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Goshen, NY - Bring the kids to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, October 28 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for a fun-filled old-fashioned Halloween celebration with a walk through our spooky stable.   Participate in creepy crafts, tricky games and enjoy sweet treats.   Decorate a headless horseman, batty-witch or ghostly pumpkin to frighten off those Halloween spirits!   Pumpkins are limited and are first come first served, so don't be late!   Children will engage in hauntingly fun games like Bat Toss and Pumpkin Bowling! The spooky Halloween adventure is topped off with a heart-pounding ride on our 3-D Harness Racing Simulator.   Enjoy refreshments for everyone and candy treats for each child. Our mascot, Hall of Fame Harry will be here to pose for pictures with young gargoyles, ghosts, witches, pirates, super heroes and such!   Children are encouraged to come in costumes of all kinds! The first 40 children pay $5 and receive a pumpkin to decorate. You may bring your own pumpkin and we'll provide the fixin's for some spooky pumpkin decorating for just $3, along with the games and treats.   Parents are free. Reservations are not accepted. Refreshments sponsored by ShopRite of Chester & Soons Orchard of New Hampton. Pumpkins provided by Manza Farms of Montgomery & Soons Orchard. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department (845) 294-6330 or e-mail education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Kristin Roberts

The first leg of the 2018 Hall of Fame & Museum Amateur Series was held at The Red Mile, Lexington, KY on Friday, October 6. Both divisions, each with a purse of $4,000 were won by Joe Pennachio. He won with Kween Mightus by a whisker over Fairground Drama driven by Rodney DeBeck in 1:56.4. Pennachio turned right around and won the next race with Steve Oldford's Utopia in hand in 1:56.3. Lawrence DeVan, Museum President, was on hand to make the winner's circle presentations. Funds raised in these races will be donated to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Goshen, NY and to the Round Barn at the Red Mile. The series has been resounding success, raising more than $6,000 for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Special thanks are in order for the amateur drivers who participated in the inaugural Hall of Fame Amateur series for their contributions of driving commissions and starting fees to the Museum. For more information about this series, contact Steve Oldford or Janet Terhune. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen NY, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Janet Terhune    

The first leg of the 2018 Hall of Fame & Museum Amateur Series will be held at The Red Mile, Lexington, KY on Friday, October 6. There are two divisions, each with a purse of $4,000. Funds raised in these races will be donated to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Goshen, NY and to the Round Barn at the Red Mile. The 2017 series culminated with the series final at Delaware, Ohio on Jug Day, which was won by Ned Hodkinson driving Mutinyonthebounty by a neck over Gregg Keidel and Tinder while Peter Gerry with Kween Mightus was third. The series has been resounding success, raising more than $5,000 for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Special thanks are in order for the amateur drivers who participated in the inaugural Hall of Fame Amateur series for their contributions of driving commissions and starting fees to the Museum. For more information about this series, contact Steve Oldford or Janet Terhune. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.   Janet Terhune  

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Goshen, NY - Usher in fall with master storyteller Jonathan Kruk at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 as he brings to life Washington Irving's classic tale of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane for the first time in our area. Kruk's unique spellbinding performances of Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow sell out every autumn for Historic Hudson Valley so don't miss your chance to be transported by the ghostly tale of the headless Hessian soldier and the hapless schoolteacher. Jonathan Kruk, selected by Hudson Valley Magazine as "Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley," will offer two performances at the Harness Racing Museum. The first session from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm will include coffee, tea and treats - tickets are $5 for students, $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. The second session, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Kruk's performance starting promptly at 6:30, will be accompanied by a delicious buffet dinner with soft beverages and dessert. Doors will open for the evening event at 5:15 pm. Pre-purchased tickets for the evening dinner session are required - $24 for Museum members and $28 for non-members. Reservations must be made by September 25th and seating is limited so please call 845-294-6330 to purchase your tickets today! Author of Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley, Kruk is hard at work on a second book, Lore of the Hudson Highlands as well as a Bedtime Tale App and a multi-media project, "Supernatural on the Hudson." To learn more visit https://www.jonathankruk.com. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at (845) 294-6330 or e-mail at education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 ● 845-294-6330 ● Fax: 845-294-3463 ● www.harnessmuseum.com   September 12, 2017 Kristin Roberts (845) 294-6330 education@harnessmuseum.com   The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Presented by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Session One: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Session Two: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY

Goshen, NY - The generosity and support of the harness racing community has helped raise much needed funds for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation at the Hambletonian Party and Poker & Casino Night Charity held Friday, August 4th at Victory Sports Bar, Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Supported by The Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, the evening included great table games, a poker tournament and terrific raffle prizes. A very hearty thanks to our major sponsors Marion Marauder Ownership (Wellwoods and Keelings), Arden Homestead Stable, Joe Bellino and Burke Racing Stable. We also thank Roberts Communications Network and Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for providing the grand prize for the poker tournament, a 3-night/4-day trip for two to Las Vegas including airfare, first class hotel accommodation, show tickets and a generous food/beverage allowance. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following sponsors: Ted Gewertz and Claire Chappell in memory of Charles Iannazzo, Riverview Breeding (Myron and Stephanie Bell), David McDuffee, Mark Ford Training Center, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, The Hambletonian Society, Scott Zeron, Corey Callahan, Jonas & Christine Czernyson, George Brennan, Brian Sears, Bluegrass Staking, Ted Mazzarisi DVM and Steve Bokman DVM. Silent auction items included the use of a luxury suite for 6 people for a New York Yankees game courtesy of Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees, a private tour of NBC 4 studios at 30 Rockefeller Center by Bruce Beck, a wooden carved horse head bench, John Campbell autographed memorabilia and the Legends program autographed by all Legends present. Some of the sought after raffle items included tickets to Mets v Dodgers and Mets v Phillies games, signed Yankees memorabilia, Bradford Portrait packages, harness racing prints donated by Leon Zimmerman, autographed John Campbell prints donated by Ray Lance, Metakoo drone, wine, liquor and much more. This event was successful and enjoyable that it will likely be repeated next year. Check with the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation for more information next year. Janet Terhune

Goshen, NY - The Hambletonian Party and Poker & Casino Night Charity Event will be held Friday, August 4, at Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. If you are at the Meadowlands for the races on Friday, August 4 or in town for the Hambletonian on Saturday, August 5, join us for some fun and camaraderie and raise some funds for two charities that are important to the sport of harness racing. Tickets are $50 per person and include open bar, appetizers, dessert and $25 in casino chips. As always, there will be many fantastic raffle prizes available including autographed NY Yankees baseballs (Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka), Metakoo drone, equestrian overnight bag, Mets/Phillies and Mets/Dodgers tickets, harness racing memorabilia, liquor baskets and wine baskets. Additional casino chips may be purchased through the night. Open bar and table games begin at 6:00 p.m. in Victory Sports Bar & Club. There are three silent auction items featuring: Private tour of NBC 4 studio at 30 Rockefeller Center led by Sports Anchor Bruce Beck Six (6) tickets to the general manager's suite for a 2017 NY Yankees game Wooden carved horse head bench Poker tournament is $125 per person with limited seats available. The chip leader will receive a three-night, four-day trip for two to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, food/beverage allowance and show tickets. Second place is $250, third $125. The poker tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. in Victory. Tickets are available online (https://www.harnessmuseum.com/news/hambletonian-party), and will be available at the door. Contact Janet Terhune or John Mayo at the Museum at 845-294-6330 or Tammy Cailliau at Standardbred Retirement Foundation at 732-446-4422 for further information. Janet Terhune

