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GREENVILLE – The Butterflies Junior Garden Club was asked to make a selection from the Pioneer Room at the Garst Museum and develop a theme to decorate a tree for the holidays. The club selected Greenville native Grant E. “Gene” Riegle and Gene Riegle Horse Stables. Gene was an outstanding American harness racing driver and trainer.  He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.  Riegle started his harness racing career in 1950 shaded by his father Roy Riegle, driver and trainer. At the 1972 Little Brown Jug, Riegle drove Jay Time who was the odds on favorite before the race.  Jay Time, who finished in a dead heat with Strike Out one month earlier in the Adios Pace, was scratched after the first heat due to a high temperature. In 1990, Riegle along with Bruce Nicells, was awarded the Glen Garnsey Trophy as United States Trainers of the Year. He trained 1993 Little Brown Jug winner, Life Sign. Riegle passed at his Greenville home on Oct. 17, 2011. Butterflies Junior Garden Club members chose the Riegle colors of red and chartreuse adding horse ornaments, ribbon to represent the race track, plumed top to represent a horse tail and the actual silk cloth tree skirt donated by Gene’s brother Jim Riegle.  A portrait of Riegle is on display next to the tree, also loaned by his brother. Decorating were Saige Fellers, Mariana Ramos, Brianna Fellers and Callee Moore. Reprinted with permission of Bluebag Media

Anthony T. Abbatiello, a harness racing leader for several decades who was a member of the sport's Hall of Fame, died October 19 at his home in Colts Neck, NJ, after complications from heart failure. He was 89.   Mr. Abbatiello was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995 after a long career in harness racing as a trainer, driver, horseman's association president and a member of numerous other organizations. He joined his brother Carmine in the Hall of Fame, making them the first brother combination to do so.   He became a member of the New Jersey Racing Commission in 2005 by appointment of the governor.   He was co-founder of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and served as its president for more than 30 years. Due to his leadership, the organization became a strong, motivating force in the success of harness racing in New Jersey. He also served as chairman of the board of the United States Trotting Association, a director of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, chairman of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, a trustee of the American Horse Council and the Trotting Horse Museum.   In addition to his induction into the Hall of Fame, Mr. Abbatiello received the Proximity Award of the United States Harness Writers Association and was honored as man of the year by Harness Horseman International.   He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, rising to the rank of captain and receiving numerous commendations, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge, and Korean Campaign Ribbon with four Battle Stars.   Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, he is survived by three daughters, Jean Sardoni (Craig) of Colts Neck, Christine Whelan (John) of Colts Neck, and Lisa Locke (James) of Virginia; six grandchildren, Ava and Michael Sardoni, Shane and Jack Whelan and Abigail and Ian Locke; two brothers, Carmine and Matt, and one sister, Sadie Merillo, and several nieces and nephews.   Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday (October 24) at the Higgins Funeral Home in Freehold. A military burial will be private on October 25 at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.   From Leon Zimmerman

Freehold, NJ --- Jules Siegel’s successes as an owner and breeder led to his recent selection for enshrinement in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, but the 89-year-old proprietor of Pennsylvania’s Fashion Farms hopes to continue adding to his list of harness racing accomplishments. On Thursday, Siegel will watch three of his stakes-winning 2-year-old male trotters -- Crystal Fashion, Fashionwoodchopper and Patent Leather -- compete in International Stallion Stakes divisions at Lexington’s Red Mile. Crystal Fashion is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the second of five International Stallion splits while Patent Leather is the 5-2 second choice in the first division and Fashionwoodchopper is the 3-1 second choice in the final division. All three horses are owned by Siegel’s Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell. “I love them,” Siegel said of the three trotters. “They’re all in the same category. After having a couple years with (two-time Dan Patch Award winner) Broadway Donna, to come up with something like that, it’s a pleasure. “That’s Jimmy. He was training them (Tuesday) morning and he said they’re such a pleasure to sit behind. And he deserves it. He’s put in so much work and so much effort to come up with three good colts.” Hambletonian Society photo Jules Siegel will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 1, 