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Woodstock, WV — Celebrity Farms’ Celebrity Rolex has dominated in all his harness racing outings at Shenandoah Downs.. The 4-year-old Trixton gelding, making just his fourth lifetime start, wired the field in a $4,000 conditioned race and won by 8-3/4 lengths on Friday (Oct. 2). He crossed the finish line in 1:57.2, one-fifth of a second faster than his previous best which he recorded a week ago. The Jennifer Sansone trainee has led every step of the way in all three starts. His margins of victory have been most impressive. He won by 17 lengths on opening day and then by 8-1/4 lengths last week. Fern Paquet Jr. has driven Celebrity Rolex in all three of his starts at Shenandoah Downs. Paging Doctor Teo has dominated too and has been in front nearly as often. The 5-year-old Calchips Brute gelding won by two lengths on Friday, 5-1/4 a week ago and 7-3/4 lengths on opening day. He finished in 1:58.3 today after a pair of 1:58.1 efforts. The Neal Ehrhart trainee has been in front at every panel through the run except on Friday, when he was momentarily second at the top of the stretch just one-quarter of a length behind Wesley Hanover. The trotter is owned by Virginia Erhardt and was driven by Billy Carter in all three wins at Shenandoah Downs. The fastest mile of the day was authored by Roger Hammer’s Artists Ruffles who won his 25th career race in 1:54.1. The 6-year-old Real Artist gelding came outside of Next Shot at the first marker, took control in the turn and never looked back. He crossed the finish line 3-1/2 lengths the best for his first win of 2020. Vicki Lynn Fair co-owns with Hammer, who drives and trains. Shenandoah Downs hosts the 23rd annual $363,575 Virginia Breeder’s Champions Day program Saturday (Oct. 3) beginning at 1 p.m. Races are streamed live at shenandoahdowns.com. by Darrell Wood, for Shenandoah Downs

Lake Worth, FL - Harness racing driver Scott Zeron stole the show at the qualifying races Wednesday morning at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center. Zeron won all four of the qualifying races on the five-eighths mile oval. The first race trot saw Zeron wire the field with Celebrity Liberty, winning by one length over Tribeca Blue (Dan Daley) in 2:02.3 with Celebrity Titan (Sam Stathis) third. Then in the second race trot, Zeron once again cut all the fractions with Celebrity Serena, :29, :58 and 1:27.4 to the three-quarters, then pulled away from Celebrity Bianca (Sam Stathis) to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:57.3. That was the fastest mile of the four races. The third race trot was a classic matchup between Celebrity Farms two top horses, Celebrity Miracle (Scott Zeron) and his sire (father) Celebrity Maserati. Both horses were on three-race winning streaks. Celebrity Maserati and Stathis were first on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :30.2, but by the half mile marker in 1:02, Zeron had Celebrity Miracle on the move and they blew by Celebrity Maserati, opened up at the three-quarters in 1:30.3, coming home a five-length winner in 1:59.2. Celebrity Maserati was second with Baby Maker Hanover (Ken Holliday) an early breaker at the start. All of the Celebrity horses are bred and owned by Sam Stathis's Celebrity Farms. The fourth race on the program was a pace and Zeron made it a driving quadruple, wiring the field with Roll With Angel, kicking in a :28.1 last quarter mile to beat Doyoukissfirstday (Dan Daley) by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. It was the fastest mile ever for Roll With Angel, a three-year-old filly by Roll With Joe, trained by John Mungillo, who won $43,730 last year on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. She is co-owned by Finish Line Investors and Thatsideofthefence Stables with J. Papiemik and L. Wiler. "The track was in great shape," Scott Zeron said. "and I was able to sit behind some nice horses. For me it's nice to qualify and get back in form. It gets me excited for competitive racing when we all start back up. Celebrity Serena was pretty impressive today. 1:57:3 is a quick mile on that track. With that said hopefully sooner than later we can all get back to racing." Qualifiers, two-year-old's behind the gate and 2:25 mile races for two-year-olds will continue at Olympia of Palm Beach next Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 am. Horse people interested in entering the qualifiers, please contact Kathy Breedlove at 954-654-0129 by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 21. There will be only three horses per race and, if possible, horses will be split into divisions by gait. Anyone planning on shipping in with their horse(s) for the qualifiers must call Ann-Mari Daley at 315-225-4992 as special arrangements have been made for ship-ins. