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Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable will receive the Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award for their continued commitment to breeding Standardbred race horses in the State of New York. Probably best known as a prominent horse owner and philanthropist, Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable was also one of the leading breeders in the lucrative New York Sire Stakes program this season. Although she ranks fourteenth in the standings, Purple Haze bred just one participant in this year's program and ranks ninth in earnings for breeders with four or less starters. It was her home-bred Chaptiama 2,1:56h-'19 ($182,235), a World Champion 2-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven from the Credit Winner mare Crediama, that put breeder Purple Haze Stables in the NYSS spotlight. Setting a world mark at Saratoga while winning a $76,750 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer, the freshman trotter had eight seasonal starts, with 2 wins, 4 seconds and a third, racing exclusively in New York. Finishing a hard-charging second in the $225,000 NYSS final from post 7 at Batavia, Chaptiana completed the season as the second leading money-winning 2-year-old male trotter in the Empire State. Perhaps overshadowed somewhat by owner Purple Haze Stables' other Standardbred stars, like Breeders Crown champion Winndevie 3,1:53 ($787,682), the breeding arm of the operation is in good company with other successful NYSS small breeders such as Anders Strom's Courant AB, Jeff Gural's Little E, Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable and Joie De Vie Farm. A resident of Fairport, NY, Polisseni owns over 100 Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds and has previously owned many hundreds more. She has also bred nearly 50 harness horses. It is this close connection to the animals that prompted Polisseni to establish several racehorse adoption and aftercare programs and facilities. Her latest project is the Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program (PHSAP) which sits on a beautiful 100+ acre farm in Oxford, NY that is being outfitted to accept retired New York-bred Harness Horses exclusively. A loyal owner and an avid fan of harness racing, Polisseni is working hard to ensure that racehorses have a safe haven once their competitive days are over. Never one to seek accolades, she quietly goes about her days making life better for those that may not be able to stand up for themselves. She is also the co-founder of the Polisseni Foundation, which is a humanitarian association that assists organizations and groups in meeting community needs and improving the quality of life in the areas of education, human services and civic improvement within Upstate New York. As a breeder, Wanda Polisseni can honestly say that she cares for racehorses from start to finish. In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Just a few days remain to place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully immediately at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA    

Meet and treat horses in their stalls and have your child's photo taken with Santa, courtesy of Goshen Historic Track! There will also be hay rides around the harness racing track, vendors, crafts for kids and a story time with Mrs. Claus and the Elves. The Boy Scouts will be selling wreaths.   And, there will be plenty of hot cider and hot chocolate will be on hand to keep you in good holiday spirits!   And, that's not all as Goshen Historic Track has teamed up with the Goshen Champber of Commerce in providing even more special events as part of the Goshen Holiday Experience.   The Goshen Holiday Experience will also feature these fun-filled activities!   Burke Catholic High School will host its 7th Annual Christmas Boutique & 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Jingle Jog and Santa Stroll. Enjoy food trucks, Christmas tree sales and over 40 vendors! Register with Catholic Charities to be a part of its 5th Annual Goshen Christmas House Tour. Don't miss the self-guided, inside tours of beautifully decorated homes in the village and surrounding area! For more information and ticket registration online go to cccsos.org. $40 for pre-registration (credit card option available online). $45 on the day of. Tickets can be purchased day of at the Harness Racing Museum at 12:00pm. 1:00 to 4:00pm. Goshen Historic Track and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce will feature photos with Santa, hay rides, story time with Mrs. Claus and so much more! See above. Visit the Goshen Music Hall to view Goshen Art League's Toy Land exhibit and Christmas Tree. At 4:30pm everyone will gather in the Village Square for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, courtesy of Illuminate Goshen. Download Flyer For Details   For more information call: (845) 294-7741   From the Goshen Holiday Experience

