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Freehold, NJ --- Winky’s Gill, winner of a heat of the 1983 Hambletonian, dam of 1993 Hambletonian Oaks winner Winky’s Goal (1:54.4, $844,924) and 1987 Peter Haughton Memorial winner, Supergill (1:53.3, $664,194) died at the age of 34 on August 8 at Perretti Farm, her home of 14 years.   She was buried in the farm’s equine cemetery.  The daughter of Bonefish and Lassie Blue Chip was bred by Ulf Moberg and was born January 31, 1980 in Lexington, Kentucky. Her stakes wins include the 1982 Merrie Annabelle, Acorn, Review, Hayes and Lexington Filly Stakes.  In addition to a heat of the 1983 Hambletonian against colts in which she was third overall, she won the Coaching Club Oaks, Breeders Filly Stakes, Review and the Bluegrass Stake.  Her 15 wins in 27 starts got her purse earnings of $472,154 and a mark of 1:55.2. In her later years, Winky’s Gill served as babysitter for yearling fillies at Perretti Farm, a job at which she excelled, but only after two tries.  “We tried her back when she was a young girl in her mid-twenties,” said Breeding Operations Manager Lindsay Taylor in the book Standardbred Old Friends, in which Winky’s Gill is one of 43 horses featured.  “Winky decided she really didn’t want to come in to the barn any more.  It became a problem.  She figured out that every time we were coming out, she was coming in the barn and would be separated from her charges.  “She decided she was the matriarchal mare and she was going to round up her herd and take off for the foothills.  She regarded it as her responsibility to round up the babies and take them to a safe place. It was actually pretty funny if you weren’t the one out there trying to catch them.” Given another chance a few years later, Winky’s Gill got the hang of the job and made life easier for farm staff by leading fillies in to the barn for farrier and veterinary care.  “It’s like the Pied Piper,” said Taylor.  “Where ever she goes, they follow her in a little line. She usually selects one or two favorites, or they select her, I’m not sure which way it goes.  “She’ll have a couple; we call them her lieutenants, who have a special affinity for her or she for them.  She keeps them within 20 or 30 feet.  They form a kind of bond.  When she moves, they go with her.  If not, she usually goes back and round them up and takes them with her.” Taylor said that Winky’s Gill liked those she knew well, but had a definite opinion about one particular profession.  “She’s been around enough veterinarians that she’s a little leery of them.”  Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  Courtesy of the US Trotting Association Web Newsroom

Scarborough, Maine (Friday, August 01, 2014) - For the 10th consecutive year, Scarborough Downs will host Family Fun Day as a day of “Harness Racing Education and Fun for the Whole Family.” Scheduled for Sunday (8-3), the day will feature a wide range of activities suitable for the whole family with a unique focus on the Standardbred horse. “It’s very important to us that people understand all facets of the sport of harness racing, including its enormous impact onMaine agriculture,” says Scarborough Downs president, Sharon Terry.  “From how a horse gets its shoes to what it eats during the big race, people can get up close and personal to the animals and really learn about the industry.” Doors open at 12 noon with the activities taking place in the Grandstand building.  Highlights include a live mare and foal for the kids to pet, a horse shoeing demonstration, a harness demonstration, a mini horse, games, contests and much more. As a special feature this year, the nationwide "Old Friends" book tour comes to town on Sunday featuring the rollout of the latest exciting installment in the popular series. The book (3rd in the series) by accomplished equine photographer Barbara Livingston and noted harness journalist Ellen Harvey spins the stories of horses which once captured front page attention but have now disappeared from the limelight. The tales of their second careers and homes provided by loving caretakers will warm the heart of the reader. On hand to promote the book will be two retired standardbreds who are featured in the work, Dreamy Starlet, who will be marshaling the day's program and McKeever Hanover, a former racing star on the state of Maine Circuit. Live racing begins at 1:05 and features the Maine Sire Stakes program as the two-year-old colt pacing division swings into action in twin splits contested for purses of $9979 apiece. Admission to the event is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 18, 2014 - A late afternoon summer storm failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the 110 golfers who competed at the 19th Annual SBOANJ Golf Outing & Fundraiser on July 14, 2014 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. A total of 125 golfers and banquet attendees feasted on a prime rib dinner. Numerous door prizes were distributed along with presentations for golfing prowess. Best foursome honors went to Kunz Equine Team of Simon Spicer, Mike Seddon, Shannon Murphy and Johnny Pregman. The "most