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Race days would be bustling, busier than the main street in town. Arguments would erupt over who got to use the tie-up stalls, and horses being exercised lined the nearby roads.
ï»¿"âThere will be a hell of a tear in my eye if this year is our last race day," John Gray says as he looks out over the 127-year-old racetrack.
Winx has made it look easy as she has done what no other horse has done before - win 20 Group One races.
Whanganui-based jockey Sarah MacNab is in Palmerston North Hospital with a serious head injury after a shocking fall at the Woodville Racecourse.
She has won her last 26 races, but in my stable Winx is like any other horse. She is in a routine. In fact, at race time she comes last as part of our tradition.
Winx is set to bid her spring farewell to Sydney in Saturday's Colgate Optic White Stakes over her favourite trip of the Randwick mile.
Few horse racing meets match the Dargaville Racing Club's notoriously fun picnic event that thousands flock to each year.
Wide-ranging suppressions apply to Canterbury harness racing figures who have appeared in court on charges including race fixing and drugs.
If New Zealand's race-fixing scandal was meant to turn punters off harness racing, somebody forgot to send the memo to gamblers.
Chocolate Fish proved his credentials as an out and out stayer when he out-toughed his rivals in Sunday's Irvines Great Northern Steeplechase (6300m) at Te Aroha.
One of Australia's premier harness racing drivers has been fined A$20,000 (NZ$21,746) and faces industry sanctions after being found guilty of race-fixing.
OPINION: I am sleek, I am fast, my butt muscles are large but taut, I am raring to go. I am a greyhound.
Some of New Zealand's top harness racing identities and figures are tied up in a major police investigation into race fixing. Some are charged with drugs offences. Martin van Beynen reports on an industry under siege.
OPINION: Harness racing has survived a number of scandals over the years but the latest race fixing bombshell threatens to cripple the industry at a time when it is already on its knees.
The tally of arrests as part of an unprecedented police inquiry into harness race-fixing and drug offending has risen to 10, after a second day of raids on stables and homes.