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Scarborough, Maine - June 17, 2018 ... A large contingent of family and friends gathered in the Scarborough Downs winners circle on Sunday (6/17) to honor the memory of the popular state of Maine horseman, Bobby Gray, who passed away unexpectedly while tending to his horses at Saratoga Raceway last week. The memorial was won by the 14-year-old veteran racehorse, Malek Hanover with driver Bo Sowers at the helm during a Maine Amateur Driving Club event; fittingly so as Bobby was a member and regular participant in the club during his tenure at Scarborough Downs. Bobby Gray may be gone, but he will never be forgotten along the state of Maine and Northeast circuits - A good man was taken from us far too soon. Of further note on Sunday, Drew Campbell held the hot hand at the Downs, teaming 5 winners down Victory Lane, including the pacer Briar Creeks Angel who scored her 6th win in a row. Campbell, North America's top-rated percentage driver, remains at the top of the Scarborough Downs leader's board with 65 wins thus far though 26 race dates this season. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Plainville, MA---After getting beat on the front end the last two weeks, Western Stepp switched strategies and found her way back to the winner's enclosure on Tuesday afternoon (June 12) after capturing the $14,000 Fillies and Mares Winners-Over pacing feature in a blanket finish at Plainridge Park. Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) found herself in a familiar position at the start; that being on the front end again. But Campbell changed things up this week allowing Show Runner (Shawn Gray) and Hidden Land (Greg Merton) to go ahead while he was content to sit third. Hidden Land then took the field to the half in :55.4. As the girls paced their way up the backside, Western Stepp pulled from the three-hole and Angel Or Terror (Eddie Davis Jr.) followed in suit from fifth and both started the march towards the leader. At the three-quarters, Western Stepp and Hidden Land locked up on top and were in an all-out battle for the lead. They paced side by side and stride for stride around the last turn when Western Stepp got a slight advantage at the head of the stretch. However Hidden Land wasn't done and Angel Or Terror came flying on the outside while Show Runner rallied up the pylons. But Western Stepp stood tall and held her ground to the wire, winning in 1:52.1 by a mere nose in a finish that saw only three-lengths separate the entire field. The win registered a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp ($19.40) who is owned and trained by James Dunn. It was the 21st lifetime score in only 64 lifetime starts for the 5-year-old daughter of Western Maverick. In the $12,000 distaff co-featured pace, Iced Out (Greg Merton) yielded and early lead before turning a first-over trip at the half into a neck victory in 1:54.3, but only after out-dueling No Shadows (Wally Watson) twice during the last half-mile to get it done. It was the third win of the year for Iced Out ($9.40) who is owned by Little Bapa LLC and is trained by Eric Beach. Drew Campbell had a driving grand slam on Tuesday while Greg Merton hit the circle three times. As a result, Campbell remains in the dash driving lead for the meet with 59 wins on the year, ahead of Merton in second with 55 wins and Shawn Gray who is third with 47 victories. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 14) at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Now's The Moment stole the show during Thursday's (May 31) all-trot card when he captured the $20,000 Highland Light Late Closer trot final at Plainridge Park and set a new track standard in the process. Mike Stevenson left with Now's The Moment and led every step of the way. With the best view, they toured the facility in fractions of :27.2, :58.2 and 1:26 before turning for home. With no challengers in sight, Now's The Moment stretched out to a four-length advantage and won in 1:55.1. The winning time was not only a lifetime mark for Now's The Moment; it was also a new Plainridge Park track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. It was the second consecutive win for Now's The Moment ($2.60) who is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and trained by Mr. Allison Mac Donald. The $20,000 final of the Ralph Waldo Emerson trot final was won by the Massachusetts-bred Pirate, who scored in a sharp off-the-pace finish. Manssive (Ron Cushing) out-left The Lindy Treaty (Shawn Gray) and trotted strong on the lead for three-quarters of a mile until Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) pushed the issue at that station. Pirate (Drew Campbell) who was seventh at the time, tipped three-deep around a stagnant outer flow and was gaining momentum around the far turn. By the head of the stretch Pirate was four-wide and under a full head of steam, eventually engaging and then passing Jericho to win by a length in 1:55.3. It was the third win of the year for Pirate ($27.20) who is owned by Kathy Beaman and Earl Beaman and trained by Ivan Davies. In the $14,000 Winners-Over trot, Buff (Greg Merton) got to the lead past the quarter and was never headed from there. After putting away a challenge from Platoon Seelster (Ron Cushing) by the head of the lane, Buff responded to mild urging from Merton and held off a late rally from Golden Tate (Nick Graffam) to win by one-half length in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. Buff ($4.00) now has four wins this year for owners Bill Reepmeyer LLC, Jackie Rousse Stables LLC, Frank Witz and Jill Witz and trainer Jackie Greene. Greg Merton and Drew Campbell each had three winners on Thursday's card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA---Thursday afternoon in the Commonwealth means an all-trot card at Plainridge Park and today (May 24) was no exception. Highlighted by two late-closer series, favorable weather and a lightning fast track, seven lifetime marks along with two seasonal best efforts were registered during the 10-race program. Two second division legs of the $10,000 Ralph Waldo Emerson late closer series for non-winners of $35,000 in 2017 went in race one and nine and strong performances were turned in by both winners. Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) sat third for a half-mile before pulling out at three-quarters to overpower Dominus Hanover (Greg Merton) and My Little Susie (Drew Campbell) at the wire to win by a length in 1:54 flat, which was a new lifetime mark and the fastest mile of the day. Jericho ($4.40) is owned by Linda Kenney, Robert Kenney and the Di Stefano and Son Stable. John Di Stefano is the trainer. In the second set, Massachusetts-bred and Sire Stake eligible Pirate (Drew Campbell) showed he will be a contender in that series this year after he was parked for a half-mile and still out-battled The Lindy Treaty (Shawn Gray) all the way to the wire to win by a length in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Pirate ($13.60) is owned by Kathy and Earl Beaman; the latter also trains the winner. There were also two, second division legs of the $12,500 Highland Light late closer series for 3 and 4-year-olds who are non-winners of two races or $15,000 lifetime. Those events went in races two and four. Quicksilver Kemp (James Tomaso) rode the pylons fourth avoiding a breaker and two horses parked-out most of the mile to find racing room late and close strong in deep stretch to catch the favored Haulin Banc (Shawn Gray) and win by two in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Overlooked by the betting public and sent off at 17-1, Quicksilver Kemp ($37.80) pulled the upset for owner/trainer Joel Wheeler. The second leg went to Now's The Moment (Mike Stevenson) who took the lead at the quarter and ran off like a loose horse, winning by a wrapped-up five lengths in a lifetime best 1:55.3. Now's The Moment ($2.60) is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and is trained by Allison Mac Donald. In the $12,000 overnight feature trot, Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) turned his back on the competition, going gate to wire by a gapped advantage, eventually winning by a length in 1:54.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Nathaniel ($5.80) is owned by Linwood Higgins and is trained by James Dunn. Drew Campbell visited the track photographer four times on Thursday as he registered the grand slam for the day. Besides winning with the aforementioned Pirate and Nathaniel, Campbell also rang the bell with Angel Assault (1:56.3, $16.40) and Bruizn (1:55.2, $3.80). With his four wins on Thursday, Drew Campbell has vaulted both Greg Merton and Shawn Gray (who were both shut-out Thursday) in the standings to take the dash driving lead at Plainridge Park for the meet. Campbell now has 35 wins while Merton and Gray are tied for second with 33 wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (May 25) with post time at 4 p.m. There is a $4,529 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta wager in race six on Friday. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts        

