On the evening of January 15, Yonkers Raceway hosted its first Saturday harness racing card of the New Year; and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) took the opportunity to honor the Hilltop Oval's Stars of 2010.
SOA President Joe Faraldo presented awards to leading driver Jason Bartlett; leading trainer Lou Pena, and to driver Yannick Gingras accepting an award on behalf of leading owners Ronald and Sylvia Burke.
Additionally, SOA president Faraldo, SOA director Chris Wittstruck, and USTA director John Brennan toured the track facility and paddock with an accomplished writer named Tim Bella. Mr. Bella, a graduate of the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University, and present graduate student at the Columbia University School of Journalism, has prepared articles for The Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News.
He is presently preparing a paper on the success of the New York Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) legislative model; the consequences of a VLT operation at Aqueduct Racetrack and the future of NY racing measured against all of these variables. The writer was escorted to the paddock where he interviewed drivers Jason Bartlett and Jordan Stratton before being given a tour of the Hilltop Oval in the track starting car before race two.
By Standardbred Owners Association of New York