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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          

Goshen, NY - On October 28, 2016, John T. Mayo of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame was presented an Individual Award of Excellence by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) for dedication and service to New YorkState history. This peer-reviewed award program recognizes and commends exceptional individuals and projects which exemplify creativity and professional vision, resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the history, culture and diversity of the region. As operations manager of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, John Mayo has contributed to the Museum's mission to preserve and celebrate harness racing's presence for more than nineteen years. Despite a number of additions and renovations which have augmented and enhanced the structure - which now totals 36,000 square feet - the original 1913 horse stable has remained virtually unchanged since its transformation into a museum in 1950. Preserving the stable and maintaining the more modern rooflines and facilities that connect to it are ongoing challenges for Mayo and the Museum staff. Mayo also supervises the Museum's education department and junior docent program. A favorite of his fellow staff members, Mayo is regarded as an outstanding ambassador for the Museum and much deserving of this award. The Greater Hudson Heritage Network serves the museum and history communities as a catalyst to advance professional standards and practices, build capacity of organizations to meet their missions, and create a network of effective and professional stewards. John Mayo and other awardees were honored on Friday, October 28 at GHHN's annual conference, convened this year at Locust Grove Historic Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum's school programs, educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at 845-294-6330 or email at 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, 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 visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Goshen, NY - Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and learn about the little known and shortest railroad in our region, the E.H. Harriman Incline Railroad. Alex Prizgintas, a junior at Monroe Woodbury High School, local history buff and seasoned presenter will provide an overview of the history of this private railway. Built in 1904 by railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman to help in the construction of his mansion, Arden House, it continued to serve the mansion into the 1920's transporting visitors and supplies up the mountain to Harriman's expansive estate. "The cut for the incline railroad can still be seen when you travel west on the Quickway and is one remaining clues about the history of our region" explains Alex. Prizgintas' lecture will feature over 100 images that tell the story of Harriman's arrival in Orange County, the purchase of more than 2,900 acres of land, and the arduous planning and construction of Arden House and some of the surrounding properties. Dinner, dessert and soft beverages included. Admission is $20 - Museum Members $18. Reservations Required. Please call 845-294-6330 for reservations by noon, October 24, 2016. 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 located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fall Dinner & Lecture Series "Stone Arches, Rock Cuts, and a Trip to the Summit," The Story of E.H. Harriman's Incline Railroad Presented by Alex Prizgintas Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY

HARRISBURG PA - Brian Sears, a "youthful veteran" of the sport of harness racing who stands fifth on the all-time list of moneywinning drivers and has driven some of the sport's greatest horses of the last 15 years to victories in championship races, has been elected to the sport's highest honor, the Hall of Fame, in balloting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the trade organization of harness journalists. In addition, Gordon Waterstone and Steve Wolf, two veteran harness publicists and writers whose careers share many similar highlights and awards though they never worked together directly, have been elected to the sport's Communicators Hall of Fame. Sears was named USHWA's Rising Star of the Year in 1991 and hasn't looked back. Sears, a 48-year-old native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who now resides in Secaucus, N.J., was at the top rungs of the driving colony of Vernon Downs, Pompano, Pocono, and The Meadows before moving eastward to the metro New York area a dozen years ago. He has continued to dominate on the toughest circuits in harness racing, winning multiple driving championships at the Meadowlands and also topping the charts at Yonkers Raceway. Sears entered Monday with 9,670 career wins, good for 14th place among all drivers in North American history. Among the horses that have helped boost his career driving earnings to $174 million all-time are three winners of the Horse of the Year title: Rocknroll Hanover in 2005, Muscle Hill in 2009, and Bee A Magician in 2013. Sears is the only driver to twice win the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks on the same day, accomplishing the feat with Muscle Hill and Broadway Schooner in 2009 and again with Royalty For Life and Bee A Magician in 2013. He also won the Hambletonian in 2015 with Pinkman in his only drive behind the horse that season. The sport's Driver of the Year in 2009, Sears has won 26 Breeders Crown titles, good for No. 4 on the all-time wins list in the series. Horses driven by Sears have earned more than $10 million in the series, which is among the top five in history. Waterstone was for many years the publicist for Hazel Park in Detroit, also working at other area racetracks, before becoming associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World, which was a magazine when Waterstone started and for whom he wrote two John Hervey Award-winning stories, before becoming a multimedia enterprise in recent years. Wolf was a publicist for several tracks in the immediate area of his native New Jersey (Freehold Raceway 13 years, Brandywine Raceway and Liberty Bell Park) and for the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey before "shipping south" to Pompano Park in Florida, rising through the ranks to become senior director of racing operations, until starting his own consulting agency. He also served on the Board, including as president, of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. The parallels in the careers of Wolf and Waterstone are striking. Both first entered the communications end of the industry in 1979. Both have been president of USHWA and both have won that organization's Member of the Year (Wolf twice, the first to earn that distinction); both currently serve as their USHWA chapter's president. Both have won the Harness Publicists Association's Allen J. Finkelson Golden Pen Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in promoting harness racing, and both have won the Clyde Hirt Media Award from Harness Horsemen's International. Both have chaired several important USHWA committees, and are teaming again for the 2017 USHWA annual convention and Dan Patch Award Banquet: Waterstone on the Location Committee and on-site planner/negotiator, and Wolf on the Dinner Committee, which he has chaired 15 times. That USHWA event, to be held at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas on February 25-26 of next year, will be the first introduction of Sears, Waterstone, and Wolf as the newest members of the Halls of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will be held at the Hall of Fame dinner at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Hall of Fame voting is conducted among eligible USHWAns and members of the Hall of Fame; Communicators Hall of Famers are voted on by all members of the Harness Writers Association. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's popular traveling exhibit, "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives," will be on display in the Jugette Barn on the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio, September 18-22, 2016. Made possible by the generous support of Burke Racing Stable LLC, the exhibit's 33 reproduction prints illustrate, in an artful way, the birth of the sport of harness racing and its early accomplishments. Prints depicting great trotting horses, bucolic mid-19th century scenes, and comedic adventures convey a picturesque view of Americana prior to the advent and development of photography. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for a glimpse at our sport's past in these colorful prints displayed in an ideal historical setting. 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. Thanks to U.S. Trotting Association support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, please call 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Additional funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Janet Terhune

As the harness racing season heads into the fall at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the annual search for grey or roan pacers begins for the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace. This year the event will be scheduled for Monday, October 31st, Halloween night, the perfect setting for the ghostly greys. The race will once again be sponsored by the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY, and Pocono is lending a hand to help raise money for the Greyhound Exhibit at the Museum, honoring the great Trotter, by selling a collectible Greyhound wristband that evening.  The museum will also have a display and gift shop in the racing lobby. The winning horse will be presented with his or her trophy by children of Pocono horsemen in costume, and the Winner’s Circle is sporting spooky decor to set the mood for the race.  The “Witching Hour” for the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist will be the 13th race of the evening. Post time for the 1st race of the card is 4:30pm. Anyone interested in being a part of this fun event with their grey or roan should contact Jennifer Starr at 570-831-2195. ***According to the U.S. Trotting Association, the governing body of harness racing, less than five percent of all harness horses are grey in color.  The most famous was the former world champion trotter and Hambletonian winner, Greyhound. Jennifer Starr

The Harness Racing Museum's gift shop staff is again bringing a great selection of harness racing giftwares, books, toys and clothing to the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. Conveniently located on the first floor just outside the Simulcast Room, be sure to stop by and support the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and pick-up a new souvenir at the same time. Loads of merchandise, both new and old favorites including items for the youngest racing fan to the seasoned horseperson will be available. You will also be able to purchase a brick or paver to celebrate your winning horse or to remember someone special; forms will be available for you to personalize your selection. If you need to renew your museum membership or join for the first time, you can conveniently take care of if while you are at the track. Even if you are not in the mood to shop, please stop by to say hello - we are always happy to see familiar faces and chat with you. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. The history of harness racing lives here. Janet Terhune

