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Rick and Scott Zeron have more than a contingency plan in place should Canadian harness racing go to custard.

New Canadian Horse Racing Hall-of-Fame inductee, Carl Jamieson, was delighted with his induction on Tuesday (April 9), but was still livid at the sorry state of harness racing in Canada.

The uncertainty in Canada harness racing has had major repercussions for one of the country's leading breeding farms - Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario. Stud manager David Heffering said his breeding numbers were down at least 50 per cent and he said that could only be blamed on the instability of Canadian harness racing.

Tony Alagna is not only one of North America's best harness racing trainers but the 40-year-old is also one of the most confident. In just three-and-a-bit seasons the New Jersey horseman has hit the harness racing world by storm.

At a time when harness racing breeding numbers are down world-wide, Blue Chip Farms in New York is bucking the trend thanks to some clever marketing.

The name of former harness racing mare - Lizzie Maguire - lives on outside her breeding duties thanks to the New Zealand Kidz Kartz Rising Stars Drivers Series which will be staged at Alexandra Park on May 3 and 5.

If you thought harness racing was dying in Ontario then take a look at the sad situation in Italy. Five tracks in Rome have closed, including the popular Hippodrome on the outskirts of capital city.

Serious flaws in Canada's food inspection industry are putting people's lives at risk, especially when it comes to horses (including the harness racing breed) that are destined for the food chain.

'We are just have to grin and bear it.' That's how the general manager of Winbak Farm has described the 2013 harness racing breeding season at his two farms in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. Garrett Bell said his farms had never experienced such indecision before amongst its breeders.

Growing up in small town in Ontario, Michelle Hogan's dreams were always filled with horses - all kinds of horses including our wonderful harness racing breed. 'From the time I could hold a pencil I would cover the refrigerator door with drawing after drawing. Almost always, those drawings were of horses,' the self confessed horse-fanatic said.

If the Canadian harness racing scene isn't in tatters now it soon will be if reports from Ontario breeding giant Seelster Farms are anything to go by.

Good ole Market Analysis (1:51.4) is back in town. The former Chicago-based harness racing pacer who won seven races and $94,158 is living his retirement years out on a-100 acre standardbred rescue, rehabilitation, and racing property at Crawford Farms Durhamville, New York.

There's more to Canadian harness racing trainer, Casie Coleman than meets the eye. The 32-year-old is also a champion poker player. Coleman proved exactly that when winning her first tournament aboard the cruise ship - The Oasis Of The Seas.

John Cashman III has always been proud to have the same name as his late father and grandfather but when the Meadowlands recently announced that a the premier harness racing track would be naming one of its top trotting events after his Dad, he was both stunned and completed overwhelmed.

One week after the death of one of the greatest standardbreds to have ever graced the earth, New York harness racing owner and breeder Joe Bellino is still in admiration of the great Rocknroll Hanover.

Lou Pena will be giving his fellow harness racing trainers a three month head-start but the 44-year-old is still confident he can win a track title in 2013. 'I'm not afraid of hard work and putting my head down and going for it. You have to believe - and I believe in my training abilities. It's not impossible you know,' Pena told Harnesslink.

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