Plainville, MA---Coming of a season’s best effort, Cherokee Hiflyzane bounced right back to score once more in the $15,000 Winners-Over feature pace at Plainridge Park on an overcast and rainy Monday afternoon (April 30). After tucking fifth off the gate to watch Commondiscourtesy (Drew Campbell) dictate early fractions, Mike Stephenson decided to pull Cherokee Hiflyzane first-over past the three-eighths pole and started motoring up the outside. Once the pair sidled the leader at the three-quarters, Cherokee Hiflyzane took a slight advantage over Commondiscourtesy rounding the last turn, but this race was far from over. Commondiscourtesy fought back and regained the front by the time they hit the stretch. As the tightening group headed down the lane, Campbell and Stephenson were rocking and knocking with their horses near even until Cherokee Hiflyzane swelled up, got the edge and held it across the wire to win by a half-length in 1:53.3 over the wet track rated as “good”. It was the second win in three starts for Cherokee Hiflyzane ($4.40) who is owned by Roger Farrar II and Barrie Farrar, who also trains the winner. Monday also saw the first two $10,000 legs of the Henry David Thoreau late-closer series go postward for non-winners of $35,000 in 2017.   In the first division Manceiver (Steve Nason) tripped out behind Jackson’s Image (Jim Hardy) to gain a late advantage and win by a length in 1:53. Manceiver ($9.40) is owned by Crissy Crissman-Bier and is trained by his driver, Steve Nason. In the second division Mysharona Bluechip (Pat Curtain) led the race from gate to wire, besting his foes by three lengths in his 1:53.3 victory. Mysharona Bluechip ($11.20) is owned by A Piece Of The Action LLC and is trained by Eric Beach. With co-favorites Grand Theft and Kid Courageous A finishing out of the top four, the superfecta combination of 1-6-4-7 returned a whopping $11,998.60 for a $2 wager. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (May 1) with post time set for 4 p.m. Tim Bojarski

