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Rachel L. Dancer, one of harness racing's leading standardbred owners of champion horses during her marriage to the late Harness Racing Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, died May 16 in Pompano Beach, Fla., at the age of 83.

A memorial service has been announced for Ralph P. Jones, Jr., 87, who died May 15, 2013.

Ralph P. Jones Jr., a proud son of Delaware County OH and longtime racing official, primarily at his beloved county fairs, passed away this morning (Wednesday May 15) at the age of 87.

The sudden death of his close friend Graeme Blackburn on March 18 has given John Street a new perspective on life.

Today at Hyeres Jean-Pierre Dubois won his FR comeback after European rules were changed to permit harness racing drivers to compete after age 70.

Ruth Aldridge Hansen, for 67 years, wife of Hap Hansen former Brandywine Raceway CEO and track president and Harness Tracks of America officer, passed away surrounded by her husband and family, at her residence at Plantation Estates, Matthews, N.C. on April 9, 2013.

Prominent Florida sire Arapa Victory, whose harness racing sons and daughters have made a solid impact in the Florida Stakes program, has died at age 13, according to owner Laurie Lee Poulin.

The funeral of one of New Zealand's most loyal harness racing owners and breeders - Graeme Blackburn - will be held in Auckland on Saturday (March 23). Mr Blackburn of Lincoln Farms fame, will have a Rosary and sharing of memories in his honour at St Patrick's Cathedral in Wyndham Street (Auckland central) at 7.30pm on Friday night.

Eight hours after 2005 Horse-of-the-Year and harness racing giant Rocknroll Hanover was euthanized at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, her former caretaker Sarah Lauren Scott was still having trouble holding back her tears.

Kathleen Frances McMahon Abbatiello, of Colts Neck Township, NJ, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 following a brave fight against lymphoma. She was born and raised in Freehold. She graduated from Freehold Regional High School.

A necropsy done on a horse that died before a race last month at The Meadows Racetrack indicates that she succumbed to natural causes. Lislea Isabella, an 8-year-old harness racing mare, died of either exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging, an electrolyte imbalance or some other cause, according to the necropsy report released by Samantha Krepps, press secretary for the state Department of Agriculture.

Nobleland Sam, 30, one of the top sires in Ohio breeding history, died Tuesday morning (Feb. 26) in his stall at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, Ohio, according to farm vice president Dr. John Mossbarger.

He might have been a popular television presenter and New Zealand's top golfing journalist but Philip Leishman, who passed away overnight (February 25), was also a harness racing pioneer in New Zealand.

A long-serving and highly respected member of the Franklin Trotting Club has died. Harness racing stalwart Edwin (Ed) John Stoupe died last Saturday (February 16). Mr Stoupe first joined the Franklin Trotting Club as a member in 1957, and he was elected as a steward of the Club in 1967 from which time he gave continuous service in that role up until his resignation recently due to his ill health.

At day-4 the field for Sunday's harness racing 400,000 euro Prix de Paris has narrowed to twelve, led by Ready Cash, Maharajah and Main Wise As (a son of Yankee Glide).

I say this every week but there is definitely plenty going on in harness racing right now - on and off the track.

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