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Steven Reid would still love to win a New Zealand Cup but it won't be with Gold Ace in the 110th edition of the great race at Addington Raceway in November.

A lifelong dream will be fulfilled with the announcement that Aaron White will, as of August 1, be the North Island's premier harness racing caller - taking over from George Simon who has been appointed the North Island's premier thoroughbred caller.

With the $450,000 George Morton Levy Memorial done and dusted, now New Jersey harness racing trainer Mark Silva wants to win the Haughton Memorial Pace at the Meadowlands.

New York harness racing trainer Gates Brunet compares training 2-year-olds at this time of year to a game of poker. 'I got a poor hand last year, and the babies didn't come to much, but this year it's is looking much more promising. I have shares in six or seven and even though it's early days I think I might have a nice hand.

Brenda Watson is the perfect person to be lobbying harness racing rights and initiatives to Illinois politicians. Watson has the sport deeply entrenched in her heart. She loves horses. Always has - and she loves fighting for the little guy.

Brenda Watson has served on the Illinois Harness Horseman's Association (IHHA) for 13 years and for 13 years she has been lobbying to get slots installed at the State's two major harness racing tracks - Balmoral Park and Maywood Park.

At a time when harness racing numbers are struggling world-wide 'The Hoof Master' is bucking the trend. 'The Hoof Master' is New Jersey horseman Jarett Kelley. He's a more than adequate trainer and driver, but insists he is a blacksmith first - and not just any old blacksmith, one of America's finest.

The big guns haven't quite come out to play and as harness racing's profile takes a back seat to the infamous Kentucky Derby which will be run at at Churchill Downs this Saturday (May 4) our sport is at this time of year down on the popularity rankings. At least says so New York harness racing blogger Allan Schott.

American actor and environmentalist Robert Redford has come out strongly against the slaughter of America's wild and domestic horses, which also includes our wonderful harness racing breed.

Ontario horseman Robert Coole is not happy about the slots at racetracks programme being withdrawn from harness racing tracks throughout the Canadian province. In fact the 53-year-old said the demise of racing in Ontario had affected both him and his friends personally.

Without people like Ted Gewertz harness racing in North America would struggle. The former United States Owner-of-the-Year has loved harness racing all of his 74 years but only ventured into ownership in 1983.

Southland harness racing trainer Gordon Lee has no regrets selling his share of last Sunday's (April 28) Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling. 'I did want to keep her because even though she was little she showed a lot of ability when she was young.

Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling was all but set for an American harness racing career before winning last Sunday's Miracle Mile. 'There are only a couple of big mares races for her in Australia and we haven't really entertained going to New Zealand with her.

One of the world's most successful harness racing syndicates has attracted some of the best rugby players in the world into our wonderful sport.

Darren Binskin is fuming with Harness Racing New South Wales officialdom after what he has termed a 'Miracle Mile' (A$750,000) disgrace. The Australian trainer now intends to confront them with all guns blazing in a hearing in Sydney at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Controversial California harness racing trainer Lou Pena is back, and although he's yet to train a winner in two starts it's only a matter of time before we see the 44-year-old back in the winner's circle again.

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