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The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2016 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Muscle Hill and Real Desire. The other nominees were Credit Winner, Mr Muscleman and Yankee Glide. Broodmare Arl's Troublemaker will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame, having met the qualifications for broodmares. Muscle Hill, Real Desire and Arl's Troublemaker will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 3rd, 2016. 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 2016 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade only 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 2016 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES MUSCLE HILL (Nominated as Racehorse) 2,1:53.3; 3,1:50.1 ($3,273,342) Bay Horse, 2006 (Muscles Yankee - Yankee Blondie - American Winner) World champion trotter Muscle Hill raced in 2008-2009 and owns a lifetime record of 21-20-1-0. He continues to rank as the leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred ($2,456,041) of all time. Muscle Hill finished second in his freshman debut, a New Jersey Sire Stakes event, but never lost another race. Major two-year-old wins included the Peter Haughton Memorial, Bluegrass, International Stallion Stakes and the Breeders Crown, where he set a world record 1:53.3 for two-year-old trotting colts on a mile track. Muscle Hill finished the season with earnings of $817,301 and was voted 2008 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Muscle Hill was undefeated in twelve starts as a three-year-old in 2009. Major victories included the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, World Trotting Derby, Kentucky Futurity and American-National. His world record-equaling Hambletonian (1:50.1) is still the fastest ever. Muscle Hill's efforts earned him the titles of 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, and 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Muscle Hill was the first trotter to win Horse of the Year after an unbeaten season. With three crops racing, Muscle Hill has sired the winners of over $14 million, including 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton 3,1:50.3 ($947,057) and Breeders Crown and Hambletonian elimination winner, world champion Mission Brief 2,1:50.3 ($1,426,687). REAL DESIRE (Nominated as Racehorse) p,4,1:48.2 ($3,159,814) Bay Horse, 1998 (Life Sign - Deadly Desire - Troublemaker) In three racing seasons (2000-2002), pacer Real Desire amassed over $3 million, clocked nine sub-1:50 victories and was honored with Horse of the Year awards in both the United States and Canada. At the time of his retirement, Real Desire was ranked third among the leading moneywinning pacers of all time and is currently ranked thirteenth. He recorded 25 wins out of 40 starts, finishing off the board only twice in his career. As a two-year-old in 2000, Real Desire was victorious in eight of his ten starts, including a division of the Champlain Stakes, the Nassagaweya Stake and the Kentucky Sire Stakes final, where he set a 1:50.4 world record mile for two-year-old pacers. During his 2001 sophomore season Real Desire continued to show brilliance with wins in the Meadowlands Pace, the Hoosier Cup, a division of the Bluegrass and the Breeders Crown final. He closed the season with a 17-7-7-2 record and earnings of $1,646,036 that have kept him among the top twenty single-season moneywinning pacers of all time. Real Desire's 2002 four-year-old season included wins at his second Breeders Crown final, the Canadian Pacing Derby and the U.S. Pacing Championship. He finished the season with a 13-10-1-1 record and $1,059,790 in earnings, and was elected 2002 Horse of the Year and Pacing Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, Real Desire was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. As a stallion, Real Desire has total North American foal earnings of over $52 million, with 305 in 1:55 and 151 $100,000 winners. He is the sire of 2015 Dan Patch Pacing Horse, Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship winner State Treasurer p,6,1:47 ($1,804,358) and 2007 Little Brown Jug and North America Cup winner Tell All p,3,1:48.3 ($1,509,227). Real Desire is the broodmare sire of 2013 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and 2014 Meadowlands Pace winner, world champion He's Watching p,3,1:46.4 ($1,116,450). ARL'S TROUBLEMAKER (Broodmare) p,4,1:53.2 ($143,945) Bay Mare, 1992 Troublemaker - Kawartha Quality - Southampton V Broodmare Arl's Troublemaker was foaled on January 27, 1992 in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. Bred by Bernard Foti, Arl's Troublemaker raced from 1994 to 1998, earning $143,945. The progeny that qualified Arl's Troublemaker for the Hall of Fame are Art Maker p,1:49.1 ($1,036,217), Stock Market Wiz p,1:49.3 ($739,283) and Breakin The Law p,1:49.4 ($504,932). To date, Arl's Troublemaker has produced seven fillies and six colts, with eleven starters and earnings of $2,630,432. (USTA statistics) Janet Terhune  

