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MILTON, ON - October 8, 2018 - Round one of the Harvest Series began, but didn't finish as Monday night's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park was cut short. Heavy fog forced Monday's 10-race card to be abandoned following the third-race. A pair of $17,000 first-leg divisions of the Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old pacing fillies were to be contested. Only the first division was contested before the cancellation. The second division will now take place ahead of Tuesday's card at 6:45 p.m. as a non-wagering event. Sportswriter filly Green Point and driver Doug Brown captured the first division of the Harvest Series in 1:54.1. The Eric Adams trainee sat third until angling out on the far turn to get up to the leader's wheel at three-quarters. Green Point paced home in :28.4 for the maiden-breaking victory. She is a homebred for Millar Farms and has now hit the board in four of eight starts, earning $17,500. A $2 win ticket on Green Point returned $9.70. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at 7:10 p.m. The non-wagering race to complete the Harvest Series leg for rookie pacing fillies will go to the gate at 6:45 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Clinton, ON --- Driver Doug Brown has won eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards, a stack of driver titles on the Toronto harness racing circuit and earned a berth in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, yet he thinks fellow Hall of Famer John Campbell stands above all others. “There’s just no question that he’s just been the greatest driver ever. It’s just fantastic to see what he’s done over the 40 years he’s been doing it,” Brown said, before comparing Campbell to a hockey legend. “I often compare him to Bobby Orr -- both on and off the track or ice. They’re very similar and I’ve got so much respect for them.” Brown, 61, has won nearly 8,500 races and $87 million. He said he’s delighted to be part of Campbell’s final career drive on July 30 at Clinton Raceway during Legends Day, but he’s not planning to make it easy for Campbell to go out a winner. “I’m sure we’re all hoping he wins his last drive, but it’s not going to stop anybody from trying to win themselves,” Brown said, chuckling. Campbell, a career winner of more than 10,000 races and $300 million, tops the sport in earnings by a wide margin. On July 1, he became the president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and operates a number of major stakes races, including the Hambletonian and Breeders Crown series. In the C$15,000 Legends Day Trot, Brown and Campbell will also be taking on Hall of Famers Bill O’Donnell (5,445, $90 million) -- who is also retiring after the race -- as well as Mike Lachance (10,422, $190 million), Steve Condren (6,850 wins and $106 million), Ron Waples (6,923 wins, $74 million), David Miller (12,205 wins, $216 million) and Dave Wall (7,201, $58 million). The race is part of the ninth edition of the track’s biennial Legends Day, which is raising money for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Combined, the eight legends have earned more than $1.15 billion and won nearly 69,000 races. Fellow legends Bud Fritz and 93-year-old Keith Waples -- both of whom are retired from driving -- will also be on hand for the autograph session. Brown said he has a blast at Legends Day and is pleasantly surprised at the fan reaction. “Getting together with all of those (fellow legends) for a few hours is pretty fun. You get to tell old stories, but the crowd is the main thing. That place is just packed and it makes you wonder how they can come back every two years, the same people, but they are there,” Brown said. Brown’s road to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame began in Oshawa, Ontario at his father Stan’s