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - The Wednesday morning qualifying races at Olympia of Palm Beach training center saw harness racing driver Fern Paquet, Jr., win four of the five races for trotters and pacers. The track was fast but it was a very warm 90 degrees at post time and the judges gave a one second allowance. Paquet started off the day winning the first race trot with Celebrity Liberty, going wire-to-wire and holding off the pocket-sitting Tribeca Blue (Dan Daley) by three-quarters of a length in 2:05.1, last quarter in :30.1. Trained by Sam Stathis, Celebrity Liberty is a four-year-old mare and is sired by Celebrity Maserati. She was bred and is owned by Stathis's Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. The action really heated up in the second race trot when Celebrity Miracle, a return winner from last week's qualifiers, led from start to finish for driver Fern Paquet, Jr., winning with ease by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.3. Celebrity Serena (Sam Stathis) was second with Miss Flora (Mario Dessureault) third. Celebrity Miracle also trotted a :27.4 third quarter and came home in :28.2 for the score. She is also trained by Stathis and was bred and is owned by Celebrity Farms. The third race pace nearly saw Paquet score his third straight winner, but driver/trainer Dan Daley held off Paquet's Village Artist by a close head at the wire with Doyoukissfirstdate in 1:59.4. A three-year-old filly by American Ideal, Doyoukissfirstdate is co-owned by Dan Daley's wife, Ann-Mari Daley of Vero Beach with the breeder, Crawford Farms of New York. Paquet returned to the Olympia of Palm Beach winner's circle again in the fourth race pace, this time with Baggage Claim in a romp. Leaving from post three, Paquet sent Baggage Claim right to the front and pulled away from the field, eventually winning by 15 lengths over Firewater Jake (Ken Holliday) and Terlingua (Scott Zeron) in 1:57.2, third quarter in :27 and only a :30 second last quarter mile. A seven-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella, Baggage Claim is trained by Jennifer Sansome and owned by Gregory Gardner of Sheridan, MI. The fifth and final race of the day, a pace, saw Hugh Hefner N give driver Fern Paquet, Jr. his driving quadruple of the afternoon with a 1:58.1 triumph over Jimi Wind Ricks (Scott Zeron). Paquet wired the field with High Hefner N, winning with ease by four open lengths, last quarter mile in :28.3. A 12-year-old gelding by Falcon Seelster, it made it a training double on the day for Jennifer Sansome, who also owns the horse. "It always feels good winning a race," Fern Paquet said. "It's nice to be able to stay sharp driving a few horses. It also is keeping the horses sharp in the hopes we get racing soon. "I can't wait to race for some money again," Paquet added. "especially when you drive a horse like Celebrity Miracle, who really impresses me more and more. He will definitely will be fun this summer wherever he races. Till then he will continue to be ready to go." To see video and droning of the races, click here. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Lake Worth, FL - It was an exciting morning at Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) as five qualifying races were held with two race finishes decided by a head and a neck. The first race trot saw driver Fern Paquet, Jr. cut slow fraction as the pocket-sitting Celebrity Titan (Sam Stathis) went off-stride at the half mile. Paquet then just needed to keep Hall OF Faith on-stride and they won by 20 lengths in 2:10.1. It was only the second qualifying race for Hall Of Faith. The three-year-old filly by Conway Hall is trained by Jennifer Sansone for owner Reuben Graber of Sugarcreek, Ohio. Paquet was greeted in the winner's circle with some rolls of toilet paper. Each winning driver will receive a 12-pack of the hard-to-get item. Paquet, whose daughter Meghan was the outrider for the qualifying races, made a return trip to the winner's circle in the second race trot. It was Sam Stathis going right to the lead with Celebrity Bianca with Paquet was content to sitting the two-hole trip with Celebrity Miracle, who had just won on March 16 at Pompano Park in a lifetime best clocking of 1:54.3. Stathis widened his lead with Celebrity Bianca trying to bottom out Celebrity Miracle and Paquet, going to the first quarter in :29.2, then past the half mile in :59.3. Paquet began to gain ground with Celebrity Miracle, closing to within two lengths of Celebrity Bianca at the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Racing neck and neck around the final turn, Paquet put a nose up over Celebrity Bianca and the pulled away in the stretch to win by two lengths in 2:01. A four-year-old gelded son of Celebrity Maserati, Celebrity Miracle is trained by Sam Stathis and is owned by his Celebrity Farms of New York, NY. It would turn out that Celebrity Miracle's mile was the fastest of the day. The third race all belonged to Sam Sathis and his stallion, Celebrity Maserati, but it was a tough mile at the finish wire. Stathis started off the show going right to the lead with Celebrity Maserati. Also, in the race was Celebrity Serena (Fern Paquet, Jr.), who is sired by Celebrity Maserati, so the race was father against daughter. Celebrity Serena (who is named after the tennis star) was content with the pocket trip as Celebrity