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As every knowledgeable harness racing fan knows the draw for post position is all so important on a half-mile track for a major championship race and Friday night's $115,000 Maywood Pace Final is no exception.

Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds were back in the spotlight on Friday, April 26th at Maywood Park as a pair of $12,000 stake battles shared top billing on the 14-race harness racing program.

Don't you just love a good name for a harness racing horse? I do. I've always felt that good horses deserve good names and if that's the case, then the Wilfong family of Donovan, Illinois must have a lot of very good horses because they continually come up with great horse's names taken from catchy phrases.

After a two-week absence the circuit's $17,000 Invite returns to Saturday's Balmoral harness racing program. All the familiar faces return to the ninth race feature headed up by the 2-1 morning line favorite St Elmo Hero (Mike Oosting) and the very sharp Fort Silky (programmed 8-1, Casey Leonard).

After two competitive rounds of the Incredible Finale Series Wednesday's $9,350 harness racing final shapes up to a wide-open affair for ICF pacing fillies and mares. Early favoritism is divided between the Brent Wilfong trained entry of Feel Like Dancing and Chariots Afire at 3-1, double-series victor Cee Cee's Delight (Brian Carpenter) at 7-2, and first leg winner Dallas Jones (Casey Leonard) at 9-2.

A busy Memorial Day weekend of harness racing fun and excitement kicked off on Saturday night at Balmoral Park with a pair of $10,000 Cardinal Stake elimination's for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts. The top five in each elimination will return next Saturday to slug it out for an estimated purse of $50,800.

Kyle Wilfong is of America's new breed of harness racing drivers - and the 20-year-old Watseka (Illinois) native aint half bad either! In fact Wilfong has stormed from nowhere to be one of the top reinsmen at Balmoral Park.

A pair of minor stakes events for Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-olds headlined another busy harness racing weekend at the Crete oval. On Saturday night, Sawgrass Farms Uncle Smoothie rallied from far back to take the $10,500 Crete Stake while Ciara Stables and John Carver's good looking filly No Respect cruised to an easy score in Sunday's $10,200 Beecher Stake.

A pair of state bred stakes events shared top billing on Saturday night as two-year-old harness racing colts met in two $11,300 divisions of the Yates Eagle Stake while their female counterparts battled in the $14,500 Thrifty Way Stake.

The countdown to Illinois' biggest night of racing, Super Night 23 on Saturday, Sept. 17th, began in earnest on Saturday as elimination action for the Orange & Blue, Filly Orange & Blue, Tony Maurello Stake, Grandma Ann & Pete Langley Memorial highlighted the 13-race harness racing program.

It was a gutsy decision but when Kyle Husted made the choice to shift to from his home town of Altamont to Chicago in January this year it was career move that could have easily back-fired. After-all the 19-year-old's mother Pam Coleman wanted her son to firstly get a degree to fall back on.

Illinois conceived and foaled pacers were the focus of attention on Saturday night (July 30) as six big stake races with almost $350,000 in purses headlined the Southland Festival of Racing at Balmoral Park. Kicking off the harness racing action were two-year-old pacing fillies as a full field of 10 squared off in the $57,500 Loyal Opposition Stake.

After some very impressive efforts by the youngsters in Saturday's Southland Festival of Racing elimination's at Balmoral Park the preliminary harness racing action continued on Sunday night with three-year-old trotting fillies battling in a pair of Fox Valley Evita Stake eliminations. State-bred sophomore pacing fillies were also in action as field of 10 met in $7,000 Ann Vonian Stake elimination.

After a week of oppressive heat and humidity in the Chicagoland area the harness racing action on the track was just as hot as elimination's for next week's Southland Festival of Racing produced some very impressive performances from the state-bred set on a steamy Saturday night.

The dream harness racing season for South Of The Tracks Racing's Anthonyskywalker continued on Saturday night (July 9) at Balmoral Park as the three-year-old gelding captured the $31,700 Hanover Stake over eight rivals in 1:55.1. Kicking off the 2011 Hanover season the gelded son of Powerful Emotion-Queen Jamie stormed right to the top from post position three for driver Kyle Wilfong.

A full harness racing field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing fillies lined up behind the gate for Sunday's (June 3) headliner the $9,000 Crestwood OTB Stake. Providing the fireworks in this battle Mike Brink, R.D. Poppleton and David Carter's Just By Design came up with the perfect game plan as the roan filly rolled to a 1-3/4 length front stepping score in 1:53.4 to take home top honors.

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