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Goshen, NY - The Dan Patch Horse of the Year trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are still available, but the deadline for advertising in the souvenir journal is Wed., Feb. 10.   In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Charles Keller III & Bruce Nickells; and Communicators Hall of Fame, David Carr and Jerry Connors.   The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, James Simpson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the USHWA.org website.   Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com   Savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the luxury resort of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. A special rate can be reserved by calling 888-421-1442 BEFORE February 11, and mentioning code: DAN PATCH or by clicking this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/USHWA The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Wednesday, February 10. To advertise in the Souvenir Journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org   Dan Patch Horse Awards – 2015 Champions   E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit Trotter of theYear: Pinkman Pacer of theYear: Wiggle It Jiggleit 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Southwind Frank 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Broadway Donna 3-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Pinkman 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter: Mission Brief Trotting Horse: J L Cruze Trotting Mare: Bee A Magician 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Boston Red Rocks 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Pure Country 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Wiggle It Jiggleit 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer: Divine Caroline Pacing Horse: State Treasurer Pacing Mare: Venus Delight   United States Harness Writers Association – Awards and Honorees United States Harness Writers Association Awards Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Charles Keller III Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Bruce Nickells Communicators Hall of Fame: David Carr Communicators Hall of Fame: Jerry Connors Stan Bergstein–Proximity Award: James W. Simpson Norman Woolworth Owner: George Teague Jr. Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year: Jimmy Takter Driver of the Year: David Miller Breeder of the Year: Hanover Shoe Farms Lew Barasch Breakthrough: Gabe Prewitt Rising Star: Montrell Teague President’s Award: Breana Carsey President’s Award: Michelle & Albert Crawford W. R. Haughton Good Guy: Jo Ann Looney-King USHWAn of the Year: Ellen Taylor Lee Anne Pooler Unsung Hero: Joanne Young January Davies Humanitarian Award: Marvin Chantler Amateur Driver of the Year: Hannah Miller Caretaker of the Year: Mike Taylor Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Margie Seelster Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Mozzi Hanover Hervey Awards - Writing: Feature: Kimberly French; Writing: News & Commentary: Dave Briggs Broadcasting: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Smallsreed Photography Awards - Feature:  Frances Lund; Racing:  Clive Cohen Grand Circuit – Driver: Yannick Gingras; Trainer: Ron Burke; Owner: Burke Racing US Trotting & US Harness Writers Railbird Recognition Awards - Horse Person: Joe Bellino; Racing Moment: Wiggle It Jiggleit’s Jug US Trotting & US Harness Writers Dash Winning Driver: Aaron Merriman Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service to Youth Award: Callie Davies-Gooch   Chris Tully    

Friday, January 15, 2016 - Goshen, NY - The generosity and good will of Breana Carsey, the Indiana pre-teen featured on the CBS Evening News, as well as Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms, NY, have earned them both the harness racing honor of a United States Harness Writers Association's President's Award. Not too many 5th grade students get the opportunity to talk about harness racing on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Nonetheless, Breana Carsey, an 11-year-old Standardbred owner from Connersville, Indiana, did exactly that last October when her homebred colt won the Ohio Sire Stakes Championship. The story of intense faith begins at a horse auction when Breana was just eight years old. At his daughter's urging Brian Carsey purchased a mare named Imageofasweetgirl, in-foal to Trainforthefuture for just $1,700. Fast-forward to the resultant colt's debut and, at the time, he seemed to be 'just an average horse' for his first three baby races. But then, when the money was on the line, he just kept on winning. MJB Got Faith captured four legs of the Ohio Sires and the $225,000 final, earning $192,500 in just five starts. Named for the three Carsey siblings, 'Mackenzie, Jordan & Breana' and her favorite saying, "got faith," the CBS news broadcast featuring Breana and her racehorse made the entire industry proud. Despite numerous offers to sell the gelding trotter for a profit, and to race for larger purses, Breana proclaimed that he would not be sold, "not even for a million dollars," and that the horse has "deserved a rest" having done enough racing last Autumn. Although