knee. Doug eagerly absorbed his father’s lessons and was just 17 when he earned his driver’s license. He quickly picked up his first win with a horse named Out Ahead at Kawartha Downs. While he called the Peterborough track home, he made his mark in the big city as top dog on Toronto’s old Ontario Jockey Club circuit in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite once having a fan throw a beer bottle at him at Greenwood Raceway in downtown Toronto (the bottle bounced, harmlessly, off his helmet), Doug has fond memories of Greenwood Raceway. “It was incredible. People were lined up getting in and that’s back when you had to pay to get in. As huge as that grandstand was, it was nearly full night after night,” Brown said. “When we went to Woodbine, I said after the first three or four days to one of the other guys, ‘You know what, I never thought I’d miss people yelling at me, but…’ At Woodbine, they were so far away you couldn’t hear them. “Most of the guys that raced back then, everyone misses Greenwood because it was downtown. People could walk to it, take a streetcar. It was just an incredible place.” For 10 consecutive years from 1988-1997, Doug held a firm grip on the OJC’s driver standings where he averaged 345.5 wins per year over the stretch. He was the circuit’s first driver to break the 400-win plateau, accomplishing it twice in back-to-back seasons with 411 (1994) and 417 (in 1995). It was no easy feat considering the depth of competition. Night after night, Doug battled with such luminaries as fellow Legends Day drivers Condren and Wall, as well as Paul MacDonell, Roger Mayotte and Mike Saftic. Doug was the king of the pre-slots era. He was the first OJC driver to top both $4 million (1989) and $5 million (1995) in a single season. Four of Doug’s eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards came in a row from 1993-1996. Seven of those awards came between 1989 and 1996. Over 40 years in the sulky, Doug has won five Breeders Crowns with Town Pro (twice), Headline Hanover, Topnotcher and Digger Almahurst; the Metro Pace (Historic, 1993); Maple Leaf Trot (Plesac, 2001); Yonkers Trot (Lord Stormont, 1997); World Trotting Derby (Lord Stormont, 1997); Cane Pace (Topnotcher, 1989); Roses Are Red (Shady Daisy, 1992); and Confederation Cup three times (BJ Scoot, 1988; Topnotcher, 1989; and Survivor Gold, 1992). In 1995, he drove Canada’s first sub-1:50 mile with Ball And Chain, when he upset Pacific Rocket and Ellamony in 1:49.4 at Woodbine. Doug was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2006. He is a member of the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame and was selected as the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s recipient of the 1998 Service to Youth Award. In 1997, he was the winner of the prestigious Messenger Award from Harness Tracks of America for outstanding accomplishment and meritorious service to the sport. Yet, despite all of that, he said what he cherishes most from his career is the long-time relationship with Hall of Fame trainer Stew Firlotte. “Probably the biggest thing in my career was being hooked up with Stew Firlotte for close to 35 years. That just doesn’t happen. When the catch driver (era) came around, we were getting hired and fired and hired back and fired again, but with Stew it was more like a father-son, best friend thing. He and Joanne are godparents to one of our kids. I really value the dedication between the two of us. “I’d just love to see (Firlotte’s) record, as far as getting 2-year-olds to the races. His percentages must have been just incredible, because I hardly remember any of them that didn’t make the races. He was just a great horseman. Our relationship was probably the proudest moment for me; we just had so much fun together.” For more information about Legends Day, please visit www.clintonraceway.com. Clinton Raceway     