Goshen, NY... Ballots for the 2016 inductees to the Living Horse Hall of Fame are in the mail. There is less than a month in which to vote - ballots must be postmarked by December 28, 2015. All members in good standing of the Harness Racing Museum are eligible to vote for TWO horses they feel exemplify greatness. The slate of eligible horses selected by the Living Horse Hall of Fame Nominating Committee follows. If members have not received their ballot by December 15 please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or by phone at 845-294-6330 and one will be immediately sent to you. Only Museum members in good standing are eligible to vote for this prestigious award. The winners will be announced in January and inducted July 3, 2016. THE NOMINEES ARE: CREDIT WINNER (Nominated as Stallion) 2,1:57.4; 3,1:54 ($1,495,295) Brown Horse, 1997 (American Winner - Lawn Tennis - Armbro Goal) MR MUSCLEMAN (Nominated as Racehorse) 2,1:59; 3,1:53.3; 5,1:51.1s ($3,582,823) Bay Gelding, 2000 (Muscles Yankee - Meadowbranch Irene - Meadow Road) MUSCLE HILL (Nominated as Racehorse) 2,1:53.3; 3,1:50.1 ($3,273,342) Bay Horse, 2006 (Muscles Yankee - Yankee Blondie - American Winner) REAL DESIRE (Nominated as Racehorse) p,2,1:50.4; 3,1:49; 4,1:48.2 ($3,159,814) Bay Horse, 1998 (Life Sign - Deadly Desire - Troublemaker) YANKEE GLIDE (Nominated as Stallion) 2,1:56; 3,1:55.1 ($506,904) Bay Horse, 1994 (Valley Victory - Gratis Yankee - Speedy Crown) THE LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME CRITERIA AS A RACEHORSE: Must have won 75% of its lifetime starts OR gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races OR the winner of $3 million lifetime OR named Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and/or Canada). AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR the leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons AS A BROODMARE: Must have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner. Broodmares meeting the "broodmare category" criteria are automatically elected members of the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. If you are not a current member and would like to vote, call or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com for a membership application, or obtain one online at http://www.harnessmuseum.com/pages/membership/membership.htm. Mail completed membership applications to The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY10924, or renew by calling 845-294-6330. You may also fax the form to 845-294-3463 or email it to Joanne. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main St. in Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Thanks to U.S. Trotting Association support, free admission is currently offered for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for docent-guided group tours. Please feel free to contact us at 845-294-6330 or visit our website at 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, December 12 from 11:30 am - 1:00 am for a fun-filled workshop to make a holiday horse wreath ornament for your tree, take advantage of a photo opportunity in a one-horse open sleigh with Hall of Fame Harry, and enjoy horsey related games, all for $5.00 per child - and parents are free! Celebrate an old-fashioned fun holiday and enjoy our beautiful Stable decorated for the holidays topped off with a ride on the Harness Racing 3-D Simulator. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please call the Education Department at (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 open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. www.harnessmuseum.com  

Goshen, NY - Great music and fun are traditions of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert. Celebrating its 41st year, this community event kicks off this 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 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and don't miss out. Performing this year in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall are the Evergreen Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International based in Poughkeepsie. Singing in four-part harmony, this award winning a cappella group will excite every listener with their performance. Goshen High School's Varsity Choir and Jazz Voices Ensemble will return for their 15th appearance on this special occasion. The evening will end with the concerts traditional audience participation number, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." 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 15 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. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY, is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no charge for regular admission, thanks to the members of the U.S. Trotting Association. For further information on the holiday festivities and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, its services to the sport and the local community, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum

As “darkness falls across the land”*, the ghosts will come out at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, Halloween night.!  “Grey Ghosts”, that is, as all grey or roan horses come to Northeast PA for the annual “Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace” sponsored by the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.  Eight ghostly greys are behind the gate for the 4th race, with an approximate Post Time of 7:24p.m., and will be led to Post Parade by “Headless Horseman”, otherwise known as Outrider Terry Scott.  The eight-year-old grey mare, Summer Snow, has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2.  Trained by Jennifer Lappe, the spooky grey will be driven by Andrew McCarthy. The winner of the 2013 race at Pocono, Gotta Love Him, is second choice at 3-1, and will once again have Matt Kakaley in the bike.  Cindy Weitoish trains the 7-year-old gelding, who has been in every edition of the “Grey Ghost” race at Pocono! First-time Pocono starter Movie Sequel, 4-1, trained by Shaun Callahan, ships in from Delaware, and comes off a 3rd this past Tuesday at Rosecroft.  Tom Jackson picks up the drive.  Others in the field include the Jennifer Sansone-trained Corwhiny at 12-1; Annie McVicar, 10-1, trained by Kimberly Asher; JS McFlash, 6-1, trained by Wendy Shimmin; and Putnam’s Storm, with Pocono leading driver George Napolitano Jr. in the bike for trainer Brian Fisher, at odds of 9-2. Fans can expect to see some surprises with these ghoulish greys! The Harness Racing Museum will be in the lobby, selling the commemorative Greyhound wristbands, raising money for the exhibit honoring the great trotter.  Other items will be for sale. ***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 Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 

Goshen, NY - The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame was honored on Friday, October 16, 2015 with a peer-reviewed Award of Excellence presented by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. The Greater Hudson Heritage Network's Awards for Excellence program recognizes and commends exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to 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 The Harness Racing Museum's "Remember Roosevelt!" exhibit and accompanying publication, "Roosevelt Raceway, the Dream & the Legacy, Where it All Began," were acknowledged for synthesizing historic preservation with visual public presentation. The outstanding exhibit and photo essay book grew from the Museum's nearly decade-long Roosevelt Raceway Legacy Project which, aided by grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, cataloged and digitized thousands of photographs secured from the lost Long Island track. Long Island's Roosevelt Raceway was more than a race track. Between 1940 and 1988 it was one of the most important entertainment venues in New York State. With the completion in 1957 of its $20 million "Dream Track," Roosevelt introduced air conditioning, closed-circuit television, the mobile starting gate and Las Vegas-style luxury to race goers. The Museum's exhibition marries elements of artistic design, multi-media display and artifact presentation in a seamless layout carrying visitors from the Museum's entrance to its main gallery. This award-winning exhibit will be on display at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame through April 2016 with the book available through the Museum's gift shop or online at www.harnessmuseum.com. Thanks to the support of the United States Trotting Association, the Harness Racing Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, education programming, workshops, children's birthday parties, membership or gift shop services, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com, call (845) 294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com.  

Halloween night.  October 31st…The night for ghouls; goblins; witches; and…grey ghosts?  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is planning their Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace for Saturday, October 31st, Halloween night, the perfect setting for the harness racing 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.  There is even a Headless Horseman to lead the Post Parade! The “Witching Hour”, otherwise known as Post Time, for the evening’s races is 6:30pm. Be a part of this great event by contacting Jennifer Starr at 570-831-2195!  Grey or roan horses are welcome!  Thank you in advance to all horsemen! ***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 Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono           

Goshen, NY - Bring the kids to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, October 24 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for a fun-filled open house featuring a pumpkin craft, tricky games with prizes, apple cider, candy treats, and a spooky Halloween adventure topped off with a ride on the Harness Racing 3-D Simulator, all for $4.00 per child - and parents are free!   Celebrate an old-fashioned fun Halloween where children will engage in hauntingly fun games such as Bat Toss and Pumpkin Bowling! Get your very own pumpkin and create your a potbelly pony to bring home! Next, dare to wander through our Spooky Stable...you never know what may be lurking in the stalls!   Enjoy refreshments for everyone and candy treats for each child. End the adventure with a heart-pounding ride on our 3-D Harness Racing Simulator. Children are encouraged to come in costume! Pumpkins are distributed on a first come first serve basis. Refreshments and pumpkins provided by Soons Orchard in New Hampton, ShopRite of Chester and Manza Family Farm in Montgomery. 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 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  

