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Huntington Station, NY - Freddie Hudson and Bobby Rahner have been invited to have a book signing at the prestigious and world famous Book Revue, that is located in Huntington, New York. At the signing they will speak and sign copies of their newly released book, “Momentous Racing To Glory”. The scheduled date of the event is Tuesday November 28, at 7 PM.   Their book tells the story of Momentous, a pacer that was considered dangerous and unmanageable. He had put many people in the hospital and at one time, had killed his groom. Bobby Rahner would take the horse over and campaign him on the New York racing circuit for 8 years. The horse, because of his reputation and on track antics, brought out many fans.   The Book Revue is a sought after venue for many of the world’s best-selling authors and celebrities. This will be Hudson's second signing there. Other authors who have signed their books at the Book Revue include Presidents’ Trump, Carter, and Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Cameron Diaz, Mitt Romney, Andy Cohen, Dick Francis, Al Roker, Jane Fonda, Yogi Berra, Christie Brinkley, Joe Torre, William Shatner, Lauren Bacall, Mary Higgins Clark, Joan Rivers and hundreds more.   Long Island’s number one newspaper, Newsday, with a weekly print and digital audience of 1.3 million will be publishing an article about the authors and the upcoming book signing.   Century 21, American Homes of Westbury, NY, will be sponsoring the wine, cheese and refreshments for the attendees. Century 21's Westbury office is owned by former harness driver, Joe Ricco, who is also the step-dad of current driver, George Brennan.   Anyone who cannot attend the signing can order a signed copy directly from the Book Revue by calling them at 631 271-1442. The book is also available worldwide at Amazon and through bookstores nationwide. 10% of the books royalties will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   by Fred Hudson

Large crowd greets John Campbell and Wally Hennessey at World Harness Racing book launch John Campbell and Wally Hennessey two superstars in the world of harness racing were on hand Wednesday for the launch of the book World Harness Racing. It all took place at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, Canada. Hosted by the book’s managing editor Jerry McCabe and Red Shores marketing manager, Lee Drake, the launch featured strong presentations by Campbell, Hennessey, and Robert Mitchell, the minister responsible for harness racing on the Island while the book was taking shape. A long line-up of people waited to purchase the book with Hennessey and Campbell and two of the co-authors signing books for a long stretch. No one went home disappointed or empty handed. For more information on the book go to .

There are not that many mystery novels on the bookshelves (or internet) that center around harness racing, but recently author Tina Sugarman penned Horse Flesh, a novel that for many will be an enticing read. This fiction novel enters the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, and is an exhilarating debut from an insider.  While many in the industry may take offense to the outright knocks on the industry, one must remember this is fiction and the author’s right to “jazz it up” to make it a riveting read to outsiders, should be taken into consideration. Then again, with all the recent controversy surrounding the Little Brown Jug last week, the events in this novel may seem to be spot on. The story features a brilliant harness racing driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, and a veterinarian caught between two worlds. These are just some of the players in Horse Flesh, where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred.  I found the book to be fascinating, very fast paced and with shocking twists and turns. At first I was turned off as the book did not “grab me” right off the bat and I was not happy with some of the demeaning references to the industry as an insider. As I read on and understood the characters that made up the novel, I had trouble at times to put the book down. It drew me into the read to see where the story was going, what was going to happen to some of the stars and how was author Tina Sugarman going to tie this all together in the end. She did a superb job with some great insights that people in the industry should consider. She got the job done and her HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh read.  Tina’s blending of the life events of four yearlings into becoming racehorses was very well done and woven nicely into the novel. The paperback version is very thick, over 700 pages of small type, so some might want to get the Kindle or Nook version. And don’t expect to read this one overnight! Tina Sugarman writes from her personal experiences and gives a compelling insight into the world of harness racing. She has been involved with Standardbred horse racing in Ontario for nearly two decades, spending summers on a horse farm nearby Mohawk Raceway, the premier harness racing track in Canada. This novel is available through all major booksellers. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

