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Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday, Aug. 23, and Darryl Laver is hoping the return to her hometown oval will help Thunderaway build on the positive results she has posted in her last two harness racing starts.

Gotta Secret picked up his second straight Grassroots harness racing trophy over a soggy Hiawatha Horse Park oval on Thursday evening (july 19)

Ontario Sires Stakes action rolls into Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening with seven Grassroots divisions for the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts.

Ryan Trusler, general manager at Hiawatha Horse Park, called it a cordial meeting that guaranteed the upcoming harness racing season in Sarnia, but not much else. Trusler and Hiawatha owner Jim Henderson met face-to-face this week with OLG officials for the first time since the devastating news that Hiawatha Slots will close April 30.

A lower harness racing entry fee and new conditions highlight the fifth annual Slots Cup Series, hosted by ROMP (Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions).

The future of Sarnia's racetrack at Hiawatha Horse Park looks bleak now that the Ontario government has reneged on a deal to subsidize the horsemen's purse. It's also not clear whether Hiawatha Slots will survive a barrage of changes announced by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan March 12.

Twenty-four teams of harness racing horseplayers from across Ontario competed for more than $16,000 in cash and prizes on March 8 in the finals of the third annual ROMP Handicapping League, presented by the Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions.

Twenty-four teams of horseplayers from across Ontario will duke it out for more than $16,000 in cash and prizes in the finals of the 2012 harness racing 'ROMP Handicapping League' on March 8.

Eighty teams consisting of 220 harness racing handicappers at seven tracks across Ontario are gearing up for the final qualifying leg of the ROMP Handicapping League.

On Thursday, January 12, Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP) kicks off its third annual ROMP Handicapping League at seven Ontario harness racing tracks. The tournament offers a minimum of $12,000 in prize money, plus three coveted spots in the $25,000 TROT Canada National Handicapping Championship in the fall.

London (Ontario) trainer and driver, Gorden McKnight, created his own little piece of harness racing history at the Hiawatha Horse Park on September 3 when he notched up his 400th training success. Now the 48-year-old St Marys native is keen to rack up another 46 driving wins so he can achieve the 1000-win milestone.

As the air temperature cooled around them, Ontario's talented harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies kept things sizzling on the Hiawatha Horse Park surface Thursday, roaring around the five-eighths oval in their last regular season Grassroots event.

With 125 points earned through her first four Grassroots harness racing starts, Angel On The Wing has already assured herself of a berth in the post season, but trainer Larry Fitzsimmons would love to see the three-year-old pacing filly wrap up the regular season on a high note this Thursday at Hiawatha Horse Park.

In a very interesting special report on the insidehalton.com website by reporters Christina Commisso and Catherine O'Hara, they delved into the local harness racing industry in Off Track.

Two-year-old trotting fillies Lovely Vacation and Dayplanner extended their perfect Grassroots record to three with victories at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening. In the seventh $24,000 Grassroots division, Lovely Vacation went straight to the front from Post 4 and never looked back, cruising home 16 lengths in front of the harness racing competition in 2:02.4.

Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting fillies invade Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening (August 13), competing for a total of $216,000 in nine Grassroots divisions. Local filly Daring Nikki will make her second appearance in the provincial harness racing program from Post 5 in the third $24,000 division, and Gerald Pedden is hoping the homebred youngster can match or exceed the fourth-place result she posted in her debut at Woodstock Raceway on Aug. 2.

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