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Goshen, NY -- The Florida Amateur Driving Association designated April 14 at Pompano Park as the Harness Horse Hall of Fame and Museum night by donating $2,000 to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in the “Cradle of the Trotter” Goshen, NY. On hand in South Florida to receive the “big check” presentation from the amateur drivers club and Pompano’s John Berry was Museum president Larry DeVan and trustee David McDuffee. During the special race card, four divisions were held with two each won by veteran amateur driver and former USHWA and Harness Racing Museum Amateur Driver of the year, Dein Spriggs and successful newcomer reinsman, Roy Dinges. In fact, Dein Spriggs won the first two races on the card, taking the Daily Double with his own Security Guard in the first, a Prayer I Am 5-year-old who posted a :28.2 final quarter off a two-hole trip, winning the mile in 1:57.3f.  The second race featured a gate-to-wire, nose victory by Fire In My Heart, which completed a $36.80 daily double payout. The following two Florida Amateur events were carded as races five and six, which were both won by Roy Dinges.  The first was captured by the heavy favorite Thundercrest who went to the top and never looked back.  The second saw Power And Faith overcome post 6 while being parked to the quarter in :28.2, to cruise home in 1:58.3f for Dinges. These races are part of the Amateur Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame series created by Steve Oldford and Dein Spriggs to raise money and awareness for the Museum.  The series continues on Hambletonian weekend at the Meadowlands, then moves to upstate New York at Goshen Historic Track during Grand Circuit week.  The schedule then continues on to Lexington’s famed Red Mile, with a grand finale at the Delaware (OH) County Fair on Little Brown Jug day for the final.   Chris Tully

Goshen, NY - Michael R. Miller, DVM, syndicate manager for In The Arsenal has donated a 2019 breeding to the Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program, Inc. (PHSAP), which is now open for bidding through OnGait.com. "We are hoping to give a much-needed jump start to this promising and vital operation located right here in New York state," Miller noted. "Wanda Polisseni has developed a beautiful facility and we intend to provide our full support." In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 7-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, is standing his first season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York for a fee of $2,500. Earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in nearly a third of all his starts. Perhaps best known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. Maybe it was just unfortunate that the colt happened to be born the same year as Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Arguably one of the deepest group of glamour boys in recent memory, In The Arsenal also competed with Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. A prominent New York philanthropist and noted horse owner, Wanda Polisseni has announced that the site of her new Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program (PHSAP) is nearing completion. The PHSAP is Polisseni's latest effort designed to ensure a safe route for retired Standardbreds to transition to their life after racing. The base of operations is a 105-acre farm located in Oxford, New York that was purchased in November of 2018. The 2019 breeding is guaranteed live foal or a free return. For more information about this opportunity please go to: OnGait.com. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996.   Chris Tully   Integrated Marketing Communications http://www.ChrisTullyTrot.com  

Goshen, NY - Proving that it takes a village to raise a barn, nearly 200 local dignitaries, business people, politicians and horsemen stood on the hallowed ground of Goshen Historic Track to witness the groundbreaking of the new building project on Tuesday. Known throughout the land as the World's Oldest Harness Racing Track, the National Historic Landmark survived a devastating fire in August 2017 to emerge with plans to overcome adversity and erect a new structure in conjunction with the neighboring Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. "We are excited to enter into this joint venture with the Hall of Fame," noted track president Steve Jones, "and collaborate on a building project that bonds the future of both of our entities, while preserving our treasured past." Museum president Larry DeVan agreed. "We are thrilled to continue to support Harness Racing's legacy in the Cradle of the Trotter, and strive to build upon it's celebrated origins in Goshen that began in 1838." The idea of pooling resources was recognized as a solution one of the Hall of Fame's biggest challenges: Where to store the enormous quantity of items and artifacts that continues to be donated to the Museum. The intention is to utilize the soon-to-be-constructed historic replica "barn" that occupies land on the grounds of Goshen Historic Track. Also on hand to speak to the importance of the project were Harry Porr, Deputy Orange County Executive; Doug Bloomfield, Town of Goshen Supervisor; Mike Nuzzolese and Kyle Roddy, current and former Mayors of the Village of Goshen; Ted Lewis, Goshen Building Inspector; and Barbara Martinez, Executive Director of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. Although each speaker brought their own unique perspective to the project, one consistent theme was prevalent: the significance of harness racing to Goshen and the assistance needed to realize this vital rebuilding endeavor. Museum director Janet Terhune, who has helped spearhead the project noted, "The track is in the home stretch of its second century of operation. We owe it to the sport of harness racing to ensure that this grand history is promoted and preserved, and in this case, revitalized." For more information about the building project, including sponsorship and donation information, please Email: rebuild@goshenhistorictrack.com or go to: http://goshenhistorictrack.com/restoration/   Chris Tully

