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Valley Victory, the breed-shaping sire who changed the face of trotting in North America, was euthanized this morning after complications from what appeared to be kidney failure, according to Art Zubrod, the harness racing manager of Brittany Farms and the Valley Victory Syndicate.

Over a month ago it was reported that Mike Santa Maria, a former USTA director and NY SOA field representative, was suffering from a serious heart condition which threatened his very life. At this time, it is a pleasure to report that our old harness racing friend from New York has been released from the hospital after a 35-day stay.

As winter begins to loosen its grip, we will soon find the familiar sights and sounds of spring in the Bluegrass area. This transition presents some unique challenges to some of our equine friends, but with a few preventative steps this transition can be seamless.

The immediate future of Australia's greatest ever harness racing pacer is in serious doubt. Four time Inter Dominion champion Blacks A Fake suffered cardiac arrhythmia again this morning (Saturday) in trackwork for trainer/driver Natalie Rasmussen.

Auckland Cup Week's exclusive opening evening, the "Night of Courage" will held at harness racing's nothern headquarters - Alexandra Park on Friday March 4. The night, which will support the Child Cancer Foundation, will be hosted by Michael Guerin with special guest Steve Price, who along with several Alexandra Park drivers will have his head shaved during the evening.

Just over four months ago Waikato harness racing driver Simon Lawson was living the dream. The 19-year-old had just won the New Zealand Junior Driving Championship and had landed a drive on harness racing's biggest day - the Hambletonian meeting at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The 12-year-old pacer Give Chrome, with 56 harness racing starts in two countries, undoubtedly had tough trips around a racetrack in his life, but none was quite so tough as that taken recently in south central Pennsylvania. What happened there has made him the 23rd horse to benefit from the USTA's SOS (Support Our Standardbreds) program.

Following on from October's joint fundraising initiative between Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Jimmy Douglass to raise awareness and money through the Life Education Charity Ocsober, HRNSW and Ben Sarina are teaming up for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia in Movember.

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, in conjunction with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, is pleased to announce its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness harness racing fundraising event, to be held on Wednesday evening, November 10.

Equine Guelph has announced Pfizer Animal Health will be sponsoring Journey through the Joints, an online tool designed to take horse people on an interactive journey from a healthy joint to an inflamed, arthritic joint.

Vintage Master, who was scheduled to compete in this Saturday's $780,000 harness racing Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack, has been withdrawn after spiking a fever.

Both Huapai harness racing trainer Ray Green and superstar three year old Sir Lincoln have made positive returns to work. Green underwent back surgery to fix a problem that has been plaguing the Helensville horseman for around a year now causing him a great deal of pain and discomfort.

When Tasmanian harness racing stalwart Leigh Plunkett was diagnosed with leukaemia and hit by the realisation that his ailment was terminal his family rallied behind him to help the talented trainer-breeder through the illness.

The brilliance of Millwood Meg and the emergence of Jaccka Singh were overshadowed by the unfortunate cardiac arrhythmia suffered by four times Inter Dominion Champion Blacks A Fake on night one of the Albion Park harness racing leg of the Sky Racing Winter Carnival.

Almost An Angel 2,1:57.1, 3,1:56 ($498,577 at 2 and 3; $959,695 internationally) the Two Year Old Trotting Filly of 1991 and multiple international harness racing stakes Winner was humanely euthanized at Hanover Shoe Farms on June 14th.

Horse breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo has been sentenced to two years jail and fined $33,000 for 33 counts of cruelty to animals. Paragallo, who has earned $20.6 million in purses, was sentenced today (Tuesday May 18) by Judge George G. Pulver.

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