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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, 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  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Oct. 2) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jim Lawson, Shannon "Sugar" Doyle, and Dave Brower. The talk of the town over the past week has been the "Mohawk Million" which was highlighted by a pair of $1 million purchases on Tuesday night in Lexington. The pair sat down with Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, to talk about the big race and what went into making the event happen. Lawson also discussed preparations for the 2019 Breeders Crown. The action heats up at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Shannon "Sugar" Doyle joins the program to highlight the happenings of the Ontario facility. He will discuss recent changes put into place to enhance their live product, and what fans can look forward to throughout the meet. Dave Brower highlights the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile on Thursday as he discusses some of the great stakes coming up this weekend. Following an exciting week one at The Red Mile, the second week is sure to have the entire industry talking. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (June 13) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Yannick Gingras, Ken Middleton, and Brian Brown Dave Brower from Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment will join Michael Carter as co-host this week with Mike Bozich having the week off. Gingras is set for a big night at Woodbine Mohawk Park this week as he preps for their stakes weekend. He will drive Captain Victorious who tried to pull off the upset at 61/1 last week. The pair will talk to Gingras about this colt by Captaintreacherous and also discuss the big decision he had to make between Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover. Middleton, the announcer at Woodbine Mohawk Park, joins to discuss his experiences calling the big race over the years. Middleton's staple call came in 2008 when the late Somebeachsomewhere powered down the track to win for Canada. The pair will discuss with Middleton what goes into preparing for a race call like this and who he likes in the big dance. Brown who trains Workin Ona Mystery in this year's race will discuss what it has been like leading up to the North America Cup. Brown, who won The Cup with Fear The Dragon, will attempt to win the race for the second time. Our Pacing for the Cure segment continues this week with Scarlett and Heather Wilder. Post Time would like to remind it's listeners they will be live from Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, will be taking a behind the scenes look at The Little Brown Jug Thursday morning (September 20) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Brower, who is part of the broadcast team; Jason Settlemoir, the Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer; and Missy Rothfuss, the Outrider at the Delaware, Ohio oval. Brower, who is also a member of the Meadowlands broadcast team, took over for the late Sam McKee as part of the Little Brown Jug broadcast in 2017. Brower will talk about what goes on behind the scenes during the telecast. Settlemoir, General Manager at The Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, will join the program to talk about his role on the Little Brown Jug team, which includes Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer. Rothfuss, who is also the Outrider at The Meadows, will talk about her responsibilities on the race track, which includes keeping the horses, horsemen and horsewomen safe. She will touch on all aspects of outriding, as well as her personal feelings on what it means to work the Little Brown Jug. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight the 2018 season, as it came to a close last weekend. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute harness racing telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network, which has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, also will air the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial Trot, featuring Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2016 Hambletonian and Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. "We are proud to continue the 40-year tradition of televising the Hambletonian," said John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "Daytime harness racing is an exciting and colorful sport and I believe every year harness racing fans of all levels anticipate and expect to watch the Hambletonian on the first Saturday of August. "Along with our broadcast partners the New Meadowlands and the United States Trotting Association, we remain committed to giving fans an entertaining and exciting TV option." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of award-winning harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a former host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 26th straight Hambletonian broadcast. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's most respected handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower, a staple of The Meadowlands airwaves, hosts the nightly broadcast of "Racing from the Meadowlands" as well as the SportsNet NY Meadowlands live television programs. Brower is an alumnus of Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". He is the author of the bestseller Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races. New to the Hambletonian coverage this year is Canada's Greg Blanchard. Blanchard will provide pre-and-post race interviews, along with information from the backstretch throughout the day. The Director of Racing at Ontario-based Western Fair for the past eight seasons, Blanchard has previously worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto as a television commentator, hosting both network and simulcast broadcasts for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeds and also served as Manager of Media Communications for the Standardbred division. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group have been executive producers of the Hambletonian broadcasts for the past 26 years. The award winning team will be lead by producer Peter Lasser and director David Newman, both Hambletonian and harness racing broadcast veterans. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 93rd Hambletonian show will re-air Saturday night, Aug. 4 at 8:30 p.m. [EDT]. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country in more than 99 million homes nationwide. CBS Sports Network televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Arena Football League. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (July 12) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Gary Seibel and Dave Brower, CBS Sports Network co-hosts; Jim Brown, from Midwest Auctioneers; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces. Mike Bozich will be at the controls with Gary Seibel and Dave Brower who join the program filling in for Michael Carter who is on assignment this week. Seibel and Brower who work with CBS Sports Network during the Hambletonian, will also discuss the entrants and how they feel the race will play out. The pair will talk about some of their past experiences on the broadcast and what they are looking forward to this year. Jim Brown, from Midwest Auctioneers, joins to discuss the upcoming sale of contents at Pompano Park. The group plans to auction off the contents of the grandstand and clubhouse on August 5 and 6. The weekly Running Aces segment continues this week as track announcer, Darin Gagne will join the program to discuss the happenings at the Minnesota facility. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will be live from the 2018 Hambletonian on Saturday beginning at 3:00 PM. Details are forth-coming and will be available tomorrow (Thursday) morning.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive atwww.betamerica.com/BARN.   by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

The Little Brown Jug is pleased to announce that Dave Brower will host the popular simulcast television broadcast from Tuesday, September 19 through Jug Day on Thursday, September 21. Dave will be joined on the harness racing show each day by co-hosts Dave Bianconi and Wendy Ross. Roger Huston will call the action for the 51st consecutive year and Jason Settlemoir is the back up announcer. The Little Brown Jug telecast is eagerly anticipated by racing fans all year as the personalities discuss the racing and interview the trainers and drivers throughout the day. "One of harness racing's most beloved and iconic races is the Little Brown Jug, and I've been honored and privileged to broadcast two of them live nationally on CBS Sports Network in 2014-2015. Being asked to represent Ohio's most famed race for their on track simulcast presentation is truly humbling," said Brower. "Following in the footsteps of Hall of Famer Sam McKee is a scary proposition, but I look forward to the challenge. Just to be asked is a tremendous honor, and I embrace it in the dedicated manner which he would wholeheartedly endorse." "Since my first visit to Delaware, Ohio in 1997, I have always loved the Jug, and the many fans who attend it. I can't wait to work with colleagues Dave Bianconi, Wendy Ross, Jason Settlemoir, and the incomparable Roger Huston! We'll try to make it fun for everybody." "We are extremely excited to have Dave join our broadcast team," added Tom Wright, Director of Racing. "He is very knowledgeable and will enhance our simulcast product." The Delaware County Fair will race from Sunday, September 17th through Thursday, September 21st.   Jay Wolf    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 27, 2017) - The award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast will have a decidedly different look when the harness racing championship meet begins on May 5. Former Meadowlands handicapper and television host Dave Brower is rejoining the Big M television team after six years away. Brower grew up five minutes from the Meadowlands in nearby Passaic. He previously served as the track's morning line oddsmaker, handicapper, and broadcaster for 16 years from 1987 to 2011. He has also co-hosted CBS Sports Network's coverage of The Hambletonian, Meadowlands Pace, and Little Brown Jug with Hall of Famer Gary Seibel and his new co-host at the Meadowlands, Justin Horowitz. "I think it'll be great to be back at the Meadowlands after a long six years since I left," said Brower. "The timing is right for a return, and with the Championship Meet coming up, and the chance to work with my good friends Ken Warkentin, Bob Heyden, Justin Horowitz and all the good folks in the TV Department again, I think it's a good fit for everybody. I hope we'll bring a new and vibrant approach to what is already an exciting stakes season leading up to the Hambletonian. I am very much looking forward to it, and I would like to thank Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir for this new opportunity." Brower will be joined by a new face to the Meadowlands. Gabe Prewitt, 33, will also join the broadcast team. The Kentucky native has been the announcer at Pompano Park in South Florida since 2013 and added the role of Director of Racing Operations in 2016. The U.S. Harness Writers Association Breakthrough Award recipient in 2015 is widely respected for his deep understanding of handicapping, wagering, and horsemen's issues. "As someone who has spent countless hours watching races at The Meadowlands, it is truly an honor to be invited to join the first-class broadcast team, while having a ringside seat for the world-class racing as part of the Championship Meet this summer," said Prewitt. "I look forward to contributing in any way that I can, and am thankful and excited for the opportunity." Brower will also return to his previous role of morning line oddsmaker and program handicapper. He will officially begin on Friday, May 5, opening night of the Championship Meet, while Prewitt will begin on June 2 after the South Florida season concludes. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

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