Day At The Track

Tommy Vosick Jr wants to promote our sport

04:56 PM 05 Apr 2012 NZST
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Most people in the motor industry know Tommy Vosick Jr as the store manager at O'Reilly Auto Parts in North Canton, Ohio - or the man who races big off-road trucks. But it's God-made horse power - harness racing in fact - where the 28-year-old wants to make a name for himself.

Vosick Jr has loved standardbreds since his father remarried Danita Harvey - who like her son and daughter Daren and Nicki, is immersed in harness racing.

“I’ve grown up around the horses and I love harness racing so much I will do anything to put the sport out there. Owning a horse just wasn’t enough that’s why I took up photography and try and promote the sport,” Vosick Jr told Harnesslink.

Last July Vosick Jr’s ‘Top Shelf Photography’ business was established and he is now the Meadows Standardbred Owners’ Association’s photography. He can also be seen clicking his camera at Northfield Park and various other harness racing venues like Winbak Farm

“When I am not at work I like to go to whatever harness racing track and do out of the norm photography at not so famous places. I see myself as the ‘horseman’s photographer’.

“I’m only relatively new to racing photography and in my spare time I get quite excited about going to a lot of tracks to see what I can capture,” Mineral City (Ohio) born Vosick Jr said.

Mineral City is where Danita and her son Daren train. She has conditioned 40 winners and won 108 races in the sulky. Daren’s stats are 30 and 78 wins respectively.

In fact Danita beat Daren (seventh) hand Nicky (sixth) in the $10,000 Sadie Hawkins Trot at The Meadows on February 29.

“My family got me hooked on harness racing at a young age and I’ve never looked back. I like all forms of racing. I also compete in truck races (44 jambos) at County Fairs when I’m not taking photos,” aid Vosick Jr who races a Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner and a Toyota 4 Runner.

Vosick Jr was educated at Tuscarawas Valley High School and studied business management at the Buckeye career Center College.

He also has shares in a Broadway Hall 4-year-old gelding named Talent On Broadway, which is trained and driven by his step-brother Daren.

In fact fellow owners Russell and Cynthia Tapaszi were lured into the ownership by Vosick Jr.

“They saw my photos on Facebook and wanted to know how to get into harness racing. I introduced myself and got them involved.

“I would do anything to make people more aware of harness racing. It’s one sport I really want to go out of my way for. I love horses so much. There’s nothing like hearing their thundering hooves sprint past you.

"I also like the tranquility of just wandering down to the stable on a Sunday and feeding them carrots. Harness racing is well and truly in my blood now.

“I remember when I was a kid I loved listening to Roger Huston – the voice of the Little Brown Jug,” Vosick Jr said.

Asked what his ambitions in life were, Vosick Jr replied:

“To be a top track photographer and own a really good open trotter. Ideally a productive life behind the lens.”

Vosick Jr is not married but his girlfriend Elizabeth Lewis-House is the publicity and marketing manager at Winbak farms in Chesapeake City, Maryland.

By Duane RANGER (editor)













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