For the second consecutive year, Hannah Miller has been named the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Amateur Driving Champion. Amateur drivers from driving clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada compete for the Museum's Amateur Driving Championship. It is won each year by the amateur driver donating the most driver's commissions to the Museum. Previous winners are Edward B. Rudner (1995), Bud Hatfield (1996, 1999 & 2000), Joe Pennacchio (1997), Lella McIlmurray (1998), Alan Schwartz (2001), Robert Krivelin (2002 & 2004), Gene Miller (2003), Scott Woogen (2005), Dein Spriggs (2006), Tony Verruso (2008), Todd Whitney (2010), Bob Hechkoff (2013), Steve Oldford (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015) and Hannah Miller (2016). In 2015 Hannah Miller drove at 21 different racetracks in the United States and Canada and represented the U.S. in an international amateur driving competition in Majorca, Spain. Her 32 driving victories are the most ever in a single season in recorded amateur racing. In 2016 Miller repeated her stellar season, again scoring 32 wins. Her margins of victory ranged from a nose to 18 lengths. In September, Miller represented the U.S. in the international amateur World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, and finished second by only one point. She dominated in the 2016 C.K.G. Billings Series, finishing as the combined points champion and winning the East Region Final at Pocono Downs and the $25,000 Billings Series Final at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Harness Racing Museum will recognize Miller with a perpetual trophy naming her 2017 Museum Amateur Champion and a portrait that will be presented to her at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 2, 2017. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, New York and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4:00 p.m.) Thanks to US Trotting Association support the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Janet Terhune

An oil painting by the most prominent equine artist of the 20th century, Richard Stone Reeves, will be auctioned off on Hall of Fame Night, July 2, at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, New York. Reeves' neo-Romantic style paintings were commissioned by such patrons as Queen Elizabeth, Paul Mellon and the Aga Khan. His works in oil reside primarily in private hands and rarely leave the families that owned the horses in his paintings. While Reeves declined to publicly disclose his fees before he died in 2005, a 1997 report by Town & Country magazine cited a starting point of $25,000. While Reeves painted primarily Thoroughbreds, he painted many Standardbreds as well, including the important pacing sire Adios, owned by Delvin Miller, later by Miller and Hanover Shoe Farms. In 1960 Miller's farm manager Harry Harvey and his wife Cornelia commissioned Reeves to paint future Hall of Fame Immortal broodmare (1974) Maggie Counsel as a Christmas gift for Delvin and Mary Lib Miller. Maggie Counsel, a foal of 1945 and last owned by Hanover Shoe Farms, was the dam of six in 2:00 or better, an astonishing feat for that era. Her bloodline can be seen in the current era in sons and daughters of Napa Valley, Silk Stockings, May Wine and Temujin. This Richard Stone Reeves painting of Maggie Counsel hung in the home of Delvin and Mary Lib Miller until about 2006, when Mrs. Miller returned it to the Harveys before her death in 2009. Harry Harvey died in July 2016, and his family offers it at auction today to benefit his estate with a generous commission to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Those who would like to bid but cannot attend the event on July 2 can do so by contacting Museum Director Janet Terhune for possible arrangements.  

Goshen, NY - Save The Date for the Hambletonian Party and Poker & Casino Night Charity Event to be held Friday, August 4, at Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. If you are at the Meadowlands for the races on Friday, August 4 or in town for the Hambletonian on Saturday, August 5, join us for some fun and camaraderie and raise some funds for two charities that are important to the sport of harness racing. Tickets are $50 per person and include open bar, appetizers, dessert and $25 in casino chips. As always, there will be many fantastic raffle prizes available and additional casino chips may be purchased through the night. The silent auction item is six (6) tickets to the general manager's suite for a NY Yankees game. Open bar and table games begin at 6:00 p.m. in Victory Sports Bar & Club. Poker tournament is $125 per person with limited seats available. The chip leader will receive a three-night, four-day trip for two to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, food/beverage allowance and show tickets. Second place is $250, third $125. The tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. in Victory. Purchase tickets now by calling either the Harness Racing Museum or the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Tickets will also be available online at a later date and at the door. Sponsorships are available. If interested contact Janet Terhune or John Mayo at the Museum at 845-294-6330 or Tammy Cailliau at Standardbred Retirement Foundation at 732-446-4422. Janet Terhune

