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Dave "Steady As" Yarock had been knocking at the door in this years CKG Billings Harness Racing Driving Series but on Sunday, June 5 he took home all the marbles when he guided his own Uni-optic Man to a 1:58:4 victory at Tioga Downs . With his triumph Yarock has vaulted into the points-lead on the Eastern Region leaderboard.

It was a strong night for harness racing trainer-driver John Stark Jr on a damp night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday (May 4) as the veteran had his best night of the young season. The Stark stable sent out four trotters to compete on the Wednesday card and wound up with two wins and two seconds.

A pair of $10,000 Opens, along with chilly spring like conditions greeted the horses and harness racing drivers here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (April 29). In the Open Trot, Perfect Man, a six-year-old Malabar Man gelding out of the Nearly Perfect mare Perfectly Swift, won in 2:00, for owner Michael A Ouriel, of Rochester NY.

A pair of $10,000 harness racing Opens, along with very windy conditions greeted the horses and drivers here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (February 18). With a thawing track, and two days in the 50's, track Superintendent Dave Dylo, did a remarkable job getting the track ready for racing. The track condition was listed as good.

Eric Cherry respects harness racing tradition but is adamant it should remain in the past. He believes officialdom who is running the industry today need to let such tradition go because it is doing nothing to entice the younger generation into the sport.

Inside assignee Headpoles R Us (Ryan Anderson) smothered Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) in the lane Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Indian Summer, truly lets you know why people want to live in New England, because today was one of those rather unique days with the temperature in the seventies, that we don`t often see at the end of October. Harness racing at the Plainridge Racecourse was terrific, as Gerald Rocco Jr. and his crew had the surface in outstanding shape.

Aldebaran Park, the breeding and harness racing enterprise of Melbourne entrepreneur Duncan McPherson and Chris and Sharon Lang, was launched on an international scale in North America last week.

Yonkers Raceway Saturday night played host to the second annual Fall Harvest Festival, showcasing the thriving relationship between harness racing and agriculture all across New York State.

Don'ttellmywife (Stephane Bouchard) sat a Friday night pocket, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $42,500 Open Handicap Trot. Leaving from post position No. 2, he watched while Neighsay Hanover (Ray Schnittker) set sail through weight stations of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.4.

New York Bred Late Closers for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters headlined the Wednesday night (Sept. 15) program at Batavia Downs Casino. Black Licorice made it two for two at the Downs this season when he scored a hard fought win in a quick 1:59.3 with regular reinsman Brian Mattison in town to drive for harness racing trainer Paul Kelley.

Five divisions of freshmen trotting colts and geldings will strut their stuff in the $162,000 NY Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, September 15. Each harness racing split will go for over $32,000 and they will be featured in races one, two, five, eight and 11 on the 15 race card.

Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting fillies will celebrate Labour Day Monday at Dresden Raceway with seven $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions, and Dan Creighton is hoping his Jekyll and Hyde-like trainee Edens Cover Girl can match the winning effort she delivered in her provincial debut.

Harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters got their turn on Friday night, in New York-Bred late-closers, after a new track record was set by the same division when the New York Sire Stakes was in town this past Wednesday evening.

After a track record performance on Wednesday night in the New York Sire Stakes, more harness racing freshman colt and gelding trotters will race in New York bred Late Closers on Friday, August 20, at Batavia Downs Casino.

The New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old Late Closing filly trotters invaded Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (August 11). The talented trotting fillies raced in three harness racing divisions and each had a purse in excess of $13,000.

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