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Veyron regained his hot form with a Preferred 2 Handicap trot harness racing victory at The Raceway at Western Fair on Mar. 16, eight days after a fourth-place finish ended a two-race win streak.   J Bradley Harris, who was back in his bike on Mar. 16 after a one-race absence, tucked the gelding into third, following leader Derf Hanover (Doug McNair) and Power And Grace (Brett Macdonald) into the first turn.   Derf Hanover was allowed 29.3 and 1:00.3 opening fractions before Harris activated his charge out of third as they turned for the second backstretch trip.   Veyron briefly headed the leader, but Derf Hanover fought back at the rail and set the three-quarter time of 1:29.4. Derf Hanover ceded the lead shortly after, though, and promptly went to the gallop. Veyron then trotted off to a one-and-a-quarter-length victory in 1:58.4. Power And Grace flashed late speed but had to settle for second, and Sizzlen Hot Herbie (Natasha Day) emerged best from a blanket finish for third.       Veyron's win brought him to 17-for-96 lifetime and carried his earnings total over the $200,000 mark. Paul Cameron trains the son of Muscles Yankee for Tjs Stable of Caledon East. The horse has won four races from his past six starts, all of which were Preferred events of varying levels.   Also on the card, conditioner Brent Belore celebrated his first win of 2021 as Greystonefastmyles scored in the opening race. Steve Coulter also broke his yearly maiden with Sam McKee Hanover in the sixth. Hank Lilley did the same with the heavily-favoured Alyssa Marie in race nine.   The Raceway at Western Fair will be back on Mar. 17 with 11 races beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST. Following that date, The Raceway will move to 5:50 p.m. post times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and a 4:50 p.m. start on Fridays.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Veyron and harness racing driver J Bradley Harris were too good in Flamboro Downs' Preferred 2 seventh race on Feb. 21.   Harris stepped on Veyron's accelerator to grab the front just past the quarter, managed tempo well and pulled away from stretch challengers under a mild drive to take Flamboro's first preferred event of the year.   Veyron left quickest, but Zack To The Max was intent on an early lead. Travis Cullen drove on with the latter and took the lead in the field's first visit to the backstretch. Harris immediately moved outside with Veyron and re-took the lead with ease. The duo then slowed the pace down for a 59.3 first half and continued unchallenged to the three-quarters in 1:28.2 as Herbs Journey stalled first-over.   As Veyron turned for home, the only worry was Zack to the Max from the pocket, but he had little after an enervating first quarter. Harris only needed to offer little encouragement to put away that foe as he and his drive won under wraps. Sizzlin Hot Herbie passed a tired Zack to the Max, who finished third, and survived a pylon violation inquiry to finish second.     Veyron and Harris both collected their first wins of the year with that feature race score. The former has now won 15 races from 92 lifetime starts and earned more than $185,000. Paul Cameron trains the eight-year-old gelding by Muscles Yankee for Tjs Stable, which acquired the horse in Sep. 2019.   The Feb. 21 card was Flamboro Downs' first of the year as the Dundas, Ontario track resumes racing after a government-mandated Covid-19 shutdown. Flamboro will stop racing again for several days as it upgrades its lighting to LED, according to Standardbred Canada. There are no further confirmed race dates as of Feb. 21.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink    

Hanover Raceway wrapped up its summer handicapping harness racing contest on Saturday night. 30 handicappers qualified for the Country 93 sponsored contest, and all were hoping to win the first prize, a 51 inch High Definition TV. The contest started in Race 2 and 21 of the 30 competitors picked favorite Lucky Dunk driven by J Bradley Harris, but the 3 year old colt broke in the final turn knocking out all but 9 of the competitors.   The contest was quickly down to the final four, and Susan Weatherall of Flesherton won the contest in Race 7 when the horse picked by runner-up Shelley Johnston of Chatsworth finished 4th.  Susan picked her father Wil’s horse who won the race. Johnston won a prize package including a 250 dollar shopping voucher courtesy of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce. Joe Allison of Kincardine finished 3rd winning Golf for 2 at Cobble Beach, and Bill Fitzsimmons of Meaford was 4th winning a 100 dollar prize pack courtesy of Hanover Raceway. On the track, it was the Bruce Richardson and Garret Rooney show, as the 2 Arthur men won 6 of the 10 races on the night. Richardson kicked off the night winning the opener with Passion Delight in 2:00.3  for owners Glenview Livestock.  Richardson also won 4th race with Quarter past Six in 2:03 for owners Dayle and Lynn Mcfadden of Barrie and the 8th race with Elle Machferson in 1:57.4 for owner Eugene Bauman of Drayton.   Rooney meanwhile won Race 3 with favorite All Muscled Up in 2:02.4 for owner Jim Wilson of Melancthon, Ont, Race 6 with Prettyndangerous in 1:57 for owner Hutt Stables of Pennsylvania, and got the hatrick in Race 7 with Dervish Hanover in 1:59.1 for owner Doug Riley of Seaforth. Hanover Raceway resumes its 2014 season in 2 weeks, as they break for the 150th annual Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Fair starting on Friday August 15th. Event brochures are available at the Racetrack restaurant and slot bar, or details of all the activities can be found online at www.hanoverfair.ca Hanover Raceway

Hanover Raceway played host to a special exhibition race of harness racing trotters under saddle Saturday night. The race was won by Sixth Man and was that horse's third in a row after winning in the race bike in his last two starts in Hanover. Sharleen MacDonald of Paisley, Ontario was the winning rider, competing for the first time with Sixth Man under saddle.

With the regular harness racing season coming to a rapid close, competition for the last few Grassroots points will be fierce when the 3-year-old pacing fillies gather at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, September 10.

It comes as no surprise that Ancaster Ontario native J Bradley Harris is a quality harness racing driver. The 26-year-old is a fighter and knows how to win a battle - but to be fair he has no right to be driving and working standardbreds in 2011.

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