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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 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  

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

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