The deadline for entries for the 2013 John Hervey Awards, which honor the best of harness racing journalism, is Dec. 6. Entries will be accepted in five categories - news and commentary writing, feature writing, television, audio and the George Smallsreed Awards for race and feature photography. Winners will be honored at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's annual Dan Patch Awards dinner on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Judges in each category will select a winner and, where appropriate, up to two honorable mentions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 6 for materials that were published or aired between Dec. 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013. There are no entry fees or cash prizes. The rules are available by request to Ken Weingartner, chair of the Hervey Committee, at email@example.com. Entries should be sent to Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 49 E. Main St. #5, Freehold, N.J. 07728. Entries also may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If using an overnight service, please indicate that no signature is required. Rules for the 2013 John Hervey Awards The best of harness racing journalism in 2013 will be honored with the 52st edition of the John Hervey Awards for writing, the 30th edition of the Broadcasters Awards for electronic media as well as the 14th edition of the George Smallsreed Awards for photography. Please read these rules carefully. Failure to follow instructions may result in disqualification of the entry. Entries will be judged in the following categories - all must be in English: 1. News & Commentary Writing [hard news, opinion pieces and essays] 2. Feature Writing [articles not written on overnight deadline; involving background research or expanded profiles - not Q&As] 3. Television [a featured or live racing segment no longer than 10 minutes which must have aired on a network, local or cable station or have been included in a racetrack's simulcasting presentation] 4. Audio [a segment no longer than 10 minutes which was broadcasted through a radio station or through a recognized website as a podcast]. 5. Racing Photography 6. Feature Photography Winners will receive a plaque/trophy as well as two dinner tickets to the Dan Patch Awards dinner on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. There are no cash prizes. The decisions of the Hervey Committee and the judges are final. Photo and written submissions - news or feature categories - must have appeared in a paid-circulation publication OR on the website that is the same-name affiliate of a paid-circulation publication, recognized broadcast news organization or established industry/news website. Content that appeared on personal websites, message boards or lists and similar entities is not valid for inclusion in the competition. The final decision on eligibility is in the hands of the Hervey Committee. Television or audio entries must have aired on a commercial or public television/radio station or be part of a racetrack's simulcasting broadcast. Additionally, audio/podcasts are eligible if they were posted to the websites of recognized news organizations or established industry websites. Documentaries or other long-form productions are not eligible although one segment of that documentary, edited only to fit the length limitations of no more than 10 minutes, may be submitted for consideration. The final decision on eligibility is in the hands of the Hervey Committee. General Rules The decision for eligibility of Internet posted materials is at the discretion of the Hervey Committee and all decisions are final. These awards are not open to entries which are fiction or were prepared for commercial purposes [for advertisements/ promo/publicity purposes]. There is a limit of one submission per person in any one category. You may enter more than one category, but not with the same submission. The Hervey Committee, at its discretion, may disqualify an entry at any time in the process, and reserves the right not to bestow an award in a particular category based on the quality and quantity of entries. An entry may only be submitted in one category and the category for which someone is submitting must be clearly indicated. What You Must Submit All entries must originate with the author/photographer/producer and MUST include a signed cover letter expressing the wish to enter materials in the contest and granting permission for the materials to be used for promoting the awards in press releases. The letter must also include the following contact information for the writer/producer/photographer: name, full address, telephone numbers [home, office, cell and fax] and email address. The letter must also include the date that the media organization published/aired the submission and specify the category for which the entry is being submitted. All the rules for submission must be followed. Editors may submit on behalf of authors provided that the cover letter is provided with information on the writer/producer/photographer as well as the person submitting the entry. All other third-party entries will be rejected. Rules for Submission All written entries - news or feature - must specify the category [news or feature] for which the author wishes to be considered. All print