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He might have been a popular television presenter and New Zealand's top golfing journalist but Philip Leishman, who passed away overnight (February 25), was also a harness racing pioneer in New Zealand.

Ronnie Wrenn Jr never really wanted to follow his family into harness racing. In fact the 26-year-old studied criminal law for three years and it was only in his late teens the Michigan native decided to shadow his Grandfather, Father and Uncles into our great sport.

Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing caller James Witherite continues to make waves in the American music industry.

It was less than a decade ago when rising Canadian harness racing star Billy Davis Jr used to sit in his science class at Lord Tweedsmuir School and drool at the reinsmen who were plying their trade in qualifiers directly below him at Fraser Downs.

Canadian and United States Hall-of-Famer - Bob McIntosh has won 15 Breeders Crowns Finals, a North America Cup, multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien awards and has exceeded $2.4 million in harness racing purses for the last 21 seasons in a row.

Semen that was collected 14 years ago provided the late American harness racing stallion - Troublemaker - with his last ever victory at Canberra on Monday night February 11th.

It's not difficult to see why Ron Burke is one of the world's leading harness racing trainers. Not only is the 43-year-old a master conditioner of horse-flesh, but he also sets himself very high goals and nine times out of ten achieves them.

Queenstown harness racing driver Corey Callahan is on fire and the way he's driving not even his local Maryland fire brigade would be able to put him out. The 34-year-old is the leading reinsman in North America in 2013. He has recorded the most wins and is also in a race of his own when it comes to winning purses.

Former Canadian harness racing owner Mrs Linda Porter will never forget two dates in her life - June 23, 1986 and February 1, 2013. The first date was when her pride and joy - Quite A Sensation became the first pacer to record a sub 1:55 mile in the prestigious North America Cup. The latter day however will also remain with the Canadian 69-year-old forever - sadly for all the wrong reasons.

After stealing the show at the recent O'Brien harness racing awards in Mississauga on January 28 Canadian trainer Casie Coleman thinks she can do even better in 2013. 'We don't have the same numbers but we certainly have a bit more quality,' the 32-year-old told Harnesslink.

Two months after Amy McDonald 'lost a piece of her soul' when a fire rampaged through the family's St Johns (Newfoundland) harness racing stable, she says the kindness and generosity of the North American people have helped her get over the tragedy.

The man who has earned more harness racing purses than any other reinsman - John Campbell - says at 57 he's still enjoying the sport that made him famous and has no intentions of retiring.

John Green believes he has injected up to $10 million into harness racing, but the Ardmore (South Auckland) conditioner has had enough and it is highly likely you will ever seen him at a trotting track again.

Harness racing in Canada could still lose several of its rising stars despite transitional funding replacing the 'Slots at Racetracks' program in Ontario from March 31. Last month 23-year-old Doug McNair told Harnesslink that he could relocate to New York/New Jersey if racing in his home-town province went to custard.

The man who thrives on speed and travelling fast just keeps on winning. "Sadly i found very little time for motocross this past year with such a hectic schedule" but Scott Coulter, has backed up a career best season in the sulky in 2011 with a huge year in 2012.

Heard of Noel Baldacchino? He's the leading harness racing driver in Malta? How about Dutch 7-year-old General November (Denmark) gelding, Zilver Boko? He's Malta's leading trotting - the winner of seven of his 16 starts in 2012.

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