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Despite unseasonably cool temperatures and the constant threat of rain harness racing fans turned out in droves to watch Illinois' best trotters and pacers slug it out in Super Night 22 on Saturday, Sept. 18th at Balmoral Park.

The countdown to Super Night 2010 began in earnest on Saturday, Sept. 11th with 13 of the 14 races on the harness racing card serving as elimination's for next Saturday's Super Night festivities. A total of eight championship tilts will be contested by Illinois' finest pacers and trotters next week with more than $1.5 million in purse money up for grabs.

After a very big Saturday night of harness racing action it was time for Illinois conceived and foaled trotters to take center stage as the $46,500 Kadabra Stake and the $44,000 Fox Valley Evita Stake shared top billing on Sunday, August 1st bringing this year's Southland Festival of Racing to a close.

After a busy Saturday night of harness racing elimination action for next weekend's Southland Festival of Racing the countdown to the big weekend continued with three more elimination's for state-bred pacers and trotters on Sunday, July 25, 2010.

A busy week of Hanover Stakes harness racing action came to a conclusion on Sunday (July 18) at Balmoral Park as a total of 22 diagonally gaited sophomore colts squared off in a pair of $28,250 Hanover Stake splits.

The 2010 Hanover harness racing stakes season started with a bang on Wednesday night as Paula Smith and James Runyan's Fox Valley Click took advantage of breaks by the two favorites, Action Broadway (1-5) and Southern Maebelle (6-1), then survived a long inquiry to post a 15-1 upset in the first of two $19,700 Hanover Stake splits for three-year-old trotting fillies.

Illinois conceived and foaled filly and mare harness racing pacers took center stage on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 13 distaffers met in a pair of $12,500 Sue Fee Stake splits.

Miranda Lyon and Paula Smith's Muscatine was on his best behavior for Wednesday nights $7,000 Cardinal Stake elimination which is something most of his Balomral Park harness racing competition could not say.

Veteran harness racing trainer Roger Welch has reason to be optimistic as the first "major" test of the Illinois bred stake season draws closer after a pair of sophomore pacing fillies who hail from his barn captured both of Sunday's $7,000 Violet Stake eliminations.

Illinois top sophomore pacing colts will face the starting gate for Friday's (Nov. 27) 11th race as a field of nine three-year-olds square off in the $15,000 Cole Muffler Stake. Shirley LeVin's Park Lane Deputy has been at the top of the division since the word go in 2009 and this Sportsmaster colt has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite as he guns for his 15th victory of the season.

Sporting a name that seemed to describe his chances in Friday's $225,000 Windy City Pace for three year harness racing pacing colts at Maywood Park Greg Carey and Shawn Swenson's In Over My Head pulled off a shocking upset at odds of 55-1 as he rallied the final stride to win by a head in 1:52.2.

State-bred youngsters grabbed the harness racing spotlight on Saturday, Oct. 17th at Balmoral Park as a total of 16 Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old pacing colts were sent to battle in a pair of $26,450 Sarah Myers Stake splits.

State bred pacing colts took center stage on Friday night at Maywood Park as a total of 13 Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing three-year-olds battled in a pair of $14,705 Illinois Standard bred Owners and Breeders Association Stake splits.

While the conditions were cold and wet the harness racing action was hot and heavy on Friday night at Maywood Park as Illinois top two-year-old pacers were on display in the $56,500 Violet Stake and the $51,950 Cardinal Stake.

Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing two-year-olds were the focus of attention on a cold and rainy Friday night at Maywood Park as the Violet & Cardinal Stake eliminations were contested over a sloppy track.

The Prairie States top two-year-old trotters took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 14 freshmen harness racing fillies battled in a pair of $12,500 Lady Lincoln Land Stake eliminations while 10 of their male counterparts battled for eight open spots in a $12,500 Lincoln Land Stake preliminary.

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