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Foreclosure N could provide harness racing trainer Mark Steacy with the birthday present of a lifetime if he wins the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. Steacy will turn 50 on July 15, the eve before the track's signature event for 3-year-old pacers. His top trainee begins his Pace quest from post two in the first of two $50,000 eliminations on Saturday, July 9.

Up The Credit, the North America Cup champion, tops the list of 18 colts and one filly entered in Saturday's eliminations for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. The top five finishers in each of the two $50,000 elims, carded as races five and six, will advance to the track's signature harness racing event for 3-year-old pacers on July 16.

He might only be 20 and in just his third year of driving, but Bob McClure - already one of the leading reinsmen at Hanover Raceway - is definitely one of the 'new generation' about to make his mark on harness racing in North America.

A field of ten sophomore pacing fillies in the $76,200 Ladyship Stakes will headline Saturday night's ten race harness racing card at Tioga Downs beginning at 6:50 pm. Given the nod as the 5-2 morning line favorite is Honky Tonk Woman and Andrew McCarthy who will leave from post position number one in Saturdays third race.

Mystic Desire, making his first start of the harness racing season, posted the fastest winning time of the night in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were three divisions held for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, each of which carried a purse of $70,079.

Corleone Kosmos came first over at the three-quarter pole, grabbed the lead in the stretch, then went on to a 1-1/4 length victory in a time of 1:53 in the harness racing $70,000 Open Handicap Trot on Friday (June 17) at Harrah's Chester.

Former New Zealander and now prominent Canadian harness racing trainer Tony O'Sullivan would be the first to tell you his harness racing career has been a roller-coaster ride. The 34-year-old Palmerston North born and educated trainer admits there has been several times in his life when he has had nothing more than a few dollars in his pocket - which quite often left him pondering about what direction to take.

Deuce Seelster, a four-year-old Western Maverick stallion, will be looking for that fifth win in 2010 when Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs offers its first harness racing open handicap pace of the season Saturday night.

The New Jersey Racing Commission issued a ruling dated Dec. 1 suspending harness racing trainer Ross Croghan for 180 days and fining him $2,500 as the result of the horse Cammabis violating the state's total carbon dioxide (TCO2) regulations on June 6, 2007, at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

Mind Boggling, with Anthony Napolitano in the sulky, pulled off a harness racing upset in the $30,000 open handicap pace for fillies and mares Wednesday (Oct. 21) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

The New Jersey Sire Stakes will close its 2009 harness racing season Saturday at Freehold Raceway with the $50,000 Green Acres Division championship final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

Let It Ride Stables, Robert Cooper Stables and Jerry Silva's Tug River Princess took advantage of a pocket trip and went on to a 1:51, half-length triumph over Southwind Tempo in the harness racing $80,000 Allerage Farm Open Mares Pace.

Tobago Cays and JK Kinahurra, both sons of Rocknroll Hanover, won divisions of the New Jersey Futurity for harness racing two-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 10 at Freehold Raceway. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and restricted to offspring of New Jersey stallions.

Tug River Princess and Eric Goodell captured the fourth edition of the Artiscape Pace on Saturday night at Tioga Downs. In front of more than 3,000 harness racing fans on closing night Eric Goodell settled Tug River Princess in fourth as the other half of the Ross Croghan trained entry Southwind Tempo (Tim Tetrick) got to the quarter in 27.2.

Nine eligible mares and one supplement will comprise the field for the $331,500 Breeders Crown Mare Pace, Sat., Aug 22 at The Meadowlands. Darlin's Delight, the richest pacing mare racing with $2.8 million in earnings will seek her first Crown victory after finishing second three out of four times in the past five years. Her nemesis, three-time Crown winner My Little Dragon, was retired from racing earlier this year.

'Down Under' Harness Racing trainers made it two from two after the first two races on Hambletonian Day 2009 when the 'Nifty' Richard Norman trained Poof She's Gone got up in the shadows of the post to win the $525,800 Merre Annabelle Final for 2-year-old Trotting Fillies.

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