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Scarborough, Maine – March 14, 2018 … Opening Day of the 2018 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs has been postponed as southern Maine continues to dig out and recover from a fierce succession of nor’easters and blizzards, The opening of the season, originally scheduled for March 24th, has now been pushed back one week to Saturday March 31 with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT). Qualifying races scheduled to be held on Saturday March 17 have also been cancelled. “Two major storms with-in the past five days, both loaded with heavy, wet snow have forced the cancellation of pre-meet qualifying races” said Stephen Cobbett, Scarborough Downs Director of Operations, “Without these qualifying sessions it would be impossible to card races for next weekend. Track employees are doing all that is humanly possible to prepare the facility and we are hopeful that Mother Nature will begin to cooperate so that the season can finally get underway next weekend.” Qualifying races have rescheduled for Wednesday (3/21), Saturday (3/24) and Tuesday (3/27) at 10:00 AM. A double draw for the new Opening Weekend will be conducted on Wednesday March 28. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM (EDT) through the month of April. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. Mike Sweeney Director of Publicity Scarborough Downs

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A pair of Maine suitors is trying to lure Amazon to the Pine Tree State, although one of them is using the bidding process to the make the case for the technology giant to build a smaller project and not the second headquarters itself. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and the town of Scarborough are relying on New England's charm, the state's affordable cost of real estate and a litany of incentives. Both have submitted proposals to the retail giant touting coastal Maine as the ideal place to locate. The redevelopment authority's letter states that it sees its proposal as a satellite facility as opposed to a location for the whole project. "We believe that we could support a large satellite facility for the New England region, as well as a research and development site for drone operations," the proposal states. Amazon's request for bids has unleashed a race by governments around North America to see who can make the biggest promises and offer the largest economic incentives to draw a project that promises to create 50,000 new jobs. More than 15 states and cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Las Vegas, refused requests from The Associated Press to release the offers they made to the company. Bidders who refused to release information cited reasons such as confidentiality and "trade secrets." But others, including Maine, were more forthcoming. Scarborough, the other suitor, is a town of about 19,000 just south of Portland, the biggest city in the state. The town's proposal states that Amazon could set up at Scarborough Downs, a venerable horse racing track in town. A local group of investors bought the Downs for a little less than $7 million this month and is planning a large-scale rebuild of the property. Scarborough Economic Development Corporation said in its proposal to Amazon that the new owners, Crossroads Holdings, are open to working with Amazon on developing the 479-acre site. Scarborough is touting the location as ideal for Amazon because of the popularity and affordability of nearby Portland with workers. But it's also proposing use of a state business equipment tax exemption, which provides 100 percent property tax exemption for eligible properties. "With Scarborough you will find a progressive community receptive to a transformative project," wrote Tom Hall, Scarborough's town manager, in the proposal. The redevelopment authority's proposal would bring company facilities to Brunswick, a coastal city of about 20,000 that is home to Bowdoin College. The authority was created by the Maine Legislature to convert the closed Naval Air Station Brunswick to new uses. The proposal hinges on the concept of Amazon anchoring the former station as a high tech business complex. The proposal boasts that Amazon would be within 50 miles of two-thirds of Maine's workforce and could get its non-locally produced power from 100 percent renewable energy sources. It notes Amazon employees could take advantage of world-class skiing, beaches and an emerging food scene. The proposal also states that a Maine Department of Economic and Community Development "business assistance package" would have "no legislative hold ups" and include some $200 million in incentives. The AP also sought details on how much states and cities spent to create their bids and then promote them. Both bidders said they prepared their materials using existing staff resources and did not incur outside costs. Officials with both said they haven't heard back from the company. Patrick Whittle Reprinted with permission of NewsTime