Maserati cut all the fractions. Starting around the final turn, Paquet pulled the pocket and started to come after her sire, Celebrity Maserati. Those two horses dueled neck and neck down the stretch with Celebrity Maserati winning by a head in 2:05. A $198,000 career stakes winner at age two and three, Celebrity Maserati is a ten-year-old stallion by Andover Hall. Due to injuries he was unable to race for years, but still was able to service numerous mares for Celebrity Farms and will return to the races once the tracks are able to reopen. Celebrity Maserati is trained by Stathis and owned by his Celebrity Farms. The fourth race was for pacers with trainer/driver Dan Daley sitting a pocket trip with Sweet Deisel while Jimi Wind Ricks and driver Scott Zeron cut the mile. Through fractions of :31.3, 1:02.2 and 1:32, Jimi Wind Ricks was strong on the lead, but Dan Daley kept Sweet Deisel right in the pocket until the final turn and then came after Jimi Wind Ricks. It looked as if Jimi Wind Rocks and Zeron would be able to hold on, but Sweet Deisel kicked in a :28.4 last quarter mile and nipped Jimi Wind Ricks by a neck in 2:01.1. It was the second fasted mile for the day. Daley, an inductee to the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame, trains Sweet Deisel, a four-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou who is co-owned by his wife, Ann-Mari Daley and Crawford Farms. Sweet Deisel last year scored seven wins and won $43,000. Due to scratches, the fifth race pace featured just one starter, Roll With Angel and driver Scott Zeron. They cut fractions of :32, 1:02.1, 1:32 and won the race in 2:01.4. Trained by John Mungillo, Roll With Angel is a three-year-old filly by Roll With Joe and is co-owned by Finish Line Investors, Thatsideofthefence, J. Papernik and L Wiler. She started 12 times last year at age 2, earned over $43,000 in the New York Sire Stake and had never won a race until Wednesday's qualifier. "This was just a super day," Said Sam Stathis, who owns Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center. "We tried to make this event something special for people to watch. We had some Facebook Live and the video and droning of the races will be on our Olympiapalmbeach.com website later today. I want to thank everyone that came out today and made things happen and kept proper social distances. "We hope to do more events like this in the future," Stathis added. "I know this virus is a terrible thing, but we will beat it and come back and be strong again. Video of each of the five races and the droning that took place will be available to view at www.olympiapalmbeach.com. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach  

Lake Worth, FL - In harness racing there are purses and prizes to be won when competing, whether it's going for over $1 million in the Hambletonian Trot, or just a local fair race for $2,500, there is always a prize that awaits the winner. Perhaps for the first time ever in horse racing history there will be races held on Wednesday (April 1) and what does the winner of the race get when they arrive in the winner's circle? You guessed it, a case of 12 rolls of toilet paper. And this is no April 1 Fool's Joke! Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, formally known as the South Florida Trotting Center, will be holding five qualifying races Wednesday morning. Due to the Coronavirus-19, the public is not allowed to attend, but track management is hopeful to have live video and droning of the trotting races. Sam Stathis owns Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center. He has his Celebrity Farms Stable there and has entered seven of his horses in the qualifying races. "We wanted to have a prize for the winner of each race," Stathis said. "and we wanted to have some fun with it. At first the races were going to be for non-winners of a ham sandwich, but due to the hoarders grabbing up all the toilet paper, we switched the prize from a ham sandwich to a 12-pack of toilet paper. Maybe I'll thrown in a six-pack of Corona beer too!" Usually qualifying races are held to determine if a trotter or pacer can go in a specified time to meet the standards set by racetracks. There are never purses or prizes for qualifying races. "Right now," Stathis explained. "While everyone else is building bunkers and waiting for the world to end from Coronavirus-19, we take this virus very seriously and recommend and practice social distancing. It's ironic in a sport where we want to get fans to attend, this time we want them to stay away for everyone's protection. But in turn, we are trying to keep our horses exercised, keep moral up and show the world that we can have some fun with this incredible sport." Of the 12 horses that are competing in the five qualifying races, there is one unique standout performer. His name is Celebrity Maserati. The oldest horse in the field at age ten, Celebrity Maserati, was a top stake winning trotting colt at age two and three, amassing $198,000 in earnings for Sam Stathis's Celebrity Farms and has a record of 1:53. Over the years he has had some injuries