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Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack has announced their 2010 schedule for live harness racing, with the suburban Philadelphia racetrack commencing their fifth season on Friday, April 9, 2010.

As officials were keeping a close watch on activities in the United States star canadian pacer Bigtime Ball scorched around the mohawk track in 1:48.2 last saturday to keep his prospects open for an invite to the Watpac Inter Dominion Championship next year.

It was befitting the world's richest racing stallion Mister Big equaled the world record of 1:48 on a five eighths of a mile track not far from the home of his 85-year-old owner, Joe Muscara. Not long after Mister Big's ($5.60) gutsy win in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace, Muscara told Harnesslink from his house in the Philadelphia suburbs exactly when the 6-year-old would be retired.

Off a 1'49"1 win in his elimination, last year's Ben Franklin runner-up Mister Big has been installed the 7-5 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Matt Rose in this year's $500,000 Ben Franklin final, to be held this Sunday (July 26) at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.

The $500,000 Ben Franklin Final is being billed as the Northern Hemisphere's race of the year after the draw was released today. All of the open class stars will be on show at Chester and, other that the retiring Mister Big, any of the remainder of the field could be enticed to Sydney for the Watpac Inter Dominion.

Three races of interest for the 2010 Watpac Inter Dominion all went the way of the favourites in the United States on the weekend. Super colt Well Said easily accounted for his rivals in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace while the older stallions Mister Big and Art Official won the eliminations to the Ben Franklin at Chester.

The northern hemisphere open class horse numbers have swelled as New South Wales Harness Racng Club officials continue to assess the form in the $50,000 Ben Franklin Prep races at Chester next Sunday in their attempt to lure another Mr Feelgood to the Watpac Inter Dominion Championship.

The Pennsylvania Racing Commission has confirmed that Total Truth, an entrant in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Harrah’s Chester Racetrack on June 15, was scratched from the race by the judges after an earlier test for a permissible steroid (Stanazol) revealed the horse to be over the legal limit.

Joseph Alborano’s Artistic Fella, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, unleashed a powerful performance to capture the $500,000 final of the Ben Franklin pace in the world record time of 1:48 at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday, June 15 .

Joseph Muscara's Mister Big, fresh off a performance in which he paced the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths mile oval, can expect an immediate challenge to his supremacy from seven rivals in Sunday's $500,000 Ben Franklin final at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.

Seventeen of harness racing’s greatest pacing stars – including nine millionaires - have been entered in two $50,000 eliminations for the Ben Franklin stake at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday, June 8. The first four finishers in each elimination will return for the rich $500,000 Franklin final on Sunday, June 15.

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