One of southern Maine's largest parcels of centrally located undeveloped land has officially changed hands, with immediate plans to invest $20 million in infrastructure upgrades.  Scarborough Downs has been sold to two Scarborough families for $6.7 million. The deal was first announced in December. The 500-acre property at Scarborough Downs was purchased by two sets of brothers — William, Marc and Rocco Risbara III, of Risbara Bros., and Peter and Richard Michaud, formerly of Michaud Distributors — under the business name of Crossroads Holdings LLC. "This is a defining moment in Scarborough's history," Rocco Risbara said in a news release. "We look forward to creating something that brings people together, creates economic growth and builds a sense of hometown pride." The harness racing business has also been sold to Crossroads Holdings LLC for an undisclosed sum. The Scarborough Downs track will remain open and will continue to be operated by the Terry family, the sellers, as it has for 38 years. The 60-plus employees at Scarborough Downs will retain their jobs. Crossroads Holdings LLC expects to invest about $20 million to make infrastructure improvements to get the land for development, according to the news release. Zoning on the property allows a wide range of uses, including the creation of a town center, mixed housing, active recreation and entertainment, as well as retail, commercial and industrial use. New owners partnering with others in redevelopment planning Crossroads Holdings LLC is working with Scarborough's former town planner, Dan Bacon, who is now at South Portland-based Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers Inc. It also retained Jim Damicis from Camoin Associates to conduct market research that will determine cost benefits to the town and to assess the positive economic impact that the project will have on the local and regional economies. Crossroads Holdings also is working with commercial real estate partner, Drew Sigfridson, of CBRE/The Boulos Co. for sales, leasing and marketing for the mixed-use property. Reprinted with permission of MaineBiz

The sale of the struggling harness racing racetrack Scarborough Downs, and its 500 acres of land, is now complete. That’s according to Crossroads Holdings — managed by two sets of local brothers, William, Marc and Rocco Risbara III, of Risbara Bros., and Peter and Richard Michaud, formerly of Michaud Distributors — which closed on the land and existing buildings last week for $6.7 million. “This is a defining moment in Scarborough’s history,” Rocco Risbara said in a statement. “We look forward to creating something that brings people together, creates economic growth and builds a sense of hometown pride.” Scarborough Downs harness racing business also has been sold to Crossroads, though the company is not disclosing the purchase price for that piece. Crossroads said the longtime operators of the facility, the Terry family, will continue to run it, and retain the track’s 60 employees. Crossroads officials said they plan to invest more than $20 million in infrastructure improvements as part of a vision for the property that includes a town center with retail and commercial opportunities, along with mixed housing and other facilities. A public meeting with Scarborough’s planning board on the proposal is scheduled for Monday. Reprinted with permission of The Bangor Daily News  

Scarborough, Maine - December 8, 2017 ... The curtain will fall on the 2017 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs with the final two performances of the year slated for Saturday and Sunday this weekend, but before the horses retire to the comfort of their winter stables, the members of the Maine Amateur Drivers' Club (MADC) will make one more charitable splash at the raceway on Saturday (12/9). The MADC hold races on a weekly basis at Scarborough Downs and bankroll their driving commissions in a fund dedicated to philanthropic donations. With the Christmas season fast approaching, the members of the MADC felt that Toys For Tots would be the logical beneficiary for their final 2017 disbursement of funds. "Toys For Tots and the United States Marine Corps have a long history of bringing holiday cheer to children all across the United States and have been extremely active for years here in the state of Maine" said MADC president, Omer Burke, "The members of our club are delighted to be able to contribute $1750 toward helping their organization ensure that less fortunate children in the community experience a happy Christmas." Major Thomas R. Wallin, Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines will be at the Downs to accept the donation following the third race of Saturday's program. Major Wallin is the senior ranking active duty officer in the state of Maine. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 PM during closing weekend. The 2018 harness racing season is scheduled to commence on March 24. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