that kept him from racing, but not from breeding horses. Over the years Celebrity Maserati (sired by Andover Hall), has bred numerous mares, enough in fact that he not only has three of his sons and daughters competing in the qualifying races, but in the third race Celebrity Maserati starts from post three with Stathis driving and its daughter, Celebrity Serena, starts alongside him in post three. The other "Celebrity" horses that Celebrity Maserati has sired include recent 1:54.3 winner at Pompano Park, Celebrity Miracle (race two), and Celebrity Bianca, whom also starts in race two. Another Celebrity horse, Celebrity Titan, who is sired by Yankee Glide, starts in the first race. He is a brother to Celebrity Miracle. The fourth and fifth races are for pacers and features $101,000 winner Jimi Wind Ricks in the fourth race against $49,000 winner Sweet Deisel. The fifth race spotlights $77,000 winner Rose Run Slider against $43,000 winner Roll With Angel. Some of the sports top harness racing drivers will be competing in the qualifying races including Scott Zeron, Jim Meittinis, Dan Daley and Fern Paquet, Jr. To get a program proof and to watch the video and droning of the qualifying races that will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday, go to www.olympiapalmbeach.com and look for the special links on the home page. Ann-Mari Daley will also be doing Facebook Live of the races from the starting gate. By Steve Wolf, for Olympia of Palm Beach    

Pompano Beach, FL - The "celebrities" are at Eldorado Pompano Park this season, both on and the off the harness racing track. Celebrity Stallone recently qualified this past Tuesday at Pompano Park and low and behold in the race paddock and then on the track apron was Dante Stallone, the younger half-brother of world-renowned Hollywood star, Sylvester Stallone. It was announced by owner Sam Stathis of Celebrity Farms, NY, that Dante Stallone has purchased a share and is now a part-owner of the Father Patrick colt, Celebrity Stallone. Stathis is also Dante Stallone's business manager. "I have known Dante for a number of years," said Stathis. "And always promised him one day I would name a good colt after him and his family and that day has come. Dante wants to learn more about harness racing so I sold him a share of the horse." Dante Stallone, 21, is attending Florida State University and studying towards a bachelor of science degree in biological science. He also works in his spare time as an actor, producer and screenwriter. "Before being introduced to the world of harness racing," Stallone said. "The only experience I had with the sport was what I saw on TV. Getting licensed and now owning my own horse legitimizes my interests. It still seems so surreal." After getting his owners license, Stallone was treated to a ride in the starting gate to watch a qualifying race. All Standardbred horses must trot or pace in a certain standard of time in order to be qualified to race at the track. "This was my first time at the racetrack," Stallone said. "And what a blast it was. I had the best seat in the house to view my first race while riding in the starting gate." Celebrity Stallone did very well as the two-year-old finished third and was race timed in 2:00.4. "From what I observed," Stallone said. "Celebrity Stallone has major promise on the track. After gaining some more experience I believe he'll be a force to be reckoned with." Stallone said it was nearly a perfect night at the races. "The track was beautiful, the Eldorado casino was fantastic, and the restaurant superb," Stallone added. "We ate at Farradday's Steakhouse after the qualifying races and what great food and service. Also, I got my first taste of the thrill of horse gambling, losing $50 dollars on a shady tip!" Stallone, who is on Christmas break from college, will be in south Florida for a month and Sam Stathis said his education into harness racing will be fast and furious. "Already Friday morning I had Dante here at Olympia Palm Beach (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center)," Stathis said. "And Dante is learning how to groom horses, put on a harness and even got to take Celebrity Stallone on the racetrack in one of our Theometrics Exotic Chariots. "We are already working on a special night at Pompano Park," Stathis explained. "When both Celebrity Stallone and Celebrity Eventsy are both racing, we will be inviting newcomers from all over South Florida via networking, to come out for a night of fun, hear about fractional ownership, get to meet Dante, and learning about how great harness racing is." The event date, times and location at Eldorado Pompano Park will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.worldchariot.org. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms  