Breana feels "amazing and very thankful for all the blessings" she has received, the diminutive powerhouse did not take a rest. She began giving away thousands of the horse's earnings to those in need. The Christian Harness Horsemen's, various horseman's memorial funds, St. Gabriel School (where she attends), American Heart Association, items for overseas military outfits, and local food pantries were just some of the 'pay-it-forward' recipients of Miss Carsey's generosity. For her efforts Breana received an official "Pen of the City Seal" from the Mayor of Connersville, Indiana for representing the city in a positive way and being a role model for both younger and older generations. In fact, there has been considerable interest by Hollywood to the rights of her "got faith" story...so stay tuned. Perhaps the other side of the spectrum is the dynamic duo of Michelle and Albert Crawford. The owners of Crawford Farms in upstate New York have done so much for the betterment of the industry, in a relatively short period of time, that it is impossible to overlook their efforts. Driven by a passion for the sport, and a desire to help harness racing prosper, the Crawford's have sponsored several seasons of the Meadowlands Pace, Kindergarten Classic, Crawford Farms Trot and the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet. The Crawford's operate one of New York's largest breeding facilities with over 75 mares, but are also racing enthusiasts who have several dozen horses in training. Michelle noted, "We really enjoy our daily involvement in this industry. Al and I love the sport of harness racing and strive to see it prosper. By reinvesting back into the sport, we hope to see it grow and become as visibly recognizable as our thoroughbred counterparts." But they don't stop at racing. The charitable couple continues to support and donate money to many of the important causes inside and outside of our industry, including the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Amanda Harris Fundraiser, their own ThinkPink Fundraiser for Breast Cancer, Classy Lane, horse rescues, and many more. While social media savvy, it has become increasingly clear that any noteworthy concern that flies onto Michelle's radar is instantly transformed into a ‘cause célèbre.' "On the forefront we will be spearheading a new coalition for a pipeline to safety and aftercare programs for our STANDARDBREDS so they no longer need to fall into harm's way after their careers or racing opportunities are done," the Crawfords noted. Michelle added, "In the next 30 days, those in the sport that share our passion will be meeting to develop a plan and a solution that will assist owners and trainers. We intend to expand and support crucial alternatives to slaughter and kill pens. It is my 2016 goal to make a lot of noise and help our animals that make our sport what it is!" The President's Awards, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet­--Night of Champions, are now available. All of this information and applicable ticket and advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org by Chris Tully, President, U.S. Harness Writers

Goshen, NY --- Ellen Taylor, executive director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) for the past 25 years, and the 2009 Proximity Award winner, has been selected for recognition by the harness racing media organization as its 2015 “Alan Prince USHWA Member of the Year.”   Tara Ellen Taylor, a native of the Indiana heartland of harness racing, was named after the only mare to ever beat Greyhound in a race.  She received her first horse, an orphan foal, in 1969 and has participated as an owner, breeder and caretaker ever since.   Focusing exclusively on trotters, foals bred and owned by Taylor have gone on to become Indiana and Illinois award-winning 2-year-old champions.   Undoubtedly, it is Taylor’s lifelong commitment to HHYF that has garnered “Miss Ellen” the widest range of industry accolades and recognition.  In addition to the Proximity Award, Taylor has also received the HTA Special Achievement Medal in 2002, USTA President’s Award in 2015, Indiana Standardbred Association Special Achievement Award in 2015, and the Indiana State Fair Grand Circuit Appreciation Award in 2002.   Taylor noted, “I am honored to receive the USHWAn of the year award. I enjoy serving the industry which has given, and continues to give, me so many valuable life lessons and much happiness. USHWA represents individuals working behind the pen, camera, and computer who care about improving harness racing awareness – a worthy goal for each of us.”   An “At-Large” director of the organization for the past 12 years, it is through her dynamic and tireless efforts that the annual silent auction has been such a successful fundraising mechanism for USHWA and its partner HHYF.   Taylor travels thousands of miles each year to ensure that the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, is effectively fostering the next generation of participants and fans.   Prior to being named the executive director of HHYF, Taylor served as the camp coordinator since age 16.  The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and the creation and distribution of educational materials.   