SCARBOROUGH — A group of well-known local business owners Thursday confirmed they have a contract to purchase the 480-acre harness racing Scarborough Downs property. The sale to Cross Roads Holdings, which was first revealed in October, is not expected to be finalized until early January. What was not revealed until Thursday is that the principals of Cross Roads are the owners of Risbara Bros. Construction, longtime developers in southern Maine, and Peter and Richard Michaud, former owners of Michaud Distributors. All have deep roots in Scarborough. In a press release, Rocco Risbara III said, “We care about our town’s future and it (will) be a privilege for us to develop this land.” Few details were available about possible redevelopment plans for the Downs. But the partners said they expect it to be a long-term project, and plan to keep the historic race track open, at least for now. As part of the agreement, Cross Roads Holdings will lease the track back to its current owners and, in the process, preserve more than 60 track jobs. “For years, we sought after prospective buyers that were connected to the community and willing to work toward the preservation of our heritage,” Scarborough Downs owner Denise Terry said in the press release. “The Risbara and Michaud families present a perfect match (and) our family and employees are excited to work with (such) respected, local business owners,” Terry said. Scarborough Downs has hosted harness races since 1950. It also offers off-track betting and holds various special events throughout the year. The Downs has long sought to be allowed to offer other forms of gambling, but a series of referendums that would have allowed slot machines were all defeated. Last spring, Thom Powers led a group of Massachusetts-based developers that specialize in distressed properties and mixed-use projects in a bid to buy Scarborough Downs. That deal fell through, leaving the way open for the Risbaras and Michauds. No purchase price was announced, but according to published reports, Downs owner Sharon Terry had previously asked $7.5 million for the property, which includes a grandstand and clubhouse, barns, half-mile racetrack and outlying land. In speaking of the team behind Cross Roads Holdings, Scarborough Town Manager Tom Hall said it “has a great track record and I’m confident that they will have Scarborough’s best interest in mind as they redevelop this property.” The town is developing a new Comprehensive Plan and redevelopment of the Downs property is a top priority, Hall added. The town’s Long Range Planning Committee was scheduled to have an initial meeting with Cross Roads Holdings on Friday morning, after The Forecaster’s deadline. At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, Hall called the presentation to the Long Range Planning Committee “the first step in the creation of a master plan” for the Scarborough Downs property. On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the team of developers said it’s their intent to make the master planning process inclusive and open, and they want to get input from residents and town officials. In 2013, Scarborough approved a new development zone for the Downs property, which allows several different uses, from residential to commercial to municipal. “Cross Roads Holding will work collaboratively with the town, residents and end-users to determine the most successful and desirable ways to develop the large portion of land in the center of town,” the press release said. Meanwhile, Scarborough Downs is still part of a long-shot bid by the town to get Amazon’s new headquarters. Amazon, based in Seattle, asked municipalities or regions to submit proposals to build a second headquarters, known as HQ2, that would eventually employ 50,000 workers. Cross Roads Holdings “is currently performing inspections and surveying the land as part of the due diligence process,” the press release said. “When that work is complete, the (sale of the) property will close.” In an introduction letter to the Long Range Planning Committee, the consultant for Cross Roads Holdings, Gorrill Palmer, said it would “be a long-term development project with a 15- to 30-year build out.” The phased development is designed “to incrementally deliver a return on investment, capitalize on market demand and steadily build out a diverse, mixed-use community,” the letter said. By Kate Irish Collins  Reprinted with permission The Forecaster