Goshen, NY – Celebrity Farms Sam Stathis has announced that his stakes winning harness racing trotter, Celebrity Maserati, will be standing stud for the 2019 season at Leatherstocking Equine Group in New York. His stud fee will be $2,500. Sired by Andover Hall from the SJ’s Caviar mare, Arlanda Hanover, Celebrity Maserati was a $198,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:53 as a three-year-old at Pocono Downs. At age three he was the winner of the Dexter Cup Trot Final at Freehold Raceway and was first and second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In the Dexter Cup, it was only the second start of the season for Celebrity Maserati, who defeated Jimmy Takter’s world record holder Dontyouforgetit in 1:58.3, an early lifetime best clocking, making him a season’s leader for most of the year.  From seven foals out of Arlanda Hanover, six made the races and Celebrity Maserati was the fastest and top money earner. He has a full brother, Orlando, who was a $175,000 stakes winner with a record of 1:54.4f and his Celebrity Maserati was favored that year to win his division of the prestigious Hambletonian Trot, but fractured his ankle on the first turn and still was able to come home faster that any other horse in the race. Celebrity Maserati was also one of the horses rescued from the devasting fire at the Olympia Training Center (formerly the South Florida Trotting Center) on March 16, 2016 that took the lives of 12 Standardbred race horses. Between his injuries in the Hambletonian and then the fire, Stathis decided it was time to stand his big beautiful black stallion at stud. “He is such a magnificent looking horse,” said Stathis, “That I felt it was time to put him to stud publicly. I know he will do very well in NY as he was a major stakes winner (Dexter Cup) on a half mile track and has taken fast records on all size tracks.” All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call 607-847-9996. By Steve Wolf, for Celebrity Farms

It was just over five months ago that the tragic barn fire took place at the South Florida Trotting Center in Lake Worth. Of the 23 Standardbred horses in Barn 9 that evening, only five have survived and now one of those harness racing horses that were rescued, a trotter named Celebrity Lover, has made it to the winner's circle. Sunday night at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, Celebrity Lover, trained and driven by Sam Stathis, who owns the South Florida Trotting Center, won the seventh race trot by a neck in 1:59. The homebred stallion, owned and bred by Stathis's Celebrity Farms, was rescued from the barn fire that frightful night on March 15. The four-year-old son of Andover Hall from the Yankee Glide mare, Celebrity Feeling, suffered 3rd degree burns over his back from the burning roof above his stall. Within days of the fire, Stathis set up a special therapy barn at the South Florida Trotting Center to help aid the recovery for the surviving horses from the fire. "There is no doubt that our therapy barn aided in the recovery and return to racing for Celebrity Lover," Sam Stathis said. "And the outpouring of support and love from people all over the world were a big factor too. "We enclosed Barn 1 in fly netting," Stathis explained, "We brought in or were donated everything we could get to help these horses. The latest in laser equipment to promote healing, special nebulizing equipment to treat the horses burned lungs from the heat and smoke of the fire, an electro-equiscope, heart monitoring equipment, a theraplate unit, an equine weight scale, the best floor matting available to help prevent hoof problems and more to aid with their recovery." "FarmVet.com donated an entire pallet of burn cream that was used up within months and then donated another pallet." Stathis explained. "We had to hand walk these horses before dawn and after sundown as their burns could not be exposed to sunlight. "Each morning we bathed the burns, then reapplied the creams, did treatments and then repeated it all over again in the afternoon. I want to give credit to caretaker Lyne Morneau and trainer Alex Spano who worked day and night for months caring for them and to Dr. Michael Carinda and Dr. Paul Caputo for their work. We argued tooth and nail over how to treat these horse but in the long run it worked. Most veterinarians never had burn victims like this to treat." The results were shown on the racetrack Sunday as Celebrity Lover raced parked out first-over from the half mile and Stathis rated the mare perfectly, clearing to the lead in the stretch and holding off Coogan in the final strides to win in a photo finish. Unraced at age two, Celebrity Lover made just five starts at age 3 with a qualifying win in 2:05.4. He just qualified at Pocono Downs August 10, was third in a pari-mutuel race, timed in 1:58.3 on August 19 and is now a winner. "I literally cried with joy after "Lover" dug in and held off Ake Svanstedt with Coogan for the win," Stathis said. "It was just five months that he (Celebrity Lover) was fighting for his life from the smoke inhalation and burns." Celebrity Lover is the first of fire victims to return to the races and win. Stathis said that the other three of his horses that were in the fire, Celebrity Tsipras, Celebrity Lambo and Celebrity Artemis, are coming back strong. Celebrity Tsipras just qualified and raced for the first time August 14 and hopefully the other two will