This year, for the 12th consecutive year, the harness racing 'Harold Zahn Purple Heart Memorial Race' will take place on Saturday (April 6) at Balmoral Park.
The Harold Zahn Purple Heart Memorial Race will be presented at Balmorals Park, in Crete, Illinois on Saturday, April 14th. It all began shortly after Harold passed away in 2002 as the brainstorm of his son Dale and Dale's wife Levine from Holland, Michigan - it was meant to be a simple family gathering to keep the memory of Harold alive at the racetrack he spent so many hours at during his retirement years.
A group of patriots representing the Military Order of The Purple Heart proudly displayed the flags prior to the Saturday night racing program at Balmoral Park. The event was in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Harold Zahn Purple Heart Memorial Race and Mandy Zahn, Harolds only granddaughter, performed the National Anthem live from the track's winner's circle.
It's been nearly a decade since longtime harness racing fan and proud American, Harold Zahn, passed away. The WWII veteran earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.
The drought has ended. In November, 2010, the then 12 year-old gelding, Tattler's Jet, visited the harness racing winner's circle at Windsor Raceway after winning for the 99th time in his career.
One of the few bright spots in Michigan harness racing will take place on Tuesday, July 27th at the Ottawa County Fair in Holland. The prestigious Wolverine Futurity featuring the State's top 2 and 3 year old trotters and pacers will face the Starting Gate and race on the swift half mile Fairgrounds track in scenic west Michigan.
Driver Joe 'Slim Jim' Cirasuola tried the Amateur harness racing ranks on Monday night in week four action featuring members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association at Hazel Park.
Five newcomers will join four GLADA 'regulars' on Monday, June 7th at Hazel Park Raceway in suburban Detroit. The fifth race on the betting program will feature Week Four Action in the summer harness racing series that benefits charities. For purposes of the series, the word 'amateur' means the driver has not accepted compensation for his drives during the past ten years
It was sloppy going at Hazel Park on Memorial Day Monday Night as the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association sloshed into week three of its harness racing action. As expected, 'Buckboard' Bob Miller shot to the front as the starter said 'Go' behind the speedy Distant Memories.