Halloween night.  October 31st…The night for ghouls; goblins; witches; and…grey ghosts?  The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is planning their Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace for Saturday, October 31st, Halloween night, the perfect setting for the harness racing 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 in costume, and  the Winner’s Circle is sporting spooky decor to set the mood for the race.  There is even a Headless Horseman to lead the Post Parade! The “Witching Hour”, otherwise known as Post Time, for the evening’s races is 6:30pm. Any interested horsemen with a grey or roan should contact Jennifer Starr at 570-831-2195 as soon as possible. ***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 Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 

Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) is an artist almost unknown today. But through the efforts of art conservator Alexander Katlan and others, the artist and his work are now being rediscovered. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, in Goshen, NY is proud to present The Spirit of the Horse, the first museum exhibition of Winter's work since his death in 1982. On Monday, September 28, 2015, during a Lunch & Learn presentation at the Harness Racing Museum, Alexander Katlan will discuss the artist who spent a large part of his career as a muralist and the artist's body of work. Tickets for the Lunch & Learn lecture are $16 for Museum members and $18 for non-members, and include a buffet lunch with soft beverages and dessert. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Because of interest in the artist and the risk of selling out early, reservations are required by Friday, September 25th; please call 845-294-6330. Alexander Katlan of Alexander Katlan Conservator, Inc., a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation, aided in the curation of the current exhibition, The Spirit of the Horse, at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, in Goshen, NY. The exhibition shows drawings and watercolors that Lumen Winter created in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and will run from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. 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. 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 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 located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and 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

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 3rd 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 Trixton: Bengt Ã…gerup & Christina Takter, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Arden Homestead Stables, Joe Bellino: owner of Pet Rock & Rock N Roll Heaven, Crawford Farms, Marc & Marcia Goldberg, and Ron Burke Stables. 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, and show tickets.   We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following sponsors: The Hambletonian Society, Myron & Stephanie Bell, Tony Alagna, Scott Zeron, Casie Coleman Racing, Dan Dube, Linda Toscano, Tim Tetrick, Noel Daley, David & Misty Miller, George Teague Racing, Freehold Raceway, Dr. Stephen Bokman, Yannick Gingras, Corey Callahan, Andy Miller, George Brennan, Brian Sears, Mark Harder, Jonas & Christine Czernyson, Hogan Equine Clinic, and Erv Miller Stables.   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 Brian Cashman, tickets to a Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert, an ipad Air, an Apple watch, signed Yankees memorabilia 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.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

Millstone, Twp., NJ - The 4th annual Hambletonian Post Position Draw & Charity Casino Night will be held on Monday, August 3rd, at The New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, following the Hambletonian Post Position Draw. All proceeds will benefit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Dinner and an open bar begin at 4:00 pm in the Lounge on the Grandstand Level. Tickets for this exciting event are now on sale. Dinner and casino tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, dessert, entertainment, open bar, and $25 in casino chips. Additional casino chips may also be purchased throughout the night for games such as craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker. A poker tournament is being held separately at the same event venue and has a buy-in of $100 per person (does not include dinner and casino ticket). The winner/chip leader will receive a three-night, four-day trip for two to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, round-trip hotel transfers, and show tickets. The poker tournament begins at 5:30pm sharp. Registration opens at 4:00 pm. Walk-ins are permitted; however, space will be limited. Prizes and an auction include 2 Suite Tickets and VIP Parking for Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Aug 15; an Apple Watch; a FitBitCharge; Dinner for 4 at Pink's with Valet parking; $3000.00 Bradford Portraits Gift Certificate; $5000.00 Bradford Portraits Gift Certificate; Brett Gardner Yankees Signed Baseball; Mark Texiera Yankees Signed Baseball; Masahira Tanaka Yankees Signed Baseball; $100.00 G/C to Black Stallion Restaurant in Vernon, NY and more. To purchase dinner or tournament tickets, contact: John Mayo at operations@harnessmuseum.com  or Kate Kingsbury at officeaa@srfmail.com. Sponsorship packages, which include dinner tickets and casino chips, are also available. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

