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Kadabra sons Knows Nothing and Prestidigitator returned to Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action on Saturday night (August 18) following their sojourn south of the border for the Hambletonian. And the duo didn't disappoint simply outclassing their sophomore trotting colt peers in the single Gold Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack.

Fortunately for Knows Nothing, his connections seemed to know what was in the horse's best interest. Last year, Knows Nothing had a bone chip removed and missed his entire 2-year-old campaign, which was disappointing to harness racing trainer Jeff Gillis as he was extremely optimistic about the colt's potential.

Harness racing's top-ranked older trotters -- Chapter Seven and Mister Herbie -- are ready to renew acquaintances in Saturday's $250,000 Nat Ray Invitational at the Meadowlands Racetrack as part of a star-studded Hambletonian Day card.

Two years ago, when Ontario-based harness racing trainer Jeff Gillis attended the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, he never dreamt of having a Hambletonian contender, let alone buying Knows Nothing.

The appearance of two sons of Kadabra in Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian is anything but magic. Knows Nothing and Prestidigitator earned a berth in the final with solid efforts and represented their home Ontario in a way that may not have been possible pre-1998.

Uncle Peter and harness racing driver Ron Pierce won the first of three eliminations for the $1.5 million Hambletonian, to be raced on Aug. 4 at The Meadowlands, after a race with one lead change after another, in a time of 1:53.3.

Mister Herbie and and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson pulled an 8-1 upset in the 61st edition of $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday evening at Mohawk.

The Summertime Pacing Series and Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series kicked off on Thursday evening (July 19) at Ontario's harness racing track at Mohawk.

It doesn't happen often but a dead-heat highlighted the harness racing meeting at Mohawk tonight (Thursday July 12)

By now it's no secret: three-time winner of the Maple Leaf Trot, San Pail (San Pellegrino-Village Beauty) will not be back to defend his title for a fourth consecutive try on July 21.

Frenchfrysnvinegar and Cedar Dove, who both captured divisions in the first leg of the Miss Versatility Series at Mohawk on May 20, returned to victory lane on Sunday evening (July 1) at the Campbellville harness racing oval in the second round of the series.

Ontario's harness racing sophomore superstars invaded Georgian Downs on Saturday night in pursuit of an invitation to next weekend's exciting Gold Rush event.

Following Santanna Blue Chip's stellar freshman campaign in 2007, Jeff Gillis began to assemble a group of harness racing broodmares he felt would pair well with the son of Art Major when the time came for the pacer to retire.

Speed Again, a top harness racing freshman last season, will miss this year's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, which is slated for Saturday, June 16 at Mohawk.

Three-year-old harness racing filly trotters and pacers dazzled in their respective SBOA Stakes finals on Friday night at Mohawk. After lowering her lifetime mark in her elimination last week, trotting filly Im On Cloud Nine put forth another career-best performance in the $159,218 final.

Three-year-old trotting gelding Mikey Hanover celebrated Victoria Day with an impressive harness racing victory in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack.

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