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Once again Illinois conceived and foaled pacing fillies took center stage on Thursday night at Maywood Park as a total of 13 harness racing two-year-olds squared off in a pair of $7,000 Mi Metallica Stake splits. And just as they did in last week's Juxtaposition Stake, Little Miss Henry and Fox Valley Dublin emerged victorious for Curtis Rice and Johnny Rice respectively.

A bevy of state-bred stakes action provided plenty of fireworks at both Maywood and Balmoral Park over the Independence Day weekend. The harness racing action kicked off on Friday, July 2nd at Maywood with a full field of eight state-bred pacers slugging it out in the $30,000 Cook County Stake.

A pair of Mississippi owned two-year-olds toted home top harness racing honors in Thursday night's $7,000 Juxtaposition Stake splits as the Curtis Rice owned and trained Little Miss Henry captured the first division in a snappy 1:57.2 while the Johnny Rice owned and trained Fox Valley Dublin took the nightcap in 1:58.2.

Sunday's $8,000 Wicked Brew Stake splits for Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing two-year-old pacing colts produced a pair of upset victor's as 29-1 outsider Filled With Wonder and 14-1 longshot Fox Valley Mercury lit up the tote board in their respective divisions.

State bred pacing colts took center stage on Friday night at Maywood Park as a total of 13 Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing three-year-olds battled in a pair of $14,705 Illinois Standard bred Owners and Breeders Association Stake splits.

As the sire of one of the top four-year-olds in North America in Blueridge Western 1:49.4 ($992,564), a Group winner at 2 and 3, and of a second 1:50 performer in U All BB 1:49.6, a world record holding mare, Allamerican Ingot is without question one of the most proven harness racing sires to become available to breeders in Western Australia.

Niel Gargiulo's Incredible Art ($3.40, Brandon Givens) was a decisive winner Monday in the featured $18,700 Junior Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.1. Driven by Brandon Givens for trainer Wayne Givens, the 7-year-old Incredible Finale mare was a two length winner over Art Director and Fields of Honour A.

Niel Gargiulo's Incredible Art ($7.40, Brandon Givens) was a decisive winner in Monday's $17,000 Junior Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.2. A recent $40,000 claim for trainer Wayne Givens, the 7-year-old Incredible Finale gelding was athree length winner over Areyouinorout and Art Director in his first start for new connections.

Larry Baron's Incredible Art ($3.40, Victor Kirby) captured the Monday feature in 1:54.3 over a track listed as good at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Incredible Finale gelding received a perfect second-over trip behinda game Caspian Prince, who cleared pacesetter Ruffled Tux at the top of the stretch.

The 2009 stakes season at Maywood Park gets underway Friday night as an overflow field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old colt and gelding pacers square off in the $15,000 Sportsmaster Stake.

Rushmore Hanover outdrew his seven rivals and made 'em all pay Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured, $21,000 high-conditioned trot. With Brent Holland driving for trainer Larry Remmen, Rushmore Hanover stuffed 8-5 choice Stunt Man Hall (Jason Bartlett) into the pocket before a 29-second opening quarter-mile.

Gotta Go Mo ($5.60) started off 2009 right where he left off 2008, in the winner's circle at the Isle Pompano Park. And the five-year-old gelding did it in style, romping by five and three-quarter lengths to win the $16,000 Open Pace in 1:50.3.

Vapor In The Wind has visited the winner's circle twelve times in his 32 starts this season. The 4-year-old Cole Muffler gelding made it four consecutive wins at Pompano Park by taking the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51 Saturday night.

The public's choice's Incredible Bob and Fox Valley Lector both had an easy time winning divisions of their respective second legs of the Incredible Finale Series for state-bred freshman colts and geldings Thursday night at Maywood Park, just as they did in last week's first round splits at Balmoral Park.

On a blustery and snowy Wednesday night a total of 17 two-year-old colt pacers braved the adverse conditions to slug it out in a pair of $5,000 Incredible Finale Series splits for state-breds. In the first division G&B Stable of Illinois' Fox Valley Lector turned a pocket sitting trip into a 1 and three quarter length victory in 1:57.2 over a track rated as 'good'.

ISOBA Super Sale Stake action continued on Saturday night with a field of eight two-year-old pacing colts going postward for a purse of $25,000. With most of the division leaders sitting it out for the remainder of the 2008 season this test figured to be a wide open affair from start to finish.

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