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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 Roy Davis and Arlene Siegel as harness racing Immortals. On Sunday, July 5, 2020, these individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Immortals during ceremonies held under the tent on the Museum lawn. Roy Davis was a director of the Hambletonian Society as well as of the Little Brown Jug Society. He also served as a director of the U.S. Trotting Association from 1976-1978. Davis won two Little Brown Jugs as the owner of Barberry Spur in 1986 and Jaguar Spur in 1987, and a pair of Breeders Crowns with Kentucky Spur in 1988 and Esquire Spur in 1989. Other major stakes winners Davis owned included 1986 Yonkers Trot winner Gunslinger Spur. Davis was a founding member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, writing its bylaws and serving as president and an officer for several years. His connections as a shareholder in a Pittsburgh cable television company paved the way for the Meadows Racing Network programming. Arlene Siegel and her husband Jules started Fashion Farms in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in 1984 as breeders and owners. Over the years, the couple built their breeding and racing operation into one of the best in the business. Arlene was instrumental in the farm's success, involved in the selection and purchase of yearlings, foaling operations and regular attendance at races. Fashion Farm's Tagliabue won the 1995 Hambletonian, and Broadway Schooner the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks. Fashion Farm's stallion Broadway Hall sired 2011 Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York, 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 2020 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 and Hall of Fame

