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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 - Resolve, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, won the $303,050 John Cashman Memorial for harness racing open trotters by four and a quarter lengths in a time of 2:04.2 for the mile and an eighth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. The mile time in the sixth race distance event was 1:50.1. Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, PA. The victory was the third in 18 starts for the year for earnings of $335,995 toward $2,544,429 for the career of the six-year -old son of Muscle Hill. . The 12- horse field was led to the first quarter by Resolve, who hit the first quarter 26.3, with Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) behind them. Those two led the field to the 55.1 half when Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) came up to challenge on the outside, just before the 1:22.3 three quarters, around the final turn, and took the second spot away from Crazy Wow. Resolve trotted away from the field in the homestretch for the win. Resolve returned $7.00, $4.00 and $3.80. Marion Marauder, paying $4.00, $3.00, was second and Lookslikeachpndale returned $14.20 in third with Daniel Dube driving. The first three home are all by Muscle Hill. "[Marion Marauder] was the horse to beat before the race," said Svanstadt. "But Resolve was good enough." Asked if Resolve was as good as Sebastian K, "Not yet, It's hard to beat [1]:49," he said. By Ellen Harvey

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 -- Pasithea Face S and Tim Tetrick won the $176,250 Dr. John Steele Memorial for harness racing trotting mares in 1:51.2 by two lengths for her first United States win on Saturday afternoon at The Meadowlands. Emoticom Hanover, driven by Daniel Dube, got to the lead in a time of 27.3 for the first quarter but were soon overtaken by Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who had the lead at the 54.4 half, before Pasithea Face S came up to challenge at about the five eighths mile mark. Those two trotted together around the final turn and in to the stretch, with Emoticom Hanover looking to squeeze up the rail. Pasithea Face trotted on to the wire with mild urging for the win by two lengths, paying $9.60, $6.00, $15.20. Caprice Hill ($15.60, $41.60] got up for second and Emoticom Hanover ($23.00) was third. "This horse is really strong, " said Anders Strom, who races the five-year-old mare under his stable name of Courant, Inc. "I thought she would do great by the mile track and so did her trainer, Lutfi Kolgini in Sweden. We are friends with Jimmy (trainer Takter), so of course this is a great option to come over and try to get a big record for her before she goes to the breeding barn." Pasithea Face races in the red and gold silks of her owner, designed for a simple reason, said Strom, "It's because my mom can't really find my horses in the race, so that's why we wear this color for the horse." "I got to drive her two weeks ago (in a second place finish in the Ms. Versatility) and I just loved her," said Tetrick. "It was her first start here and thought we'd go nice and easy with her and she trotted strong to the wire. She did her job today. Hannelore Hanover was the one to beat today. She didn't have the best day, but take nothing away from my mare, she was awesome." Odds on favorite Hannelore Hanover faded to fourth. Jimmy Takter trains this mare by Muscle Hill for owners Courant, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL Pasithea Face S By Ellen Harvey

Freehold, NJ --- The U.S. Trotting Association will join an industry-wide initiative to review the rules of racing promulgated by the Association, to create a rule book that every harness racing jurisdiction will adopt and enforce. The initiative, chaired by new Hambletonian Society President John Campbell, will conduct a detailed and comprehensive review of the rules of racing, with input from all stakeholders. The initial goal of this effort is to identify rules that should be clarified, modified or expanded to enhance uniform adoption and interpretation and to more accurately reflect contemporary racing conditions. The group will ultimately work to incorporate changes to existing USTA rules and seek their adoption with state and provincial racing commissions. "We should have universal rules throughout harness racing, throughout North America," says Campbell. "That is something I've felt quite strongly about for a long time. I don't believe some of our rules are worded as well as they could be. That can make it difficult for the judges to rule consistently. If the wording were made more concise and definitive, it would be easier for judges. "I think there is more of an impetus for the Commissions to go by USTA rules right now than there has been in the past. The beneficiaries are twofold -- this will benefit the gamblers betting on our game across North America as well as participants and judges. It will be better for all involved to get this accomplished." It's anticipated that there will be some review and revision of rules completed prior to the Sept. 1 deadline required for USTA rule changes to be considered in 2018, but Campbell cautions the effort will be a sustained one over time. "It's not something to be done quickly," he said. "It will be a long thought process to get the wording done right." While every aspect of the rules of racing will be considered, the initial areas of scrutiny will be driver safety and fitness, fair start, recall and starting gate rules, horses coming out of a hole, causes of interference, and in the era where so much handle is generated by simulcast, conduct of post parades. Members of the committee include driver Yannick Gingras, Hall of Fame driver and racing official Dave Magee and driver Jeff Gregory, chairman of the USTA Trainer-Driver Committee, as well as retired Hall of Fame driver Bill O'Donnell, now serving as president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. Brett Revington of the Pennsylvania Racing Commission will participate, as will presiding judges from both the U. S. and Canada, Don Harmon, Tim Schmitz, Jeff Tallarino, Bill McLinchey, Tom Miller and Dan Kazmaier. Racetrack executive and USTA director Jason Settlemoir, USTA directors Dick Brandt, chairman of the rules committee, and Steve McCoy, former president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, who helped craft rules and policies for the Association following the introduction of racinos, will also contribute. Registrar TC Lane will serve as the USTA representative, to assist in coordination and execution of the group's agenda. In addition, there will be two non-voting members, horseman Gary Buxton and professional harness racing gambler and former horseman Les Stark. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Mach It So, with David Miller driving, held off a persistent Boston Red Rocks and Brett Miller in the final eighth of a mile to win the $427,400 William Haughton Memorial for harness racing open pacers by a neck at the Meadowlands on Saturday night in a time of 2:00.4 for the mile and an eighth distance. Mach It So (Mach Three) was off the early pace, set by Bettor's Edge and Scott Zeron through a snappy :25.4 first quarter, with Rock N' Roll World and Brian Sears in behind him. Mach It So was moving up from fourth just past the quarter and had the lead by the half in :54.1. Boston Red Rocks was on the outside to challenge past the half and kept up the pressure and drew nearly even at three-quarters, which was timed in 1:20.4. Those two were the sole contenders down the stretch with Mach It So hitting the mile in 1:47.1 with a slight lead and Boston Red Rocks still pressing hard on the outside to the wire. "With the extra eighth of a mile, I wasn't sure what was going to happen," said winning driver Miller. "When the gate folded, it looked like there were about 10 of them (in a 12-horse field) leaving. By the time we got to the first turn, it had settled down and I was sitting fourth. "We were actually going a pretty moderate pace, so I went ahead and moved him to see what would happen. The horse first up just kind of rode there and we got our own way. He fought really hard through the stretch. I think Boston Red Rocks got up on him, but this horse fought back and put his head in front. That (1:47.1) is a big mile for him. He was still pacing hard at the wire. I give the horse a lot of credit. He's a quality horse. He's been around for a long time and he's won this race before." Mach It So Mach It So returned $34.60 to win. Bettor's Edge (Scott Zeron) was third. Mach It So now hs over $2m in earnings and is trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. and owned by Bamond Racing LLC. By Ellen Harvey

In a 1:51 world-record performance for a 4-year-old mare, Emoticon Hanover and Daniel Dube made light work of the field to win their division of the $30,000 Miss Versatility for harness racing open trotting mares by a length and a half on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Dube got the daughter of Kadabra off the gate and to the lead first before the :28.3 first quarter and held Broadway Donna and David Miller behind them to the :56 half mile maker. They were in the same order at the 1:24.2 three quarters, after Broadway Donna came off the rail briefly and then retreated. In deep stretch, Emoticon Hanover ($9.80 to win) trotted away from the field as Pasithea Face S slipped up the rail to be second and Broadway Donna was third, three-quarters of a length behind her on the outside. "She went around the track nice and easy," said Dube. "I just let her trot at the end and she did it very easy. I saw (Broadway Donna) coming and my mare responded really good." Emoticon Hanover is owned by Determination Stable of Montreal and trained by Luc Blais. Emoticon Hanover In the other division, Hannelore Hanover ($2.10) and driver Yannick Gingras never had an anxious moment, winning the first of the two divisions by five lengths in 1:50.3, a new career mark. Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) was first off the starting gate, getting to the lead before the :27.3 first quarter. Hannelore Hanover was out and on the move just past that point and crossed over to the lead along the rail by the :55 half, with Side Bet Hanover tucked in behind her. Hannelore led the way to the 1:23.1 three-quarters with Side Bet Hanover behind her and Sweet Thing (Tim Tetrick) making a play for the lead on the outside. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover trotted away from the field, leaving Caprice Hill in second and Oho Diamond a half-length behind her in third. Hannelore Hanover is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Jerry and Teresa Silver. "She's definitely sounder (than last year) so it makes it easier," said Gingras. "At times last year she was a little sore, but now she's really sound. That was a really good mile tonight and now she's ready to rock. (Racing against the male trotters) is definitely on the horizon. We've got them on the radar for the big purses and also against the girls, but we're going to face them soon," he said. Hannelore Hanover By Ellen Harvey

