Week 39 (12/21/09 - 12/27/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Steven Nason
Up n coming youngster had two wins over the weekend, 27 wins for the year, and is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Hot Hooves - LOADED
Wire to wire win in the feature in 1:57.3 for trainer Mike Hitchcock and owners Joe & Mike Gallicchio.
Hot Barn - Richard Robertson, Jr.
Two winners on Sunday over a track rated 9 seconds off, including CARDIOGRAM who came from the eight hole to win in 2:15.2, mmmm, maybe the track was off by 15 seconds?

Week 38 (12/14/09 - 12/20/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Robert Dinning
Doubleheader wins on Friday and Sunday, and a hat trick on Saturday gives Dinning seven wins on the week, topping the charts.
Grabs the trot feature of the week in a fast 2:00.2 on a cold day for trainer Bobby Gray and owners Ned Urbanski & Bryan Naftalis.
Hot Barn - Todd DuBois
Todd gets 2 wins, a second and 2 third from six starters, a .537 UTRS for the week.

Week 37 (12/07/09 - 12/13/09) by Guest Columnist Steven Wilson

Hot Hands - Gary Mosher
Mosher seems to like the cold weather, winning eight on the weekend, five coming from Sunday's card.
Hot Hooves - BALI MYSTIC
Captures her fourth win in a row and proves she can do it from sitting at the back or sitting close to the front.
Hot Barn - Richard Robertson, Jr.
The trotting man wins both feature trots over the weekend plus a couple of seconds and a third.

Week 36 (11/30/09 - 12/06/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - John Beckwith
With all eyes on Campbell and Fitch as they try to reach their milestones, John quietly captured 4 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds for a 413 UDRS for the weekend.
Recent addition to the Bickmore / Gee stable, grabs his second win in a row on Saturday, and in the process paced the fastest mile ever in Maine during the month of December with his trip around the Southern Maine oval in 1:56.2.
Hot Barn - Jon Chenard
From six starters from the Scarborough based stable, three of them visited the winners circle and another garnered a second.

Week 35 (11/23/09 - 11/29/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Drew Campbell
Thirteen victories over the weekend, three seconds and six thirds for a UDRS of .505, it's hard not to chose him. Next weekend he gets his 2,500th career victory, unless this jinxes him!
Second win in a row for the four year old mare, the 10th victory on the season.
Hot Barn - David Henderson, Sr.
Undefeated with his two entries for the weekend including the 10th seasonal victory for DEALIN' STRAIGHT.

Week 34 (11/16/09 - 11/22/09) by Guest Columnist David Sawyer

Hot Hands - Leigh Fitch
Five wins on Friday, closing on 7,500 career wins, him and Cher go to the winners circle and turn back time.
What can you say for a horse that has beaten the $3,000 claimers all the way to the winners over and back again, give me a barn full.
Hot Barn - Stacey Lord
Fitch and Lord combination set three for three on the weekend as hard work and dedication pays off.

Week 33 (11/09/09 - 11/15/09) by Guest Columnist Michael Hitchcock

Hot Hands - Drew Campbell
Wins seven on Sunday's card. Hot Hands on the track, but lately, not such hot hands with the ladies.
Wins two this past week, #'s 9 and 10 on the season, before retirement. Enjoy the green grass.
Hot Barn - Philip "Bo" Sowers
All this guy can do is win races, jamming, jamming, jamming, I think he may be getting a little too big for his britches.

Week 32 (11/09/09 - 11/15/09) by Guest Columnist Steve Mahar

Hot Hands - Robert Dinning
Eight winners over the weekend, four seconds and two thirds.
Both 1:56 and change miles for the Ben, Bill & Will Stable, trained and driven by Shawn Gray.
Hot Barn - Randy Bickmore
Nine winners over the weekend, seven of which are owned by Kevin Gee. I hear they were pretty active at the Harrisburg Sale.

Week 31 (10/26/09 - 11/1/09) by Guest Columnist Drew Campbell

Hot Hands - Kevin Switzer, Sr.
Had a great week, winning eight over the weekend and putting on a driving clinic on Sunday with five!! He went by me all day like I was nailed to the rail with no claw hammer....good job cuzzz...
Hot Hooves - WORK OUT
Raced three times in a week (10/25, 10/27 & 11/1) winning all three!! 2:01.0, 1:58.0 and 1:59.2, all last quarters better than :30.0, very impressive week. I don't think Chicky has done that before?
Hot Barn - Steve Vafiades
Had 20 starts over the week, winning at both tracks, and winning both top classes in Scarborough with TOWN FOOL and AMERICAN VILLAGE. Total of 8 wins for the week. He's having the year of his life with 99 wins and over $240,000 in purses this year with a UDR of .435!!! Wow, in the running for MHHA trainer of the year!