Taylor’s award, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available.   Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available and can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com or Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com.   The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Wednesday, February 10.  To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com   Savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the luxury resort of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six.  A special rate can be reserved by calling 888-421-1442 BEFORE February 11., and mentioning code: DAN PATCH or by clicking this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/USHWA   All of this information and applicable ticket and advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org   by Chris Tully, President, U.S. Harness Writers

Middletown, NY - Hundreds of horsemen and women from around the tri-state region flocked to the spacious Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday, September 13 to purchase the next crop of Standardbred champions. Sunny skies and a cheerful outlook prevailed as 113 colts and fillies passed through the auction ring for a gross of $1.423 million, averaging $12,600 per offering.   Held on the day immediately following the 3-year-old divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway, harness horse owners and trainers from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania took the passing lane to the Cradle of the Trotter to witness the first of what promises to be an excellent regional sales venue. A handful of horsemen from the Canadian WEG circuit chartered a plane to take a chance on the lucrative NYSS program eligibles. Savvy horsemen from Delaware and the New England states also made their presence known.   The sales topper was a Rock N Roll Heaven colt (Hip#65) from Armbro Savannah consigned by Blue Chip Farms and purchased by Joseph Bellino for $67,000. A total of five yearlings by Rock N Roll Heaven were sold for an average of $32,840, who led all pacing stallions. Roll With Joe and Art Major sons and daughters were nearly a dead heat for second and third, with $19,167 and $19,000 averages respectively.   The highest priced trotter sold was a filly by Chapter Seven (Hip#57) out of the Credit Winner mare Gluteus Maximus. Gene Kurzrok was the successful bidder at $47,000 for the first crop prospect consigned by Blue Chip Farms. Four foals by Chapter Seven topped the trotting ranks for an average of $32,000, followed closely by Credit Winner at $31,500.   The leading consignor by average was Blue Chip Farms, Wallkill, NY at $24,500, followed closely by Steve Jones' Cameo Hills Farm, Montgomery, NY at $23,600. Thirty one pacing colts led the way overall with a $16,097 average, followed by trotting colts (27) at $14,079.   An entire set of sales results sheets, including sire averages and other statistics, can be accessed online at: http://www.goshenyearlingsale.com/content/GoshenSaleResults2015.pdf   by Chris Tully, for Goshen Yearling Sale        

June 2, 2015 - The John Manzi retirement dinner on Sunday, May 31 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY was a sell-out event in honor of the hardest working publicist the Standardbred sport has ever known.   Attended by over 125 well-wishers, friends, colleagues, family members and fans, some of the sports brightest stars came out to honor a guy who has been propping up the key players in the harness horse industry for over 40 years.   Not only did the Hall of Fame publicist provide racing coverage for Monticello Raceway for 4 decades, but John Manzi also churned out press releases for Goshen Historic Track, Delvin Miller Harness Drivers, North American Amateur Drivers, and the local chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. The stories about racing that he has penned have been published in just about every industry and local news outlet imaginable.   Horse owners, breeders, drivers and trainers, and industry insiders young and old, near and far packed the William R. Haughton Hall to capacity to eat, drink, tell John Manzi stories (of which there are countless) and listen to nearly a dozen speakers--all who had a chance to re-live some of their most cherished, and in some cases, most hilarious, moments with the man they call JM in the PM.   Champion harness driver George Brennan, Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, Hambletonian Society publicist Moira Fanning, Museum past president Ebby Gerry, Museum past treasurer Peter Gerry, Roosevelt Raceway publicity man Barry Lefkowitz, Trainer/Driver Eddie Lohmeyer, horse owner Larry Roman, and lifelong friend Steve Sharoff all took turns sharing stories about the man everyone loves to laugh with. NY Daily News Racing Writer Dave Little performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies and kept the event running smoothly, despite all the playful barbs from the guest speaker list.   By the end of the night, Mr. Manzi took the post in which he is probably most comfortable--in front of the microphone. While working the room, he collected several bags of the various gag gifts, his own bobblehead, and commendations that he had been presented over the course of the evening. To a lengthy standing ovation, the man with the big hair and big smile graciously thanked everyone in the room and expressed his gratitude to an industry that, "made me want to get out of bed every morning for over forty years!"   by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame    