2018. Siegel, who will be 90 on Nov. 5, knows about good horses. He received the Owner of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in 2002 and 2009, an honor he shared with his wife Arlene, who passed away in 2010. In addition, Siegel was Standardbred Canada’s Owner of the Decade for the 2000s and the Pennsylvania chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Breeder of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He was named to the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame in 2007. The Siegels and Campbell won the 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue. He was the first of the Siegels’ Dan Patch Award-winning horses, followed by two-time recipient Galleria, Broadway Hall, Broadway Schooner, Possess The Will, and two-time honoree Broadway Donna. Broadway Schooner, a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall bred by the Siegels, won the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks and is the dam of Broadway Donna. Siegel’s induction into the Hall of Fame will take place July 1 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. “I’m ecstatic,” Siegel said. “I never imagined anything like that would happen. I thought it was reserved for people who really accomplished something. But I’m very happy it all came about this way.” Arlene, a retired nurse, and Jules, a retired pharmacist who had founded and sold a chain of drugstores, worked together at Fashion Farms. Arlene was among the people who guided Jules through the early years of the farm’s operation, even getting him to assist with the mares when their foals were born. “She was the real inspiration,” Siegel said of Arlene, his wife of 55 years. “She bought the farm. She was great. When I was a pharmacist, I didn’t even know what a horse looked like. I became familiar by being with people who taught me everything. It’s a wonderful thing, to really be associated with so many people that I look forward to, that were my inspiration. “It’s not so much me, it’s the people in the industry. There are so many good people who have helped me and given me direction. Not only is it them, it’s the people who work on the farm back home. I’m just a cog. There are a lot of people on the farm who have been with me for over 20 years. I’ve got an extended family. It’s a great feeling. I just hope it continues for a while.” The trio of trotters racing Thursday could help it continue for a while. All three were involved in photo finishes in last week’s Bluegrass Stakes divisions, with Crystal Fashion winning by a nose, Fashionwoodchopper prevailing by a head, and Patent Leather finishing second by a nose. “Two out of three ain’t bad,” trainer Campbell said. “There are a lot of good trotters out there. Those three races, they were noses apart, and it could have gone either way. There is a lot of tough competition out there, that’s for sure.”   Nigel Soult photo Fashionwoodchopper prevailed by a head in his Bluegrass division. Fashionwoodchopper (by Donato Hanover out of Woodshopper) has a four-race win streak that includes the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He was purchased as a yearling under the name Big Wood for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He has earned $204,618 in seven starts. “He’s a colt we liked all winter training down,” Campbell said. “He just needed a little extra time to find his way at higher speed. I still think he’s going to be a better 3-year-old; he’s grown a lot since he started racing. But he’s the type of horse that knows how to win, and I’ll take that type of horse any day.” Crystal Fashion (Cantab Hall-Window Willow) is from the same family as millionaire Lolique and world-record-holder Farmer Jones. He was purchased for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, under the name Watteau Hanover. A gelding, Crystal Fashion has won three of nine races, hit the board a total of eight times, and earned $130,442. “He’s been coming along really nicely,” Campbell said. “He’s gone some really good races. Even when he hasn’t won he’s been coming the right way at the wire. He’s gotten better with more racing. He’s kind of a big colt and he’s starting to put everything together.” Patent Leather (Broadway Hall-Designable) has two wins and has finished worse than second only once in six races. The colt has earned $63,142. “He’s been an overachiever,” Campbell said. “He’s a colt that’s got a lot of great determination. He’s not the prettiest looking when he goes slow, but when he goes behind the gate, he throws everything away. He reminds me a lot of Broadway Hall. He looks a little bit like him and he’s got the same attitude. He just loves to race. I have to give Jules all the credit; Jules bought him privately all on his own.” All three horses are eligible to the Breeders Crown later this month at Hoosier Park. Click here for Thursday’s complete Red Mile card. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Congratulations to the new Hall of Famers. Well, we just announced the newest inductees voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, and the four individuals could not be more deserving. Congratulations to Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, who are going into the Hall, and to Carl Becker and Dave Briggs, who are going into the Communicators Hall. Jules Siegel and his late wife Arlene established Fashion Farms in eastern Pennsylvania, acquired first-rate broodmares and bred them to top sires to achieve successful racehorses.  Siegel has raced Hambletonian winner Tagliabue along with eight Dan Patch Award champions and five Breeders Crown winners including Broadway Hall, Broadway Schooner and Broadway Donna. Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg is the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame. She is the owner of Menhammar Stuteri AB, the leading breeder in her native Sweden, which has been in her family for 70 years. Wallenius-Kleberg also created a North America-Europe comingling of racing and breeding talent with her partner, the late Hall of Famer Norman Woolworth, headed by champion horses such as Mack Lobell. Carl Becker began his career in harness announcing in 1963 and became in-demand with major tracks like DuQuoin IL, where he called the Hambletonian and World Trotting Derby, and The Red Mile where he announced Niatross’s historic 1:49.1 time-trial. Dave Briggs achieved journalistic success through his award-winning work as editor of the Canadian Sportsman magazine. In the last couple years Briggs has been in charge of Harness Racing Update, the online racing newsletter. Briggs is also a nine-time Hervey Award winner for excellence in harness journalism; the next highest total for an individual is five. Siegel, Wallenius-Kleberg, Becker and Briggs will all be honored at the 2018 Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL on Sunday February 25, 2018. They then will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Goshen NY on Sunday, July 1, 2018. USHWA helps to rebuild Goshen Historic Track After the devastating fire that completely destroyed barns and a blacksmith shop at Goshen Historic Track, the Executive Board of USHWA met and unanimously agreed to donate $5,000 to help rebuild the oldest operating harness racing track in the world, which is listed as a National Historic Landmark. The Officers wanted to take a lead role in the industry and help provide GHT a hand in getting the track back to where it should be, and we hope that others within the sport follow our example and donate what they can to keep this historic property open and operational for generations of racing fans to come. USHWA to be a sponsor of the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park For the first time ever, USHWA will be a sponsor for the Breeders Crown, to be held at Hoosier Park in October. Because of the generosity of Hoosier Park, who was the title sponsor of our Dan Patch Awards Banquet this past February in Las Vegas, the Officers decided it was important to support them now as they host their very first Breeders Crown, along with showing our support for all the participants of the races themselves. Our name will be prominently shown on the grooms’ gear, namely the fleece jackets they will be provided with; our organization’s name will be on the chest and down the arms. We will also have a full-page color USHWA ad in the Breeders Crown program. Proximity nominations are due next month Please keep in mind that the first nomination deadline of the fall comes up on Tuesday, Oct. 13, for the Bergstein/Proximity Award (250-500 word biography per nominee, one per chapter). These nominations need to be reviewed by the Integrity Committee and the Directors before being returned to the membership for final voting. So it is important that the original deadline be met in order to keep in line with other year-end award announcements. … so Plan a Chapter meeting NOW! With the Proximity nominations due then, if your Chapter can mobilize for a meeting very soon, that may be best. If not, with all the year-end award nomination and voting activities just around the corner, it would be a great time to plan a Chapter meeting to get “all your ducks in a row.” Also make sure you let Secretary Connors know who your Directors are for 2017-2018 so we have a record we can refer to when it comes to reimbursements in February. New website is in trial mode We are literally days away from the release of our new website. It is up and running in a faux-domain until we get it tweaked and finally released. Look for a release as soon as we go live. 2018 Budget is currently being drafted Tom Hicks and the Budget Committee are currently putting together the final touches on the 2018 financial plan. This year we are on target to make a profit commensurate with the projections presented to the Directors – and, depending on what transpires with banquet sponsorships prior to the end of the year, could go higher. Our principal organizational functions this year have stayed on point, and we thank everyone involved for their work in that achievement. Dan Patch Awards host hotel reservation portal now open The USHWA-only reservation portal for the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando is now live on our website, and you can now make your plans to attend the National meetings and Dan Patch awards banquet the last weekend in February. Please keep in mind that as every year, a limited number of rooms will be available at the discounted rate, and making an early reservation may be a good idea. Don’t forget about Items for the DPA Silent and Live Auctions As was mentioned in my previous newsletters, you are aware that we annually hold a silent auction to help fund not only the business of USHWA, but also the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Clyde Hirt Workshop.  