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As many of you know, it's been a busy couple of weeks in Lansing and tremendous progress has been made in the fight to save harness racing in Michigan. On Wednesday (April 25), the House Agriculture Committee, chaired by Rep. Kevin Daley, passed HB5546 out of committee and on Thursday (April 26), the Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Hune, passed SB1075 out of committee.

A lot of water has passed under the harness racing bridge since the 1920s when John Boring used to race his fellow milk vendors on their milk routes in Indianapolis in Indiana. Boring used to deliver his milk with a horse and trailer. His horses gradually got faster as he tried to out-deliver his mates. In fact when his standardbreds got so fast he decided to race them.

After a long GLADA harness racing season and many seconds and thirds, Steve Oldford drove his own Howmuchubench to victory in 2:32.4 in the 1-1/4 mile trot that capped off the season on Monday (August 22) at Hazel Park.

Saturday, Aug. 27 will be a shining night of harness racing to cap a successful summer meet at Hazel Park Raceway. Enhancing the evening's activities will be an elegant charity event to benefit the William Beaumont Hospital System's Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders.

With two remaining contests before the harness racing champion is crowned, Hazel Park Raceway decided to mix it up with a special race for the GLADA amateurs, testing who can best rate their horse for the 1-1/4 mile race they wrote.

Michigan harness racing trainer Travis Alexander was all set to follow his late father, Mark's footsteps and become a veterinarian. He even undertook a pre-vet course at College - but at the age of 18 he received news that would change his life forever - doctors had diagnosed him with leukemia.

The $100,000 William C. Connors Memorial Trot for 3-year-olds was raced on a steamy night at Hazel Park Raceway in suburban Detroit. A field of six faced starter Adam Brownlee, including the new harness racing track record holder and favorite, Turtle Express.

Maybe it was the full moon, maybe the large excited crowd, or maybe it was just another fine race for multiple-winner Mark Jones, driving his trotter Classic Spur to victory. This incredible winning harness racing duo raced to the finish line in 2:00.2 in the GLADA competition on Back to the Track night (July 15) at Hazel Park.

After a week's break to host the harness racing C.K.G. Billings competition, the amateurs will be back in gear, ready to storm the track and trot on to victory. Former race winners Mark Jones and Kelly Walker will return to action, trying to add notches to their lines, and five other hopefuls will join them in race five on Monday, June 27 at Hazel Park.

Kelly 'Sky' Walker has got a hot hand. After winning two races at Monticello Raceway on that harness racing track's All Amateur Day Kelly 'Sky' Walker is keeping the ball rolling at Hazel Park Raceway in a C.K.G. Billings Trot on June 20 and despite an auspicious start still was able to overcome adversity and rein his trotter Intell On Broadway to a 2:02:2 victory.

On Saturday June18 two divisions of the C.K.G. Billings Harness Racing Driving Series went to post at Yonkers Raceway and when they were completed Simeon "Hot Rod" Hunsdon and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff each emerged victorious in their respective splits.

On Monday June 20 the sport's greatest traveling harness racing road show, the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Championship Series, moves on to Hazel Park Raceway on Monday evening June 20. Nine trotters have entered in a contest that features both Midwest and Eastern Region drivers.

Another GLADA (Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association) race in the books, another win notch for harness racing driver Mark Jones and his own Classic Spur. Leaving from the nine hole on Monday (May 30) at Hazel Park (Michigan) was no problem for this dynamic driving duo and the winner claimed victory in 2.01 on the first really hot night of summer racing.

On a steamy May evening, nine Michigan amateur harness racing drivers rolled out from the gate, each in pursuit of a win and the points that go with it. Seasoned competitors and new drivers alike were ready, steady, and set to jet as the starter released them.

Harness racing driver Charles M. Taylor broke several ribs and his thoracic and lumbar vertebrae in an accident at the start of the fourth race Saturday night (Aug. 14) at Hazel Park Raceway. Tibor Cypress, driven by Mark Webster, became tangled with Sailor's Fortune, driven by David Knorpp. The chain reaction affected Starlyte Vic and Taylor, who was dumped to the track.

Developments -- perhaps developments that will turn into cash in the pockets of harness racing fans -- will be the lead on this week's edition of "Eye on Harness Racing," the U.S. Trotting Association's weekly online video magazine, which will air beginning Thursday afternoon, July 29.

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