Goshen, NY - The Racing Under Saddle series of New York is proud to host their inaugural Derby Night at the Races event on (Saturday) May 4 in Orange County, NY, the Cradle of the Trotter. The fundraiser is an audience-participation event where actual races are shown on multiple televisions and guests are given the chance to "wager" on the outcome of eight pre-recorded horse races and win prizes. The event starts at 6 pm, and guests will also be able to watch the 145th Run for the Roses live from Churchill Downs, which is slated for a 6:50 pm post time. Party-goers are encouraged to wear Kentucky Derby-themed attire and there will be prizes for the derby best hat, best dressed, as well as a host of great door prizes. To be held at G.W. American Burgers in Chester, NY, the multi-media facility is well-equipped to host the fun and excitement of a horse racing-themed affair which is geared toward adults and equine enthusiasts. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase is necessary, and can be reserved by contacting Vanessa Karlewicz at (call or text) 914-588-3104 or thru Facebook messenger. RUS NY is a group of passionate equestrians that are collectively committed to organizing and promoting under saddle races for Standardbreds across the state of New York, including events held in conjunction with various New York Fair Stakes races. For more information about RUS NY go to: rus-newyork.com   by Chris Tully for RUS NY

Goshen, NY -- Jack Parker, Jr.'s open trotting mare NF Happenstance 4,1:52:2f ($661,321) has been retired from harness racing for the second time and has been sent to Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina. The Breeders Crown elimination winner begins her second stint at motherhood after returning to the races in 2018 from the broodmare ranks to become the 4th richest older trotting mare in North America. During her second stint on the racetrack, the daughter of SJ's Caviar competed against the best mares in her division and earned over $361,000 in the last season...and she was in very good company. Only three trotting mares earned more that NF Happenstance in 2018: Dan Patch champion Ariana G, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. Jack Parker, Jr., the 63-year-old veteran horseman bought her for the second time, in foal to Sebastian K at the 2016 Harrisburg sale. "I thought she would make a nice horse. As it turned out, she was much better than that." "My buddy Chip [Moore] owned her the first time around. We raced her with some success. She made some money and broke some track records. But then she started to make breaks so we sold her to Hall of Famer Bill Weaver. When he passed away, the mare was sold in-foal as part of his dispersal. We were excited to get her back," noted the Meadowlands hey-day regular. "As soon as Chris Coyle weaned that filly we put her back in training," Parker continued. "The mare never missed a beat once she got going again." A model of consistency, she was first or second in 24 of 36 starts with 13 wins. In fact, she only missed a check in a single start, or as her trainer would say, "She has exceeded all of our expectations." Her 2017 Sebastian K filly named Pure Happenstance is now stabled at Pinehurst and is enrolled in Gordon Corey's Institute of Equine Erudition. The Maine-native known for his talent for breaking babies and his no-nonsense demeanor stated that she was a, "typical filly with some rusty edges in the beginning but making good progress in smoothing those out." "Enthusiastic and ambitious, she makes good progress in her trotting attributes. She is pleasant to work with and intelligent on the track, despite her early filly traits." Perhaps Pure Happenstance will be sharp enough to participate in the annual Spring Matinee at Pinehurst Harness Track on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Meanwhile, her dam, NF Happenstance has a date for the 2019 breeding season with Diamond Creek Farm's Father Patrick. by Chris Tully for Olive Branch Farm

