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Heidi Falls rambled to his second consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway on January 14th this time turning back a solid field of winners/over trotters in a time of 2:01:4. With strong winds blowing and the temperature hovering around 12 degrees, Billy Parker Jr guided the 5 year old High Falls ridgling to a two-length triumph over Clearly Possessed and driver Jack Rice.

Sophomore pacing fillies took center stage on a cold and windy Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 18 state-bred three-year-olds battled in a pair of $5,000 Incredible Finale Series splits. In the first division Michael Parisi's Kissmeallover made every call a winning one in 1:57.2.

Illinois top two-year-old pacing colts were on display Saturday night as a total of 18 youngsters squared off in a pair of $23,120 Sarah Myers Stake splits. In the first division Shelley Graham's homebred Henry Gram stormed away from the gate and proceeded to make every call a winning one in 1:54.2.

Ryan Anderson was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois after he was thrown from his bike in an accident that occurred during Sunday’s (July 6th's) ninth race.

Art Official and driver Ryan Anderson put together a strong performance to win the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Saturday, June 28. The duo completed the one-mile event in a time of 1:51.0 in front of a crowd that exceeded 4,000.

The Roger Welch trained entry of Maxter and Spirit Lifter proved to be much the best in Sunday night's $12,000 Kadabra stake for state bred three-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Balmoral Park, finishing almost 12 lengths ahead of their competition.

Illinois conceived and foaled trotting fillies stepped into the spotlight on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of nine diagonally gaited sophomores lined up for the $12,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake.

Racing fans were treated to the biggest race card of the season thus far in Chicago on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as six big Illinois conceived and foaled stake battles highlighted the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Kicking off the barrage of six straight stake races were filly and mare pacers with a field of six gathering behind the gate for the $25,000 Loyal Opposition Stake.

As was the case on Saturday night it was the Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old crop that took center stage on Sunday (May 18th) but this time it was colt and filly trotters competing in Cardinal and Violet Stake elimination action.

Illinois top three-year-olds pacing colts and fillies shared the spotlight on Saturday night as eliminations for the first “major” state-bred stakes of the 2008 season, the Cardinal and Violet, were contested as part of an action filled Saturday night program.

To say the least, Home Bed Advantage’s first two racing seasons have been emotional a roller coaster ride for his owners.

Shirley LeVin’s Illinois bred pacing sensation My Boy David returned to his winning ways in grand fashion on Saturday night knocking off a field of Free For All pacers in a blistering 1:49.4.

Sam Bowie’s champion Illinois bred trotting sensation Before He Cheats showed no signs of rust after being away for nearly four months as he trotted to a very impressive two-length victory in Sunday’s (April 13th) $14,000 Open-Handicap Trot.

Fans of driver Ryan Anderson will have the chance to meet and talk harness racing with one of the young stars of the sport in a meet and greet session on Saturday, March 15th at Balmoral Park.

Defending Maywood Park driving champion Ryan Anderson is less than a month away from returning to the Chicago circuit. The 27-year-old Anderson has been sidelined following surgery to insert a steel rod from his hip to his knee to repair a broken femur occurred in a nasty spill at Balmoral Park on December 23.

For Ryan Anderson winning Maywood Park overall driver’s title in 2007 was a first. For Dave McCaffrey taking the top spot in our trainer standings is beginning to be a regular occurrence. The 2007 crown was McCaffrey’s second in a row and his fourth in the last six years.

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