Week 30 (10/19/09 - 10/25/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Wallace Watson
Three wins on Friday at Scarborough this week, Wally is having a good year, highlighted by his success driving CURRENT CHIP to a win in the Stakes final.
Five in a row for the 9 year old mare owned by Ryan Berry and trained by Allison MacDonald. Competing in $3,000 filly & mares claimers, she's either cut the mile or came from a hole with the fastest in 1:59.0 at Farmington and Oxford to a 1:59.4 at Cumberland.
Hot Barn - Allie Hiscock
Two wins this week with BIRD'S EYE VIEW N and Stakes Champion THE SALEM WITCH.

Week 29 (10/12/09 - 10/18/09) by Guest Columnist Mike Sweeney

Hot Hands - Leigh Fitch
The Fox capped off an outstanding week (4-wins, 6-2nds and 4-3rds) with a stunning return to stakes prominence this weekend establishing a new track record aboard Bad Boy Billy, runner-up stakes placings with both Glory Hallelujah and Isn’t She Lovely while grabbing the show-dough for Elegant Eve. The crafty veteran continues to showcase the ability that has earned him 7474 lifetime wins – He’s driving as good as anyone on the circuit right now.
So many outstanding candidates makes this the hardest category to judge but after careful review of the photo-finish print the contest has been officially declared a dead-heat.
Current Chip capped off a perfect freshman campaign on Saturday with incredible flash and finesse. Each subsequent performance has been more impressive than the prior as she’s marched on toward the championship. She seems so confident on the raceway, carrying herself with the bearing of an aged veteran campaigner and her potential remains solidly unexplored – How good is this filly? Only time will tell but it will surely be fun to watch her along the way.
Bad Boy Billy followed up his undefeated freshman championship season by convincingly claiming the sophomore title on Sunday etching his name onto the wall of honor at Scarborough Downs as the latest track record holder in the progress. His 2:00 victory on Saturday shaved 4/5th’s of a second off the previous benchmark established by his former stable-mate Up Tempo. While Up Tempo set the gold standard on a warm August afternoon, Bad Boy Billy’s salvo was all the more impressive considering Sunday’s chilly temperatures and blustery conditions. A memorable mile indeed.
Hot Barn - Michael Graffam
Tough call here as both Valerie Grondin and Donny Richards enjoyed phenomenal success during Championship Weekend but Graffam’s dominance in both the two-year-old filly and three-year-old colt pacing divisions was virtually unprecedented. The Graffam Gang roared into the finals and did not disappoint – We’re pretty sure that Loring Norton is smiling down approvingly.

Week 28 (10/5/09 - 10/11/09) by Guest Columnist Heidi Rohr

Hot Hands - Kevin Switzer, Jr.
Got his picture taken 9 times at Fryeburg, including the Mountain Skipper Invitational with ESCAPEFROMALCATRAZ.
Winner of two VERY impressive miles, 1:58.4 in the slop and the week's fastest mile of 1:57.1..both by open lengths. Also, congrats go to the connections of CURRENT CLOSER, who set a track record in the mud!
Hot Barn - Valerie Grondin
Sorry to repeat again, BUT 4 wins and 3 seconds with 7 starters is tough to beat!! What an amazing year this outfit is having!!! Congrats!

Week 27 (10/5/09 - 10/11/09) by Guest Columnist Kevin Switzer, Jr.

Hot Hands - Heath Campbell
Wins 14 races for the week including 3 sire stakes victories.
Broke the 15-year old track record set by NURK.
Hot Barn - Valerie Grondin
Behind every good driver, there's a good trainer, and in this case, behind every good man in a good woman.

Week 26 (9/20/09 - 9/26/09) by Guest Columnist Charlene Cushing

Hot Hands - Gary Mosher
It's like he never left Farmington, he knows this track very well, but he has nothing to prove with over $21 million earned and over 5000 wins.
Hot Hooves - OFF KEEL
Back on form with a 1:56.4 win, the beautiful gray is back.
Hot Barn - Joey Mosher
Just about undefeated as trainer this week only getting beat once with a 2nd.

