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The first stakes of the harness racing Fall Meet at The Raceway at Western Fair District get underway on Friday night with the opening legs of the Middlesex County Series which will see every one of the 14 races that night a stakes event.

None of the division winners in Wednesday's regular season harness racing finale at Flamboro Downs were strangers to the Grassroots winner's circle, resulting in very little movement in the upper ranks of the two-year-old pacing filly division.

Eat Me Up paced around the Hanover Raceway oval in a personal best 1:55 on Saturday evening, claiming the fastest harness racing victory of seven $24,000 Grassroots divisions and sole ownership of top spot in the two-year-old pacing filly point standings.

Machet Rocket stepped off the quickest win in the first of eight $24,000 Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Saturday night, pacing under the wire in a personal best 1:54.3. Harness racing driver Paul Mackenzie engineered the impressive mile for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood and Fred Brayford of Alliston.

Fresh off a Gold Final victory with sophomore trotting filly Peach Martini, Oakville resident harness racing trainer driver Rick Zeron shipped a pair of two year-old trotting fillies to Flamboro Downs on Sunday and added a Grassroots win and runner-up finish to his list of accomplishments for the weekend.

At just 26 Marc Campbell has proven himself to be one of the best horsemen in the Canadian Maritimes. He's already claimed driving titles at the Charlottetown and Summerside racetracks, but more importantly the Prince Edward Island native has earned the respect of his harness racing peers.

Racy Gal Hanover tied the track record for harness racing's aged pacing mares this evening (Wednesday June 22) at Grand River Raceway with a five-length score in 1:53.2. The four-year-old Modern Art miss joins Lady Latte, who set the current mark on Industry Day 2010, and Exquisite Alberta who tied it two weeks ago.

Cameron Lucky paced her way to the fastest win of eight Grassroots harness racing divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening (June 15) , and local filly Dapple Apple tagged along to earn the second-place share of the $24,000 purse.

Stouffville (Ontario) harness racing trainer Carmen Auciello always thought his 3-year-old filly Worth Remembering would make a nice trotter. After all she had the bloodlines - especially being by champion trotting sire Ken Warkentin.

Cross Of Lorraine mined another Ontario Sires Stakes record on Saturday night during Georgian Downs' harness racing $1 million Gold Rush celebrations. The three-year-old trotting filly was simply outstanding as she led the field of nine Gold Finalists through fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.4 before pulling away in the stretch to a three length victory in 1:54.2.

Last week's Preferred Pace winner at Western Fair, Pacific Oak, found himself back in the winner's circle today (Monday April 12) thanks to a come from behind 1:54.3 effort. Carnivore, the winner of last week's Preferred 2 event, was the pacesetter for Doug McNair carving out fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:24.2.

Paul MacKenzie and Brad Forward held the hot hands at Western Fair today (Monday) as each visited the winner's circle four times and captured one of the Preferred features on the harness racing card.

Since moving to Western Fair Raceway early last month Connected Yankee has shown a definite affinity towards the half-mile harness racing oval as he demonstrated once again today (Monday) in the featured Preferred Trot.

Magical Debut revived her floundering sophomore career on Saturday afternoon with a 2:03.2 Grassroots victory over a soggy Woodstock's Harness Racing oval rated one second slower than normal.

If pretty is as pretty does, then three-year-old trotting filly Paidmedorayme looked awfully good touring around Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday evening in the last of eight $24,000 Grassroots divisions. Heading into Thursday's contest trainer Darryl Laver said Paidmedorayme is not the most elegant trotter, and that she is always on the verge of pacing.

First elimination: Brian Sears; Badlands Nitro: That horse (Shadow Play) went a tremendous mile. Pulling from the pocket like he did, that final in 26 was something else. I gassed him (Badlands Nitro) a little leaving, but I think he will be OK with the time between heats. That was just a huge mile for my horse and Millers.

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