HARRISBURG PA - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the world's largest organization of communicators covering the sport of harness racing, has announced that it will hold its 2016 Dan Patch Awards Banquet and annual meetings at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale FL, with the awards dinner set for the last night of the USHWA conclave March 4-6, 2016.   Within a 10-minute drive on major highways from Fort Lauderdale airport, the Hyatt Pier 66 is located directly on the Atlantic waterway, "with yacht-docking facilities" (if your trotter or pacer has a REALLY good year). On-site tennis courts and nearby golf courses are available, as are world-class dining, four-star hotel amenities including various spa treatments, and nearby shopping and nightlife availability.   The annual Dan Patch Banquet honors the sport's top stars, both human and equine, at a top-shelf dinner. The harness writers, responsible for voting for the Hall of Fame and the year-end awards, have their yearly business meetings in association with the weekend-ending gala.   USHWA President Chris Tully thanks Dinner Location Site Committee Chairman Shawn Wiles, Dinner Chairman Steve Wolf, and Barry Lefkowitz for their work in "securing us another world-class facility at which to stage our honoring of the world-class top performers in harness racing."   Details about hotel reservations, banquet tickets, advertising in the souvenir Journal, and other facets will be made available in the trade press in the months to come. USHWA's website, www.ushwa.org, will also have up-to-date information.   Jerry Connors  

Goshen, NY --The president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), Chris Tully, has appointed the 58-year-old Robert "Hollywood" Heyden to be the newest member of the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee to serve a six-year term. More than looking forward to the task, Heyden himself was elected to the Communicators Hall Of Fame in 2012. The 'Statistician to the Stars' exclaimed, "This is great. I follow everything closely and forget nothing. I have a real good idea who should and who shouldn't be a serious candidate to the Hall of Fame. But regardless, I think it is wonderful for people to be involved, to talk about it, to wonder, to speculate, to compare numbers with those that are in, etc." "The conversation that starts and ends with the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in Goshen is all good. I welcome anyone and everyone who has an opinion, a case, a say, anything concerning the Hall of Fame. I really do. But everyone has to remember THE most important thing--the HALL OF FAME is THE highest honor--and is ultra-special. Only the very elite merit consideration. Joe DiMaggio was voted baseballs greatest Living Player in 1969, yet he did NOT make the Baseball Hall Of Fame his first TWO years of eligibility." Heyden, a Rutgers 1978 Graduate and a Meadowlands employee for 27 years under the NJSEA, still does the TV show there, usually on Saturdays. "The Meadowlands has had a bigger role in shaping the industry than any other track in the past 35 years. Maybe any track ever. So if you have proven you can do it there, it matters--big time. Many have tried and went home. The survival of the fittest for sure. A huge part of the reason Campbell and O'Donnell went in together in 1990 is that they had shared the last 10 Meadowlands driving titles going into that year. Of course they were great anywhere, but many of their highlight moments were there." A big fan of the history of the sport, Heyden likes to quote Angela Lansbury when it comes to getting a bit older. "She said, 'there weren't many good things about getting older--but one was the fact that you then had this vast reservoir of knowledge from which to draw upon.'" Heyden is considering writing a book in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Meadowlands next September 1, (2016). He has a carload of goodies from all his years at the Big M, like the time..... (Heyden quotes): "2006 and 2007 were two years that George Foreman made it to the Hambletonian. Great guy, fun to be around-I think he was surprised at a couple of things when we chatted-I needed no notes or teleprompter (NEVER have) and was winging it, and then when I recited the name of the boxer he beat in the 1968 Mexico Olympics from memory (Ionas Chepulis)--we were tight from that point on." "In 1997--I had a lady friend of mine, Lee Gleckel, visiting at the track, she came by a couple of times a year. Chatting, the subject somehow came up as to her mother's favorite actor; Omar Sharif. Well-in those days, you never quite knew who MIGHT walk in the door next. 15 minutes later, Omar Sharif strides in, unannounced. I pull a bluff (knowing he was a gambler) and pretend I know him. It worked. 