Scarborough, Maine - November 26, 2017 ... For the 11th consecutive season, a special retirement ceremony was held at Scarborough Downs to celebrate the careers of the grand 14-year-olds who have graced our racetrack over the years. This year, 12 such veteran campaigners were feted, including Ariel, Art's Sake, Chilli NZ (300 starts, 56 wins, 35 seconds, 40 thirds, $466,940) , Cactus Creek, Corky Baran, Devil's Embrace N, (270 starts, 35 wins, 37 seconds, 33 thirds, $257,315) Dreamluck, Fulla Fire, Keystone Stately, Longshaw Hanover, Mcpfast Bluegrass and Super Sydney C. Combined, this grouping has won 466 races and earned over $3.8-million during their careers, while providing countless thrills to their owners, drivers, trainers and grooms. Today, they reclaimed the limelight while visiting the winner's circle one final time to the delight and applause of their adoring fans. What an amazing day to be at the races! Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 19, 2017 ... Walter Case Jr., the legendary harness racing driver and state of Maine native, will return to action at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (10/21), nearly eight years removed from his last start in the sulky. He is listed to drive in all eleven races on the afternoon program which will get underway at 1:30 PM (EDT). The best place to witness Case's historic return will be live at the track, but the program will also be simulcast through the Maine OTB network and nationally through the wagering platform, Day At The Track, who is the exclusive provider of the Scarborough Downs live video stream. Case, the eighth leading driver in the history of the sport with 11,038 career wins received a provisional driving license from the Maine Harness Racing Commission last week setting the stage for his return to racing in Maine. Case, who has not raced anywhere since 2008, was grateful for the opportunity to rekindle his career remarking, "Maine is my home. It's where my career started, and I'm looking forward to coming back and competing again." For the last nine years, Case has lived a relatively quiet life, training horses with his wife in Ohio. His racing career all but ended in 2004 when he was convicted of assault and ended up serving four years in prison. Until now, he had been kept out of the sport by licensing authorities. "Everyone deserves a second chance," Case's attorney Evan Fisher said. "The commission's decision is not only good for Walter, but it's good for the sport and good for Maine's harness racing industry." Casey's prowess on the track remains vivid in the minds of longtime harness fans but his return should prove enlightening to younger patrons of the sport who may only be familiar with Case through archives and record books. "How to explain Casey to people who never saw him drive a horse" mused trainer Adam Gray, "The man could make horses do things that even the horse didn't know was possible. He got speed out of horses like no other driver could do. The man had a gift, and now we get a chance to see him try to do it all over again. Casey's return will be a huge boost to harness racing in Maine." "We are happy for Walter and pleased that he will be appearing at the Downs this weekend" said Denise Terry, vice president at Scarborough Downs. "He has always been an integral part of the Maine harness racing industry and a generous supporter of this track and we believe its time to allow him his chance at redemption. The reaction to the news of his return has been overwhelmingly positive and we are expecting a big day at the races on Saturday." Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - October 14, 2017 ... A large and enthusiastic crowd lined the raceway on Saturday (10/14) as the harness racing finals of Maine Sire Stakes program were contested on a picture perfect mid-autumn afternoon at Scarborough Downs, for total purses in excess of $370,000. Like the day itself, the major headlines going into the finals belonged to Pembroke Perfect as the three-year-old wunderkind put her twelve race seasonal undefeated streak firmly on the line The headlines following the day of competition still belonged to Pembroke Perfect as the powerhouse pacer cruised to the filly championship in an unhurried 1:57 front-running romp, and capped off an extraordinary day that would see her connections secure three of the four divisional championships. The daughter of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch grabbed the lion's share of the $86,183 purse while pushing her seasonal bankroll over the $100,000 plateau and her career tally in excess of $163,000 - All monies earned while racing exclusively in Maine. Driven by Heath Campbell for trainer Valerie Grondin, the filly scored her 21st career win from 23 lifetime starts, much to the delight of co-owners William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Lynne-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. Ms. Plouffe was also the filly's breeder. "Bill and I have owned a few together in recent years and have enjoyed quite a bit of success in our