entries must include both a tearsheet of the entry [a PDF is acceptable via electronic submission] as it appeared in print and an electronic or emailed version that is plain text, without identifying information [no bylines, publication names, graphs, photos or other graphic elements]. The emailed [or electronic] file must be named for the author so that it is easily identifiable as being by the author. The plain text version must be AS IT WAS PUBLISHED. The tearsheet from the publication must show the author's name, title and date of publication. Tearsheets for Internet-based submissions will consist of a "screen print" of the document. At the discretion of the Hervey Committee, an editor or similar senior official of the publication or website may be required to provide a letter attesting that the document is the work of the author who submitted it and it appeared on the website or in the publication on the date in question. If the author wishes to submit a multi-part series, it must be where the parts were published at the same time [sidebars with a primary story] or where it covers a single theme over the course of two or three publication dates. Multi-part submissions are not to exceed three parts. All television entries must not exceed 10 minutes and must not contain commercials. Each submission [one per person or group] should have its own cover letter. Each submission should be in the form of a DVD. Please provide TWO  DVDs of each submission. The submission may be a segment from a live show or a pre-taped feature but must be submitted "as broadcasted" and not edited other than to meet the length restriction and to remove commercials. Commercials or promotional videos are not eligible. A single segment of a documentary may be submitted but not a full length documentary. All audio entries must not exceed 10 minutes and must not contain commercials. Each submission [one per person or group] should have its own cover letter. Each submission should be in the form of a DVD or CD. Please provide TWO  DVDs [or CDs] of each submission. Entries which aired on the Internet should include the URL for that broadcast. All photography entries must be in the form of TWO  non-returnable 8-by-10 prints of each photograph as it appeared in print, WITH NO identifying information on the front or back along with the cover letter that provides all the identifying information. The two prints should be accompanied by a single tearsheet of the published photo, showing the date, name of publication and photographer's name and info. Tearsheets for Internet-based submissions will consist of a "screen print" with an accompanying letter from the editor or similar senior official of the website, attesting to who submitted it and that it appeared on the date indicated in connection with a news-related story. Each photographer may submit one entry in each the race and feature categories. Additionally, the winners [and any honorable mentions] must be able to provide a JPG version of the photograph upon request from the Hervey Committee. Photographs should not be digitally enhanced beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification. Deadline: All entries must be in the hands of Hervey Chairman Ken Weingartner by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. This is NOT a postmark deadline but actually when the entry must be RECEIVED. You are urged to submit early to avoid missing the deadline. Where to send the entries: Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 49 E. Main St. #5, Freehold, N.J. 07728. If using an overnight service, please indicate that no signature is required. Where to email the digital portion of the entry: email@example.com. Questions may be sent to: Ken Weingartner at the above email address. by Ken Weingartner for USHWA
Harnesslink announced today that Chris Tully, a well-known harness racing insider, has added the role of Social Media Director for Harnesslink.com to his growing list of duties. Tully, a recent MBA graduate and marketing manager, is well-versed in all aspects of Standardbred harness racing, including sales, breeding, racing and industry promotion. Over the course of his 40 years of involvement in the sport, Tully has been an auction company executive, racetrack manager, amateur driving champion, trainer, owner, pedigree reader, yearling sales ring handler and sales agent. Harnesslink.com’s founder and CEO, John Curtin noted, “We are very excited to have someone as energetic and knowledgeable as Chris Tully to head-up our social media department. Social Media is one of the fastest growing components of our digital platform. His diverse skill set and vast experience will give Harnesslink a trustworthy content source for our expanding Twitter, Facebook , YouTube and Instagram presence.” Tully began working with horses at his father, Hall of Famer Phil Tully’s breeding farm, Woodstock Stud in Bethel, NY, when he was just eight years old. He started out painting fences, mowing and weed trimming, during his youth and over time worked his way into the barn, cleaning stalls, feeding broodmares, and ultimately grooming yearlings for the sales. Over his formative years, Chris rubbed horses for George Gilmour at Monticello Raceway and Hall of Famer Jim Doherty at the Meadowlands. After attending Morrisville