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The action on and off the track was fast and furious on Saturday, July 28th, as a big crowd flocked to Balmoral Park for the Chicago Southland Festival of Racing. Along with a taco eating contest, salsa tasting contest, live music and plenty of other giveaways and food & drink specials there was also plenty of harness racing action on the track as some of Illinois best pacers and trotters battled for more than $300,000 in purse money in five stake finals.

With the Sunshine Pro-Am Challenge a week away, the two-night harness racing series has been enhanced for harness racing fans on two fronts. First, Pompano Park has announced that both Monday and Tuesday night (March 12 and 13) a randomly drawn 'Legends' race will be carded.

A pair of state bred stakes events shared top billing on Saturday night as two-year-old harness racing colts met in two $11,300 divisions of the Yates Eagle Stake while their female counterparts battled in the $14,500 Thrifty Way Stake.

The countdown to Illinois' biggest night of racing, Super Night 23 on Saturday, Sept. 17th, began in earnest on Saturday as elimination action for the Orange & Blue, Filly Orange & Blue, Tony Maurello Stake, Grandma Ann & Pete Langley Memorial highlighted the 13-race harness racing program.

After a week of oppressive heat and humidity in the Chicagoland area the harness racing action on the track was just as hot as elimination's for next week's Southland Festival of Racing produced some very impressive performances from the state-bred set on a steamy Saturday night.

Continuing her mastery over the Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old filly pacing set Paula Smith & James Runyan's Fox Valley Touche, won for the fifth time in as many tries in 2011, as she easily knocked off nine harness racing rivals in Sunday night's $9,000 Ohyouprettything Stake on Sunday night at Balmoral Park. The final time of 1:52.0 was a career best for the good looking filly.

Flashing the form that netted her a perfect three for three record coming into Friday's $101,000 Filly Maywood Pace final Paula Smith and James Runyan's Fox Valley Touche had no trouble dispatching of seven other Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies as she cruised to a three length victory in 1:54.0 for driver Dale Hiteman.

The growing rivalry between last season's top two-year-old pacing fillies, Pardon and Fox Valley Touche, continued again on Sunday night (May 22) as a harness racing field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds gathered for the first "major" stake for state breds in 2011 the $45,600 Violet Stake.

State bred distaffers took center stage as the first "major" stake of the 2011 harness racing season for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers kicked off on Sunday night (May 15) with eliminations for the $45,600 Violet Stake grabbing the spotlight on a very cold and damp night at the Crete oval.

Exhibiting the talent she showed while racking up five victories and almost $160,000 in earnings despite chasing harness racing division champion and 2010 Horse of the Year Pardon throughout her two-year-old season James Runyan & Paula Smith's Fox Valley Touche made her sophomore debut a winning one.

Longtime Chicago veteran harness racing reinsman Dale Hiteman reached a coveted plateau in his racing career on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 54-year-old native of Westville, Indiana posted his 8,000th career driving victory behind the Dave Mc Caffrey trained Daibin N in Maywood Park's sixth race.

Our congratulations go out to veteran Chicago circuit harness racing driver Dale Hiteman who reached a major milestone Friday night at Maywood Park when he posted his 8,000 career winner with the Dave Mc Caffrey Stable's Daibin N in race six.

Sophomore trotting fillies grabbed the headlines on Thursday, Oct. 21st, as a field of eight diagonally gaited ladies battled in a rare trotting stake over the half-mile oval at Maywoood Park in the $11,800 Speed N The Tunnel Stake as part of the Thursday harness racing program.

Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing freshmen took center stage on Friday, Oct. 8th at Maywood Park as a full field of eight two-year-old pacing colts battled in the $60,350 Cardinal Stake Final while their female counterparts slugged it out in the $54,800 Violet Stake Final.

Freshman filly division leaders Pardon and Fox Valley Touche will tangle for the first time Friday night at Maywood Park since the latter pulled off the biggest surprise of harness racing Super Night 2010 by winning the $218,000 Orange and Blue Filly Championship.

A pair of three-year-old trotting events shared top billing on Sunday, Sept. 26th at Balmoral Park as six sophomore harness racing trotting colts battled in the $19,500 Su Mac Lad consolation while seven of their female counterparts were sent postward in the $17,900 Lady Ann Reed consolation.

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