TRAINER TALKS ABOUT LOVING HORSE RACING

Truro Raceway, (located in Truro, Nova Scotia), is about to celebrate another season of harness racing starting this Sunday, April 20th, 2014. The race card, featuring 9 races, has the 2013 top driver Ryan Ellis penciled in to drive 4 out of those 9 races. Post time is scheduled for 1:30pm local time. Ryan Ellis, 33, is actually the back-to-back-to-back leading driver at Truro Raceway. He has been the top dash winner in 2011, 2012 as well as 2013. Speaking with Ryan felt like I was kicking back with an old friend who shares a passion for NASCAR while enjoying a cold beverage. Ryan is a big 'Little E' fan, that being Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88. "When I started getting into (NASCAR) he was a rookie and I don't know why but I started following him" says Ryan. "His father was amazing... reading about his father, he seemed so dominant." Ryan is bang on there, Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s nickname was 'The Intimidator' and nobody dared to mess with Dale Sr. because he'd find you on track to even the score, usually upping his score by one! Ryan recently went down to Darlington, South Carolina to catch the Southern 500! Talk about your need for speed. "I got back yesterday, it was awesome, unreal!" Ryan says. "It's kind of shaped like Mohawk in a way, in an egg shape.... It's something everyone should do at least once." Aside from horse racing and being a NASCAR aficionado Ryan is also a full time pilot for Air Canada Jazz. "I'm a pilot for Air Canada Jazz and I just came to do harness racing as a hobby.... I've had my license since 2007." Ryan originally got into harness racing as his dad, Wayne Ellis, trained horses when Ryan was young. "He's the one who got me into it. When I was in Junior High about 13-years-old, he bought a race horse named Lonewaterhobo that I would putter around with. I would jog him and race him in amateur races. I like the excitement, the challenge and I always wanted to drive (horses)." During high school Ryan started to work on getting his pilots license, however the idea of being a full time horsemen was truly appealing so he decided to give it a go. "As soon as I graduated from high school I went to Mohawk and worked for Joe Stutzman and lived in the dorms there." Ryan goes on to say with a laugh, "that didn't last long, it was quite a shock, and I thought it was going to be all gravy. Then I came home and finished getting my pilot's license." "As a hobby, I've had some pretty good success at it and it is still a hobby but I get quite a few drives out of it... its fun for sure" says Ryan. "I've been racing for about 7 years. I was flying bush planes for 5 years up north so I kind of got out of harness racing a little bit." 'I had a couple of cheaper horses while I was up there. I bought into a third of a horse just to have something back (home). I didn't have much in way of jogging and training during those five years and once I got back home I started to get back into it." Ryan says. "I got my trainer's license which I had for about a year. Then I started to qualify to get back into driving." Ryan's first race as a driver was on a horse he owned. "I bought her just get my qualifying drives, and I think it was in September of 2007 that I had my first drive. I actually ended up getting parked; I finished third but was parked the entire mile." Ryan says, "I was kind of nervous... that night I had three drives and I remember in my third race I ended up winning. My buddy Darren Crowe gave me that drive; it was the favorite off the rail." Ryan always looks forward to all the stakes races that take place in the Maritime Provinces, such as the Gold Cup & Saucer which takes place at Charlottetown Driving Park in Prince Edward Island. "My most memorable race would have to be the Gold Cup consolation race (with) the horse Rare Jewel, (in 2011). He's a really nice horse, he's made over a million dollars. We ended up drawing the outside and didn't make the final and he ended up winning the consolation of the Gold Cup. It was 1:53 flat on Gold Cup night and the place was packed." Ryan explains. Back in the day Ryan's favorite driver was always Doug Brown. If Ryan could choose any race to win, it would be the Little Brown Jug. So why the Little Brown Jug? "I like half mile track races, I don't know if that's because that's all we have down here but I love seeing those good horses on Jug day. I love watching the Jug and watching Tim Tetrick drive, he's the best of the best." Ryan says. "For me, for it to be realistic, winning the Gold Cup in Charlottetown and to be a part of that night would be awesome." One of Ryan's closet friends, Darren Crowe finished second to him in the driver championship a couple of years ago, "it came down to the last race" Ryan says. "We are really good friends and I'm in his barn and he's the guy that 'taught me the ropes'. I always looked up to him as a kid in Truro and next thing we are battling it out for the driver's title. It was pretty cool but we give each other a hard time." Ryan also enjoys racing Legend cars, which are cars designed from the 30's and 40's but supped up to drive on tracks. "Last year, one of my owners has a couple of legend cars so I went one time to practice and then to race one on a local track." Ryan says with a laugh, man he enjoys the thrill and rush of anything moving fast! Horses, cars and planes! Oh my! Ryan and his wife Danica have a young daughter, Ivy, who is almost eight months old. Ryan and Danica also have a stable filled with 30 horses. Danica is into equestrian riding full time, so not all are Standardbreds. (Yes, Danica like Danica Patrick... it always comes back to racing with Ryan!) At Truro Raceway, purses are generally $500-$1,000, so it's understandable that horsemen in the Maritime Provinces need a second form of income to provide for their family. Given the Canadian harsh winters and being surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, these island Provinces have a much smaller window for a racing season. With that being said, the folks in the Maritimes always make the best of any situation. No matter what it may be, you can always tell Ryan is enjoying himself. His enthusiasm and upbeat demeanor is extremely contagious and throughout the entire conversation I could not stop smiling or laughing. Even typing this article several hours later I am still smiling. One day maybe Ryan will be driving horses full time at some of the biggest tracks in North America, winning major races like the Little Brown Jug. He has the spirit and genuine attitude of a gentleman and it is horsemen like Ryan that will help drive the harness racing industry. Keep smiling! by Roderick Balgobin, www.supernovasportsclub.com Twitter: ScSupernova  

