Featured Harness Racing Stories

The Making of a Champion: Breeding Horses for the Sire Stakes

October 2019 - Behind every successful harness racing horse sits a strong driver. But sitting off-track behind that driver, (or walking or pacing) is a strong breeder. Breeders are the backbone – and the croup and the crest – of the industry. The countless hours they invest match-making, breeding, and raising animals really starts to work its magic when the horse debuts in the state’s sire stakes, the on-ramp race circuit of future champions. Read More About the Sire Stakes

The "Thank You" Horse from Maine Shares the Thanks

7/8/18 - 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

5/31/18 - 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