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Goshen, NY - The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is inviting Immortal nominations for the Class of 2019. All Museum members in good standing have the privilege of nominating people and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased three years or more to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biography of the subject and detailed harness racing career statistics, when applicable. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018. They may be emailed on or before that date to director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. In July, the Immortals Nominating Committee announced that the trustees of the Museum had unanimously endorsed the election of Håkan Wallner. On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Mr. Wallner will be inducted into the Hall of Immortals during ceremonies held under the tent on the Museum lawn. The charismatic and energetic Wallner was the consummate businessman and horseman, and was well-respected by the American harness racing elite. Wallner was convinced that he could succeed in this country as a trainer of trotters and in a short amount of time he was competing at the highest level and affecting every facet of harness racing from the yearling sales to the Grand Circuit. His contribution to the globalization of U.S. trotting continues to have a profound effect on the breeding, training and racing of the American trotter. Håkan Wallner was a globetrotting pioneer who single-handedly raised the bar of Swedish racing and breeding to an international level, and he is regarded as one of Sweden's greatest trotting ambassadors. He paved the way for European and Scandinavian horse trading and his efforts forever changed the breeding landscape with an influx of the fresh American bloodlines into Sweden, Italy, France, Denmark, Finland and other countries. Wallner lead the way for other Scandinavian and European horsemen to move to the United States and compete at the sport's highest level. The list includes Soren and Jan Nordin, Jimmy Takter, Per Eriksson, Per Henrikson, Stefan Melander, Mario Zuanetti and Pekka Korpi. Collectively this group has nine Hambletonian winners. HÃ¥kan Wallner died January 20, 2001 in Treviso, Italy. He was inducted to the Swedish Trotting Hall of Fame in 2015. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. If you would like further information on the Immortals nomination preocess, the 2018 induction ceremony, the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, please call 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Goshen, NY - The jingle-jangle of horse bells was associated with wintertime for so long that they came to be known as sleigh bells. This season, hear them ringing at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, December 16th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.   Join Santa for a photo in a one horse open sleigh, play games and enjoy craft time making a red horsey Christmas stocking or Star of David suncatcher.   The whole family will enjoy sweet treats and a ride on the Museum's harness racing 3-D Simulator.   Each child will receive a small gift (supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis). Children are $5, parents are free. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame'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 at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Family Fun Holiday Workshop with Santa! Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm For Children Ages 3-12 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY

Goshen, NY - After a spine-tingling performance in September of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk returns to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to bring to life A Christmas Carol, the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charles Dickens. "We just couldn't wait to have him back," said Museum director Janet Terhune. "He is such a dynamic performer, he takes you right in to the story." In top hat and frock coat, Kruk, best known for solo performances of these two literary classics, will showcase his imaginative retelling of Scrooge and his spectral visitors, giving voice to thirty different characters in this tale of redemption and hope. An awarding-winning recording artist, Kruk has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, BBC's Great American Train Journeys, and WAMC public radio. He has performed at many historic sites, libraries, schools and museums. Doors open for the event at 6:15 pm. There is limited seating so reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 845-294-6330 to reserve your seat today! Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students. 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 multimedia project, "Supernatural on the Hudson." To learn more visit https://www.jonathankruk.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, education programs or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Non-copyright photos attached. 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 ● 845-294-6330 ● Fax: 845-294-3463 ● www.harnessmuseum.com Kristin Roberts

Great music and fun are traditions of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert. Celebrating its 43rd year, this community event kicks off the festive season. Although much has changed in the world since that first concert in 1974, the charm of sleigh bells and the warmth of gathered neighbors continue to "make the season bright." Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 7 th at 7:00 p.m. and don't miss out. Performing again this year in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall is the Evergreen Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International based in Poughkeepsie. Singing in four-part harmony, this award-winning a cappella group, judged the third best Sweet Adelines small chorus in the world, based on their performance at the Harmony Classic Division A level competition at the Las Vegas MGM Grand in October, will entertain listeners with a selection of holiday favorites. Goshen High School's Varsity Choir and Jazz Voices Ensemble will return for their 18th appearance on this special occasion. The evening will end with the concert's traditional audience participation number, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." This year's concert will feature preconcert entertainment by 18 year old gifted cellist Alex Prizgintas in Haughton Hall. Arrive early to enjoy our holiday tree trimmed with horsey ornaments, tour the Museum with its festive halls and stalls, and check out the new exhibits that have been installed since last year's concert. Don't forget to visit the Museum's Winner's Circle Gift Shop for a little holiday shopping too. Concert goers and shoppers will enjoy a 10% discount prior to the show. Sponsors for this annual event are Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman, Jr., and Edie Haughney of Amerprise Financial Services, providing a holiday dessert table for the enjoyment of all. Concert admission is $3.00 per person, and is waived for Museum members. Non-members who bring a new unwrapped toy for the Marines' "Toys for Tots" program receive a $1.00 admission discount. As seating is limited we recommend making reservations as soon as possible. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program distributes toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. If you are unable to attend the concert, we invite you to drop off a new unwrapped toy in the Museum's main lobby from now until Tuesday, December 12th between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Help make a child happy this holiday season! If you have not booked your holiday party, there are a few dates still available. Call Gigi Ryan for details about this unique setting for all your special occasions at 845-294-6330. 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, education programs or gift shop services, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Janet Terhune

Goshen; To many, the words love, hope and dreams are synonymous with horses," (author unknown). For Verner "Dooley" Putnam the horse of dreams that captured his heart was champion trotter, Greyhound. When the great gray trotter won the 1935 Hambletonian at Goshen, New York, America was still struggling to emerge from the Great Depression. After one of the most successful racing careers in Harness Racing history the "Gray Ghost" was retired in 1940 to a farm in Maple Park, Illinois and into the care of Dooley Putnam. Over the next twenty-five years the champion and the "old country boy" were constant companions. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 museum curator Rebecca Howard will highlight the story of Dooley and the Gray Ghost at a luncheon to be held at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The Museum's education department, led by Kristin Roberts, will guide participants in the creation of a horse related seasonal craft to enhance the afternoon session. Tickets for the event are $18 for museum members and $20 for non-members which includes: the presentation, a hot buffet Thanksgiving feast with soft drinks and dessert, as well as all art supplies. Reservations are required by Monday, November 13th 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 education@harnessmuseum.com. Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on membership, special events and gift shop services at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit the website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Presented by Rebecca Howard and Kristin Roberts 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924  845-294-6330 Fax: 845-294-3463 www.harnessmuseum.com  

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

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