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Boynton Beach, FL - Alan Prince, a long time journalist for the Miami Herald, a journalism professor at the University of Miami and 48-year national officer for the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and a harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator inductee, died early Wednesday morning. He was 85. Alan Prince saw his first Standardbred race at Monticello Raceway in 1959 and from that point on he was bitten by the harness racing and journalism bug. He began his newspaper career as sports writer for the New Jersey weekly newspaper, the Union Leader, and soon started covering harness racing events. He then joined the New York City Chapter of USHWA and soon became treasurer for the national group. Anticipating that Pompano Park in Florida would open in 1964, Prince took a position with the Miami Herald covering sports and wore many hats during his 25-year career there. In addition to covering harness racing, Prince was also the Travel Editor for the Miami Herald for fifteen years. When Prince left the Herald in the late 1980s he had already been teaching journalism part-time at the University of Miami which led to a professorship and lectures on journalism. Even in retirement, Prince still professionally edited books and magazine for major publishers. Prince was also the founder of the Florida Chapter of USHWA and served as its president in the late 1960s. Prince was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame as a Communicator in 2007. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the first Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award in 2007 by the New England Chapter of USHWA. Prince also received USHWA's Member of the Year Award in 1986 and later the national group named the award in his honor. Born in Montclair, NJ, Alan Prince was a graduate from New York University with a BA in Journalism. He also served in the US Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. Among his many talents, Alan Prince had also mastered the art of magic and sleight of hand card tricks that brought many a smile to those fortunate to catch his impromptu performances every year at the USHWA gatherings. He was also a major opera fan, listening every Sunday to the live performances at the MET in New York and was a season ticket holder to the Opera Society in Ft. Lauderdale and was an avid baseball fan. He is predeceased by his father, Irving Prince; mother, Rose (Shore) Prince, Plavin; brother, Joseph Prince; sister-in-law, Robin (Samson) Prince; and bother-in-law, Gordon Feltman. He is survived by his sister Carol (Prince) Feltman; brother, Martin Prince; sister-in-law, Andrea (Eisenberg) Prince; and six nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will take place at Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mt Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens 5900 SW 77 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33143 (305) 274-0641. The funeral will begin at 2:30 pm Friday followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Amie Choquette Sunshine Fund, care of the Florida Chapter USHWA, P.O. Box 669273 Pompano Beach, FL 33066 (954) 654-3757. By Steve Wolf, for the United States Harness Writers Association

June 2, 2015 - The John Manzi retirement dinner on Sunday, May 31 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY was a sell-out event in honor of the hardest working publicist the Standardbred sport has ever known.   Attended by over 125 well-wishers, friends, colleagues, family members and fans, some of the sports brightest stars came out to honor a guy who has been propping up the key players in the harness horse industry for over 40 years.   Not only did the Hall of Fame publicist provide racing coverage for Monticello Raceway for 4 decades, but John Manzi also churned out press releases for Goshen Historic Track, Delvin Miller Harness Drivers, North American Amateur Drivers, and the local chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. The stories about racing that he has penned have been published in just about every industry and local news outlet imaginable.   Horse owners, breeders, drivers and trainers, and industry insiders young and old, near and far packed the William R. Haughton Hall to capacity to eat, drink, tell John Manzi stories (of which there are countless) and listen to nearly a dozen speakers--all who had a chance to re-live some of their most cherished, and in some cases, most hilarious, moments with the man they call JM in the PM.   Champion harness driver George Brennan, Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, Hambletonian Society publicist Moira Fanning, Museum past president Ebby Gerry, Museum past treasurer Peter Gerry, Roosevelt Raceway publicity man Barry Lefkowitz, Trainer/Driver Eddie Lohmeyer, horse owner Larry Roman, and lifelong friend Steve Sharoff all took turns sharing stories about the man everyone loves to laugh with. NY Daily News Racing Writer Dave Little performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies and kept the event running smoothly, despite all the playful barbs from the guest speaker list.   By the end of the night, Mr. Manzi took the post in which he is probably most comfortable--in front of the microphone. While working the room, he collected several bags of the various gag gifts, his own bobblehead, and commendations that he had been presented over the course of the evening. To a lengthy standing ovation, the man with the big hair and big smile graciously thanked everyone in the room and expressed his gratitude to an industry that, "made me want to get out of bed every morning for over forty years!"   by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame    