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Dave Brower will receive the Phil Pines Award for his outstanding media coverage of the sport of Harness Racing. No stranger to the bright lights of Metropolitan area Standardbred sport, Dave Brower has been a fan of harness racing since childhood when his dad would bring him to the original "new" Big M back in the late 1970s. Growing up in nearby Passaic, New Jersey, just five minutes from the Meadowlands Racetrack, the ace handicapper and television personality has always had his finger on the pulse of the industry. While attending classes at St. John's University he also rubbed horses on the backstretch for Rick Farrington, John Conte and Randy Perry during the late 80s and early 90s along with working as an intern in the publicity department under Ellen Harvey. After graduating with a degree in journalism in 1991 he has held many positions in and around the top floor of the Meadowlands. "I operated the teletimer, was a chart caller for Sport's Eye and then became the morning line odds maker and program comments producer...all while sitting two seats to the left of Ray Brienza in the press box," Brower recalls with pride. "There was a lot of action in the press box in those days." As the in-house television and simulcast broadcasts grew, Brower got more opportunities to work in front of the camera. Brower, along with Gary Seibel, were the first hosts of TVG's Drive Time at the Meadowlands. Focusing on racing at the East Rutherford mecca, the duo provided on-site analysis and interviews during the Campbell-O'Donnell era. That experience proved to be serendipitous as the pair now team up annually for CBS Sports Net to host the live Hambletonian Day television coverage. "Live broadcasts are a true test of your abilities. You have to have faith in yourself, you gotta get it right. It's quite an adrenaline rush," Brower exclaims. "It is one of my favorite parts of the job." Dave Brower is good at it too! In fact, the right people have taken notice. He also anchors the Jug Week simulcast show and was brought in to provide color at the Red Mile this past season. But Brower is quick to give credit to his colleagues for planning and executing the broadcasts. "The TV department develops replays, we have voice checks, camera checks, the announcer adapts the content into the program sequence and preview highlights, and so on. There are hours, sometimes days, of advance notes and preparations." To this day, aside from his current handicapping duties he still anchors the Racing from the Meadowlands broadcast. His past and present colleagues read like a who's who in harness communicators: Sam McKee, Hollywood Heyden, Ken Warkentin, Dave Little, Gabe Prewitt, etc. Also very active on social media, many folks get their first breaking news about the night's racing card from Brower's Twitter and Facebook feed. Drivers changes, scratches, special guests...Dave sees it all first and then informs the public. But it's all in a day's work and the harness racing lifer takes it all in stride. "A lot has changed since we opened the Star Ledger to see what Ray Brienza had to say." In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, 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  

Goshen, NY - When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual harness racing Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Barbara Martinez will receive the chapter's Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award. Named in honor of the revered 'First Lady of Orange County', the award has been bestowed annually to over 35 men and women that have been recognized for their commitment and cooperation in the promotion and advancement of the village of Goshen and Historic Track. This year, however, Barbara Martinez may have no equal. With just nine months in her new role as the Executive Director for the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Martinez has taken the village, literally, by storm. Hired in February 2019, she and her colleagues felt that there may be a 'disconnect' between Goshen Historic Track, the Harness Racing Museum and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. "People thought the track had money," Martinez offered. "Many villagers thought that the Museum and the Track were the same entity...and they are not. We felt there was sort of an identity crisis." A sought-after public speaker, Martinez set out to change the misconception that the track is not financed by the Museum. "It needs its own support. I quickly learned that there were not enough eyes in Orange County on Goshen Historic Track." Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, she is both gregarious and engaging. At the barn reconstruction ground breaking in April some folks got their first glance at the social media whirlwind in action. Making friends and admirers instantly, she shook hands and posed for selfies...both professionally and sincerely. From that day forward she continued to jump into harness racing with both feet. With her can-do attitude, she climbed aboard a two-seated jog cart with trainer/driver Chuck Connor and counts the ride around the historic Trot Town oval as one her greatest inspirations. With iPhone in-hand, the award-winning community leader went LIVE on Facebook and recalled for her viewers the splendor of the horse Muscle N Beauty along with the reality of stone dust getting caught in her pearly white teeth. "It was an amazing and eye opening experience," recalls Martinez. "I instantly fell in love with the passion that these families share in the lost art of harness racing." Since then the tireless Martinez has continued her mission to highlight Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum, championing the importance of its history as the Cradle of the Trotter and incorporating the harness horse as a branding icon into nearly everything that the Goshen Chamber presents. "The Chamber feels that it is beneficial to have the track as the heart and imagery of all of Goshen," Martinez added. Employing a never-ending supply of charm and energy, Martinez has held successful Health and Wellness conferences in Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum and brought the Chamber's 'Then And Now' Gala to Historic Track, where the track received recognition for their decades of membership in the Chamber. In fact, all the trophies from that event were fashioned from used, refurbished harness horse shoes, helping to make an emotional and sentimental connection to the track. With the pending grand opening of Legoland slated for the same holiday weekend as the track's Grand Circuit meet in 2020, Martinez is preparing tourist literature that highlights Standardbreds. "We want to keep harness racing alive in Goshen, and help build the audience." Martinez adds, "We believe that when people visit Goshen, they should visit the track and be sure to see the horses in action. This should be part of their walk, make it a romantic stroll!" The popular star of her own Facebook live show, "Where in the Hudson Valley is Barbara Martinez" is a virtual tour of the region coupled with a Who's Who of local attractions and businesses. Next week (Dec. 7) the Chamber and Historic Track will host the Goshen Holiday Experience where the barns will be decorated and people can enjoy horse and carriage rides along with a full slate of seasonal experiences. Martinez offers, "The village and the chamber utilize a sense of uniformity, coming from the same place. The branding of Goshen should be a reflection of what the track is...the Cradle of the Trotter." In addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star), etc. Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, 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 Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA  

