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Memorable Shots from 2013

Driver Shawn Thayer scored his 1,000th career driving win at The Downs on a muddy Saturday (12/7) aboard ITSALLABOUTMIKE. Congratulations!! Photo by Michael Newman.

Milestones

Driver Shane Taggart hit his 1400th career driving win on Saturday (11/30) aboard HAVERFORD HANOVER, trained by Tommy Richardson, who just surpassed the half-million dollar mark in career earnings! After today's win, the 9-year-old son of The Panderosa has earned a total bankroll of $500,125! Amazing! Congratulations to both horse and driver! Photo by Michael Newman.

Young Guns on Top at The Downs

Twenty-one-year-old Dan Deslandes scored five victories on Sunday's program, vaulting him into second place in the drivers’ standings. Dan's 5th win came with KIMMIE CAM in the $7,000 Fillies & Mares Free-For-All (pictured). Not to be outdone, driver Steve Nason had four wins on the program - both had a great weekend! Congratulations guys! Read the release. Photo by Derek Davis.

Before the sun came out, it was a muddy day at The Downs on Friday (11/1), but that didn't stop driver Drew Campbell from scoring FOUR driving wins on the nine-race program. Pictured, Dan Deslandes (left) with GRAFFAM GIRL races to catch up with Campbell and FOOL BEWITCH U for an exciting finish in Race 3. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

David Ingraham - Mr. 6500!

Congratulations to David Ingraham, for hitting career driving win #6,500 -- a huge milestone -- on Sunday at the Downs! David heads down to Pompano next weekend so we were thrilled he received the win here in his home state of Maine! Read the press release. Photo by Michael Newman.

Andy Harrington - Driving Win #100!

Real Horses Wear Pink!

Drive for the Cure Weekend, October 26 & 27, 2013.

Sire Stakes Champions

Three-year-old Obrigado (with driver Heath Campbell) was crowned Champion of the Maine-bred colt trotters on Saturday as the Maine Sire Stakes Championship Finals were contested at Scarborough Downs. Read the press release. Photo by Derek Davis.

Maine Cast fullfills wish

Sunday, Sept. 8: Driver Mike Cushing and MAINE CAST were the winners of the $52,334 Colt Trotting final. Here Cushing raises his whip to his late father,Rick Cushing, and gives a moving speech in the Winner's Circle. Click here to read the full press release. Photo by Michael Newman.

Steve Nason - Career Driving Win #500

CCC Seizes Another Stakes Win at Scarborough

Aaron Hall

Congratulations to 19-year-old driver Aaron Hall, above, with pacer FULLA FIRE for their big win in the Maine Amateur Driving Club competition at Scarborough Downs on Saturday. This was Hall's first win of the season! Time for the mile: 1:58 flat. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

Driver Mark Athearn - Win #500!

The King Drives for the Kids

Driver Kevin Switzer and members of the Harness Racing community presented a check to Make A Wish Maine on Saturday, 7/6 for “The King Drives for The Kids” fundraiser. During the month of June, Switzer donated his earnings for drives at Scarborough Downs, Bangor Raceway and Plainridge to the organization. Trainers Dana Childs, Tommy Richardson, Jon Chenard, and members of the Maine Amateur Driving Club joined in, along with horse owners and customers, making for a grand total of $6,165.40 – enough to grant one wish to a child with a life-threatening illness.  “That makes me very, very happy,” said Switzer. Photo by Derek Davis.

May 17: Congratulations to Preakness 138 winner, OXBOW!

Derby Day Do-Gooders

Derby Day! Driver Bo Sowers played the leading role on the raceway Saturday, winning two of the three divisions of the Maine Amateur Drivers Club competition; these races all named the Boston Strong Pace. Photo by Michael Newman

May 4: ORB wins the 139th Kentucky Derby!

Horsemen Give Back to the Horses

Members of the Maine Amateur Driving Club presented a check for $1,985 to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals on Opening Day at Scarborough Downs.  From left to right: Bo Sowers, Ryan Abel, Meris Bickford and Adam Gray. Photo by Derek Davis.