Goshen, NY --- Lord Cromwell and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett left no doubt as to the best horse in the $17,747 third division of the Landmark Series for 3-year-old trotting colts was on Monday afternoon (July 3) at Goshen Historic Track. They led the field at every fraction (:30.3, 1:01.1, 1:30) to win by 10-3/4 lengths in 1:59.1. The winners of the other seven divisions were Keystone Phoenix, Coach Cummings, Make Music K, Real Rayenbow, Reverend Nanny, Give Up The Ghost and Outtatheballpark. He’s got to go to Buffalo (for New York Sire Stakes) on Sunday so it was kind of a nice mile for him,” said trainer Ed Hart. “He’s very good on a half, he showed that at Freehold (winning the Dexter Cup on May 6). He’s quick, he gets around the turns super. He’s not eligible to the Hambletonian (Aug. 5 at The Meadowlands). We didn’t keep him eligible to a whole lot this year. He had problems last year, started off slow; he got sick, we gelded him and we had a real problem. He almost died, but he’s come around.” Lord Cromwell was bred and is owned by Carolyn Atherton. Cash N Chrome (Brian Connor) was second and Icanflylikeanangel (Jordan Stratton) was third. In the first division of the Billings Series for amateur drivers, Robert Ciavardini returned to his original profession after several decades working in the construction business, winning one of the $5,000 trots with his own Baltimore As. Ciavardini got Baltimore As, an 8 year-old son of Credit Winner, off the gate to the lead at the :30 first quarter and was overtaken by the half by Pocket Passer and Anthony Verruso who held the lead at the 1:00.3 half and the 1:31.4 three-quarters. Ciavardini overtook the leaders in the stretch for the win by 3-1/4 lengths in 2:02.3. Pocket Passer was second and Zorgwijk Impact (Joe Pennacchio) was third. I was in this business in 1968 as a groom at Roosevelt and went on to do it full time, got my trainer’s license, driver’s license for about 20 years," Ciavardini said. “Then in about 1988, I was offered a real job, working construction. I worked for one company in New York City, retired in Aug. of 2016, decided to have some fun. I joined the amateurs, bought a couple trotters, me, my brother and my wife. I have a couple trotters with (trainer) Tommy Merton. I decided maybe I’ll try it again. I wasn’t even thinking of driving, I was just thinking of having a horse to fool around with. But little by little, I saw these amateurs, which we didn’t have when I was in it; I thought I’d try it. My wife thought I was crazy, my kids thinks I’m nuts. But it’s fun, I didn’t drive for 27 years, but about a month ago I got my first drive. I think this my fifth. Right now, I’m having a ball.” Coach Cummings and trainer/driver/owner Ray Schnittker won the second division of $11,150 Landmark Stake for 2-year-old trotting colts wire-to-wire in 2:04.2, but the connections of second place finisher Two Six (Jason Bartlett) were delighted with his runner-up spot, back 4-1/4 lengths from the winner and more than 16 lengths ahead of third place finisher Mass Confession (Marcus Miller). Unlike many of his fellow juvenile trotters, there was no particular science behind Two Six’s bloodlines, says owner Ann Mari Daley, who was trackside at Goshen while her husband, trainer Dan Daley, is recovering at home from injuries in a racing accident two weeks ago. His mommy was my 2-year-old, Royal Moxie and his father (Thanks For Playin) was a 2-year-old out in the field with yearlings when she was a yearling,” said Daley. “They met and fell in love and had a baby. This happened before I bought her. We were training her down in Florida (as a 2-year-old) and she kept coming up flat at the end of the mile and Dan wondered what this is. Dr. Caputo checked her over and first we thought it was cancer because there was a mass. Then he came back to ultrasound her and he saw the mass move. She was getting ready to foal. We foaled out a cute little colt and here he is. He’s not staked to anything, but we paid him into the Landmark and the Reynolds and a few others. He is a good-looking colt and all he wants to do is trot, knock wood.” The final day of racing resumes at Goshen on July 4 at 1 p.m. for New York county fair racing. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

When harness racing driver John Campbell gets behind the gate at Goshen Historic Track on July 2 for the Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot (race 4 at approximately 2 p.m.), he'll see a familiar face to his left. In post eight, driving the trotter Pig Hunt, Campbell will be next to Bill O'Donnell, driving Toss Cartwright from post seven. It will be the last race in the U.S. for both men, who are Canadian-born. O'Donnell made the decision when he found out at the Dan Patch dinner in Las Vegas in February that David Miller would be attending Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in Ontario, a biennial fan-centered day, to be held this year on July 30. I said, "Good. You [Miller] can drive in my place. John was there and he said, "Well, that's my last drive why don't you do it, too? Let's do it together, our last drives.'" O'Donnell, seven years older than Campbell, has 5,445 wins and $90.6 million in purses, and is now the president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. He trained a small stable until recently, though he's kept his equipment - "I'm sure I'll find something to train," he says. The two men dominated harness racing in the '80s and '90s, with O'Donnell having 20 seasons of $1 million or more while Campbell has continued with 38 seasons of a million or more and eight of $10 million plus. O'Donnell was the first driver to reach $10 million in a year in purses, hitting that mark in 1985. "I wish he had retired 30 years ago, it would have been a lot better for me," says O'Donnell with a laugh. His driving in recent years has been limited to fan-friendly events, like those at Goshen and Clinton. "They're lined up for a quarter of a mile [at the meet and greets], same as Goshen," says O'Donnell, "year after year after year." Campbell will also stay focused on the fans in the future, he says. "It's my last time driving, but it won't be my last time at Goshen," he says. "I'll still come and see people, go to the [induction] dinner on a regular basis, it's not like I'm never going to be back at Goshen." On Sunday, Campbell will line up against many drivers with which he competed on a nightly basis for decades at The Meadowlands and in major races across North America. Aside from O'Donnell, Wally Hennessey, Dick