partnership" Lynne-Marie Plouffe remarked. "By the time the foals are weaned we generally make our decision on which ones to keep. Bill wants more horses than I can afford but we jump in together on a few. We picked one out this year. He's a full brother to Pembroke Perfect. Hopefully we get just as lucky with him." Spoxy's Girl (N. Graffam) finished second while Persephonie (D. Ingraham) was third. Prince Of The Forest capped off a brilliant late summer run on Saturday as the son of Baron Biltmore-Barbra Ann coasted gate to wire timed in 1:58.2, to claim top honors in the $85,928 colt pacing division. The win was the seventh consecutive score for the Kevin Switzer trained and driven combatant; extending a streak that began at the Downs back on August 27th, and also represented the colt's 15th career victory lap. "We got lucky to develop a colt as nice as this one" Kevin Switzer said, "It's a strong sire stakes program here in Maine. Well, we've kind of slacked off on the breeding part; we need more mares bred; but its a long program with many legs raced over lots of different tracks for good purses." "You've got to keep your horse strong over a long season to be effective and the crew at the stable did just that. He battled a sore foot this week, they went right to work on him, and he responded to their TLC. Sometimes harness racing really is a team sport." "He's out of the stakes champion Barbra Ann who we also bred and raced" added co-owner Denise Mcnitt, "I swore I'd never breed a double Maine-bred but I did ... And he's awesome!" Prince Of The Forest was bred by and owned in partnership by KDK Standarbreds of Harrington, Delaware and co-owned by Anthony Sivik, Jr of Orono, Maine. Silver Chrome (N. Graffam) was second while Mic Woodrow (D. Campbell) finished third. Pembroke Conifer entered the $86,172 filly trotting final off an extremely light race schedule which saw the daughter of Noble Venture-Wild Pine Princess head to the post only three times prior to the biggest engagement of her career. The strategy proved spot on though as the filly responded to driver Heath Campbell's cajoling, executing a flawless front end strategy, and stopping the clock victoriously timed in 2:04. "I knew it was time to cut her loose" driver Heath Campbell remarked, "She had a couple of tighteners under belt and she was ready. It was a long bumpy road with this filly this year but the cream rose to the top today." Pembroke Conifer is trained by Valerie Grondin for the ownership partnership of William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, Maine. The filly was also bred by Ms. Plouffe. Noble One (I. Davies) finished second while Breezin (K. Ireland) secured third. Pembroke Morgan overcame a close examination of the photo-finish print to post the narrowest of margins in the $86,156 colt trotting final, after closing gamely in the lane to track down a determined Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) by mere whiskers at the wire. Heath Campbell claimed one of his three sire stakes scores by strategically gaining ground in small increments. During three distinct portions of the race, he launched a swoop and tuck strategy, which proved masterfully brilliant in the end, with the clock proclaiming the winning time of 2:00.1. Happy Hooligan just fell short in second while Prydwen (I. Davies) got up for third. When asked about Pembroke Morgan's powerful closing kick, Campbell modestly and proudly replied, "He's a pretty good horse, huh?" And when complimented on his aggressive driving strategy he responded with a grin and his usual wry sense of humor, "Yeah, that was a pretty good drive too, huh?" Good enough on both counts for trainer Valerie Grondin to claim three sire stakes championships on the day for owner/breeder William Varney. And certainly good enough for the Grondin, Campbell and Varney combination to cement their standing as one of the most effective sire stakes combinations in the history of Maine's state-bred program. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - October 12, 2017 ... Scarborough Downs will kick off its fall harness racing meet in high gear on Saturday (10/14) as the folks at the seaside oval once again play host to the championship round of the three-year-old division of the Maine Sire Stakes program. Over $370,000 in purse money will be on the line as the top state-bred trotters and pacers square off in epic fashion, vying for bragging rights, on what will be the richest day in state of Maine harness racing this year. Four divisional Sire Stakes Finals will be interspersed among the eleven-race program but the undisputed star of the day will be the aptly named pacer, Pembroke Perfect, who will be putting her season-long undefeated streak on the line while attempting to score her thirteenth win of the year in the $86,183 filly pacing division. Owned in partnership by William Varney of