In recent years, the items that have been made available to us for this auction have dwindled severely, and we need your help and support to turn the tide.  This is a call to EVERY USHWAN!  Please take a minute of your day to call a business, hotel, sport team, industry outlet, race track, farm, distributor, anyone or anything you can think of and try to get donations for this auction, so we can more adequately support the worthy causes that the proceeds are put towards.  To date, I have only received a response from Dave Brower, Melissa Keith, and Matt Sparacino with offers of auction items. I know it’s early, but it’s never too early to help the organization. Whether you attend the banquet or not, it would help the functions of the organization immensely if everyone got just one donation of any value to put into this auction. I hope everyone enjoys the upcoming fall weather and all the great stake racing that is yet to come. I also hope I run into many USHWA members at the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park next month as it promises to be one of, if not THE, best presentation of this stake ever.   Tim Bojarski President of USHWA

Harrisburg, PA - Jules Siegel, owner of Fashion Farms in Pennsylvania, twice national owner of the year in the U.S. and Owner of the Decade (2000s) as named by Standardbred Canada, and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, an important breeder, owner, and board member of organizations on both sides of the Atlantic, were named ballot candidates for the sport's most prestigious honor, the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, this past weekend by the Hall of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Siegel, who will turn 90 this year, graduated from Rutgers with a degree in pharmacy, and operated a chain of drug stores for 40 years. When he sold the drug stores in 1995, his wife and partner Arlene, who passed away in 2010, insisted, "you cannot retire to nothing," so the Siegels' Fashion Farms soon became home to some of Standardbred racing's best broodmares and racehorses. Tagliabue won the Hambletonian the year Jules Siegel retired - the first of eight Dan Patch Award winners for him. He has five Breeders Crown victories to his credit as well, three of them homebreds with the farm's "Broadway" first name: Broadway Hall, Broadway Schooner, and Broadway Donna just last year. Wallenius-Kleberg is the owner of Menhammar Stuteri AB, the most successful breeding farm in Sweden for the last nine years; her family has owned the farm for 70 years, having been purchased in 1947 by her father Olof Wallenius. Menhammar Stuteri is noted for having stood the transcontinental champion Mack Lobell at stud, and also for standing two stallions sent to Sweden by Wallenius-Kleberg's business partner, the late Hall of Famer Norman Woolworth: Zoot Suit and Smokin Yankee. A tireless worker for the sport, Wallenius-Kleberg is a director of the Hambletonian Society in the U.S., and in 2011 received the Pinnacle Award for promotion of the sport. In Sweden, she was the former chair of the Swedish Breeders Association and of the organization operating Solvalla Racetrack, home of the famous Elitlopp, and is an honorary lifetime member of these two organizations and of the Swedish Trotting Association. If elected, Ms. Wallenius-Kleberg would become the first woman enshrined in the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Siegel and Wallenius-Kleberg were among nominees sent in by the chapters of USHWA for the consideration of the Screening Committee. After meeting with an Advisory Committee comprised of Hall of Famers, USHWA's Screening Committee made its decisions on the day of the annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, the first Sunday in July. Siegel and Wallenius-Kleberg will be joined on the midsummer ballot by Carl Becker, race-caller/auctioneer/pedigree authority, and Dave Briggs, nine-time winner of the Hervey Award for outstanding writing about the sport; they are the candidates for the Communicators Hall of Fame. If a nominee receives 75 percent of the yes-no votes cast, she or he will be elected. The results will be announced shortly after Labor Day. The new Hall of Famers will be first feted at the Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, in conjunction with USHWA's annual meetings. The new Hall of Fame class will be formally inducted during the Hall of Fame Sunday Dinner in 2018 on July 1. U.S. Harness Writers Association

