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The 4-5 harness racing favorite Chapter Seven (Tim Tetrick) was the winner of the $250,000 Nat Ray Stake for older trotters on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in a world record 1:50.1.

For the second straight year, owner Richard Gutnick and harness racing trainer Linda Toscano have teamed to get a horse into the $1.5 million Hambletonian final at the Meadowlands Racetrack, as Market Share won his elimination race in 1:52.2 last Saturday night.

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.

CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute high-definition live broadcast of harness racing's prestigious $1.5 million Hambletonian, $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks and $250,000 Nat Ray on Saturday, Aug. 4 beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Europe's best trotter at the moment, Commander Crowe, is scheduled to race in the Nat Ray Trot at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk this summer. Commander Crowe, who won the Oslo Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at Bjerke, will race in the Elitlopp in Stockholm, and after a rest, he'll go to North America, his harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy said.

Last Saturday, harness racing driver Randy Waples made the most of his venture to The Meadowlands in New Jersey. The Milton resident had a pair of drives that proved to be worthy. He teamed up with San Pail to capture the $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational then finished second in the $1.5 million Hambletonian with longshot Whiskey Tax.

This Week: The Grand Circuit is off this week. Harness racing will resume the week of August 14 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, and Harrah's Chester in Pennsylvania.

Canada beat the United States in the North American battle of the harness racing trotting titans when San Pail downed triple millionaire Arch Madness in today's (Saturday August 6) $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational Trot at the Meadowlands.

When the best older trotters in North America compete in the $300,000 Nat Ray on August 5 at The Meadowlands, last year's winner, Slave Dream, will not be lining up behind the gate. Slave Dream, a six-year-old son of Pearsall Hanover-Hungarie F, had surgery to remove a chip out of his front-right ankle following his third-place finish in the $220,750 Titan Cup on July 2.

Jack Moiseyev's life changed forever on January 31, 1977. It was Moiseyev's 17th birthday - the day he also secured his professional driver's license and drove at Freehold later that afternoon. Now some 34 years later the man they call 'Jackie Mo' is one of the greatest harness racing drivers to have ever graced a North American racetrack.

Is history about to repeat itself? Champion New Zealand based horsemen Tim and Anthony Butt have combined with Brisbane businessman Paul Montgomery to purchase an outstanding standardbred from North America to race 'Down Under' before ultimately standing him at a harness racing stud farm.

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