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It was a beautiful day to start off the new 2011 harness racing season, as the opening nine race qualifiers began their day at the Plainridge Racecourse. The conditions were great and you actually thought that you were watching the regular racing card.

The New England Chapter held it`s annual meeting Saturday, April 9, 2011, at The Eagle Brook Saloon, Wrentham, MA with eight members present. Charles Kelley and Bill Faucher were presented with USHWA logoed jackets by the harness racing Chapter.

The state of Ohio has a lot of horses to be proud of, but the combination of Buck I St Pat and Won The West have certainly made a very impressive name for themselves, as the harness racing season has finally come to a close of the Ron Burke Racing Stable.

On Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Marriott Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in the Grand Cypress Ballroom, the United States Harness Writers Association held the Dan Patch Horse Awards in front of a thrilled and excited audience in the main ballroom.

This is a quote from Bob Lieberman interview below - " I asked him two simple questions and they were, " do I get paid and how long does the job last ?" He said you will get paid and we race year round. So before I left the Fair, we sat down, agreed on an arrangement and I had myself a job as the track announcer. "That is the absolute truth, believe it or not."

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, the New England Harness Horsemen's Association held their annual awards banquet at the VFW Post in Foxboro, Massachusetts, with a full house on hand to enjoy the festivities and the harness racing awards that were presented that evening.

It was a rainy, dark and dreary harness racing afternoon at the Plainridge Racecourse, but for Todd O`Dea and Jim Hardy, there was nothing dark and dreary about it. Todd O'Dea was able to carve out three winners over the sloppy course.

At Plainridge Racecourse on Monday, November 22, John Kakaley was able to bag three winners and the very next day, Tuesday, November 23, Jim Hardy came right back and bagged three winners himself to maintain his lead towards winning another harness racing Driving Title at the racetrack.

The eighth race on Monday (Nov. 15) at Plainridge Racecourse was a special race, for it was in memory of Stephen Thompson and in the winner's circle was his brother, Kevin, presenting an award to the winning harness racing trainer D.T. Sumner.

The USTA Regional Meeting & Awards Banquet (Saturday, November 13, 2010) was held at the Plainridge Racecourse as Gary Piontkowski (COO) and his staff hosted the dual harnesss racing event.

For Megan Quinn of Berlin, MA , the mother of Emily, Tyler, Brenda and Rick, a special day that she had been waiting for, was about to come true for her in the fourth race on Monday's harness racing card, November 8, 2010 at the Plainridge Racecourse.

It was a change for the better around here today (thursday November 11) as we had some strong winds, but a bright and beautiful day in the area, while harness racing driver Mike Eaton was able to harness a three bagger in the seven race card at the Plainridge Racecourse.

On Monday`s (November 8) harness racing card at Plainridge Jim Hardy put on a show in the seven races that he drove by winning four and finishing third in two others, under a torrential downpour along with winds that made the racing miserable, but not for Hardy.

It was a cold and rather nasty rainy day at Plainridge today (Thursday November 4), as you can see by just looking at Jim Hardy, who captured a three-bagger on today`s harness racing card. Just recently we had a few days of Indian Summer and now we might be heading straight for winter.

The tables turned on Robert Lieberman Tuesday (election day) at Plainridge Racecourse. To the wonderment of Lieberman, he was summoned to the harness racing winner's circled after the running of the sixth race, leaving his post briefly as assistant paddock jujdge, to formally accept the chapter's most cjherished honor, induction into the New England Harness Writers hall of fame.

Indian Summer, truly lets you know why people want to live in New England, because today was one of those rather unique days with the temperature in the seventies, that we don`t often see at the end of October. Harness racing at the Plainridge Racecourse was terrific, as Gerald Rocco Jr. and his crew had the surface in outstanding shape.

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