in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap distaff feature at The Ridge. Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) flew off the wings and took the lead by the eighth pole before yielding that position to Bye Bye Felicia (Jim Hardy) at the quarter where they stopped the clock in :26.2. By the time the race reached the half, there was an outer flow formed and advancing with Life Isa Shortwalk (Matt Athearn) on the point and the heavily favored Hilaria (Mike Stevenson) third over. Now with four in and four out, positions remained unchanged up the backside to three-quarters where Life Isa Shortwalk began to tire allowing a clear path for the pocket-sitting Western Stepp to pop the deuce in front of the three-wide Hilaria. Coming off the turn Western Stepp was under a highly animated drive by Campbell and paced past Bye Bye Felicia. Hilaria was still charging and making up ground fast. However at the wire she came up a neck short behind Western Stepp who boldly hung on to win in 1:52, which was a new seasonal mark. Western Stepp ($16.80) scored her eighth win of the year and 35th lifetime for owner Diane Dunn and ran her career earnings up to $311,401. James Dunn trains the 6-year-old daughter of Western Maverick-French Stepp. Drew Campbell got one for the thumb on Friday winning five races on the card, including a natural hat trick in races five through seven. He visited the winner's circle with Roll With Ann (1:55, $2.60), Kitty Russell (1:55, $20.80), Angel Assault (1:55.4, $4.40), the aforementioned Western Stepp and Chief Altawick (1:54.4, $8.60). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 30) with post time at 4 p.m. There will be a $15,927 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race on Friday. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Scarborough, Maine - June 8, 2019 ... When last seen at Scarborough Downs, harness racing driver Drew Campbell was busy piecing together a dominant six-win performance last Sunday, an effort that left the man in orange and black six wins shy of registering the 5000th victory lap of his prodigious career. After a week spent campaigning at Bangor Raceway and Plainridge Park, Campbell fittingly reappeared at the Downs, the venue where he has enjoyed the majority of his successes, needing just one win more to cross the magical threshold. With drives in ten of Saturday's (6/8) twelve races, Campbell seemed destined to record the benchmark win in front of the home fans, but he dramatically kept the large Belmont Stakes Day crowd in a general state of suspense until breaking through to the winner's ranks with an eighth race victory behind a recent Maritimes import named Woodmere Nightlife. Campbell, whose lineage is also steeped in the harness racing traditions of the Maritimes, sat off the pace with his charge before tipping three-deep up the backstretch and powering to an open length romp, as the fans roared their approval. A perennial powerhouse at the Downs and a regular contender for the North American UDR Championship, Campbell, who counts multiple local driving championships among his accomplishments, was joined in the winners circle by a multitude of his fellow drivers and horsemen, as is the tradition in Maine, to celebrate his latest accomplishment. Drew Campbell wasn't the only headliner on the Scarborough Downs card on Saturday as a trio of Invitational class events were carded, charged with the goal of showcasing the crème de la crème of the local harness scene in front of the large crowd expected on Belmont Stakes Day. The goal was surely exceeded when driver Ron Cushing steered Bettors Fire N to a brilliant victory in the $10,000 renewal of the historic Dirigo Pace, stopping the clock in blistering 1:53, while equaling the third fastest mile ever recorded in the 70 year history of Scarborough Downs. The effort was just 2/5th of a second off the all time track record recorded by JJs Jet (D. Campbell) in the 2018 edition of the Mid-Summer Classic and just 1/5th off the only other horse to ever eclipse the 1:53 mark, Hotrod Falcon (W. Case, Jr) who set the longtime overall standard in 1993's Presidents Pace. Zack Lee (D. Deslandes) who set torrid fractions throughout the mile placed second while All Artist (D. Campbell) rallied for third. Bettors Fire N Not content with a mere one win day, Cushing continued his domination of the local invitational scene on Saturday, scoring a convincing victory in the $10,000 Shady Sabrina Distaff with ShezSugarSweet A, who stepped away to a zippy 1:57.1 top-class score. The win was the 7th of the season for the Heidi Gibbs trained mare who now boasts 4 wins and 4 runner-up placings from her last eight starts, all coming since rejoining the New England circuit in mid-April. Western