Goshen, NY --The president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), Chris Tully, has appointed the 58-year-old Robert "Hollywood" Heyden to be the newest member of the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee to serve a six-year term. More than looking forward to the task, Heyden himself was elected to the Communicators Hall Of Fame in 2012. The 'Statistician to the Stars' exclaimed, "This is great. I follow everything closely and forget nothing. I have a real good idea who should and who shouldn't be a serious candidate to the Hall of Fame. But regardless, I think it is wonderful for people to be involved, to talk about it, to wonder, to speculate, to compare numbers with those that are in, etc." "The conversation that starts and ends with the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in Goshen is all good. I welcome anyone and everyone who has an opinion, a case, a say, anything concerning the Hall of Fame. I really do. But everyone has to remember THE most important thing--the HALL OF FAME is THE highest honor--and is ultra-special. Only the very elite merit consideration. Joe DiMaggio was voted baseballs greatest Living Player in 1969, yet he did NOT make the Baseball Hall Of Fame his first TWO years of eligibility." Heyden, a Rutgers 1978 Graduate and a Meadowlands employee for 27 years under the NJSEA, still does the TV show there, usually on Saturdays. "The Meadowlands has had a bigger role in shaping the industry than any other track in the past 35 years. Maybe any track ever. So if you have proven you can do it there, it matters--big time. Many have tried and went home. The survival of the fittest for sure. A huge part of the reason Campbell and O'Donnell went in together in 1990 is that they had shared the last 10 Meadowlands driving titles going into that year. Of course they were great anywhere, but many of their highlight moments were there." A big fan of the history of the sport, Heyden likes to quote Angela Lansbury when it comes to getting a bit older. "She said, 'there weren't many good things about getting older--but one was the fact that you then had this vast reservoir of knowledge from which to draw upon.'" Heyden is considering writing a book in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Meadowlands next September 1, (2016). He has a carload of goodies from all his years at the Big M, like the time..... (Heyden quotes): "2006 and 2007 were two years that George Foreman made it to the Hambletonian. Great guy, fun to be around-I think he was surprised at a couple of things when we chatted-I needed no notes or teleprompter (NEVER have) and was winging it, and then when I recited the name of the boxer he beat in the 1968 Mexico Olympics from memory (Ionas Chepulis)--we were tight from that point on." "In 1997--I had a lady friend of mine, Lee Gleckel, visiting at the track, she came by a couple of times a year. Chatting, the subject somehow came up as to her mother's favorite actor; Omar Sharif. Well-in those days, you never quite knew who MIGHT walk in the door next. 15 minutes later, Omar Sharif strides in, unannounced. I pull a bluff (knowing he was a gambler) and pretend I know him. It worked. 20-30 great minutes followed, and Lee to this day probably thinks I had the whole thing staged--I didn't." "In 2000-Mike Sheehan came in and told me to quick-get to Pegasus-Arnold Palmer is dining outside. So the hand-held camera guy and I go out, and I ask Mr. Palmer if he'll do it. He says OK. BUT--the camera is on the blink-so we have a five minute delay-I decide-on a moment's notice-to call Stanley Dancer-knowing he and Arnold were good friends, and find out a couple of things that Arnold is going to have NO IDEA I would know about. It worked, the interview was perfect" Robin Leach, Brendan Byrne, Telly Savalas, Jack Klugman, Sylvester Stallone, Barbara Feldon--these are just some of the names of those who would make it to the Meadowlands in its heyday. John Gotti too, Heyden recalls. Hollywood continues, "Mid-1990s or so. Sunday afternoon racing in March or so. I hear a commotion in the back near the betting machines, and Leon Hess and Wellington Mara are BOTH in the press box--and about to make a bet. The owner of the Jets and the owner of the Giants. I don't remember the name of the horse they bet, but I DO remember the amount--$2." From the United States Harness Writers Association    

Goshen, NY --- Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter gave the keynote speech at Wednesday's opening session of the U.S. Trotting Association's 17th annual Driving School.   Takter's talk followed dinner at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He discussed his roots in the sport, training philosophies, and reflected upon his memorable 2014 campaign, which included driving Trixton to victory in the Hambletonian Stakes and seeing Shake It Cerry named Trotter of the Year.   A three minute PROMO with excerpts from the speech can be found on the Museum's YouTube channel by following this link:   "Jimmy Takter was a very gracious and accommodating speaker. He offered the USTA Driving School students a heart-felt and humble inside look into the life a superstar horse trainer. It's hard to imagine getting any greater inside access to success," noted Janet Terhune, the Museum's director, who has several staff members participating in the four-day driving school program.   The Driving School has attracted 24 participants, from 12 states plus the Canadian province of Quebec, for four days of hands-on activity at the Mark Ford Training Center as well as classroom presentations at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.   Participants have the opportunity to take the written portions of the trainer's and driver's exams at the conclusion of the program.   The entire 45-minute keynote address can be found at this link:   by Chris Tuly, for the Harness Racing Museum