College, Tully then worked for his father’s successful auction sales company, Garden State Standardbred performing data entry. Eventually, his pre-internet-era innovations with pedigree production helped elevate him to the position of Sales Manager. He then tried his hand at amateur driving, and soon found himself in the winner’s circle for five legs and the final of the popular CKG Billings Harness Drivers Series that helped him earn the United States Harness Writers Association Amateur Driver of the Year honors in 1993. Currently, Tully is handling the marketing efforts for Winners Circle Blueberries, ensuring that the five million packages sold annually worldwide have a prominent picture of a champion racehorse and a QR code linking back to the firm’s webpage and harness racing industry sites. In addition, he coordinates the various harness racing promotions that the Bill Augustine supports, such as race sponsorship, HHYF philanthropy, amateur driving, and race program advertising. Tully served for nine years as a director for District 8 (Upstate NY) for the United States Trotting Association, and was also the General Manager of Goshen Historic Track. Tully is currently the national first vice president of the United States Harness Writers Association, and has been the Monticello-Goshen Chapter’s president for the last decade. In addition, Tully is a popular graphic artist and is responsible for the design and production of the Dan Patch Awards journal, as well as the Hall of Fame Souvenir journal and the Harness Racing Museum gift catalog. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - During the month of November, Scarborough Downs (Maine) will be accepting bids on a breeding to pacer, BIG JIM (WESTERN IDEAL - BOLD PINK - BIG TOWNER), a donation generously made by Jim Carr of Seelster Farms of Ontario, Canada, where Big Jim is currently standing, to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last April. The winning bid money will be donated to the One Fund Boston. At the conclusion of his 2-year-old season, Big Jim had compiled a record of 6 wins, all paced in 1:51.1 or faster, 1 second and 2 thirds in just 10 starts, with seasonal earnings of $834,080. At 3, Big Jim captured the $400,000 New Jersey Classic, an elimination of the Meadowlands Pace, and a division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes. He finished an impressive second by a neck in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a fast closing third in the $1,500,000 North American Cup. Retiring with earnings of $1,544,580, Big Jim compiled a record of 10 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds in 20 lifetime starts. Winner of the 2010 O’Brien Award and the USHWA Dan Patch Award for Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, Big Jim dominated his competition in his freshman season. His stakes victories include his World Record performance of 1:49.1 in the $709,000 Governors Cup, his 1:50.4 track and stakes record in the $600,000 Breeders Crown, just one-fifth of a second off the World Record for a five-eighths mile track, a stakes record of 1:51.1 in the Dream Maker Stakes Final, stakes records of 1:50.2 in both his Metro Stakes elimination and a division of the Champlain Stakes, as well as a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes in 1:51.1. Bidding starts at $2,500. (Breeding to Big Jim normally carries a fee of $5,000) Please mail bids in a sealed envelope, including your name, address, email, contact phone number and bid amount from November 1 to November 31, 2013, to: Mike Sweeney
If it’s true that good things happen in threes, Mel Hartman could be in for a good night on Saturday at the Breeders Crown. The 70-year-old fresh fruit businessman from Ottawa, Ontario is a partner in three horses racing on the championship card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The most notable of the trio is three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician, who has a shot at U.S. Horse of the Year Honors. Hartman owns the filly with fellow Canadian Herb Liverman and American David McDuffee. Hartman is also a partner with McDuffee in the three-year-old colt trotter Spider Blue Chip, who scored an upset win in his elimination race last week. And he is partners with R A W Equine Inc. and Adam Victor and Son Stable in the two-year-old filly trotter Struck By Lindy. Richard (Nifty) Norman trains Bee A Magician and Struck By Lindy. Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester conditions Spider Blue Chip. “It’s just amazing to have three horses in various Breeders Crown races, never mind one,” Hartman said. “We’re certainly looking forward to watching them race. It’s exciting.” Hartman, Liverman and McDuffee celebrated a Breeders Crown win with Poof Shes Gone in 2009, who was later voted the Dan Patch Award as the top two-year-old filly trotter in the U.S. and the O’Brien Award as the top two-year-old filly trotter in Canada. Poof Shes Gone, a $170,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, won 14 of 26 lifetime races and more than $1.3 million, but nothing can compare to Bee A Magician, who is undefeated in 14 races this year, including the Hambletonian Oaks, which she won in record time. Last year her hopes of a win in the Breeders Crown two-year-old filly trotter race