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After last weeks Beckwith eliminations at the Plainridge Racecourse, Nine Innings wanted to make amends because he knew that the race last week was not his style of harness racing, so Todd Whitney and Nine Innings were entered to race in the consolation today (Tuesday September 7).

The Billings leg made their stop as usual at the Plainridge Racecourse on Labor Day, but to everyone`s surprize the out of town harness racing favorites weren`t able to get the job done, so Ray Marsland of Plainridge came from the back of the pack and powered his way to an incredible victory in 2:00.

Bert Beckwith could not have picked a more beautiful day for his memorial harness race, because the sky was a bright blue, the weather was picture perfect and the Plainridge Racecourse was packed as the day belonged to D.T. Sumner and incredibly the G.M. Steve O`Toole for he was the legend`s champion for 2010.

The day is fast approaching, for the Beckwith is here, the Beckwith is here. This coming Monday Sept. 6, 2010, Labor Day, the eleventh running of the Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace will take place, with a slightly different twist to the race and just like in the past it will turn out to be another day of great harness racing.

The New England Chapter will be holding its 32nd Harness Racing Writers Awards Banquet at Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway on Saturday, October 16, 2010 and it is open to the public. The chapter will be honoring six Hall of Famers that will be bring the grand total to sixty-one inductees, which dates back to 1962, when the first awards were presented.

Norwood, MA-- For this harness racing week it seemed that everything was coming up in threes. On Monday it was John Hogan, on Tuesday it was Jim Hardy, so naturally on Thursday, it turns out to be John Kakaley.

Jim Hardy and John Hogan not only have the same initials, but their ability and integrity are both on the same page. They are respected by their harness racing peers and give one hundred percent in their driving and training skills.

There was plenty of excitement at the Barton Fair, in Barton, Vt. this past Thursday and Friday. For Mike Eaton and his family, who are from Cumberland, RI., went up to the Barton Fair to watch their son Mark race in his first official charted line race which happen to be the biggest purse on Friday`s ten strong harness racing card.

James Hardy was back in his groove again at the Plainridge Racecourse. On Thursday, August 19, he was able to garner another three bagger to bring his total for this week to seven harness racing victories. This gives him a seven win lead over his closest pursuer, John Kakaley.

It was hot and very humid at the Plainridge Racecourse today (Tuesday August 17) , as the " hot " John Hogan brought home three winners in today`s nine-strong harness racing card. Ranked fourth behind Jim Hardy, John Kakaley and Mike Eaton in the leading driver`s standings.

The sky was dark and dreary over the Plainridge Racecourse on Monday (August 16), but it didn`t stop Jim Hardy from completing a three bagger and Jim Tomaso shocking the harness racing crowd with a two dollar win ticket worth $172.00 in the sixth race.

John Kakaley is a harness racing driver with a winning attitude and on today`s card (Thursday July 29) he was able to win four races. Two of which were the early daily double along with the sixth and seventh race.

For harness racing driver Jim Hardy winning isn`t everything, it`s the only thing. It appears that he is about to run away with the driving title at the Plainridge Racecourse with three more wins today. It gives him a total of 76 wins out of 362 starts and a UDRS average of .350.

D.T. Sumner started off the harness racing program on Monday July 19 off like a house of fire winning three of the first four races and it looked like he was going to be unstoppable, but unfortunately all good things come to an end, but it certainly was memorable for Sumner.

It was the Hardy & O`Dea show at the Plainridge Racecourse on Thursday, July 15, with both harness racing drivers victorious in three races on the nine race card. Todd O`Dea was able to snag the early double aboard MS Jet Setter owned by Steve Zajchowski of Norton, MA and trained by Tim Griffith in a time of 1:58 and paid $16.40.

Todd Whitney is truly smelling the roses, because on Sunday, the Fourth of July, he received his Amateur Driver of the Year award as voted by the United States Harness Writers Association at The Harness Racing Museum at Goshen, NY. It was presented to him by President Peter Gerry of the Del Miller Amateur Drivers Association, which represents the Billings Amateur Drivers Association.

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