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Chantal Hal seized the lead in deep stretch to pull out a 1:53.2 victory in Thursday night's (June 10) $8,100 featured ninth harness racing event at Vernon Downs. Defending dash champ Jimmy Whittemore did the teaming as Chantal Hall drafted along behind the determined pace-setter Delightful Dancer through splits of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.2.

It isn't often that a horse with a claiming tag wins the $9,000 Open Handicap Pace here at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday nights, but that's exactly what happened when Pro Kid won from the rail in a seasons harness racing best 1:56.1 for owners Gruber, Blumhagen, Vogel, and Jacobs.

The $8,000 purse opening round of the newly implemented harness racing Favorite Series was decided by the coveted second over trip playing out for the winner at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on April 24.

The Duane Marfisi trained Ive Got Bono impressed at the Mohawk harness racing Qualifiers today (Monday April 12). The 3-year-old bay colt recorded the quickest mile time (1:55.2) of the day.

With a recent resurgence of their stock at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park the harness racing trainer-driving couple known as "Team Paquet" has a trend going which is pointing to an outstanding year ahead.

Just a week after a stretch collapse saw her finish sixth as the 4-5 favorite, five year old harness racing mare I'm Just Special rebounded in the biggest possible way on the April 9 program at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.

Now is the time for Bono Bests. The former North American speedster is only weeks away from making his much prolonged yet highly anticipated downunder harness racing debut.

He joined the half century club with his 50th birthday last Wednesday and stated last week in a live trackside TV interview that he'll soon be cutting back on his catch-driving workload. Bruce Ranger, the winningest driver in the history of The Isle Pompano Park, is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down yet if the track's first month of the new harness racing season is any indication.

He's Gorgeous made a mockery of both rivals and the harness racing record books on Friday night, winning his division of Yonkers Raceway's $178,522 New York Sire Stakes Tuckahoe Pace in a track-record performance. All told, a trio of divisions--worth $59,874, $58,774 and $59,874, respectively--went postward.

He's Gorgeous continued his harness racing reign of terror in the New York Sire Stakes on Friday night at Tioga Downs for 2-year old colt and gelding pacers. Over a track rated sloppy, and after a ten minute rain delay, Jason Bartlett sent the 2-year old son of Art Major-So Ravishing to the front past the quarter pole in 28.3.

As the exciting $1.4 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions draws ever closer, many top harness racing horses are vying for a post in the NYSS finals at Vernon Downs on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Nowerland Collins, Plumbers Helper, Vagra and Always Best were crowned harness racing Champions of the 2009 New York county fair circuit at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 5).

The Best proved superior in the week's $9,000 Open handicap pace, while Todd Whitney was harnesss racing's prime performer in Saturday night's (Aug. 29) C. K. G. Billing Series leg for amateur drivers of trotters at Vernon Downs.

Chantal Hall continued her winning ways with a 1:53.4 score in Thursday night's (Aug. 27) $9,000 featured eighth race at Vernon Downs. Jimmy Whittemore picked up his meet-leading 79th victory after urging Chantal Hall ($11.80) on from third at the top of the stretch to a head decision over Bet The Ranch in the week's Open test for harness racing's female pacers.

The Best recorded one of the fastest miles of the season while capturing Saturday night's $9,000 Open handicap pace in 1:50.4 at Vernon Downs. After A and G's Winner led the eight-horse field to the quarter in :26 seconds, Outlaw Blues took over and cut splits of :55.2 at the half and 1:22.2 to three quarters.

Three divisions of New York Late Closers come to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon for harness racing sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Two nine horse fields go for $12,900, while eight pacers line up for $12,800.

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