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Minnesota Harness Racing, Inc. represents all of the drivers, trainers, owners, and grooms who work in the Minnesota Standardbred industry. We were organized in 1951 and continue to promote and protect the welfare of the horses we race and those involved in working with these extraordinary animals.

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MHRI Seeking Board Candidates

Elections are upcoming for four spots on the MHRI board to three-year terms per MHRI by-laws. The four current board members whose terms are concluding include Justin Anfinson, Greg Budach, Bob Lems, and Kyle Van Otterloo.

Additionally, only one out of state candidate may be elected to the board, unless an in-state candidate garners more votes than the the top out-of-state candidate receives. Nominations should be sent to Greg Budach at Gregbudach@mnharness.com .

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Give Me This Dance third in Courageous Lady

By Michael Carter, for MGM Northfield Park

Northfield, OH – Galleria Hanover ($12.20) took advantage of an inside draw and miscue by favorite Captain Cowgirl delivering the first Grand Circuit win at MGM Northfield Park to Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in Saturday night’s (Oct. 15) $100,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers.

Galleria Hanover won the $100,000 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park Saturday night. Casalinova Photo.

Wrenn Jr., who had previously been second four times in the Courageous Lady, left alertly with Valar Dohaeris (Mark MacDonald). The pair dueled until the mid-point of the first time around when MacDonald decided to take a hole in the pocket.

“I wanted to push hard leaving the gate,” said a jubilant Wrenn Jr.

Exiting the first turn, Captain Cowgirl (Tim Tetrick) tried to make a move from third but broke stride. Galleria Hanover led by 1-3/4 lengths past the opening quarter of :27.3.

Coming to the half, Cape Cod Hanover (Chris Page) was flushed out of the three-hole by Lookatmyrapsheet (Billy Davis Jr.) to try to challenge the leader. Galleria Hanover, confidently handled by Wrenn Jr., got to the half in a leisurely :56.1.

Moving past the five-eighths pole, Cape Cod Hanover moved within three-quarters of a length of the leader, but approaching three-quarters, Wrenn shook the lines at Galleria Hanover, and she kicked clear to a 1-3/4 lead past three-quarters in 1:23.2.

The connections of Galleria Hanover in the winner’s circle at MGM Northfield Park. Casalinova Photo.

Through the stretch, Galleria Hanover kicked clear to win by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:50.4 over Valar Dohaeris, who got a perfect trip in the pocket, Give Me This Dance (Aaron Merriman), and a hard-closing Sweet Treasure (Chris Lems).

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USTA ID Tech in Minnesota Starting Monday

Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association:

The United States Trotting Association has announced that ID Technician Garry Phillips will be in both Minnesota and Wisconsin Starting this Monday, October 17.

Please contact him today directly via phone to schedule your DNA and Microchipping appointments at 641-799-2358.

Freeze branding is also available with the fees due at the time of the service.

Without the proper identification and parentage verification, a horse’s. registration cannot be mailed, ownership cannot be transferred, and eligibility will not be issued.

The Microchipping rule went into place on January 1 of this year.

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