Harness racing at Scarborough downs suspended due to coronavirus, limited revenue

Harness racing at Scarborough Downs will stop after Friday due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions and limited revenue.The Maine Department of Economic Development gave Scarborough Downs the go ahead on June 3 to hold 17 days of races. No spectators are allowed at the races.Scarborough Downs said it used money through the Payroll Protection Plan and with financial grants received from the Maine Harness Racing Commission, but that money has run out.The harness racing track said it is exploring other ways to generate revenue.”We would love to say come out to the track for the last races that we will be conducting tomorrow afternoon. But we can’t welcome spectators so please don’t do that,” track announcer Michael Sweeney said. “We will be open for simulcast wagering on Saturday afternoon at our outdoor garden here from noon until 7 p.m.”Sweeney said the hope is to resume harness racing in early September.

Harness racing at Scarborough Downs will stop after Friday due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions and limited revenue.

The Maine Department of Economic Development gave Scarborough Downs the go ahead on June 3 to hold 17 days of races. No spectators are allowed at the races.

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Scarborough Downs said it used money through the Payroll Protection Plan and with financial grants received from the Maine Harness Racing Commission, but that money has run out.

The harness racing track said it is exploring other ways to generate revenue.

“We would love to say come out to the track for the last races that we will be conducting tomorrow afternoon. But we can’t welcome spectators so please don’t do that,” track announcer Michael Sweeney said. “We will be open for simulcast wagering on Saturday afternoon at our outdoor garden here from noon until 7 p.m.”

Sweeney said the hope is to resume harness racing in early September.