Armbro Brando: First Winner of the 2013 Season!

Memorable Shots from 2012

Drivers from the 2012 CKG Billings Harness Driving Series - Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Scarborough Downs

Scenes from 2011

 

Adorable six-year-old Irving Crews of Nova Scotia stopped by The Downs with his family on Thursday while vacationing on Old Orchard Beach, to watch long-time friend, Heath Campbell, drive in a few races. Irving's jersey sports the Campbell colors of orange and black! Photo by Michael Newman.

Maeve is a record breaker for 2011

Campbell in the Sulky

Driver Drew Campbell had a great day on Friday, winning 4 big races on the day's 8 race program! Campbell's having a great season, ranking second on the leaders board and inching his way up the ranks with every race day! Photo by Derek Davis.

Scenes from 2010

Sept. 2nd: Iza Bella, the 2-year-old daughter of Boy Band/Malimony, owned by Michael Andrew of Gorham, Maine, set a new track record on Thursday (with Ivan Davies) as the fastest 2-year-old filly to ever race at the Downs, the mile timed in 2:03. The previous record was set by another Maine-bred, Hi There Lady (Gordon Corey) in 2001. Wow! Other stakes winners on Thursday included Katahdin Gossip (Gary Hall), Cyber Cast (Mark Athearn), and Cranmeadow Express (Paul Battis), who remains undefeated in stakes company this year, claiming his 9th consecutive win. Congratulations to all! Photo by Derek Davis.

August 29th: The summer of speed continues at The Downs as Katahdin Boy becomes the fastest 3-year-old colt in the 60-year history of Scarborough Downs. The sophomore son of Computer Scooter, ably piloted by leading driver Shawn Gray, made every pole a winning one in his record-breaking circumnavigation of Scarborough’s historic half mile oval on Sunday (8/29) timed in 1:56 flat; thereby shaving 3/5 of a second off the longstanding benchmark established by LLYR during the 2006 season. Congratulations! Read the release. Photo by Derek Davis.

"The Queen has taken back her throne!" Shady Sabrina sets new track record...

August 28th: Driver Kevin Switzer raises his whip in victory as his magical mare, Shady Sabrina, sets the new all-age distaff track record on Saturday (8/28), spinning an unprecedented mile timed in 1:53.1. Wow! Read the press release. Photo by Michael Newman.

New Track Record for Barbra Ann

August 27th: Barbra Ann continues to enjoy rock-star status at the raceway this season as the rookie Maine-bred extended her unbeaten streak at Scarborough Downs on Friday (8/27) with driver Kevin Switzer calling the shots. Now a perfect 9 for 9, the 2-year-old daughter of Goin to the Beach established a brand new Scarborough Downs track record for her age and sex, traversing the course timed in 1:58.1 -Wow, you go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.

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Scenes From Family Fun Day 2010

Mare and foal: Blond Moment and her baby colt, Stewie Griffin (born May 30th) thanks to the farm of Butch Eaton and Laura Searway.

This purple tie-dye was a big hit with the judges!

The Tie-dye shirts were a hit! This one was one of the winners!

High Speed Modem with Bradi Snow.

High Speed Modem a 15-year-old retired Standardbred, hung out after his harnessing demonstration given by Brandi and Lexi Snow.

Charlie, the retired Standardbred, owned by Meaghan Martin, is the Ribbons for Ribbons "mascot" - he enjoyed watching the lady drivers out on the racetrack while showing off his pink ribbons!

60th Anniversary - July 17, 2010

Sunset at the track, our 60th Anniversary, July 17th, 2010

Kentucky Derby Day - May 1, 2010

Marshal Laura Searway with Poco out on the race track during Scarborough live racing, Derby Day. Beautiful photo by one of our track photographers, Michael Newman

And they're off! The field of 20 horses takes off for Kentucky Derby 136 at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2010

From left to right: Pat Gargano, Melanie Small, Kathy Andreasen, Barbara McDonald, Tina Segerstrom and Cathy Woodward. Cathy & Pat traveled from Connecticut for the Kentucky Derby Party at Scarborough Downs !

