Scarborough Downs

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Scarborough Downs is a horse-racing track located in Scarborough, Maine, United States. It is Maine's largest race track. It is home to The Downs Club restaurant as well as a grandstand for race viewing, and includes 2 track-side lounges as well as a newly constructed VIP Room.[1]

Scarborough Downs was constructed in 1949 as a racetrack for thoroughbred horse races and was completed in 1950. [2] It was the only one of its kind in the state.[3] However, harness racing was introduced in the 1960s and for a while the track hosted both types of horse racing. However, in September 1972 the track became solely a harness racing track.[4] In the 2000s, owner Joseph Ricci introduced simulcast wagering and the track began to offer simulcast races from premier thoroughbred and harness tracks from around North America.

On October 1, 1980, a pre-dawn fire at Scarborough Downs, ignited as the result of an overloaded electrical box in a tack room, destroyed a 240-foot barn, killing eleven horses. [5]

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Coordinates: 43°35′59.52″N 70°21′7.44″W / 43.5998667°N 70.3520667°W / 43.5998667; -70.3520667