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With temperatures around 37 degrees, those in attendance at Charlton certainly braved the extreme heat to witness some exciting harness racing.

A neat compact meeting was held by the Nyah Harness Racing Club at their new Swan Hill venue on Thursday January 17, with fast times the order of the night.

The presence of a number of new well-performed well-bred American harness racing stallions has added considerable interest to next month's Victorian Premier Harness Yearling Sale.

A pair of $25,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations for harness racing sophomore colts and geldings were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine, and heavy the favourites St Lads Zoom Zoom and Autumn Gottem won their respective assignments in convincing fashion.

Presidential Ball eight year old Bigtime Bll got back to winning form at Woodbine tonight November 10th in the $38,000 Preferred. His last victory was in June 2012. Harness racing driver Paul Macdonell was in the bike scoring Bigtime Ball's 37th victory from the 9 hole in 1:50.1 and taking his lifetime earnings to over the $1,556,000 mark. Up The Credit was second and Mach Dreamer was third.

Whenever the name Manning appears in the winners list, most people assume it was either Peter or daughter Kerryn victorious, however at the Maryborough harness racing meeting on Monday October 8, it was daughter Michelle who greeted the judge - the race being the Maryborough Cup November 4 Pace for C3 & C4 class and the winner 7-Y-0 Presidential Ball/Dontsayawordbut gelding Wheatsheaf Avaball.

The good stakes on offer and the incentive to earn stake money in Southland in order to qualify for the Southern Supremacy, and Southland Oaks saw a number of Canterbury trained 3yo's venture south for today's (Sunday September 9) Harness Racing meeting at Winton, with many of them more than paying for their petrol.

Further heats of the Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown Series for harness racing Four Year old Mares, Entires & Geldings, plus Trotters continued at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday August 12, with the all important barrier draws for next Sunday's Grand Final Day also taking place throughout the afternoon.

Hail the Taxi and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton upset the apple cart--provided an apple cart can actually be upset about anything--Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $119,000 final of the Lawrence B.Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings in a stakes-record performance.

Ron Waples won the Meadowlands Pace in his first try, driving Ralph Hanover to victory in 1983. On Saturday night, harness racing driver Randy Waples will attempt to duplicate his father's accomplishment when he drives North America Cup champion Thinking Out Loud in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The Lagoon harness racing trainer Peter Trevor-Jones was full of praise for his new stable acquisition Buddys Spider after it qualified for a Country Series Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle this Saturday night.

Jarcullembra finally got some luck tonight (Friday May 11) at New Zealand's northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park in Epsom, Auckland.

Leading Riverina harness racing trainer Paul Kahlefeldt is bubbling with excitement in expectation of this Saturday night (May 5). Firstly he will celebrate his mother's 80th birthday at a family party and secondly his well bred three year old filly Lettucereason returns to the races at Wagga's Carnival of Cups meeting.

This time last year, harness racing trainer Gord Irwin wasn't very optimistic when it came to his prized pacer, Bigtime Ball. The 2009 O'Brien Award winner for Canada's older pacer of the year was trained down to 2:00 in the spring of 2011 in Florida, before suffering an injury to the gelding's sesamoid bone, which caused him to be sidelined until the fall months.

The $1.70 favourite punters might have been chewing their finger nails to the bone but champion harness racing driver Maurice McKendry always thought he had tonight's (Friday April 13) Auckland Reactor Pace for 2-year-olds at Alexandra Park all parcelled up - despite being hemmed away on the markers just prior to turning for home.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event program featuring the Easter Gifts Heats for the C2 to C5 pacers this Saturday night (March 31). The first race on the program is the Termidor Pace, an M2 to M3 event over the 1660 metre trip at 5.10pm.

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