The first phase of the ongoing renovation and reconstruction of Bass Park is heading into the home stretch. The new combination paddock and racing office building should be ready by Oct. 3, in plenty of time for Bangor Raceway’s fall racing schedule, which starts Oct. Read More
    The records have been falling at Maine harness racing venues lately as fast as leaves in late October. Gorham native and longtime horse owner Michael Andrew has nearly the cornered the market on those historic performances as three of the record racers are owned by… Read More
    Wednesday’s special meeting of the Maine State Harness Racing Commission actually produced two compromise agreements involving Bangor Raceway. In addition to the handshake deal between representatives of Bangor Raceway and Scarborough Downs that resulted in the addition of 14 race dates this summer and fall,… Read More
    Driver, trainer, owner and announcer… There isn’t much Michael Cushing hasn’t done during his 23-year career in harness racing. For at least the foreseeable future, the Farmington native won’t be doing any of those things as he recuperates from back surgery at Bangor’s Eastern Maine… Read More
    Five postponements, nine canceled race dates, 24 days and innumerable man hours after it was supposed to open its 125th season of harness racing, Bangor Raceway appears ready to race. Officials think they’ve finally solved the frost and drainage problems that have created dangerously soft… Read More
    BANGOR – Bangor Raceway has postponed its opening day of racing once again, this time due to a low number of racing entries. Instead of Friday night at 7 p.m., Bangor Historic Track will open Sunday at 1:30 p.m. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot… Read More
    While Bangor Raceway readies itself to open its second season of fall racing this weekend, Scarborough Downs is priming itself for the richest day of the season with the Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes 3-year-old finals. Bangor opens its 11-day fall racing schedule with an 11-race… Read More
    Three names familiar to people in Maine’s harness racing community will receive some regional recognition as well this week. Bangor Raceway race secretary Fred Nichols, horse trainer and owner Don G. Marean and Diann Perkins, president of the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, will… Read More
    Eastern Maine’s harness racing community lost a valued member, significant contributor, and loyal friend last week when Doug Clendenning died at the age of 87. The World War II veteran had many different work experiences. He worked for Bath Iron Works before joining the U.S. Read More
    BANGOR – When Abby C trotted across the finish line in record time at Bangor Raceway Sunday, she brought smiles to lots of faces, but not just those with a direct rooting interest. Sure, the 6-year-old mare’s owner, trainer and driver were jubilant, but there… Read More
    For the first time this year – and likely ever – a Maine harness racing track saw its entire Sunday race card turn in winning times under 2 minutes. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Mike Hitchcock, Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association director. “I’ve never seen it… Read More
    Local youths will have a chance to find out firsthand what a career in harness racing, training or horse care is like as the Harness Horse Youth Camp returns to Bangor Raceway next month. The five-day camp is open to youths between the ages of… Read More
    When Tara MacDonald of Corinth first heard about the job of grand marshal at Bangor Raceway, she thought it was a paid position. After checking into it, she found out it not only wasn’t a paid position, it didn’t even technically exist. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    They’re at the halfway point of their inaugural fall season of harness racing, and Bangor Raceway officials are hoping for a strong finish. “It’s kind of early to make any determination on what the fall handle numbers mean, but the fact that we’re having them… Read More
    The opening weekend of fall harness racing brought a lot of people to Bangor Raceway Friday and Sunday, especially Sunday. “The weather was actually pretty good, but I think the real draw was the Family Fun Day,” said Bangor Raceway director of racing Fred Nichols. Read More
    While Scarborough Downs is grabbing Maine’s harness racing spotlight with the running of the $300,000 Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes finals Sunday, Bangor Raceway will also be a destination for those interested in harness racing, horses, and history. Bangor Raceway, normally quiet and fairly calm this… Read More
    Normally, the pace car would already be tucked away in some garage, the stables would be nearly empty, and the track would be a pretty quiet place to hang out. That’s not the case this fall at Bangor Raceway as Bangor Historic Track will host… Read More
    Jackpot! That’s what the operation of a slot machine and video poker casino in Bangor have been for state officials, especially those connected with Maine’s harness racing industry. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner =… Read More
    Shane Bacon was not your average college student. Sure, he played varsity basketball, went to class most of the time, and chased girls, but while most of his fellow classmates at Green Mountain College were thinking about partying, he had other ideas. googletag.cmd.push(function () {… Read More
    If Maine’s harness racing industry is indeed on a major rebound due to the significant infusion of cash from Bangor’s Hollywood Slots casino operation, further evidence of that should come from an upcoming annual horse auction. The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association/Pine Tree Sales… Read More
    After three revisions and five months in the making, the Maine State Harness Racing Commission’s rules change to allow Maine-owned or Maine-bred harness races will become official. Monday morning marks the official realization of the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association’s goal to have exclusive races for… Read More
    AUGUSTA – The “trickle down” effect from the establishment of the Hollywood Slots casino in Bangor has become more of a steady rain of financial support for Maine’s harness racing community. Further evidence of this was presented at Thursday’s Maine State Harness Racing Commission monthly… Read More
    It’s not uncommon for people to start cramming in regard to study time and homework this time of year. Billy Hartt and Lisa Rossignol have certainly done their share of it the last couple of weeks, but where most people’s cramming efforts usually revolve around… Read More
    Anyone familiar with the Maine harness racing scene needs no introduction to Valerie Grondin. The Bangor native and University of Maine graduate has won nearly 500 races and has put together a very successful career as a harness racing driver, trainer and owner that has… Read More