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 3, 2017) - As many of you have heard, the longtime Hall of Fame voice of the Meadowlands and director of television, Sam McKee, suffered a major stroke on Thursday. He is out of surgery, but still in critical condition at a New Jersey hospital. There will be a challenging road ahead for his emotional and physical recovery. Sam will most likely require months of physical rehabilitation. Many of us have had the privilege to work with Sam since he first came to the Meadowlands in 1998. His knowledge, devotion and love for harness racing is simply unmatched. Anytime he walks into a room, his energy and excitement is infectious. Sam is a tireless worker and gives all of himself to promote his beloved sport. There is no fan, horsemen, or even bettor that has not felt goose bumps while listening to one of Sam's signature "charging hard" calls as the horses come storming down the Meadowlands stretch. While Sam has touched and influenced countless people in the industry, his character and reputation stand above all else. He is the most kind, genuine person you could meet and is tremendously generous to all that know him. The McKee Family would like to invite everyone to continue sharing their thoughts and prayers with Sam. A GoFund Me account has been established to help his family during the long road to recovery. The medical fund can be accessed via this link https://www.gofundme.com/sam-mckees-medical-fund. While the family continues to appreciate the outpouring of support from so many people, they ask that their privacy be respected during these challenging times. More updates will be provided as necessary. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

The first leg of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Amateur Racing Series took place on Saturday, January 21 at The Isle of Capri at Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Florida. A resounding success, the support from the amateur driving community at Pompano raised over $3,000 for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen NY. Three races were contested with the winning drivers Museum Vice President Steve Oldford behind JLS TOO HOT TAJ, Dein Spriggs with A CROWN FOR LINDY and Fred Cohen behind THEKEPTMAN. Museum trustee Ebby Gerry, Jr. presented the trophies. A special thanks is in order for John Berry in promoting the series, Rosie Huff of the FSBOA for her help and the Florida Amateur Driving Club for their contribution of driving commissions to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The next leg of the series is planned at Goshen Historic Track, followed by the Meadowlands during Hambletonian week, then on to the Delaware County Fair in September for the final on Little Brown Jug day.  

