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R. Dustin Jones brought a good 2-year-old trotting filly to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last year for the juvenile trotting filly Breeders Crown harness racing contest. After finishing second in her elimination heat, he thought it would be a difficult task to beat Fitness Girl.

She slayed the giant in Kentucky and on Saturday night (October 29) Big McDeal will try to close out her harness racing season with a big win in the Breeders Crown two-year-old filly pace final at Woodbine.

Perhaps lost in the incredible level of harness racing stakes success the Ray Schnittker stable has had in recent years, is the fact that he originally was and still is a "racehorse trainer."

Until five years ago harness racing trainer Travis Umphrey campaigned exclusively in Western Canada at tracks like Stampede Park and Northlands.

Dan Daley has been here before. The harness racing trainer-owner-driver who bases his operation at Vernon Downs, has made a solid living developing young trotters for action on the lucrative New York Sire Stakes circuit.

Each year the battle for the Breeders Crown is waged with divisional honors hanging in the balance. Rarely, if ever, has there been a harness racing field assembled with as many as five different horses who could catapult to the top of the division with a Crown triumph.

Marvin Katz and his business partner Al Libfeld have been collecting high quality trotting broodmares for years. Their exquisite taste in harness racing bloodlines often had them bidding on six-figure yearlings. About six years ago the pair decided to change the way they do business.

Bold And Fresh worked out an ideal trip then sprinted past odds-on harness racing favorite Crys Dream and second choice Jezzy to capture the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks in grand style Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Early this year harness racing trainer Noel Daley and manager Ole Bach were in search of a driver to match with their trotting colt Broad Bahn. They both thought that with Broad Bahn's tendency to race near the front the perfect choice would be George Brennan, known affectionately in the harness racing industry as "The Minister of Speed."

Author J.K. Rowling presented her first Harry Potter manuscript to 12 publishing houses and was rejected by all 12. Experts looked at the pages and didn't see potential, let alone greatness. Perhaps the same could be said for Fawkes, a surprise qualifier for Saturday's harness racing $1.5 million Hambletonian.

While his owner and family managed to travel the longest distance to reach the Hambletonian, harness racing trainer Noel Daley hopes his sophomore trotter Broad Bahn is prepared to take the shortest route to the winner's circle in this year's edition of trotting's most prestigious prize.

This could be the year for surprises in the harness racing $1.5 million Hambletonian. The connections of 18 colts entered the fray on Tuesday with only 10 guaranteed a spot in the final on August 6. Trainer Chris Ryder could be that 'Why Not Me?' guy when he sends out the precocious Charlie De Vie in one of the classic's two elimination heats.

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