Maine State Harness Racing Commission


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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Harness Racing News

2022 Harness Racing Dates Updated

Maine’s 2022 Harness Racing Season Set to Begin April 8!

On November 19, 2021, the Maine State Harness Racing Commission approved a 2022 Racing Calendar that included 144 days of racing spanning nine months and nine tracks. However, a series of potential adjustments relating to fair racing are now pending, with final decisions expected on March 28. Following approval of any changes, an official 2022 calendar will be posted on the MSHRC website. In the meantime, the 2022 Maine Harness Racing season resumes April 8 at First Tracks Cumberland with a post time of 3 PM. We hope to see you at the track!

Off-track Betting Facilites are Open

Maine’s off-track betting/simulcast facilities are open in Bangor, Sanford Scarborough, Lewiston, Brunswick, and Waterville. Please check with these businesses about hours and days of operation.


Trackmaster Horse Ratings

Trackmaster Horse Ratings is a computer-based assessment of a horse's overall ability that is calcuated based on past performance ratings.

Current Horse Ratings


Public Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Remote Participation Policy, Effective August 8, 2022 (PDF)

Date and Time Location Additional Information
October 18, 2022 9:00 AM Room 101, Deering Building, Augusta, Maine OR Microsoft Teams Under the authority of 8 M.R.S. 271(2) and Chapter 19, Section 4.10 of the Maine State Harness Racing Commission Rules, the Commission will hear a request from HC Bangor LLC doing business as Bangor Raceway to reopen the 2022 Race Date Assignment Hearing. The request is for the Commission to award HC Bangor LLC an additional day of racing on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 in addition to those awarded at the Licensing and Race Date Assignment Hearing that was held on November 19, 2021. In the event the Commission votes to reopen the Race Date Assignment Proceedings, the hearing will occur on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the Deering Building, Room 101 located at 90 Blossom Lane, Augusta, Maine.

The hearing will be held in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act, 5 M.R.S. 9051-9064 and Chapter 21 of the Maine State Harness Racing Commission rules. All parties have the right to be represented by counsel and will be allowed to present evidence, call witnesses, and present oral or written testimony and arguments to the Commission. Applications for intervention pursuant to 5 M.R.S. 9054 will be accepted until the commencement of the hearing. Applications for intervention presented after the commencement of the hearing will be denied.

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to: Shane Bacon, Executive Director, Maine State Harness Racing Commission, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028 or call (207) 287-3221.
November 15, 2022 9:00 AM Room 101, Deering Building, Augusta, Maine OR Microsoft Teams
December 20, 2022 9:00 AM Room 101, Deering Building, Augusta, Maine OR Microsoft Teams

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