Heath Campbell wins four at Bangor Raceway

Bangor, ME —┬áHeath Campbell knocked it out of historic Bass Park on Wednesday (May 29), scoring a grand slam in the win column while hitting the board with eight of his nine driving appearances.

Campbell’s slugfest commenced with a pocket-sitting journey behind the Eric Bickmore trained Rambling Ruby (1:58.1-$10.00). Drafting behind the heavily favored Moonlightandroses (Dan Deslandes), Campbell pounced at the head of the lane, outsprinting his cover to the wire, a mere half-length the best. The win was the second in the past three weeks for the 4-year-old daughter of Betting Line.

Heath Campbell concluded his four-bag performance with Pembroke Danny Boy. Thomas Smith photo.

Trainer Mark Harris geared up Campbell’s next conquest as Excellent Chance (2:00.4-$10.60) scored her 39th career win. Sent smartly to the front by the confident teamster, the pair strolled through evenly rated fractions before holding the late-charging field at bay, striding three-quarters of a length the best at the wire, with all six combatants bunched up and clearly visible within the photo finish camera’s print.

In a power move reminiscent of his namesake, The Hulk (1:59.3-$3.60) muscled his way to the top through an indefensible quarter-pole move before toying with the competition like a cat would with mice. Sitting chilly in the seat, Campbell looked unworried while controlling the tempo on the point, with he and The Hulk seemingly prepared to ride for miles on the lead without being headed. Trained by Bangor’s top UTR conditioner, Kim Vafiades (.852), the 4-year-old son of All Bets Off took a brand new lifetime mark while claiming his second career victory.

Campbell concluded his four-bag performance with yet another confident score, gliding gate-to-wire behind Pembroke Danny Boy (1:59.1-$3.60), securing the third seasonal win for the Valerie Grondin trainee who remains undefeated thus far in 2024.

With the four driving wins, Campbell moves into a second place tie with Aaron Hall on the Bangor leaderboard with 13 seasonal wins apiece. The pair sit five wins behind Bangor’s top-rated teamster, Dan Deslandes, who scored three driving wins himself on Wednesday’s card.

Live harness racing is proudly featured at Bangor Raceway throughout the summer season every Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. (EDT) with the Sunday morning matinees going to post bright and early at 11 a.m. Simulcast wagering is available daily in the grandstand facility.

For those not able to come to the track, wagering and live video on Bangor Raceway, as well as hundreds of harness and Thoroughbred racetracks across the world, is available on Hollywood Races at www.hollywoodraces.com.

For complete information regarding live racing, simulcast wagering, gaming, dining and hotel accommodations at Bangor’s Hollywood Casino and Raceway, please visit the website at www.hollywoodcasinobangor.com.

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