honest" foursome award went to Jim Hogan, Jesse Johnson, John Hynes and Frank VanWie. Longest drive-prizes went to Hannah Miller, who won Kindle Fire tablet, and Jeff Bamond Jr., who received a Boze Bluetooth speaker Closest to the Pin was Simon Spicer from of the Kunz Equine Team, who won a 32-inch HD TV. Putting contest honors - and $145 - went to Kelly Breen. Frank Lomangino won the drawing for a Track Trainer jog cart, which was donated by Allen Eggert of Pennsbury Enterprises. The 50-50 winner was Garrett Federico, whose share was $895. Sponsorships, key to the fund raising effort which benefits New Jersey's standardbred horsemen in need, were provided at several levels. The overall tournament sponsors were Shay Cowan of Katz/Pierz, and Thomas Cordovano and John Macri of the La Ferla Group. At the Gold Level, the donors were the Meadowlands Racetrack; Drucker, Math & Whitman CPAs; Berman, Gara & Rutsky Group/UBS Financial Services; Joie de Vie Farms and Rollermagic Roller Rinks. At the Silver Level, the donors were Showplace Farms, Gaitway Farms, Federico's Landscape Design, Santoro & Santoro [Dennis Dowd], Valley High Stables, Freehold Raceway, Eposimato Stable, Mark Ford Training Stable, Nick Salenetri, Aetna/Meritain Health, Hambletonian Society and Val D'Or Farms. At the Bronze Level, the donors are Advocacy Management Group, Network Security Group, New Jersey Community Bank, Chris Ryder and Nick Surick. Additional fundraising was accomplished through the donation of goods and services by Bluestone Farms, Deo Volente Farm, Gambler Ridge Golf Club, Ellen Harvey, Meadowbrook Industries, Makefield Highlands Golf Club, Northwood Bloodstock, Pennsbury Enterprises, Reynolds Hay & Straw/Tribute Equine Nutrition, Rick's Saddle Shop/Purina, Baker Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram and Newport Graphics. Dinner, lunch and competition awards were underwritten by Martin Scharf, Deo Volente Farm, Berman, Gara & Rutsky, Electric Battery Company, Network Security Group, Nick Surick, Marc and Marcia Goldberg and Green Acquisition Corp. Hole sponsors were Berman Gara & Rutsky, John and Paula Campbell, Drucker, Math & Whitman, Thomas J. Durkin/ Joseph Spadaro, Green Acquisition Corp, Joie de Vie Farms, Katz/Pierz, La Ferla Group, Meadowlands Racetrack, Andy Miller, Ervin Miller Stable, Network Security Group, Rollermagic Roller Rinks and Suydam Insurance Agency. The SBOANJ golf outing is co-chaired by SBOANJ directors Ed Razzetti and Bob Baggitt Sr. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

The author of Standardbred Old Friends, a coffee table book featuring the work of renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston, will sell and sign copies of the book on Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, Delaware, on Thursday, July 24. The 216 page book features 150 photos and author Ellen Harvey's stories of 43 horses of great achievement, long gone from the spotlight, but still cherished and well cared for in the twilight of their lives. For a video about the making of the book, click here. The signing will benefit Horse Lovers United (HLU), a Delmarva group that places Standardbreds and other horses in to second careers and adoptive homes after their racing days are over. HLU placed one of the horses featured in the book, Dust Devil, who is now 24 years old and living on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harvey will be signing at the M & T Grandstand from 3 p.m. to the close of racing that evening; the book is $30, with a portion of proceeds going to help HLU care for and place horses in need of homes. To learn more about Standardbred Old Friends, which features high profile horses like Mack Lobell, Cam's Card Shark, Winky's Gill, Staying Together, Western Dreamer and the late Moni Maker, Matt's Scooter and Giant Victory, "like" Standardbred Old Friends Book on Facebook. For more information on Horses Lovers United, go to www.horseloversunited.com. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Goshen, NY - If you have ever been the caretaker, trainer or owner of a horse that had a special gift of speed and talent--then you recognize it when you see it.   If you have ever shared a unique bond with that almost "human" horse--then you have experienced that indescribable feeling.   If you have ever wondered what ever happened to that horse that provided you with some of the biggest thrills of your life--then you know that inescapable wonder.   It's all in here. Every picture and every page contains yet another one of those stories.   Standardbred Old Friends is as unique a book as the equine characters it chronicles. Historical in nature, existential in substance.   From Hall of Fame trotters to Horse of the Year pacers--dozens of them. Each with their own legacy, each with their own people that loved them. Each story more inspiring than the next. The authors visited Mack Lobell in Sweden and Miss Easy in Hanover. From California to Maine and from Florida to Kentucky, they traveled far and wide to meet and greet horses big and small.   