20-30 great minutes followed, and Lee to this day probably thinks I had the whole thing staged--I didn't." "In 2000-Mike Sheehan came in and told me to quick-get to Pegasus-Arnold Palmer is dining outside. So the hand-held camera guy and I go out, and I ask Mr. Palmer if he'll do it. He says OK. BUT--the camera is on the blink-so we have a five minute delay-I decide-on a moment's notice-to call Stanley Dancer-knowing he and Arnold were good friends, and find out a couple of things that Arnold is going to have NO IDEA I would know about. It worked, the interview was perfect" Robin Leach, Brendan Byrne, Telly Savalas, Jack Klugman, Sylvester Stallone, Barbara Feldon--these are just some of the names of those who would make it to the Meadowlands in its heyday. John Gotti too, Heyden recalls. Hollywood continues, "Mid-1990s or so. Sunday afternoon racing in March or so. I hear a commotion in the back near the betting machines, and Leon Hess and Wellington Mara are BOTH in the press box--and about to make a bet. The owner of the Jets and the owner of the Giants. I don't remember the name of the horse they bet, but I DO remember the amount--$2." From the United States Harness Writers Association    

Goshen, NY --- Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter gave the keynote speech at Wednesday's opening session of the U.S. Trotting Association's 17th annual Driving School.   Takter's talk followed dinner at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He discussed his roots in the sport, training philosophies, and reflected upon his memorable 2014 campaign, which included driving Trixton to victory in the Hambletonian Stakes and seeing Shake It Cerry named Trotter of the Year.   A three minute PROMO with excerpts from the speech can be found on the Museum's YouTube channel by following this link: http://youtu.be/-ztAqnWZ02o   "Jimmy Takter was a very gracious and accommodating speaker. He offered the USTA Driving School students a heart-felt and humble inside look into the life a superstar horse trainer. It's hard to imagine getting any greater inside access to success," noted Janet Terhune, the Museum's director, who has several staff members participating in the four-day driving school program.   The Driving School has attracted 24 participants, from 12 states plus the Canadian province of Quebec, for four days of hands-on activity at the Mark Ford Training Center as well as classroom presentations at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.   Participants have the opportunity to take the written portions of the trainer's and driver's exams at the conclusion of the program.   The entire 45-minute keynote address can be found at this link: http://youtu.be/jEha6OBfdDo   by Chris Tuly, for the Harness Racing Museum

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi.    Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region’s most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed.   This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a “who’s who” of harness racing.   Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway’s man of the hour has always been John Manzi.   But alas, all good things must come to an end.  And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call.   Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.   Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments  and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event.    Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more.   This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.   Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair.   To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com.   by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi. Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region's most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed. This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a "who's who" of harness racing. Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway's man of the hour has always been John Manzi. But alas, all good things must come to an end. And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call. Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event. Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more. This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair. To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com. by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame            

Goshen, NY -- The inaugural Goshen Yearling Sale has been established and is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2015. The new venue has already attracted quality consignments from Blue Chip Farms, Cameo Hills, Crawford Farms and Winbak Farms. The annual harness horse auction will be held at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, New York and is scheduled for the afternoon immediately following the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway. "The location is ideal as it is within close proximity to many of the trainers and owners in the tri-state region that purchase yearlings," noted Joe Thomson the owner of Winbak Farms, the second largest breeder in North America. "Several thousand Standardbreds are either raised or trained within a 75 mile radius of Goshen." Tom Grossman, the owner of Blue Chip Farms stated that, "the industry would benefit from more than one major northeastern