The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs | Business

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The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs
The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

The Curtain Comes Down on the 2010 Meet at Scarborough Downs By Mike Sweeney for Scarborough Downs Sunday, December 19, 2010 - Scarborough, ME – The curtain came down on the 2010 meeting at Scarborough Downs this weekend as an enthusiastic crowd witnessed the closing moments of a remarkable year. It was a mix of tears and cheers as 2010 year-end awards were doled out and stellar performances remembered and celebrated. The outcome of Scarborough Downs driving and training titles were never in doubt as driver Shawn Gray walked away with his first Scarborough Driver’s Championship, with 181 wins. In addition to earning top honors at Scarborough, Gray’s performance garnered him an overall UDRS rating of .415, ranking him tops in the United States; second overall in North America. On the conditioner’s side of the ledger, Randy Bickmore claimed his third consecutive training title, boasting an unprecedented 108 wins. Shady Sabrina, owned by KDK Standardbreds of Cumberland Center, Maine, and Golden Hour Stables, was named Horse of the Year for the 2010 Season, as “The Queen” completely dominated the upper-level classes. The 8-year-old mare swept the Mid-Summer Classic Pacing Series and rewrote the record books with her 1:53.1 effort which established the Distaff Pacing standard and the second fastest mile ever recorded in the 60-year history of the track. “They all took turns trying to beat The Queen,” said owner Dr. Denise McNitt, “but none of them have this,” she said while raising the Horse of the Year trophy. Youth was recognized as well this weekend as Andrew Harrington was presented the Freeman Parker Award, which recognizes the year’s most up-and-coming driver, and Adrian Wisher won the Loring Norton Award, recognizing a breakthrough season for trainers. Additionally, one of the most anticipated events of the year took place on Sunday as Scarborough Downs hosted its 4th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony. Among this year’s 14-year-old honorees were: Gypsy, Jaccka Seelster N, My Radiant Star, Mystical Sign, Prince Rama A, and Snowflake V. A special tribute was given to 14-year-olds, Par One and Kings Edition, both of whom had to be humanely euthanized earlier this year. As The Summer of Speed came to a conclusion, Mark Harris’s River of Truth (Steve Nason driving), won the final race of the 2010 season as Maine’s harness racing community celebrated its accomplishments and sets its sights forward to a new era: The 2011 meet begins the first weekend in April. # Photos: • Shawn Gray (right) and Randy Bickmore, accept top honors for Driver of the Year and Trainer of the Year, respectively, at Scarborough Downs. Photo by Michael Newman. • Prince Rama A is paraded in the procession in the 4th Annual Retirement Ceremony on Sunday by owner/driver Michael De Runtz of Scarborough. Photo by Derek Davis. • Drivers at Scarborough Downs celebrate the final day of the 2010 meet on Sunday. Photo by Derek Davis

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