Stillings, Brian Sears (to be inducted Sunday night), Jimmy Takter, Dave Palone and David Miller will also compete in the race. "We'll get together and reminisce and laugh about some of the silly stuff years ago," said Campbell. "The camaraderie is always great." Historic Track is giving away a commemorative photo of Campbell with some of the best horses of his career and a detailed list of his accomplishments to the first 500 paid admissions on Sunday. Fans can say hello and get him to sign it after the Hall of Fame drivers race. Campbell and the other drivers will have sharpies at the ready, "I'll be able to handle that - that won't be an issue," he says. "It's always special at Goshen because the fans are right on top of you (in the grandstand up against the racing surface], it's the personal interaction and they're always so enthusiastic and so nice at Goshen. It's fun to be part of that. I really appreciate it so much." Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen. Admission is $5 (includes a program) for adults and children are free. They're located behind the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame at 240 Main Street in Goshen, where admission is always free. Ellen Harvey 

When John Campbell makes his last drive in the United States on Sunday, July 2, at Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track, fans will have a few chances to get a remembrance of his historic career as harness racing's leading money winning ($299.9 million) driver of all time. The first 500 paid admissions to Historic Track on Sunday will get a commemorative 8.5x 11 photo of Campbell with some of the best horses of his career, including Mack Lobell, Peace Corps, Merger, Miss Easy and Life Sign. (See attachment). The back of the photo details Campbell's statistics and accomplishments. After the annual Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers on Sunday, Campbell will be available to sign those photos at the track. He will be joined by eight other Hall of Fame drivers signing their photos: Bill O'Donnell, who will also be making his last U.S. drive that day, Ron Waples, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, Dave Palone, Wally Hennessey, Dick Stillings, and Brian Sears, who will be inducted in to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that night. In addition, the Harness Racing Museum, adjacent to the second turn of the track at 240 Main Street, will sell signed John Campbell bobbleheads ($50) as well as a signed poster of Campbell, designed in pop art style by Raymond Lance, for $100. Mugs based on the Historic Track poster will sell for $15 at the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum's mission to preserve and promote the sport of harness racing. Those that cannot get to Goshen on July 2 can order by calling 845-294-6330. "We are delighted that John has agreed to the sale of these souvenir items to help celebrate his long and important career," said Janet Terhune, Museum director. "John has made so many fans for the sport and we're happy to have a way for them to remember and celebrate his contributions." By Ellen Harvey / Harness Racing Communications/USTA

The last weekend on June was outreach time at Fair Winds Farm, in Cream Ridge, NJ for nearly 400 visitors. Fair Winds' owner, Mark Mullen, teamed up with Dr. Patty Hogan's Hogan Equine Clinic, located on the grounds of the farm, to open their doors to the public and hold a workshop for future equine health professionals. On Saturday, June 24, high school students spent the morning with Dr. Hogan at her clinic to learn how to prepare for a career in equine medicine, either as a veterinarian or a technician. "I'm often asked by young people how to prepare for a career caring for horses," said Hogan. "It's not all just good grades in math and science; the best vets I know have one thing in common - they know horses - they handle them well, they know their quirks, and are just all-around great observers of horse behavior. That is something no school can teach you - it's all experience." The afternoon brought a demonstration of equine massage by Suzanne D'Ambrose and a chance to try out what they learned on trotter Independent Act. Mark Mullen gave a close look at careers in breeding farm management. "The farm manager has to be good at many things," said Mullen. "Horse husbandry and first aid, foaling mares, nutrition, maintenance, there is so much to attend to in order to have healthy animals." There was no tuition for the workshop; students were asked to bring a donation of pet food. Feral cats at Gaitway Farm training center and the Monmouth County SPCA Pet Food Bank were the beneficiaries of about 600 pounds of donated food. On Sunday, the 4th annual Fair Winds open house brought a crowd of over 300 people to tour the clinic, see mares and foals up close, watch farrier Tom Mulryne at work, and see a demonstration of Standardbreds in new careers by the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization. Trainer Stacey Chiodo brought retired racehorse Mighty Young Joe and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's mare Sweet Karen showed how the trottingbred ponies teach young people about their training and care. The $1.3 million winner, Falls For You, and her gregarious three month old son by Trixton participated in the demonstrations to educate the crowd on the "crop" that Fair Winds produces. A team of grey Percherons pulled a wagon full of 17 different groups of visitors around the farm, with narration provided by a USTA staff member. There were also booths from the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of NJ, Rutgers University, FFA, 4H and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Captions: Falls For You (T 1:52.2, $1,311,152) and her son by Trixton. By Ellen Harvey / Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Freehold, NJ --- The 107th season of harness racing in Goshen, N.Y., will