MONTICELLO, NY-- For the 32nd consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has again made a donation to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Organization representatives presented a $3000 check to both Museum President Larry Devan and Museum Director Janet Terhune prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet on the lawn of the Museum in Goshen, NY on July 5. Last November at a Historic Track Board of Directors Meeting the Monticello-Goshen Chapter also donated $3000 to that National Historic Landmark. And earlier this year the chapter made a $500 donation to the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame. Since the1980's the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Money for the donations is made possible from successful chapter banquets and the continued support of the chapter's charity journals. "We thank all those who participate in our annual awards banquet and charity journal and we are very fortunate to be able to raise the money..... and when we do.... it is our pleasure to donate the profits back to the industry; especially to Historic Track and to the Harness Racing Museum Track, which are not only in our own back yard but very dear to the hearts of everyone in harness racing," noted Chris Tully, USHWA National President as well as the president of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter. Monticello-Goshen USHWA vice president and USHWA National first VP, Shawn Wiles, added: "Goshen is to harness racing what Cooperstown is to baseball." Prior to annual donations to the Hall and Historic Track the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA used to support a college scholarship but it was decided long ago that when the organization donates money it would be in everyone's best interest to support the harness racing industry. On Sunday evening, November 22nd the chapter will hold its 57th Annual Awards Banquet at The Fountains on Sands Road in Middletown, NY..  

