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Shark Gesture held on to win the $50,000 William R. Haughton Memorial Prep for harness racing free for all pacers on Friday night (August 13) at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Thatsnotmyname moved with purpose past the quarter for the top, rated the pace under little dispute and drew clear of these in track-record style under masterful handling. Creme De Cocoa moved to challenge without cover past the five-eighths, couldn't threatened the winner but held tenaciously to the wire.

The Forest City Yearling Sale preview is now available online. The Sunday September 26 harness racing sale features 280 yearlings by the industries top sires. On the web site yearlings can be searched by Sire, Dam, Consignor, and Hip. Pedigrees are available on the site for all yearlings.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded an action packed season of harness racing on Sunday, July 11. The 80-day meet included numerous special events, increased on-track business levels, and a new overall track record produced by Shark Gesture in the tracks' signature harness event, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace.

In 2007, it was Boulder Creek by a neck. In 2008, it was Artistic Fella pulling away. This year's $500,000 Ben Franklin held Sunday (July 18) afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack saw Tim Tetrick take his third renewal of the race, driving Brittany Farms and the Brian Monieson Revocable Trust's Vintage Master ($8.00) to an off-the-pace 1:49.0 harness racing victory.

There would be no matching the harness racing performance of Shark Gesture and driver George Brennan as they broke the 12 year-old Hoosier Park Standardbred track record of 1:48.2 by winning the 17th edition of the Dan Patch Invitational June 26 in 1:48.1.

Shark Gesture made his third trip in the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace a memorable one, setting a new track record of 1:48.1. Accompanied by harness racing driver George Brennan, the seven-year-old veteran rallied gate to wire, winning by 10 and one-half lengths, the biggest margin in the 17-year history of the race.

Getting close to Shark Gesture at the finish line is one thing. Getting past the 7-year-old pacer is another. Shark Gesture, with regular driver George Brennan at the lines, won Sunday's (June 13) harness racing feature - the $228,000 Bettor's Delight at Tioga Downs by a neck over Hypnotic Blue Chip in 1:48.3.

Kash N Credit and Corey Braden captured their third consecutive harness racing victory on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. Leading driver Corey Braden settled in third past the quarter in 28.3 and then moved Kash N Credit to the front and the duo easily cut through fractions of 57.3, 1:26.2, before opening up on pocket sitting Levity's Pride and strolling to victory in a new lifetime best of 1:56.

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will send four pacers into Sunday's $228,000 Bettor's Delight at Tioga Downs, where the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing will be waiting for the challenge.

The great Winston Churchill once said "There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse." Well he wasn't around when harness racing champion Shadow Play was racing but he must have been looking at a replica, as Shadow Play is truly a magnificent equine.

Harness racing sire-of-the-moment Bettor's Delight heads an impressive list of stallions with progeny in the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to be held at the William Inglis Complex, Oaklands Junction on Sunday, March 14.

The top price of $42,000 was paid for a black colt by Bettor's Delight from the Vestalba Rainbow mare Schier Drive at the Gloucester Standardbreds Perth Yearling Sale at Belmont yesterday (February 14).

More than 200 harness racing yearlings and broodmares will go under the hammer at the two-day Melbourne Premier Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron Board & Simmons at Oaklands Junction on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14.

A pair of young guns will campaign for a Presidential inauguration Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. The team of 26-year-old harness racing trainer Dean Eckley and 24-year-old driver Tyler Buter will send out the Mach Three six year old Jeremy's Successor in the $117,000 Presidential Final, the first major stakes race of the year for free for all pacers.

Some of North America's top harness racing horses and drivers invaded Balmoral Park on Saturday, Nov. 14th as the Crete plant played host to the American National Festival of Harness Racing. With six championship tilts on the card and more than $1.1 million in purse money up for grabs the action was fast and furious all night long.

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