Goshen, NY ---According to Alisa Horner, Office Manager at White Birch Farms, Allentown, NJ, "Three Mile Island died Feb. 2 of natural causes. She didn't have any health issues prior and still looked great, considering her age."   A bay mare by No Nukes, Three Mile Island was from the Race Time dam Racy Kathy.   Foaled in 1985, she took a 2-year-old World Record mark of 1:56.2f and earned $288,079 on the racetrack before starting her Hall of Fame career as a broodmare.   From 15 foals she was a 100% producer whose foals earned over $4.3 million with 12 going over $90,000. Her most notable son was ISLAND FANTASY p,3,1:50.1 ($1,371,525), but she also produced another six sub-1:53 pacers. She was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in Goshen as a broodmare in 2001, two years before her sire No Nukes. "Named for the worst nuclear disaster in North America," noted her page in the Standardbred Old Friends book, the year she foaled a postage stamp was just 22 cents and Gold traded for $327 an ounce. Also of note in 1985--the cost of a Super Bowl ad was a modest $525,000 (this year the cost was 10 times that amount). Her last foal was born in 2007 and she has lived the last 12 years as a happy retiree at White Birch Farm. by Chris Tully for White Birch Farm

Goshen, NY -- Hambletonian elimination winner Enterprise 2,1:58.1f; 3,1:52 ($423,121) will stand his inaugural season in Ohio at Dublin Valley Farms for a stud fee of $4,500. Measuring just under 16 hands, the impressive son of Chapter Seven is from the 100% producing dam Shes Gone Again whose first three foals all trotted in 1:52.4 or faster, including the filly Live Laugh Love that was third in the historic World Record 1:49.4 mile in the 2018 Delvin Miller Mem. at the Meadowlands, race timed in 1:50.2. His dam is a half sister to Breeders Crown winner Poof She's Gone 3,1:53.1 ($1,312,093). She is also a 100% producing mare and her Muscle Hill yearling colt sold for $410,000 in Lexington this year. Enterprise [sold as Brand New Rap] brought $100,000 on opening night at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in 2015. His Muscle Hill half sister sold for $275,000 this year during the prestigious opening session at the famed Kentucky auction. He won his only start at two, and was an early national season's leader at three. Enterprise was trained by Marcus Melander and won half of his 12 starts in 2017, including an elimination of the Hambletonian S. at the Meadowlands, as well as a leg of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon, and an elimination of the Good Times at Mohawk. Enterprise finished fourth, placed third in the $1,000,000 final of the Hambletonian, and has won on all sized tracks, including a 1:55.4h victory against older horses at Yonkers. During the colt's three-year-old season, U.S. trainer Marcus Melander noted, "[Enterprise] moves so easy, even though he's a pretty big horse. He's got speed, but he never gets tired. He's a very strong horse." While racing in Europe at four, Enterprise was 1-2-3 in 7 of 17 starts, including a third place finish to Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit in the prestigious Kings Trophy at Aby, which was a track record performance (1:54.2f mile rate) over the 1 5/16th mile distance. Robert Hershberger, owner of Dublin Valley Farms, is pleased to bring Enterprise to Ohio, and stated, "Enterprise is a magnificent individual, whose conformation, pedigree and racing credentials make him an excellent choice for Ohio breeders looking for a direct connection to the red hot Chapter Seven. We are confident that he will be well-received by the astute Buckeye breeders." For more information about Enterprise, including discounts for multiple bookings, please contact Joseph Yoder at: (330) 473-5863, or Email: info@dublinvalleyfarms.com. Dublin Valley is located at 3968 Township Road 606, Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627. A limited number of shares are also available for Enterprise. Check out all of our stallions at DublinValleyFarms.com   by Chris Tully for Dublin Valley Farms