An obscure painting of an illustrious harness racer with deep Maine ties sent his son on a a journey of self-discovery and inspired an amateur historian to push for the induction of the driver with into The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. During his research, Stephen D. Thompson, creator and operator of the nonprofit The Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center (losttrottingparks.com) in Hallowell, unearthed James W. Jordan’s storied career in Maine and the driver’s personal connections to standardbred owners — including one from Auburn. The Illinois-born Jordan was posthumously inducted into the Harness Hall this past Sunday for his historic and remarkable accomplishments during harness racing’s heyday. Jordan’s career spanned over five decades with 1,333 victories and earnings of more than $3.17 million. He passed away in 1977. “A man who lives in Hallowell was looking for information on a painting he bought at auction years and years ago,” Thompson explained. “And so he sent me an email and said, 'I have a painting you might be interested in,' and so I go down there to his home and hanging in his hallway there’s a painting of this standardbred horse and a driver and the name of the painting was ‘Pershing Hanover with Jimmy Jordan Up.’ That’s what started it — purely coincidental. “I started doing research and I found that the horse was actually owned by Gordon Drew of Augusta, Maine, and he did racing with his partner named Don Brooks. But after a month, I ended up getting this email from Jim Jordan Jr., and so this is where this whole thing evolved.” And all it took was a painting hanging in a Hallowell home to bring Jordan’s stellar harness racing career to light. Starting out of the gate in Maine Jordan, who was born March 2, 1905 in Pittsfield, Ill., traveled by rail to begin his remarkable career in Maine as a groomer before he took the reins as a driver and eventually became an adept trainer. According to the “The Maine Spirit of the Turf,” which is published online by the The Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center, Jordan’s father’s favorite horse, Frank DeForest, was sold to owner Joe Robinson in Oxford. Jordan and his dad accompanied the horse to Maine in May of 1923. After a year and half of grooming the horse, Jordan, 19, raced Frank DeForest at a track in Waterville, where he finished second. The rest was about to be become history. “He lived with Joe Robinson in Oxford back when Norway had a track,” Thompson said. “He started out as groom and then became a driver, As he became a trainer, his reputation grew, and he had his own training stable. Obviously he raced at Lewiston. I believe he came and lived in Lewiston for a while. "So while he was there, he got associated with Avies Gross (of Auburn). Jordan also trained with a man named Bill Hall, and Billy Hall started training pleasure horses. Jimmy Jordan was invited to go down to Roosevelt Raceway, so he took two of Avies' horses, Forbes Direct and Harvest High, and raced them at the New York. So for a while, he was racing her better horses and Bill Hall was doing her stable horses in Maine.” When nightly racing began at Roosevelt and Yonkers raceways in New York before the start of World War II, Robert Johnson, president of Roosevelt Raceway, invited Jordan to stable his horses there. He raced and trained horses at Roosevelt before he was drafted after World War II began. Jordan served in Gen. George S.Patton’s Third Army as an open-tank driver, but missed the battle to liberate Bastonge when he suffered an ankle injury loading ammunition. He was sent back to England to recuperate, but he did not return to Third Army. His tour of duty was up, so he was sent home. Jordan’s accomplishments are numerous in Maine and around the nation. On July 19, 1941, at Old Orchard Beach, Jordan drove Gross’s Forbes Direct to the first-ever two-minute mile by a Maine-owned pacer. Jordan’s Maine connections Jimmy Jordan’s induction has not only reinforced Chip Foye’s pride in his grandmother — Avies Gross — but he learned more about a woman who stood out in the male-dominated sport of harness racing. “God bless her. She was clearly ahead of her time, clearly had chutzpah, and I'm proud to call her grandmother, absolutely," Foye, who lives in Cape Elizabeth, said. “(Jordan’s induction) has given my family and me a chance to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of a very special family member. “(Gross) passed away in 1969 when I was 21 years old, so my knowledge of her is somewhat limited. What I do know is that, in addition to loving and appreciating her family, she loved all animals, but there was a special place in her heart for horses. In her later years in the '50s and '60s, she had a horse named Royal Cheetah that she kept at her stable on Fairview Avenue in Auburn. She loved taking care of it, and when it died, she had it buried on her property, along with several other horses, including probably Forbes Direct. The point here is that she cared not only for harness racing, but also for her horses. “She loved sports. At her house in the late 50's and early 60's, she would always have PGA golf on her TV. She loved Arnold Palmer and didn't care for the new kid on the block (Jack Nicklaus) — one of the reasons I enjoy golf so much today is because of her. I’m told she had a punching bag in her early years and boxed with her elbows as well as with her fists. I’m told she was the second woman to obtain a driver's license in the city of Auburn. It is apparent from her accomplishments in life that she was a leader, not a follower, and she wasn't intimidated at all by entering and competing in a sport at its highest level (grand circuit harness horse racing) that was predominately male-dominated.” Of course, Jordan’s name was bandied about at the Gross household for years. “As a kid growing up, I would hear stories about Jimmy Jordan, the grand circuit racing, Forbes Direct and Harvest High, but I didn't understand the context of how they fit into my grandmother's life,” Foye said. “Stephen Thompson's research really forced me to delve into my grandmother's accomplishments, and needless to say, I'm very proud of her. I wished my grandmother had lived longer so that I could have spent more time with her as an adult, and learned more about the amazing person she was.” A son’s memories of dad Jim Jordan Jr. remembers his loving father as a quiet man who loved camping and racing in the Pine Tree State. Jim’s journey into his father’s harness racing past began when he Googled his dad’s name. “I Googled my father’s name, and lo and behold, there was a whole list of contacts. One of them was the Lost Heritage program that Stephen was running. I found a picture of the painting of my dad," Jim said. “Stephen and I started emailing each other back. So we got on the phone, and he said, ‘Jim, have you ever thought about having your dad in the hall of fame?’ I know he had a distinguished career, but I didn’t know much about it. Once I graduated college, I was pretty much removed from the harness racing industry.” But Jim couldn’t pass up on Thompson’s offer to lobby the hall of fame on behalf of Jim’s dad. “When I started to learn more about him, and the time before he was married, I became a little bit more interested,” Jim said. "He never really talked about the racing in Maine. Steve kind of lit a fire under me and Steve said, ‘Why don’t you start putting stuff together. Why don’t we send the letter in at least for consideration?’" Thanks to Thompson’s and Jim’s tireless efforts, Jordan earned the posthumous honor. “He really had kind of quiet professional air to him,” Jim Jordan Jr. said. “He was friendly to everybody. If there’s anything that he passed on to my brother and myself, he had a tremendous work ethic. He had a real passion for the harness racing industry and standardbred racing.” “I remember asking him why he took the risk to coming down to New York and getting off the county fair circuit and going to Roosevelt. He said, ‘You know, I bought into the vision of George Martin Levy, who was founder of Roosevelt Raceway. I thought that nighttime harness racing had a chance, and I wanted to be on the ground floor if it should suddenly take off.’” Jordan was also quiet about his experiences in World War II. “Like a lot of World War II veterans, he didn’t talk a lot about his time over there,” Jim said. “He said it was pretty intense. I remember him having a conversation with him later in life and he said, ‘It is indelibly marked in my mind.’” Of course, Jim and his family weren’t about to miss his father’s induction. “It was a long time coming,” Jim Jordan Jr. said. “He was a good man, and he was certainly a good father. He was certainly good at what he did and he had a passion for harness racing. “I think after all these years, he is going to get to the winners’ circle one more time.” Jimmy Jordan’s career stats - Had over 7.600 starts and 1,094 wins, 964 seconds and1,031thirds, accounting for over $3,372,356 - Was one of the first drivers to agree to stable at Roosevelt Raceway back in 1940 at the beginning of nightly harness racing in New York - Last drive was on July 16, 1975 at Yonkers raceway. - In 1952, he was the second leading money-winning driver - Served in Patton’s Third Army as an open-tank driver - Had outstanding success as driver winning the Yonkers Pace with Direct Rhythm and the Messengers Stakes with O’Brien Hanover. - Major world records held: Trotter, time: 2:401/2, year: 1941 Sunny Boy, record: 11/4 mile; Pacer, time: 2:074/5, year:1953, horse: Meadow Rice, record: 11/16 mile PHOTO COURTESY OF DON DANIELS Jimmy Jordan is shown preparing to ride Forbes Direct, a horse owned by Avies Gross of Auburn, at a harness racing track in Old Orchard Beach. In 1941, Forbes Direct completed a sub-2 minute mile with Jordan up, making Gross the first woman owner of a horse to accomplish the feat. Jordan recently was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Avies Gross of Auburn, left, was owner of Forbes Direct, the horse that helped solidify Jimmy Jordan's hall of fame credentials as a driver. Gross is pictured with her sisters, Gloria Gross Fenn, center, and Natalie Gross Foye, right. Avies Gross of Auburn is pictured with a horse at Roosevelt Raceway in New York in 1941. Gross and driver Jimmy Jordan were a successful team in the era, leading to Jordan's recent induction into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.   By Tony Blasi, Staff Editor Reprinted with permission of The Sun Journal