Week 25 (9/14/09 - 9/19/09) by Guest Columnist Shawn Gray

Hot Hands - Gary Mosher
"Roosevelt" Gary comes out of the deep freeze, driving with ice water in his veins.
Hot Hooves - DREAM WELL
$50,000 Yonkers invader claims bragging rights at the Big "O", masterfully driven by Drew Campbell.
Hot Barn - Valerie Grondin
Eight wins for the week including three track records at Oxford Fair.

Week 24 (9/08/09 - 9/13/09) by Guest Columnist Heath Campbell

Hot Hands - Drew Campbell
Eleven wins on the week with a four-bagger on Thursday and three wins on both Friday and Saturday, easily winning the Scarborough Summer Meet driving title.
Wins the winners over trot at Scarborough over some tough competition in 1:59.2
Hot Barn - Randy Bickmore
Eight wins from sixteen starts, had two winners a day during Scarborough's final summer meet weekend. Takes the trainer's title at Scarborough and is tied for second in the statewide race.

Week 23 (8/30/09 - 9/07/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Jason Bartlett
Ten wins during his two day visit to his hometown Windsor Fair track, three wins on the first Sunday visit, and a remarkable seven wins on his second Sunday visit. including one of his favorites, MORTY in 1:58.2
Toured the Windsor oval in 1:55.0, a state record for three year old pacers. Runner Up to MR NICE GUY winning the Windsor Invitational in 1:55.0 and getting revenge on RODEO DU RUISSEAU who got the win in the Hight at Skowhegan.
Hot Barn - Philip "Bo" Sowers
Eight wins at the Windsor Fair, capturing the training title including LETS TANGO LAVROS in 1:56.3 and BACK SPIN in 1:56.4

Week 22 (8/23/09 - 8/29/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - >Michael Graffam
Three wins from seven starts, Mike is sporting a .430 UDRS for the year with 16 wins, 15 of those in the Maine Sire Stakes, where he sits second in the driving standings.
Two year old trotting fillies captured her fourth win in her undefeated Sire Stakes Season so far.
Hot Barn - Bernard Charlton
Three winners at the Union Fair, including feature race winner FOUR STARZZZZ JAWS.

Week 21 (8/16/09 - 8/22/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Shawn Gray
A good week for some drivers (Rob Dinning - 11 wins; Heath Campbell - 11, Kevin Switzer - 10) but Mr. Gray is outperforming them all, this week with 15 wins cruising to the Skowhegan State Fair driving title and he now tops the statewide race with 170 wins for the year.
The new all age track record holder at Skowhegan State Fair, she trotted the mile in 1:58.2 getting a neck in front of trotting juggernaut KEROGEN.
Hot Barn - Ivan Davies
Four winners from five starters out of the barn including stakes performers WILLIN DYLAN and A CAPPELLA BELLA.

Week 20 (8/09/09 - 8/15/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Shane Taggart
Liked the Topsham soil as he recorded six wins at the Fair oval, tied for first in the standings, seven wins on the week.
The classy trotter became the fastest 14 year old trotter in the State of Maine as he cruised to a win at Scarborough in 1:59.0. He also holds the record as the fastest 13 year old at Windsor in 2:00.2 and as a 12 year old trotter at Windsor in 1:59.3.
Hot Barn - Joey Mosher
Three wins and a second and a third from six starts, including grabbing his 1,000th driving wins at Topsham Fair.

Week 19 (8/03/09 - 8/08/09) by

Hot Hands - Drew Campbell
Tops the list with wins (9), earnings ($29,175) and USRS (.556) for the week, highlighted by winning the Northern Maine Fair Invitational with TOWN FOOL in 1:58.3
This five year old trotting mare captured her seventh win of the season at the Northern Maine Fair setting a new track record for aged mares on the storied oval in 2:01.0, a seasonal mark for her on a half mile track.
Hot Barn - Michael Hitchcock
Third week in a row that the Hitchcock brothers have led the trainer standings for the week, this week with seven wins, 17 wins for the last three weeks.

Week 18 (7/27/09 - 8/02/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Kevin Switzer, Jr.
Grabs top honors this week with six winners, two seconds, two thirds and a USRS of .389
FRISKYMOVER was sitting last at the half ans swooped the field to win the $10,000 final of the Hank Fenno Memorial Late Closer at Scarborough Downs with Jason MacDougall in the bike.
Hot Barn - Shawn Nye
Three winners from six starters during the slow week after Bangor. Shawn has 31 wins for the season and sitting eighth statewide in the trainer standings.