When owner Jules Siegel gets ready to watch his horses race at The Meadowlands, he often can be found pacing the track's apron, isolated from friends and fans, walking off his nerves. One day as Siegel went through this routine, a man approached him and asked what he was doing. "I said I'm pacing, hoping that the horse is going to win today," Siegel recalled. "He stayed with me and every time after that, if I had a horse racing and he saw me down on the apron pacing, he came down and gave me some confidence." The man was Sam McKee, the beloved Meadowlands announcer, broadcaster and Communicators Hall of Fame member, who passed away in 2017. That same year, Siegel's world-record-setting mare Cooler Schooner gave birth to a trotting colt by Muscle Hill. Siegel thought highly of the horse and decided to name him in honor of McKee. Real Cool Sam. "I really appreciated what Sam did," said Siegel, the owner of Fashion Farms. "I realize he did things for a lot of people, but to me it was a very personal thing. I know other people have done the same thing (naming horses in McKee's honor) but for me it was something special." Siegel could remember his horses losing only once when McKee kept him company. Real Cool Sam is keeping the winning ways going. The trotter, trained by Jim Campbell, is 4-for-4 heading into Saturday's (Aug. 3) $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadowlands. Real Cool Sam won his Haughton elimination last week in 1:54.1, the fastest time of the season for a freshman male trotter. He starts Saturday from post four with David Miller in the sulky and is the 2-1 morning line favorite. "Obviously, he's off to a real good start," Campbell said. "He's got a lot of talent. He's very versatile, he can race any way you want him to race. So far, he's been a true professional and hasn't done anything wrong. Pretty much right from the word go, he showed he was very athletic, very light on his feet." Synergy, trained by Per Engblom, is the 5-2 second choice in the Haughton. He has won both his starts this season, including a 1:54.4 score in his Haughton elimination. Stay Close, trained by Joe Holloway, is 5-1 after finishing second to Synergy a week ago. Real Cool Sam has won his four starts by a total of nearly 14 lengths. His start from post four in the Haughton final will be his first from a post inside of six. "He's done everything we've asked of him, and more," Campbell said. "It's going to be a tough race when you put those good colts all in together. I'm not a forecaster. We just take one race at a time with him." Siegel, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2018, will have ample reason to stroll the apron at The Meadowlands on Saturday. In addition to Real Cool Sam in the Haughton, he will send Cantab Fashion to the Hambletonian, Millies Possesion (also undefeated, with eight wins) to the Hambletonian Oaks, and Crystal Fashion to the John Cashman Memorial. "It's been a fun ride," Siegel said. The Hambletonian Day card begins at noon. The Hambletonian, the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters, and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, restricted to 3-year-old female trotters, will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). For the day's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Goshen, NY --- Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg took different roads to success as harness racing breeders and owners, but those paths merged Sunday when they were inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame during ceremonies on the grounds of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Siegel, a retired pharmacist who operated a chain of drug stores before turning his full attention to harness racing, owns Pennsylvania’s Fashion Farms. Siegel and his late wife Arlene owned 1995 Hambletonian Stakes winner Tagliabue. Other successes have included eight divisional champion horses and five victories in the Breeders Crown. She was introduced by USTA President Russell Williams, who spoke first in Swedish and then in English.Wallenius-Kleberg, the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame, is widely regarded as the First Lady of International Trotting. She owns Menhammar Stuteri, the renowned breeding farm that has led Sweden in purses each of the past 11 years. The farm was purchased by her father, shipping magnate Olof Wallenius, in 1947 and has produced an impressive list of notable trotters. "Being here tonight is the result of a fantastic combination of American and Swedish friends and partnerships through the years," Wallenius-Kleberg said. "I do hope I can fulfill what is expected of me as a Hall of Famer. And as the first woman with this title, I hope I can be inspiration to all girls and young women out there." Also honored Sunday were the late horseman Hakan Wallner, who was inducted into the Hall of Immortals; writer Dave Briggs and announcer Carl Becker, who were inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame; horses Cantab Hall, Western Ideal, Gala Dream, and Sweet Future; and amateur driving champion Hannah Miller. Siegel was steered into harness racing by his wife Arlene, a retired nurse whom Jules has called “the real inspiration” for a retirement spent with horses. The couple worked together at Fashion Farms, with Arlene among those who guided Jules through the early years of the farm’s operation, even getting him to assist with mares when foals were born. “This honor is by far one of the most unbelievable experiences of my 90 years," Siegel said. “First, mostly John Campbell was my go-to guy in the beginning. I was amazed at his consistent ability to make good horses into great winners. Jim Campbell, my trainer, taught me how the horse business works. How in the world can I ever reward him for all he’s done for me? “The one person who is responsible for my standing here is my wife Arlene who made all this possible. She told me ‘dear, I will not let you retire to nothing.’” The Siegels received the Owner of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in 2002 and 2009 and Siegel was Standardbred Canada’s Owner of the Decade for the 2000s. Other honors included being named the Pennsylvania chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Breeder of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Tagliabue was the first of the Siegels’ Dan Patch Award-winning horses, followed by two-time recipient Galleria, Broadway Hall, Broadway Schooner, Possess The Will, and two-time honoree Broadway Donna. Broadway Schooner, a daughter of Broadway Hall bred by the Siegels, won the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks and is the dam of Broadway Donna. Wallenius-Kleberg was one of the first people to recognize the importance of international bonds among trotting breeders and regulators. She created a North American-European comingling of racing and breeding talent with her partner, the late Hall of Famer Norman Woolworth, headed by stallions Zoot Suit and Smokin Yankee. Zoot Suit was Sweden’s top sire for six consecutive years, 1991-96, and was preceded at the top of the list by Smokin Yankee in 1990. Menhammar Stuteri also was home to two-time U.S. Horse of the Year Mack Lobell. One of Menhammar’s earliest stars was Big Noon, who was Scandinavia’s version of American’s early 20th century star Dan Patch. Among the horses bred by the farm are 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner Maharajah, 2013 Elitloppet winner From Above, and 2005 Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy. Beginning this year, Menhammar Stuteri stands recently retired Nuncio, who was a star in North America and Europe. Nuncio’s wins included the Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers Trot, and Elitloppet. After Wallenius-Kleberg’s purchase of Zoot Suit from Woolworth, the two trotting devotees developed a bond that opened doors in North America for her burgeoning interests in trotting. Wallenius-Kleberg began keeping and breeding mares in the U.S. and having fillies trained and raced in North America before they entered the Menhammar broodmare band. By the 1980s, Wallenius-Kleberg was a familiar figure at the Hambletonian, the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, and the Hall of Fame weekend in Goshen. She also traveled to Florida regularly to see her young horses in training. Concurrently she was developing contacts and friendships throughout Europe so that she could broaden the Menhammar influence on the continent. She was a regular at the Prix d’Amerique in Paris and cultivated contacts among French horsemen and breeders. Recognizing the importance of sustaining the trotting sport, Margareta has assisted and encouraged many young people in racing. She always insisted on the highest standards in the horses she acquired and used her business skills to operate successfully. Already a member of Sweden’s Trotting Hall of Fame, Wallenius-Kleberg has held numerous positions in organizations related to the sport in her native country and abroad and worked to promote harness racing on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a Hambletonian Society director and received the Harness Racing Museum’s Pinnacle Award in 2011. Wallner, too, was a globe-trotting pioneer who raised the bar of Swedish racing and breeding to an international level. Wallner, who won the Elitloppet and Prix d’Amerique in Europe, was convinced he could succeed in the U.S. as a trainer of trotters and in a short amount of time he was competing at the highest level and affecting every facet of harness racing from the yearling sales to the Grand Circuit. With Jan Johnson and Berndt Lindstedt he founded Continental Farm, which counted among its many accomplishments winning the first-ever Breeders Crown race with Workaholic in 1984. The stable was a force in the series, winning four trophies and $2.85 million in the first eight years of the Breeders Crown. Its $3.94 million in purses overall in the event remain No. 6 among all trainers in history. Continental Farm also won the Hambletonian in 1988 with Armbro Goal and multiple editions of the Hambletonian Oaks. Wallner led the way for other Scandinavian and European horsemen to move to the U.S. and compete at the sport’s highest level. The list includes Soren and Jan Nordin, Jimmy Takter, Per Eriksson, Per Henrikson, Stefan Melander, Mario Zuanetti and Pekka Korpi. Collectively that group has nine Hambletonian winners. Wallner died Jan. 20, 2001, in Treviso, Italy. He was inducted to the Swedish Trotting Hall of Fame in 2015. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Becker & Briggs to Communicators Hall of Fame