yearling sale. The mid-September timing allows farms to stage yearling preparation well in advance of the other major sales." Facility owner Mark Ford agrees. "The timing really helps the trainers, owners and potential purchasers who would already be in the area for the Night of Champions at Yonkers. We are excited to have a relatively captive audience, and we will have additional stalls available for those who would like to layover for both events." The commission structure will also be advantageous for breeders as horses selling for $50,000 or more pay just 3%. Sale prices from $25,000 to $49,900 are charged just 4%, with the base commission set at $500 or 5%. The entry fee is just $350, making this an attractive choice for New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania eligible colts and fillies. Entries close May 15. All industry farms and agencies are invited and encouraged to participate in this exciting new prospect just outside Goshen's 'Cradle of the Trotter.' For additional consignment information please contact Chris Tully at 845-807-7538, or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. Our website is: www.GoshenYearlingSale.com. From the Goshen Yearling Sale

Goshen, NY - The Dan Patch Horse of the Year trophies will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available. In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Joe Thomson; and Communicators Hall of Fame, Bob Marks and Kathy Parker. The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, Russell Williams, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the USHWA.org website. Adding to the festivities will be the popular souvenir red carpet photo shoot during the cocktail hour followed by a main course dinner of ______________. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch or clicking this link The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org Dan Patch Horse Awards - 2014 Champions Harness Horse of the Year: JK She'salady Trotter of the Year: Shake It Cerry Pacer of the Year: Sweet Lou 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt: Pinkman 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly: Mission Brief 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Artspeak 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly: JK She'salady 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt: Father Patrick 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly: Shake It Cerry 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly: Color's A Virgin 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt: McWicked Trotting Horse: Sebastian K Trotting Mare: Classic Martine Pacing Horse: Sweet Lou Pacing Mares* -- Anndrovette, Rocklamation (tie) United States Harness Writers Association - Awards and Honorees Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Joe Thomson Communicators Hall of Fame: Bob Marks & Kathy Parker Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award: Russell Williams Dan Patch Human Awards 2014 Owner of the Year: 3 Brothers Stables & John Fielding (tie) Trainer of the Year: Jimmy Takter Driver of the Year: Yannick Gingras Breeder of the Year: 3 Brothers Stables Breakthrough Award: Emily Gaskin Rising Star: Nancy Johansson President's Award: Carl Howard Good Guy: Jack Darling USHWAn of the Year: Gordon Waterstone Unsung Hero: Jack Darling Amateur Driver of the Year: Robert Krivelin Other Awards Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Solveig Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Presidential Lady Humanitarian Award: Robbie Siegelman Grand Circuit Awards: Owner, Burke Racing; Trainer, Ron Burke; Driver, Yannick Gingras USTA & USHWA Railbird Recognition Awards: Horse Person: Verlin Yoder; Racing Moment: Sebastian K Hervey & Smallsreed Awards TBA by Chris Tully, for the United States Harness Writers Association  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The annual Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands enjoyed strong bidding on high quality horses. Of the 269 racehorses that sold for a gross of $6,066,500 the average reached $22,697. Billed as the Winter Racehorse Market, this sale has traditionally featured some of the most sought-after top class prospects available. The main attraction of the well-attended Harness Horse auction was this year's Dan Patch co-champion pacing mare ROCKLAMATION p,1:48.3 ($2,255,493). Expectations failed to surpass reality as the Burke-trained Rocknroll Hanover mare hammered down for $360,000 by Eugene Kurzrok & Jerry Silva, two of the three previous owners of the horse. Consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, she will remain in the Burke stable, with a slightly different ownership compilation. "We intend to breed her and race her for the first season," noted Kurzrock. "Once she gets in foal, we can continue to race for another 4 or 5 months." Silva, one of the previous owners added, "She was the best horse offered in this sale. It was extremely close today, but she is a special mare." Another top selling racehorse was BIG BOY DREAMS p,3,1:50.1 ($462,132). Also trained by the powerhouse Burke Racing, the 4-year-old If I Can Dream stallion was purchased by Rene Allard as agent for $265,000 and was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. "We