Bangor, ME and Lynn-Marie Plouffe of Saco, ME, the prolific filly will bid to add the sophomore championship trophy to the two-year-old hardware she earned last season as she matches strides against an accomplished field from post number four in the ninth race of the afternoon card. The imposing filly will score as the even-money morning line favorite as regular driver Heath Campbell once again gets the nod from trainer Valerie Grondin. While all eyes will rightly be on Pembroke Perfect, the other divisions are headlined by feature players in their own right. - Princeoftheforest has been installed as the even-money favorite in the $85,928 colt pacing division as the Kevin Switzer driven and trained gelding rides a dominating six-race win streak into battle on Saturday; - Knella Bella boasts a nifty three-race win streak of her own while shouldering the pressure of being made the 7-5 morning line choice in the $86,172 filly trotting division. Mark Athearn will drive for trainer Gretchen Athearn, - The mutuel entry of Fox Cast (Gary Mosher) and King Cast (Mark Athearn) has been named the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $86,156 colt trotting final after combining to win nine races this season for Hall of Fame trainer, Donald Richards. First post for Maine Sire Stakes Championship performance will be at 1:30 PM and as always, admission is free at family friendly confines of the Downs. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM throughout the fall season, with closing day of the 2017 meet scheduled for December 10th. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - September 9, 2017 ... The three-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored a late summer twilight harness racing card at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/9) with the track record setting performance of Lets Get It On stealing the headlines away from his fellow state-breds. Lets Get It All pieced together yet another dominating performance on Saturday, easily taking top honors in the first of two $10,003 sophomore colt trotting splits, easily outdistancing the competition, while laying claim to his 7th seasonal win, timed in a lifetime equaling 1:59.1. That clocking was more than adequate enough to establishing a brand new divisional trotting record, supplanting the previous benchmark of 2:00 set by another Maine-bred, Noble Yaz, during the summer of 2016. Now ensconced in the record books, the three-year-old son of Noble Venture-Bimmelibim was once again deftly driven by Ron Cushing for trainer Heidi Gibbs and the ownership group of Lucia Les, Kenneth Clairmont and Ron Cushing. Happy Hooligan (N. Graffam) was second while King Cast (M. Athearn) finished third. Top honors in the $10,003 second division went to Bruzin, who pieced together a faultless effort while fully capitalizing on the missteps of others as the Kim Ireland driven and trained entry stepped to a lifetime best 2:01.3 clocking. The son of Musclini-Perpetual Notion laid claim to the early lead which quickly extended out to a margin of three lengths as three of the five starters rolled off stride before reaching the 1/8th pole. With the competition unable to make-up the spotted distance, Bruizn confidently marched first to the wire, while notching his 5th career victory for owners Dennis and Deborah Foss. Pembroke Morgan (H. Campbell) overcame his early bobble to finish second while post time favorite Fox Cast (Wallace Watson) never really found his best stride on Saturday and settled for third. Competition in the sophomore filly division has become rather a wide open matter since the recent sidelining of early season top point earner Fuzzy Sweater, and with just 4 weeks remaining until the $75,000 (+) final, the trotter able to gain the most late season momentum might well hold the upper hand. Noble One is certainly stating her case as the most "right now" trotter as she scored her second win in a row on Saturday, trotting to a new lifetime speed record of 2:02.3, with driver/trainer Ivan Davies calling the shots from the sulky. Owned by Douglas Hutchins, the daughter of Noble Venture-Demeter claimed her customary front end seat in the early going before coasting to her third win of the season, while claiming the lion's share of the $10,322 purse offering and simultaneously taking over first place in the seasonal point standings. Knella Bella (M. Athearn) mounted an extended overland campaign to finish a determined second, while Just Like Linda (D. Campbell) parlayed the pocket journey to a third best showing. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (9/10) as the three-year-old colt pacers will take center stage, on what will be the closing day of the 2017 summer season at the seaside oval. Scarborough Downs' fall meet will commence on October 14 with racing featured on a Saturday and Sunday schedule with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT). For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - September 2, 2017 ... State-breds were back in action at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/2) as the three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored a well-received twilight card at the harness racing seaside oval. Divided into twin five-horse splits, the victors spun decidedly disparate diatribes as the dust settled; one filly winning for the very first time this season while the other extended her sophomore undefeated streak to eight consecutive scores. The headliner of the year in state of Maine circles remains Pembroke Perfect, a prolific powerhouse who has bravely pieced together a remarkable eight for eight win record, while rampaging through her three-year-old season. More astounding than her current unblemished seasonal record perhaps, is the realization that the daughter of Western Maverick- Perfect Launch has not tasted defeat since July 2, 2016; boasting a win streak that now consists of 14 consecutive victory laps. Regular pilot, Heath Campbell, sat chilly off the gate, idling in the outer flow as the field straightened up the backstretch, before powerfully pouncing to the lead as the quarter pole came into view. From that point on the deal was sealed, with the perfect lass coasting, unchallenged, to a brand new lifetime speed record of 1:57 flat, while claiming the lion's share of the $9391 purse offering. Pembroke Perfect is trained by Valerie Grondin for owners William Varney and Lynn-Marie Plouffe. Persephonie (D. Campbell) sat second throughout the mile and finished in that position while Arabella (N. Graffam) utilized a similar strategy to grab the show dough. Spoxys Girl presented the fans with a slight upset proposition in the other $9393 sire stakes split, as the daughter of Neutralize-Royal Ribbons grabbed the early lead at 3-1 odds, put the entire field in line before reaching the quarter pole, and then withstood a solid stretch challenge from the 1-5 favored Meadows Rosebud;. She stopped the clock timed in 1:59.1 en route to notching the first win of her 2017 season. Pilot Nick Graffam confidently secured the first of his three driving wins on Saturday while sulky sitting for his dad, trainer Mike Graffam, and the ownership group of the Ben Bill & Will Stable of Carmel, Maine. Meadows Rosebud (E. Davis, Jr) settled for the runner-up's share while Poocham Princess (H. Campbell) stayed flat for the first time in three appearances while posting a strong rally for third. Maine Sire Stakes action returns to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (9/9) as the three-year-old trotting classes will take center stage. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs  

Scarborough, Maine - August 27, 2017 ... The three-year-old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8/27), fully rested off their Union Fair bye week, and fully ready to reengage following that helpful respite. The class, now reduced to a gathering of five harness racing pacers, with 1-1/2 months still left in the sophomore season, took to the trenches to match strides for the $10,103 stakes purse offering. Racing perhaps with a target on his back, the undefeated Alittlebithiphop brought his unblemished eight for eight seasonal record to the raceway and as befits a strong probable favorite, the anticipated short price was heartily accepted by the fans at the windows; the colt promptly made the 1-5 post time favorite. Never one to shy from a challenge though, driver Kevin Switzer, who had his pacer, Princeoftheforest, geared up for a big effort on Sunday, blasted the state-bred off the gate, easily gained the early lead, and forced his undefeated foe to sit an unfamiliar third in the early portions of the mile. The strategy proved masterfully useful as Switzer and his steed set speedy, uncontested fractions while Alittlebithiphop struggled to close ground in an unaccustomed first over attack. Princeoftheforest, the 2016 freshman stakes champion, secured his first win of the current season by an imposing 7-1/2 length margin, romping to victory in a zippy 1:56.3. The son of Baron Biltmore-Barbra Ann is trained and driven by Kevin Switzer for the ownership group of KDK Standardbreds of Harrington, DE and Anthony Sivik, Jr of Orono, ME. Alittlebithiphop (E. Davis, Jr) rallied to secure the runner-up placing while Mic Woodrow (M. Graffam) finished third. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing on Saturday at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - August 20, 2017 ... The two-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their fourth and final appearance of the 2017 season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8/20); the harness racing freshman leaving town on a high note with one even etching his name on the wall of honor as a divisional track record holders. He'salilbitnoble scored his fourth career win during the $10,272 colt division on Sunday, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 2:02.3 which equaled Scarborough's divisional track record which was established in 2008 by another Maine-bred, Bad Boy Billy. With all the colt's wins featuring a front end trip, driver Mark Athearn promptly steered his charge onto the early lead. The dashing duo quickly benefited as 4 of the 7 combatants rolled off stride before reaching the 1/8th pole, and the rest of the mile was mere child's play for the son of Nobel Venture-Litany Hanover. He'salilbitnoble is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher), one of the three trotters to not make a break finished second while Go Full Throttle (K. Ireland) benefited from a fault-free trip to grab third. Team Athearn then doubled their stakes pleasure as another member of their roster, Wild Bandita took top honors in one of two $9976 filly divisions on the program. Just as the front end seat worked magic for her track record holding stable-mate, the strategy proved equally faultless for Wild Bandita as driver Mark Athearn cut the mile and navigated the course, in a lifetime best 2:06.1 clocking en route to securing the filly's third career win. The daughter of Boy Band-Wild Pine is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner Michael Andrew. American Flambe (M. Cushing) kept her perfect on-the-board ratio intact with a solid runner-up placing while June Carter Cast (G. Mosher) survived multiple breaks to finish third. Pembroke Dancer continued her display dominance on Sunday, effortlessly securing her fifth consecutive victory in a lifetime best 2:05.2 clocking in the other filly division. Driver Heath Campbell confidently steered the CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter filly to the early lead and then commenced to toy with the field, ultimately with no one coming within two lengths of the pacesetter throughout the mile. The remarkable filly, trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney, claimed the lion's share of the $9977 purse, increasing her career bankroll to 29,872. Sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) finished second while Dualpatwitchywoman (M. Athearn) was third. 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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

Scarborough, Maine - August 10, 2017 ... The two-year-old colt pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made it's second local appearance of the season during the Thursday (8/10) twilight harness racing card at Scarborough Downs. Eleven pacers were split into two compact groupings, and everything went exactly according to Hoyle as the final results perfectly mirrored expectations, especially for the ownership tandem of Florence O'Keefe and KDK Standarbreds, whose partnership teamed up to claim top honors in both stakes contests. Luceman entered the day pegged as one of the top contenders in the freshman pacing division, and as such, appeared to race with a target on his back as the gate sprung closed in the first $9837 stakes split. Leaving from the extreme outside post (5 in the 5 horse field) the Gary Mosher driven colt was strung three deep all the way to the quarter pole marker before finally gaining the lead through a surprisingly tepid clocking of 29.1. Despite the best efforts at softening up the son of Western Maverick-Perfect Launch, it was Luceman laughing all the way to the bank after shaking his tormentors and cruising to an open-length margin timed in 2:00.1; his 4th victory from 7 lifetime starts. Luceman is trained by Gordon Corey for the ownership team of Florence O'Keefe and the KDK Standardbreds. Twelve (E. Davis Jr) recovered from a break behind the gate to rally into the runner-up placing while Shotgun Called It (D. Campbell) parlayed an aggressive first over strategy into the first on-the-board finish of his career. Hoppi continued to build upon his reputation as the premiere sire stakes star of the 2017 two-year-old set, as the freshman phenom remained perfect at the raceway, extending his undefeated streak to six unblemished scores, in the second $10,013 stakes split. Ron Cushing, making his third consecutive appearance in the driver's seat behind the son of Western Maverick-Barbra Ann, promptly gunned the pacer to a contested quarter, timed in 28.2, before throttling down the engines and cruising to an in-hand 2:00.2 clocking at the wire. Hoppi is trained by Kevin Switzer for the ownership team of KDK Standardbreds and Florence O'Keefe Thankyouallmyfans (E.Davis, Jr) gave his all through a robust stretch drive, before settling for the runner-up placing while Mr Blakely (D. Campbell) scored the show. 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 or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

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