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Horsemen Urged to Support Dr. Hank Vaupel in August 5th Primary

The August 5th primary election offers an opportunity for mid-Michigan horsemen to support a candidate who truly understands our business. Dr. Hank Vaupel, founder of the Kern Road Veterinary Clinic, owned, bred, and raised race horses for many years on the family farm in Fowlerville. The consensus is that the election for the House of Representatives seat in the traditionally Republican 47th District will be decided during the Aug. 5th primary. District 47 encompasses the townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Tyrone, Handy, Howell, Oceola, Hartland, Iosco, Marion, and Unadilla, and the cities of Howell, Hartland and the Village of Fowlerville.

It's more important than ever for legislators to understand the Michigan race horse industry as we deal with the current challenges facing our business and seek long-term solutions. The MHHA and it's team in Lansing are constantly working to help educate legislators about the complexities of our seemingly simple business. Hank, who previously served as a Director on the MHHA Board, is well versed in all aspects of our industry and will be a tremendous asset in Lansing. Don't miss the opportunity to cast your vote for a friend of horse racing on Tuesday.

Croswell & Ithaca First Up on Michigan Fair Racing's August Calendar

Michigan harness racing action moves into its August schedule with a stop on the east side of the state in Croswell on Tuesday (Aug. 5th), then back to mid-MIchigan for a day of overnights in Ithaca on Wednesday (Aug. 6th). Tuesday evening's racing in Croswell will include the two-year-old's Great Lakes Series, three-year-old's Michigan Colt Stakes, and the Coon Futurity for four-year-olds. Post time is 6:00 p.m. The Croswell Fairgrounds are located at the intersection of Croswell Road and E. Harrington Road, just east of downtown Croswell. On Wednesday afternoon, Ithaca will race a line-up of seven overnight events starting at 1:00 p.m. The Gratiot County Fairgrounds are located on S. Pine River Street, just south of downtown Ithaca.

Entries for this summer's colt stake and futurity events will be taken by MHHA staff at 517-349-2920. Entries for all overnight events will be take by the host fairs. Entry days, times, and phone numbers for next week's events are listed below.

CROSWELL COON FUTURITY, GREAT LAKES SERIES & MICHIGAN COLT STAKES -- TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH -- POST TIME 6:00 P.M. (enter by 10:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1st at 517-349-2920)

8/5 Conditions: COON 4MT, COON 4H&GT, COON 4MP, COON 4H&GP, GLS 2FT, GLS 2CT, GLS 2FP, GLS 2CP, CS 3FT, CS 3CT, CS 3FP, CS 3CP. Click here to view 2014 CS Sustaining Book.

ITHACA OVERNIGHTS -- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6TH -- POST TIME 1:00 PM (enter between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday, Aug 4th by calling the speed office at 989-875-2580)

8/6 Conditions: Trot - NW $1,000 LT, Pace - NW $1,000 LT, Trot - NW $3,000 LT, Pace - NW $3,000 LT, Pace - NW $2,500 in 2014, Trot - NW $2,500 in 2014, Pace - FFA. Overnight events at Ithaca will be charted.

Next Up: The Midland County Fair will host the Spartan Futurity on Tuesday, Aug, 12th (post time 7:00 p.m.). Then the following week, the Great Lakes Series and Michigan Colt Stakes return to action in Hart on Wednesday, Aug. 20th (post time 1:00 p.m.)

Clare County Fair Hosts Next Two Days of Fair Racing

Michigan's summer fair racing schedule continues in Harrison next week with two days of racing at the Clare County Fairgrounds. Harness racing action during this mid-week, mid-Michigan stop starts with Great Lakes Series (2YOs) and Michigan Colt Stakes (2YOs) events on Wednesday (July 30th). Racing continues on Thursday (July 31st) with overnight events. The Clare County Fairgrounds are located on US-127 Business Route, across from Wilson State Park, just north of downtown Harrison (418 Fairlane St, Harrison, MI 48625). .

Entries for this summer's colt stake and futurity events will be taken by MHHA staff at 517-349-2920. Entries for all overnight events will be take by the host fairs. Entry days, times, and phone numbers for next week's events are listed below.

