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It was a successful opening night of harness racing for the LeVan family on Monday at the Logan County Fair.

After a four-year absence, harness racing returned to local fair with 14 races Monday. Woodstock’s Hank LeVan drove to a pair of wins to provide a local highlight.

One of those came in the 10th race when he guided Holdenmama L to a victory in a three-year-old filly pace. The horse is owned by his family’s LeVan Stables of Woodstock. The winning time was 2:02 and it paid $5.40 for the win.

Hank LeVan was also the winning driver in the first race with Rookie Sensation. The time in the two-year-old filly trot was 2:10.

The 11th race was conducted as a nod to the memory of Hank LeVan’s late grandfather Herb LeVan, a Lewistown resident who was a longtime member of the local harness racing community. In the Signature Series Herb LeVan Memorial Pace for horses four-years-old and up, the winning horse was Surfinthecanyon in 1:58 2/5. The driver was Case Bateson.

Drew Neill and Pierce Henry were the top drivers on the night with three wins apiece. Neill was victorious in the second race with Seaside Hottie, the sixth race with Pink Jammies and the seventh race with Tady Hill. Henry won the fourth race with Faithful Nation, the eighth race with Sweetens Cove and the ninth race with Juu Dee Kaa.

Racing returns Tuesday night with 10 races on the schedule. Post time is 6 p.m.

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