Jim Campbell was happy to see Gallie Bythe Beach repeat as a Breeders Crown elimination winner, but the trainer will be even more delighted if the parallels to last year end right there. Last season as a 2-year-old, filly pacer Gallie Bythe Beach was found to be sore in the days following her Breeders Crown elimination, which she won with a world-record-equaling performance at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and was scratched from the final. It ended a campaign in which Gallie Bythe Beach won six of 10 races, never finished worse than third, and earned $338,229 for Campbell and owner Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms. "You could have taken a chance on it, but it wouldn't have been the right thing to do," Campbell said. "We did the right thing for her, and anytime you do that, you don't regret the decision. But it was really unfortunate because she was really good in her elimination." The good news for Campbell and Co. is that Gallie Bythe Beach was really good in her elimination again this year. She won from post eight by two lengths over Major Dancer in 1:50.4, guaranteeing an inside starting spot for Friday's $593,750 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands. She received post four and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Color's A Virgin. "It felt good and it looked like she was her old self again," Campbell said. "It was a good win for all of us." Gallie Bythe Beach is a homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Galleria. Somebeachsomewhere won the 2008 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers on his way to Horse of the Year honors and Galleria, who also was trained by Campbell, won the 1998 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers on her way to the Dan Patch Award for divisional honors. This year, Gallie Bythe Beach has won three of 17 races and earned $188,989. All three of her victories have come in her most recent six starts and she has finished off the board only once in her last seven races. "The season didn't start off very well," Campbell said. "She was getting some rough trips and racing hard and not getting paid very well for it. We kind of started back from zero again, racing her from off the pace a little bit, and she seemed to respond that way. "There are a lot of fillies out there that can go fast and if you get sped up a little bit early there are some waiting to get you on the end. But the way she was the other night, I think she could race any way you wanted to race her." If Gallie Bythe Beach is to win this year's Breeders Crown, it will require beating a field that includes multiple-stakes-winner Color's A Virgin, who brings a seven-race win streak to the final. Color's A Virgin, who defeated Gallie Bythe Beach by 2-1/4 lengths in the Nadia Lobell Stakes on Oct. 31, won her Breeders Crown elimination by 1-1/2 lengths over Precocious Beauty in 1:51. Color's A Virgin, who began a sustained first-over bid from fifth place prior to the halfway point of her elim, starts the final from post five with regular driver Trace Tetrick and is the 6-5 favorite on the morning line. Trace's brother, Tim, drives Gallie Bythe Beach. "(The early fractions in the elimination) had me a little worried," said Brian Brown, trainer of Color's A Virgin. "And when Trace came, I was hoping tonight we could be second over, but you want to be second over behind the right horse. I'd rather be first over with her than second over behind the wrong one. "In the last turn, I saw Trace tapping her a little. Generally he doesn't have to do that. Tonight he had to tap her a little earlier than normal. He blew it off and didn't think it meant anything. I was a little worried for a while, but it worked out well." Trace Tetrick and Color's A Virgin have teamed for 13 wins and a second-place finish in 14 starts together. "Even though we've had a lot of those first-over grinds, Trace has been so easy with her," Brown said. "He hasn't tried to win the race at the half or on the last turn, he's waited until the stretch and then chased her home. He's done a great job managing her. I have to give Trace credit because he doesn't get in a hurry. When you're forcing her to the front, she doesn't like it. She just loves to pass horses." The Breeders Crown final also includes Uffizi Hanover, who won last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. Color's A Virgin and Sayitall BB were supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500, as was Weeper, who failed to advance to the final. Following is the field in post order for the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers: 1. Major Dancer, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman, 8-1; 2. Beach Gal, David Miller, Dave Menary, 15-1; 3. Gettingreadytoroll, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter, 9-2; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, 3-1; 5. Color's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown, 6-5; 6. Uffizi Hanover, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1; 7. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison, 30-1; 8. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 20-1; 9. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1; 10. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair, 20-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