Goshen NY - Bruce Nickells, a trainer/driver who was associated with many top horses during his 70-year career in harness racing and who specialized in the developing of young pacing fillies into champions, was selected for induction into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame by the Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading media organization, under a "Veterans" provision incorporated into the organization's by-laws earlier this year. Nickells, 87, has developed champions for more than four decades, an impressive feat by any standard. At the age of 13, Nickells got his start as a part-time groom with the late C.F. Rumley. He got his first drive and first win at Aurora Downs in 1949 and opened his own stable in 1953. His career stats are incomplete since USTA record keeping began well after Nickells started his harness racing career, but he is still credited with more than $6 million in purses as a driver and more than $7 million in training earnings in the pre-slots racing era. Nickells developed some outstanding horses, including the trotter Scribe Rodney, Combat Time, Batman, Kentucky, and Fast Clip. Nickells' prowess soon caught the attention of Grand Circuit patrons, and his training of the great mare Follow My Star in 1985 resulted in a partnership with mega-owner Lou Guida - one that would rewrite the record books. He trained six freshman divisional winners and/or the richest freshman filly of the year. Nickells broke his own single season earnings record set by Follow My Star in 1991 with the great Miss Easy, who won 25 of her 32 lifetime starts (including an 11-race win streak), with earnings of $1,777,656. For his management of Miss Easy, Nickells was voted 1991 Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year. Miss Easy was a repeat divisional winner as a sophomore. Other top horses for Nickells include Hambletonian Oaks winner Park Avenue Kathy, Central Park West, Hazleton Kay, Immortality, Freedoms Friend, Bruce's Lady, Efishnc and six Breeders Crown champions. His Crown starters earned $1.9 million, currently ranking him 15th in all-time Crown earnings even though he's started just one horse in the series since 1999. For the last 20 years Nickells has concentrated on the winter training and breaking of colts, and gave youngsters such as Cypress Creek ($384,000) and Grinfromeartoear ($1.7 million) their early lessons. Nickells has turned his stable over to his daughter, Brooke, and is an active consultant and trainer in their rotation from Pompano Park in the winter to summers at Hoosier Park. Nickells will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 3, 2016, going directly to the Hall under the Veterans provision. He will be joined on that day by candidates who receive 75 percent of the yes-no vote from eligible USHWA and Hall of Famers in late summer voting: Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III and Communicators Hall of Fame nominees David Carr and Jerry Connors. From the United States Harness Writers Association

