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Achilles Blue Chip at Skowhegan

December 3rd New Legislature is sworn in Augusta

Dec. 10th Deadline for scholarship applications

Dec. 14th Standardbred retirement ceremony, Scarborough Downs

Dec. 16th MSBOA Board meeting, Augusta

Dec. 18th MHHA Board meeting, Augusta

Jan. 17thMHHA Annual meeting and banquet, Augusta
Jan. 19th Auction at the Meadowlands

Scarborough Downs

There will be no need for an election to the MHHA Board of Directors this year. Both President Tim Powers and Mike Cushing have agreed to stay on the Board. Wally Watson, who was up for re-election, resigned his seat and Aaron Hall submitted his name in place of Wally’s. Many thanks to Wally for his service on the Board; and a hearty “thank you” to Aaron for offering his assistance. Welcome aboard!

White Sands Gaming

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee met November 24th and plans to meet again on Dec. 1st to discuss the expanded casino study recently presented to the Legislature by WhiteSand Gaming. There seemed to be much consensus on implementing the plan within the committee. However, there are numerous issues in the details that must be ironed out as well as many other influential players who have yet to be heard from.


MHHA/DowneastHHA Scholarship Application Deadline is December 10th-

The MHHA offers two different scholarships to its members or family members. Unlike the DEHHA Scholarship that is awarded a single individual annually, the MHHA Scholarship is awarded to any MHHA member or a relative of a member who meets all of the requirements. Through the fundraising efforts of many volunteers throughout the year, the MHHA is proud to offer these scholarships to many students seeking a higher education.  Please follow the "Membership" menu link above to "Scholarship Programs" to download an application. Forward applications to our office before December 10th. All scholarships will be awarded at the annual banquet on January 17, 2015 at the Calumet Club in Augusta.

Achilles Blue Chip sets new track and Maine state record!

The winning time of 1:51.4 eclipsed the previous record of 1:52.3, set in 2010 by Rodeo Du Ruisseau. Joe Trice purchased the horse several weeks ago to race in the Paul Bunyan Invitational at Bangor Raceway. “I bought him off a friend of mine for that big race in Bangor. He ended up being sick, and…actually dislocating his pelvis, so I had a chiropractor (Dr. Dave Jeffers) work on him a couple weeks ago”, driver-trainer Cushing commented. Read the entire press release.

Total fair income from harness racing for Maine's 25 agricultural fairs since 2005 is over 10 million dollars.

Maine Harness Racing Industry Statement for Expansion of Gaming in Southern Maine

Since Greyhound set a world trotting mark at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach in 1939, harness racing has had a long and storied history in Maine.  With this committee’s assistance our industry would like to continue that time honored tradition.  Harness racing preserves open farmland and contributes millions of dollars to the economy, supporting Mainers who are both directly and indirectly involved in the industry. 

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