With such an expansive distance between these stone-dust heroes, compiling this compendium of athletes was a feat as remarkable as the authors themselves. The photographer, Barbara Livingston, is a multiple Eclipse award-winning legend who has captured some of the most iconic equine images of our generation. She partnered with Ellen Harvey, who left no stone unturned in her quest to reveal some of the most touching accounts of the bond between animal and person, as well as between two stablemates.   Together they tell the stories of 43 horses that have left the racetrack long ago, yet still have loyal fans and followers. Like the story of 25-year-old Staying Together who is living out his days at the Kentucky Horse Park. Despite his blindness, the 1993 Horse of the Year continues to serve as a goodwill ambassador. The pictures are breathtaking with stories to match.   The account of Flat Foot Fluzy and her friend Keystone Wallis give credence to the notion that horses are gregarious creatures. Or the California pacers who have happily pulled a carriage after they quit pulling a sulky in the 90s. Or the New Jersey-bred colt that became a Saratoga police horse for an encore. Or the mother/daughter reunion that had an unexpected surprise.   So many great horses, and how they are surrounded by the people who love them. Some reunited, some returned home, all with dignity.   by Chris Tully for Harnesslink.com              

Goshen Historic Track in New York will welcome a pair of celebrity guest outriders for the Friday, July 4, racing card. Leading the horses to post for the 1 p.m. card will be the 23-year-old former Standardbred racehorses Dreamy Starlet, ridden by her owner, Elizabeth Tewksbury, and McKeever Hanover, ridden by his owner Shelly Topham. The two are among the 43 horses featured in the new book Standardbred Old Friends, a collection of photos and stories about horses of distinction, now in the twilight of their lives. The book is the third in the Old Friends series of books by renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston. The two pacers, who live in Maine, have nearly 300 starts and four foals between them, but it is off the track that they have found their next and best careers. Both horses, who started under saddle in their teens, excel in the show ring, competing in English and Western style competitions, team penning, fox hunting and jumping. They have won hundreds of ribbons and trophies, while also finding time to outride at Maine's pari-mutuel and fair tracks. Additionally, McKeever Hanover has volunteered at Make A Wish Foundation events, where his primary responsibility has been to stand nicely and let adults and children pet him. After race five on Friday, the horses will come off the track to greet fans behind the grandstand. Copies of the book in which the pair is featured on Maine's Popham Beach at sunset in October 2013 will also be for sale that day with a portion of proceeds to benefit Goshen Historic Track. Livingston and Ellen Harvey, who wrote the stories to accompany the photos, will be hand to sign books. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen, New York. Admission is $5 for adults and includes a program. Children are free. For more information go to www.goshenhistorictrack.com or call 845-294-5333.   From Harness Racing Communications      

Cream Ridge, NJ --- New Jersey celebrates June as the month of the horse and Fair Winds Farm got into the holiday spirit and threw open their doors to the public on Sunday (June 29). Well over 200 people were in attendance, a mix of local residents curious about the farm and its equine inhabitants, 4H Club members and horse lovers. Close to half of the visitors were school-aged children. Dr. Patricia Hogan opened her surgical clinic on Fair Winds’ grounds and demonstrated the X-ray, arthroscopic and ultrasound machines to packed crowds who came in three shifts throughout the afternoon. Visitors also learned how horses are hoisted on the operating table and how they recover from injuries and go on to race. The “white colt,” White Bliss, now in training with the Ake Svanstedt Stable, came back to his place of birth for the day, and though he was less white with each roll in the paddock, was eager to show off a bit, cavorting around his paddock and going up to the fence to say hello. uzanne D’Ambrose brought her retired trotter, Independent Act, who is now a successful Western pleasure horse, and who had the fingerprints of hundreds of visitors on him by the end of the day. He stood patiently for three hours of brushing and petting by visitors from infancy to senior citizen status. Farrier Tom Mulryne gave some equine pedicures for visitors, who also got to see a display for the various types of hay and grain that Fair Winds horses consume. The paddocks around the farm were full of mares and foals. Representatives from the USTA, New Jersey Farm Bureau, NJ Horse Council, FFA, Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Rutgers University Equine Science Program were on hand as well. Local political leaders Nancy Grbelja, Ron Dancer and Lilliam Burry also spoke about the importance of horses to the New Jersey economy. by Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications

Nuncio spent a lot of this past winter learning to use his natural talent in a more productive way, and it shows. The 3-year-old trotter, who is 3-1 from post two in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is undefeated in four starts in 2014 after a barn change following his 2-year-old season. New trainer Jimmy Takter concentrated on teaching the son of Andover Hall to conserve and use his speed judiciously and driver John Campbell said he's passing the course so far. Last year, Nuncio led at the half-mile point in eight of his 10 races. This year, he's been no better than third at the halfway point of any race and not seen the lead until the stretch. "I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "He just got so aggressive and so wound up at the end of last year that you just couldn't rate him at all. That was to his detriment in a couple races and it cost him winning. Jimmy trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way and raced him that way and he's started to figure it out, so I can be a little more aggressive with him at the gate. "He left a little bit last week and didn't get wound up. I'm very happy with his manners so far. He's been very relaxed and that's important because if they're worked up and you're fighting with them, you just take away energy. He's always been able to go; speed hasn't been an issue ever with him. It's more been just manageability." Nuncio won his Beal elimination last weekend by a half-length over Datsyuk in 1:52.2. His previous three wins this season all came in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Last year, he won five of 10 races and never finished worse than second on his way to $461,074. His earnings were third most among 2-year-old trotters, behind Takter-trained colt Father Patrick and Takter-trained filly Shake It Cerry. Four of Nuncio's second-place efforts were against Father Patrick, in the eliminations and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial and elims and final of the Breeders Crown. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes and a division of the Reynolds; he also was runner-up to Muscle Network in the Valley Victory. Father Patrick, who received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter, also won his Beal elimination last week. He drew post No. 8 for the final and is the 5-2 morning line favorite with driver Yannick Gingras. "I'd certainly rather have the two hole than outside, that is for sure, but once we get in to the race, everybody will know at the quarter whether it's good or bad," Campbell said. "But going in to the race, I'd rather be down inside." Father Patrick won his Beal elim by 2-1/4 lengths over Harper Blue Chip in 1:52.4. He is 4-for-4 this year and brings a 13-race win streak into the Beal final. Last year, Father Patrick won 10 of 11 races, including the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the Wellwood Memorial and the Peter Haughton Memorial. His only setback came against Nuncio in July. "This is the first time all year that he'll be asked to go," Gingras said. "He's more than ready after four easy starts." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications  

Acclaimed equine photographer Barbara Livingston will be at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. on Friday, July 4 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about and sign her latest book, Standardbred Old Friends. She will also sign at adjacent Historic Track starting at 1 p.m., when racing begins. The book, with 150 photos and stories about most of the living Hall of Fame Standardbreds over age 20, is the third in her Old Friends series of coffee table books about high profile horses, now in the twilight of their lives. The 216 page book also includes photos and stories, by Ellen Harvey, of some hard working blue collar horses, now enjoying a new career or retirement. Standardbred Old Friends is the culmination of a year of traveling from Sweden to southern California and Maine to Florida to capture images of the featured horses at their homes. The lush birch forest of southern Sweden surrounds Hambletonian-winning trotter Mack Lobell at home, while blue collar ex-racehorses Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover are seen strolling through tide pools at Maine's Popham Beach State Park. Mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie are depicted beneath the live oaks of their central Florida home. The oldest horse in the book, 37-year-old Waco Hanover, was photographed in an early winter snowfall in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. Livingston, who is chief photographer for the Daily Racing Form, has twice won the Eclipse Award for her Thoroughbred racing photography. Her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal. The book retails for $30. The museum is at 240 Main Street in Goshen and admission is always free. There is racing on July 4 at adjacent Historic Track at 1 p.m., adults $5 (includes program) and children under 12 are free.   Those who cannot attend the signing can purchase the book at www.harnessmuseum.com or by calling 845-294-6330.          