Stepp (D. Campbell) settled for the bridesmaid share after cutting reasonable fractions, while Amethyst Seelster (D. Deslandes) finished third. ShezSugarSweet A A Maine-bred trotter claimed top honors in the inaugural edition of the $10,000 Obrigado Trot, as Pembroke Castaway and driver Heath Campbell expertly controlled the tempo and tenor while piking the course and eking out a narrow final advantage over a hard charging Cherry Crown Jewel (M. Athearn) who fell a mere neck short at the wire. Northern Skyway (B. Ranger) finished third. Named for a native-bred trotter who went undefeated in Maine Sire Stakes action and then went on to make a name for himself in major North American stakes, the Obrigado Invitational produced a mile that was timed in 1:57.2, just 2/5th of a second off Scarborough's overall track record. Pembroke Castaway Live harness racing now expands out to a three day a week format at the Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs    

Plainville, MA --- Bouncing back from a break and an outside post in recent starts, Make It A Double surprised the harness racing betting faithful and took the top prize in the $16,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 7) at 12-1. Make It A Double (Mark Athearn) got away fourth as even-money favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) marched at the head of the group to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :57.2. With no one making a move and the field still in single file, Athearn finally pulled Make It A Double at the five-eighths pole and started the advance towards Wings Of Royalty. Make It A Double drew alongside the leader just past three-quarters and the two then tangoed around the far turn. But by the time they hit the straightaway, Wings Of Royalty had faded out of contention and Make It A Double had established a clear advantage. A late charge by Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) in mid-stretch made it interesting for a moment, but Make It A Double stayed the course and hit the wire first in 1:55. It was the fourth win of the year and all at Plainridge Park for Make It A Double ($26.40) who is owned by William Phipps and trained by Gretchen Athearn. The $12,000 conditioned undercard trot went almost as fast as the feature as Sortie Hanover (Drew Campbell) took the lead just past the half and then stepped off to a :58 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters. From there he simply trotted away from the field by almost four lengths under no urging to win in 1:55.3 and establish a new lifetime mark. Sortie Hanover                                --Tom Melanson photo Also claiming his fourth win of the year, Sortie Hanover ($3.20) now has $37,055 on the card for owner Mark Ford. Elisha Lafreniere trains the winner. Driver Drew Campbell had the hot hand in the bike on Friday winning four races on the card. Besides the aforementioned Sortie Hanover, Campbell also won with Vodkancaviar (1:57, $6.80), Gias Boy (1:57.4, $7.60) and Somekinda Hanover (1:56.4, $3.60). Campbell came into the day with 4,995 career victories and despite having four trips to the winner's circle, came up one short of reaching the 5,000 win lifetime milestone. However it appears he won't have to wait long to achieve that goal as he has 10 drives at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (June 8). Once again there were no unique winners in the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta in either the sixth or ninth races today and as a result, there will be a $9,286 carryover pool available in the sixth race on Monday (June 10) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Drew Campbell put on a clinic of harness driving prowess on Sunday (6/2) winning 6 races on the 10 race program while inching closer to the latest milestone in his sights - Membership into the 5000 career win club. The perennial powerhouse and current leading driver at Scarborough Downs now sits with 4994 lifetime trips down Victory Lane and with a full slate of drives at Plainridge Park and Bangor Raceway scheduled for the coming week, chances are that Campbell will become enshrined as Mr 5000 well before live racing returns to the Downs next weekend. En route to claiming victory in the first five races on the card, Campbell opened the day with a 1:54 front-running score behind Lioness Hanover who, in the process, registered the fastest win time of the 2019 Scarborough Downs meet. He followed that speedy trip up with a pair of off-the-pace journeys with Explosiveafternoon (2:02) and Western Stepp (1:56.4), before returning to the pike-route strategy with the 14-year-old Anderlecht (1:56.3) and CJ Marshall (1:58). Campbell then reverted to the rally-method to secure Thomas B Hanover’s (1:58) third career victory to close out his phenomenal six-pack performance. Live harness racing will resume on Saturday (6/8) at Scarborough Downs with a special 2:00 pm (EDT) post time on the Belmont Stakes Day program. The card will feature three $10,000 invitational events; the renewal of the historic Dirigo Pace, The Shady Sabrina Distaff Pace and The Obrigado Trot, all leading up to the simulcast of thoroughbred racing’s third jewel of the Triple Crown season. Buffet dining will be available in the elegant Downs Club Restaurant for $21 (inclusive) on Belmont Stakes Day and reservations are recommended. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page.   By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Plainville, MA --- A pair of Winners-Over paces topped the Memorial Day card at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 27) and there was no one to laughing at Late Night Joke's harness racing performance in the fastest of the two divisions. In the $13,000 seven-horse leg, Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) played hardball with Late Night Joke (Shawn Gray) on the point but eventually relented past the 26-flat quarter. But as soon as Late Night Joke cleared, Quick Shot came right back out to reclaim the lead. These two paced strongly atop the field from the half to three-quarters with only a mild bid from Rockin' Cougar (Nick Graffam) during that time. Around the far turn it became a two-horse race and Late Night Joke pulled the pocket before the stretch and drew alongside Quick Shot when they finally did straighten out. From that point on Gray had the whip tucked and Late Night Joke cruised home to a two-length victory in 1:50.4, which was a new seasonal mark. Late Night Joke ($10.80) scored his second consecutive win and third of the year for owner Dandy Farms Racing and Ft. Racing Stable. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner. In the $14,000 second division, Avatartist (Mark Eaton) found his way to the front once again but after three straight weeks of :25.4 first panel splits, this time in a more controlled :27.4. With no one pushing the issue, the race continued to the half in :57.3 and it was really over at that point. Avatartist then went back to back quarters in :27.2 and :27.4 and held off late charges by Sir Pugsley (Shawn Gray) and Fashion Bythebeach (Mitchell Cushing) to win by a length in 1:52.4. Avatartist                                --Tom Melanson photo Driver Mark Eaton also trains and co-owns Avatartist ($10.40) with Bob McHugh, Robert Griffin and Russell Young. Driver Jay Randall had a big day at The Ridge scoring a Grand Slam on the afternoon. Randall won with Goddess Ofgoodness (1:57.4, $4.00), My Mind Is Madeup (1:52, $6.40), Fuzzylegsandall (1:54.4, $14.40) and Weekend Fling (1:55.1, $12.80). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (May 30) with post time at 4 p.m. As a result of no one picking the winning combination once again, there is a $7,170 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race on Thursday.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Making a second-over trip work to perfection, Nick Graffam guided Only Passing Thru to a strong come from behind harness racing victory to capture the $16,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (May 17). Joey Bats (John Beckwith) and Namesmuscle (Matt Athearn) argued heartily for the lead before Joey Bats took it over at the quarter. As the field moved towards the half an outer flow began to form with Northern Skyway (Bruce Aldrich Jr.), Only Passing Thru and Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) marching forward in that order. The race stayed the same up the backside until Joey Bats hit three-quarters in 1:24.4 and started to fade, leaving Northern Skyway on top in the middle with Only Passing Thru tipping three-deep for the stretch drive. When Only Passing Through hit the straight he swelled up and trotted right on down the road and to the wire leaving his competition behind him to win by a length and one-half in 1:54.3. It was the fourth win in 13 starts this year for Only Passing Thru ($6.60) and owner Diane Whittemore. Marissa Chadbourne trains the winner. In the $12,000 co-featured conditioned trot, Lindy The Great got his season off and rolling with his first win of the year as the prohibitive 1-9 favorite. Lindy The Great (Patrizio Ancora) took a leisurely outside stroll to the front and cleared past the quarter in :28.4. Ancora kept him motoring along unimpeded for the next half mile until Sortie Hanover (Drew Campbell) snuck up the rim and the pocket-sitting Front Street (Jay Randall) mounted a mild bid from the three-quarters until they hit the stretch. But Lindy The Great was unfazed and trotted home methodically to win