This Saturday night (9-07) Batavia Downs will present a night of nostalgia when it celebrates the 25th anniversary of their hosting the 1988 Breeders Crown aged mare trot along with reuniting five of the most popular drivers ever circle their surface, to once again compete against each other in the first Legends of Batavia Downs race.   The 1988 Breeders Crown was the richest purse ever offered at the Genesee County oval as well as the only leg of that prestigious series to be held there. The record purse of $268,756 saw top drivers Bill O’Donnell, Doug Brown and Ben Webster compete and a packed house was anxious to witness the sport’s top stars.        Scenic Regal was coming off a second place finish to Mack Lobell at Yonkers and was the post time favorite. But the Armstrong Brothers entry of Armbro Fling and Armbro Flori were a formidable team to beat. In front of a roaring crowd, Larry Walker got Armbro Flori home by a head over the fast closing Scenic Regal in a time of 1:59.3. A pedestrian clocking by today’s standards, it was only 2/5th’s of a second off the all-time track trotting record when it happened.   To commemorate the silver anniversary, there will be $25 betting vouchers given away starting after the fourth race, for five consecutive races. All the fans on hand will be eligible to win.   Also that night will be the first ever Legends of Batavia Downs Pace. It will be 1970 all over again when the driving titans of a bygone era are brought back to the track to relive one of the most exciting times the track ever had. Hall of famer Clint Galbriath will be back in the bike to tangle with fellow western New York stars Gerry Sarama, Gaston Guindon, Dick Welch and Fred Haslip in a one mile race for the ages.   Clint Galbraith has 3,062 wins and $19 million in earnings. He scored his first dash title at Batavia Downs in 1963 and will be forever synonymous with the legendary Niatross who won 37 of 39 starts and was named the horse of the year in 1979 and 1980. Another great Galbraith student was Call For Rain who won the Breeders Crown twice.The list of accomplishments attained by Galbraith is as impressive as any horseman ever to go behind a starting gate.   Gerry Sarama has 2,630 wins and $11.5 million in earnings. He started driving at an early age and quickly found himself at the top of the driver colony at Batavia. Although he made a move to Roosevelt Raceway for a while to compete with the best in the nation, he eventually found his way back home and was always a highly sought after catch driver. Some of his most memorable horses were Jambo Bea, Free Chase, and his personal favorite, Cambiance. Sarama was known as “the man with the hands”.   Gaston Guindon has 3,080 wins and $6.9 million in earnings. He moved to Batavia Downs in 1969 and it wasn’t long after that his career took off. The horses he drove were a who’s who for years and included names like the venerable Mr. Coal, Keystone Spectrum, Harbor Smoke, E C Oakie, Willow Hill Boy, Mucalee Bunt, Hot Shot Hamde, Skipper Frank and River Mouse. He is affectionately known by the locals as “The Gasser”.   Dick Welch has 923 wins and $1.7 million in purses. He started driving at Batavia Downs in the late 1960’s and was the trainer for the powerful Marks Stable of Buffalo. Two of the most memorable pacers ever to race locally came from his barn; Pine Hill Time and Pine Hill Fred. Both were perennial Open class performers and shuttled between home and New York to race the best the east coast had to offer. His last pari-mutual start was in 1978 when he shifted gears to become a racing official. Welch was known for his trademark toothpick as you seldom saw him without one.   Fred Haslip has 2,585 wins and has earned $5.9 million in purses. The lifelong resident of Basom, NY started driving at fairs in 1959 and scored his first pari mutual win in 1960. The list of horses that Haslip has teamed over the years is long and includes names like Diamond Sparkler, Happy Sparkler, Keystone Astro, Kay El, Jack the Baron, Coaltown Smoke, Flawless Sparkler and Princess Dee Dee. But Haslip is probably most noted for developing the former double gaited world record holder, Excalibur.   Todd Haight is the General Manager of live racing at Batavia Downs. He remembers watching this group compete against each other in their prime and looks forward to “getting the band back together” to relive the good old days.   Haight said “We are proud and excited to have these gentlemen come back and thrill our fans one more time. They were responsible for so many great races and memories that many of us still recall when we stand by the fence and reminisce. This is the first Legend’s race we’ve held and we look forward to doing it every year moving forward.”   There will be a meet and greet with an autograph session on the apron from 5:30 to 6:25 and there will be a special picture insert in the program perfect for signing. The race itself will be held after the seventh event of the night. The whips used in the race by the five drivers will be autographed and given away to the fans in a random drawing. After the race, Gaston Guindon will be honored by the track and his colors will be hung in their track Hall of Fame where he will join other Batavia Downs immortals Jeff Gregory, John Schroeder, Ben Webster, Patsy Rapone and Bob Altizer.   Post time is 6:30 for this action packed night of racing.  by Tim Bojarski   