Week 17 (7/20/09 - 7/26/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Kevin Switzer
Highest UDRS this week with eight wins, five seconds and four thirds from 23 starts and $28K+ in earnings.
Hot Hooves - ON A TEAR
A gate to wire performance in 1:53.0 in the Paul Bunyan Invitational with Jason Bartlett returning to Maine for the first time this year. It was the third fastest race ever in the state of Maine and the second fastest at Bangor Raceway. It was also a state track record for aged stallions.
Hot Barn - Donald Richards
Four wins and a second from eight starts including sire stakes winners CURRENT CLOSER, CURRENT CA CHING, CURRENT CHIP and CURRENT IMAGE.

Week 16 (7/13/09 - 7/19/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Heath Campbell
Eight wins and eight seconds for the week with $26,800+ in earnings tops all drivers this week.
Third sire stakes victory in a row, all sub-two minutes miles, this week besting pre-season favorite NO PEEKING.
Hot Barn - Frederick Ward, Jr.
Three winners from five starts including GRACIE GRACIE who set a new all-age state record for mares in 1:55.0 at Scarborough.

Week 15 (7/06/09 - 7/12/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Jason MacDougall
Three wins and three seconds from ten drives on the week for a UDRS of .467.
Classy mare takes the featured fillies & mares event in Scarborough in a track record equalling 1:55.2 for trainer/driver Kevin Switzer.
Hot Barn - Joseph Nelson
Four winners and a third from six starts including Midsummer Classic winner ON A TEAR in 1:54.0 at Scarborough for the fastest mile of the season.

Week 14 (6/29/09 - 7/05/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Kevin Switzer, Jr.
A driving triple Tuesday at Bangor, ends week with six winners and a UDRS of .420.
Hot Hooves - DANSAN TED
Stakes season has started and the first surprise is DANSAN TED, who took the first division of the three year old colt and gelding paces in 1:59.2 with Kevin Switzer driving for Dansan Farm.
Hot Barn - Gordon Corey
Stakes Season has started and Gordon Corey proves why he is one of the best trainers of stakes performers with two stakes winners (BAD BOY BILLY, ISN'T SHE LOVELY) and three learn and earn wins for two year olds.

Week 13 (6/23/09 - 6/28/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Paul Battis
The veteran driver, who has 3,400 career driving wins, has limited his driving in recent years, but is still a force to be receded with on the track, as he proved this week as he scored two wins with FOREIGN AUTHORITY and LAZER ZONE.
Takes the winners over pace at Scarborough in 1:54.4 for the fastest mile yet this season after going thru the claiming wars at $15,000.
Hot Barn - Stacey Lord
Scores four wins from five starters including DUE DAMAGE at Scarborough in 1:56.4.

Week 12 (6/15/09 - 6/22/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Shawn Gray
Two weeks in a row! Fourteen wins, eight seconds and a third for a .537 UDRS tops all drivers for the week.
Takes the winners over for fillies and mares at Scarborough for the second week in a row after grabbing a late closer final at Bangor, she's won six of last seven starts.
Hot Barn - Richard Robertson, Jr.
Four winners and a show from five starts starts this week. An .867 UTRS!!!

Week 11 (6/08/09 - 6/14/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Shawn Gray
Eleven wins and eight seconds tops all for the week. Shawn is second on the wins list statewide and is in a tough race for bragging rights at Bangor with Heath Campbell and Kevin Switzer, Jr.
Grabs his seventh win of the season along the Maine Circuit for trainer Allison MacDonald and owner Ryan Berry.
Hot Barn - Steven Vafiades
Four winners and two show finishes from eight starts this week. The Vafiades Stable has been consistent all season and currently sits third statewide with 26 wins and on top of the Bangor Training Standings.

Week 10 (6/01/09 - 6/07/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Valerie Grondin
Val's return to the sulky was very successful as she had two winners from three starts, setting a new lifetime mark for ADMIRAL PEMBROKE in 1:58.0 and a seasonal mark for PEMBROKE WHITE OUT in 1:58.4.
The eleven year old from the Shawn Nye Stable captures the final of the F&M 3000 claimer Late Closer at Bangor, She has had four wins and a second in six starts this season.
Hot Barn - Stanley Whittemore
Stan gets two wins from three starts this week with winners CALLA LILLY GAL and PASSTHEGREYPOUPAN. Stan has been on a roll from returning from his winter stint in Florida with seven starts in Maine with four wins, two seconds and a third.