Goshen, NY --Just like many of her classmates, when Noelle Duspiva entered the Horse Husbandry curriculum at Morrisville State College in 2001 she enjoyed being around pleasure horses and thought, "I could just ride horses for the rest of my life and it will be profitable." She added, "I realized very quickly that this would be a difficult career path." As the neighs and whinnies of yearlings echoed through the vast halls of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Duspiva noted that she had no idea that she would find herself managing a Standardbred breeding farm in Orange County, New York less than a decade later. While din of the auctioneers could be heard in the background of the Harrisburg yearling sale, Noelle recounted her need for a summer job while on college break and one of the only positions available was in the breeding barn. Being late in the month of May, there was but one mare left to foal, so the then-eighteen-year-old agreed to take a shot at foal watch. The mare foaled perfectly, "but I was freaking out," she adds with a laugh. Luckily for Duspiva she was working in the breeding shed beside one of the most knowledgeable and well-known breeding managers in the state of New York, Dave Hanson. She credits Hanson and Dr. Larry Sautter as two of her mentors in the industry and recalls the early days of collection stallions, inseminating mares and ultimately prepping yearlings at the Morrisville College program. "That summer I got a crash course in harness racing and breeding operations, literally from the ground up." She fell in love with the sport and was hooked. She picked breeding as her major concentration and stayed at Morrisville all four summers until she graduated. But, before she could graduate, the program stipulated an internship at a breeding farm...which provided Duspiva the opportunity to enter the world of Winbak Farm. Following the internship and graduation in 2004 she was offered a job on the Standardbred nursery in Walden, NY. She has been there ever since, taking over as manager in 2010. Over the course of her work at Winbak of NY there has been as many as twelve stallions standing stud at one time. Although she counts Muscles Yankee and Malabar Man as two of the most memorable, they each had their own distinct accomplishments and is very proud to have worked with all of them. In addition to her duties farm manager, Duspiva is also the President of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State. Her work with that organization has allowed her to interact with breeders from all over the state and to help implement improvements to the program in concert with the New York Sires Stakes and the Ag Fund. When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Noelle Duspiva will receive the chapter's Excelsior Award, for her dedication and contributions to harness racing in the State of New York. 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 Mickey Burke (Lifetime Achievement Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver); Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star); and Donald Bickle (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, 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 Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA  