bought him to race in some of these new 4-year-old stakes, including the $200,000 Prix d'Ete where I come from." The Quebec native liked the horse because he is good on all size tracks and can leave or come from off the pace. "He will be a good horse to have around and race on the Grand Circuit." The Burke stable offered another eye-catching prospect in SOMESIZESOMESTYLE p,4,1:50 who earned over $283,000 in 2014, including a second place finish in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final. The Somebeachsomewhere stud was purchased by Ray Remmen, Agent for $145,000. Many of the sport's top breeders were on hand to bid on the several dozen stallion shares that were offered for sale. Four shares of Cantab Hall were the most popular, fetching $50,000 to $52,000 each. Compared to the 2014 sale, 35 more horses were sold pushing the gross up by 2%. Average price saw a decline of 11%. Tattersalls sales manager David Reid was very happy with the overall results of the sale. "We had people from every jurisdiction come in, and we had horses for them. We had a terrific pace for the sale, we got everybody in and out of here on time. I thought the top of the market was very strong, and I thought the middle market was very good as well." Reid added, "The breeding stock, for the quality of what it has been, held up very well. Stallion shares for the most part sold well. It was just another good mixed sale, and we look forward to another one in May when we are going to have the 2-year-olds in training again, and the racehorses. Everything is looking good." by Chris Tully, for Tattersalls            

Goshen, NY -- Fazoli's President and CEO Carl Howard was named the 2014 President's Award honoree by United States Harness Writers Association chief Chris Tully. The award acknowledges Howard's passion for Harness Racing in general and his decision to have his firm take on the leadership role of presenting sponsor for the 69th edition of the $600,000 Little Brown Jug. Hall of Famer Sam McKee stated, "If not for Carl Howard and the Fazoli's title sponsorship of the 2014 Little Brown Jug, there's little doubt that our national television effort would never have gotten off the ground. Thanks to Carl's background as a fan and an owner, the industry was given the opportunity to make a presentation and show what we can offer and produce for a major sponsor." A Kettering, Ohio native, Carl Howard is no stranger to the spotlight. As CEO of Fazoli's, he was recently named the No. 1 restaurant executive by Fast Casual. Despite taking over the struggling restaurant brand in 2008, he and his 200-plus nationwide shops have since posted 13 consecutive positive growth quarters. A true restaurateur, Howard moved his way up through hard work and determination. He met his wife of 20 years, Rocchina, while waiting tables at the upscale Salvi's in Columbus, OH. "My father-in-law was the chef, and he taught me to always have high standards. I try to carry that philosophy with me every day--not only in my interactions with my Fazoli's team, but also with our customers," Howard stated. Having successfully engineered the dramatic turnaround, Howard also has his eyes on the resurgence of Harness Racing in the Buckeye State. With current ownership in over 30 Standardbreds, he intends to spearhead an effort to have a racehorse in every class in the state of Ohio during 2015. "I have about 20 horses in training with Virgil Morgan, Jr." noted the Ohio State graduate. "I plan to expand my efforts and take advantage of the increased rewards available. The risks are still high, but with a keen eye on individual ROI, we intend to capitalize on Ohio's growth potential." The 2014 racing season was profitable for Howard, but that has not always been the case. His first foray into racing united him with a pacer named JK Reunited. Ironically this mare was a product of Breeder of the Year and owner of the Horse of the Year, 3 Brothers Stables. "I claimed my first race horse at Pocono in 2010." Howard jokingly added, "Knowing what I know now, I would not have made that claim again because JK Reunited became a broodmare following her next start. Through many lessons learned, my selection process has changed dramatically in the past five years." The President's award, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available and can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com or Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch or clicking this link The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org by the United States Harness Writers Association

The drawing of post position for the final divisions of the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack took place this afternoon at the Meadowlands. For the $525,000 Older Horse Trot division, European world champion, Commander Crowe drew the outside post position nine but was still make the 3-1 morning line favorite. Market Share drew post two and is the second choice at odds of 7/2. In the $550,000 final of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old pacing colts, it was Go Daddy Go who drew post position five and was installed as the 5/2 race favorite while for the second straight week, In The Arsenal drew the far outside ten post. The $581,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts saw Always B Miki draw post four and then be made the 8/5 favorite while JK Endofanera drew post six and was made the 5/2 second choice in the race. For the $500,000 final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old trotting colts, it was Nuncio drawing post position three and he was made the 6/5 morning line favorite over stable mate Father Patrick, who drew post six and is the 7/5 second choice in the race. By Chris Tully , for Harnesslink.com

