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Harness racing officials, owners, trainers, drivers, communicators, breeders, vendors and fans can now register to be part of the Harness Racing Congress VI that will convene here Thursday (February 28) through Monday (March 4).

The Badlands Hanover Syndicate recognizes that recent industry related decisions may place significant hardship on many Standardbred owners and breeders. Over the last several months, we have read several disturbing articles regarding the potential euthanasia of Ontario based harness racing horses.

Bymarjac added another line to the impressive CV of top-producing harness racing broodmare Barrington Lass when the five-year-old gelding scored an impressive win in Launceston last Sunday night. The gelding, that is Barrington Lass' last foal, outgunned a handy field in a C0 over 2200 metres leading throughout to score comfortably from Rykov Leis and Artombob.

Writer and photographer Victor J. Blue's blog on the New York Times website chronicles a grandson's love and admiration for his Standardbred trainer and grandfather.

The 'Beach' party continues for Brent MacGrath and Stephanie Smith-Rothaug. After watching pacer Somebeachsomewhere dazzle on the racetrack, winning 20 of 21 career races, earn $3.22 million and receive the 2008 Horse of the Year Award in the U.S. (not to mention two Horse of the Year honors in Canada), harness racing's co-owner/trainer MacGrath and breeder Smith-Rothaug are enjoying the horse's second career as a sire.

A woman who has a close association with harness racing is currently cycling the length of New Zealand to raise money for gynaecological cancer awareness. Brenda Noonan, the former secretary of the North Island Breeders Association, is biking the 2,100 km from Bluff to Cape Reinga with three friends.

Ninety four harness racing yearlings sold for over $7.3 million resulting in an average price of $78,340 at the first of five 2012 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale sessions held in the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky last night (Tuesday October 3).

The 2012 National Standardbred Horse Show is this upcoming Sunday; September 9th at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown NJ. This event is co-sponsored by: SPHO-NJ, USTA, & SBOA of NJ.

Former Langley resident Nigel Holmes, secretary treasurer of Harness Racing BC (HRBC) and long-time Standardbred owner, says the beleaguered harness racing industry is slowly winning the race to survive, despite the odds.

Janine Engelman went through the market crash of Arabians, Quarter Horses and Paints and now fears that both the harness racing and galloping variety may follow suit. 'I have been involved in the rise and fall of many breeds,' said Engelman, who runs the 115 acre facility named Engelwood Paint Horses in Bloomsburg PA.

Victory Rain, a colt sired by first season sire Muscle Hill, was the most expensive yearling sold at the Sedish Elitlopp sale on Friday night (May 25) in Stockholm. Harness racing trainer Stefan Hultman got the colt for 820,000 SEK or $115,000. It's the second year in a row that the Danish breeder Thomas Lind-Holm was the breeder of the most expensive yearling at this sale.

Was Sir Lincoln's first standing start in seven months at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park last Friday (May 11) - a sign of things to come; or is he now destined for a career at stud?

Major harness racing farm - Seelster Farms, situated south of Lucan in Canada, is feeling the fall-out from the Ontario Government's decision to cut slots revenue to harness-racing tracks.

With each birth of a foal comes hope for harness racing greatness, for speed, for courage above all others. Among Standardbreds, those hopes usually come with long odds, as there are about 10,000 foals born in North America each year, virtually all in a plain brown wrapper. While there are occasional greys and chestnut Standardbreds, they are the exception to the rule -- brown or bay.

Winbak Farm is sad to announce the passing of Art Colony, p, 2, 1:51s ($762,840), owned by Tom Hill of Great Britain. With his first crop on the ground, the six-year-old harness racing stallion was in the middle of his second breeding season.

New Zealand's Colonial Breeding Services has entered into partnership with a second European harness racing stud, Classic Equine of Finland and have secured one of that country's most popular young stallions, Anderberg (Andover Hall, 1.54.4).

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