include the final race in the United States for all-time money-winning driver John Campbell and inductions for harness racing's finest over a long weekend from July 1-4. On Sunday (July 2), John Campbell, whose $299.8 million in purses and 10,662 wins makes him the leading money-winning driver of all time in the world, will race for the final time in this country in the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers at Historic Track, 44 Park Place. In the race with Campbell will be many who have competed against him in the past several decades, including Bill O'Donnell, Ron Waples, David Miller, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, Dick Stillings, Wally Hennessey and Brian Sears, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that evening. The first 500 paid admissions to the track will get a commemorative photo montage of Campbell's career highlights. All of the drivers in the Hall of Fame race will sign photos after the race. The Hall of Fame race is on the card in the second of four days of racing at Historic Track. Racing starts at 1 p.m. each day, with New York-bred Excelsior stakes races taking place on Saturday (July 1), along with a visit from Cameo Hills Farm's goodwill ambassador/riding horse/yearling babysitter Whiskey Pete p,4,1:48.4 ($426,701). Whiskey Pete will pose for selfies and invite pats from visitors behind the grandstand after races one, three, five and seven. The Harness Racing Museum, adjacent to the track at 240 Main Street, is open every day of the long weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free. New exhibits include one on the "Grey Ghost" Greyhound, trotting legend of the 1930s and set to open July 2 at 5 p.m. The exhibit includes his stall and adjacent sitting room, taken apart board by board in 2014 and re-assembled in the Museum. The sitting room was built next to his stall at his retirement home in Illinois to accommodate the regular parade of visitors he had until his death in 1965. Induction ceremonies at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in the Museum will take place Sunday evening (July 2). Driver Brian Sears leads the list of people and horses to be inducted. The 36th annual Great American Weekend celebration takes place just a block from the Museum and track on Goshen's nine-acre town green on Saturday and Sunday (July 1 and 2). Entertainment, craft and carnival food vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Racing resumes on Monday (July 3) with Landmark Stakes races and concludes on Tuesday (July 4) with New York-bred county fair races. Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Keystone Wallis, the paternal great-granddam of 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki, died over the weekend at her home of eight years with equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan, and her husband Ed Lohmeyer, in New Jersey. She was 31. "We found her in the paddock at feeding this morning (Sunday, June 4) with her faithful friend, (Hall of Fame broodmare) Flat Foot Fluzy standing guard over her," said Hogan. "Looks like it was peaceful -- no signs of trauma or any struggle in the ground around her." She was the dam of 14 foals, including Neverhaveneverwill, dam of Always A Virgin, the sire of Always B Miki. Keystone Wallis had lived with Hogan since 2009, long before her great-grandson became a patient of Hogan's for two different orthopedic surgeries. Keystone Wallis won 18 races in 62 starts, including a heat of the Jugette, along with $618,256; she took a mark of 1:55.3f as a 2-year-old. She was trained by the late Jack Kopas for owners Trent Valley Stables. She changed hands for the last time in the fall of 2009, at age 23, when she sold for $150 at public auction to Kate Miller, who'd seen her race in the Adioo Volo at The Meadows when Keystone Wallis was a 3-year-old and Miller was 6. Not yet in first grade at the time, Miller couldn't read a program, but she remembered the mare for her grey color and her post position -- one. Two decades later, she recognized her name in a sales catalog and went for the specific purpose of buying her to ensure a safe home. Miller was 26 then, but in no position to provide care for an older broodmare. Hogan read of their story and volunteered to care for Keystone Wallis at her home for the rest of her life. The mare forged a strong friendship with Lohmeyer's mare Flat Foot Fluzy, now 30, and the two spent every day together until the end of Keystone Wallis' life. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Spots are still available in a workshop for those who would like to learn to call a horse race. The United States Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Meadowlands Racetrack, is sponsoring the educational event on Saturday (June 17) at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 17 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, anchors the Meadowlands show on SNY and has also been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, www.kenvoice.com. The workshop was last conducted in 2015 with announcer Tom Durkin as the instructor. Video of that workshop can be seen here. The two hour workshop has been logged so viewers can skip to the segments of most interest to them if they do not want to watch the entire segment. The day's events will start at 8 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2-year-olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $40 for adults and $10 for high school and college students. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. As a tribute to Sam McKee, the late Meadowlands announcer who started calling races at age 14, the USTA and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation have teamed up to provide travel grants, if needed, for high school and college students attending the class. For more information or to sign up, contact Ellen Harvey at ellen.harvey@ustrotting.com or call 732.780.3700. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