He has been an integral part of Clinton Raceway’s Legends Day since its inception back in 2001 and will be back again this year on Sunday, August 18. But Ron Waples still can’t get used to the thought of being considered a harness racing ‘living legend’. Those who have followed the incredible career of the double Hall Of Famer would say otherwise. Waples has driven just shy of 7,000 winners and has posted career purse winnings of more than $75 million in the process. Along the way, he has been blessed to sit behind some of the greatest horses ever to look through a bridle – horses like Ralph Hanover, Sugarcane Hanover, Peace Corps, No Sex Please, Dream Maker and Presidential Ball, just to name a few. He has won almost every major race in the sport along the way, including the Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and nine Breeders Crown titles. “At the time, it’s all just another day at the office,” recalls Waples. “But now, when I reflect back on things, I realize just how fortunate I was to be associated with so many great horses and great people and to enjoy the success that I did.” Waples will be looking to capture his second Legends Day Trot this year after winning the 2003 edition with Carrland Buddy in a then track record of 1:58.2. This will be his seventh consecutive Legends Day appearance and he says it is an experience that never gets old. "I don’t really think of myself as a legend but it’s definitely very special to be asked to take part in something like this. I’m still a fan too and I’ve got to spend this day with some of the guys I’ve idolized myself like the late Buddy Gilmour for example. “It’s always a great day and I love the atmosphere,” he explains. “I am amazed at how many fans come out and they’ll stand in line for a couple of hours just to get autographs. The folks at Clinton go above and beyond on this day and they’ve raised a lot of money for local charities too over the years which makes it even more special.” In fact, the previous six Legends Day events have provided $132,000 that go directly to benefit local charities in the Clinton area. The Legends Day roster this year will include Waples along with Herve Filion, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Ray Remmen, Keith Waples, Dave Wall, Clint Galbraith, Bud Fritz, Jim Doherty, Doug Brown and Steve Condren – a group with combined purse winnings of well over half a billion dollars. The $15,000 Legends Day Trot and Ontario Sires Stakes action for two-year-olds will be the highlight races for the afternoon. Fans will have an opportunity to meet this year’s legends and receive autographs starting at 2:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment and pony rides in the park. The Pineridge Barbecue Chicken dinner is scheduled from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tickets $15 each) and Legends T-shirts will be on sale for just $2. All proceeds, along with those from the silent auction that day, will go to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. For complete details visit www.clintonraceway.com . by Jessica Carnochan  

He has been a part of many battles on the racetrack over his outstanding 30-plus year driving career but the biggest battle of all for Steve Condren has come away from the track. The Milton resident was diagnosed with Colon cancer in 2011 and that very well could have meant the end to his storied career. But, with the steely determination and steady focus he has become known for, Condren has battled his way back into the race bike and back to prominence on the national stage. The man in green and gold is also getting set to take part in his first ever Legends Day at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 18, and says he is all systems go and looking forward to the experience. “The doctor gave me a clean bill of health the last time I saw him and I’m feeling good,” he explains following a recent golf outing where he shot a round of 75. “I’ve worked hard to get back driving and I certainly realize how fortunate I am to be able to be back doing what I love. I’m going to fully enjoy the day and the whole experience.” Condren’s other passion is golf which gives him much of the exercise he requires to stay healthy along with a regular workout routine. After three months of excruciating chemotherapy treatments in the Fall of 2011, the veteran reinsman was forced to slowly and methodically get himself healthy and back into good enough condition to return to the race bike. That patience, and attention to detail, are attributes that have helped him in the race bike too and made him one of the most respected drivers this country has produced. “I’d like to think that one of my strengths is looking at the big picture with young horses and trying to show them how to race the right way,” he admits. “Being versatile has also helped me and having a pretty good sense of how to react to situations that arise in a race. When I look back now, I have to be satisfied with my career to this point and what I’ve accomplished.” As a young driver starting out his career, Condren looked up to several prominent Ontario Jockey Club stars including the late Bill Wellwood and Ron Feagan. He also greatly admired another future Hall Of Famer named Ron Waples – a former Legends Day Trot winner who will be taking part as well this year for the seventh consecutive time. Some of the best horses Condren has driven in his career were ones that he partially owned including Canadian champions Pure Ivory and Elegantimage – the namesake of one of WEG’s premier trotting stakes. His biggest career victory came in 1989 when he guided Goalie Jeff to a dramatic upset win in the North America Cup at Greenwood. Condren has amassed impressive career totals of more than 6,600 victories and purse winnings in excess of $110 million but enjoys the opportunity to get back to the smaller tracks and personally interact with the fans. “I drove in Clinton last Spring for the first time in a long time and it’s a great atmosphere,” he says. “I think that the folks there have a true appreciation of the sport and it’s going to be fun to be a part of. To be asked to join a group of guys like this is a real honour.” The Legends Day roster this year will include Waples along with Herve Filion,  John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Ray Remmen, Keith Waples, Dave Wall, Clint Galbraith, Bud Fritz, Jim Doherty, Doug Brown and Steve Condren – a group with combined purse winnings of well over half a billion dollars. The $15,000 Legends Day Trot and Ontario Sires Stakes action for two-year-olds will be the highlight races of the afternoon. Fans will have an opportunity to meet this year’s legends and receive autographs starting at 2:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment, pony rides and face painting for the kids. The Pineridge Barbecue Chicken dinner is scheduled from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tickets $15 each) and Legends T-shirts will be on sale for just $2. All proceeds, along with those from the silent auction that day, will go to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. For complete details visit www.clintonraceway.com. Jessica Carnochan  