were dashed after she was shuffled back at the start of the race and had bad racing luck thereafter, finishing third. She won her elimination race last Saturday with absolute ease. It looked like nothing more than a training mile with driver Brian Sears barely having to move his hands. “Every time she races it’s so effortless, it’s just unbelievable,” Hartman said. “I know that Brian Sears has a lot of respect for her. She deserves it…Bee A Magician is being compared to Moni Maker, and Moni Maker was renowned as the best trotting mare of all time. I think Bee A Magician is at that level now. She’s just a very, very unique athlete that comes along once in a blue moon, that’s for sure. She’s proven it time and again. My partners and I are so very fortunate. She’s just a machine. She’s unbelievable. She takes my breath away. To own a horse like that is a dream come true. As a two-year-old we knew she was special, but this special? I’m at a loss for words. ” Hartman, Liverman and McDuffee have been partners for about 12 years, and Hartman said they share a common philosophy that about doing what’s right for the horse. “I think the beauty of our relationship is we all think the same, and the horse comes before any of us,” he said. “The horse comes first, which is important. The horse should come first.” Spider Blue Chip, a $60,000 Lexington yearling purchase, won two of eight races last year and $89,181, but this year he’s really come into his own. He’s won nine of 17 starts, including the $500,000 Colonial at Pocono in August, and collected almost $800,000. “As owners we, and Chuck knew, Spider had tons and tons of talent. He just didn’t behave himself at certain times,” Hartman said. “As it turned out, we gelded him, but after that he had a gravel come out of his left hind foot and that’s probably what was bothering him all year. I still think that because he was such a cantankerous two-year-old that we did the right thing. Maybe gelding him allowed all of his potential to come to the top and surface. He’s raced very good in almost every start. When he behaves himself he’s as good as any of them. I expect him to race very, very good on the weekend.” Struck By Lindy, a $32,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, has a mark of 1:53 1/5. She has won four of 10 races and $170,507. “Struck By Lindy is in very, very tough,” Hartman said. “I think she’s about the fourth- or fifth-best two-year-old trotting filly around, but we have the rail with her, so you never know. It’s a horse race. We’ll see what happens.” by Perry Lefko for the Breeders Crown
Dean A. Hoffman will join the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) in January, 2014. Hoffman will teach racing courses as well as support the Program’s marketing efforts and its yearly conference, the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming. The announcement was made by RTIP director Doug Reed. Hoffman, long-time executive editor of the United States Trotting Associations’ Hoof Beats magazine, brings a wealth of talent to the Program and greatly increases the depth of knowledge of national and international harness racing to the faculty. “We are excited to have Dean join the team. He adds a tremendous amount of experience and greatly expands the diversity of the faculty here,” said Reed. After earning a degree with honors in Journalism, Hoffman started his career with advertising and public relations agencies before redirecting his skills to the harness industry and joining the USTA in 1981. Since then, he has written five books on harness racing and breeding including the recently published Harness Racing in New Your State, A History of Trotters, Tracks and Horsemen. Hoffman has won numerous awards for his contributions to racing including Harness Tracks of America’s Messenger Award, the highest honor given by the HTA, as well at their the Dan Patch Award for “immense contributions to the literature of harness racing.” In 2006, he was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicator’s Corner. Submitted by RTIP
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 14, 2013 — As Frau Blucher was trying to nurse her lead late in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship for 3-year-old fillies Friday at The Meadows, her stablemate, Classic Martine, was steadily cutting into the margin. The two hit the wire together in 1:53.2, the fastest trotting dead heat in North American harness history regardless of track size. On an evening of exciting moments when The Meadows hosted four PASS championships and consolations for 3-year-olds worth a combined $1.24 million, that was the most thrilling. As Chris Oakes, trainer of the dead heat winners put it: “I’m so happy for the owners. There are no losers.” Also taking $260,000 championships were: Beach Memories (colt & gelding pacers); Charisma Hanover (filly pacers), and Spider Blue Chip (colt & gelding trotters. Ron Pierce captured a pair of championships behind Frau Blucher and Spider Blue Chip. Last year’s PASS champion, Frau Blucher had to battle for the early lead from post 7 but appeared in command until Classic Martine, saving ground all the way for Tim Tetrick, popped off the cones for the drive. Both Tetrick and Pierce thought Classic Martine had shoved her nose in front. “I thought I won,” Tetrick said. “But it was a close race, and we both win.” Agreed Pierce: “I enjoyed that, but I thought Tim had me by about four inches. My filly never had much of a breather, but she raced really game. I’m very proud of her.” Fashion Athena was 5-1/4 lengths back in third. The win erased the trotting dead heat mark of 1:54.1 held jointly by the duos of Band’s Gold Chip-Bolivar and Lavec Dream-Louisville, both taken at the Meadowlands. Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold own Classic Martine, a daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days who has banked just less than $400,000 this year, while Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, J&T Silva Stable and Matt Tudisco campaign Frau Blucher, who now boasts $738,130 in lifetime earnings. In the other championships: $260,000 Colt & Gelding Pace Beach Memories punched his ticket to next week’s Little Brown Jug with a 10-1 Lightning Lane win in 1:51 for David Miller. Twilight Bonfire rallied for second, 1/2 length back, with the first-over Twincreeks Jessie third. Brian Brown, who conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir gelding for Strollin Stable, AWS Stables, King McNamara and Country Club Acres, predicted that Beach Memories would find the half-mile strip at Delaware to his liking. “He can get around a half,” Brown said. “He’s a big horse, but he can get around the turns no problem. He has some gate speed. But post position means everything there.” $260,000 Filly Pace Charisma Hanover scored a mild upset when she followed the first-up cover of Novascotia Hanover and Miller to defeat Somwherovrarainbow, last year’s PASS champ and Dan Patch awardee, by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Native Dream earned show. Charisma Hanover was able to score despite rather comfortable early fractions, 28.1/56, for Somwherovrarainbow and Montrell Teague. “I was hoping someone would mix it up with Montrell, but he got soft numbers,” said winning driver Dave Palone. “This filly can really sprint, and David got me just far enough. When I flipped her off his cover, I thought she’d win. She just exploded. You couldn't find a nicer filly to give you a good effort every single time.” Ron Burke trains Charisma Hanover, a daughter of Dragon Again-Caught The Bouquet who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $260,000 Colt & Gelding Trot Despite leaving from post 8, Spider Blue Chip made it look easy, scoring a 2-length, front-end victory for trainer Chuck Sylvester and owners David McDuffee and Melvin Hartman. High Bridge and Bluto, both trained by Jimmy Takter, were second and third, respectively. Spider Blue Chip won a Hambletonian elimination and the $500,000 Colonial but broke stride in the Zweig. Pierce, who was aboard for all those races, said he took special care to get the Andover Hall-Southwind Catlin gelding away cleanly. “I was just kind of floating out there (in the Zweig), and he was giving me a hard time about getting into a hole,” Pierce said. “He got a little crooked. I was extra careful tonight to keep his mind on what he was doing so he didn’t pull that again.” PASS CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: The $50,000 consolations went to Thistle Du (filly trotters), Scandalous Hanover (filly pacers), Apprentice Hanover (colt & gelding pacers) and Creatine (colt & gelding trotters). The win by Creatine Hanover in 1:53.2 established a PASS championship record— spanning finals and consolations — for colt & gelding trotters . . . Ginger And Fred took the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace in 1:52, padding her career bankroll to $1,903,308. Evan Pattak
The 7th race open featured World Champion and multiple Dan Patch award winner Check Me Out as the heavy 1/4 favorite. In the early going, Tioga Open regular Aruba Vacation left swiftly from the far outside and cleared easily to the front while posting a 26.3 opening panel. Check Me Out drifted from her outside starting position and settled in 4th. As the open trotters passed the stands for the first time Ray Schnittker eased Check Me Out 1st over and began a slow march to the front as Aruba Vacation led them past the half in 56. As the field turned down the Tioga backside and headed to three quarters, Check Me Out stalled 3rd on the outside and had to be urged on by Schnittker, but to no avail as the field passed three quarters in 1:24. Check Me Out began to back thru the field and eventual upset winner Fox Valley Smarty eased out from the perfect pocket trip given to him by driver Corey Braden, locked horns with and wore down front runner Aruba Vacation to win by a half-length in 1:53.4. The win was the 4th of the year for the David Duspiva trained Fox Valley Smarty and his 27th career win. Fern Paquet, Jr. and Mike Simons picked up driving doubles. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Sunday, August 18th with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com. Jason Bluhm
WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2013 — When Eddie Sweat leaves from post 4 in Saturday’s second elimination for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, he’ll be invoking the might of one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. That’s because he’s named for the groom of Secretariat as well as his Kentucky Derby-winning stablemate, Riva Ridge. “I watched the movie Secretariat,” explains Ed Zubkoff, Jr., who trains the son of Allamerican Native-Popcorn Penny and owns him as part of LaSalle Racing Group. “It was so inspirational. Eddie Sweat spent 16 or 18 hours a day with Secretariat; he never left the horse’s side. I thought, if I ever had a good horse, I would name him for Eddie Sweat, and this is by far the best horse I’ve ever had.” Zubkoff, a Michigan native who recently relocated to The Meadows, picked up Eddie Sweat — then known as Pancake Hanover — for the bargain price of $10,000 at the 2011 Hanover Adios Yearling Sale and had a chance to profit on the purchase before leaving the tent. “Two people offered me $20,000 for him before I’d even signed the check,” Zubkoff recalls. “I could have made $10,000 right there. Thank goodness I didn’t do it. He’s sturdy and rugged and looks beautiful on the track.” Eddie Sweat’s pedigree suggests he can develop the talent needed to compete at racing’s top levels, as Popcorn Penny banked $624,539 in her career and won the 2000 Breeders Crown at 3, the year she took the Dan Patch Award for sophomore pacing fillies. (Wasn’t Secretariat’s owner named Penny Chenery? Hmmm.) He also boasts a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 earned this year in a NW5 at The Meadows. “It’s a strong maternal family, so I plan to breed him to all our mares,” Zubkoff said. For all that, Zubkoff knows Eddie Sweat has his work cut out for him. His only stakes victory this year came in a PA Stallion Series event against lesser competition than he’ll face in the “Pace for the Orchids.” Moreover, in his two most recent starts — a PA AllStars division and a Hanover split at Balmoral Park — he finished well up the track. “He was sick for those starts, full of mucous,” Zubkoff said. “He’ll be sharp now.” Even though Eddie Sweat will be sent off an underdog, Zubkoff doesn’t expect driver Brett Miller to duck and hope for a minor award. “He loves The Meadows, so he has the home-field advantage,” Zubkoff said. “He’s going right to the front because they can’t beat him out of the gate. They’ll all come at him and what happens, happens.” And if Eddie Sweat and his beloved Big Red are helping from on high, what happens might be special, indeed. The Adios elims go as Races 6 and 7, with first post at 6:55 PM. The Adios Day card July 27 begins at 12:20 PM. On July 20, The Meadows, in association with HorseTourneys.com, will conduct a “Pick & Pray” handicapping contest, with the winner earning a berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Contest. (Those interested in registering or learning more should visit the Web site horsetourneys.com and check out the free past performances at TrackMaster.) In addition, in cooperation with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program, The Meadows will offer a Pick 4 (races 4-7) with a guaranteed $7,500 pool. Evan Pattak
The list of male pacers to receive divisional harness racing honors at both ages 2 and 4 is short and sweet: Artsplace, Jenna's Beach Boy, Bret Hanover and Race Time.
Having made a “siring sweep” of the 2012 Dan Patch Awards for three year old pacers, American Ideal figured to be popular among harness racing breeders this year, and indeed he was. It was announced today that his book for 2013 is full and closed.
Long winning streaks have been a harness racing meet-long happening. Back on Jan. 24, Come Together won his 10th race in-a-row while being claimed three times stepping up from the $12,500 Claiming ranks to win at $15,000, a $20,000 and for a $25,000 claiming tag.
With the conclusion of the annual meetings and the Dan Patch Awards dinner conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) this past weekend at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, there were some dramatic changes passed in the format for announcing year-end award winners.
It was another crowning moment for Chapter Seven. Chapter Seven and his connections received the Dan Patch Award for harness racing's Horse of the Year on Sunday night before a crowd of more than 400 people at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa.
Dave Briggs, who since 1995 has been the editor of and writer for The Canadian Sportsman, Canada's oldest magazine, has won Harness Tracks of America's Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing.
Entering 2012, harness racing driver Tim Tetrick never drove a horse that was voted Horse of the Year. This year, he accomplished that feat -- and so much more. Tetrick drove seven division champions this season, including Horse of the Year Chapter Seven and Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.
Although 'Z' is the last letter of the alphabet, it ranked at the top of the voting done by the U.S. Harness Writers Association in honoring the top young (35 years old or less) harness racing people in the sport: Canadian Scott Zeron won the Rising Star Award, for trainers and/or drivers, in a landslide, while after tabulating ballots to decide the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award, for ascending stars outside those two occupations, the photo-finish camera could not separate two members of the (Jeff) 'Gural Corral' of top young racetrack executives -- Justin Horowitz and Darin Zoccali.