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

Scarborough, Maine - August 3, 2017 ... Victory Tax has spent most of his career as a "Friday Night" sort of trotter, racing the best on the circuit and generally being recognized as the esteemed King of the Free For All scene. It was a during a Scarborough Downs harness racing twilight card, on a picture perfect high-summer day though, that the now 11-year-old class-master reached his latest plateau, as the four-time Trotter of the Year recorded the 70th win of his illustrious career with his favorite driver Drew Campbell calling the shots from the sulky. Always tough on the lead and still with plenty of gate speed left in those veteran legs, Victory Tax was hustled quickly to the early advantage before sprinting home under wraps to record the benchmark win timed in a seasonal equaling best clocking of 1:59.2. The son of Victory Sam-Ataxia who is trained by Kimberly Vafiades for owner Kyle Gibbs, crossed over the $350,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the win. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - July 9, 2017 ... Drew Campbell held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (7/9) as the man in the orange and black colors engineered a powerful harness racing performance, impressively driving six winners down Victory Lane. The perennial driving champion at the Downs, Campbell got his day started in high gear by scoring wins in the first two dashes of the day, while returning a ridiculously generous $26.40 Daily Double payoff for a ticket with the name "Campbell" at both ends of the gimmick. Taking a few races off to catch his breath, the hot streak resumed quickly though, as Campbell briskly ran off wins in the next four consecutive contests. Drew Campbell currently sits firmly ensconced in his customary seat atop the Scarborough Downs leaders' board with 69 seasonal wins to his credit following Sunday's six-pack performance. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards (and Drew Campbell) on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

A state court is giving a reprieve to three Maine harness racing horsemen who had been suspended and fined by state regulators over horse doping allegations. In all, the Harness Racing Commission suspended the licenses of seven trainers in Maine for as long as 15 months for administering a substance called cobalt to horses. Their blood was tested after they won races last year. Cobalt is a trace element that can stimulate production of red blood cells and blood-oxygen levels in some animals, but whose role in horse racing is in dispute. Three of the trainers appealed to Superior Court, and late last week Cumberland County Judge Lance Walker stayed the suspensions pending a full trial. Walker cited a lack of scientific evidence or consensus about cobalt’s effects on horse performance. And Bill Childs, a lawyer for two of the trainers, says the judge also cited potential problems with the commission’s rules and notice procedures. “When these cases were prosecuted, there was no rule in effect,” he says. “They took the later adopted rule and tried to retroactively apply it.” Childs says that when trainers Randy Bickmore and Drew Campbell administered cobalt to their horses, they did not actually know whether the substance could enhance a horse’s chance to get to the finish line first. They only knew that it’s a component of vitamin B and might work like some similar human performance enhancers. “They were unsure. We think it benefits the horse. It makes for a better coat on the horse. Vitamin B12 and vitamin B6, both those vitamins have been known to enrich the blood or make a person feel better or make an animal feel better,” Childs says. He says that once the trainers were notified that state regulators considered cobalt to be banned above certain levels, they stopped administering it, and there have been no positive cobalt tests in Maine horses since then. Information collected by a national track veterinarian group called the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium does indicate that in large doses, cobalt can harm equine health, causing profuse sweating and gastrointestinal spasms. And trainers have been penalized in other racing jurisdictions for using cobalt. The chairman of Maine’s Harness Racing Commission, William Varney, says there’s a lot at stake in horse doping cases. “The integrity of racing, the fairness to the other people racing in those areas. And it’s also for the health of the horse,” he says. Varney says the commission is trying to sharpen its oversight of potential horse doping. At its meeting last week the commission authorized staff to begin the process of revising its rules with an eye to making them more transparent, and more effective. The three trainers who challenged their suspensions could be back at the track by Thursday. By Fred Bever Reprinted with permission of Maine Public Broadcasting site.