be racing before the end of the year. Celebrity Lover is a full brother to the mare Celebrity Artemis. It should be noted that the fifth horse that survived from Barn 9 fire, Grateful Pride, a two-year-old colt by Bettors Delight, has also been racing for trainer Linda Toscano since late June, but has yet to win. "God didn't want these horses yet for a reason," Stathis said. "The trainers and grooms that helped saved them from the fire and risked their lives for these animals are the real heroes. And what a feel good way to celebrate with having them not just recover from their burns and internal injuries but to race and win. You could not script a movie any better than this. "And we will be adding more therapy equipment this year to Barn 1 at the South Florida Trotting Center," Stathis added. "I'm still trying to get an equine hyperbaric chamber if possible. Whatever it takes to help care for the horses. This fall the therapy barn will be available for all horses of every breed that need help." For more information, visit www.southfloridatrottingcenter.com. By Steve Wolf for the South Florida Trotting Center    

WELLINGTON, FL - Stathis Enterprises and the World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) has announced that the WCRF will be conducting a pre-Olympic (VIP by invitation only) party on April 24th at the International Polo Grounds. The WCRF organization is dedicated to the resurrecting chariot racing in the Olympics while revitalization and reshaping the sport of harness racing. This is the second straight year that the WCRF is celebrating at the International Polo Club in Wellington during the US Polo Championship match. And the WCRF Olympic countries' dedicated exotic chariots will be on display at the event. The WCRF Olympic premier tour will be highlighted by exhibition events (including an exhibition race on May 3rd in Greece) as the sport that the ancient Olympics were founded on. The tour travels to Greece on Sunday, May 1st--the Christian-Greek Orthodox Easter--before heading to Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Wales and concluding in Ireland in August. Stathis Enterprises and the WCRF is pushing for the return of exotic chariot racing to the Olympics sport roster. "During the Olympics, all countries would stop wars to promote world peace through camaraderie and sportsmanship," said Sam Stathis, of the WCRF. "That is what we would like to make happen once again. "How do we know the future of chariot racing in the Olympics?" Stathis explained, "Because we are creating the future! As chariot racing has gone into a dark age, it is being resurrected symbolically during the holiest of days, the Christian-Greek Orthodox Easter." Stathis said the pre-Olympic events is also raising funds for the Special Olympics and Horses Healing Hearts. Born Sotirios Stathopoulos in Analtsi, Greece, Sam Stathis is a seventh generation Stathopoulos and was raised just ten kilometers from where his ancestor's fought off King Phillip II, the father of Alexander the Great, in the battle of Thermopylae. He is looking forward to visiting the area during the WCRF tour, and to pay homage to the site. Already committed internationally to the WCRF are top equestrienne gold medalists and world renowned Standardbred horsemen and women. Along with his champion trotting stable, Celebrity Farms, Stathis is partners on two internationally recognized jumpers that are clones of two-time Olympic Gold Medalist champion Sapphire. Both clones are six-year-olds competing towards the road to the Olympics. On April 27th, the Christian-Greek Orthodox Ash Wednesday, the WCRF will be leaving for Greece from the ashes of Barn #9 at the South Florida Trotting Center. It is symbolic as Barn #9 was Sam Stathis's barn where 12 horses perished on March 16 in a tragic fire. A documentary of the devastating fire and a movie are already in production. The documentary, entitled Barn9, will detail the fire at Stathis's South Florida Trotting Center, following the events surrounding the fire, exploring new technology to not only prevent such disasters in the future, but also train fire rescue units in the handling of large animals during and after a fire. It will also feature extensive technology updates for veterinarians on treating large animal fire victims and new standards for barn and stable protocols for fire safety. The film, entitled Chariots On Fire, will cover the history of chariot racing from Egypt to the Olympics in Greece, the Coliseum in Rome to the modern day industry and the new technology that is reviving the sport today. Stathis is the owner of the South Florida Trotting Center in Lake Worth, Celebrity Farms in Goshen, NY, and the CEO and founder of Stathis Enterprises, which comprises Polo Electric, Celebrity Vision Marketing, Eventsy, Intelligent Job Sites, Celebrity Farms Racing Stable, Theometrics and Theometrics University. For more information about the WCRF, visit www.worldchariot.org. From Stathis Enterprises and World Chariot Racing Federation

