Prestigious honor for Jason Bartlett

01:38 AM 30 Jan 2010 NZDT
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Jason Bartlett
Jason Bartlett

Four days from now, harness racing's 'superstar, Jason Bartlett, will join four other recipients of the 2010 Thurman Munson award. The Augusta, Maine native who has won back to back driving titles since moving to Yonkers Raceway, will be joined February 2 by Joba Chamberlain, Lou Pinella, Daryl Strawberry and Chris Duhon.

The award is named after the late New York Yankee great who was killed in a plane crash several years ago and acknowledges excellence in competition and philanthropic work within the community. It will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Nw York City.

Bartlett, 28, had a year to remember in 2009. He was named to represent the United States in the world driving championships in Norway, finished fourth in purses won, was ranked second in driving wins and won his second driving title at Yonkers.

As if that isn't enough, the resident of Goshen, N.Y. with his wife Kristen and child is on the the cover of the 2010 editon of the Maine Harness Racing calendar produced by the Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board (www.maineharnessracing.com ).

PLAINTALK: Edward Callahan (Rockingham Park) and Donald Marean of Maine, were re-elected directors of the USTA's District 9 board.They are joined by William Faucher, Ron Ralph and Paul Fontaine, esq..........

Can lighting strike twice? Friends and supporters of Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham, Mass. ) are invited to attend a fundraiser Feb. 13 at Plainridge Racecourse for Ross who is running for the state senate seat of newly elected U.S. Senator Scott Brown, also from Wrentham. Plainridge is hosting the event and according to track CEO Gary Piontkowski "he has been a friend and supporter of our efforts at Plainridge for the last six years."......

The "Fox" Leigh Fitch reached his 7,500th career win December 11 at Scarborough Raceway with Another Lindy. Leigh's first win in the bike came in 1962 at the Windsor, Maine Fair with Miss Marie Pointer (2:11.2)......

Robert Temple, vice-president of the New England chapter of USHWA has almost finished his second book entitled "The history of New England Harness Racing.......

Bill Faucher's first win was in 1954 at Bay State Raceway (Foxboro) with Fabian Hanover (2:12.2).......

Pompano Park's Peter Blood first pari mutuel win came in 1970 at Gator Downs, Fla., with Adron Darling.......

The United States Harness Writers Association will hold their awards banquet Feb. 28 at Yonkers with a 5:30 p.m. start for cocktails followed by dinner. For tickets at $100 contact Dave Little (212-210-1691..........

And lastly, heartfelt congratulations are sent to Alan Prince of Deerfield Beach, Fla., who observes his 40th year in the coming months as USHWA's national treasurer. The groups man of magic, communicator's corner hall of famer, English professor, sports writer, and recipient of the first Joseph A, Vaccarro award has served with distinction.

Jack GINNETTI

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