Goshen, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the harness racing 6-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, has been retired and will stand his first season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York for an introductory fee of $2,500. Earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Perhaps best known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. Trainer Kelvin Harrison recalled, "In The Arsenal was a naturally gaited horse, with an incredible heart rate recovery...much like an older horse. I told [then-owner, the late] Michael Parisi after I trained him in 2:11 in March to turn him out and we will win the Sheppard!" His trainer wasn't the only person who was high on In The Arsenal, especially since the 2-year-old had won 6 of 11 races and nearly $400,000 in 2014. Bred by White Birch Farm, manager Steve Williams rarely missed a race that his homebred colt participated in, and confided in several of his owners about the horse's blazing speed at two and how that trait could translate very well into stallion potential. Driver Brian Sears agreed, stating, "He was a very good gaited horse that carried his speed a long way." Perhaps it was just unfortunate that the colt happened to be born the same year as Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Arguably one of the deepest group of glamour boys in recent memory, In The Arsenal also competed with Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. Several weeks prior he won an elim. and Final of the Art Rooney at Yonkers, his elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, as well as a div. of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in September. Despite locking bridles with some of the toughest individuals of the decade, In The Arsenal still finished the season with over half a million in earnings and was 1-2-3 in 11 of 17 starts in 2015, with 7 wins. Breathing issues prevented the son of American Ideal from realizing his full potential as a 4-year-old, coupled with the chore of racing against the fastest-pacer-ever Always B Miki, as well as Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete in 2016. Nonetheless, he finished second to WiJi in a leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga. From the multiple stakes winning mare LADYOTRA p,2,1:53.2 ($115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners. Leatherstocking Equine General Manager, David Hanson, noted, "In The Arsenal has a pedigree that will match will many pacing families today. From a very popular sire line in American Ideal, and being out of an On The Road Again dam, this opens a lot of doors in a time when pedigrees are family tight. His book is already beginning to fill with commitments from several commercial breeders. His syndicate is committed to supporting him which is always something to look for when selecting a stallion for your mare." For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. Historic Pace 2014 - In The Arsenal Bluegrass Stakes 2014 - In The Arsenal Meadowlands Pace Elimination #1 - In The Arsenal - July 11, 2015 Pace Preview - In The Arsenal   $380,000 Art Rooney Final - In The Arsenal     by Chris Tully, for In The Arsenal Syndicate

John Manzi, the guy who carried the torch for decades, reveled in the moment when 175 well-wishers packed The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club to honor his lifelong passion and lifetime achievement in harness racing on Sunday evening, Dec. 2. The banquet was the chapter's 60th annual event, but after 40 years of running the show, Manzi said he wanted to step aside and let his successors run with the ball. Retired after famously re-inventing harness racing promotions while managing the publicity department at Monticello Raceway for 40 years, Manzi has always said, "I had a great run. It's better to be a 'has been' than a never was!" "I didn't make a lot of money, but I sure made a lot of great friends and great memories! And we pulled off some crazy promotions too!" he said with a laugh. Manzi was the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award winner...and has been the fuel that propelled the chapter to become one of the strongest in the association. "We have had many National USHWA presidents come from our chapter, and we have given tens of thousands of dollars to both the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, as well as Goshen Historic Track," Manzi noted. "We are very proud of that." A souvenir journal with 16 color pages of iconic photos from Manzi's famed office walls were like a walk down memory lane. Hall of Famer, and cousin, Cat Manzi, along with his other cousin Eddie Lohmeyer also made the trip to surprise the guest of honor. Manzi's brothers Gary and Gerard were also on hand. On a Manzi-filled night, the inaugural recipient of the John Manzi Leadership Award was the Hambletonian Society's COO Moira Fanning. Always an eloquent speaker, and self-appointed Manzi-instigator, Fanning outlined how men like Manzi, Marv Bachrad, Tom Charters and Bill Fidati all gave a former-caretaker many of the opportunities the sport had to offer. "For me, it was more like a 'She Too' movement...illustrating what her mentors thought, 'If I could do it, she could too!" And do it she has, rising to the top echelon of a male-dominated sport, earning a seat on every executive board in the industry. Other prominent honorees included, Chuck Connor (John Gilmour Good Guy), Peter Gerry (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award), Salt Hill Farm/Jim & Anne Feeley (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award), Jennifer Lappe (Amateur Driver), Debbie Little (Phil Pines), Shane Darish (Rising Star), and Arthur Robinson (Award of Appreciation). Of course the local equine practitioners from the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association where also honored. Driver of the Year, Mike Merton was on hand to accept his award for most wins, as was Kearstin DeGraw, the Caretaker of the Year from the Gary Messenger Stable. Monticello Raceway's horse of the Year was Johnnie DeSimone's Sentimental Lady. Proceeds from the generosity of advertisers in the souvenir journal and banquet ticket sales go toward making sizeable donations to both the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and Goshen Historic Track, two distinct and separate entities that each received $4,000 from the chapter coffers in 2018. by Chris Tully for Monticello-Goshen USHWA        