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent voting to determine the 2017 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members in good standing voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Mr Muscleman and Rock N Roll Heaven. The other nominees were Andover Hall, Cantab Hall and Credit Winner. Broodmares Fox Valley Monika and Stienam's Place will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame, having met the qualifications for broodmares. Mr Muscleman, Rock N Roll Heaven, Fox Valley Monika and Stienam's Place will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 2nd, 2017. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2017 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Currently, Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria: They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada). Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner. The 2017 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEEs MR MUSCLEMAN (Nominated as Racehorse) 5,1:51.1s ($3,582,823) Bay Gelding, 2000 (Muscles Yankee - Meadowbranch Irene - Meadow Road) Mr Muscleman raced from 2002-2007. At the time of his retirement, he was ranked ninth among the leading moneywinning trotters of all time and is currently ranked fourth among North American trotters. Mr Muscleman recorded 37 wins out of 69 starts, finishing off the board only eight times in six seasons of racing. In eleven starts as a two-year-old in 2002, Mr Muscleman had five wins, including the Bluegrass and Harold Dancer Memorial. The following year, victories in the Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity contributed to Mr Muscleman being voted 2003 Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. His earnings of $1,178,115 were the most ever by a three-year-old trotting gelding. In 2004, winning the Maple Leaf Trot and American-National helped earn Mr Muscleman the title of Older Trotter of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. In 2005, five-year-old Mr Muscleman's victories included the Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, Titan Cup and Classic Series, where he set his record 1:51.1s. His season's earnings of $1,364,220 were the most ever by an older Standardbred gelding and made Mr Muscleman the only Standardbred to earn $1 million in two non-consecutive seasons of North American racing. He was voted 2005 Trotter of the Year and Older Trotter of the Year. In 2007, seven-year-old Mr Muscleman finished a close second in Sweden's Elitlopp and won all four of his North American starts. Persistent soundness issues forced his retirement in 2008. Mr Muscleman has been a resident of the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions since October 2009. ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN (Nominated as Racehorse) p,3,1:47.3 ($2,748,818) Bay Horse, 2007 (Rocknroll Hanover - Artistic Vision - Artsplace) At the time of his retirement from racing, 2010 Horse of the Year and world champion Rock N Roll Heaven was the tenth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time, recording 20 wins out of 30 career starts. In 2009, two-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven finished on the board in all of his nine freshman starts, with four wins including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final and the Bluegrass. He earned $592,626 and set a world record 1:50.3 for two-year-old pacing colts on a five-eighths mile track. In 2010, three-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven won sixteen of twenty-one starts, earning $2,156,192, and was that year's leading moneywinning Standardbred. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug, Tattersalls Pace, Battle of the Brandywine, Messenger Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, Matron Stakes final, Berry's Creek final and the New Jersey Sire Stakes final. Rock N Roll Heaven was elected 2010 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Pacer of the Year, and Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. In winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2h), Rock N Roll Heaven became the first horse to pace two sub-1:50 miles on the same day, while setting the world record for pacing on a half-mile track in a two-heat race and the record for three-year-old pacers on the half-mile. In 2010 he paced a record eleven sub-1:50 race miles (seven consecutive), with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on half-mile, five-eighths mile, seven-eighths and mile tracks. FOX VALLEY MONIKA (Broodmare) p,3,1:53.3 ($64,049) Incredible Finale - Lady Kin - Cam Fella Bred by Fox Valley Standardbreds, broodmare Fox Valley Monika was foaled on April 29, 1998 in Sherman, Illinois. The progeny that qualified Fox Valley Monika for the Hall of Fame are Glass Pack p,4,1:49.4 ($1,002,820), Doubletrouble p,5,1:50 ($702,203) and Our Dragon King p,4,1:49.1 ($523,801). To date, Fox Valley Monika has produced three fillies and six colts, with seven starters and earnings of $2,937,769. STIENAM'S PLACE (Broodmare) p,3,1:50.4 ($1,402,301) Artsplace - Stienam's Girl - Nihilator Bred by James Leadbetter, Richard Stansley and John Powell, Jr., broodmare Stienam's Place was foaled on May 2, 1994 in Lexington, Kentucky. A world champion, Stienam's Place raced for two years, winning the 1996 Sweetheart Pace and the 1997 Breeders Crown and Mistletoe Shalee. She earned over $1,400,000 in her racing career and was voted 1997 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. The progeny that qualified Stienam's Place for the Hall of Fame are Put On A Show p,5,1:47.3 ($2,406,628), Showherthemoney p,3,1:49 ($871,161) and Good Day Mate p,3,1:49.3f ($503,349). To date, Stienam's Place has produced seven fillies and four colts, with nine starters and earnings of $4,551,107. (USTA statistics)