Goshen, NY --- On a sultry Sunday (July 2) midsummer’s evening in the Hudson River Valley, inductions for the Harness Racing Hall of Fame were conducted. The sole inductee into the Living Hall of Fame was Brian Sears, one of the sport’s elite drivers over the course of the last 15 years. Joining Sears were Communicators Hall of Fame inductees Steve Wolf and Gordon Waterstone; and Living Horse Hall of Fame inductees Mr. Muscleman, Rock N Roll Heaven, Artstopper, Benear, Fox Valley Monika and Stienam’s Place. Sears, 49, was inducted in to the Hall for his skill as a driver with 9,771 wins and $178,144,754 million in purses. Honored as USHWA’s Rising Star of the Year in 1991, the talented reinsman is the only driver to capture the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks on the same day, accomplishing the feat with Muscle Hill and Broadway Schooner in 2009 and again with Royalty For Life and Bee A Magician in 2013. He also won the Hambletonian in 2015 with Pinkman in the only instance he piloted the horse that season. The sport's Driver of the Year in 2009, Sears has won 26 Breeders Crown titles, good for No. 4 on the all-time wins list in the series. Horses driven by Sears have earned more than $10 million in the series, which is among the top five in history. Sears has also steered three winners of the Horse of the Year title: Rocknroll Hanover in 2005, Muscle Hill in 2009, and Bee A Magician in 2013. “It’s pretty amazing to think about being mentioned with people such as (Del) Miller, (Billy) Haughton, (John) Campbell and (Bill) O’Donnell,” said Sears. “My dad (Jay) is the one who puts things in perspective, It means a lot to my family, since I grew up around the sport. The horses come and go, but the people have stayed, and getting to drive for a lot of the same ones now that I did when I first started means a lot. I always appreciate the opportunities that are given to me, and I enjoy going out there and competing. “When I first started, I’d watch guys such as Bill Fahy (at the Meadows) and pick their brains. Today, it seems the new generation of drivers—Scott Zeron, Doug McNair, Joe Bongiorno-are getting chances to drive better horses at a younger age.” Communicators Hall of Fame It is only fitting Waterstone and Wolf, whose careers have essentially commenced and progressed together since their entry into the sport in 1979, were inducted into the Hall of Fame on the same evening. Both men have been president of USHWA and each has won that organization’s Member of the Year Award, with Wolf being the only individual honored in that capacity twice. Both have won the Harness Publicists Association's Allen J. Finkelson Golden Pen Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in promoting harness racing, and both have won the Clyde Hirt Media Award from Harness Horsemen's International. Both have also chaired several important USHWA committees and are also the presidents of their own respective region’s USHWA chapters. For much of the late 20th century, Wolf was a publicist for several tracks in the immediate area of his native New Jersey (Freehold Raceway, Brandywine Raceway and Liberty Bell Park) and for the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) before relocating to Pompano Park in South Florida, where he rose through the ranks to become senior director of racing operations, until he created his own consulting company. Wolf also was the president and served on the Board of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. "My main goal in harness racing was to attract new people to the industry and become just addicted to harness racing as I was," Wolf said. Waterstone was for many years the publicist for Hazel Park in Detroit, also working at other area racetracks as well as Northfield Park, before becoming associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World, for whom he wrote two John Hervey Award-winning stories. Waterstone also serves as an Internet editor and a popular columnist for that publication. He was also a member of the Breeders Crown publicity team. "If you would have asked me back in 1979 when I was a publicity assistant at Hazel Park if I would ever be here I would have said the odds were better for a reality star would be elected as president," Waterstone said. "It is humbling to be up here to be introduced for the Hall of Fame by Moira Fanning, my dear friend, and to be up on the podium with Roger Huston." Living Horse Hall of Fame Mr Muscleman t, 2, 1:59; 3, 1;53.3; 4, 1:53.1; 5, 1:51.1; 6, 1:52.1; 7, 1:52 qualified for induction into the Hall of Fame based on his career as a racehorse.The gelded son of Muscle Yankee-Meadowbranch Irene collected $1,178,115 in 2003, which was the most money ever earned by a 3-year-old trotting gelding. In 2004, winning the Maple Leaf Trot and American-National helped earn Mr Muscleman the title of Older Trotter of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. In 2005, 5-year-old Mr Muscleman's victories included the Breeders Crown, Maple Leaf Trot, Titan Cup and Classic Series, where he set his record 1:51.1. His season's earnings of $1,364,220 were the most ever by an older Standardbred gelding and made Mr Muscleman the only Standardbred to earn $1 million in two non-consecutive seasons of North American racing. He was voted 2005 Trotter of the Year and Older Trotter of the Year. He is owned by Adam Victor and sons, was trained by Noel Dailey and piloted by Hall of Famer Ron Pierce. Roll N Roll Heaven, p, 2, 1:50.2; 3, 1:47.3 qualified to enter the Hall of Fame on his merits as a racehorse. When the 2010 Horse of the Year and world champion was the 10-leading single-season money-winning Standardbred of all time, recording 20 wins out of 30 career starts. In 2009, 2-year-old Roll N Roll Heaven earned $592,626 and set a world record 1:50.3 for 2-year-old pacing colts on a five-eighths mile track. In 2010, 3-year-old Roll N Roll Heaven won 16 of 21 starts, banking $2,156,192, which made him that season’s leading money-winning Standardbred. The stallion was elected 2010 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Pacer of the Year, and Dan Patch and O'Brien 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. "I can't say thank you enough to all the people that supported him and bred to him," Joe Bellino said. "There were so many heartfelt people along that way that reached out to my family about his horse. We keep buying horses now to find another one like him." "Thank you for the people that voted for Rock N Heaven to enter the Hall of Fame," Saunders said. "He is a very deserving inductee and was the horse of a lifetime." In winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2), Roll N Roll Heaven became the first horse to pace two sub-1:50 miles on the same day, while setting the world record for pacing on a half-mile track in a two-heat race and the record for 3-year-old pacers on the half-mile. In 2010 he paced a record 11 sub-1:50 race miles, including seven consecutive, with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on half-mile, five-eighths mile, seven-eighths and mile tracks. Roll N Roll Heaven, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Artistic Vision, is owned by Frank Bellino. He was conditioned by Bruce Saunders and driven by Dan Dube. Artstopper entered the Hall of Fame due to her meeting the criteria for induction. The daughter of Artsplace-Ain't No Stopn Me was born in 2003 and was unraced. Bred and owned by Roll The Dice Stable, the mare produced the fastest Standardbred of all-time and 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki p, 5, 1:46, )$2,715,368), Yagonnakissmeornot p, 5, 1:49.3, $(1,458, 850) and One Stop Deal p, 4, 1:50.4, ($114,549). "This is something that means more to me anything," Joe Hurley said. "This is all done for love of the Standardbred." Benear (Badlands Hanover-Veneer) is a Hall of Fame inductee although she was a very good on the racetrack. In fact, she earned $319,321 and set her mark of 1:49.3 as a 4-year-old. As a broodmare, Benear, who is owned by Geoffrey Martin and was bred by Susie Stafford, is the dam of 2014 Little Brown Jug victor Limelight Beach p, 3, 1:49.1, ($1,277,529), Momas Got A Gun p, 3, 1:50.1 ($509,844) and Manhattan Beach p, 3, 1:49.3, ($514,915). Fox Valley Monika entered the Hall of Fame as a result of her proficiency in the breeding shed. The daughter of Incredible Finale-Lady Kin (1998, p, 3,1:53.3 ($64,049), produced Glass Pack p, 4,1:49.4 ($1,002,820), Doubletrouble p,5,1:50 ($702,203) and Our Dragon King p,4,1:49.1 ($523,801). To date, Fox Valley Monika has produced three fillies and six colts, with seven starters and earnings of more than $3.1 million. She is owned by Duane Miller. "Legacy Farm only has between eight and 12 broodmares, so it shows you don't have to be a Hanover or Winbak Farm," said Miller's son Darin. "It has great feeling of accomplishment to our little farm in Indiana, as we bred and raised all of her foals and then developed relationships with all the people associated with them all the way." Stienam’s Place, despite being world champion and the 1997 Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, entered the Hall of Fame because of her progeny. The daughter of Artsplace-Stienam’s Girl (p, 3,1:50.4, $1,402,301) was responsible for Put On A Show p, 5,1:47.3 ($2,406,628), Showherthemoney p, 3,1:49 ($871,161) and Good Day Mate p,3,1:49.3f ($503,349). To date, Stienam's Placehas produced seven fillies and four colts, with nine starters and earnings of more than $4.5 million. The 23-year-old mare is now owned by Green Mountain Farm and Kentuckiana Farms. "I have such great memories of Stienam's Place racing and as a broodmare, although it did take awhile for her to come around," said Barry Guariglia. "Of course I have to thank her and I have to thank everybody." 