John Williamson has been in the harness racing business for more than 40 years, so it will be a special occasion when he watches his first Breeders Crown finalist -- Urbanite Hanover -- go behind the starting gate in Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack.
Robert Briley and Baron Racing Stable's Dancin Yankee ($2.60, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post eight to prevail in the featured $20,000 Open harness racing event on Monday (September 23) at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.
It doesn't seem possible but eight days from now (September 3), the 17th running of the Bert Beckwith Memorial will be run at Plainridge Racecourse. Since its beginning October 23, 1994 the race became an instant harness racing classic and its purse reached $75,000 on several occasions.
When the eight-year-old harness racing mare Bio Link walked into David Grisenthwaite's barn just seven starts ago, he never thought she would become the fastest horse he has ever trained. 'She was kind of a joke at first,' said Grisenthwaite. 'We were pleasantly surprised when she starting winning for us.'
The weather was beautiful, and the harness racing was too Saturday night at Hanover Raceway. A large crowd filled the grandstand to watch twelve great races as part of the long weekend festivities. Saturday evening was Hockeyville Night at the races, a tradition that has been taking place since Hanover's bid to become Kraft Hockeyville several years ago.
Winbak Farm will be giving a $1,000 harness racing discount to anybody who books by the end of February to Riverboat King and Village Jove.
Plainridge Racecourse harness racing officials announed the 14th running of the Bert Beckwith Day festivities will take place September 5, (Labor Day). The 2011 'Beckwith Memorial will carry a purse of $20,000 and the field will be established a week earlier with a pair of $6,000 eliminations on Monday, August 29.
Moffat (Ontario) based harness racing driver, Jody Jameson keeps on proving why he is one of the best reinsmen in the world following another classy display at tonight's (Thursday June 30) meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. The 35-year-old was again in dynamic form winning four of the 10 races programmed.
Andrea Hill's Jeremy's Successor ($7.20, Sean Bier) earned his fifth Harrington Raceway win in 2011 Monday with a 1:53.1 score in the harness racing featured $18,600 Open Pace. Trained by Crissy Crissman, the 7-year-old Mach Three gelding sat behind pacesetter Harlingen Hanover throughout and surged up the inside late for the win.
The Bergstein and the Beckwith are both classics run on Labor Day (Sept. 6) at Plainridge Racecourse. Three weeks from now the holiday festivities will once again bring hard core harness racing fans together for another enjoyable weekend which honors greats of the present and the past.
Former North American Two Year Old Pacing Colt of the Year, Village Jolt will be racking up the frequent flyer harness racing miles when he arrives in Australia to stand the 2010/11 season at Empire Stallions in Avenel, Victoria.
Rusty's For Real and Roll Call win opening day co-feature races while Corey Callahan had five driving wins and Ross Wolfenden four winners on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Dover Downs. Harness racing trainer Art Brewer had a training triple.
It's called the Delvin Miller Adios, but a certain owner may be excused if he thinks of the race as the Jeff Snyder Adios. That's because Snyder already has won the 'Pace for the Orchids' three times as an owner, and on Saturday at The Meadows, he'll be gunning for the Adios grand slam with Well Said, thus far the cream of the 3-year-old pacing crop.
Arty Foster Jr.'s Village Blitz ($7.00 Tony Morgan) earned his third straight win Monday in the $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2. The 8-year-old Village Jiffy gelding has been remarkably sharp of late, with four wins in his last five starts.