The Maine State Harness Racing Commission plans on Friday afternoon to release more details about the cases of seven people who have been suspended or fined by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for supplying cobalt to their horses, according to a report by Portland TV station WCSH. The seven are drivers, trainers or owners of horses and some are appealing the rulings, according to the report. The use of cobalt is banned, as it improves endurance, according to a report on racing.com, and can cause severe side effects in horses. Steven Vafiades of Corinth was hit the hardest for penalties, as he has been suspended 450 days and must repay $23,000 in purse money. He also has been fined $2,250. Others who received suspensions of 450 days were Randy Bickmore, Patricia Switzer and Stephen Murchison. Longtime driver Drew Campbell of Scarborough, who has more 3,500 career victories, was suspended for 270 days. He also was fined $1,250 and must repay $2,150 in purse money. Bickmore, Switzer and Murchison were each fined $2,250, and each must repay purse money ranging from $4,000 to almost $11,000. Allison McDonald was ordered to repay $1,250 in purse money, and Frank Hiscock must repay $1,200. The penalties for Bickmore, Campbell, Vafiades and Switzer were apparently handed down by the Maine Harness Racing Commission in February. The commission is part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. A report by harnessracingupdate.com on March 6 said it received a penalty summary for those four people from Henry Jennings, the commission’s acting executive director. Although issues with the use of cobalt in horse racing reportedly surfaced as early as 2013, the misuse of the chemical appears to have increased dramatically during 2015. That is the time frame in which the seven Maine harness racing trainers/drivers were found to have abused the substance in their horses. In April, the New York State Gaming Commission levied what were termed unprecedented penalties against six Standardbred horse trainers who had administered doses of cobalt that were deemed potentially dangerous and performance-enhancing in nature. Those trainers are to be suspended or have their licenses revoked entirely and each has been fined at least $25,000, according to a report in the Daily Racing Forum. The cobalt levels in horses trained by three of the individuals were deemed to be so serious that those individuals will be banned from harness racing for 10 years. The violations involving the six New York trainers occurred at Monticello Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Yonkers Raceway during March 2016. The New York State Gaming Commission also has referred the violations to law enforcement, opening the door for possible animal cruelty charges. According to thoroughbredracing.com, cobalt is a substance that occurs as part of the vitamin B12 complex and is present naturally in horses at low levels. However, it gained attention as a performance enhancer in horses because it stimulates the production of the hormone erythropoietin, which promotes the formation of red blood cells. The result is better endurance and decreased muscle fatigue. However, high doses of cobalt can have major health ramifications for horses. It can produce abnormal sweating, anxiety and trembling. A study by Dr. Mary Scollay, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission equine medical director, found that high doses of cobalt also interfere with the clotting of blood. Reprinted with permission of The Bangor Daily News

Seven people working in Maine harness racing have been suspended or fined by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for supplying cobalt to their horses, according to a report by Portland TV station WCSH. The seven are drivers, trainers or owners of horses and some are appealing the rulings, according to the report. The use of cobalt is banned as it improves endurance, according to a report on racing.com, and can cause severe side effects in horses. Steven Vafiades of Corinth was hit the hardest for penalties as he has been suspended 450 days and must repay $23,000 in purse money. He also has been fined $2,250. Others who received suspensions of 450 days were Randy Bickmore, Patricia Switzer and Stephen Murchison. Longtime driver Drew Campbell of Scarborough, who has more 3,500 career victories, was suspended for 270 days. He also was fined $1,250 and must repay $2,150 in purse money. Bickmore, Switzer and Murchison were each fined $2,250, and each must repay purse money ranging from $4,000 to almost $11,000. Allison McDonald was ordered to repay $1,250 in purse money, and Frank Hiscock must repay $1,200. The penalties for Bickmore, Campbell, Vafiades and Switzer were apparently handed down by the Maine Harness Racing Commission in February. The commission is part of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. A report by harnessracingupdate.com on March 6 said it received a penalty summary for those four people from Henry Jennings, the commission’s acting executive director. Reprinted with permission of The Bangor Daily News 