Lake Worth, FL - Four of the horses rescued from the devastating barn fire at the South Florida Trotting Center have returned home. Celebrity Lover, Celebrity Tsipras, Celebrity Artemis and Celebrity Lambo were all released from Reid & Associates Equine Hospital late Friday afternoon. All four of the horses suffered burns on their backs and some on their necks and rumps. Seven of the injured horses remained at the Hospital in Loxahatchee and it was not clear when they would be released. As the returning horses were removed from their trailer, all had visible burn injuries. Each will need to be monitored over the next several weeks for upper respiratory and lung issues, and the horses may require hyperbaric oxygen treatments, said Sam Stathis, owner of the four horses and the owner of the South Florida Trotting Center. "They're not in extreme danger, but (there's) caution that they're not out of the woods with the respiratory issues," he said. "They need 24 hour a day care. We thought it better that they live on the farm and we hand walk them so they don't get psychological issues. They've been through enough." Stathis said veterinarians will come to the center each day, to tend to the recovering animals. Stathis lost one of his own horses, but had four survive. He said he's taking responsibility for all horses in the barn that burned. "I'm ecstatic that the first four horses have returned to the farm," Stathis said. "And we are doing everything possible to insure that the remaining seven will come home too. I can't wait for that day to come." By Steven Wolf for Stathis Enterprises    

Lake Worth, FL – Stathis Enterprises Unicorn Trust of New York City, NY, has announced that they have closed on the purchase of the South Florida Trotting Center late in May. The purchase price was over $10 million and includes the 102 acre facility with 14 barns. It is home to 300 harness racing horses located on route 441/SR 7 in Lake Worth and feature an equine swimming pool and numerous turnout paddocks. The new CEO of the South Florida Trotting Center is Sam Stathis, who already has his Celebrity Farms Stable at the South Florida Trotting Center. “I want to thank prior owner Eric Cherry for making this deal happen,” Stathis said. “First order of business will be fixing up the barn area, caretaker quarters and building a new training barn for my stable. Also we will be remaining open year-round henceforth. “We also want to rename the facility,” Stathis said. “And we will hold a world-wide “Name the equine center contest” this summer. “Our plans are to turn this facility into a real showplace with modern technology, eco-system friendly and also to expand the facility so that other breeds of horses will be able to train at the farm. While this facility has been predominately a premier trotting facility, we will now be attracting all equestrian disciplines including Hunter, Jumpers and even Polo. “We are both pleased with the closing and I am going to stay on the farm with my Let It Ride Stable,” former owner Eric Cherry said. “I look forward to working with Sam as he has great plans for the future of the farm and to turn it into a premier facility.” Stathis also said plans call for the facility to become a research and development center with an incubator for equine related technologies including a teaching facility for caretakers, holistic equine healing and more. Sam Stathis was born in Greece and immigrated to the USA with his family at age 7. He is a passionate entrepreneur, investor, developer, engineer, inventor and philanthropist with extensive experience in starting and operating multimillion dollar companies on a domestic and international basis. Stathis began owning Standardbred horses in 2000. He has since gotten his trainers license and is a provisional licensed professional harness racing driver. He also owns Celebrity Farms in Goshen, NY that is a breeding and training facility www.celebrityfarms.com and is the founder of the World Chariot Racing Federation www.worldchariot.org. By Steve Wolf, for Stathis Enterprises  

WELLINGTON, FL- This past Sunday, April 19, 2015, Stathis Enterprises (SE) and the World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) were sponsors of the 111th U.S Open Polo Championship - and wrapped up the 2015 polo season with the go-to VIP party of the season, where top Polo officials, players and fans gathered to celebrate this year's championship match. It was won in overtime by Valiente over Orchard Hill, 11-9. Guests were also treated to a sneak peak of the WCRF's collection of state-of-art harness racing chariots, which promise to revolutionize the Standardbred industry. It was a perfect blend of harness racing and polo. "The U.S. Open Polo Championship final is a great way to celebrate tradition, culture and of course, horses. For that reason, we're especially proud to connect our next generation with an equestrian sport that has withstood the test of time for more than 2,000 years - chariot racing," said SE and WCRF founder Sam Stathis. "The WCRF aims to raise major visibility for harness racing and exceed all previous expectations by attracting new fans and new owners to the sport that founded the