Don't be surprised to see champion New Zealand pacer Auckland Reactor back racing in the United States next year. That's the opinion of one of North America's most prominent harness racing owners and 'Reactor' shareholder, Jerry Silva.
A proposal to end the funding of harness racing at the Du Quoin State Fair will mean no racing at the historic oval in 2010. The cut is part of the proposed Illinois budget as the state seeks to eliminate a $13 billion deficit in the general revenue fund.
Star horseman Luke McCarthy is back in town. The freakishly talented reinsman touched down early yesterday morning (Wednesday) at the Brisbane International Airport after completing his six month working holiday in North America alongside his younger brother and another harness racing star, Andrew.
Muscle Hill will bring a 14 race win streak to Saturday's $575,000 World Trotting Derby at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin as he looks to become the third consecutive Hambletonian winner, and fourth in five years, to capture the event.
Deweycheatumnhowe ran his win streak to 17 races with a three quarter length victory in the $565,000 World Trotting Derby for 3-year-old trotting colts on Saturday afternoon at the DuQuoin (Illinois) State Fair. His time for the mile was 1:50.4, the fastest mile trotted by any Standardbred in 2008.
Lantern Kronos, with her trainer Jimmy Takter driving, was the two and a quarter length winner of the $166,000 World Trotting Derby for three year-old fillies on Friday afternoon at the DuQuoin (Illinois) State Fair in a time of 1:53, a new career mark.
Celebrity Secret, with just four wins in 18 career starts, has been quietly trotting a path to riches, with $758,926 in earnings. He's been second or third 11 times, most of them in major races. He was second to Crazed in the Colonial Trot on August 17, second to Deweycheatumnhowe in the Dancer Memorial on July 11 and fourth to the latter in the Hambletonian.
The first 1,000 fans to arrive in the grandstand for Saturday's World Trotting Derby will get a complimentary 4" x 6" color photo of Deweycheatumnhowe - Harness Racing's Triathlete, The photo depicts Dewey's win in the Hambletonian and also shows him being ridden by trainer Ray Schnittker and swimming on Schnittker's farm.