Contestants from the "Belle of the Derby" Hat contest get ready for the judging. There were a total of 48 contest entrants - a record year!

Kim Edwards of Saco was our winner of the "Most Creative" Derby. Her depiction of a horse race on the brim of her hat, with mint springs, roses and a winner's circle victor draped in a garland of roses was picture-perfect! Kim won a $50 Gift Certificate to The MakeUp Shop in South Portland. Congratulations!

The 4 contest judges agreed unanimously that Nikki Caron of Portland was our "Most Elegant" Derby hat winner. Nikki won a $50 Gift Certificate to The MakeUp Shop in South Portland. Congratulations!

Sally Mater of Scarborough was among the "Most Elegant" contestants. Lovely!

Some of the "Belles of the Derby" included WGME Channel 13's Sarah Long (#24), Diana Ichton (#25), and Erin Ovalle (#26).

From left to right, Erin Ovalle, Diana Ichton, and Sarah Long of WGME. We were so pleased that you ladies could join us!

Pat Gargano watches via simulcast as Calvin Borel in the Churchill Downs Winner's Circle as the garland of Roses is draped over Derby 136 winner, Super Saver. The Scarborough Downs track can be seen over her shoulder. This is the view of the track from The Downs Club!

Jockey Calvin Borel leads Super Saver to victory in Derby 136 (5/1/10).

Moments from the 2009 Standardbred Retirement Ceremony

SPHO Maine member Jill Flaherty removes Time Line's blanket and prepares him for his SPHO saddlepad.

Lexy and Brandi Snow ride off with High Speed Modem, one of the 14-year-old racehorses in Saturday's retirement ceremony, after his red horse blanket, embroidered with his name and best time, was removed and replaced with a riding saddle. The girls just love "Mo," and he will live out his days with them as a riding horse. "He's a wonderful gift to the family," and he is well on his way to a second career as a teacher and a friend. Photo by Michael Newman.

Laura's Taz, one of the retirees in Saturday's (12/19) Standardbred Retirement Ceremony, gets a carrot from Sarah Nehila of Scarborough, as Tim and Nicholas carry his new SPHO embroidered saddlepad. Nine racehorses participated in the event: those in their 14th year must retire from racing by year's end. "The Big T," as he is known, racked up 76 lifetime wins throughout his racing career, more than any other horse in the ceremony. The event was both moving and joyful, bringing a smile to all the fans' faces. Not even the Grinch himself could have dampened the wonderful mood of the day's festivities. See More pictures! Photo by Michael Newman.

Handsome Cadfael is led in the procession by owners Andrew Dwyer and Leanna Rafuse.

Carolina Star with his colorful and spirited leg wraps!

Statuesque Armbro Republican prepares for his turn in with owner Butch Eaton.

Armbro Republican heads back to the paddock by owner Butch Eaton after receiving his saddlepad from the SPHO-Maine. He's eyeing those carrots!

High Speed Modem enjoys his time in the limelight; he's led by owners Brandi and Lexy Snow.

Kiwi-import, Surf City N, is led in the procession by owners Donna Smith and Ramona Smith.

Ramona Smith (left) and daughter Donna Smith, pose with handsome boy Surf City N. He's up for adoption! If you'd like more info, contact Susan Higgins via email!

More of 2009 In Review...

Another Lindy goes out on top!

Another Lindy closed out a storybook career in storybook fashion, going out a winner in his final start on Sunday (12/27), the final day of the 2009 meet. The 14-year-old veteran, who faces mandatory retirement at the conclusion of the 2009 season, posted one of his strongest years, claiming victory 9 times. Final tally for the classy campaigner: 63 wins from 137 lifetime starts, with career earnings in excess of $315,000. Read the full release. Photo by Derek Davis.

Campbell does it - 2500 Wins!

Handsome Guapo!

