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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 www.sominc.net or Plainridge Park at www.plainrdigeparkcasino.com .   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 (www.sominc.net ) or Plainridge Park Casino (www.plainridgeparkcasino.com ).   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 www.Redshores.ca. 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 www.Redshores.ca 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  

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

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