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The talented sophomore filly Auniqueaquistion has her sights set on shedding her role as the bridesmaid in the major harness racing stake races when she takes on seven ICF rivals in the $122,000 Maywood Filly Pace Friday night.

While Sportsman's Park was one of the elite harness racing tracks in the country last century for several decades the Cicero, IL facility didn't have a winner's circle for its first 30-plus years of racing.

While King Mufasa won only 2 of 8 starts as a harness racing freshman and banked just $9,360, this year he's 3-for-3 in the ICF 3-year-old colt and gelding trotting division, including an easy victory in the $50,800 Cardinal on May 29.

A pair of Illinois bred stake races are the Sunday co-features on Balmoral Park's harness racing program. There are some familiar faces in one and a number of unknowns in the other. The second race $12,000 Fox Valley Diva is short on quantity with just five 3-year-old ICF trotters but big on quality.

Maywood Park hosts elimination races Thursday night for its harness racing $100,000 Maywood Filly Pace championship that will be contested a week from tomorrow on Friday, June 14.

Summer may not be officially be here until June 21 but for many Illinois horsemen the summer-time season arrives three weeks earlier with tonight's $6,000 Jimmy Sunshine, the first stake race of the season for 2-year-olds.

He was perfection in 2009 when he was named the nation's harness racing 'Horse of the Year' after winning all 12 of his 3-year-old starts including two big ones right here in Illinois

Data gathered recently from Illinois horsemen shows that the cost of putting a horse on the racetrack has increased dramatically even as money earned has dwindled.

Friday evening's $12,000 Gosox stake, a stepping stone to next month's $100,000 Maywood Pace, lured a field of nine harness racing 3-year-old ICF colts or geldings headed up by a three-horse entry of Sawgrass Farms contenders.

Owned and bred by the late Gale Kline of Centreville, Michigan this trotter had the distinction of winning the initial stake race on opening night (May 22) of 1992 when old. Sportsman's Park was converted to a seven-eighths mile racetrack.

At an age when most horses are finished harness racing or are nearing the end of their careers and are competing at lower levels, the 10-year-old trotter George's Vacation has gone in the opposition direction.

It's not often these days an Illinois owner will spend six figures on a 4-year-old horse, and bring him to our state to compete. Nonetheless, that's exactly what veteran harness racing trainer Tom Simmons owner David Clinard did and it could turn out to be a very wise move for the Mount Sterling businessman.

Jenni King's 4-year-old harness racing mare Place'N First will be in her familiar under-dog role when she takes on seven distaffers in Maywood Park's Friday feature, the $10,000 ninth conditioned race for non-winners of $9,500 in their last five starts.

Brenda Watson is the perfect person to be lobbying harness racing rights and initiatives to Illinois politicians. Watson has the sport deeply entrenched in her heart. She loves horses. Always has - and she loves fighting for the little guy.

Wednesday's $12,000 Betzotic for ICF trotting colts and geldings landed eight starters but because there would have been only six betting interests the stake was slotted as a non-wagering event with an early 6:45 pm post before the regular harness racing card.

Brenda Watson has served on the Illinois Harness Horseman's Association (IHHA) for 13 years and for 13 years she has been lobbying to get slots installed at the State's two major harness racing tracks - Balmoral Park and Maywood Park.

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