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 Casino Night held August 1st at the New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ.   Sponsored and strongly supported by The Hambletonian Society and The New Meadowlands Racetrack, the evening included not just great table games and a poker tournament, but wonderful food and terrific raffle prizes. A very hearty thanks to our major sponsors Pinkman Ownership (Takter, Fielding, Fielding, McClelland, Liverman), Control The Moment Stable, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Arden Homestead Stables, Joe Bellino: owner of Pet Rock & Rock N Roll Heaven, Burke Racing Stable and Marc & Marcia Goldberg. 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: Mullinax Ford, The Hambletonian Society, Charles Iannazzo, Tony Alagna, Scott Zeron, Dave & Misty Miller, Yannick Gingras, Corey Callahan, Julie & Andy Miller, Jonas & Christine Czernyson, Jim Marohn, Jr. and Ira and Ben Wallach.   Some of the sought after raffle items included the use of a luxury suite for 6 people for a New York Yankees game courtesy of the New York Yankees and Brian Cashman, tickets to the Syracuse – Notre Dame football game, an iPad mini, Apple TV, Fitbit, Samsung Galaxy tablet, signed Yankees memorabilia, Bradford Portrait package and much more.   This event was so 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 Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces tickets may now be purchased online for the Hambletonian Casino Night and Poker Tournament to be held Monday (August 1) at Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. The charity event follows the Hambletonian Post Position Draw scheduled for 4:00 at the same location. Proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Dinner tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, dessert, open bar 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. Dinner and open bar open at 5:30 p.m. Poker tournament only is $100 per person with limited seats available. While a dinner ticket is not required to play poker, the Trifecta Special offers dinner with bar, casino and poker for $125. 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. The poker tournament begins at 6:30 p.m. Sponsorships are available; if interested contact Janet Terhune or John Mayo at the Museum. To purchase dinner tickets or poker entries online through Ticket Leap click HERE. Poker players may also purchase tickets online or email admin@srfmail.com or operations@harnessmuseum.com to reserve a spot. For further information please contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.

Goshen, NY - The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces Robert Boni as the newly-elected member to the Board of Trustees. Bob is the founder and president of Northwood Bloodstock Agency, a full service sales agency established in 1980. A long time member and friend of the Museum, Bob adds his considerable knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the sport of harness racing to the leadership of this institution. For further information please contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. 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 (last tour 4:00 pm). Thanks to U.S. Trotting Association support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs, please call 845-294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Janet Terhune

Driver Brian Sears, a third generation horseman, is the sole nominee on the ballot in voting for the 2017 Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Hall of Fame screening committee met this past weekend in Goshen and reviewed nominations from 11 chapters of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Sears was the only candidate to make the ballot. The ballot will be sent to 223 members of USHWA and existing Hall of Fame inductees in August. A nominee must receive 75% of votes cast to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Results will be announced when tabulated. Sears, who plies his trade primarily on the east coast, has 9,601 wins in nearly 50,000 starts. He has exceeded $10 million in annual purse earnings nine times for a total of just over $172 million. He concluded another outstanding driving year in 2015 with the highlights including capturing his third Hambletonian win with Pinkman and grabbing divisional Dan Patch Award honors behind the great trotting mare Bee A Magician. Sears has driving wins in classic races such as 10 of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug, Kentucky Futurity, Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, Yonkers Trot, Messenger, Cane, Adios, Battle of Brandywine, Canadian Trotting Classic, Metro, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller and Canadian Pacing Classic. He has been the primary driver on three Dan Patch Harness Horses of the Year, Muscle Hill in 2009 and Bee A Magician in 2013 plus Rocknroll Hanover in 2005. Racing has been a family affair for Sears. His father, Jay, won more than 1,400 races and purses of over $3.3 million. Brian's grandfather, the late Gene Sears, was also a 1,000-plus race winner who won $1.7 million in purses during his career. by Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications

A reminder that this Sunday, July 3 is Hall of Fame Day at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Tickets to attend Sunday evening's Hall of Fame Dinner can still be had. Individual tickets are $125. Call the Museum at 845-294-6330 for information. There will be live harness racing at neighboring Goshen Historic Track Friday through Monday, July 1-4, including the classic Hall of Fame Invitational Trot on Sunday, Hall of Fame Day. Post time is 1:00 each day. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. If you can't make it to Goshen this weekend, watch live streaming video of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the USTA's website at www.ustrotting.com. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. While you're online, visit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's new, redesigned website at www.harnessmuseum.com. Museum news, Hall of Famer biographies and historic harness racing photographs make up just some of the updated content you can explore at our informative new site. From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

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