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Twenty nine year old Mark Lewis, son of champion reinsman Chris Lewis achieved a family first at Harrah's Chester near Philadelphia on Monday (August 9) when he drove Trues Legacy to an impressive harness racing victory in 1:49.2.

He's told Harnesslink three times and New Jersey trainer Kelvin Harrison will continue to tell harness racing fans throughout the world that Auckland Reactor is having all sorts of difficulties acclimatising to the United States heat.

The Kiwi harness racing trainer behind Auckland Reactor's disastrous North American campaign says the stallion can turn his form around - but not any time soon. The one-time pacing hero of New Zealand harness racing finished a pathetic last in a moderate field at Chester yesterday, the low point of a three-race United States campaign which has seen Auckland Reactor's value plummet.

Former champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor N will bypass Sunday's (June 13) big $228,000 Bettor's Delight stakes race at Tioga Downs in favour of a lesser quality harness racing event at Harrah's Chester on the same day.

The 32 degree temperatures (90 degrees Fahrenheit) cost Auckland Reactor N his first harness racing victory on American soil today (Sunday May 30). The former Kiwi champion's condition gave way at the 100m mark ensuring a close-up fourth place in the $32,000 Open Pace.

Look for Auckland Reactor N to step it up a notch when he lines up in his second North American race at Harrah's Chester Racetrack in Pennsylvania on Sunday (May 30). That's the call from the 6-year-old's New Jersey harness racing trainer, Kelvin Harrison.

For the track and the sport, the timing couldn't have been worse. Meadowlands officials and New Jersey regulators ought to be mortified this week after allowing Saturday night's feature race-the much-heralded, eagerly-watched, North American debut of Down Under superstar Auckland Reactor-to degenerate into what one long-time horseman called "one of the most blatant and extreme examples" of suspicious racing seen on the Big Stage in quite some time.

Kelvin Harrison doesn't know what all the fuss is about. The New Jersey harness racing trainer wanted Auckland Reactor N to go 1:50 in his first North American race at the Meadowlands on Saturday (May 22) and the former Kiwi hero did better than that pacing a second quicker.

New Zealand harness racing champion Auckland Reactor fell short in his highly anticipated U.S. debut. Sent off the even-money favorite, he settled into fourth off the gate and began to inch his way first up as the field approached the final turn.

Auckland Reactor N's New Jersey trainer, ex-pat Kiwi Kelvin Harrison believes New Zealand's two-time 'Harness-Horse-of-the-Year' can pace at least a 1:50 mile in his first American race at the Meadowlands on Saturday (May 22).

At the Meadowlands qualifiers this morning, 6-year-old Auckland Reactor got his final tune-up for his North American debut. New Zealand's reigning Horse of the Year won his third consecutive qualifier, this time in a best 1:51.2 with a final quarter of :27.4. He won by 14-1/2 lengths for driver John Campbell.

After two qualifying drives behind Auckland Reactor, American harness racing legend Brian Sears still doesn't know how much horse-power he has under his new Kiwi engine. "I've just kept him relaxed so far. We haven't been interested in finding his high gear yet," Sears said.

Auckland Reactor won his qualifier today at Meadowlands Racetrack in 1:54, finishing 6-1/2 lengths ahead of the field and pacing the final quarter-mile in :26.3. The 6-year-old pacer, who was New Zealand's Horse of the Year in 2009, is preparing for his North American harness racing campaign under the guidance of trainer Kelvin Harrison.

Auckland Reactor's first trip around a racetrack in the U.S. was a success. The New Zealand harness racing star won his stateside qualifying debut by two lengths over Bullville Powerful in 1:53 Thursday (April 29) at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Auckland Reactor N will make his much anticipated North American harness racing debut overnight tonight (4am NZ time). Scheduled for around mid-day United States time (Thursday), 'The Reactor' has drawn eight in the nine-horse 11th qualifying event at the Meadowlands.

Don't expect two-time New Zealand Harness-Horse-of-the-Year Auckland Reactor and his driver Brian Sears to cut the mile out in anything less than 1:54 when the 5-year-old looks to qualify at the Meadowlands on Thursday (April 22). The qualifying mark is 1:58.

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