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What has been described in some quarters as the biggest doping scandal in racing history occurred in England last month. The magnitude of the incident aside, there is a lesson to be learned from this notorious event that has little to do with doping. The message developed is this: Advocate for others only that which you truly practice yourself.

Recently, local harness racing trainer Pat Bissett of Goderich suffered a severe heart attack. Pat is now recovering at home, and raffle tickets to help support him during his recovery are available from local merchants and OHHA Members.

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has been made aware of an outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 at a non harness racing venue. Hawthorne Race Course, a thoroughbred racetrack in Illinois will continue racing as scheduled at the track, Hawthorne has put a quarantine in place.

Everyone in harness racing was saddened to hear of the passing of popular owner Henno Illistom this week following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Longtime Pennsylvania Fair Horseman Winston Lineweaver, who suffered a heart attack during the harness racing card at Wattsburg (Erie County PA Fair) on Sunday (June 17) remains hospitalized in Erie.

Im Themightyquinn overcome the flu to win this year's (March 2) Inter Dominion grand final, and a stable virus put him out of last year's New Zealand Cup. Now the 7-year-old champion has copped more bad luck that could have seen him run his last race.

Older harness racing pacer Rockincam, who did not finish in the Bettor's Delight at Tioga Downs last Sunday, was a victim of atrial fibrillation but appears to have recovered well, owner Steve Farrell said.

Imagine a 3 decade journey - a quest for an insidious bacterium possessing elusive qualities equivalent to that of the Holy Grail. Dr. John Prescott, University of Guelph Professor and Chair of the OVC Department of Pathobiology, has been unwavering in staying the course on his quest to find a vaccine able to combat the deadly Rhodococcus bacterium.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board, in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Markets, has cleared Saratoga Harness Racing for re-opening after a recent outbreak of strangles. The racing season will resume on Wednesday, April 11.

Harness racing at Saratoga Raceway has been put on hold due to cases of strangles. Strangles is an acute respiratory infection in horses.

After a two-and-a-half month hiatus due to prostate cancer surgery, Billy "Zeke" Parker Jr. got back in the harness racing winners circle at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, March 21. And that afternoon Zeke had his photo taken three times.

MAF (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) have advised us that the Australian Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS) have made it compulsory from 1st March 2012 that all colts to be exported to Australia have to be blood tested for EVA (equine viral arteritis).

Washakie is the first casualty of the harness racing $1 million Inter Dominion Series, coming out today after contracting a virus.

Champion young trotter Flying Isa is suffering from a virus and will miss tomorrow's (Saturday February 11) $25,000 Hambletonian Trot at Ashburton. But his Cambridge-based trainer John Dickie is confident the superstar three-year-old will be ready for the rich Sales Series Trot in three weeks.

Well-known and respected harness racing identity Doug Mangos has passed away aged 76. Doug is the father of leading North Island trainer/driver Brent Mangos, and was himself, a talented horseman throughout a career that spanned more than five decades.

There has been an outbreak of the hendra virus in Townsville according to a website report on 'Harness Racing Australia's' Facebook page.

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