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Joe Muscara celebrates 90th birthday today

03:09 AM 11 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Joe Muscara with his 90th birthday cake, notice the harness horses racing around the cake
Joe Muscara celebrates his 90th birthday with some of his grandchildren
Joe Muscara with his children, left to right, Joe Jr., Cheryl, Mark, Lori and Robert

Surrounded by family and friends from as far away as New Zealand, harness racing veteran Joseph Muscara celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday.

A big party was held on Sunday in his home in Huntington Valley outside of Philadelphia, PA. Although not in good health he was pleased to have family and friends with him for the milestone event. And the celebration got underway a little early as his pacer, Montana Pablo A, scored an upset win at odds of 17-1 Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

Muscara has been involved in harness racing since the early 1970’s. Running his stable at Liberty Bell Park he was one of the first in the Standardbred business to begin exporting race horses from Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis. In the mornings he would be out at his stable at Liberty Bell Park training horses and by afternoon he was running his very successful real estate development and construction company in Philadelphia.

“There is no one in the harness racing business world-wide who has purchased and imported more horses from down under to the United States than Joe Muscara,” said long time friend and business associate, John Curtin, who came in from New Zealand to celebrate Joe’s 90th birthday. “Over the last 40 years he has spent millions of dollars on horses from down under and for the most part has done extremely well with many of them.”

But the Muscara Standardbred Stable and Muscara Racing Trust, with his sons also involved in the business, have also faired very well with racing and purchasing horses in North America also.

Muscara Standardbred currently has three world champion stallions in Mach Three, Art Official and Mister Big, recently purchased half interest in the undefeated two-year-old pacer, He’s Watching and own part of A Rocknroll Dance. They currently have 20 race horses with trainer Darin Cassar and they still import horses from down under. Recent winners include Dream Out Loud N, Ginger Spice N and Erle Dale N.

Joe's daughter Cheryl reminded her father, "It was 50 years ago today we will always remember your birthday when you turned was when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and we all watched the show at your birthday party."

Happy 90th birthday to Joe Muscara and hopefully many more winners down the road.

By Steve Wolf, for


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