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Round two of the Grassroots Semifinal hrness racing battles takes place at Grand River Raceway on Friday evening as the province's top two-year-olds make their bid for a berth in the season ending championship.

The three-year-old pacing colts, the harness racing heavyweights of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday (July 4) for their second $130,000 Gold Final bout and trainer Carl Jamieson says while Warrawee Needy may have taken a few hits, last year's division champion is ready for round two.

Less than 24 hours to go, and the anticipation is building for Canada's richest harness racing event, the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup.

The continent's finest three-year-old pacers will go postward Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in two eliminations for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the world's richest harness racing pacing event on June 16. The $50,000 eliminations drew a total of 19 Cup hopefuls. Each elimination will qualify the first five finishers for the final.

O'Brien Award winner Warrawee Needy will make his harness racing sophomore debut this Saturday (May 19) at Georgian Downs during the elimination round for the C$600,000 Upper Canada Cup.

Last year's outstanding two-year-old pacer, Warrawee Needy gave harness racing fans a glimpse of what is to be expected of him this season at Mohawk on Thursday morning.

Warrawee Needy, who banked $535,000 last season as a rookie, made his qualifying debut on Thursday morning at Mohawk for harness racing trainer Carl Jamieson.

This time last year, Carl Jamieson, trainer of the harness racing pacing star Warrawee Needy, was preparing a top sophomore colt for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race on the continent for three-year-old pacers.

It was recently announced that 2011 North America Cup winner, Up The Credit, will be bred to mares in 2012 but rather than retiring from harness racing will be pointed toward a four year old campaign on the race track.

Up The Credit will leave Canada for Delaware's Dover Downs, looking to finish his season with one more harness racing stakes victory. The North America Cup champion was among 15 horses entered in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. Two eliminations will be held Sunday (Nov. 20) at Dover Downs, with the top four horses from each division advancing to the final on Nov. 27.

As expected, the 2011 Super Finals delivered some outstanding harness racing battles, surprising upsets and well-deserved championships as the top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in Ontario battled over the Woodbine Racetrack oval for a total of $2.4 million on Saturday evening.

A pair of gifted two-year-old harness racing colts purchased last fall for the relatively modest sum of $20,000 will kick off the $2.4 million Super Final Championships at Woodbine Racetrack this Saturday (November 12).

More than $2.4 million in harnes racing stakes will be up for grabs this Saturday (November 12) at Woodbine Racetrack as eight $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals go to post, featuring the province's top pacers and trotters.

Looking like he was out for a Sunday afternoon stroll, two-year-old pacing colt Warrawee Needy cruised into the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing record books with an outstanding 1:49.4 performance at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening (October 10).

In gate-to-wire fashion, Warrawee Needy established a new stakes record in the $170,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Grand Circuit will conclude its 2011 campaign at The Red Mile on Sunday (Oct. 9) with a pair of $243,000 divisions in the Tattersalls for harness racing 3-year-old colt pacers.

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