HARRISON GREAT LAKES SERIES & MICHIGAN COLT STAKES -- WEDNESDAY, JULY 30TH -- POST TIME 12:00 P.M. (enter by 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 28 at 517-349-2920)

7/30 Conditions: GLS 2FT, GLS 2CT, GLS 2FP, GLS 2CP, CS 3FT, CS 3CT, CS 3FP, CS 3CP. Click here to view 2014 CS Sustaining Book.

HARRISON OVERNIGHTS -- THURSDAY, JULY 31ST -- POST TIME 12:00 PM (enter between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 by calling the race office at 989-539-6214)

7/31 Conditions:Pace - N/W of 500.00 Lifetime, Trot - N/W of 500.00 Lifetime, Pace - N/W of 2500.00 Lifetime, Trot - N/W of 2500.00 Lifetime, Pace - N/W of 1000.00 Last 5 AE N/W of 2 Races in 2014, Trot - N/W of 1000.00 Last 5 AE N/W of 2 Races in 2014, Pace - FFA, Trot - FFA.

Next Up: Croswell kicks off August racing when horsemen head east for the Great Lakes Series, Colt Stakes, and Coon Futurity on Tuesday, Aug. 5th. Then on Wednesday, Aug. 6th Ithaca will race seven overnight events,

2014 WOLVERINE FUTURITY A GREAT SUCCESS!

Another Wolverine Futurity is now history.  The storied event  that began in 1942 and has been a mainstay at the Ottawa County Fair in Holland,  Michigan since 1980 featured a stellar night of racing and entertainment in  front of another large and very enthusiastic grandstand crowd.  As Director of Racing, Dale Zahn  put it, "All the pieces came together and we couldn't be more pleased with the  result."  

The racetrack itself was beautifully conditioned by  veteran trackman/horseman, Jerry Seekman.  Some were heard to say it was in the best condition seen in years.   This had to be partially responsible for the great racing that had fans on their feet during several wild  and heart pounding stretch drives.  

The eight race Futurity program saw Brad Kramer steer home three winners that included Kameron P, trained by Greg West, in the 2yo  Colt Trot, the fastest horse of the night Kayla Grace (1:59.2) trained by Kevin  St. Charles in the 3yo Filly Pace, and Beastly, a Kelly Goodwin trainee, in the  3yo Colt Pace.  

The "King of The Fairs" driver Carl Putnam, Jr., scored a driving double starting with She B Jeebeez in the 2yo Filly Pace and  Scrappy Alex in the 3yo Colt Trot. Other winners included the classy Lady Windsor who exploded in the  stretch for driver Darrell Wright to win the 3yo Filly Trot, Onlythetuffsurvive  driven by Charles Taylor in the 2yo Colt Pace, and the winner of the opening race on the card, PT Kaye driven by Marshall Makin in the 2yo Filly Trot.

The closest finish that took several minutes to sort out after the judges  closely reviewed the photo finish had to be the race for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the 7th race won comfortably by  Kayla Grace.   Three horses  flashed under the finish link so close that only inches separated their noses  and for third place it had to be a scant whisker.  In that one, Charles Taylor stormed up  on the outside to snare second place over Peter Otten's steed on the inside and Larry Lee Smith was between them.

In addition to the races, professional musician, announcer and bugler  James Witherite (Tioga Downs) entertained the large number of fans in the  stands, the mascot of Michigan Racing, "Happy Horse" pleased many fans with  photo op's, Professor Brian Nielsen of MSU was fully decked out as a Spartan  Gladiator as he steered retired pacer Ever Dangerous hooked to a Chariot. Three drivers, including Keith  Crawford, Charles Taylor and Tim Driver showed strong arms as the hurled  T-shirts into the stands that stated "County Fair Harness Racing" where it all  began.   The Fair Board also  provided a tribute to long-time caretaker Vivian Johnson who as she told the  crowd is "94-1/2 years young"!  Viv and her late husband Charlie were harness racers for many years and  came to work at the Fair and live on the grounds some 40 years ago.   Vivian retired this year but still  manages to take in numerous garage sales in her spare time!   She was presented with a bouquet  of roses and was joined by family and friends in what had to be one of the  largest winners circle presentations ever at the Ottawa County Fair.  

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