It was in Launceston in February 2011 that battling horse trainer Mick Burles and a gelding called The Cleaner began their racetrack journey that was to make its mark on the landscape of the Australian turf. The Cleaner, bought two years earlier at a yearling sale for just $10,000 by three of Burles’ golfing mates when the trainer didn’t have the money himself, finished 13th in a field of 14 maidens. The first-up flop went on to win 19 of his 54 races for Burles and earn more than $1.3 million in prize money. Much loved as battlers in a world of bluebloods, Mick and The Cleaner would garner a cult-like following, with fanfare at a frenzy in 2014 when the horse Mick called Bill became the first Tasmanian-trained runner in the Cox Plate. By the time their partnership ended just over a year (and another run in the Cox Plate) later, the two underdogs were national identities, with some likening the partnership to that of Tommy Woodcock and the legend Phar Lap. In December 2015, Mick’s world was torn apart when the same friends who stepped in to buy the horse when Burles didn’t have “10 grand”, sacked him and removed The Cleaner from the stables he had called home for close to seven years. In Mick and The Cleaner, the remarkable rise of the two unlikely heroes, and all the facts of how and why this pair were split, is exclusively revealed. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peter Staples has worked in the print and electronic media for over 30 years. He has been the racing journalist with the Tasmanian racing industry’s governing body for the past 12 years, and prior to that he was a journalist with The Mercury — firstly as a general sports reporter before acquiring the position of chief racing writer, a position he held for a decade prior to branching out on his own in 2001. Peter is a multiple award-winning racing writer who also has been a judge on the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame panel for over a decade. He holds a similar position with the Tasmanian Racing Hall of Fame judging panel. He continues to contribute to radio programs nationwide and he is the host of all Tasmanian racing products produced for Sky Channel, in particular Sky Thoroughbred Central. A link hre to the publisher

Enter the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, in this exhilarating debut from an insider. The story, however, goes far beyond that and touches on universal themes that every reader will recognize. You’ll be thrust into the front car on a roller coaster ride, through triumph and disaster, that begins on page one. You’ll feel every twist and turn of the story in the pit of your stomach. You’ll laugh and cry with the rough, tough guys who put on the show, rain or shine. You’ll empathize with the women who give this world a heart.  You’ll meet the cheaters who use horses as pincushions, who want to win at any price.  You’ll get to know the equine athletes who give their all, whatever challenges life throws at them. Last, but not least, you’ll feel the overwhelming sense of community that pervades this world, despite the sharp edges of a highly competitive sport. If that’s not enough, there’s a backstory that will keep you on the edge of your seat and which takes you on a journey from Ontario, Canada to the Rocky Mountains, the US, the Caribbean and even the UK. The icing on the cake is an ending full of surprises that will leave you well satisfied. The characters leap off the page: a brilliant harness horse driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, a veterinarian caught between two worlds, young horses unaware of what’s in store for them and trainers whose livelihoods hang by a thread, who face a Hobbesian choice if they are to survive. These are just some of the players in a story where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred. Fascinating, fast paced and with shocking twists and turns until the very last, HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh next read. About the author:   Tina Sugarman’s debut novel, HORSE FLESH, was born out of her personal experiences and portrays a faithful and compelling insight into the world of harness racing. Tina has been involved with Standardbred horse racing in Ontario for nearly two decades, spending summers on a horse farm a few kilometres from Mohawk Raceway, a premier harness racing track in Canada. She lives in Poole, Dorset with her husband and their maine coon cat, Juliette and enjoys driving their hackney mare, Mango, in the New Forest.  She still takes a keen interest in the sport. HORSE  FLESH by Tina Sugarman (published September 1st 2016 by Clink Street Publishing) can be ordered from online retailers including Amazon (e-book and paperback editions)  and from all good bookstores. To order click here   Josh Hamel  

