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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.

In just two and a bit seasons of professional driving Nick Steward has achieved more in harness racing than many reinsman will ever accomplish in a lifetime. But the Steward 'driving machine' is only just starting to kick into gear and with age and a strong will to win on his side this 20-year-old could be anything.

If you haven't heard of Robert L. Sparling Jr yet then it's only a matter of time. He's been around since 1996 but in recent seasons the 32-year-old has really started to make a name for himself in South Western Ontario harness racing circles.

Have you dreamed of owning a racehorse? Hoisting a glittering trophy in the winner's circle, surrounded by friends and family? Your dream could come true, simply by submitting a ballot in the Ontario Sires Stakes "Win The Thrill" contest at your local harness racing racetrack.

A trio of three-year-old trotting colts were able to pick up their second straight Grassroots trophies in Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening.

Heading into the second last leg, the Slots Cup Series will hit Clinton Raceway this Sunday July 10. Two $12,000 harness racing divisions will be contested in the fifth of six legs. Race 11, the second division of the day is where the action will be. Cajon Thunder (PP3) and Larjon Barty (PP6) are both coming off of hot win streaks heading into this race and this will be their first head to head meeting in the series.

Ontario's three-year-old trotting colts roll into Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening (July 7) for their second shot at a Grassroots harness racing trophy, and Sarnia resident Terry Kerr is hoping High Stakes Banker will have a whole pile of hometown luck riding in his race bike.

Last season's top harness racing driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Scott Zeron, made a leap up the 2011 standings with a pair of victories in Grassroots action at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday (June 30).

If you were driving through Oil Springs last fall, you might have met Apach Of Luck and one of her harness racing owners out for a Sunday drive. The pair would have caught your eye, because Apach Of Luck is a Standardbred pacing filly and Dennis and Doug Belan's 'ride' was a metal jog cart.

Based on a joint application from Hiawatha Horse Park and the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), the Implementation and Monitoring (IM) Group of the Ontario Racing Program approved a variance to upper level purse permitted for Hiawatha to $60,000.

Twenty-four teams of horseplayers from across Ontario competed for more than $16,000 in cash and prizes on March 17 in the harness racing finals of the 2011 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 2011 ROMP Handicapping League on March 10. Participation in the harness racing tournament is up by more than 40 percent over last year's inaugural tournament offered by Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP).

Nearly 250 people on more than 80 teams at seven harness racing tracks across Ontario are gearing up for the final qualifying leg of the ROMP Handicapping Tournament. Participation in the tournament is up by more than 40 percent over last year's inaugural tournament offered by Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP).

Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions (ROMP) kicks off its second annual ROMP Handicapping League at seven Ontario harness racing tracks on Thursday. 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.

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