One of Southland's true harness racing icons, Jim Holland, passed away last week aged 94. Holland's biggest achievements in the sport include breeding and owning smart fillies Some Legacy, Shania Patron and It's Ella, as well as being the winner of the 2000 Southland Harness Racing Personality of the Year Award.
Junior harness racing drivers had a day out like never before when they won the first seven races at the Wairio Trotting Club's special Mile Day fixture at the Central Southland Raceway in Winton today Sunday 18 October 2009.
All indications point to leading trainer Geoff Small landing himself in more strife with harness racing stewards and officialdom after an unfortunate sequence of events at Addington Raceway in Christchurch tonight (Friday 16 October 2009).
Amazing Art, a quality Artsplace colt from well performed In The Pocket mare Pacing Grace (8 wins) fetched top harness racing price of $170,000 at the 2009 PGG Wrightson Two Year Old Ready To Run Sale at Addington Raceway in Christchurch today (Wednesday 14 October 2009).
Harness racing driver Jamie Keast knew One For His Knob was getting close to his mark but he was so unlucky when seventh at his previous start at Methven on Sunday that he was expecting a big run from him at Addington today (Tuesday 13 October 2009).
Despite the considerably smaller number of catalogued lots, senior harness racing representatives of the auctioneers PGG Wrightson are still expecting a successful ninth Ready To Run Two Year Old Sale at Addington Raceway in Christchurch tomorrow Wednesday 14 October.
Cullen's Creek, a half brother to open class harness racing pacer Harnett's Creek, has come of age if his comprehensive success in he PGG Wrightson Ltd Handicap Pace (2400m) at Methven today Sunday 11 October proves a reliable guide to his class and fitness.
Harness racing trainer Robert Dunn called it right when he said some bad luck might have to befall favourite Tennis Ball if one of his three representatives was to win the $35,000 Gr 3 Mountain River Processors Methven Cup at Mt Harding today Sunday 11 October.
Master harness racing trotting trainer Tim Butt justifiably predicted a bright future for Quality Invasion after he staged an auspicious winning debut in the R and R Haulage Trot (2400 metres) on grass at the Methven fixture at Mt Harding Raceway today Sunday 11 October.
The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association can justifiably feel proud of its 2009-2010 Register of Standardbred Stallions. The Register has continued to grow in terms of content and annual additions to whereby it provides the most demanding readers and harness racing breeders virtually everything they want to know before making a choice of sires for their mares.
Astute Canterbury harness racing trainer Robert Dunn is aware of his stable and family's formidable hand in the $35,000 Gr 3 Methven Cup (3000 metres) that will provide a searching test of stamina on grass at the Mount Harding track tomorrow Sunday 12 October.
The outcome of a familiar David and Goliath passage in the Holy Bible was reversed at the Forbury Park harness racing meeting in Dunedin tonight Thursday 8 October when giant pacer Star Friendship proved too strong for gallant little runner up Lord Forbes.
Exciting Central Southland 3 year old harness racing pacer Motu Crusader underlined his potential with a stunning success in the third heat of the NRM NZ Sires' Stakes Series over 1700 metres at Forbury Park in Dunedin tonight Thursday 8 October.
Last night's annual general meeting of the Forbury Park Trotting Club in Dunedin has sanctioned the replacement of the unsafe stewards' stand with a new harness racing administration facility.
Distinguished Papakura harness racing trainer Tony Herlihy is '85 percent certain' his champion trotting mare One Over Kenny will have to miss next month's Dominion Handicap at Addington because of a quarter crack in her off fore foot.
With the benefit of hindsight, North Canterbury harness racing trainer Philip Iggo suspects he might have contributed somewhat to his stable star The Fat Controller botching the start and taking no serious part in the Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup at Motukarara on Sunday 4 October.