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Coming off a campaign in which he was the 3-year-old Colt Pacer of the Year, Heston Blue Chip was conspicuously absent in the early stages of this season. It turns out that the horse was having a reaction to his ulcer medicine, although it took owner Ken Jacobs and harness racing trainer Linda Toscano a while to discover that little problem.

Jurgen Hanover heads into eliminations for the $500,000 Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot this Saturday (June 22) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a big head of steam -- seven wins in his last seven starts. His wins include the elim and final of the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon, the final in a career best 1:53.4.

We had only two nights of live harness racing this past week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, so the Weekly Awards will have to take a little hiatus until next week. Instead, I thought we'd play a little game of "Where Are They Now?"

Normally, I use this space each week to detail the exploits of several of the harness racing stars at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. This week is an exception, because one performance was so outstanding that it outshone all others, even in a week that witnessed several track records falling by the wayside in the eliminations for the Ben Franklin, James M. Lynch, and Max C. Hempt stakes races.

When the trotter Rosalind won the Hambletonian in 1936, her victory combined with the story of her young owner, Gibson White, recovering from serious illness became the inspiration for a children's harness racing book titled 'Born to Trot.'

On a night when three track records and two world records had already been established at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Googoo Gaagaa needed to come up with something special to steal the harness racing show.

It's been an incredible week of harness racing action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, one that saw superstar colt Googoo Gaagaa break the world record for 3-year-old trotting colts in the eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial on Friday night.

After watching Stormin Normand and Googoo Gaagaa become the only 3-year-old trotters in history to win in less than 1:52 on a five-eighths-mile track in their Earl Beal Jr. Memorial elimination races last week, trainer Jim Campbell was asked whether the world record was in jeopardy again in Saturday's (June 23) $500,000 final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Northeast Pennsylvania will undoubtedly be the center of world harness racing this Saturday night (June 23), as Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offers a spectacular card, with the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial Trot Final for 3-year-old colts -- whose eliminations last week spun off the two fastest trotting miles in global harness racing 2012 -- joining up with elimination races for the following Saturday's Ben Franklin Pace Final (FFA horses), Max Hempt Memorial Pace Final (3-year-old colts), and Jim Lynch Memorial Pace Final (3-year-old fillies).

Three-year-old trotting colt Googoo Gaagaa rolled to a harness racing victory in world record time in an elimination race for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Vivid Photo, one of harness racing's greatest underdogs and winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, continued breaking records and thrilling fans in the years since his crowning victory.

We at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs all had high expectations for the inaugural $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial trot on Saturday (June 25), but no one could have expected the stellar harness racing performance that won the race or the odd circumstances surrounding it.

Harness racing owner Wanda Polisseni is something of a motivational speaker when it comes to her horses. Whatever little pep talk she gave Dejarmbro prior to Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs had a winning effect.

About 8 months ago, Dejarmbro suffered the ignominy of going off-stride as the harness racing favorite at the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. On Saturday night, he exorcised those demons and then some.

The Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot will be contested at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, June 25, 2011. A purse of $500,000 will be up for grabs in the 3-year-old Open Trot final. Harness racing trainer Trond Smedshammer sends out I'm The Answer and Dejarmbro, who drew the 1 and 2 posts, respectively.

Pastor Stephen, last season's harness racing Dan Patch Award winner as best 2-year-old male trotter and a perfect 3-for-3 in 2011, will start from post No. 8 in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

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