2017 Harness Racing Hall of Fame Amateur Driving Champion Hannah Miller, 25, was honored for the second consecutive year as leading driver on the Billing Series of races for amateur drivers. Miller’s success in the sulky has benefited the work of the Museum, as her contributions in lieu of commissions benefit its work. Last year Miller repeated her stellar season from 2015, again tallying 32 triumphs, which is the most ever by an amateur driver. In Sept., Miller represented the U.S. in the international amateur World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, and finished second by only one point. She ruled the 2016 C.K.G. Billings Series, as she was the combined points champion and captured the East Region Final at Pocono Downs and the $25,000 Billings Series final. USTA Communications Department 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 30, 2017) - It only seemed fitting that John Campbell, the greatest driver in harness racing history, would end his Hall of Fame career with a win. But since he's John Campbell, he did one better and won the final two races. Campbell lowered the curtain on his career by winning with Muscle High and Muscle Diamond in his final two drives on Friday night at The Meadowlands in front of family, friends, and generations of harness racing fans who packed the Big M to wish Campbell farewell. The 62-year-old Campbell first came to the Meadowlands in 1978. During his five decades in the sulky, he won a record six Hambletonians, seven Meadowlands Pace trophies, and 48 Breeders Crowns. After his final trip around the Meadowlands oval, Campbell's fellow drivers came to the winner's circle to shake hands and show their appreciation for the man who revolutionized the sport. Campbell will participate in two exhibition races at Goshen this weekend and at Clinton Raceway in Ontario at the end of July. He will assume his new role as President and CEO of the Hambletonian Society on July 1. While Campbell's career ended, a pair of 2-year-olds began their careers in impressive fashion. Jimmy Takter unveiled filly trotter Manchego in a maiden race. The daughter of Muscle Hill kicked home in :27 flat to win in 1:54.4. Later in the card, Takter's 2-year-old pacing colt Nutcracker Sweet, who posted a pair of :26.1 final quarters in his two baby races, posted another :26.1 final quarter to win a maiden event in 1:52. The $150,000 Harrisburg purchase is a half-brother to $3.4 million earner Sweet Lou and a full brother to $2.7 million earner Bettor Sweet. Takter won three races on the card with Tetrick driving two of the winners. Jim Marohn, Jr. also posted a driving double. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,657,520. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

Marcia Louise (Bickford) Stearns of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, died Saturday, June 17, after a long illness. She was 76.   Born and raised in Wolfeboro, NH, she graduated from Brewster Academy and earned a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire.   Mrs. Stearns began her career teaching elementary school in Farmington, NH. Later she was elected Town Clerk of Hampstead, NH and served two terms until she moved to Newtown, PA. She then returned to teaching at St. Ignatius School in Yardley where she taught the fourth grade for nearly two decades.   She was married for 35 years to the late Bruce Adams Stearns, a prominent harness racing leader who served as executive director of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program in the State Department of Agriculture before his passing in 2001. Previously, Mr. Stearns was publicity director at harness racetracks, including Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania and Rockingham in New Hampshire. He was elected posthumously in 2002 to the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame.   Survived by daughters Christine Stearns and Catherine (Stearns) Medich, son-in-law Benjamin, granddaughter Elizabeth Medich, sisters-in-law Elaine Bickford and Gail Bird (David), and several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased by her parents, Frank Lovewell Bickford Jr. and Eleanor (Kenney) Bickford; husband Bruce Adams Stearns, and brother Kenneth Bickford.   Family visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Wednesday, July 21, at the Orender Home for Funderals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. Burial will be in New Hampshire.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the George School and sent to the Advancement Office, 1690 Newtown Langhorne Rd, PMB 4438, Newtown, PA 18940, or to the charity of your choice.   From Leon Zimmerman, USHWA      

Columbus, OH --- is reporting that Communicators Hall of Famer Sam McKee, one of the most well-known and respected announcers in horse racing, died Tuesday night (March 7), as a result of complications after suffering a major stroke early last month. He was 54. Mr. McKee was the announcer and simulcast director at the Meadowlands, leaving his home state of Michigan in 1998 to work on a fill-in basis at the New Jersey racetrack. Soon after he was hired as full-time announcer, later adding the title of simulcast director. Mr. McKee was elected to the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association's Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012, he received the sport's highest honor when he was elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. To read more on, click here.  