easily and wrapped up in 1:55.2. Lindy The Great                                  --Tom Melanson photo Lindy The Great ($2.20) has now earned $413,810 lifetime in only 32 starts for owners K R Breeding LLC and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere does the training. Last year Lindy The Great faced the likes of Homicide Hunter, Pinkman and Guardian Angel AS. This year he may meet some of them again as he is eligible to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be held at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 20) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After having solid success in low-level condition races at Pompano and the Meadowlands earlier this year, Spilling The Beans shipped to Massachusetts, stepped up to the top class and made her first start at Plainridge Park a winning one after launching a late furious stretch drive to capture the $15,000 Winners-over for harness racing fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (April 11). Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) claimed her usual spot on the front end and led the ladies through fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25, fending off a challenge from Rockin Ruby N (Nick Graffam) through the last two panels. As the race headed into the final turn, Stonebridge Honey (Mitchell Cushing) tipped three wide with Spilling The Beans (Mike Stevenson) following from sixth. The two outsiders were doing the better work heading down the lane when Spilling The Beans just exploded and flew past both Western Stepp and Stonebridge Honey to win by two-lengths in 1:54 at 15-1. It was the third score of the year for Spilling The Beans ($33.20) who is owned by Bret Pisarski and trained by Robert Marston. In the $14,000 conditioned event for side-wheeling distaffers, Always Be Lucy (Mitchell Cushing) sat snug in a two-hole trip behind Pammy Jo (Jimmy Whittemore) until halfway down the stretch where Cushing had just enough room to get out in front of Dry Creek Gin (Shawn Gray) and out-pace the front runner to the wire in 1:54.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Always Be Lucy                                    Photo courtesy of Tom Melanson The win was the third of the year for Always Be Lucy ($14.00) who just shipped in from wintering at Pompano Park. Karma Racing owns the mare that is trained by Eric Beach. Shawn Gray was the top teamster on Thursday, doubling up in runaway wins with Stroman (1:54.4, $2.10) and Southwind Terror (1:53.1, $5.00) who both won by six and three-quarter lengths. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 12) with post time at 4 p.m. The $15,000 Winners-over trot is the feature race and there is a $3,867 carry-over pool for the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta in race six. For more information on harness racing at Plainridge Park log onto the website of the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website at or Plainridge Park at .   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- When Plainridge Park opens their doors to welcome racing fans to the start of the 2019 live harness racing meet on Monday (Apr. 8), they will also be celebrating their 20th year of operations hosting the Standardbred sport. Plainridge Park (then Plainridge Racecourse) held their grand opening in April of 1999 when an overflow crowd of 4,500 guests filled the parking lots and jammed the grandstand to witness the first live harness racing in the Commonwealth since Foxboro Park closed two years earlier. The track offered 14 races that first afternoon with an average purse of $3,900. Fans cheered as Worth Mentioning won the very first race by 12 lengths in 2:00.1 with Steve Smith driving. Two decades later, Plainridge Park has risen to new heights on the strength of the new $115 million casino complex that opened in 2015. Since then the racing product has benefitted from enhanced overnight purses of up to $20,000 per race as a result ever since thanks to the proceeds from gaming that go towards the track's purse account through the Massachusetts Race Horse Development Fund. Since the casino opened the facility at Plainridge Park has created significant economic benefits for local residents by generated as much as $186 million in annual revenue as well as employ 500 people who work at the site as stated in a December 2018 report by the University of Massachusetts. Plainridge Park's 2019 meet features 108-days of live harness racing held every Monday, Thursday and Friday through November 29. Sunday racing will be added from September 29 through October 27. Post time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on all race days through August. It will then move to 2:00 p.m. during September and October and move once more to 1 p.m. for the final month of racing in November. Plainridge Park will continue to offer exciting wagering opportunities which includes the 20-cent Jackpot Wicked Hi-5, which will now be offered twice daily in races six and nine. Plainridge also offers full card harness and Thoroughbred simulcasting seven days a week. On the track, three millionaire drivers who made serious money for their connections at the Ridge last year will be back to ply their trade once again in 2019. 