The comeback kid! Guapo, a 3-year-old bay gelding owned by Dennis and Deborah Foss of Rye, NH, and trained by Wendy Ireland (on left with driver Shane Taggart), pulls past driver Gary Mosher and Heart Condition for a photo finish in race 3 on (11/7). Guapo fans rejoiced as the young horse seems to have put the past behind him: an unfortunate mishap during the Breeders Stakes colt pacing final on 10/18 took him out of the race and required strict R&R. But he's strong and sound and we all couldn't be prouder! Photo by Michael Newman.

Sire Stakes Superstars!

Maine Super Sire Stakes Weekend kicked off on Saturday (10/17) with the 2-year-old Trotting and Pacing Finals. Current Chip, owned by Thomas Dillon of Anson and Walter Hight of Skowhegan, (trained by Don Richards).

It was SignThePaige, with driver Shawn Gray, who took the win in Race 11, the $77,669 Colt Pace division. Neutral Court with Mike Graffam trailed a close second in the much-anticipated showdown between the two stablemates. Photo by Michael Newman.

TheBandFromBoston, holds off the determined charge of A Capella Bella, to claim the top prize in the $77,577 filly trotting division (Gary Mosher driving). Photo by Michael Newman.

Remembering Ed...

The Szalajeskis, family of the late track photographer and friend, Ed Szalajeski, enjoyed a day at the races on Sunday (10/18). Race 8 was dedicated to their son who sadly passed away December 2008. Photo by Derek Davis.

Driver Drew Campbell safely returns Sids Drama in Race 3, after a mishap in the first turn that separated horse and driver. He expertly positioned himself to grab the reigns of Sid at the 3/4 mile marker while still driving GoodGirl GoneBad, and led the colt to safety with no incident. He showed great horsemanship... and flexibility! Driver Kevin Pillsbury checked out fine with no injuries. Read the release. Photo by Michael Newman.

More great moments from 2009

Maine-native, and top driver Jason Bartlett, received his USA driving colors from Governor John Baldacci before competing in the World Harness Racing Championships in Norway.

Off Keel and driver Shawn Gray on opening weekend. 4/11/09

Grandstand shot by Derek Davis, April 2009

A new round of Standardbred babies are born every spring! Meet DoctorJake!

 

Family Fun Day, August 2009 - Drawing contest entrant James Doucette drew this winning picture of a horse and sulky.

Happy Hoofbeats Horse Show - August 2, 2009

 

Super Sire Stakes Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 17th & 18th. Saturday introduced us to the newly-formed Standardbred Performance Society, with Elizabeth Tewksbury (left) on Dreamy, and Shelly Topham on McKeever as Marshals.

2008 Pictures

A dusty day at the track. Photo by Derek Davis.

July: Big storm brewing, one of Maine's fiercest. Horses had to be sent back to the paddock until it blew over. Photo by Ed Szalajeski.

Bethany Graffam cheers on her Dad and Terry's Star Dragon. Photo by Ed Szalajeski.

Kelly Case wins the Mildred Williams International Driving Series for Women Drivers, second year in a row. August 2008. Photo by Ed Szalajeski.

Mid-Summer Classic, July 11th. Photo by Ed Szalajeski.

 

August 9th: The $50,000 Joseph Ricci Memorial Trot winner Likeabatoutahell with trainer Alison Hynes. Photo by Derek Davis.

Terry's Star Dragon

Henry, the mini horse, poses for the camera at Family Fun Day, August 17, 2008.

 

Allie Hiscock Breeders Stakes Finals, October 2008

September 7th, The Professional Drivers' Challenge. Photo by Derek Davis.

Sept. 7th Professional Drivers' Challenge. Photo by Derek Davis.

A muddy Drew Campbell in the Winner's Circle. Photo by Derek Davis.

October Super Sire Stakes Weekend

Flaherty Girls Marshaling, Super Sire Stakes Weekend, Oct. 11 & 12th

Bethany Graffam and Terry's Star Dragon, Open Farm Day October 2008.