Goshen Historic Track in New York will feature a power-packed field of drivers in the annual $10,000 Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Trot, July 6. Post time is 1 p.m. for the card. The race brings together a "Who's Who" of harness racing talent, with seven members of the Hall of Fame and 2014 inductee David Miller participating in the event. Expected to drive in the race are John Campbell, Wally Hennessey, Mike Lachance, Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Ron Pierce, Dick Stillings, and Jimmy Takter. Collectively, they have won 20 Little Brown Jugs and 16 Hambletonians, along with nearly 64,000 races and $1.14 billion in purses. Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday night in a ceremony at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located adjacent to Historic Track. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry; their sons Elbridge and Peter will be on hand to present the trophy. After the race, the drivers will be on hand to meet fans and autograph photos. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen; admission is $5 for adults (includes program) and children are free. For more information, go to www.goshenhistorictrack.com or call 845-294-6330. by Ellen Harvery, for Harness Racing Communications  

Sir Taurus, the now 30-year-old trotting stallion whose sons and daughters once dominated the New York Sire Stakes, will make a rare visit away from his home at Blue Chip Farm on Saturday, July 5, to Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track during Grand Circuit racing, which starts at 1 p.m. that day. The bay stallion with a distinctive white blaze has sired nearly 700 foals, who earned $23.7 million combined. His best known performer is Approved Action, who won $715,676. Of his 546 starters, 145 won races in better than 2:00. Sir Taurus was born on March 20, 1984, at Lindy Farm in Somersville, Connecticut. He raced for two years, 1986 and 1987, winning $484,810 and stakes races such as the Hanover Stakes and multiple New York Sire Stakes. He was trained and driven by Jimmy Takter for the Antonacci family and the late Dan Gernatt. He celebrated his landmark birthday in March with a carrot cake featuring real carrots on top and a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" from children at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church Sunday School. Throughout his life, Sir Taurus, in addition to his fatherhood duties, has greeted visiting school children and scout groups at the farm. His easygoing nature allowed him to be the first horse ever touched for perhaps thousands of children. At Goshen, he will spend some time in a stall behind the grandstand and come out to greet visitors at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. In deference to his age and change in surroundings, Sir Taurus will be happy to be photographed on July 5, but no petting please. Sir Taurus is one of 43 horses featured in the new book, Standardbred Old Friends. The book features horses of distinction, most Hall of Fame members, some noted for long and productive blue collar careers, all now in the twilight of their lives. The book will be on sale to benefit Goshen Historic Track near Sir Taurus' stall. Author Ellen Harvey will be available to sign copies of the coffee table book that features the photos of acclaimed equine photographer Barbara Livingston. The track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The rarest of all horses, a pure white Standardbred colt, will be the guest of honor at an open house to celebrate New Jersey's "Month of the Horse" at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. on Sunday, June 29. The colt, whose birth is a 1-in-200,000 occurrence, is named White Bliss and was born at Fair Winds in May of 2012. He was sold at public auction in November of 2013 for $240,000 and is now in training to be a pacing racehorse. Both his parents are bay and the colt was pure white at birth; he is not albino. White Bliss will be turned out in a paddock for some grazing time and relaxation and will be easily seen and photographed by visitors. The open house at Fair Winds, which is at 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge, is from 1 to 4. The colt will be outside for the duration of the open house. Visitors will also get see some of the dozens of foals, baby horses, born each year at Fair Winds and learn how they're raised and eventually trained to be harness racehorses. Fair Winds is also home to Hogan Equine, a special clinic just for horses, run by Dr. Patricia Hogan. Dr. Hogan will show visitors the workings of the clinic, where hundreds of horses, mostly Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, are treated each year. Her client list reads like a "Who's Who" of horse racing, and includes 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Smarty Jones. Blacksmith Tom Mulryne will do demonstrations of how horses' feet are kept healthy by regular trimming and shoeing when needed. There will also be a few friendly horses for visitors to pet and groom. There will be kids' activities and information from the United States Trotting Association, NJ Farm Bureau, FFA , Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Pony Club, Rutgers Equine Science Center and the Monmouth County 4H. Fair Winds is one of New Jersey's largest and most successful farms, producing champion Standardbreds that compete at Freehold Raceway, The Meadowlands and all over the world. This is a rain or shine event. Visitors are asked to leave dogs at home and to be aware that there are very few paved surfaces on the farm, so it may be rough going for wheelchairs and strollers. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