Lima, OH - World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) has been retired from harness racing and will stand for stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2020 breeding season. A perennial iron-horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his ten racing seasons. Perhaps the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, Dancin Yankee recently eclipsed $2 million in lifetime earnings while copping his 11th victory of 2019. "He's the best blue collar horse I've ever driven," exclaimed driver Chris Page. "He shows up every single week and gives you everything he's got every time out!" Still the fastest older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, Dancin Yankee defeated both Foiled Again and Heston Blue Chip in a world record 1:48.4h, winning the Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga in 2014 at age six. He banked $509,140 that season, also setting a world record of 1:47.2f at Pocono in May with Tyler Buter driving. He returned six weeks later to win the $100,000 Sun Stakes Invitational in 1:47.3f. As of late, Dancin Yankee has been owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson and Larry Karr. "Dancin Yankee has been the perfect horse on the racetrack and he checks all the boxes as a stallion. Correct, versatile, handles any sized track and can race any way you want. He is from an outstanding family, is a double millionaire, and is tough, durable and classy." noted prominent owner Mark Weaver. "We expect him to pass on all of those traits to his offspring and feel that Ohio is the perfect place for him as it's quickly becoming the most lucrative sire stakes program in the country. We look forward to fully supporting him in the breeding shed and at the yearling sales." He is the first foal from the 100%-producing Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p,4,1:54.4f, she a half-sister to seven sub-1:54 multiple-stakes winners, including Marty Party p,2,1:51.2f ($684,603) and The Lunch Pail p,3,1:51.3 ($503,629). Dancin Yankee is also a three-quarter brother in blood to recent Breeders Crown champion Dancin Lou p,3,1:48.3 ($578,359) and four other sub-1:54 stakes winning performers. In fact, not only is his sire Yankee Cruiser p,3,1:49.3 ($1,150,123) the sire of the fastest 2-year-old pacer of all time, Elver Hanover p,2,1:48.3-'19 ($363,450), but he is also the sire of prominent Pennsylvania stallion Sweet Lou. The connections of Dancin Yankee have decided to send the horse to Kim and Randy Haines of Cool Winds Farm to manage his stud career. "He is an outstanding individual," Randy said. "Big, strong and was a very fast and gritty racehorse. Dancin Yankee is also incredibly fertile. We look forward to offering him to breeders in the Buckeye State." Dancin Yankee will stand for an introductory stud fee of $2,500, with a limited number of lifetime breedings available for $6,000 (or $3,500 in 2020 and $3,000 payable in 2021). For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm

Goshen, NY - When Mickey Burke, Sr. started driving harness racing horses in 1956 the reinsmen wore soft caps and the sulky wheels were "open" and had no plastic safety discs. He still remembers those days well, along with the first horse he ever bought. "Hickory Buzz was a son of Phonograph and I purchased him, a single axle horse trailer, all of his equipment, several tack trucks, three jog carts, and two race bikes along with pitch forks, muck baskets, feed tubs and water buckets for the princely sum of six hundred dollars," Burke recalls. "After I loaded all of the stuff that came as part of this package deal, I had to go back and make a second trip to the seller's barn to pick up the horse ... all because the truck and trailer was overflowing with tack." Mickey Sr. campaigned around the fair circuits in Ohio and Pennsylvania and also enjoyed success with show horses. But training and driving horses was really just a hobby for the octogenarian during the sixties and seventies. Burke owned a successful car dealership in Western Pennsylvania for several decades. But, in 1981 a gentlemen offered to buy the dealership and he and his wife Sylvia never looked back. He started his own stable with a few cheap claimers and eventually amassed 3,167 wins and $35 million in earnings since training records began in 1991. Fast forward to 2009 when a health scare prompted Mickey Sr. to turn the operation over to his son, Ronnie, and the sport's biggest stable was well on its way. Now, the eldest Burke is known as the patriarch of the most successful horse racing stable in the world, with earnings over $230 million. With over 200 horses in training, Burke Racing and the Burke Brigade are synonymous with always having top Grand Circuit horses in every division, as well as filling the entry box at overnight tracks all over the East coast and Midwest. Although his son Ronnie has been the CEO of Burke Racing for the last decade, the organization is still very much a family affair. Sylvia is the stable's bookkeeper and Mickey, Jr. and Michelle oversee various aspects of the Pennsylvania operations. Although Melissa and Becky work in the Health Care industry, they still own race horses and attend many of the big Standardbred events. One would think that people with this kind of super success would take it easy at age 83. Not Mickey Burke, Sr. He still goes to the barn every day, jogging and training horses, talking to owners, and applying his over half-century of harness racing expertise to the stable. When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, Mickey Burke, Sr. will receive the chapter's highest honor, their Lifetime Achievement Award. 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 Noelle Duspiva (Excelsior Award); Larry Lederman (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Purple Haze Stable (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Barbara Martinez (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Dave Brower (Phil Pines Award); Tony Verruso (Amateur Driver; Joe Chindano, Jr. (Rising Star); and Donald Bickle (Award of Appreciation). Tickets for the gala event at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club, Middletown, NY, 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 USHWA Chapter    

