Bangor Raceway Offers Harness Racing Fans a Weekly Chance at $100,000 | People

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Bangor Raceway Offers Harness Racing Fans a Weekly Chance at $100,000

BANGOR - Bangor Raceway and Scarborough Downs are launching a new and exciting promotion for harness racing fans this season: the Lucky 7 Challenge, where one contestant will be chosen at random each week during the race meets to try to correctly pick the top 7 finishers of the challenge race, giving them a chance at a whopping $100,000 grand prize.
“We wanted a promotion that got people involved in the live harness racing product,” said, Wendy Ireland, a member of the Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board, who sponsors the contest along with both commercial tracks. “Our fans love the horses so this was perfect. They need something that engages them and focuses their attention to the action out on the track.”
If the chosen contestant correctly picks 5 of the 7 finishers, a prize of $1,000 will be awarded; for 6 of 7 finishers, the prize is $25,000, and correctly picking 7 of 7 finishers in the challenge race awards the grand prize of $100,000.
Northville Downs, a harness race track in Michigan, was the originator of the contest, which they implemented this season through Odds on Promotions, a promotion company who works with the PGA Tour on these types of big payout giveaways. When the Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board members got wind of a contest that involved picking horses, they thought it was the perfect thing to get Maine fans excited about coming to the races.
“We are always looking for something new and fresh to get fans involved in racing,” said Board member, Rick Cushing. “The contest worked very well at Northville and we are hopeful for the same success here in Maine.”
The Lucky 7 Challenge will be offered at Bangor Raceway on Fridays, now through July 22, and at Scarborough Downs on Saturdays, from June 11 to September 3rd.
For more information about the contest contact Corey Smith at Bangor Raceway at 877-779-7771 or via email at, or Susan Higgins at Scarborough Downs at 207-883-4331 or via email at A copy of the contest rules can be found at each track’s website: or