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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  

Plainville, MA --- Western Stepp regained the top form she exhibited earlier this year at Plainridge Park as she won the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 4) at the Ridge. Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) flew off the wings and took immediate control of the race, setting fast fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23. She was prompted for most of the mile by Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) who pulled from third at the quarter and then was parked out and relentlessly pursuing the leader for the rest of the mile. Western Stepp had a one length advantage on Shesjustadelight N from the three-quarters to the top of the stretch. But as the race charged towards the wire, Shesjustadelight N continued to grind away at the deficit and was making up ground all the way to the wire. However Western Stepp had enough left and held off that challenge along with a late closing Seventimesavirgin (Mitchell Cushing) to win by a neck in 1:51.4. It was the seventh win of the year for Western Stepp ($9.80) who has now earned $66,305 for owner Diane Dunn and trainer James Dunn. Ron Cushing just missed in the main event on Tuesday but he did capture the $12,000 distaff non-winners of six lifetime co-feature. Cushing drove Gimme Some Lovin ($5.40) who took the lead at the quarter and maintained it all the way to the wire before just getting nosed out by Stonebridge Honey (Nick Graffam). But upon further review, Stonebridge Honey was disqualified and placed second for a pylon violation, thus advancing Gimme Some Lovin to the win spot. Gimme Some Lovin registered her fourth win of the year for owner Anthony Romanelli and trainer Heidi Gibbs. Drew Campbell and Jimmy Whittemore both had driving doubles on Tuesday leading all other drivers for wins. Currently Campbell still has a commanding lead in the dash win derby for the meet with 112 wins, sitting ahead of Greg Merton with 90, Shawn Gray with 84 and Mitchell Cushing with 57. Once again there was no winner of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the last race on Tuesday and as a result, there is a $9,548 carry over pool on Thursday when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Scarborough, Maine - July 26, 2018 ... Some things just were made to stand the test of time, and after 25 years of being held as the gold standard, Hot Rod Falcon's track record of 1:52.4 was beginning to seem like it would never be supplanted. Many horses came - good horses came - tasked with the purpose of etching a new benchmark into the Scarborough Downs record books, but year after year, time after time, all challengers fell short of the goal, as the near-mythical speed legend of Walter Case, Jr and the handsome, white-footed chestnut, refused to be toppled. But then JJs Jet touched down in Saturday's (7/28) $25,000 Mid-Summer Classic and the saga of a new legendary pairing was born. Riding a three-race win streak and fresh off a determined score in Bangor Raceway's Paul Bunyan Invitational, driver Drew Campbell scalded JJs Jet smartly off the car to claim first blood, hitting the 1/4-pole timed in a smart 27.4 before catching a breather to a half timed in a more moderate 57.1. "I wasn't going for a track record today" Drew Campbell explained, "Especially after stealing the first half, my aim was entirely on winning this big $25,000 race. But with my brother (Heath Campbell) and StarzNHeaven breathing right down my neck, I knew it was going to be time to boogie pretty soon." And boogie they did as the pacesetting duo sped through a closing half of 55.2 while furiously driving through a final panel of 27.4 to hold off the stern sibling challenge, en route to establishing the brand new track record by a glorious 1/5th of a second - A tick of the clock that had eluded so many over a span of 25 years. "We've raced JJs Jet for five years now and he always seems to get extremely sharp this time of year" Campbell continued, "He's everything you'd want in a good horse. He can leave, he can close, he loves first up - And for such a big horse, he absolutely thrives on the half-mile tracks here in Maine." "It's a shame there aren't more top class horses here in Maine because we'd love to race him more often in front of the local fans. Thanks go out to the Downs for putting the Mid-Summer Classic back on the calendar this year and thanks also go out to Jody Arnold and the track crew for creating such a great surface for us to race over. The whole day was one big success." JJs Jet, a 9-year-old son of Jereme's Jet-Northern Desire is trained by James Dunn for owner Bruce Maxwell of Saint John, NB, Canada. Saturday's win marked his 49th career winners circle appearance and pushed his lifetime bankroll over the quarter-million-dollar mark. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing throughout the summer season on 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 Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs  

