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Leaders within the West Australian horse racing industry are furious over damage to racing's image in the wake of the Cookson affair and are demanding answers as to why a known career criminal was allowed to continue frequenting tracks.

Ourasi, four-time winner of the Prix d'Amerique, died earlier today in France, at Haras de Gruchy in Normandy. He was put down at approximately 5 a.m. eastern time.

The Harness Racing Industry was saddened with the news of the passing of Henry (Harry) John Westwood ,December 28 2012 of Condell Park and Cowra.

The family is deeply saddened to announce the death of Charles Courtney Ross of Saint John, husband of Donna R. (Queen) Ross, which occurred on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He loved his harness racing, and was a trainer and driver of many horses.

Trent Elliott Tharps, Sr., 51, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Dec. 27, 2012. Born Dec. 17, 1961, in Wilmington, Ohio, to Thomas and Carole (Gray) Tharps, he was a 1981 graduate of the Warren County Career Center.

Walter Russell, 86, a member of the harness racing Living Hall of Fame died on Saturday, Dec. 22 after having suffered a heart attack on Dec. 15. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Yet another grand old campaigner was lost to the harness racing community on Sunday (December 16) when George David Shand (Geordie) passed away peacefully on his 83rd birthday. George is most noted for being the trainer/driver of iron horse Eastwood Jaunty (184 starts, 13 wins, 12 seconds, 12 thirds, Lt $127, 901) as well as being the early educator of 1985 New Zealand Cup winner Borana.

Kevin McDonald and his daughter Amy say they lost a piece of their soul when fire rampaged through their St Johns harness racing stable in Newfoundland killing seven racehorses, a pony, and three goats. They also lost all of their harness racing gear and equipment.

James E. Derue, 49, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died Nov. 20, 2012, at Glens Falls hospital, surrounded by his family. Born on April 14, 1963, in Kingston, Ontario, he was the son of James W. Derue and Mary Jane Leeman Derue.

Last night's (November 23rd) Bermuda Cablevision harness stakes racing at Vesey Street was abandoned after a pony was tragically killed while racing.

Former New Zealander harness racing trainer and driver Alan (Dusty) Dunsmuir passed away aged 84 on Saturday November 17 in Maryborough - his adopted home.

Margaret, Margie, Vance, the wife of Paul Vance is further survived by her very loving children, noted trainer Joe Vance and his siblings Paula and Connie.

Friday, November 16 was a sad day at Hanover Shoe Farms. On that day Rich N Elegant, the mare which many consider to be the greatest Standardbred broodmare ever was humanely euthanized due to a severe bout with colic.

Sharon Manzi, loving wife of harness racing journalist John, mother and grandmother, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on Saturday, November 3, 2012. She was 68. Sharon was a gentle and elegant woman, with a sweet demeanor and an inner strength that shined through her final days. Her friends and family knew her as a very talented cook, who had an uncanny ability to replicate almost any dish without a recipe.

D. Mark King passed away, at 53, shortly after horses he had raced at Harrington Raceway finished first and third on Oct. 25 after he was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del. From a well-know and popular Delaware harness racing family, King worked with horses his entire life and was an owner, trainer, driver and a track blacksmith.

Sad news struck the Western New York circuit with the passing of 35-year-old harness driver Daniel Dylo. The popular reinsman fittingly won his last race driving his top trotting mare Vicky Winner.

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