Monticello, NY - Name a committee, executive board or organization in all of Harness Racing and chances are that Moira Fanning is or has been on it. In fact, her name has become synonymous with getting the job done in Standardbred Sport. On Sunday, December 2, USHWA's Monticello-Goshen Chapter will present Fanning with its second highest honor, the John Manzi Leadership Award. The award was established in 2016 and first given to its namesake, John Manzi. Future recipients are chosen from industry individuals who have made an indelible and far-reaching impact upon the entities which they have led; given in Mr. Manzi's honor for his four decades of contributions to Monticello Raceway and the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Moira Fanning is a perfect example of why this honor was established: fearless leadership. Fanning has been with the Hambletonian Society for 30 years and was recently named the stakes administration organization's Chief Operating Officer. She has earned this title from the ground up, providing publicity and event planning for decades to both the time-honored Hambletonian Day events and the prestigious Breeders Crown. In fact, anyone who has ever worked alongside Fanning at these iconic affairs knows that she is the fuel that keeps all the engines running smoothly. New Hambletonian Society president John Campbell, a guy who knows a few things about winners, praised Fanning's promotion. "This is a well-deserved promotion for Moira," said Campbell. "She has been a tremendous asset for the Society for many years and her professionalism, talent and commitment are unparalleled in our industry. It has been a pleasure working with and learning from her these last few months and I feel fortunate we will be working together for the foreseeable future." Raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, she was bitten by the horse bug at an early age. Fanning went from giving riding lessons at a local farm to working with Standardbreds. Her duties took her from the East Coast to California, and along the way has been a caretaker for Hall of Famers Howard Beissinger and Billy Haughton. Eventually she found her way to the "front side" of Brandywine Raceway, working publicity for Communicators Hall of Famer Marv Bachrad. Already a member of the Communicators Hall of Fame herself, Fanning is an oft-sought expert of the big races of our sport. Shunning attention and deflecting fame to others, her humble nature and sense of humor has assembled Fanning a 'who's-who' list of friends and admirers on both sides of the Atlantic. Also a big fan of harness racing, Fanning enjoys traveling to Paris for the Prix d'Amerique and Stockholm for the Elitloppet. Luckily for us, this only temporarily quenches her insatiable thirst for great racing and premier events. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor John Manzi (Lifetime Achievement Award); Chuck Connor (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Salt Hill Farm (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Peter Gerry (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Jennifer Lappe (Amateur Driver); Debbie Little (Phil Pines Award); Shane Darish (Rising Star); and Arthur Robinson (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event to be held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA    

Monticello, NY - The publicity stunts that John Manzi has pulled off are the stuff that legends are made of. So much so that when Harness Racing writers and promoters consider ways to get people to come to the track, chances are that John Manzi has been there, done that! When the Monticello - Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers hold their 60th annual awards banquet on Sunday, December 2, 2018, John Manzi will receive the organization's highest honor: The Lifetime Achievement Award. Already a member of the Communicators Hall of Fame, Manzi retired a few years ago, but 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. Although retired after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi still covers the Amateur Driving races and continues to host his Sunday night Doo Wop radio show, in its fifth decade. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Moira Fanning (John Manzi Leadership Award); Chuck Connor (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Salt Hill Farm (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Peter Gerry (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Jennifer Lappe (Amateur Driver); Debbie Little (Phil Pines Award); Shane Darish (Rising Star); and Arthur Robinson (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com.   by Chris Tully for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA      