Goshen, NY - Janet Terhune, director of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, is pleased to announce the receipt of Mini-Grant funding of $5,000 to document, digitize and properly store a collection of approximately 2,000 glass plate negatives. In brittle envelopes bearing the names of historic horses and people, the journey of this fragile collection from the attic storage area of the Goshen Historic Track offices during the 1940s to Columbus, Ohio, where they were thought to be lost for more than forty years, and their subsequent return to Goshen, New York in 2014 is a remarkable story. Established in 1939, the United States Trotting Association, the governing body of the harness racing sport in America, kept its first offices at Goshen Historic Track. In 1942 the USTA announced its acquisition of "two-thousand and more negatives (the majority glass plates) accumulated by Ted Hansom in his long service as a photographer in the harness horse field..." Ted Hansom, who died later that year, was credited with taking some of the earliest photographs of the harness racing sport. The USTA relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 1948, where it is still headquartered, taking Hansom's singular archive of photograph negatives with it. A small selection of these glass plate negatives were donated to the Harness Racing Museum in 1967. Sadly it had been reported that the remainder of the Hansom Collection had been lost or inadvertently destroyed. In 2014, during a move to new offices in Columbus, the USTA discovered the "lost" archive of glass negatives and donated them to the Harness Racing Museum. Due to the fragile nature of the negatives the process of documenting and digitizing the collection must be undertaken with great care. The project showcases both the Museum's long-standing commitment to preservation as well as its dedication to creating greater accessibility to its collections through digitization. The Mini-Grants are offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. These grants, administered by the Museum Association of New York are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional help and improve their institutions. To learn more about these grant programs, eligibility requirements and deadlines, visit the Museum Association of New York's website at or contact the Museum Association of New York, by email at and by phone at 518-273-3400. 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 Janet T. Terhune

Pompano Beach, FL - Harness racing hall of fame communicator and World War II decorated veteran, Murray Janoff, will be honored at the Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park Saturday as he celebrates his 100th birthday. Janoff, of Boca Raton, will have the third race on the program named in his honor as family, friends and well-wishers are all invited to join him in the winner's circle for a special race blanket presentation. Arranged and hosted by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, it is hopeful that 100 people will in the winner's circle for the presentation race. Janoff will also be interviewed after the race is official. Janoff is the only surviving member of the original group of harness racing journalists who met 68 years ago and formed the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The organization votes for the annual Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year award winners and also the inductees of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He is still an active member of the Florida USHWA Chapter. Janoff is also a decorated World War II veteran who landed on Normandy Beach and fought in five major campaigns, including the Battle of the Budge, and served in Gen. George Patton's legendary Third Army. He left the army as a Major, received five Battle Star decorations including the Bronze Star and after the war picked right up as a sports journalist for the rest of his career. The third race special presentation for Murray Janoff is scheduled to take place 8:00 pm and the public is invited free of charge to attend. By Steve Wolf, for the Florida Chapter USHWA  

Tom Durkin, whose race calls have thrilled fans all over the world, will conduct a one-day workshop on how to call a horse race on Sunday, June 7, at The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. Durkin, a native of Chicago, got his start at the Wisconsin county fairs and has called the most prestigious races of both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing. He retired last August after a 43-year career calling some 80,000 races, including The Hambletonian, Breeders Cup and all the Triple Crown races. Durkin, whose professional routine involved meticulous research and preparation of thousands of phrases to describe various racing scenarios, delivered with what the New York Times called, "his mellifluous baritone voice and vivid imagination," will conduct the workshop to benefit the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame and Museum. He is also a Standardbred owner and breeder, along with his partner Joe Spadaro. Their stable includes the homebred 2012 New York Sire Stakes champion trotter Coraggioso. Classroom work will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon at The Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY. Tuition is $50, payable by a check to Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame and Museum. There are six premium spots available at $150 for those who would like to also call a race at adjacent Goshen Historic Track that afternoon at 1 p.m. Those not opting to also call a race pay only $50. The races at the harness track are non-betting events with no purse and are designed to provide experience to young horses. Durkin will stand by as backup while each race is called by a student. Admission to the races and a program are included in tuition. Lunch is available at the track concession stand. The workshop is a cooperative venture between the USTA, Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and Goshen Historic Track. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, email or call 732-780-3700. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA

Goshen, NY- The Harness Racing Museum will hold an Earth Day Family Fun event to welcome Spring on Saturday, April 18 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.   Children will create and seed a small biodegradable horse-shaped planter, play horse-themed games and ride the horse racing 3D Simulator at the Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main St., Goshen. All the fun is only $3 per child, ages 3-11 years, and parents are free! 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 For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at 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         

It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Doherty announces his peaceful passing at the Villa Marie Claire Hospice on March 14, 2015. Arrangements are under the care of Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Clifton, New Jersey. Mr. Doherty, 74, from Canada, got his start in the sport by helping his father in New Brunswick. He came to New England in the mid-1960s and soon established himself as a top driver in that area, battling Ted Wing for regional driving supremacy throughout the first half of the 1970s. When The Meadowlands opened in 1976, Mr. Doherty decided to give the mile oval a try. He was one of the top drivers there for many years, with more than 1,600 wins and $20 million in earnings in his Meadowlands career. During the 1980s, Mr. Doherty enjoyed a lot of success with the pacing mare Green With Envy. He guided her to back-to-back Older Pacing Mare of the Year honors in 1984 and 1985. Mr. Doherty returned to the limelight thanks to a trio of outstanding trotters in No Nonsense Woman, Starchip Entrprise and Fool’s Goal. As a freshman in 1996, the Sierra Kosmos distaffer No Nonsense Woman had seven wins in 11 starts, with earnings of $288,573. Her biggest victory came when Mr. Doherty steered her to a wire-to-wire triumph in the $302,900 Goldsmith Maid Final. During the 1997 campaign, No Nonsense Woman emerged as the best horse in her class. She had 14 wins and three seconds in 17 trips to the post, with earnings of $838,563. She captured the $438,750 Breeders Crown Final, the $320,000 Delvin Miller Memorial Final, the $134,762 Matron, the $130,000 World Filly Trotting Derby, and the $100,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. It came as no surprise that No Nonsense Woman was a near unanimous selection in the Dan Patch Awards balloting as the top sophomore trotting filly in the sport. In 1998 Mr. Doherty sent out the freshman trotting colt Starchip Entrprise. The bay son of Pine Chip was in the money in eight of his 12 season’s starts, with four wins and earnings of $374,684. His biggest victory came in the $343,400Valley Victory Final. He also overcame post nine to finish second in the $458,000 Peter Haughton Memorial Final, a neck back of Enjoy Lavec. With expectations high for his sophomore campaign, Starchip Entrprise got off to a good start when he captured the $480,800 Canadian Trotting Classic Final in a lifetime best 1:54. Unfortunately, it was the lone highlight of a 1999 season that would be curtailed in August when Starchip Entrprise broke a coffin bone while racing in a Townsend Ackerman division at The Meadowlands. That injury forced him to prematurely end his racing career. Another top trotter in the Doherty Stable was the gelding Fool’s Goal. He enjoyed a terrific season in 2001 at the age of six. He banked $434,300 on the strength of four wins in 18 season’s starts. He was at his best in the $500,000 Nat Ray Final at The Meadowlands, defeating Dr Ronerail in a time of 1:53. Fool’s Goal also won the $243,000 Titan Cup Final that year. During his 7-year-old season in 2002, he broke the bank with earnings of $1,277,640, thanks to seven wins, three seconds, and one third in 15 starts. Fool’s Goal was in fine form in the $1 million Breeders Crown Final, defeating Plesac in a time of 1:51.3, equaling his lifetime mark which was set a month earlier in the $225,000 Titan Cup Final. Other big victories in 2002 came in the $536,130 Maple Leaf Trotting Classic Final and the $200,000 Cutler Memorial Final. At season’s end, Fool’s Goal earned a Dan Patch Award as the top older trotting male in the sport and led to Mr. Doherty receiving the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year award from the United States Harness Writers’ Association. Still going strong in 2003 as an 8-year-old, Fool’s Goal finished in the money nine times in 11 trips behind the gate, banking $639,363. He was at his best in the $800,000 Breeders Crown Final, defeating Victory Sam in a time of 1:52.4. He finished with 35 lifetime wins and earnings of $3,057,070. In the summer of 2003, Mr. Doherty was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. A full obituary will be posted when one is available. From the USTA Media Department