It's 1956 and a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust has turned up murdered at the Morrow Park harness racing track. With few clues and police at a dead end three Second World War veterans, all involved in the local harness scene, set out to solve the crime drawing upon their military training and experience. That's the plot for Ghosts From The Holocaust, a mystery novel by first-time author and Smiths Falls resident Barry P. Hall. The 74-year-old is already working on a sequel and envisions a series with the three sleuths as the central characters. Hall, who enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1961 and served six years as an electronics specialist, was born and raised in Coboconk and his sister lives on Buckhorn Lake. He never lived in Peterborough but was familiar with the city's harness racing history. That was a factor in his selection of Morrow Park as the backdrop for his whodunit. "I didn't want to set the book in a large centre like Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa," Hall said. "I was searching my brain to find where. I thought, Peterborough is a pretty good centre. It's nowhere near the population of those other places but it's still a good sized centre and the racing was very popular there back then. I remember it." Hall used the Peterborough Agricultural Society, Trent Valley Archives and Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives for his research. He has always enjoyed harness racing and used long-time horseman and friend Neil Curran as a resource. "There is a fair bit about racing because that's where it happens and these guys are constantly at the track," he said. Hall says he set out twice before to write a book in the science fiction genre but this is the first one he's finished. He's sold 100 copies in six weeks. "I like mystery stories and I wanted to appeal to the widest audience I could possibly appeal to," he said. "Racing has a big following. "I've written with a lot of humour throughout the book hopefully to appeal to people who like a little bit of humour. There is a small religious theme that runs through it as well," said Hall. He's made a connection with Kawartha Downs, which opened in 1972 a year after the Morrow Park track closed in 1971. "Kawartha will have copies of Mr. Hall's book available for sale on 2016 race nights and are working on having the author on hand one race night to autograph copies," stated a press release from the Fraserville track. Hall will also be appearing at the Peterborough Spring Fling trade shows at the Evinrude Centre on March 13, April 17 and May 22. His book is also available for $26.95 on or can be ordered through any major book store.  It is self-published through Author House. By Mike Davies, Peterborough Examiner Reprinted with permission of the site

He was the A. J. Foyt of the harness racing world. During a 10-year career, Dan Patch broke records and raked in prize winnings. His appearance at events drew fans by the thousands. Through it all, he never lost a race. Sportswriter Charles Leerhsen calls Dan Patch “the most celebrated American sports figure in the first decade of the 20th century, as popular in his day as any athlete who has ever lived.” Leerhsen is the author of “Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America” (Simon & Schuster). The book, published in 2008, is testament to Dan Patch’s reputation. Though few sports fans today recognize the Dan Patch name, his legend lives on in books, a movie and in the town of Oxford, Indiana where the mahogany-colored pacer was born in 1896. Visit Oxford on a Saturday morning and you’ll find oldtimers gathered for coffee at the Dan Patch Café. The water tower proclaims, “Home of Dan Patch.” On the first weekend following Labor Day, the Lions Club sponsors Dan Patch Days, a festival featuring basketball and euchre tournaments, a car show and baby contest. Raised by Daniel Messner Jr., Dan Patch began life as a knobby-kneed colt that could hardly stand to nurse. With perseverance, Messner raised him to be a pacer and entered him in his first harness race in Boswell, Indiana, winning the mile in 2:16. Mention horse racing, and most Americans think thoroughbreds and the Kentucky Derby. Dan Patch was a standardbred, and his jockey rode behind him in a two-wheeled cart called a sulky. After experiencing success in Indiana, Messner contacted a New York horse trainer to prepare Dan Patch for the 1901 Grand Circuit, harness racing’s top events nationwide. He raced in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Buffalo and Brighton Beach, N.Y., among other cities. His 12 straight wins that year netted $13,800 in prize money. In 1902, Messner sold Dan Patch to M.E. Sturgis of New York City for $20,000, an unheard-of sum at the time. Sturgis turned around and sold the horse for $60,000 to Marion W. Savage, owner of the International Stock Food Company of Minneapolis. By this point, other stables refused to race Dan Patch because of virtually certain defeat, but he continued to build his legend by endorsing commercial products and by racing against the clock. In Lexington he ran the mile in a record 1 minute, 55.25 seconds in 1905. The following year he clocked 1:55 during an exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair. The new record did not become official because the sulky used a dirt shield, which was not allowed, but Savage took full advantage of the moment. He renamed his farm the International 1:55 Stock Food Farm. Dan Patch retired to be a stud in 1909. Horse and owner died in 1916, but they weren’t forgotten. The United States Harness Writers Association still gives out the Dan Patch Awards. The Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson is located on Dan Patch Circle, and the park’s feature race for pacers is the Dan Patch Invitational. It’s not known where Dan Patch was buried. Horse fans often stop to pay respects at a headstone and historical marker on the east edge of Oxford where the farm where he was raised still proclaims his unofficial record on the side of the barn. Note to readers: This is the 66th of 100 essays on Indiana history leading to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016. Neal is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. Contact her at Directions: The Dan Patch historical marker is at 203 S. Michigan Rd. near the intersection of SR 352 & SR 55 in Oxford. By Andrea Neal Reprinted with permission of the site 

