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A pair of Illinois conceived and foaled pacing stakes shared top billing on the Friday night harness racing card at Maywood Park as the "girls" battled in the $47,350 Violet Stake while their male counterparts knocked heads in the $52,500 Cardinal Stake.

Despite coming into the event winless through her five race harness racing career Maevey Gravy looked liked like an old pro returning to the winner's circle after knocking off nine other Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old trotting fillies in Wednesday's (October 5) $107,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake at Balmoral Park.

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.

Gotta Let It Go, a three year-old Cole Muffler gelding, was a 10-1 chance in Balmoral Park's morning line in the Pete Langley Memorial. The race for Illinois-bred harness racing sophomores carried a purse of $188,000. Gotta Let It Go, after a 0 for 3 record as a freshman, had compiled a 14-2-2-3 record this year for earnings of $11,552.

A busy Memorial Day weekend of stakes harnss racing action for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters wrapped up on Sunday, May 29th as field of nine three-year-old trotting fillies met in the $42,600 Violet Stake Final.

Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing distaffers took center stage on Friday night at Maywood Park as a full field of nine pacers lined up for the inaugural edition of the $40,000 BetZotic Stake.

One of the Chicago-area's best-known harness racing drivers was booked into the Will County Adult Detention Facility today on a domestic battery charge, according Will County records. Michael J. Oosting, who has 4,400 career victories and $27.8 million in purse earnings, is scheduled to appear in Will County bond court Monday on the misdemeanor charge.

A pair of Balmoral Park veterans took home the driving and training titles for the 2010 harness racing season at Balmoral Park as Mike Oosting posted an unprecedented sixth straight driving title while conditioner Nelson Willis grabbed his first Balmoral Park training title.

A pair of Hanover Stakes put freshmen trotters on display on Wednesday night (October 27) at Balmoral Park as a field of nine fillies battled for a harness racing purse of $50,300 while seven of their male counterparts slugged it out for a purse of $45,200.

So Be It ( p,3,1:52:4) reached the harness racing winners circle in three of four starts (75%) for VIP Stable's "Super Night at Balmoral Park Contest" winner Shane Corbier in the month of October. In the only race So Be It did not cross the line first, he finished second.

So Be It (p,3,1:52:4) reached the winners circle in three of four starts (75%) for VIP Stables "Super Night at Balmoral Park Contest" winner Shane Corbier in the month of October. In the only race So Be It did not cross the line first, he finished second.

Living up to his name Mark & Stephanie Winship and Amy Giberson's Playin For Keeps was doing just that as he flew by his rivals in the late going to record a three-quarter-length victory in 1:53.0 while taking Saturday's featured $24,520 ISOBA Super Sale Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled harness racing two-year-old pacing colts.

Richard Balog' s Pardon remained at the top of the two-year-old filly pacing division here in the Prairie State while James & Teri Blackman' s Elisa' s Model picked a nice time to snag the biggest win of her first harness racing season as both fillies came out on top in a pair of exciting $22,265 Sarah Myers Stake splits on Sunday night (October 17) at Balmoral Park.

Illinois's harness racing top two-year-old trotters were in action on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of nine diagonally gaited ladies met in the $110,000 Lady Lincoln Land and a full field of 10 colts were sent postward in the $107,000 Lincoln Land Stake.

Despite unseasonably cool temperatures and the constant threat of rain harness racing fans turned out in droves to watch Illinois' best trotters and pacers slug it out in Super Night 22 on Saturday, Sept. 18th at Balmoral Park.

The countdown to 'Super Night 2010' continued on Sunday, Sept. 12th with the final three elimination's for Illinois' biggest night of harness racing being contested. A total of eight championship tilts will be contested by Illinois' finest pacers and trotters on Saturday, Sept. 18th with more than $1.5 million in purse money up for grabs.

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