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The U.S.T.A. reported this past Friday (August 17) that harness racing horsemen John Moody, Don Harmon, Rick Ray and Wally McIllmurray, Jr. are suing the Michigan Gaming and Control Board (MGCB).

Suspended harness acing drivers John Moody, Donald Harmon, Rick Ray and Wally McIllmurray, Jr. have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division against the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), Richard Kalm, Gary Post, Daryl Parker, Richard Garrison, Billy Lee Williams, John Lessnau and Al Ernst.

Midway through the harness racing 'Michigan Colt Stakes' season, there remain just two undefeated horses. One of them is a small, but speedy, 3-year-old pacing filly named Tropical Breeze.

On June 11th nine amateur harness racing drivers went to post in a CK.G. Billings Harness Driving Championship trot at Hazel Park Raceway and when the dust had settled Mike "the Doo-Wop Doc" Caston rallied 20-1 longshot Merlincrest to a neck victory in a time of 2:01.4.

An article written by the Jackson Citizen-Patriot that details Michigan horsemen's legislative battle in Lansing was published on MLive.com Friday.

Whenever harness racing driver Jason Merriman travels to a new track, he is greeted by the same question: No, he is not related to Aaron Merriman. But that's not to say Merriman is without family ties in harness racing. Although he is not related to Aaron Merriman, a well-known driver with more than 5,150 wins to his credit, Jason Merriman notes proudly that he is a fourth generation horseman on both sides of his family.

Blazing temperatures matched the competition on Monday evening as eight eager harness racing amateurs faced the starter at Hazel Park Raceway.

Rarely has one creature labored for another as a horse for a human. From the Crusades to World War I, battles were fought and won on the backs of horses. Frontiers were explored, homes built and communities created from the labor of horses at the will, and for the benefit, of humans.

As many of you know, it's been a busy couple of weeks in Lansing and tremendous progress has been made in the fight to save harness racing in Michigan. On Wednesday (April 25), the House Agriculture Committee, chaired by Rep. Kevin Daley, passed HB5546 out of committee and on Thursday (April 26), the Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Hune, passed SB1075 out of committee.

Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association return to the track on Monday evenings this summer, bringing excitement, fun, and hot hands driving competition for harness racing fans, families and friends. The first race night will be Monday, May 7, so "horse up!" as GLADA President Steve Oldford likes to say.

To find the name 'Wrenn' among the leading harness racing drivers in North America is not a surprise. Peter Wrenn has won more than 300 races each of the last six years and is approaching 8,800 for his career.

This video depicts a typical early spring night of harness racing at Northville Downs. 'The Downs' has been a fixture in Northville at Seven Mile and Centre Street for decades.

Fire destroyed Lee and Denna Sattelberg's harness racing barn in Howell, Michigan, early Saturday morning (Jan. 28). Four horses were tragically lost in the blaze. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Sattelbergs.

Eric Carlson is a harness racing driver on the rise. The 36-year-old Michigan native is so passionate about the sport he gave away lucrative well-paid city jobs for a life of horses. And that deep passion for the standardbred has ensured great success in recent seasons - especially since 2009.

The 2011 Michigan fair harness racing season came to a close on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 2) with a 13-race Bronze Circuit program at the Hillsdale County Fair at Hillsdale. Sunny skies offset the cool, fall weather to make an enjoyable day of racing. The track crew did a tremendous job to get the track in racing condition after several days of rain.

The Hillsdale County Fair at Hillsdale, Michigan, opened up its two-day harness racing meet on Tuesday (September 27) by hosting the state's Silver Circuit. Nine races were contested over a track rated as heavy.

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