Creating Harness Racing’s Greater Events — A Destination Resort with Horse Park & Inter-Generational Living Community

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Several years ago I published a digital publication titled, S. Dexter’s Maine Spirit of the Turf. I published eight issues totaling more than 400 pages. In many of the issues I included a column, Outside the Oval. The purpose of this column was to share ideas that did not come from long time members of the harness racing…

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Fund Raising Appeal for Lost Trotting Parks — Funds for 2018 Activities

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This year will be a critical year for the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center. Each year fund raising becomes more difficult and 2017 may be the last year individuals can take tax deductions for their charitable contributions. Lost Trotting Parks has been fortunate for its contributions from Lost Trotting Parks Directors, the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association, the…

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Jean Emerson Presents — The Northeast Harness News (1980 through 1995) Remembering 15 Years of Harness Racing

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Before you explore the Digital Maine Archives of the Northeast Harness News, please take time to read Jean Emerson’s article on the News. It is a compelling story and gives you perspective beginning in the first year of publication. Personally, I am so thankful that Jean realized the importance of sharing her work with the current the…

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1978 Maine Standardbred Registered Sires — Searching for Photographs

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  Recently Jean Emerson provided me with a copy of the Maine Standardbred Breeders Stakes Promotion for 1977. The back cover listed Registered Sires for 1978. To document this moment in the history of the Maine Sire Stakes Program, I am requesting that horsemen and women, photographers, and others who might have photographs of the horses listed…

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Maine Fair Racing 1945 through 1947 — New Gloucester — Gorham — Darmascotta — Bangor — Cornish

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The history of harness or perhaps any sport generally features star performers, extraordinary events, and locations that hold wonderful memories. Our star performers are the record setting Standardbreds — their drivers and owners. The storyboards presented in this post feature the race cards from five Maine fairs held from 1945 to 1947. Hopefully we can find the…

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Preserving Maine’s Agricultural Heritage – Early Agricultural Societies and their Trotting Parks – The History of Harness Racing in the State of Maine – Featuring Nelson 4209 – 19th Century Vintage Images – Profiles of Maine Harness Horsemen – Celebrating the Age When the Horse was King!