An iconic print of Greyhound setting his historic time trial mark of 1:59.3/4 on July 16, 1937, reproduced from an oil by Richard Stone Reeves, will be offered for live auction on July 5 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The print, numbered 34 of the original 1955 issue of 260, comes from the private collection of a Museum member, who has owned it since publication. A portion of auction proceeds will benefit the Museum's Restoration Fund. The image of Greyhound depicts him at Goshen Historic Track, driven by Sep Palin. The scene looks much the same now as it did in 1937, with the exception of a now-removed hub rail. The resulting time was the first under the 2:00 barrier on a half-mile track for a trotter. This rare print is in good condition with scattered foxing, and is matted and framed. The original oil by Reeves is in the Museum's collection and was presented as a gift to the founder, E. Roland Harriman, in July of 1955 by his friends Lawrence Sheppard, Elbridge T. Gerry Sr., Octave Blake, R.W. Hart, Walter Candler and Leo C. McNamara. Reeves, who painted more than 1,000 horses in his career, including most of the finest Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds of the latter half of the 20th century, was, in the words of the New York Times, "one of the premier equestrian artists in the world." His commissioned works were oil on canvas, "neo romantic in style" said the Times and reported, though never confirmed by Reeves, to start at $25,000. Reeves cites this image of Greyhound, trotting in an event that occurred in 1937, when he was a teenager, as the only horse of more than 1,000 he painted that he did not see in person. Reeves began painting top-flight race horses after his service in World War II. He died in 2005. Those who would like to bid, but cannot attend the July 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, can arrange for proxy bid by contacting Historic Collections Manager Rebecca Howard at collections@harnessmuseum.com or calling 845-294-6330. The conservation of art and artifacts is one of the Museum's highest priorities. The Restoration Fund is a dedicated account established by to provide funding for the preservation of its collection. Funding sources include donations and artifact sponsorships, grants and the annual Restoration Raffle. Now in its 21st year, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame's Restoration Raffle has provided more than $86,000 toward ensuring long-term preservation and accessibility of paintings, lithographs, vehicles, glass photographic negative and textiles from the Museum's historic collections. Winning tickets will be drawn for a fantastic list of prizes during the Hall of Fame induction dinner, Sunday July 5. Please contact Missy Gillespie for prize information and raffle ticket sales. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

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