Amidst all of the Hall of Fame induction speeches and industry honors, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual donation Sunday (July 1) to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Museum president Larry DeVan was on hand to accept the donation from long-time chapter trailblazer and current chairman of the board John Manzi. DeVan noted, "The Harness Racing Museum is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of writers that have consistently raised thousands of dollars annually on our behalf. We are truly grateful, and appreciate the 'raise' as well!" The amount of the donation has increased to $4,000 from past years, thanks in part to a new fundraising venture, the Iron Horse Poker Run, a recent motorcycle event that brought over 120 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to Goshen's Hall of Fame. Manzi outlined the efforts of the chapter over the last several decades, and noted that, "This is our Cooperstown, and we are proud to continue to support our Hall of Fame." DeVan and Manzi were flanked by chapter secretary Janet Terhune, chapter treasurer and National president Shawn Wiles and chapter president Chris Tully. In addition to other efforts, a successful banquet and souvenir journal are the primary fundraising mechanisms which allows the benevolent organization to make annual donations to both Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, two separate and distinct entities that share the same hallowed ground and a mutual purpose of preserving and promoting harness racing. This year's banquet will be the chapter's 60th annual event and is being held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the main honoree being Frank "the elder" Antonacci of Lindy Farms. by Chris Tully for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA          

Goshen, NY - Continuing a tradition that has endured for decades, but updating the presentation to a Grand Circuit Race Day, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual $4,000 donation Saturday (June 30) to Goshen Historic Track. Track president Steve Jones was on hand to accept the donation from chapter president Chris Tully. Jones stated, "We truly appreciate the consistent and generous support of our local chapter of harness racing scribes. They help us to continue to shine during our important Grand Circuit race meet. And they throw a pretty good banquet too!" Jones and Tully were flanked by USHWA National president Shawn Wiles and Museum director Janet Terhune as well as officers and directors from Historic Track in the winner's circle following the second race Saturday at the Cradle of the Trotter. The amount of the donation has increased to $4,000 from past years, thanks in part to new fundraising venture, the Iron Horse Poker Run, a recent motorcycle event that brought over 120 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to Goshen's Hall of Fame. In addition, a successful banquet and souvenir journal are the primary fundraising mechanisms which allows the benevolent organization to make annual donations to both Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, which will receive their $4,000 donation at tonight's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year's banquet will be the chapter's 60th annual event and is being held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the main honoree being Frank "the elder" Antonacci of Lindy Farms. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA

Nichols, NY -- Several local horsemen, including farrier Dennis Payne, who passed away over the past year, will be remembered during a memorial service prior to the first race at Tioga Downs, Nichols, NY, on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., on February 27 1944, Dennis Leo Payne was raised in the Southern Tier region of New York and in Central Florida. He got into the horse business with his grandparents on his mother's side, and he learned shoeing and blacksmithing from his stepfather Robert. Over the course of his 50-plus years of shoeing horses, he was responsible for the foot care of three Hambletonian winners, including Continentalvictory, Self Possessed and Victory Dream. He quietly shod dozens of World Champions and superstars of the sport of harness racing...too numerous to mention. In fact, when Niatross visited Monticello Raceway in 1980, it was Dennis Payne who re-set the iconic pacers footwear. Payne passed away on February 1 2018, and is survived by his loving wife Joann Murns-Payne, 2 sons, Danny Payne (Carol Ann) Ga., John Payne (Dawn) S.C., a daughter Amie Payne, Ga, a step daughter Casey Huckabone (Claude) N.Y., a step son Dustin Miller (Margaret) N.Y., a brother Richared Wride, fifteen grand children and ten great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and LaRita Wride and a brother Russell Payne. The Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association is coordinating a memorial service with horsemen and women walking from the Tioga Downs paddock to the Winner's Circle at 12:50 pm on Sunday for a brief memorial service, honoring members who have passed in the last year. Food and refreshments will be served, along with the sharing of fond memories, from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Tent on the Tioga Downs apron.  by Chris Tully on behalf of the Payne family                      