Johnstown, OH - A capacity harness racing crowd filled the sales arena at the Brave Horse Show Park to select and purchase 243 Ohio-bred yearlings for a gross of $4,953,000 producing an average sale price of $20,383.   Sunny skies and a pleasant breeze allowed consignors to showcase their trotters and pacers to an eager group that recognizes the strength and excellent opportunities inherent in the Buckeye state harness racing program. Once again, Jeff and Senena Esty's Spring Haven Farm sold the sale topper. Hip 105, Lightning Rocks, was a gorgeous Pet Rock half-brother to Love Me Some Lou p,2,1:50.4f ($216,452) that was hammered down to Burke Racing of Fredericktown, PA for $100,000. "He is a fabulous colt, very well-bred with impeccable conformation," noted Senena Esty following the auction. A pacing filly by McArdle topped that division with an $84,000 purchase price. Cory Deyermand of Dorset, OH was the successful bidder of Hip 63, Rose Run Wasaki, a half-sister to Rose Run Uptowngal p,3,1:51.3f-'19 ($193,949). Consignor Archie Yoder of Rose Run Farm stated, "Buyers were willing to pay top dollar for good horses, and I am really excited for the people that bought them." Ohio Harness Horse Breeders president Randy Haines echoed those remarks and was very pleased with Ohio benchmark event, "If you had what the buyers wanted, they were here to buy." Three fillies and a colt all shared top billing for the highest priced trotters in the sale as they all fetched $60,000 respectively. The highest priced colt was Hip 85, Declared Lawful, a Full Count half-brother to Lawmaker 3,1:53.3 ($328,115) consigned by Marvin Raber Farm and purchased by Miles Woolam of Brookfield, OH. Full Count sired five yearlings in the sale which averaged $44,400. Two fillies from the third crop of Uncle Peter also brought $60,000: Hip 135, Miss Meringue was consigned by Mitch and Laura Nault's LMN Bred Stables, Inc. and purchased by Anthony MacDonald's The Stable.ca, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and Hip 207, Aunt Lil, consigned by Double Spring Farm, Agent and taken home by Burke Racing. Uncle Peter had 36 yearlings represented in the sale and averaged just shy of $20,000. Yearlings from the first crop of Racing Hill were also well received and brought some new faces to the sale as his trainer Tony Alagna was on hand to inspect and ultimately purchase one of the Ohio-bred pacers. All told, 35 youngsters by the Breeders Crown winner averaged $24,143, with the highest priced colt being purchased by Brian Brown of Ostranger, OH for $54,000. Hip 94, Roczen, was just the second foal from the good racemare Rockratese p,4,1:52.1f ($217,733) and was consigned by Hickory Lane Farm, home of Racing Hill. Kevin Greenfield, owner of Hickory Lane Farm opined, "You never know how first crop sires will produce, but overall the way people bid on them told me that they wanted them and hope that they succeed." Established Ohio sire Yankee Cruiser topped the average for pacers with 11 offerings at $32,727 per horse. Midland Acres president Dr. John Mossbarger, who stands the horse and had 45 yearlings sold at the sale, stated, "We thought we had a very good sale. It was a very solid sale with a lot of active bidding. We were very pleased with our whole consignment, led in part by the strength of the Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser yearlings. We are very thankful to all of the bidders and buyers that helped us have another successful auction." Complete auction results can be found at the link below: http://www.lexingtonselected.com/ohio_results2019/2019_results_day1.html by Chris Tully, for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders

