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When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, I'll Have Another, moves down the block this Wednesday from Barn 9 at Belmont Park to Barn 2, -- the displaced horses detention camp and temporary home for alleged equine dope addicts -- he will arrive with a lot of excess baggage and it looks like a lot of harness racing decay is starting to seep out of its crypt and seep into the Sport of Kings.

In response to David Mattia's recent article published at, Monticello Raceway has zero tolerance for the predatory practices described in his article. We are fully investigating the allegations and are attempting to obtain the identity of any individuals who have information or who are alleged to engage in these practices.

Wonderfully warm-hearted carriage horse people and compassionate riding horse trainers - true crusaders of kindness and caring - are swarming down like gentle locusts on harness racing's Monticello Harness Racing track in Monticello, New York. They are offering hefty sums -- some as absurdly high as $200.00 US -- for those unfortunate horses who are performing too poorly to participate in actual races.

HBO's highly anticipated television series "Luck" - a show that depicted the underbelly of the horse racing world as seen from both the grandstand and the backstretch - was barely out of the gate when, on 14 March, it was humanely euthanized by its producers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Mann and David Milch.

Gottaservesomebody, a handsome 7-year-old pacing gelding, has found new harness racing lifestyle since being claimed from a race at Harrah's Chester for $20,000 on July 5, 2009 by Maryland based owner/trainer Marvin Callahan.

With four victories in only six lifetime starts, it's becoming quite evident that Dancinwiththestarz is one harness racing gal who likes to lead when she dances. She has amassed earnings of $82,085 and has a freshman mark of 1:53.3f.

If any horse deserves her own set of vanity license plates it's One Tough Girl. Of course she doesn't drive per se, unless we count her spirited drives to the wire, but like most harness racing standardbreds, she has been driven, and that's where our story leads us to why a horse's name often times becomes serendipitously appropriate.

In Mexican American lore, El Cucuy is a kind of boogeyman, a ghastly monster with the head of a pumpkin and the body of something unspeakably horrifying. The myth of this phantom that frightens badly behaved children originated centuries ago in Portugal and Spain, and depending upon where you are in the Spanish or Portuguese-speaking world there are variations on the creature's name and degree of ugliness.

There's a new face in the harness racing training ranks and it belongs to 23-year-old New Jersey native Whitney Richards. On February 10 Richards scored her first training victory when Michael Marx, Jr. steered her horse Art's Coco to a neck victory in 1:57.4 at Yonkers Raceway.

They say that patience is a virtue, but where trainer Tom Harmer and owner Michael Polansky are concerned, patience can also be quite profitable. Apart from the 17 other horses he trains for Polansky at Pompano Park, Harmer is the proud trainer of the brilliant trotter Battleshoe Victor.

Corey Callahan is a superstar kind of guy who just can't seem to get it wrong. He's been a champion high school soccer player, Maryland's 1996 ice hockey player of the year, a top-notch student at the University of Kentucky, and a high paid marketing executive. What next? Will he become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or perhaps make a move into local politics and then something on Capitol Hill?

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