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Harness racing is a fair favorite in Mercer County. Although it hasn’t always been a sport, it’s one that attracts a lot of people because of how close they can get to the action. “Harness racing originally was developed as folks racing to church, if you will, and [evolved] into an actual sport,” said Paul Sunderhaus, a member of the Speed Committee. “For here in Mercer County, a lot of us are generations of horsemen. It’s something that’s conducted on a half-mile race track so it’s easy to watch up close."