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Ranger achieves 9,000th win at Bangor Raceway

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BANGOR – Bruce Ranger entered the night of June 14 only one win away from 9,000 career victories in harness racing. After the first of his eight scheduled races for the night, Ranger achieved the milestone with Anderlecht, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:57.

“This was an exciting night,” said Michael Hopkins, Manager of Racing Operations at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. “9,000 wins is quite an accomplishment and he’s only the fourth racer to do it in the history of the sport in this state. There’s a lot to be said not only for his talent, but for his durability and consistency over the years. This is not an easy milestone to achieve.”

Ranger achieved his first win in Skowhegan in 1979 and has been racing in Bangor since the 1980s. He ranks fourth on the list of career victories for Maine drivers behind William Parker, Jr., Walter Case, Jr., and George Brennan. He achieved his 8,500th win in May of 2013 at Pompano Park track in South Florida. He walked away from racing in June of 2015 before returning to the track last year. In all, Ranger won four races Friday night, finishing the evening with 9,003 career victories.

The 136th season of racing at historic Bangor Raceway got underway in May with racing every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday through July 19. All post times are set for 5 p.m. Thursday, July 4 will feature a special Independence Day race card at 6:30 p.m. Following fair season, racing will resume for a three-date stint in September and with a regular schedule resuming Tuesday, October 8.

Simulcast wagering will be available at the track on days with live racing at the Win, Play & Show Lounge under the grandstand.  All races at Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway will be simulcast throughout the country. The permanent simulcast wagering Race Book remains at Hollywood Casino’s main facility at 500 Main Street in downtown Bangor. On days with live racing at Bangor Raceway, racing fans will have the option of simulcast wagering either at Hollywood Casino or at the track.

Admission to the grandstand is free. Race programs will be sold at the track starting the day before racing for $1 each. For more information, visit


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