The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 56th Annual Awards Banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 16. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. During the evening awards were presented to the deserving recipients and when they were all given out, banquet emcee John Manzi was the recipient of a friendly roast. The Harness Writers presented its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Ted Gewertz. He is, and has been, a prominent owner who has been part of many champions, including Deweycheatumnhowe, Giant Victory, Windsong Legacy, Somwherovrarainbow and Shebestingin,to name a few. His great love for the sport is unparalleled as is his desire to win. Ted is among the few who puts his money where their mouth is. Also honored was Ken Weingartner, who became the sixth recipient of the Phil Pines Award. No one writes more copy about harness racing than Weingartner. "I would guess I've written in the neighborhood of 3000 stories prior to joining the USTA and HRC," he says. A former Sportswriter Ken also has been a multiple newspaper award winner spanning news, sports, and editorial writing. For all that he has done for the Standardbred sport at the Little Brown Jug, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and now at the new Meadowlands, Jason Settlemoir was the recipient of the chapter's Good Guy Award. A man of multiple talents it seems that there's nothing that Settlemoir can't do, except maybe winning the Mighty M's Battle of the Brain Trusts. And even that's probably going to happen for Jason in the near future. George Casale was the unanimous choice for the 31st annual Amy Bull Crist Award for his dedicated service at Historic Track. George is the vice president of the Board of Directors at Goshen's half mile oval and also serves as volunteer counsel to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He is also a U.S.T.A certified judge and George serves in the stand making sure there are no infractions of the rules during each race. An Award of Appreciation was given to Monticello Raceway's and Historic Track's award winning track photographer, Geri Schwarz. She won the George Smallsreed Photography Award from the United States Trotting Association a few years ago and there's hardly a racing day that goes by that Geri hasn't come up with an unique photo to go along with her spot- on race finishes and winners circle photographs. This year's Excelsior Award for deeds done to promote racing in New York State went to Albert and Michelle's Crawford Farms. And few harness horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Crawford Farms in Durhamsville, NY. Unfortunately illness kept Michelle and Albert from attending the award presentation although National USHWA president and longtime chapter member, Chris Tully accepted it in their behalf. The Rising Star Award went to 25-year-old Jason Ryan who has shown the local scribes that he has a great talent for driving a harness horse. He started the year at Monticello than went to Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota where he finished as the leading driver with 90 wins in their short season. He has since continued his winning ways upon returning to the Mighty M The Caretaker of the Year Award went to one of hardest working gals on the backstretch, Nicole Devaux from the Keith Haase Stable Horse of the Year honors went to the Ed Hall-owned, Jimmy Marohn, Jr.-driven, Danny Gill-trained, Rose Run Nash. His 19 seasonal victories still ranks him tops in races won by a trotter in North America this year. Poppy Sydney Ridge was named the 3-year-old colt trotter of the year while KJ Brenda garnered the 3-year-old trotting filly award. Rose Run Nash was also the older trotting horse of the year award while Linda B won the older trotting mare award.. The older pacing horse award went to 17-time winner Vincent Fra while 20-time winner Diamond Tiara took home the older pacing mare award Since the majority of the races this year were claiming races pacing awards went to Reflection Of Blue, Rusty's Flying, an Mr. Tommy Fra. Claiming trotter awards were garnered by Bertos Angel and Menard Hanover. Upon the completion of the awards ceremonies Bob "Hollywood" Heyden moderated a panel consisting of Chris Tully, Moira Fanning, George Casale and Dr. Herb Burns who were the evening "roasters". They conjured their best comedic lines and each "beat-up" banquet emcee John Manzi. However Manzi got the microphone last and zinged his "roasters" as all seemed to enjoy the night especially when all 180 in attendance left the banquet hall chuckling. From the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA

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