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In 2016 the publisher of Roosevelt Raceway Where It All Began, Meadow Skipper The Untold Story, Murray Brown Book Full and Closed, and Rose Runners the Chronicles of the Kentucky Derby Winners, closed their doors and went out business. Due to their business practices on May 4, 2017 this publisher was arrested for multiple felonies and on December 18, 2018 they plea-bargained and plead guilty to 38 felonies. There was a record of over 2,200 criminal complaints filed against them with the Oklahoma State Attorney Generals office. During this time the above mentioned books were all in limbo, still showing on Amazon but all out of print. With the combined efforts of Bob Marks, Vicki Howard, Murray Brown, Billy Haughton and Freddie Hudson the books were able to be republished through Freddie Hudson's Amazon Author account. The newly republished books (Murray Brown, Roosevelt Raceway and Meadow Skipper) have all made it to Amazons best sellers list in the category of Horse Racing. We expect Rose Runners to be on that list shorty, it;s release date was today. All of the books can be viewed and redirected to their Amazon pages at the link below. https://rrtrotting.com/books   From the United States Harness Racing Alumni Association

On the morning of January 3, 2019 after a long battle with colon cancer, June Jeanette Hudson, of Huntington Station, New York, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She was 82 years of age and would have turned 83 on January 5th. She was the daughter of Clinton & Ethel Brooks and born in New York City at the New York Presbyterian Hospital on January 5, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents who both owned Standardbreds, her husband William who was a Roosevelt & Yonkers Raceways driver/trainer, and a brother, Gerald Brooks. She was a former member of the United States Trotting Association and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, In the 1960's along with her husband she owned horses that raced at Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceways under the stable name of the Orange & Black Stables. During that time she was part owner of an Adios Harry colt named LACH whose name was arrived at by using the first initials of all of the partners last names: Levy, Alder, Cohen and Hudson. She worked in the restaurant industry and at one time worked at Mimmos of Westbury, which was directly across the street from Roosevelt Raceway. It was while she was working at Mimmos that a customer and friend of hers, New York Jets Coach Walt Michaels, appointed her an honorary member of the N.Y. Jets Coaching staff. She was a member of the American Federation of Astrologers and at one time was ranked as one of the top Astrologers in the country. She had taught astrology and had appeared on several TV shows. George Morton Levy, Jr., the son of Roosevelt Raceway's founder, was at one time one of her students. She is survived by children Fred (Susan) Hudson, Lanette (Dave) Woelfel, granddaughter Chelsea Hines, brother Roger (Laura) Brooks and many cousins, nephews & nieces. Arrangement are being finalized and will be announced shortly. Condolences and flowers can be sent to the Butler & Hughes Funeral Home, 69 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, NY 11754. Email: butlerhughesfh@aol.com Phone: 631 269-4555 https://www.butler-hughesfuneralhome.com/ By Fred Hudson  

The newly formed United States Harness Racing Alumni Associations website went public last week and their first newsletter was published on August 1st. The website and newsletter can be viewed at the link below. The mission of the USHRAA is the enhanced promotion of the sport of harness racing, keeping the industry abreast of developments and legislation in Washington DC that have a direct or indirect effect on the industry and bringing awareness & best practices for the after-track care of our horses. To view the website, read the newsletter or to join the USHRAA, please visit USHRAA Newsletter by Fred Hudson, for USHRAA

As in the years in past, CeCe Levy and her brother, Bobby Levy, will be presenting the harness racing trophy to the winner of the George Morton Levy, a race named in the honor of their father. This year joining them in the presentation at Yonkers Raceway will be Bobby's children Tristin and Gavin. The accomplishments of George Morton Levy are too many to mention and if he had not existed our sport may not have, too. Levy invented harness racing as we know it when he opened Roosevelt Raceway introducing pari-mutual and night time racing. He would also later introduce the mobile starting gate which would revolutionize the sport. Some of his other accomplishments include the implementation of the International Trot and the single heat racing. There is also a funny story from a few years ago. While on their way to the winners circle the Levy family members who were to present the trophy to the winner got separated from the Yonkers PR people and ended up on the outside of the winners circle and the security guard would not let them in to present the trophy. Later they were photo-shopped into the winning photo. CeCe said that she and her family are grateful beyond words to Yonkers Raceway for staging the George Morton Levy and honoring her father. CeCe also made a prediction that this year's race will be won by Tony Alagna's horse, Dr J Hanover. Pictures CeCe Levy & Freddie Hudson CeCe Levy, Freddie Hudson & Bobby Levy Wally Hennesey, CeCe Levy & Jim Morrill CeCe Levy at Goshen HOF CeCe and Dave Miller By Fred Hudson

Huntington Station, NY - Freddie Hudson, the co-author of the Amazon Best Seller “Roosevelt Raceway Where It All Began”, teams up with former harness racing driver/trainer Bobby Rahner, to tell the incredible story of Momentous, a horse that was dangerous to race and feared by many.   This outlaw horse had killed one person and put many others in the hospital. This rogue horse was barred from racing at most of the country's racetracks.   Along comes Bobby Rahner, a green, novice trainer who had no fear of this horse. Together, they would form a bond of love and trust that would lead them to winning many races and capturing the hearts of many fans along the way.   This book tells their story – a story of two underdogs overcoming all odds to achieve success on the toughest racing circuit in the world.   The book was released on October 5, 2017, and published through Amazon's, CreateSpace. It is available in both a paper and a Kindle version.   The book can be ordered at Amazon here and will be available through major book stores nationwide.   Book signings are now being scheduled and if interested in having a book signing or for more information please contact rrtrotting@outlook.com   By Fred Hudson

This Friday at 11:00AM (EST) March 31, 2017 a harness racing task-force will be having a roundtable discussion regarding the future of harness racing.   There will also be a Question and Answer segment at the end of the show that will be open to the general public. This will give the general public an opportunity to call in to the show or email their questions and thoughts to the participants.   The round table discussion will be broadcast on the Les Salzman Hubrail Insider Show with Les as the moderator.   The task-force participants are Jason Settlemoir (CEO Meadowlands), Bob Marks (Hall of Fame Journalist and former GM of Perretti Farms), Bob Pandolfo (Professional handicapper & DRF, USTA, and American Turf Monthly Journalist), Freddie Hudson (harness racing promoter and co-author of the Roosevelt Raceway book) and Andy Berg (harness racing fan and gambler).   To call into the show and ask questions 888 627-6008 or email questions to Les at ls9495@gmail.com   To just listen to the show visit www.equisportmedia.com and click on the listen live button or to listen by phone call station one at 605 475-1600   Fred Hudson

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