Ronny B Good, one of just two mares and the second oldest of the ten competitors, captured the $6500 championship final of the Running Aces "Survivor Series" Sunday night (July 31). The eight-year-old Incredible Finale mare, owned by Banks Standardbreds of nearby Cannon Falls, swept from eighth at the half and seventh at the three-quarters to win by a neck in 1:55.1 for driver Lemoyne "Moonie" Svendsen.
Bringing back a champion can have its challenges. Expectations are high and age sometimes slows the stride of a great racehorse. However, ABC Mercedes proved that he has overcome the odds, winning the $24,000 Invitational Trot Wednesday, May 18 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.
The 2010 American National Stake season kicked off on Saturday, August 28th with a pair of three-year-old harness racing trotting events bringing some of North America's top talent to the Crete oval. Both races attracted full fields of 10 with the colts going for a purse of $150,000 while their female counterparts battled for $131,500.
The first round of American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park outside Chicago gets underway this weekend with races for 3-year-old male and female trotters. Hambletonian second runner-up Wishing Stone, who has $250,389 on his card this year and has yet to win a race in seven starts, heads a field of 10 going for the $150,000 harness racing purse in the race for 3-year-old male trotters.
A pair of state-bred trotting stakes for two-year-olds shared top billing on Wednesday's (August 4) Balmoral Park program and once again it was harness racing trainer Robert Taylor's My Miss Caroline who continued to dominate the filly ranks as she captured the $49,500 Fox Valley Flan Stake.
The states top pacers were highlighted on Saturday night as Balmoral Park presented six stake finals as part of a fun filled harness racing weekend known as the Southland Festival of Racing. With a big crowd lining the apron on a perfect evening there was a buzz in the air as the Illinois conceived and foaled stars battled for more than $378,000 in purse money.
Making it look even easier than she did while taking her career debut by five lengths La Bella Vita Stables, Robert Taylor & Kevin Dixon's My Miss Caroline completely overwhelmed nine rivals as she rolled to an 8-1/2 length victory in Wednesday's $7,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake elimination.
In what looked a rerun of last week's elimination tussle, Peggy Hood and Mystical Marker Farms Cotton Candy sped right to the front and made every call a winning in 1:55.1 over a sloppy track to take Friday's harness racing $100,000 Filly Maywood Pace.
Once again the this season's two-year-old colt pacing crop was on display Sunday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 13 youngsters battled in a pair of $5,000 Bingo Johnnie Stake harness racing splits.
Sophomore pacing fillies were the center of attention on Thursday night at Maywood Park as Peggy Hood & Mystical Marker Farms Cotton Candy knocked off seven other Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds by a half-length in 1:55.1 to take the $10,000 Filly Maywood Pace harness racing elimination.
The Grand Circuit is off this week. Harness racing action will resume in late June at the Meadowlands (Historic Series races) and in early July at Goshen Historic Track (Landmark Stakes).
Each year, some of the top three-year-old pacers in North America converge on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the $500,000 Hoosier Cup. When there is horsepower, there are always talented harness racing drivers that follow.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a returning harness racing champion Saturday, May 1. Southern Rocketop, driven by Hall of Famer Dave Magee, rallied home in his first start of the year to win the $23,000 Invitational Trot in a time of 1:55.0, proving he is back to tackle another year of competition.
Wednesday morning's (April 22) qualifiers at Balmoral Park drew plenty of attention as two of Illinois most dominant state-bred trotters over the past two seasons, Southern Rocketop and Miss Vickie, were both sent out for their first preps of the 2010 season.
In the only trotting event of the Windy City night the sensational Illinois harness racing bred Southern Rocketop had no trouble dispatching six rivals in the $90,000 Galt Stake for three-year-old trotting colts as he posted a front stepping score in 1:57.3.
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters stepped into the spotlight on Wednesday night as diagonally gaited freshmen of both sexes competed in Violet and Cardinal Stake eliminations. With a total of 14 fillies entered for the Violet a pair of $7,500 harness racing elimination tussles were carded.