PORT ROYAL PA - The rainy season that has plagued the Pennsylvania fair circuit in the last month struck again during the two days of racing at the Juniata County Fair in Port Royal - but for the first time this summer, it was the card featuring the two-year-olds that suffered the water damage, with 12 of the 15 races on Tuesday having to be canceled; all 1¼-dozen events for sophomores on Wednesday were conducted. Fastest race of the week was saved for next-to-last, as the Real Artist gelding Ruffle Up started a sweep of the 3PC events for trainer Roger Hammer (and breeders Arlene and Jules Siegel) with a win in 2:00.1, a new mark. Hammer also owns and drove Ruffle Up, who emerged victorious after a very strange sequence of fractions: 31.3, 1:01, 1:30.2, and 2:00.1 - how often do you see the first quarter being the slowest in a race, the last quarter the second-slowest, and the middle two the equal-fastest? Hammer turned over the lines to Chris Shaw to finish the sweep of the glamour division from his barn, and Shaw got a new mark of 2:02 for the Village Jolt gelding Waitingforthisone and owner Vicki Fair. The triumph in the getaway race also earned meet titles for driver Shaw (5, one more than Steve Schoeffel) and trainer Hammer (3, one more than Syl King Jr. and Bob Krenitsky Jr.) Schoeffel provided several driving highlights on Wednesday. For one, he had the fastest winner of the 3PF stake, the Western Terror filly Sew Psyched, who stopped the watch in 2:00.2; the Schoeffel-trained filly is owned by Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, and Jerry Dedoszak. Steve also guided two of the three 3TC winners, Fly Past Hanover (2:04) and Millertown Road (2:03.1), but missed a "sweep" when Broadway Charm had to settle for second behind Mr Weaver, who earned his sixth straight victory for driver Bryce Truitt and trainer John McMullen, the latter co-owner with grandson Owen. The 2:01.3 victory missed the all-age Port Royal track record, shared by (in order of longevity) Lindmeyourpajamas, Mablesimamazed, and RT Sun Poco, by 3/5 of a second; speaking of longevity of records: Mr Weaver's dam, KT Troublein Dixie, still holds the local standard for older trotting mares of 2:02.4 - after 13 years! Fastest sophomore trotting miss was also Schoeffel-driven, the SJ's Caviar miss She Nuit, who went around the .46-mile oval (they start a ways up the stretch at Port Royal, which is primarily used for car racing) in 2:02, fastest time for the division on the local fair circuit this season, for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Five different trainers and drivers were victorious in the divisions of this entry-laden event. Before the downpour Tuesday, Port Royal graciously honored the well-deserving legendary Pennsylvania horseman Boots Dunn for his many years of success in racing, and especially for his help, in countless ways, along the local fair circuit. The third-to-last regular season stop on the Pennsy fair circuit will come this Monday and Tuesday at York, with racing starting both days at 10:30 a.m., and horses (and their connections) anxious to add more points in trying to ensure themselves spots during the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4 at The Meadows. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