Olympic games in antiquity," Stathis said. "While our new chariots may look futuristic they function much like their original counterparts during the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece." The exclusive after party held at the Palm Beach International Polo Club (IPC), was a veritable who's who of the polo industry, including IPC President John Wash, the Patron of the Coca-Cola Women's Polo Team, Gillian Johnston, the number one internationally ranked polo player, Adolfo Cambiaso, actor/rapper Vanilla Ice, polo star Nic Roldan and girlfriend/equestrian Jessica Springsteen, plus publisher Roxanna Cella and Jason Fenescey (Editor) of "Palm Beach Rox" and LIFE|STYLE Magazine. The event, organized by Eventsy, also featured a showcase and auction of the latest collection of luxury handbags from fashion designer Stefano Laviano - with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to Horses Healing Hearts, a 501c3 charitable organization that helps children raised with addiction in their home to begin recovery by working with horses. About WCRF Dedicated to revitalizing and re-branding harness racing as a "Sustainable Sport"â„¢ with as much thrill and excitement as auto racing, the World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) is creating heightened interest with events being scheduled around the world. With the WCRF bringing together breeders, owners, trainers, drivers, tracks, fans, media groups and corporate sponsors, the WCRF also champions the green revolution, spearheading the growth of ecological sustainability in both harness chariot racing and auto sports combined. About Stathis Enterprises Stathis Enterprises, (SE) led by Founder and CEO Sam Stathis, operates an extensive research and development program committed to continuous evolution and exploration by generating new and innovative technologies that deliver the highest quality products and services. Some of SE's products and services include Polo Electric Corporation, Celebrity Vision Marketing, Celebrity Farms Racing, Theometrics and Theometrics University. About Eventsy Eventsy is New York City's fastest growing social and business networking company that caters to elite professionals by filling their personal and professional lives with weekly opportunities to network, meet new people, and accelerate their career paths, while experiencing the city's best restaurants, lounges and "invite only" events. For more information, please visit: http://www.stathisenterprises.com http://www.worldchariot.org/about/ By Steve Wolf and Eventsy for Stathis Enterprises    

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LAKE WORTH, FL – It was announced today that the owners of the South Florida Trotting Center has reached an agreement to sell the harness racing training facility to Stathis Enterprises of New York and Vero Beach. The selling price was not disclosed. The 102 acre facility features 14 barns and is home to 300 harness racing horses located on route 441/SR 7 in Lake Worth. Stathis Enterprises is owned by Sam Stathis, who already has his Celebrity Farms Stable at the South Florida Trotting Center. “I think this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for Stathis Enterprises,” Sam Stathis said. “I am obsessed with horses and harness racing and we are going to expand the farm. We have a lot of plans to keep this facility a real showplace.” Eric Cherry, the original principle owner of the South Florida Trotting Center, is happy with the agreement. “We have come to an agreement that we are both pleased with and I am going to stay on the farm with my Let It Ride Stable,” Cherry said. “I look forward to working with Sam as he has great plans for the future of the farm and to turn it into a premier facility.” Sam Stathis was born in Greece and immigrated to the USA with his family at age 7. He is a passionate entrepreneur, investor, developer, engineer, inventor and philanthropist with extensive experience in starting and operating multimillion dollar companies on a domestic and international basis. He also owns Celebrity Farms in Goshen, NY where he has a stable of horse and breeds Standardbreds for racing. “This is going to be very exciting,” Stathis said. “I can’t wait to begin making improvements and moving forward. Now New York and Florida are my home and I can have the best of both worlds in winter and summer.” By Steve Wolf   

Experienced South Auckland horseman, Rob Saunders, has joined Harnesslink.com to assist with various harness racing projects. The first venture Rob will be involved with is working with studs and stallion owners so that they can take advantage of the huge fan base the site has.

When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA holds its 51st Annual harness racing 'Awards Banquet' at Kutshers Country Club on Sunday evening October 25 Sam Stathis will be this years recipient of the Chapter's Most Happy Fella Award in recognition of the terrific year he has had with the filly trotters that he bred and raised on his Celebrity Farms in Middletown, NY..

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