The Harness Racing Commission provides oversight and support of the Maine’s harness racing industry with a goal of promoting fairness and integrity of the sport.

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What's Your Horse's Speed Rating?

Look up your horse and check it’s speed rating as compared to other Maine horses. The speed rating is based on a formula using the horses time in recent races, which is then corrected for post position, track length, track condition etc.

Proposed Rule Changes Hearings / Public Comment

A hearing has been scheduled for proposed rules on August 22nd, at the Gambling Control Board Hearing at 9:00AM. Public comment period closes September 7. You may email or mail your comments to Henry Jennings at 28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0028.

Fair Season Starts Sunday, July 29!

Maine’s harness racing season shifts gears beginning July 29 in Presque Isle with the start of Maine’s fun-filled, jam-packed, historic Agricultural Fairs. Racing will continue at Scarborough Downs on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The "Thank You" Horse from Maine Shares the Thanks

Obrigado, an eight-year-old world champion harness racing trotter from Saco, Maine, was aptly named. In Portuguese, obrigado means “thank you.” With 42 first-place wins and $1.7 million in earnings, Obrigado has garnered more thanks than you can count from owners, drivers, trainers, and fans for being both reliably fast on the track and consistently happy and easy going off track. Read More About Obrigado

Harness Race Driver Bartlett Marks Successful 20 Year Career with Hall of Fame Induction

Twenty years of hard work and thousands of races later, Augusta native Jason Bartlett is considered one of the top harness racing drivers in the U.S., with more than 7,000 career wins and $95 million in purse earnings. To mark his achievements in the sport of harness racing, Jason will be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on June 3, becoming one of only four harness racing driver inductees. Read More about Jason Bartlett


Public Meetings

Date and Time Location Additional Information
October 11, 2018 9:00 AM Gambling Control Board Conference Room, Department of Public Safety, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine
November 1, 2018 9:00 AM Burton Cross Building, Augusta, ME, Room 208 Renewal licensing of live racing and OTB.

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