All the live  racing and harness racing history a person could want will be found in one place over the long Fourth of July weekend in Goshen, New York. With racing every day from July 3 to July 6 at Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame adjacent to the track at 240 Main Street, Goshen is a "one stop shop" for harness racing fans. Here's the comprehensive list of Goshen events: Thursday, July 3: 10 a.m. Museum open and free to all visitors. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, New York-sired fair races and under saddle race. Admission is $5 for adults, includes a program. Friday, July 4: 10 a.m. Museum opens. At 11:30 a.m., Reading and book signing - Barbara Livingston and Ellen Harvey, Standardbred Old Friends. 10 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children's rides. 1 p.m. Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds, Goshen Historic Track. Guest outriders are Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover, horses featured in Standardbred Old Friends. They will do a meet and greet after race five. The book is on sale to benefit Historic Track throughout the race card. Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m. Museum opens. Meet cartoonist and artist Peb (Pierre Bellocq) in the Carriage Room where his unique and familiar artwork is on display. 10 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children's rides. 1 p.m. Excelsior Series for New York-breds and amateur races at Goshen Historic Track. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 30-year-old Sir Taurus, a top New York sire and featured in Standardbred Old Friends book, greets the public from a stall behind the grandstand at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. Photos welcome. Copies of Standardbred Old Friends on sale to benefit Historic Track. Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m. Museum opens. 11 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children's rides. Noon to 1 p.m.: Ellen Harvey signs copies of Standardbred Old Friends. Museum Concourse. 1 p.m. Hall of Fame drivers race, under saddle and Excelsior Series racing at Goshen Historic Track. Drivers to sign autographs and greet the public after their race. From 1 p.m. to the Hall of Fame race, Ellen Harvey will sign Standardbred Old Friends to benefit Historic Track. 5 p.m. Grand opening of the Remember Roosevelt exhibit at Harness Racing Museum. 5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction festivities begin with the cocktail hour in Haughton Hall, for tickets call 845-294-6330. 6:30 p.m. Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony start on the Museum lawn. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 9, 2014 - New Jersey's standardbred horsemen will celebrate June, the Month of the Horse in New Jersey, with donations of the new book, Standardbred Old Friends; a personal appearance by the retired racehorse Indy and an open house at Fair Winds Farm. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey is donating 20 copies of Standardbred Old Friends, featuring the work of award-winner equine photographer Barbara Livingston and text by racing writer Ellen Harvey of Freehold, NJ, to New Jersey regional and consortium libraries as well as local libraries in communities located near racetracks and training centers. Standardbred Old Friends portrays 43 horses, from age 19 to 37. Some became multimillionaire world champions but most have more modest racing credentials, moving on to retirement or second careers, including as pleasure and show horses or mounts for law enforcement. The book's 153 photos and 43 stories were selected from thousands of photos and 150 interviews. The Monmouth County Library System has a series of events at its various locations, including a personal appearance by Independent Act - aka Indy - who made the successful transition from racehorse to show competitor under the care of his owner, Suzanne D'Ambrose of Neptune, NJ. Indy will be at the Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan, on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. The well-mannered trotter will meet the public, accept carrots and horse treats, and pose for photos. He will also be at the Fair Winds open house. Fair Winds Farm, a standardbred breeding farm that is home to dozens of mares and foals, and site of the Hogan Equine Clinic, will host an open house on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The farm is located at 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge, NJ. Prominent equine surgeon Dr. Patricia Hogan will show visitors the workings of her clinic, where hundreds of horses, mostly thoroughbreds and standardbreds, are treated each year. Blacksmith Tom Mulryne will demonstrate how horse hooves are kept healthy by regular trimming and shoeing, and there will be kids' activities and information from the NJ Farm Bureau, Future Farmers of America, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Pony Club, Rutgers Equine Science Center and the Monmouth County 4H. This is a rain or shine event. Visitors are asked to leave dogs at home and to be aware that there are very few paved surfaces on the farm, so it may be rough going for wheelchairs and strollers. New Jersey is home to thousands of pleasure horses, show horses and racehorses. In 1977, to honor its importance in New Jersey's economy and quality of life, the horse was named the official state animal. In May 1998, Governor Christine Todd Whitman proclaimed June as the Month of the Horse, a practice continued by her successors. Month of the Horse festivities opened on June 6 with an appearance by New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Suzanne D'Ambrose, of Neptune, N.J, is the winner of the 2014 Stanley Dancer Award from the N.J. Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The award honors an individual whose efforts on behalf of racing and cooperation with the media are in keeping with the example set by the late Hall of Fame driver and trainer Stanley Dancer, a native of New Egypt, N.J. D'Ambrose, a retired high school teacher and mounted police officer, has given countless hours of both her time and that of her family-friendly 13 -year-old trotter, Independent Act, aka Indy, in doing outreach events for the Standardbred industry. D'Ambrose and Indy have appeared at libraries throughout the state to help celebrate New Jersey's Month of the Horse each June. This month so far, the duo will be at the Howell Library at 6 pm on June 11, the Manalapan Library on June 30, as well as June 29 at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. Indy has patiently been petted and fed carrots by hundreds of adults and children, many of them making their first ever equine encounter. He has often been the only "boy" at Girl Scout camps where D'Ambrose teaches horsemanship. D'Ambrose, who is a freelance equine massage therapist, also volunteers extensively with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) on fund raising events as well as helping with adoption outreach events. She even provides complimentary massages for horses rehabilitating from racing injuries and awaiting adoption. Independent Act retired from racing at age 6 and now accompanies D'Ambrose as the two represent the breed in parades, hunter paces, Western trail classes and showmanship competition. Previous winners of the Dancer Award, since1991, were drivers John Campbell, Herve Filion, Ray Remmen and Luc Ouellette; trainers Robbie Siegelman, Kevin and John McDermott, Kelly Stackowicz and George Teague Jr.; the father-son team of Carl and Rod Allen; the duo of trainer Jimmy Takter and owner/amateur driver Mal Burroughs, the Meirs Family of Walnridge Farms for the Niatross Tour, Robert J. Sharkey, the go-to guy at Meadowlands, SBOA of New Jersey President Tom Luchento, Meadowlands General Manager Chris McErlean, the late veterinarian Dr. Pat Knapman. By Ellen Harvey, for the New Jersey chapter of USHWA

East Rutherford, NJ --- The inaugural harness racing spring mixed sale, including nearly two dozen 2-year-olds in training, was held Sunday afternoon (May 18) at The Meadowlands by the Tattersalls Sales Company. Three horses sold for more than $100,000, including the $157,000 sales topper, the 4-year-old pacing mare American In Paris. The daughter of American Ideal has been racing in Open company at The Meadowlands and took a mark of 1:50 this year to go with her $173,309 in career earnings. She was purchased by Scott DiDomenico as agent and was previously campaigned in the Ron Burke Stable and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Among the 2-year-olds in training contingent, hip #1, Heavenly Tunes, was the top seller at $35,000 to Kostas Tsanakos of East Hanover, N.J., who will also train the horse at his farm in Millstone, N.J. “I like him, I like his looks,” said Tsanakos. “He was a good size horse, put together well. I looked at others, but I liked him the most. I have one I’m bringing up myself and this one is almost ready to go.” The concept of selling young, unraced but trained and almost ready to race horses is an established one in the Thoroughbred business, but new to Standardbreds. “I think it went reasonably well,” said David Reid, general manager and director of operations for the sale. “There was definitely interest in the 2-year-olds and it’s a market we’re going to try to continue to grow. We have to tweak some things, but I was reasonably satisfied with the results.” Reid indicated that the juveniles will be tracked for future performance, as are all Tattersalls Sales graduates. “We always want graduates to advance as stakes winners or solid performers but we’ll pay special attention to the 2-year-olds,” he said. The sale will be back again next year, with 2-year-olds offered once again. “It will definitely be a permanent fixture on the sales schedule,” said Reid. “We got a lot of positive feedback and people will have a little head start next year. I definitely think horsemen will plan to target a spring mixed sale next year and I think we’ll have more 2-year-olds offered for sale than we did this year. I think it will be an opportunity for horsemen to buy reasonably priced horses or maybe even pick up the level of individual pedigree. I think you will see a better turnout next year from a consigner point of view. I think it’s going to have some legs.” For full sales results, go to www.tattersallsredmile.com. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

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