Freehold, NJ --- Jan. 1 is the universal birthday for every horse in North America. Waco Hanover (born May 4, 1977) of Randolph Center, Vt. and his fellow 40-year-old (born March 20, 1977) Standardbred, Chocolate Sundae, of Cumberland, Maine, overcame very long odds to reach that milestone. A crew from the CBS Sunday Morning Show visited with Waco Hanover, and two men devoted to his care, on Dec. 21 and 22. Their story about the senior Standardbred is scheduled to run on Sunday (Jan. 1). The show airs from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EST) on CBS affiliates throughout the country. The story was placed by the U.S. Trotting Association's Harness Racing Communications division, with help from USTA member and CBS News Senior Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen. Sunday Morning is in its 36th season, first with host Charles Kuralt, then Charles Osgood and now Jane Pauley. Correspondent Tony Dokoupil traveled to Vermont to meet Waco Hanover and talk with his owner, Everett Kettler and caretaker, Donnie MacAdams. Here is an excerpt on Waco Hanover from the book Standardbred Old Friends, available in the Harness Racing Museum gift shop. *** Everett Kettler quickly spotted the new horse's problem. "He had a real attitude problem," he said. "Sour. He was very sour." Waco Hanover, now 37, was six when Kettler bought him for $1,500 in 1983. The gelding had raced for four years, most recently for Nelson Haley, in $2,000 claimers at Saratoga Raceway. In 57 starts, he'd won only four races. Kettler had just what Waco Hanover needed, a farm in Woodbury, Vt. "I let him be a horse," Kettler said. "He ate grass, ran around with mares." Waco was more teacher than pet to Kettler, more accustomed to coaxing sound from strings than speed from a horse. Kettler was a luthier, a craftsman of stringed instruments. "He taught me how to drive," Kettler said. "I didn't know anything. He wouldn't respond if you didn't do the right thing. "I had a tiny track, not good for anything but jogging. Before that, I was driving on the road, going through horseshoes every two weeks." Every spring, from 1983 to 1991, Kettler legged up Waco Hanover. They raced at places like the Tunbridge World's Fair in Vermont, featuring maple ice cream, an oxen costume class and the world's narrowest racetrack. It fits four horses across, but they'd better be narrow horses. "My God, it's scary," Kettler said. If you don't get down to three (wide) by the turn, you're going in the river." Waco Hanover won at Tunbridge his first year for Kettler, a mile in 2:15.2, an impressive time if you've seen the track. In the late 1980s, Kettler integrated his hobby and business. He founded Rough Terrain Carts and started building horse-drawn carts for country roads -- or no roads. Waco tested prototype carts. "It had these big, wooden wheels," said Kettler. "Waco looks over his shoulder and starts freaking. I put it over his rump, touched him with the shafts. It was like he said, 'Oh, you want me to pull it.' You could see the light bulb go off." "I got into endurance driving events," Kettler said. "I used that to put his legs under him in the spring, then I'd go off and race him." "He cleaned up in a couple of them," Kettler said. "I remember his first race. Well, it's not a race, an event. I didn't want two in the cart, but I was looking at five miles to go, and I thought this is nothing, absolutely nothing. My wife got in, and we must have passed 15 horses. They must have wondered what kind of monster is this?" The seasons turned with Waco resting in winter and legging up on country roads in spring. Kettler and Waco raced for a few hundred dollars from New York to Maine. Most years they won a race. That was nice but not essential, or, in Waco's mind, perhaps, wholly unnecessary. "I think he's the age he is and the shape he's in because he knew he'd still get fed, no matter what," Kettler said. In 1991 Waco Hanover turned 14. That season, his eleventh, spanned three weeks; he earned $1,350. All that work for so little money would be worth it, Kettler thought, if they could win at Tunbridge. "The main goal was to get a couple of races under him and win the 14-year-old race at Tunbridge," Kettler said. The purse was $210. "It was funny," Kettler said. "Well, funny to me, anyway. We got there, and there were only two horses in it." The other 14-year-old was Luke Hanover, owned and trained by Dale Allen. Luke and Waco Hanover were born and raised at Hanover Shoe Farms. Luke Hanover hadn't raced in two years. "This guy's kind of like me. He must keep pets around, because the horse hadn't been trained at all," Kettler said. "He just hitched him, made sure he could still go and put him in this race. "He told me, 'This horse hasn't trained at all. Don't leave me too far behind.' I said, 'Yeah, right.' I think he's going to the front and never looking back.' "Turns out it was the truth. I followed him a few feet and went to the front. I let Waco go at about the three-quarter-mile mark. I learned a long time ago not to look back. We won by the length of the stretch. Waco had a great cheering section." The cheering stopped, but Waco stayed busy. In 1991, Kettler and Leslie Bancroft Haynes formed a personal and professional partnership. Their first order of business was buying a farm. Called Rough Terrain Farm, after Kettler's cart business and Vermont's topography, it accommodated Haynes' pleasure horses and Kettler's racehorses. "The farm had a track," Kettler said. "It wasn't exactly flat, parts of it were flat. I had a trotter and when I was breaking him, I used Waco to help, to have another horse out there to give him the idea." Haynes trained carriage driving horses on her half of the farm. "I used Waco for that, too, to teach the young ones," she said. "When you put the harness on him, he was like, 'Yes, I get to go!' I think if you put a harness and