2018 leading driver Drew Campbell will return to defend his driving title and see if he can improve on his stellar 160-win and $1.25 million earnings season of a year ago. Also returning will be 21-year-old rising star Mitchell Cushing, who finished second with 139 wins and just over $1 million in purses. And rounding out this teaming trifecta is Shawn Gray who finished third in the standings, scoring 125 victories and $1.23 million in earnings. All three drivers registered career highs for money won last year and Campbell and Gray finished fourth and eighth respectively among all drivers in North America in Universal Driver Rating (UDR). The tracks signature race, the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, will return in 2019 after a year's absence and will be held on Sunday (July 28). The race will draw North America's top aged trotters and put the track in the National spotlight once again over the summer. Also on that same card will be the newly instituted $100,000 Clara Barton Pace which is an Open event for fillies and mares. Plainridge Park will also host the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) starting in September. Three preliminary legs for both gaits and genders valued at a total of $840,000 (est.) and eight finals totaling $800,000 (est.) make the $1.64 million 2019 MASS the richest races of the meet at Plainridge. State sponsored Standardbred breeding in Massachusetts is one of the fastest growing programs of its type in North America on the strength of its rapidly increasing purse account. 2-year-old eligibles have increased 50% since 2017 and resident mares have gone up 30% during that same time. Owners and breeders from the northeastern United States and Southern Ontario are taking advantage of breeding horses that have the ability to compete in two separate sire stake programs as a result of the resident mare rule in Massachusetts which allows any sire from any state to be bred to them, giving the offspring dual-eligibility. The 2019 MASS race dates are Sunday (Sept. 29) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 added; Monday (Sept. 30) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 added; Sunday (Oct. 6) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added; Monday (Oct. 7) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added; Sunday (Oct. 20) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added; Monday (Oct. 21) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added; Monday (Oct. 28) 2 and 3-year-old Finals $100,000 est. For more information on all the live racing action at Plainridge Park throughout the year log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts ( ) or Plainridge Park Casino ( ).   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Sock It Away has proven to be untouchable in 2018 as he extended his undefeated season to 18 straight in the Sunday afternoon preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Leading driver Marc Campbell engineered the winning trip as he put down fractions of 28.1, 57.4 and 1:27.2 with a final time of 1:56.2 by five open lengths in the $2,650 preferred pace a track rated two-seconds off. Undefeated in his three-year-old season, Sock It Away is trained by Kevin MacLean for owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) completing the top three. The preferred was one of three wins for Campbell as the Winsloe driver clicked with Rising Fella in 2:03.1 from the Jansen Sweet Stable of O’Leary. Campbell’s other win was with Malabrigo as she celebrated her 30th lifetime win from the Campbell stable in the $1,600 Eddie Power Memorial pace. Hughes made three trips to the winner’s circle as a driver on the program winning with Diggin In in 2:00.2 for Brian Ladner of Charlottetown, Casstielle in 2:04.1 for Trevor Easter of Morell and with Beach Cloud from his own stable in a 2:04.4 trip. Live racing continues Saturday Nov. 24, featuring Horseperson’s Day with the Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner’s Association. For more information check out Dustlanemissmolly Building Streak In Mares Open CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Dustlanemissmolly and her driver have one thing in common, they do their best work off the front end, and they showed it Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Myles Heffernan Sr., driven pacing mare was sent to the lead and never looked back in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace Saturday afternoon. Trained by Myles Heffernan Jr., the daughter of Brandon’s Cowboy laid down unchallenged splits of 29.3, 1:01.1 and 1:31.4 before sprinting home in 29.2 to close out the mile in 2:01.1 over sloppy conditions. Second went to Julep Hanover (Driven by Wade Myers) while third was claimed by Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill). Dustlanemissmolly, who won her third straight heat and second straight in the fillies and mares Open, is owned by Jackie Heffernan of Summerville, P.E.I. Harold Shepherd scored a training and driving double on the 13-dash program including a win with Suicide Shift in a short field of Open trotters. Shepherd won by five lengths in 2:05 in the $1,950 Open trot over Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Professor Gordon (Jason Hughes). The son of P Js Nabby is co-owned by Shepherd of Stratford, P.E.I., along with Margo Fisher of Fredericton, N.B. Shepherd also won with Harbourlite Jerry from his own stable in 2:01.3 for owner Ralph Jardine of Arthur, Ont. Check out for race replays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Plainville, MA --- The toughest resident Standardbred to compete in New England in recent years once again showed the heart and fortitude that makes him a winner as he gamely captured the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov 12) to tally his 50th career victory. Getting away second in the field of seven, J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) followed the pace-setting Quick Shot (Mike Stevenson) through fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.1 before getting locked in fourth at the rail as outside interlopers Bet You (Shawn Gray) and Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) made their late bids for the lead. At the top of the stretch Quick Shot came off the pylons just enough for Campbell to guide J J S Jet through and he made up two lengths in the lane with a furious brush to catch Bet You at the wire in 1:52.2. It was the eight win of the year for J J S Jet ($7.80) who has now earned $65,585 for owner Bruce Maxwell. James Dunn is the trainer. After winning the feature, Plainridge Park's leading driver Drew Campbell took the opportunity to add to his already gaudy win total by going wire to wire with Bowedfortyova in the $14,000 conditioned pacing event for 6-year-olds and under in 1:52.4. Bowedfortyova ($5.20) scored his fifth win of the year for owner William Mc Elvain Jr. and trainer Elisha Lafreniere. Campbell added two more wins besides both features on Monday giving himself the driving Grand Slam. He also tallied with Beantown Elijah (1:56.3, $2.80) and Rocknalltheway (1:53.2, $11.80). Campbell now has 152 wins for the Plainridge meet, 28 ahead of Mitchell Cushing with 124 who is three ahead of Shawn Gray with 121. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After having raced in Ohio for four years, the now transplanted Maine resident Need A Winner showed how tough he can be in the Downeast by outlasting the competition in deep stretch to win the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 8). All Night Credit (Shawn Gray) took an early lead before allowing the outside-charging Need A Winner (Drew Campbell) to grab the front at the quarter in :28.3. The race proceeded uneventfully to the half but as they rolled up the backside, Quicksilver Kemp (James Tomaso) pulled from fifth and swung three-deep around stalled horses to draw even with Need A Winner at the three-quarter pole. The top two horses were now partnered for the duration and they drew away from the field as their match race would be a quarter mile in distance. Need A WInner was on the pylons and Quicksilver Kemp was outside of him and both Campbell and Tomaso were feeding line and rocking in the bike around the far turn and into the stretch. Need A Winner still had a head advantage while Quicksilver Kemp tried his best to cut into that lead. But after both had gave all they had in the fight, Need A Winner held position and won by a neck in 1:56.3. It was the ninth win of the year for Need A Winner ($3.60) and the second for his new owner William Mc Elvain Jr. who purchased him on October 2. Campbell also won the $11,000 undercard with Southwind Rich who made a first-over move at the half to collar the front-running Texaco Man (Robert Kenney) to then pull away by three and win in 1:57.1. The 3-year-old son of Chapter Seven scored his third lifetime win and set a new lifetime mark in the process. Southwind Rich ($6.60) is owned by George Beck and is trained by Donald Guidette Jr. Campbell completed a driving hat trick with L Dee's Yoyo Ma (1:55.3, $8.40) to lead all reinsmen for wins on Thursday, With only eight racing days left in the 2018 Plainridge Park racing season Drew Campbell has all but locked up the driving title as he now sits atop the list with 145 wins. However it is a very tight race for second place between Mitchell Cushing (120) and Shawn Gray (119). