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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,

Fowlerville Overnights & Wolverine Futurity Up Next

Michigan fair racing will make stops in Fowlerville and Holland next week with overnights and the summer's first futurity on the schedule. Fowlerville will host a line-up of seven overnight events at the Fowlerville Fair on Monday, July 21 (post time 12:00 p.m.). Harness racing action then moves to the Ottawa County Fair on Tuesday, July 22 where the Wolverine Futurity will be raced (post time 7:00 p.m.). The Great Lakes Series and Michigan Colt Stakes take a week off, but will return to the track in Harrison on July 30th.

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.

FOWLERVILLE OVERNIGHTS -- MONDAY, JULY 21ST -- POST TIME 12:00 PM (enter by 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 17 by calling fair office at 517-223-8186)

7/21 Conditions: Trot: - NW $1000 Lifetime, Pace - NW $1000 Lifetime, Trot - NW $2500 Lifetime, Pace - NW $2500 Lifetime, Trot - NW $7500 in 2014, Pace - NW $7500 in 2014. All overnight events at Fowlerville will be charter.

HOLLAND WOLVERINE FUTURITY -- TUESDAY, JULY 22ND -- POST TIME 7:00 P.M. (enter by 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 18 at 517-349-2920)

7/22 Conditions: WF 2FT, WF 2CT, WF 2FP, WF 2CP, WF 3FT, WF 3CT, WF 3FP, WF 3CP. Entry fee is $250. Estimated purses: $10,000 plus entry fees. Futurity Sustaining Books: Foals of 2012, Foals of 2011, Foals of 2010.

Next Up: The Clare County Fair in Harrison will host week 3 of the 2014 Great Lakes Series and Michigan Colt Stakes on Wednesday, July 30th (post time: 12:00 p.m.). On Thursday, July 31st Harrison will race seven overnight events.

Wolverine Futurity Returns to Holland on July 22nd

Harness Racing has been called America's First Great Pastime and for many  years the sounds of hoofbeats have made heartbeats go faster.   The Wolverine Futurity, featuring the State's premier 2 and 3 year-old  trotters and pacers began in 1942 and has been a mainstay in Holland at the  Ottawa County Fair since 1980.    Though racing has fallen on  hard times in Michigan, the tradition and spirit of this proud sport with fast  horses, close-up competition and colorful drivers will continue as long as it's  feasible, according to Director of Racing, Dale Zahn.  "No  other sport offers the fans a chance to get up close and personal with the  horses, their drivers, trainers and grooms – it's a wonderful thing," Zahn  says.

This year, the racing action starts at 7 p.m. at the  Fairgrounds on Ottawa Beach Road, one of the finest fairgrounds and ½ mile  racetracks in Michigan, something residents can truly be proud of.   While the stars of the show are the horses and drivers, Zahn points out  that "It's Entertainment – It's a Show, and that means more than just the races  themselves."    Kids will enjoy meeting and perhaps having a picture  taken with "Happy Horse" the official mascot of the Michigan Harness Horsemen's  Association.    In a bit or irony, the Wolverine will welcome the  Spartan as Professor of Equine Exercise and Physiology, Brian Nielsen will  appear as a Spartan Gladiator in the MSU Chariot.   The team can be seen in the barn area prior to the races and on the track  during the opening ceremonies.   As some recall, a weld broke last  year only minutes before they were to appear on the track so the parading in  front of the grandstand was aborted.   This year, the hope is that such  bad luck will not repeat itself!

Another treat will be the appearance of professional  race track announcer and bugler, James Witherite.   James is a multi-talented young man that has announced thorobred and  harness races at over 60 tracks in North America and is currently the race  caller at Tioga Downs in New York.   When not calling races, he is a  professional musician and once again he will bring his bugle and suited up in  colorful regalia he'll entertain fans and do variations of the "call to  post."   

In addition, the Show will feature a chance to win  Cash by correctly picking the winners of the evening's races and plans are to  have drivers help in a t-short toss whereby colorful t-shirts will be hurled  into the grandstand and snatched up by lucky fans.

Hastings Hosts Week Two Michigan Fair Racing

The Barry County Expo Center plays host to Week 2 of the this summer's fair racing schedule on Sunday (July 13th) and Monday (July 14th). First up at the always fast Hastings fairgrounds track are seven overnight events on Sunday (post time 12:00 p.m.) followed on Monday by the Great Lakes Series for two-year-olds and Michigan Colt Stakes for three-year-olds. The Barry County Expo Center fairgrounds and race track are located at 1350 M-37 in Hastings.

Entries for this summer's Great Lakes Series and Michigan Colt Stake 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 week 2 events are listed below.

HASTINGS OVERNIGHTS -- SUNDAY, JULY 13TH -- POST TIME 12:00 PM (enter between 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 11 at 269-758-2349)

7/13 Conditions: Trot - NW $500 Lifetime, Pace - NW $500 Lifetime, Trot - NW $1000 in 2014, Pace - NW $1000 in 2014, Pace - NW $10000 Lifetime, Trot - FFA, Pace - FFA. Races and post positions assigned based on earnings.

HASTINGS GREAT LAKES SERIES & MICHIGAN COLT STAKES -- MONDAY, JULY 14TH -- POST TIME 12:00 P.M. (enter by 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at 517-349-2920)

7/14 Conditions: GLS 2FT, GLS 2CT, GLS 2FP, GLS 2CP, CS 3FT, CS 3CT, CS 3FP, CS 3CP. Monday's GLS and Colt Stakes events will be charted. Click here to view 2014 CS Sustaining Book.

Next Up: Fowlerville will host a line-up of seven overnight events on Monday, July 21st which will be charted and Holland will feature the Wolverine Futurity at the Ottawa County Fair on Tuesday, July 22nd.

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