a jog cart on him now, he'd be the happiest guy in the world." Haynes' and Kettler's relationship ended when Waco Hanover was 28, but their commitment to the horse endures. Kettler moved to Vermont's Champlain Islands to build boats. Haynes and Waco remain at Rough Terrain. Kettler's section of the farm is leased to the Vermont Technical College Equine Studies program. "The barn where he lives is the Co-op Barn. Kids who bring their horses to school board there," Haynes said. "It's called Waco's Barn, because everybody knows that when Waco dies, Everett will sell his share of the farm. But as long as Waco is alive, he promised Waco he could live his days out here." Donnie MacAdams, who sports a bushy white beard and a no-nonsense personality, lives above the barn and looks after Waco. "I'm an old dairy farmer and still believe horses are hay burners. But I've come around as far as Waco. We get along because we're a couple of old, cranky, miserable bastards. We understand each other. "I get out of my truck and walk toward the barn, and he starts walking to me. If I don't come right out and speak to him, he'll start kicking." There's something in this relationship, too, for MacAdams, who mans a tourism information site. "There are rude kids, obnoxious teenagers, people who expect to be waited on," MacAdams said. "He consoles me, calms me down. Waco loves to rub his face on my shoulder. He's worn out two jackets." Waco Hanover, it seems, has done as much for the people in his life as they for him, though not in money. The $2,600 won in seven years of racing for Kettler wouldn't feed him through one Vermont winter. Waco always cooperated, even, Kettler admits, with his rookie training skills. "He'd see a hill, and the steeper it was, the more determined he was to get up it," Kettler said. "There was something in his efforts that inspired tenacity in my life. Perhaps I appreciated Waco because of a common trait. Maybe he inspired tenacity that wouldn't have been available without his life intermingling with mine. "You've got a certain relationship with a horse, like being married. They're not perfect and you know it, but you put up with them, and they put up with you." .................................................. Due to expanded coverage of news stories, the feature story on 40 year-old Standardbred Waco Hanover scheduled to air on the CBS Sunday Morning show on January 1 has been postponed. No new air date has yet been finalized but it will be communicated as soon as possible. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  

Harrisburg, PA --- Thursday (Nov. 10) was Ladies Day at the Standardbred Horse Sale, with some distinguished harness racing matrons commanding the largest bids. “On a day like today, we saw the people who brought yearlings to sell, especially if they had a good sale, reinvesting,” said Russell Williams, chairman of the event. “They went from consigner to customer; they were buying. A couple hundred thousand is a good price for a broodmare. I would never sell a broodmare anywhere else but Harrisburg.” Satin Pillows, Hip No. 1059, brought a bid of $250,000 for Peninsula Farms. Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm signed the check. The 11-year-old daughter of Conway Hall is a half-sister to Pampered Princess, two-time divisional champion, and the dam of Breeders Crown and divisional champion To Dream On (1:52.1, $975,395). She is in foal to Cantab Hall. “Where we have made our most money, Pizza Dolce, Southwind Serena, Graceful Touch, Emilie Cas El – (broodmares) have been the best,” Stewart said. “That’s what we are trying to do, playing at the top level with one of the best. We were very surprised that we bought her for that price, we were ready to go quite a few more (bids). If you can play at that level, that is where you need to try to play. It’s worked out for us and she will be a great addition to the other girls at the farm.” Satin Pillows had a 2016 colt by Muscle Hill who died, but Stewart is inclined to try again in 2017 with that leading stallion. “Probably Muscle Hill (who she will be bred back to); I was told by Carter (Duer, of Peninsula Farms) that the foal was spectacular," he said. "She’s had some bad luck, but hopefully now that will work out better for us. She will be very happy.” Another trotting mare, Cedar Dove, found a new home not far from the sale at Hanover Shoe Farm, changing hands for $160,000. Her race history, divisional champ in 2011 and nearly $1.2 million in earnings along with a 1.52.3 record, was part of the attraction. “She was a great mare, a lot of name recognition and a great-looking mare,” said Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe. “I like the fact that she’s in foal to Explosive Matter because he never had a mare bred like that to him, so I’m excited to sell the best-bred Explosive Matter (progeny) ever. We will wait (to see the 2017 foal before deciding who to breed her back to), but he would be logical. I don’t know, we sit down in January and figure that out. She has a Muscle Hill weanling and it probably would be nice to breed her back to Muscle Hill, but we’ll see in then.” Sugar Wheeler will go right back where she started from, selling for $150,000 from the Concord Stud Farm consignment as agent for the estate of Bill Weaver and partners Wellwood, Hainsworth and Kelley. She was bought back for the farm, with the sales ticket signed by Julie Meirs. Her 2016 yearling colt by Muscle Hill sold on Monday for $400,000 and the current weanling colt by Kadabra sold for $60,000 to Thomas Dillon just minutes before the mare sold. “We did not have the intention (to try to buy her) at all," Meirs said. "We sold her $400,000 Muscle Hill colt earlier in the week, so you have to do a double-take on looking at her that way. We had a good sale and needed to make sure we put something back in to the broodmare band every year that will continue to produce those yearlings that