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Sophomore pacing fillies took center stage on Thursday night (October 10) as a total of 12 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds battled in a pair of $10,600 Betzotic Stake harness racing splits. As can often be the case on a half-mile oval, speed and the inside post are often a winning combination and it certainly turned out to be on this night as both pole-sitters scored in wire to wire fashion.

In yet another dominating harness racing performance on Super Night, John Carver & Bert Hochsprung's Iam Bonasera overpowered nine rivals, scoring by four and a half lengths in 1:50 while taking the $127,000 Tony Maurello Stake. The win made the son of Cole Muffler-Shessluvabull a two-time Super Night winner (2010 Langley Memorial).

The fields have been set and now the excitement begins as Balmoral Park gears up for Illinois biggest night of harness racing, Super Night 2012, this Saturday, Sept. 15th. The festivities will get underway around 5:30pm (central) and the first post will be at 6:30 pm (central) for the 14-race card.

The countdown to Illinois biggest night of harness racing racing, Super Night 2012 began in earnest on Saturday (September 8) as 12 eliminations for five of the eight championship tilts were contested. A total of 15 two-year-old pacing fillies were sent postward in a pair of $15,000 eliminations for next week's $188,000 (est.) Filly Orange & Blue to get the night started.

The action on and off the track was fast and furious on Saturday, July 28th, as a big crowd flocked to Balmoral Park for the Chicago Southland Festival of Racing. Along with a taco eating contest, salsa tasting contest, live music and plenty of other giveaways and food & drink specials there was also plenty of harness racing action on the track as some of Illinois best pacers and trotters battled for more than $300,000 in purse money in five stake finals.

Cole Hard Cash, a six-year old Cole Muffler gelding out of the Life Sign mare Sacred, won the $10,000 Open Pace in 1:54, over a fast track, for harness racing owners, Limerick Racing of Hamburg, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 2).

Yonkers Raceway Saturday night offered penultimate preliminary round competition in its George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series competition. A quintet of $50,000 harness racing events comprised the fourth round, with many of the usual names--save for the AWOL Atochia--adorning the marquee.

Foiled Again turned 60 Saturday night (April 7)...doesn't look it, doesn't act it, but it says it right there on his record...60. Sixty as in the number of harness racing wins in his career after his wrapped-up, public workout in the fifth, $50,000 division of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.

Cole Hard Cash, a six-year old Cole Muffler gelding out of the Life Sign mare Sacred, won the $10,000 Open Pace in a season's best 1:55.4, over a fast track, for owners, Limerick Racing of Hamburg, NY, here at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (March 31). It was the third win this season for Cole Hard Cash, who has been in the money in seven out of eleven races this year.

Harness racing driver-trainer Stacy McLenaghan, a 26 year old native of New Kent, swept both ends of a late "sprint-like" daily double Wednesday afternoon (September 21) at Colonial Downs. The final two races, along with a trio earlier, were contested at the three-quarter mile distance.

Gotta Let It Go, a three year-old Cole Muffler gelding, was a 10-1 chance in Balmoral Park's morning line in the Pete Langley Memorial. The race for Illinois-bred harness racing sophomores carried a purse of $188,000. Gotta Let It Go, after a 0 for 3 record as a freshman, had compiled a 14-2-2-3 record this year for earnings of $11,552.

It was Marcus Miller and Erv Miller again in the harness racing winner's circle with MJ's Bid in the Filly Orange And Blue at Balmoral Park on Saturday. MJ's Bid was giving the Miller team its second Super Night victory.

The 2011 Land of Lincoln yearling sale, held on Sunday (August 14) at Walker Standardbred Farm in Sherman, Ill., showed an increase of more than 25 percent for the average sale price, as compared to the 2010 harness racing sale.

That Power of a Moment bandwagon just keeps movin' on...complete with boxcars. Two weeks ago, he was a pocket winner from the eight-hole at 30-1. Last week, he was pocket winner at 6-1. Saturday night, he again lit up Yonkers Raceway's harness racing tote board, stepping up to the $52,000 Open Handicap Pace and 24-1.

Fresh off a harness racing victory in last Thursday's Juxtaposition stake Ronald Phillips and Jesse Ferge's good looking filly, Fox Valley Hermia, kept her perfect record intact as she cruised to a wire to wire score in the first of two $7,000 divisions of the $7,000 Mi Metallica Stake on Thursday night. The second division was captured by MJ's Bid and driver Marcus Miller.

Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing trotters were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven diagonally gaited three-year-old colts battled in the $9,000 Niles OTB Stake.

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