CLINTON, Ontario . . . Clinton Raceway has added one of the most legendary Canadian drivers of all time, Herve Filion, to their Legends Day line up on Sunday, August 18. He will be driving for Dave Wall who injured his shoulder in a training accident last week. A member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for more than three decades, Filion will come out of retirement to join other Hall of Famers: Steve Condren, Ray Remmen, Doug Brown, Bill O’Donnell, Ron Waples, John Campbell, Dave Wall, Clint Galbraith, Keith Waples, Bud Fritz and Jim Doherty at Clinton. For many years Filion held the record for the most races won by any driver in North America, a total of 15,180. That number was surpassed last year by Dave Palone, who idolized Filion in his youth. Filion was the youngest driver to ever be inducted into both the Canadian Hall of Fame (1976) and its US counterpart (1975). As the great Billy Haughton once said: “There are a lot of good harness drivers, a few great ones … and then there is Filion.” A recipient of numerous awards on both sides of the border, including the prestigious Lou Marsh as Canada’s Professional Athlete of the Year in 1971, Filion hung up his silks last year with a total of 15,183 wins to his credit. He has graciously agreed to dust them off to compete in the always popular Legends Day Trot. by Jessica Carnochan  

Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Famer Doug Brown wrapped up his second career Winter campaign on the Saturday evening (April 14) harness racing program. In a live trackside TV interview he reflected on the past six months of being headquartered at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.

A sure sign of the oncoming spring season emerged in South Florida on the Tuesday, March 27 harness racing program as Canadian Hall Of Famer Doug Brown unveiled Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) hopeful Kylie Hall for the first start of her three year old season.

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.

Even with the absence of major harness racing stakes or added money race, trotter Keystone Thomas has accomplished a rare feat by racing exclusively in South Florida in 2011 and amassing earnings of over $100,000 this year.

Indiana Hall and Legend Ray Remmen are favored in the upcoming Legends Trot at Clinton Raceway this Sunday (August 4). Starting from post position five, Remmen, along with John Campbell, Doug Brown, Bud Fritz, Bill O'Donnell, Jim Doherty, Ron Waples, and Wally Hennessey will be battling it out on the harness racing track.

An impressive line up of 66 harness racing sophomore trotting fillies are headed to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening, battling over the Elora half-mile for a total of $192,000 in Grassroots purse money.

The number of members in the three-year-old trotting colt's undefeated club fell by one on Saturday night as Count Strike bested Frill Seeker in the first of three $24,000 harness racing Grassroots divisions at Sudbury Downs.

Harness racing announcers Frank Salive and Ken Warkentin will be joining Roger Huston in the race calling line up during Legends Day at Clinton Raceway on Sunday September 4, 2011. Salive will be returning from Florida and his duties at Popano Park to be a part of the celebration, he hasn't missed a Legends Day yet.

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