Plainville, MA---There were two harness racing stars at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 12); one was in front of the race bike and one was sitting in it. Massachusetts-bred Muscles Jared made a visit home from his New York base at Vernon Downs and impressed the locals by winning the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature. And sharing the spotlight was reinsman Drew Campbell who drove five winners during the 10-race card. Muscles Jared (Shawn Gray) was a determined leaver and took the front with authority. From there he set moderate fractions to the half before Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) came first-up and tried to push the issue. But as the outside interloper drew near, Muscles Jared switched a gear and trotted up the backstretch in :28 flat. As the race headed into the final turn, Jericho packed it in and Muscles Jared continued on cruise control. He opened up a five-length lead by the head of the stretch and after Gray looked over his shoulder and tucked away his whip, Muscle Jared flew home a wrapped-up winner in 1:54.1, which was only one-fifth off his lifetime mark. His homecoming was also the 11th win in 37 lifetime starts for Muscles Jared ($4.20) who now boasts $380,034 in earnings for his all Massachusetts connections that include owner Al Ross of Dartmouth and trainer George Ducharme, originally of Walpole. North American leading UDR pilot and Plainridge Park top dash driver Drew Campbell was on fire Thursday, winning half of the 10 races on the card. In the eight races he drove in, Campbell won five and was second and third one time each giving him an unbelievable .736 UDR for the day. These numbers clearly illustrate why he leads in both of these categories. Campbell had his picture taken with Prayers Do Matter (1:56.2 LTM, $2.20), Armenian Warrior (1:51.2 LTM, $2.80), Panhellenic (1:53, $13.40), Vodkancaviar (1:55.4, $10.40) and Nathaniel (1:53.4 LTM, $8.00). Campbell now has 96 wins for the meet, 29 ahead of second place Greg Merton. He also maintains his North American UDR lead with a .429 mark to date. There were no winners in the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race today and as a result, there will be a carry-over pool of $8,723 in tomorrow's sixth betting event when live harness racing action resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (July 13) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---They were one class apart and took different paths to victory. But the commonality between Quick Shot and Bet You was they both came up big in the top two featured paces at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 9). In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace driver Drew Campbell reversed his strategy of recent weeks by leaving hard and fast with Quick Shot to take early command of the race. Once on the point, Quick Shot got to the quarter in a blistering :25.1 and had everyone seated. As they headed down the front stretch, Campbell grabbed two handfuls of leather and backed off the second quarter to :30.4, stacking up the trailers and coaxing Moonlight Artist (Jim Hardy) to begin an outer flow. Moonlight Artist continued to advance but as soon as he got within a length of the leader, Campbell let Quick Shot out a notch and he immediately opened up a three-length advantage. Rounding the last turn, Quick Shot was under moderate urging from Campbell and coasted home to a length victory in 1:51.1. It was the seventh win of the year and third top class win in a row at Plainridge Park for Quick Shot ($5.00), who is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by John Bowman. Quick Shot now has $66,860 in earnings for the year. In the $12,000 conditioned pacing secondary feature, Bet You (Eddie Davis Jr.) sat fifth off the pace, watching Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) and Electric Western (Greg Merton) battle it out to the half before following the outside cover of Ace Of Clubs (Shawn Gray) to the head of the stretch where he tipped three-deep and exploded with pace to the wire to win by a length in 1:51. In his first Plainridge start of 2018, Bet You ($13.20) got his third win of the year and came away with a new seasonal mark. Bet You is owned by Scott Dillon and is trained by Joseph Nelson. Plainridge Park defending dash winning driver Greg Merton is not accustomed to going off at 50-1, but that is what happened in race four and Merton made the most of it. Merton maneuvered Mr. Blissful, who had spent the last three weeks racing at Yonkers, from worst at the quarter to first the wire and paid $102.80 for the win. Despite the two favorites finishing second and third, the large win mutual generated bountiful gimmick payouts as well. The 7-5 exacta paid $262.40, 7-5-3 trifecta paid $1,166.40 and the 7-5-3-8 super returned $4,729.80. Eddie Davis Jr. led all drivers for wins on Monday, visiting the track photographer three times. Racing resumes on Tuesday afternoon (July 10) at Plainridge Park with a Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool of $5,210 in the sixth race. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---The epic growth of harness racing in Massachusetts since the introduction of gaming at Plainridge Park in 2015 has produced increased handles and purses, a higher caliber of horse competing and in turn, more reinsmen here to steer them as well. As evidence of that, the current driver colony at Plainridge includes Drew Campbell and Shawn Gray, who are currently the top two leading UDR drivers in North America for drivers with 500 or more starts, along with fast-rising star Mitchell Cushing who is the seventh best on the continent for those with 300 to 499 drives. Drew Campbell is the top UDR driver nationally with a .426 and is also at the top of the win charts at the Plainridge meet with 88 victories in 385 starts and $601,863 in earnings. He's also sporting a .397 UDR and has hit the board 59% of the time. Campbell also is the leading driver at Scarborough Downs where his numbers are equally impressive. There he has 76 wins in 235 starts and $191,227 in purses. He has a UDR of .477 and hits the board at an unbelievable 65% clip. Campbell is on course for a career year for wins and earnings in a career whose annual numbers are already impressive. He currently sits at 4,737 wins and is just short of $13 million in earnings while hitting the board 53% of the time since 1989. Shawn Gray is right behind Campbell nationwide with a .417 UDR and currently sits third in victories at Plainridge with 62 behind Greg Merton (65) who is the defending driving title holder here the past two seasons. Gray has also pocketed $455,966 in purses, hit the board 58% of the time and has a local UDR of .371. Gray splits his time at Buffalo Raceway and is the second winningest driver there with 103 tallies in 301 starts behind Drew Monti (114) who leads the locals in Western New York. At that meet, Gray's UDR is a lofty .483 and he's extracted $511,544 from that track's coffers to date. Like Campbell, Gray is also on track for new personal one-year standards for wins and earnings and is almost certain to get them. For his career to date, Gray has 3,970 wins and just under $15 million in purses. Plainridge's sixth leading dash driver is Mitchell Cushing who ranks seventh in North America for drivers between 300 and 499 starts and is only .010 out of second place in that category. At the Ridge, Cushing has 23 wins in 147 starts, $154,278 in the bank and a UDR of 261. He has hit the board at a 40% clip while sporting a phenomenal 90% return on investment rating that illustrates how many times he's brought the long-price horse back to the winner's enclosure. Cushing also drives at two tracks and is currently second (behind Campbell) at Scarborough Downs with 47 wins, $132,184 in earnings and a UDR of .385. Cushing is only 20-years-old and is a driver whose career is taking off. After racing in Maine and Massachusetts since he was 16, Cushing decided to up the ante and made the move to the Meadowlands this past winter to compete with some of the best in the business. He got his first win on the big stage on March 17 behind Fly'n With Royalty in gate to wire fashion and since returning home to New England, has exhibited skills and patience that have gotten noticeably sharper. As a result, he has become a sought-after catch driver at both tracks. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---With six out of 10 harness racing contests stopping the clock in 1:51 and change today over the lightning fast Plainridge Park oval, it was hard to tell which race was the feature. However Quick Shot and J J S Jet absconded with the bulk of the booty in the top pacing events on Monday afternoon (June 25) while the red-hot Drew Campbell directed both horses to victory. In the top billed $14,000 Winners-Over pace, Mysharona Bluechip (Nick Graffam) took his regular spot on top while Quick Shot settled in third. After speeding to the quarter in :26.2, Graffam slowed the second panel to :29 flat, forcing an outer flow to come and chase that pedestrian split. When Some Attitude (Jim Hardy) led the outside rush, Mysharona Bluechip hit the gas and flew to the three-quarters in 1:22.2 with a :27 panel. This left Quick Shot locked in fifth behind tiring horses and looking like he was out of it. But when they got to the top of the