Goshen, NY - The Cradle of the Trotter had some "Rolling Thunder" of its own this Memorial Day weekend as 120 motorcycle enthusiasts helped raise over $2,000 to benefit Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The inaugural Iron Horse Poker Run, presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), enjoyed a capacity crowd of Harley-Davidson owners and riders, who participated in a 70-mile loop around Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Chapter Vice President/Secretary Janet Terhune noted, "The attendance was even better than we anticipated, and the riders really enjoyed touring the museum and learning more about Harness Racing and its considerable influence on American history." Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet before and after the ride in beautiful Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum, the hosting venue. Clubs such as the Blue Knights of New York XIV and Harley Owners Groups from Wurtsboro and Orange County also participated. Several contingents came from as far away as Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey to "ride through the Gunks." The route also happened to pass by Standardbred nursery Blue Chip Farms, which is nestled in the shadows of the Shawangunk Mountain ridgeline. Shawn Wiles, the Chapter's Vice President/Treasurer, as well as the National USHWA President, was equally pleased with the outcome. "Anytime you can raise money for the Track and Hall of Fame, and introduce new people to Harness Racing...it's a 'win-win'" Door prizes from O'Tooles Harley-Davidson in Wurtsboro and the new Resorts World Casino in Monticello added significantly to the grand prize of $500 cash for the best poker hand. Having enjoyed a great turnout, along with such overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants, the prospects of turning the Iron Horse Poker Run into an annual event are stronger than ever. The primary beneficiaries of the funds raised by the Chapter through this new affair, in addition to their annual Awards Banquet, have always been the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and Goshen Historic Track...two distinct entities that share the same hallowed ground and a mutual purpose of preserving and promoting harness racing. Matinee harness racing at Goshen Historic Track begins this weekend on Sunday, June 3rd and continues for the following two Sundays (June 10 & 17). The Harness Racing Museum is open with free admission, Tuesday through Sunday. Four days of Grand Circuit racing begins Friday, June 29, with Hall of Fame Day slated for Sunday, July 1, concurrent with Goshen's Great American Weekend. by Chris Tully for the Iron Horse Poker Run           

William Henry MacMullin, a retired resident farrier and horseman at Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, NY and a longtime resident of Ulster County passed away on March 24, 2018 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown at the age of 87. "Henry" was a longtime resident farrier and horseman at Blue Chip Farms during the late 1970's, 80's and 90's and was responsible for the care of Hall of Fame stallions Most Happy Fella and On The Road Again during their stud careers. Over those decades MacMullin was responsible for the hoof care of thousands of horses, including top broodmares Albaquel, Adore, Peaches N Cream and Treasure Blue Chip and the entire herd of mares, foals and yearlings at the farm. Son of the late Daniel and Margaret Campbell MacMullin, he was born in Cape Briton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 25, 1930. He also worked many years on the race track and was associated with such notable horsemen as Clint Hodgins and Howard Okusko. He was a longtime member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA), as well as the NYS Trotting Assn. and was named 1977 Horseman of the Year. Survivors include his wife Connie and his children Norman Eaton (Barbara) of Michigan, Gregory MacMullin of NY, Michael MacMullin (Melisa) of Fla., Teresa Geisler (John) of Tenn., Christopher MacMullin (Irene) of Va., Henry MacMullin (Kelly) of NJ and Mary MacVean (Jamie) of NY. He was also survived by brothers and sisters Angus, John, Barbara and Douglas along with 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Martha and Chris and brothers Charlie and Roddy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY (harnessmuseum.com) and the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).                

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