Week 9 (5/25/09 - 5/31/09) by Staff

Hot Hands - Gary Mosher
Had a good day on Friday at Bangor winning five of eight drives on the nine dash card. For the week he was 15-6-1-3 for a .504 UDRS.
Captures his fourth consecutive win, his last two were in the Dirigo Claiming Series at Scarborough, which makes him one of the favorites for the $10,000 final on Belmont Saturday.
Hot Barn - Shawn Gray
Six starters from the barn yield five winners and a third, four of those winners came in the first four races at Bangor Raceway on Sunday

Week 8 (5/18/09 - 5/24/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Jason MacDougall
With a driving double Thursday at Scarborough Downs, Jason had 4 wins on the week, three seconds and a third for a .333 UDRS for the week placing him in the top ten for total wins statewide for the season.
Hot Hooves - KEROGEN
A track record performance at Bangor Raceway in 1:57.3, tying the fastest trot race mile in the history of the State of Maine, 1/10 of a second of the all time fastest mile from Greyhound of 1:57½
Hot Barn - Gretchen Athearn
Seven starters from the Cumberland based stable resulted in three wins, a second and three thirds for a UTRS of .651. Winners included YOURAGAMBLER'SSON in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1, DREAM NO MORE and I'M SINFULL

Week 7 (5/11/09 - 5/17/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Drew Campbell
Once again Drew finds his way into this weekly honor.  Drew notched 13 winners on the week including two four baggers at Scarborough on both Friday and Sunday. Drew continues to be on a tear hitting the board on 26 out of 35 drives on the week. Drew is consistently finding his way to the winner's circle making him a premier driver on the Maine racing circuit.
This 5 year old paced turned in an extremely impressive victory at Bangor in the Winners Over class romping to a nine length victory in 1:56.3. This recent purchase for owner Mike Pease has paid instant dividends as Freedoms Call has been first or second in all four starts since racing out of the Mike Hitchcock Stable. Driver Kevin Switzer did the driving duties. It should also be noted that this pacer had some recent success for his new connections at Yonkers Raceway in New York with a win and a second place finish by a nose - driven by Mainer Jason Bartlett in both starts.
Hot Barn - Robert Dinning
We have seen Rob's name often in the "Hot Hands" column as a driver - but now he gets the nod here. Dinning had an awesome week with seven trained starters resulting in five winners and a third place finisher. Dinning trained pacer American Gigolo highlighted the week with a solid 1:57.1 victory with a blazing 28.4 last quarter. Congrats on an excellent week!

Week 6 (5/04/09 - 5/10/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Heath Campbell
In an action packed week with six cards of racing including four race dates at Scarborough and two at Bangor - driver Heath Campbell notched seven winners and had a stellar week. Check out these numbers! Heath had 22 drives on the week recording 7 winners, 6 second place finishes and 3 thirds.  That's 16 of 22 attempts in the Top 3. Congrats on a sizzling week!
This solid pacer is no stranger in this column as he was nominated here back in July of 2008. Ideal Conditions was hard to ignore once again after winning the loaded top Winners Over class at Scarborough in a zippy time of 1:55.4. This seven year old pacer won by a convincing four and a quarter lengths over arch rival Mr. Nice Guy. Driver Heath Campbell guided this classy gelding to victory for owner Scott Dillon and trainer Joe "Temple Toby" Nelson.
Hot Barn - Valerie Grondin
Trainer Valerie Grondin has picked up right where she left off last summer. Grondin's statistics are truly eye-popping as she recorded a remarkable training UDRS % of .446 in 2008 with 372 starters including 106 winners. Valerie is well over .400 again this year and had 5 horses go the gate on the week resulting in 3 winners and 2 second place finishers. Need I say anymore? Congrats!