Shoes worn by harness racing queen See You At Peelers, honored as a divisional champion at two and three, are among the items that will be auctioned to benefit the horses in the care of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. More than 20 items of interest to fans of racing will be auctioned on eBay, starting July 12, 2015. Suzanne D’Ambrose of Neptune, NJ, a volunteer with the SRF, will be conducting the 10-day auction for the second year.  All the proceeds are used to buy grooming supplies, fly spray, horse care items and special treats for the retirees at the Cream Ridge, NJ farm.  “It will be like Christmas in July for the SRF horses,” said D’Ambrose.  “Thanks to horsemen and friends, I’ve been able to accumulate many treasures to auction, and 100 percent of what is raised will benefit the horses.” See You At Peelers, who was the Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year in 2010 and the Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year in 2011, retired with 26 wins in 31 starts and $1.5 million in earnings. “After her last race at Yonkers Raceway [in 2012], I asked trainer Jimmy Takter for two of her shoes, and he kindly donated them,” D’Ambrose explained. “Her shoes come with a certificate of authenticity.” Among the items that will be auctioned are Hambletonian shirts and scarves. Autographed driving whips, which also have certificates of authenticity, will be included. The whips are signed by Hall of Famer John Campbell as well as Tony Alagna, Ron Burke, Casie Coleman, Jeff Gregory, and Brian Sears. One driving whip has four signatures on it:  Cory Callahan, Nancy Johansson, Marcus Miller, and Scott Zeron. Another special item is a 10 ½ x 13 ½ mounted photo of Niatross and driver-trainer Clint Galbraith, winning the 1980 James B. Dancer Memorial at Freehold Raceway. “Many friends have donated the racing memorabilia for the benefit of the SRF horses,” said D’Ambrose. “In particular, I’d like to thank Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Public Relations Director Carol Hodes, who had many items collected during nearly 40 years as a racing journalist and publicist.” Starting on July 12, visit the eBay website and use “Advanced Search” to find seller “Jerseyhorselover” to view and bid on all the items. Extra charges will be required for shipping to Canada or other countries. For any questions, contact Suzanne D’Ambrose at Suzanne D'Ambrose                

Harness racing needs to embrace technology and produce the best quality product if the Standardbred industry world-wide is going to compete against other sports. That's the opinion of award winning journalist Bob Carson.

Ralph Jones, former Deputy Executive Secretary for the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, has announced the debut of his memoir, Buckeye Side Wheelers & Keystone Tail Sitters, Reflections of Harness Racing's Glory Days.

With more than 1800 pages of information on harness racing Sires, Dams and their Progeny, including the 2011 foal crop, the CD format features an easy-to-use search function which allows you to locate any horse quickly and easily.

John Campbell, George Brennan, Jason Bartlett, and harness racing enthusiasts from throughout Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada and the United States have read it.

Lacey Lafferty, author of soon to be released book titled Delaware Horse Racing, will be in the Harrington Raceway grandstand lobby on the book's release date, Monday October 29 for autographs.

The life story of one of harness racing's most respected officials and trainer-drivers, Keith Greenwood, has been told in a new book, KLG an Enterprising Man. The book was written by Iris Blythe, Keith's eldest daughter, and was launched by Father Brian Glasheen, a close family friend, at Thornbury last Saturday on the 100th anniversary of Mr Greenwood's birth date.

Pincay Jr., Gary Stevens and Corey Nakatani are among the jockeys featured and extensively quoted in "Playing the Steinway", the book that chronicles the life and times of harness racing and thoroughbred trainer/radio show host Roger Stein. It is co-authored by Mark Ratzky and Esther T. Hall.

Harness racing has played a huge part in Laurie Mackenzie's life. Up until four years ago Laurie and her husband Gerald had given 26 years to the sport. They then relocated to Florida two years ago. Laurie's a nurse now and her husband Gerald - a former trainer and driver who boasts more than 1,300 driving wins - works in the oil industry.

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