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Michigan Super Night nears

September 19, 2006

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The stars of harness racing in the state of Michigan will be out in full force this Saturday, Sept. 23, at Hazel Park Raceway for the annual clash of the state\'s top 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters. Million Dollar Night is back and better then ever, featuring nearly $1 million in total purses for the night.

The 2-year-old colt trot will feature the standout Benn\'s Cowboy, who has already banked over $60,000 this year, which is nearly $40,000 more then any other horse in the race. The 2-year-old filly trot may be a different story, as two of the major players were knocked out on elimination night. Elimination winner and virtual unknown Irene\'s Lucky Lady looks to duplicate her efforts in the final, but will have to deal with elimination two winner, the Keystone Nordic filly Norena.

In the 2-year-old colt division, Do Me a Favor continues to look impressive for owner, trainer, and driver Keith Crawford. The 2-year-old filly pace will pit the Spartan Stakes winner Princess Michi against the Elite winner Love Letters. Elimination disappointment Always A Plus will look to rebound. She is the current money-leader in her class, and figures to be better on Million Dollar Night.

The 3-year-old filly trot division features the Spartan and Futurity winner, Head Cheerleader. She looked very impressive in her elimination win last Friday night, and if that effort is duplicated she will be tough. The pacing event for 3-year-old fillies includes the standout Gina Raider, who looked impressive to say the least in her elimination win. She will be challenged by Sweet Thunder, who has banked more than $150,000 in her short 3-year-old career.

In the 3-year-old colt trot, the Elite winner and Futurity runner-up Emery Ho looks to leave his mark on Million Dollar Night. He will have to contend with elimination one winner Benn\'s Thunder, and the Futurity winner, Gale Warning.

In the much-anticipated 3-year-old colt pace, the Marie St. Charles charge Action Figure will be the one to beat. He has banked more than $150,000 in his career, and won his elimination over a rejuvenated Multiple Choice. Action Figure\'s biggest rival throughout his career, Dark Blue, will be in action as well, looking to avenge a disappointing fifth-place finish in the eliminations.

The battle lines have been drawn and the stage has been set. Join us Saturday, Sept. 23 at Hazel Park Raceway as another chapter of the rich tradition in harness racing in the state of Michigan will be written. Post time will be at 7:45 p.m. (EDT). (Hazel Park)
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