Week 5 (4/27/09 - 5/03/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Kevin Switzer, Sr.
The leading dash winning driver's on the week were the Campbell brothers. Heath Campbell had 7 wins on the week - followed closely by Drew Campbell with 6 wins. Yet, my choice for the weekly award goes to Kevin Switzer Sr. who notched 5 winners on the week in limited drives. Switzer closed out the week by winning Scarborough's last race on Sunday with 30-1 longshot Sweet Preston. Kudos on a great week!
World class trotter Velocity Hall continued his success in Maine recording his second consecutive sub two minute victory. Velocity Hall won in dominant fashion going wire to wire in 1:59 flat in the Winner's over class at Scarborough this week. Velocity Hall is owned by Dillon and Hight of Maine and is trained and driven by Don Richards. Congrats!
Hot Barn - Randy Bickmore
Trainer Randy Bickmore had some very impressive statistics to close out the 2008 racing season in Maine. Bickmore trained nearly 100 winners (97) on the season and compiled a very solid .353 training UDRS. Bickmore is again on a similar pace in 2009 and recorded 3 winners and 4 second place finishers on the week. Congrats!

Week 4 (4/20/09 - 4/26/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Robert Dinning
Dinning had five winners on the week including three in a row to finish out Sunday's Scarborough card. Dinning ended the 2008 season with a solid 224 wins and is off to& a swift start for the 2009 season as well. Congrats!
5 year old pacing mare Keystone Natalie returned to her impressive ways winning the fillies and mares winners over class in an eye catching performance timed in 1:57.4. This mare is owned by Richard Knight of Westbrook and trained by Randy Bickmore. Rob Dinning did the driving services. Congrats to the connections!
Hot Barn - Joseph Nelson
Four Joseph Nelson trained starters faired very well on the week with two winners and two second place finishes. Nelson is off to a torrid pace here in 2009. Winners on the week included Northmedo Rombauer and classy pacing veteran Southview Sabre. Congrats!

Week 3 (4/13/09 - 4/19/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Drew Campbell
It didn't take long for Drew to make his way back into this column. Drew notched seven wins on the week including five on Sunday's Scarborough card to pick up right where he left off with a very successful winter and 2008 campaign.
Hot Hooves - AU ARTIST
It looks as though this 5 year old Real Artist mare has taken a liking to the Scarborough oval romping to victory in back to back weeks - this time in 1:58.3. Au Artist is trained and driven by Shawn Gray and owned by the Ben, Bill and Will Stable. Congrats to connections!
Hot Barn - Bernard Charlton
Again - lots of barns with a sizzling week - but the nod this time goes to Bernard "Chicky" Charlton. "Chicky" sent three pacers to the gate resulting in two winners and a third place finish. Winner's over pacing mare - Yankee Anthem made it to the winner's circle for Charlton in her spring debut at Scarborough. Congrats!

Week 2 (4/06/09 - 4/12/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - John Beckwith
John Beckwith started off the spring with four wins at Scarborough on the week. Beckwith teamed winner's included Jenny's Jammies, Dua Don N, Keystone Dallas and Gracie Gracie. Congrats John on a solid week!
Hot Hooves - MR NICE GUY
This 4 year old son of Western Ideal cruised to victory in his first state of Maine effort in 1:57.3. This pacer appears to be a force to be reckoned with on the New England circuit. Congrats to owner Lew Hayden, trainer Wendy Ireland and driver Kim Ireland. Chances are that we will hear much more about this pacer as year progresses.
Hot Barn - Shawn Gray
There were lots of stables off to blazing starts upon return from winter racing. None more so though than Shawn Gray. Check out these training statistics for Gray on the week - 7 starters with 3 winners and 4 second place finishes. Enough said! Congrats on a stellar week!

Week 1 (1/01/09 - 1/10/09) by Marc Reynolds

Hot Hands - Shawn Gray
The state's top two driver's in dashes won in 2008 - Drew Campbell and Shawn Gray have started the new year right where they left off. Drew and Shawn notched a combined 21 wins out of three racing dates. The nod for the weekly award goes to Shawn Gray for his stellar week with eleven victories. Gray amassed over 250 wins on the 2008 season and is off to a swift start for 2009. Congrats are in order!
Hot Hooves - PAR ONE
This classy 13 year old trotter romped to a seven length victory in a speedy 2:02 flat over the Scarborough oval. It was the trotter's 40th lifetime victory. Congrats to owner and trainer Jon Chenard and reinsman Shawn Gray. Par One has now exceeded $458,000 in earnings over his remarkable racing career.
Hot Barn - Jon Chenard
Not only did Par One make it the winner's circle for trainer Chenard - but pacing mare Pansy did as well to make for an excellent week. Jon Chenard had four starters that resulted in 2 winners, a second place finish and a fourth. Congrats on a fine week of continued solid performances!