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi.    Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region’s most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed.   This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a “who’s who” of harness racing.   Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway’s man of the hour has always been John Manzi.   But alas, all good things must come to an end.  And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call.   Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.   Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments  and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event.    Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more.   This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.   Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair.   To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email:   by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

The Harness Racing Museum thanks all donors and bidders for a successful auction. If you have not already booked your mares the following breedings are still available and interested parties are urged to contact the Museum as soon as possible at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at The complete list by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Stormin Normand, Valley Victor Pacers: Charley Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Woodstock, Yankee Cruiser   PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Donato Hanover, Winning Mister Pacers: Pass The Deck   NEW YORK Trotters: Conway Court, Deweycheatumnhowe, Manningly, Muscles Yankee Pacers: Heston Blue Chip, Lislea   ONTARIO Trotters: Angus Hall, Glidemaster, Holiday Road   MARYLAND Trotters: Charlie DeVie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall, Holy Guacamolie Pacers: The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie   INDIANA Pacers: Proper Respect   DELAWARE Trotters: CR Commando Pacer: Dream Away   NEW JERSEY Pacer: If I Can Dream   MICHIGAN Trotters: Colie's Pacer: Manhardt   ILLINOIS Pacers: Corner Blitz, Yankee Skyscaper For additional information on the available breedings or to donate breedings please contact Joanne Young at (845) 294-6330, All bids are confidential. Some breedings have minimum bids that must be honored and may require approval of mares. Please contact Joanne for details.

Goshen, NY - Before heading to the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade, join us for an open-house family workshop on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame located at 240 Main Street, Goshen.   Children ages 3-11 will make a craft, play horsey-themed games and will take a ride on the Harness Racing 3D Simulator. Everyone is invited to enjoy cookies, tea & hot chocolate. All for only $3 per child; and adults are free.   This is an open-house event; no reservations are necessary; you may come and go as you please. After the workshop, stake out a spot for the parade, which begins at 2:00 pm. Children will begin by creating their own Lucky Pot of Gold noise maker that they can carry and shake while watching the parade pass by the Museum. When making their Lucky Pot of Gold, children will enjoy cutting, gluing, stamping and painting! Staff will then lead kids through a series of fun games throughout the museum. Seamus McGee, our Irish Standardbred mascot, will make an appearance, so bring your camera and take pictures of your kids with him. Cross the finish line with an exciting ride on the Harness Racing 3D Simulator. Cookies, tea and toasty hot chocolate will top off the fun. All paid participants may enter the drawing to win a fun prize. Before leaving, visit the museum gift shop for a wide selection of horse related items and take advantage of an added bonus with a reduction of 20% off of any green item in the shop. You may even find yourself something green to wear at the parade! For more information, please call (845) 294-6330. 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 For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website at The museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.          

Goshen, NY - Time is running out for members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame to submit Immortal nominations for the Class of 2015! All Museum members, in good standing, have the privilege of nominating persons 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, 2015. They may be emailed on or before that date to or mailed to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. If you would like further information on the induction ceremonies to be held in Goshen, NY on July 5, 2015 and the events leading up to it, please contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or visit our website, 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  

ORLANDO, FL - This Sunday the harness racing heroes of the 2014 season will be honored at the United States Harness Writers Associations (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards Banquet at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at SeaWorld. Starting at 6:00 pm the best of the equine performers and human stars of the sport will receive their just accolades and money will also be raised to help two significant charities and an USHWA workshop. There is a special silent auction held every year at the dinner and even if you can't be there you can still bid via the telephone for any of the items you would desire. The proceeds will go to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and to USHWA and their Clyde Hirt Workshop for young journalists. You can call either 954-654-3757 or 317-908-0029 up until 8:00 pm Sunday to check on your bid and/or raise it up! Photos of the majority of the items can be found online at The silent auction items include: 1. 14k Gold Winner's Circle Pendant from Bow River Jewelry 2. Commission artwork of your horse by Mary Lou 3. Vic Blue autographed harness racing photograph 4. Three different Cason Photography certificate for personal shoots 5. Riedel lead crystal decanter from L.V. Harkness 6. Horse wire sculpture 7. Etched plates, mugs, mare & foal quilt, Old Friends book 8. Doubletree Hilton at SeaWorld Hotel Vacation Package 9. Greyhound portrait by Mary Lou 10. HHYF Harness Hero Card Printers Sheets, every year since 1991 From the United States Harness Writers Association

