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SIDNEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Standardbred racing season begins in Maine on Saturday. Trainers all over the state are working extra hard as the final days to the season count down.

At the Sidney Training Center in Sidney, owners trainers and drivers are excited about cashing that first check. Owners receive pursemoney when horses win or do well in races. Trainers are paid year round for taking care of horses. Drivers make money when they drive races.

In Sidney, a solid group of horsepeople are preparing more than three dozen horses for the races. Among them isRon Cushing, who was 2012 Trainer of The Year in Maine.

"The key is consistency," said Cushing. "You find something that works for you and you stay with it."

Harness racing begins Saturday at Scarborough Downs.

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