everyone’s looking for, so we thought that she would be one to get. She had a nice-looking Kadabra weanling here so we will see what happens. “It will be nice to have one of the mares that we’ve had on the farm for Mr. Weaver and his partners," added her father, David. “They were family for us and we have one of the better ones now.” At the other end of the price spectrum, the 21-year-old Neverhaveneverwill, Hip No. 1249, sold for $2,000 as the third from last sale of the day, to Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farm. The grey mare is the dam of Always A Virgin (1:48.4, $1,135,559) and thus granddam of the fastest Standardbred in history, Always B Miki (1:46, $2,519,368). Skolnick is a partner on both Always A Virgin and Always B Miki. “She will go out in the field and she’ll live out the rest of her life," he said. "She won't be bred. I was told she did a great job for us; she gave us Always A Virgin. I didn’t come here thinking I was going to buy her. I was told I was going to buy her by a lot of bleeding heart employees (Emily Homan and Kelly Deitweiller). by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

Harrisburg, PA --- The decision was not a hard one for harness racing trainer Benoit Baillargeon when he saw Alarm Detector.  “I like the whole package,” he said of the Chapter Seven – Final Countdown – Yankee Glide colt whose sales ticket he signed for $110,000, the day’s sales topper,  at the Standardbred Horse Sale on Wednesday.  “There’s a guy (Bryan Montgomery) who put me on to him,” said Baillargeon.  He said, ‘Ben, this is a very nice looking colt, you should go take a look at him.  He knows I’m a trotting man.  I buy mostly trotters all the time.  He said you should go take a look at this horse.  “Bryan saw him raised, really, because he lives locally, near the farm (Concord Stud Farm, consignor for Order By Stable).  He said he’d seen the horse grow up and he was a nice horse.  So I looked at the horse, I looked at the video and he had a beautiful way of going and I said, ‘Well, let’s try to buy him.’ “I know all these horses (in his pedigree), it’s a good family.  Trotters have been good to me; they’ve been bread and butter to me. I buy and race a lot of trotters, it’s good fit for me.  “He will head north, in Canada, no Florida for me.  I’m at Ideal Training Center, about half an hour north of Mohawk.   He will have the harness on him Monday.” Russell Williams, Chairman of the Standardbred Horse Sale, was pleased with the virtual wrap up of the yearling portion of the sale.  “It was the second best average we ever had,” he said.  The top average came in 2007, when 1,048 yearlings sold for an average of $40,824. This year’s average was $38,662 for 866 yearlings. “Very satisfying, particularly when you think of all the work that goes in to raising these horses.  It’s really great that our consignors can have a pay day.” Top ticket horses for the day included: Hip #515 Photobomb Hanover (Explosive Matter – Phaeton) $65,000 filly to Purple Haze Stables - Hanover Shoe Farm Hip # 590 Sweet Toujours (Mach Three – Sweet Hedge) $60,000 filly to Determination – Preferred Equine Marketing Hip # 685 Muscle Miley (Muscle Mass – Bar Ballad) $60,000 filly to Bjorn Noren, Agent – Fair Winds Farm Hip # 704 Brandon Hanover (Big Jim – Brissonte Hanover ) $60,000 colt to David Menary – Hanover She Farms Hip # 723 Shadow Moon (Shadow Play – Lofty Yankee) $60,000 colt to Dr. Ian Moore – Spring Haven Farm Hip # 759 Everyone Hanover (Sportswriter – Edra Hanover) $65,000 colt to Mark Steacy – Hanover Shoe Farms Hip # 765 Western Passage (Sportswriter – Ever Western) $80,000 colt to Casie Coleman – Winbak Farm The day’s offering of  brought the three day total to 866 yearlings sold for an average $38,662 against  $30,818 after three days in 2015 for 1,010 yearlings, and $32,903 in 2014 for 1,089 yearlings. Trotters led the overall totals, bringing an average of $40,438 against $37,207 for pacers.  The sale resumes Thursday morning at 10 a.m., with a limited number of yearlings and weanlings selling first, then bloodstock.  Friday’s sale features racehorses.  For more detailed results and a look at the catalog for the next two days, go to www.theblackbook.com.  by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Walner (Tim Tetrick) was the easiest kind of winner of the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a track and stakes record 1:53 by 4½ lengths on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The record had been 1:53.2, shared by Pinkman (2014) and Manofmanymissions (2010). Walner is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Ken Jacobs. Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) was second and Sortie (Andy McCarthy) was third. The early pace was set by Moonshiner Hanover who got to the :28 first quarter alone at the lead, after an early break by Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan) left the second spot temporarily empty. Walner was up front to take away the lead at the three eighths, and he was in front at the :57 half. Jake (Sylvain Filion) tried to overtake the lead from fifth and got up to third at the 1:26 three quarters, with Moosnhiner Hanover second inside him along the rail. When the field straightened for home, the son of Chapter Seven got mild urging from Tetrick and the two put distance between them and the field for an unpressured win in record time. "He can do it either way," said Tetrick. "He's got a ton of ability and he's very special. I just wanted to get around there safe and make sure I didn't mess it up. I knew I had a good horse, so if I got him in there with decent fractions I knew he would be hard to catch." "I was nervous this time because I expect big things from this colt, said trainer Linda Toscano. "He's a good colt, he has a great attitude. He loves his job." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

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