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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.

An alternative investment: Horse racing doesn't have to be just about thoroughbred racing. There's a whole other side to the sport in standardbred (or harness) racing - a slower-paced version where the jockey sits in a two-wheeled cart attached to the horse.

The harness racing documentary film trailer Happy Easter from 'I Am, A Harness Racing Horse' deeply appreciates the wonderful support from those of you who posted the video on your harness racing websites. We want to thank you sincerely for doing this for us.

Sunshine Meadows (Florida) has been residence of many highly desirable 2012 yearlings, now during their education and conditioning. Like their pacing counterparts these trotting elite elicit expectations, anticipation and dreams as the harness racing season approaches. Some of those juveniles that caught our eye are profiled below. In a future story we'll select our favorite '10' and then measure the results at year end.

As the 'winter' training season moves toward completion I was recently reminded of why dreams, anticipation and excitement remain at top of mind for harness racing stakeholders and observers of the standardbred sport. The following excerpt from a Harness Horse 1948 story, following the Harrisburg Sale, rightfully references baseball's 'Hot Stove League' as of similar context:

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.

Once a week, Whig reporter Adelma Gregory-Bunnell profiles Cecil County's workingmen and women. The assignment has allowed her to meet an alpaca farmer, a Chesapeake Bay crabber, a county tour bus driver, a highway road worker and many more. This week, she spent several early morning hours with a foaling manager at a Chesapeake City-area harness racing farm.

Winbak Farm, a sprawling 3,000-acre harness racing farm located south of Chesapeake City, will be recognized by the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore March 6 for its international business accomplishments.

It was what we all expected today (Monday February18) at the 2013 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka.

A very poor low end and an average harness racing price of $29,786 highlighted the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale held at the Karaka Sale ring in South Auckland today (Monday February 18).

That man Sandy Yarndley has done it again. The Waikato harness racing owner-breeder sold the top lot at today's (Monday February 18) Australasia Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in South Auckland. That sales topper was Lot 38 - Raell's Delight - a Bettor's Delight colt who was the first foal from multiple Group One winning Christian Cullen mare, Lauraella.

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program's 15th annual stallion harness racing auction is currently in progress and ends at 2:00 pm Friday February 15.

Buoyed by the prospect of larger purses and breeders' incentives from video lottery terminals, the number of harness racing mares bred or registered in Ohio increased considerably in 2012.

Hal S. Jones, who managed Pickwick Farms in Ohio in the 1950s and 60s, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's most important and consistent source of funding from within the harness racing industry comes from yearly and lifetime breeding donations. Donors often include breedings in their gift giving to SRF as they serve well as a substitute for cash gifts.

So, again, for all the harness racing horses, and for the entire sport of harness racing, start the year of 2013 by doing something different. Something new, something that might help make a difference.

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