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 12) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- Drew Campbell, who is currently the second leading harness racing percentage driver in North America, displayed exactly why he is on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 25) at Plainridge Park by winning six races on the 11 race card by a combined 27-lengths. Campbell cruised home on top with Dr. C's Z Tam (1:54.1, $4.60), Shanghai Warrior (1:53.1, $4.80), Stonebridge Honey (1:54.4, $2.20), Golden Idol (1:55.2, $5.60), Mcelodian (1:53.3, $17.00) and Mia's first Time (1:56, $3.00). Campbell's six wins came out of only eight starts for the day, giving him a .750 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the program. Campbell's overall UDR is .422, only .008 behind Guy Gagnon for the North American lead. But that's really no surprise as he has finished above the .400 mark for the last five consecutive years. In 2017 he ended his campaign with an unbelievable .523 which was far and away the best in North America. Despite the lofty averages, Campbell is also a win machine. Currently only 159 wins away from the landmark 5,000 plateau, he is currently the leading driver at Plainridge Park with 127 wins, 32 ahead of his nearest competitor. And combined with his starts at all other tracks, Campbell has 268 wins in 1,039 starts and $1.32 million in earnings for 2018. That earnings total is already a career single season high for him. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off the 2018 season on Monday (Oct. 1) with four divisions of 2-year-old trotters and pacers each going for an estimated $35,000. The 3-year-olds will hit the track on Tuesday (Oct. 2) for their first leg. Horsemen be advised that the draw for both days will be held on Thursday (Sept. 27) with the box closing at 9 a.m. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 27) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- She hasn't visited the winner's circle since her first start here a month ago, but Seventimesavirgin got familiar with that area again after she won the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19). Seventimesavirgin (Shane Taggart) got away fourth as Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) and Shesjustadelight N (Mitchell Cushing) took turns at the lead by the quarter in :27.4. From there Shesjustadelight N led the ladies past the half and to the three-quarters where Taggart had Seventimesavirgin rolling on the outside and took over the race. Seventimesavirgin went right by the leader in the final turn and when she got back to the pins Taggart popped the plugs, tucked the whip and sat chilly while his mare paced home a wrapped-up winner by three lengths in 1:51.3. It was the fourth win in 16 starts this year for Seventimesavirgin ($5.20) who now has $57,500 on the card for owner Jesse De Long and trainer Jim Nickerson. In the co-featured $12,000 fillies and mares non-winners event, Stonebridge Honey (Drew Campbell) tripped-out behind Our Royal Majesty (Wally Watson) until Campbell pulled her coming off the last turn where she blew by the leader and drew off by three to win in 1:54.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Stonebridge Honey ($4.60) who is owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Elisha Lafreniere. Plainridge Park's leading dash driver Drew Campbell was as hot as this summer on Wednesday, winning five races at The Ridge. Campbell scored with Mia's first Time (1:55, $4.20), Angel Or Terror (1:53, $3.00), Stonebridge Honey, Superbowl Party (1:52.3, $5.60) and Weddle By Weddle (1:54, $7.40). Campbell drove in 11 races and never missed the board. With five wins, one second and five thirds, he posted a .657 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the day. Campbell continues to sit in first place now with 120 wins for the meet, ahead of Greg Merton (95), Shawn Gray (92) and Mitchell Cushing (72), who had a driving double on Wednesday. Part of the reason Campbell had a big day was he was driving for trainer Elisha Lafreniere whose barn was on a roll. Lafreniere sent three of her students to the winner's circle including Stonebridge Honey, Angel Or Terror and Weddle By Weddle. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 20) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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