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Address: 90 Payne Road, Scarborough, ME 04070
Phone Number: (207) 883-4331
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Fun day ...... Rating is for the horses

I would rate the grounds/stands as poor and the quality of the horses and races as very good. The stands and building are in need of repairs and updating. A lot of space not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Gatineau, Canada
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54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

If you want to have a good time with friends while you're visiting Scarborough ME and its area you must go to the Downs. You'll have a great time with friends and the people on staff are very welcoming and will guide you with the schedules and everything and you will be able to dine there also,

Thank Richard S
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Well, Scarborough Downs is racing again! Nice to be back. This track in its 65th season is a little Jewel in Southern Maine. Free to get in, a program for $1.75 and off you go to the races. Food is inexpensive and good and great views of the racing can be enjoyed by all. Truly country racing in a great... More 

1 Thank Doug A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I would rate the grounds/stands as poor and the quality of the horses and races as very good. The stands and building are in need of repairs and updating. A lot of space not being used. I had heard the owner does not want to put any money into the track and it shows.

1 Thank LTJTR3
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I just recently went to Scarborough Downs with my wife and sun right before the local fairs starting racing. While it is true that the facility is old and dated, we had a great time. A bright sunny day full of Maine State Bred Stakes races. A small crowd. Maybe 500 people on a beautiful sunny Maine day. Watching the... More 

Thank Doug A
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It costs nothing to get in. Live harness racing on week-ends Inexpensive fast food, although I understand there is also a full service restaurant. We went on a Saturday night and racing started at 4:30 and was over by 8:00 PM Lots of benches by the track and an enclosed grandstand in case of bad weather, I love horses so... More 

1 Thank LynnTTT
Belmont, New Hampshire
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106 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

great harness racing has a lovely dining room with views of the racing food is above average if you just want a burger/dog/beer there is a pub on the 1st floor wrap around windows plus you can bet on other tracks MANY TVS

2 Thank Raymond d
Brimfield, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I was new to the horse betting game on a trip to Old Orchard beach and decided at 67 years old I should at least take a look. I had never put a bet on a horse race in my life and was so excited to see the horses you could not imangine. The very first horse I bet on... More 

2 Thank Richard K
Portland, Maine
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297 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been going to Scarborough Downs for years and continue to watch it decay. The place was a great harness racing facility up to the end of the 1980's. Since then, not a dime has been spent on the place. Some of this is due to the city's refusal to allow this track to have slot machines. Most of... More 

3 Thank MRVEGAS711
Quincy, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Nothing beats a great meal and playing the ponies. The food & service is beyond compair--and if you're able to win a few quid--all the better!!!

2 Thank tffob3
Concord, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Fun place to go for a few hours! Sad to see it somewhat empty. Minimum bets of $2 allow you to cheer for your picks without getting too stressed about not knowing what you're doing. 10 races at 2 bucks a race if you choose equals 20 bucks for 3 hours of entertainment. Unless you win, then they're paying you!... More 

1 Thank Ellen P

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