Friends of Hall of Famer John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled evening of camaraderie and story-telling on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Together, along with some special guests, we will break bread, enjoy refreshments, and laugh with JM in the PM himself. It would be difficult to list all of the people who John has honored and entities he has helped support over the last four decades. It is our hope that many of those same harness industry leaders will be on hand to wish Mr. Manzi well. The festivities begin at 4 pm, will serve to commemorate John's 40+ years in the harness racing industry and double as a retirement party for one of the hardest working publicists this sport has ever known. SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015...and stay tuned for exciting additional information about this event. For more details on attendance and sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

It all started with the book Born to Trot written by Marguerite Henry, which was loaned to me by a friend. This book told the beginning of horse racing in North America and the birth of one of the most prized and respected races in North America- the Hambletonian. It is a must read book for every, trainer, owner, driver, caretaker and harness racing enthusiast alike. The drive took us about 8 hours to get to Goshen, New York and where our hotel was, was not too far from the Goshen Historic Track. The entire drive I was doing my best to contain my excitement. Tomorrow I would be at the oldest race track in North America, The Historic Track in Goshen, NY. Racing only takes place at the Historic Track 4 days every year for the New York Sire Stakes and a few weekends of matinee races. The next morning I was so excited. After breakfast we headed straight to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. I was overcome with delight as my parents and I walked up the stone path with each stone bearing the name of a horse, driver or someone else that had a big impact on harness racing from long ago and others more recent that someone wanted to remember; that is when I first got the feeling that I was stepping back in time. As my parents and I walked through the big wooden doors the feeling that I was being transported back in time got even stronger. It was interesting to learn that the museum was once a stable. The dividers between every few stalls had been taken down. In the stalls was a different period of racing and some were even dedicated to a specific person or horse. There was a stall just for Stanley Dancer and stable memorabilia and one for the great trotter Hambletonian, another for the pacing marvel Dan Patch, I was in awe. There were also plaques that explained the artifacts and history that happened in that time period. I made my parents stop at everything so I could read every plague. I did not want to miss a single detail of the museum. Even though there have been renovations at the historic site over the years, looking around you would never know. Beneath your feet is still a cobblestone walkway, the ceilings still tower high above your head. After walking through what felt like decades, we then entered a room with every single race bike ever invented. It was intriguing and amusing to see the innovations that shaped our sport. There was a room just for the Little Brown Jug. The Living Hall of Fame which honors the living legends both human and horses of harness racing, the statues in the living Hall of Fame featured the works of the late Beverly Lopez. There was the Communicators Hall of Fame section with cute portraits and biographies of the top writers, announcers and other journalism greats in our sport. Maybe, just maybe, I could be there one day. There was an interactive section which included a game where you were at the Lexington Sale and you had to under bid on horses, but all the horses were well known horses. Another game was where a clip of a replay was shown and the person watching had to spot the infraction. There were a couple other interactive components but I do not want to spoil all the surprises. After looking at everything there was to see and reading everything there was to read, my parents and I headed to see the track. Just looking at the track, I could feel the history come back to life. I could hear the faint pounding of horses’ hooves hitting the dusty track and see the clouds that formed from the horses whizzing around the turns and the horses racing past me. I hear the cracks of driver’s whips echo in the air and the cheers of pure excitement as the horses drew closer and closer to the wire. With the fall breeze blowing around me, life just seemed peaceful and perfect; I was in a state of true admiration. The tote board did not have a clock, only slots for numbers to slide into and a door for a person to enter through to put the numbers up. The judge’s stand was in the infield and stood high above the track. When I looked at the grandstand I thought of the times of old when men and women wore their very best to take in an afternoon of racing. The track simply took my breath away. I stood in admiration; this is where it all started. This is where the very first records were set and the first rivalries were challenged other than on the dirt road. Without this historic and beautiful track our sport would not be in existence, this is where it all started. I had heard that along with other trainers, Ray Schnittker was stabled at the barns behind the Harness Racing and Hall of Fame and Museum.   