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Excuse the pun but Australia's main UFO harness racing man is over the moon. The chief executive for UFO Sulkies in Australia and New Zealand, Frank Ranaldi, is delighted with both the sales and the results since the official launch of his company in October last year.

Remember West Australian harness racing legend - Pure Steel? The first Aussie pacer to win $500,000 and the only one to win the Hunter Cup three times. Karen Crouch was born a year after the champion was foaled. The same year she was born her father Charlie Mercia sold the son of Toledo Hanover for $2,750 as a yearling.

Canadian harness racing driver, James MacDonald is pumped! The 27-year-old told Harnesslink that's exactly how he felt about being able to drive again at Woodbine on Thursday (March 21).

Westbury (Long Island, New York) born harness racing driver Jimmy Marohn Jr won the 13th annual St Paddy Pace at Monticello Raceway last Wednesday (March 13), and on this past Sunday Catholics (and non Catholics) throughout the world celebrated St Patrick's Day - the great saint who cast all the snakes out of Ireland.

The late Dr Lawrence Slobody was not only a brilliant American doctor and director of pediatrics but he was also a harness racing visionary. His son and standardbred enthusiast Roger, said that when New Zealand's millionaire pacer Cardigan Bay came to the United States in 1964 his father took an eighth share in the brilliant son of Hal Tryax.

Eight hours after 2005 Horse-of-the-Year and harness racing giant Rocknroll Hanover was euthanized at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, her former caretaker Sarah Lauren Scott was still having trouble holding back her tears.

Watch out all American pro wrestlers, Auckland Trotting Club harness racing employee and New Zealand women's pro-wrestling champion - 'Evie' - is coming to beat you up!

The closure of several harness racing tracks in Ontario will not stop the rise of promising young Canadian reinsman, Jonathan Drury. The Burlington native said he drove more than 100 winners at Kawartha Downs last year and was saddened by its closure.

The Director of harness racing at Kawartha Downs is not looking forward to Saturday March 30. Krystal O'Brien knows that is the day when livelihoods will be lost or harness racing employees will be forced to look at transferring to other racing jurisdictions.

He might 70 in July but age is proving no barrier for Pennsylvanian harness racing trainer, Bill Bercury. In fact the Slippery Rock horseman is carving them up this year, especially at his home track of The Meadows.

Heather Wilder is more than Pennsylvania harness racing driver Mike Wilder's wife. The 33-year-old has been around horses all her life, but in last 12 months she has really made an impression at The Meadows Racetrack in Washington (PA).

Controversial Californian harness racing trainer Lou Pena has his knockers but Harnesslink sure is having trouble finding them. We spoke to 15 random horsemen and people associated with the industry and they all believed the 44-year-old should be given a chance to train standardbreds again.

Brandon Henley is the youngest harness racing driver going around at Dover Downs at present and potentially one of the most promising. Seaford (Delaware)-born Henley, who turns 20 tomorrow (Tuesday March 5), has been driving for just over two seasons, is currently studying to be an electrician, but would dearly love to drive horses full-time.

Passionate New York harness racing blogger and Harnesslink correspondent, Allan Schott believes Lou Pena's win in the New York Supreme Court on Wednesday can be best described as a temporary victory as the decision was not made on the merits of the case, but on technical issues.

It's been 279 days since controversial California harness racing trainer Lou Pena last lined up a horse on race-day. One day after being granted permission to train and own standardbreds again Pena is now seriously thinking about switching codes.

He might have only just been awarded his Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal earlier this month but Canadian horseman and racing administrator Jim Whelan isn't pulling in punches when it comes to addressing the state of harness racing in Ontario.

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