Drew Campbell held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4-23) as the man in the orange and black colors steered five winners down Victory Lane to grab top harness racing honors in half of the ten races programmed. Campbell, who entered the weekend tied with Eddie Davis, Jr atop the drivers' standings, separated himself from his rival (who went winless) and now tops all contenders with 20 wins on the young state of Maine harness season. Scarborough Downs proudly features live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine (October 24, 2015) - There is something special when you have raced the mare of a harness racing champion and that special feeling was felt by owner Dirk Duncan. Dirk raced French Stepp, the dam of Western Stepp, for many years with the assistance of his wife Sharon. Western Stepp, the daughter of Western Maverick, battled a bit in the beginning but held a little something for the end as she went by favorites Racing For Rick and Ladiesloveoutlaws coming for home. Driver Drew Campbell introduced Western Stepp to her first winners circle picture as she went an impressive 1:58.3. Dr. Denise McNitt interviewed emotional trainer Jim Dunn after the race and it was noted that this was his first finals champion. Dunn said that when this filly wasn't racing well early on that many said that she should be turned out. Dunn consulted his wife and she said that he should continue on and continuing on the filly did. Dunn's owner partnership with Duncan should see some more exciting races as the mare of this filly campaigned for 8 years and recording 45 wins in 155 starts. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Bill Ellis for Scarborough Downs

Harnesslink has verified through the Maine State Harness Racing Commission that a large number of Cobalt positives have been found in race horses, with 12 positives being detected among five different trainers. Maine’s top driver, Drew Campbell and leading trainer, Randy Bickford, are among the leading offenders. “There have been tests that have come back with what would be considered excess levels of Cobalt,” said Henry Jackson, the executive director of the Maine State Harness Racing Commission. “And there was one test that had high levels of EPO. “Only one of the Cobalt cases has been heard by the Commission with a finding,” Jackson said. “That first case involving Stephen Murchison is waiting final review by the Commission. The penalty being imposed by the Commission in that case is for a one year suspension, a $1,000 fine, the return of the purse from the race and the horse has been suspended from racing for 45 days.” Drew Campbell has been notified by the Commission on two excessive levels of Cobalt in horses he trains. Randy Bickford has five Cobalt positives pending, Patricia Switzer had two Cobalt and one EPO positive and Steven Vafiades also had positives. “We are not sure when the hearings will take place on these positives,” Jackson explained, “Three of the trainers have already “lawyered up” so it may take a little time before the Commission hears those cases, maybe by September. “The Maine Harness Racing Commission will continue to test for high levels of Cobalt and EPO,” Jackson said. “This is a dangerous situation for our equine athletes.” By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The week-long harness racing speed show continued at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (6/18) as the track remained lightning fast while the horses and drivers took full advantage of the favorable conditions to put up eye-popping miles to the delight of the fans. Ashlee's Cool Gal became the latest to test the tele-timer on Sunday as the Maine-bred mare blazed around the oval to secure a brand new lifetime Mark of 1:54.2 with driver Drew Campbell calling the shots for trainer Stephen Murchison. The win broke a four-race stretch of runner-up placings for the Randy Tompkins owned Maine-bred and was one of three trips down victory lane for Scarborough's top rated pilot on Sunday. The sterling clocking was the third fastest yet recorded this season at the Downs and fastest by a mare, trailing only Destination Moon N (1:53.4) and Only The Lonely (1:54.1) for top honors on the speed meter. With summer weather heating up, talented horses plying their trade and fans flocking to the stands this year, the party never ends at Scarborough Downs. Live racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. Michael Sweeney

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, April 18, 2015) - Leading driver Drew Campbell wasted precious little time following up on last Sunday's six trips down Scarborough Downs' Victory Lane as the man in the orange and black colors continued to tally victories at a near record clip. On Saturday (4/18) Campbell added to his imposing tally, claiming top honors in five of the eleven dashes carded. Included in the five wins were a couple from Campbell's very own roster as he extended Remix's (1:58.2) win streak to three straight. He then claimed the lion's share of the $6000 Winners Over pace, mounting a determined bid with JJs Jet, to wear down the front-running Mr Nice Guy while stopping the clock in 1:56.4, the third fastest time recorded this season at the Downs. No stranger to the creation of fast miles, Campbell helped spin the fleetest journey of the season earlier on in the card as Ashlee's Cool Gal scored her second consecutive victory timed in 1:55.2, just 2/5th-second off her lifetime best. Campbell's successful day was rounded out with wins behind Check Don's Pulse (1:57.1), the second in a row for the Steve Vafiades trained pacer, and the first seasonal win for Bettor's Night (2:00) who hung tough to survive a late challenge in the finale. The defending driving champion at the Downs, Campbell has now cemented his lead in the early 2015 standings with his 22 seasonal scores nearly doubling those of his closest competitor. Live harness racing is proudly featured at Scarborough Downs every Friday, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinee scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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