Ray Schnittker trained the champion trotting mare Check Me Out. So my parents and I made our way across the track to see if we could meet her. We got to one of his barns and no one was there. So we headed over to the other barn with his name marked in a sign on the front on one of the barn door. On our way to the second barn, we met a farrier and he turned out to be the farrier of Check Me Out. He was kind enough to take my parents and me to see her. She was so sweet, I rubbed her forehead and she snuggled into chest. My dad then turned to me so my mom could get a picture of me and Check Me Out. Then, the next thing I knew Check Me Out was gently tugging on the collar of my colors.   I think she was trying to tell me that I should stay a little bit longer.  While I spent a few more minutes with Check Me Out, my parents and I spoke with the farrier.  Then he said he would be back in a moment. When he returned he brought with him a horseshoe and handed it to me. “It is her shoe.” pointing to Check Me Out. That is something I will always remember and cherish and to this day I have not let my mom wash Check Me Out’s shoe. A week after my visit with Check me out it was announced that she had been retired. I felt really special to have had the opportunity to meet a true champion.  Just like Born to Trot is a book every racing fan, trainer, owner, driver and caretaker should read, the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is one place that every fan, trainer, driver, owner and caretaker in harness racing should visit. Going to the Hall of Fame and Museum was an incredible experience and was one place I hoped to return to as soon as possible and if I was lucky, I would be able to return when the four days of racing were on.   After reflecting for months and months about my memories of going to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to return during one of the four days of racing. After visit the Meadowlands Racetrack on the Friday and Saturday I was going to spend the Sunday at the USHWA (United States Harness Writers Association) meeting in the morning and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony that evening, both events took place at the Harness Racing Hall and Museum. It was sure to be the perfect way to end an unforgettable weekend.     Being back felt like the first time. The feeling of history took my breath way, only this time it was more captivating. People were going this way and that anticipating the exciting races to come later in the day. For now people were looking around the museum and gift shop and so was I. One of the many special keepsakes I bought was a copy of the book Old Friends by Barbara Livingston and Ellen Harvey. I was lucky enough to meet Ms Harvey and she was kind enough to sign the book for me. I was then looking at the t-shirts and caps when a voice behind me said “Sydney! You don’t know who I am, but I know who you are!” I turned my head as quick as I could. Standing exactly where I had heard the voice coming from was Roger Huston! My jaw dropped. It was Roger Huston! I was speechless! He was the voice of the Little Brown Jug, and perhaps the most famous announcer in harness racing. And he was right in front of me. That realization made my heart skip a beat. The two of us talked for a few minutes, and then my mom reminded me that I had a Little Brown Jug t-shirt that I was hoping to get Roger Huston to sign. He agreed to sign it and I sent my mom out to our vehicle to get it. After that unbelievable encounter I made my way to my USHWA meeting. I was honored to be a part of meeting which discussed important events that had happened and that were going to happen in the coming months that involved harness racing. It was also an honor to be surrounded by people who share a passion for harness racing and writing as I do. After my meeting, I had opportunity to meet Elbridge Gerry, III, the son of the founder of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum that was a true honor for me. His passion and knowledge for harness racing was inspiring. Then, my parents and I headed outside to see the action.  I was blown away; the scene around me was nothing I had ever expected. The grandstand was packed, but the part that made me smile was how every person cheered as each horse and their driver entered the track for the first race.  Everyone cheered because they loved the sport. All the races on the card were trots and non- pari-mutuel. Another highlight of the day was the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry, Sr. Memorial Hall of Fame Trot’. This race was unlike another on the day’s card because all of the drivers who drove in it were Hall of Fame drivers and legends in harness racing. Following the race the drivers went to meet and greet fans and I was lucky enough to be one of them.   That evening I had the honor of attending the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  It was an evening full of laughs, new memories and people coming together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.   A sense of enchantment encompassed the museum. The outside gardens were decorated with lights and everyone was dressed up. The museum had an elegant vibe; everyone in attendance was just having a great time. But like all fun times it eventually had to come to end and when it did I was a little sad, the final piece in my very eventful weekend. I met so many wonderful people and was blessed to be able to spend my final night with them and they made my night even more special. Being able to go back to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame was truly special and I am very grateful that I was able to attend during such a monumental time of the year, and I am very thankful to those whom made it possible. Whether you attend during the Fourth of July weekend or another day of the year if you are an owner, trainer, driver, caretaker, or someone who has a deep passion for harness racing, I hope one day you visit the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum too and it leaves you inspired as it did me when I visited...

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