Pompano Beach, FL…January 18, 2017…Over the years, the harness racing Florida Amateur Driving Club membership has donated over $175,000 to worthy charitable and goodwill organizations benefiting horses, horsemen, horsewomen and “children of all ages.” Yes, there have been many big nights for the FADC, but none have been bigger than what is coming up this Saturday night, January 21. This week’s recipient will be the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located right in the cradle of where harness racing was “foaled,” Goshen, New York. Not only will the FADC make their usual bountiful contribution to the Museum and Hall of Fame, each driver that donates an additional $100 will become eligible to race in the next three legs—the triple crown—of the Hall of Fame amateur series. Those three events will be held in Goshen, New York during Grand Circuit week, The Meadowlands during Hambletonian week and in Delaware, Ohio during Little Brown Jug week. Noted amateur driver Steve Oldford, a Museum trustee and Vice President related, “We are absolutely thrilled to have the Museum and Hall of Fame as the recipient of this week’s generous donation by the Florida Amateur Driving Club and our other members, who are making this event even better with their individual contributions. “It is amazing that our club has played such a positive role in the arena of how horses help people of all ages—children of all ages from two to 92—if you know what I mean. “It’s a small part of what we do and what harness racing can do for our communities.” The Florida Amateur Driving Club conducts all of its races at Pompano Park and is in the midst of a hotly contested driver challenge to determine the leading amateur driver of the season. After the first 15 weeks of competition covering 32 races, amateur driver Dein Spriggs, the author of 424 career wins, leads the point parade (169) while Jamie Marra is currently second (149). Mitchell “Sky” Walker, Leon Cable and Tony Dinges round out the top five while Joe Pennacchio, Fred Cohen, Dennis Whittemore, Shane Arsenault and Steve Oldford rank six through 10 among the 29 amateur drivers that have competed thus far. The Pompano Park program on Saturday night will feature a trio of races for the amateur drivers and Oldford, himself, has a pair of trotters competing that have compiled combined lifetime earnings of over $1,000,000—The Budster, with $644,298 in career bounty, and Celtic Merchant, who has banked $367,762. Celtic Merchant, now 14 years-of-age, has visited the winner’s circle on 47 occasions during his lengthy career while The Budster, a “youthful” 12 year-old has won 43 times. “They may be advanced in years,” says Oldford, “but they are still very much young at heart.” Competing in the same event as The Budster, the 11 year-old gelding A Crown For Lindy, who recently won for the 50th time during his illustrious career. Owned by Dein Spriggs, A Crown For Lindy is relatively lightly raced with “only” 196 career starts. His lifetime bankroll just edged over the $400,000 at the end of the 2016 season. Post time for the Saturday night program at Pompano Park is 7:20 p.m. with the amateurs competing in races one, four and six. by John Berry for Pompano Park and the Florida Amateur Driving Club

Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this harness racing breeding season? We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2017 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all - the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330. A complete list of the 2017 stallions, conditions and bid form will be posted in late January at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraisers tab. There is no limit on the number of breedings we will happily accept and in return we promise professional, dedicated attention to making the best possible arrangements. We want to thank those of you who have donated a breeding for the 2017 Harness Racing Museum stallion breeding auction. To date the list of stallions includes Angus Hall, Artiscape, Class Included, Conway Hall, Coraggioso, Creatine, Dejarmbro, Dragon Again, Glidemaster, Great Vintage, JK Endofanera, Lucky Chucky, McArdle, So Surreal, Stormin Norman, Well Said, Western Shore, Western Vintage, We Will See, Whataworkout and Woodstock. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330 as soon as possible. The list of stallions and conditions will be available online, at the Tattersalls Sale on January 16, and in January 25th issue of The Horseman And Fair World. The list will be updated as additional breedings are donated - please check the Museum website under the Fundraisers tab. Bids on these breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by Saturday, February 11, 2017. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date. We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. Joanne Young 845-294-6330

Enjoy the warmth of the season with the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame during an afternoon of food and fun. In this, the Museum's final lecture and workshop of 2016, curator Rebecca Howard will present a discussion of some of the unique architectural features of the Museum's 1913 stable home and educator/artist Kristin Roberts will lead participants in creating a unique holiday ornament commemorating this iconic local treasure. A feast of chicken parmesan and eggplant rollatini along with sides, soft drinks and dessert is included in the ticket price of $18 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Craft supplies are included and participants will have the opportunity to take home their creations. Reservations are required by Saturday, December 10th and because of anticipated interest please call (845) 294-6330 early to secure your place at the table. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's school programs, educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at (845) 294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com. The Museum, which is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the United States Trotting Association, is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. www.harnessmuseum.com          

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