An online PDF sale catalog for the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale is now available on the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders website. The link: https://ohioharnesshorsebreeders.com/SaleCatalog2019 which will access the full sale catalog, can be downloaded for quick viewing. The sale is set for Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio with the first horse in the ring at 11 a.m. In addition, the annual preview Show Day will be held on Thursday, September 12 with food and drink served from 4 to 6 p.m. This year's sale will feature 248 yearlings featuring 36 by Racing Hill and Uncle Peter, 26 by Pet Rock, 16 by Well Said, 15 by Triumphant Caviar, 13 by McArdle, 11 by My MVP and others by Rockin Amadeus, Cash Hall, Western Vintage, Big Bad John and many more. Ohio Breeders president Randy Haines noted, "There is definitely something for everyone at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. We have brothers and sisters to some of the top performers in the Buckeye State, as well as a host of individuals by all the popular and some first crop sires!" For decades, the Ohio Select sale has been the first stop for owners and trainers to acquire top State-bred harness racing performers. This year will be no exception as the Ohio Select sale has sold several million dollar earners and hundreds of Ohio Sire Stakes winners and dozens of Super Night Champions. Current standouts include, but are not limited to: QUEEN OF THE PRIDE p,2,1:52.4f, 3,1:51.1f--'19 ($510,479); ROSEMARY ROSE p,1:50.3f--'19 ($505,117); ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($564,233); FRASER RIDGE 4,1:52.1f ($522,479); World Champion ROCK CANDY p,3,1:50.2f--'19 ($318,126); PURE CHANCE p,3,1:54.2h--'19 ($185,146) as well as two-year-old standouts ARTFUL DANCER p,2,1:52.2f--'19 ($71,700); ELVER HANOVER p,2,1:52.1f--'19 ($66,500), and IT'S ACADEMIC 2,1:57.3f-'19 ($63,400), etc. A social media, facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OhioHHBreeders/ is also up and running, which will feature current and former Ohio Sire Stakes winners and performers, as well as news, links and updates from farms and consignors. The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is a cooperative of Buckeye State equine nurseries dedicated to the promotion and growth of Ohio Standardbreds, and include: Abby Stables, LTD., Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farms, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Inc., Midland Acres, Inc., Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm, Sugar Valley Farm and Winterwood Farm. For additional information, contact Randy Haines at 2060 S Cool Rd., Lima, OH 45806 (419) 227-2665 or Laura Nault at 17605 Clarks Run Rd., Mount Sterling, OH 43143. Email: LJNault@gmail.com.     Chris Tully   for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Assoc

The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce the launch of their new harness racing website.    The adaptive and responsive internet platform will allow harness horse people to easily access information about the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale, which is slated for Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio.   This year's sale will feature over 200 yearlings by Ohio sires Pet Rock, Cash Hall, Uncle Peter, Racing Hill, Triumphant Caviar, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage, My MVP, Big Bad John, McArdle and many more.   Ohio Breeders president Randy Haines noted, "We are excited to bring this new level of information access to the breeders, owners and trainers in Ohio. Since everyone these days has their phone in their hands...we want people to find our sale yearlings at the touch of a button!"   For decades, the Ohio Select sale has been the first stop for owners and trainers to acquire top State-bred harness racing performers. This year will be no exception as the Ohio Select sale has sold hundreds of Ohio Sire Stakes winners and dozens of Super Night Champions.   Current standouts include, but are not limited to: ROSEMARY ROSE p,1:50.3f--'19 ($496,867); QUEEN OF THE PRIDE p,2,1:52.4f, 3,1:51.1f--'19 ($460,479); ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($554,643); FRASER RIDGE 4,1:52.1f ($522,479); World Champion ROCK CANDY p,3,1:50.2f--'19 ($305,626); PURE CHANCE p,3,1:54.2h--'19 ($148,896); BIG BOX HANOVER 2,1:57.4f--'19 and ELVER HANOVER p,2,1:53.3h--'19, etc.   The website includes directions and maps to the Brave Horse Center auction site and links to area hotels are posted along with an archive of sales results from previous years. In addition to the sales roster, yearling video links and a PDF digital catalog will be linked for on-line viewing, when they become available.   A social media, facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OhioHHBreeders/ is also up and running, which will feature current and former Ohio Sire Stakes winners and performers, as well as news, links and updates from farms and consignors.   The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is a cooperative of Buckeye State equine nurseries dedicated to the promotion and growth of Ohio Standardbreds, and include: Abby Stables, LTD., Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farms, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Inc., Midland Acres, Inc., Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm, Sugar Valley Farm and Winterwood Farm.   For additional information, contact Laura Nault at Ohio Harness Horse Breeders, 17605 Clarks Run Rd., Mount Sterling, OH 43143. Email: LJNault@gmail.com. By Chris Tully for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Assoc.

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

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