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Immortals announced for Hall of Fame

09:54 AM 03 Nov 2018 NZDT
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Goshen, NY - In July, the Immortals Nominating Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announced that the trustees of the Museum had unanimously endorsed the election of Dr. Leroy Coggins, Charles Hinkle, Allen & Connie Skolnick and Delinquent Account as harness racing Immortals. On Sunday, July 7, 2019, these individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Immortals during ceremonies held under the tent on the Museum lawn.

Dr. Leroy Coggins is not only a legend in harness racing, but throughout the entire equine industry for the revolutionary test which bears his name and remains an essential veterinary requirement more than four decades after its introduction. Today, the Coggins diagnostic test remains the crucial element in reducing the occurrence of equine infectious anemia (EIA) and is a vital component to the health of the entire horse industry.

Charlie Hinkle was best known as the radio voice of the Little Brown Jug, the Hambletonian and the Kentucky Futurity in the 1950s and early 1960s on ABC and CBS radio. He also announced at many tracks in the United States including Los Alamitos, Cal Expo, Maywood, The Meadows, Grandview, Seminole and Hazel Park.

Founders of New Jersey's Southwind Farm, one of the most successful Standardbred breeding facilities in the world, Allen and Connie Skolnick were active supporters of the harness racing industry for over 30 years. Buyers and sellers at all the prestigious Standardbred sales, they owned many superb racehorses over the years. Southwind was home to stallions Valley Victory, Artsplace and Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill.

Broodmare Delinquent Account produced 13 foals, including two-time Breeders Crown winner Artiscape, sire of 8 millionaires including 2004 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Rainbow Blue. Delinquent Account also produced Hall of Fame broodmare Arterra, dam of Breeders Crown and Messenger Stake winner, world champion If I Can Dream.

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like further information on the Immortals nomination process, the 2019 induction ceremony, the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, please call 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.

From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

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