lane, One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) pulled to the outside, leaving the pylon lane open, giving Campbell his chance. He ducked Quick Shot between the cones and Mysharona Bluechip and closed like a bullet to catch the leader at the wire by a nose in 1:51. The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Quick Shot ($4.80) and only two-fifths of a second off his lifetime mark taken at Plainridge Park in 2016. Owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by John Bowman, Quick Shot now has five wins and $51,860 made for 2018. The secondary featured $12,000 conditioned pace hosted a field that contained some horses who already competed in the top class here this year and provided a wide-open event. Even-money fan favorite Hickory Icon (Greg Merton) came in riding a two-race winning streak and went to the front trying to make it three. When no one wanted to challenge heading to the half in :55.1, Campbell pulled J J S Jet from fifth and decided to haul the mail himself. Coming first up, J J S Jet used the back straight and a :27.4 third quarter to draw within a neck of Hickory Icon and then paced with him stride for stride around the final bend. When they straightened out at the head of the lane the classy 9-year-old J J S Jet drew on the heart that won him 44 lifetime starts to date and dug in hard to pace by Hickory Icon in mid-stretch while also fending off a late challenge mounted by Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) to win by a neck in 1:51.3, which was a new seasonal mark and just one-fifth off his lifetime best. J J S Jet ($7.20) scored his 45th lifetime win for owner Bruce Maxwell and trainer James Dunn. The second leg of the "2007 Sox" $10,000 claiming series saw Sb Mike's Hot Beach (Steve Nason) sit the perfect pocket trip behind Grand Gallop Semalu (Drew Campbell) until he pulled at the top of the stretch and paced strongly by the leader to win by a length in 1:51.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Sb Mike's Hot Beach ($9.20) scored his first win for his new owners Nicole Hardy and Archie Mc Neil who purchased him privately on June 15. The seventh race saw a rare occurrence when a double dead heat was registered after the judges viewed the photos. Western Victory (Wally Watson) and BP Diet Food (Mitchell Cushing) tied for third while Commondiscourtesy (Mike Stevenson) and Low Card (Shawn Gray) could not be separated for fifth. It's also interesting to note that Soho Jackman A (Drew Campbell) and BJ's Guy (Nick Graffam) hit the wire a mere nose apart for the win as the six horses crossed the wire in three tight pairs. Drew Campbell led all drivers with a trio of wins on Monday while Steve Nason and Nick Graffam each had a double. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 26) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Western Stepp has been one of the tougher distaff performers at Plainridge Park this year, winning two out of her last four here while finishing second as many times, all in top class competition. However Monday afternoon (June 19) she was in a league of her own as she simply routed her foes in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares on the Ridge's speedy five-eighths mile oval. The race was over when the gate released the ladies because Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) was on top in a flash. From that point on she maintained a gapped advantage over the scratch-shortened field while stopping the clock incrementally at :26.2, :56 and 1:23.1. Western Stepp had easily opened up a six-length lead on her own coming off the far turn and Campbell gave her a line-tap to let her know she was still in a race. She perked her ears, switched her gears and paced strongly into the lane. Campbell glanced over his left shoulder, saw no threat in sight and wrapped up the winner while sitting chilly, crossing the wire in 1:51.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp, eclipsing the 1:52.1 clocking she set just last week. Western Stepp ($6.00) now has five wins and $39,285 made in 2018 for owner/trainer James Dunn. The first division of the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series for fillies and mares was contested on Monday and Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) took an early lead that she would never relinquish en route to winning in 1:53.1. It was the second straight win and a new seasonal mark for Empty Gesture ($3.20) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jeff Lieberman. Drew Campbell had a driving triple on the card while Shawn Gray directed two home himself. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 21) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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

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