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Real Infusion and harness racing driver Scott Zeron pulled off a 39-1 shocker in the opening leg of the Youthful Pacing Series Monday evening (March 19) at Woodbine.

World Champion and harness racing double-millionaire Vintage Master p,2,1:57.4; 3,1:49.2f; 4,1:48.1f ($2,119,713), by Western Ideal and from Art's Vintage (by Artsplace), will be retired from racing and will stand in Ontario at Winbak Farm of Canada. His stud fee has been set at C$3,500.

They have been, undoubtedly, a tough-luck duo, but harness racing trainer Rob Fellows is hoping the resilient Vimy Ridge and Piston Broke find their share of good luck when they line up behind the gate in their respective Autumn Stakes eliminations on Monday at Woodbine.

Pennsylvania harness racing stud - Winbak Farm will be standing Shark Gesture in 2012 at Nandi Farm.

Global Stallion Management (GSM) might be less than two years old, but already the Australian-based company is bringing the Northern and Southern Hemisphere harness racing worlds closer together.

Shark Gesture 1:48.2 ($2,818,021), the richest son of former champion pacer and now leading harness racing sire of sires, Cam's Card Shark, will stand his first season in New Zealand at Wai Eyre Farm, near Christchurch this year. The deal was completed by the Australian-based company Global Stallion Management, and the brilliant, young stallion will stand alongside Christian Cullen and another of the GSM Team, Stonebridge Regal at the prestige Canterbury nursery. His service fee will be $4,500 plus GST.

The looming presence of Canada's fastest two-year-old pacing colt, Warrawee Needy, may have scared some starters away from the Gold Series event at Rideau Carleton Raceway, but heading into Monday's $130,000 Gold Final, harness racing driver Scott Zeron does not think elimination winner Best Ears has anything to worry about.

Rideau Carleton Raceway kicked off its 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing season with a pair of impressive Gold Elimination performances by the two-year-old pacing colts.

The Jimmy Takter trained Best Ears created a slice of North American breeding history at tonight's (Monday July 4) Mohawk harness racing meeting in Ontario. The 2-year-old colt became Shark Gesture's first North American winner when taking out the first of the 10 races programmed.

Harness racing this week: Hoosier Park Grand Circuit, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Indiana. Schedule of events: The Hoosier Park Grand Circuit is scheduled for Saturday (May 28) at the Indiana oval, with $600,000 in purses up for grabs.

When 7-year-old harness racing pacer Won The West returns to the races this year -- beginning with the upcoming Graduate at the Meadowlands -- he will be doing more than pursuing wins. He will be chasing history.

Once again, Bob "Hollywood" Heyden provides us with unique insights on the 2011 George Morton Levy Final to be contested at Yonkers Raceway this Saturday evening, April 30, and shares with us some more great harness racing 'Levy' moments of the past:

With the March 15 payments taken and tallied, several of the marquee harness racing events scheduled for the 2011 Tioga & Vernon season have realized substantial increases. The popular Free For All early closers are up slightly and have again captured the best and most recognizable equine personalities harness racing has to offer.

Tony Alagna completed his first full year with his own training stable in 2010 with 91 wins and $1.37 million in purses, which was good enough to crack the harness racing sport's top 50. His .298 trainer rating also put him in the top 50.

The 2011 harness racing stakes season at Tioga & Vernon Downs has something to offer everyone, from the top older horses in the game to early lessons for freshman trotters in the Kindergarten Classic. Stakes racing begins with the John Simpson Memorials for three-year-olds, which have been positioned in mid-May as a prep for the Empire Breeders Classics.

Some things in life never change. As a teenager Norm Smiley loved cycling with his friends to the racetrack and listening to all the old grooms tell him and his mates their harness racing stories. He was awestruck by some of the yarns they were spinning - so much so almost half a century later the 70-year-old likes nothing better than getting in amongst the nerve center of racetrack training centres -and listening.

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