Longtime breeder and owner Arlene Siegel, 79, died Dec. 13, 2010, from lung cancer. Mrs. Siegel, along with her husband, Jules, was one of the leading breeders and owners in harness racing. They enjoyed their top moment in 1995 when their Tagliabue won the Hambletonian and was voted the top 3-year-old male trotter.

The Allerage Farms races for older harness racing pacers were in the spotlight on Saturday (Oct. 23) at The Red Mile. In the $77,000 event for open mares, Let It Ride Stables and Jerry Silva's Southwind Tempo took advantage of blazing fractions set by Chancey Lady and edged that one at the wire by a head in 1:48.2, a world record for an older pacing mare on a mile track.

Fashion Feline was a straight heat winner in the $311,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity for harness racing 3-year-olds on Saturday (Oct. 16) at The Red Mile. In the $69,975 opening division of the first heat, Fashion Feline found racing room down the lane to score in 1:53, a mile which equaled her personal best.

Arlene and Jules Siegel, Pennsylvanians who are perennially near the top of the national standings as both harness racing owners and breeders, had an excellent year with their racetrack stock in 2009, thus earning selection as the Norman Woolworth Owners of the Year in voting among active members of the United States Harness Writers Association.

Owners Arlene and Jules Siegel and trainer Jim Campbell will have ample opportunities to add to their Breeders Crown trophy collection Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. The Siegels, who have won three Breeders Crown titles and rank No. 2 in series history with $2.5 million in harness racing purses, and Campbell, who has two titles to his credit, will send out five finalists in Saturday's eight Breeders Crown events.

Jim Campbell never questions Broadway Bistro's effort. Now, the 3-year-old trotting colt might be putting together the physical tools to match his attitude. Bred and raced by Arlene and Jules Siegel, the son of Broadway Hall-Nadine Angus last weekend won his elimination race for Saturday's $670,774 Yonkers Trot.

Arlene and Jules Siegel never intended to haul Fashion Feline back to the farm after last fall's Harrisburg Sale, but after a promising start to her harness racing freshman campaign, it appears they made the right decision.

New Jersey-sired two-year-old pacers will be in the spotlight in a pair of Lou Babic Memorial Finals on October 18 at Freehold Raceway. Fireintheshark, winner of an International Stallion Stakes division in his last start, has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $128,875 open division, a four-horse event carded as the second race.

Dial Or Nodial drew off to a six and a half-length victory, setting a stakes record of 1:53.4, in the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on September 20 at Freehold Raceway.

Entrymates Dial Or Nodial and Fireintheshark, both with preliminary round victories, are rated the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on September 20 at Freehold Raceway. The duo, both owned and bred by Arlene and Jules Siegel of New Hope, PA, are from the barn of Jim Campbell.

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