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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

Contessa Leigh and MJs Victory Wish, both winners in Ohio Sires Stakes trotting action in early May, square off on Saturday night (June 8) at Scioto Downs as four divisions of state-bred races highlight the 14-race harness racing card. There will be two divisions of trotting and pacing sophomore fillies in action.

Contessa Leigh turned her first start of the 2013 harness racing season into an exhibition mile as she won the opening division of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies by 19-3/4 lengths at Lebanon Raceway on Friday night (May 3).

Driver Chris Page beat the favorite in the James K. Hackett Memorial for males and won with the favorite in the filly counterpart of the Hackett. Page, currently ranked fifth in wins among North American harness racing drivers, used similar tactics in putting his horses on the lead early in both Hackett divisions.

This weekend some of the best Ohio-sired sophomore pacers will do battle in the James K. Hackett Memorial for colts and fillies at Lebanon Raceway. The harness racing event is a precursor to the busy Ohio Sires Stakes season that will get underway the following weekend at the historic half-miler in southwest Ohio.

Contessa Leigh is practically a member of the family for Marty Wollam. The 63-year-old Ohio harness racing horseman trained and raced both her sire Full Count and her grandsire Striking Sahbra as well as her dam Howl. He also trained her older brother Count Me In, a top Ohio Sires Stakes performer in recent years.

Indiana Downs hosts an innovative race on Saturday night (Oct. 20) when a field of harness racing trotters races under saddle on the track's turf course.

Scioto Downs recently closed its 2012 harness racing meet with a 50 percent increase in overall handle and an increase of 45 percent in live handle.

Trick Man won the faster of two divisions of the Open II Pace at Scioto Downs on the closing night of the 2012 harness racing season. His time of 1:52.4 was a tick faster than the time clocked by Emjayem Grand A in winning his split of the night's feature event.

Countess Leigh was the most dominant harness racing winner among the eight Ohio Sires Stakes finals contested as part of Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs on Saturday. Eight $100,000 finals were contested.

Ohio Super Night on Saturday (Sept. 8) will be one of the richest nights of harness racing in more than a half-century at Scioto Downs. The card features 16 races, half of them being $100,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals.

My Last Chance was the smallest horse in the harness racing field of nine starters in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes on Saturday (August 25) at Scioto Downs, but he was standing tall in the winner's circle after the race.

Pink Camo rolled to her fourth straight win in setting a 1:52.4 track mark at Scioto for harness racing freshman pacing fillies on Friday (August 24). Her victory came for driver Tony Hall in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes.

Delaware radio station WINF (101.9-FM) and Marysville radio station WQTT (1270-AM) will broadcast 'live' all of the harness races from the Delaware County Fair, September 16-20 concluding with Thursday's 67th Little Brown Jug.

Pacers were in the spotlight as the Ohio State Fair stakes wrapped at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. A huge crowd came out to watch the harness racing action on a humid summer evening.

Harness racing driver Ryan Stahl didn't get the trip he wanted in the $42,000 Ohio's First Lady Pace at Scioto Downs on Friday night (August 3), but his courageous 3-year-old filly Special Lady D overcame adversity to win by a length in 1:53.4.

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