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The countdown to Illinois biggest night of harness racing racing, Super Night 2012 began in earnest on Saturday (September 8) as 12 eliminations for five of the eight championship tilts were contested. A total of 15 two-year-old pacing fillies were sent postward in a pair of $15,000 eliminations for next week's $188,000 (est.) Filly Orange & Blue to get the night started.

Veteran harness racing reinsman Mike Oosting, who has become a fixture atop the driver standings on the Chicago circuit over the past 10 + years, joined a select group of the sport's top drivers on Friday, August 31st at Maywood Park as he posted his 5,000th career victory behind the Steve Bauder trained Sectionline Yankee in the night's fourth race.

On the heels of a highly successful launch last week, Harness Night School, the harness racing industry's national online fan education program dedicated to the Standardbred set, offers a second session tonight (Aug. 2) at 7 p.m. ET, with a focus on "The Driver."

The action on and off the track was fast and furious on Saturday, July 28th, as a big crowd flocked to Balmoral Park for the Chicago Southland Festival of Racing. Along with a taco eating contest, salsa tasting contest, live music and plenty of other giveaways and food & drink specials there was also plenty of harness racing action on the track as some of Illinois best pacers and trotters battled for more than $300,000 in purse money in five stake finals.

It was a very busy weekend of harness racing stake elimination action on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd at Balmoral Park as some of the state's top two & three-year-old pacers and trotters met in Southland Festival of Racing stake eliminations.

It was a very busy night of stakes harness racing action for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters on Wednesday night (June 20) as the Crete plant played host to a trio of state-bred events for two and three-year-olds.

Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters were in action on Wednesday, June 13th at Balmoral Park as a pair of events shared top billing on the harness racing program. Coming off five straight victories to start his three-year-old season Walter & Paige Paisley's Riccolo was sent off as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite against six rivals in the $12,000 Mikes A Mystery Stake to lead off the pari-mutuel card.

Sophomore pacing fillies were front and center on Thursday night at Maywood Park as a total of 12 Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing three-year-olds squared off in a pair of $10,000 Filly Maywood Pace eliminations. The top four finishers will return on Friday, June 15th for the $112,000 final.

Balmoral harness racing fans got a sneak peek at some of this year's two-year-old filly pacing crop here in the Prairie State on Wednesday night (June 6) as a field of eight youngsters went postward in the $6,000 Egyptian Grande Stake.

Continuing an impressive start to her second season of harness racing action David Hermann's Divas Photo posted her biggest win to date on Sunday night (May 27) as she knocked off nine other Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old trotting fillies in the $50,000 Violet Stake at Balmoral Park.

It was the 'girls' turn to shine on Sunday (May 20) at Balmoral Park as a field of eight 3-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $43,600 Violet Stake Final. Also on the undercard was a pair of $10,000 harness racing eliminations for next week's $50,700 (est.) Violet Stake final for sophomore state-bred trotting fillies.

Continuing an amazing comeback after an injury limited his five-year-old season to just one start, Shirley Le Vin's Park Lane Deputy dominated seven other Illinois conceived and foaled pacers as he cruised to a two and three quarter length victory in 1:51.1 for harness racing driver Mike Oosting in Saturday's $17,000 Rambling Willie Stake.

The first stake of the 2012 harness racing season at Maywood Park was contested on Thursday, April 26th as a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies squared off the in the $15,000 Desperate Lady Stake.

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.

State-bred trotting colts were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night (november 9) at Balmoral Park as a harness racing field of seven two-year-olds met in the $14,200 Normal OTB Stake. Coming off back to back romps over this surface Fox Valley Standardbreds and Harold & Joshua Carter's Vaporstar continued his late season dominance as he strolled to a 6-1/4 length victory in 2:00 with driver Mike Oosting at the controls.

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.

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