Harness racing's newest inductees to the Hall of Fame, driver Brian Sears and communicator Steve Wolf, will be the special guests on the top Thoroughbred radio show in south Florida Wednesday afternoon, It's Post Time With JJ Gracie. The program gets underway on the internet at 3:00 pm at It's Post Time With JJ Graci takes place seven days a week, live on Thursday from the studio and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday they are on location at Gulfstream Park. The show features sessions about the horse racing industry, including harness racing, handicapping, live race calls, trivia with prizes, and great guests! Sears, a south Florida native and graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School, won his first race at age 16 at Pompano Park and hails from three generations of harness horsemen. Both his grandfather, Gene, and father, Jay, are inducted in the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Currently, Sears has amassed 9,714 driving wins, purse earnings of more than $176,000,000 and has a very impressive career UDR of .329. Wolf has been living for 17 years in south Florida. Starting out as an owner/breeder in 1977 with his father, Manny, and their Leo Wolf & Son Stable, he was the Director of Racing Operations at the Isle Pompano Park for nine years and is now a horse racing consultant. "I really like and appreciate harness racing," said JJ Graci, "and it will be great to have two of the sports newest inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on our show Wednesday." You can follow It's Post Time With JJ Graci on Facebook at From It's Post Time With JJ Graci      

HARRISBURG PA - One is a native of the heartland of U.S. harness racing, the Buckeye State of Ohio. One is a Swedish emigrant who is fiercely appreciative of the opportunities his adopted United States has given him. (Both do fine when they cross the border north to Canada, too.) Both are in their mid-50s. Both are members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. David Miller and Jimmy Takter were the Driver and Trainer of the Year in 2015, respectively, their outstanding seasons cemented by quantity - six Breeders Crown wins for Takter, with Miller gaining five Crown sulky triumphs, including two for Takter. And in 2016, Takter and Miller are repeat winners in their respective categories as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), both again having quality seasons up and down the board, but their highlight this time focused on quality - 2016 Harness Horse of the Year Always B Miki, author of the sport's fastest-ever mile, a 1:46 clocking at Lexington's famed Red Mile on October 9. "Miki" also had four victories in head-to-head matchups against 2015 Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, who had three in a months-long series of contests that had fans - and even "seen-it-all" horsemen - buzzing throughout North America. Of course, to earn top yearly accolades over their talented peers, both men accomplished much more than their successful collaboration with Always B Miki. Takter collected year-end honors not only with Always B Miki (also the Pacer of the Year) but with a repeat champion, the 3-year-old pacing filly Pure Country, and two 2-year-old fillies, pacer Idyllic Beach and trotter Ariana G (Takter also guided Ariana G's successful sophomore sister All The Time, and the two fillies' combined exploits earned breeders/owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz honors as the season's Breeders of the Year). That's four divisional winners in all -- no other trainer had more than one. Add in Breeders Crown-winning Bar Hopping, often right in the mix with Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, among others and you see a powerhouse of a stable that earned Takter Trainer of the Year plaudits for the third year in a row, and sixth overall (1996, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016). While Takter is forthright and outfront with his opinions, David Miller, while no less insightful, by temperament would rather just go about his job quietly yet effectively - both factors showing up when he became only the third driver, behind John Campbell and Ron Pierce, to go over $200 million in career sulky earnings, as the feat came in May at Harrah's Philly with an undistinguished pacer named Hickory Chumley, who paid $82.80 to win. In this, his best season ever for earnings with more than $12.6 million bankrolled, Miller also had a large hand in the racetrack guidance of two other divisional award-winners: 3-year-old trotting filly Broadway Donna, a repeat champion, and the multi-major stake-winning 3-year-old pacing colt Betting Line. This is Miller's third Driver of the Year title: he won the inaugural award in 2003, and of course now has two straight in the category. Jimmy Takter and David Miller (and the many horses for whom they were an integral part of the road to success in 2016) will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

What is the measure of the man? Some in the sport of harness racing might say John Butcher will be best remembered for the horses he owned and trained: Susan Blue, Shanandoah, Val Averil, Gay Reel, Ponty, Lorator, Prince Polka, Tobias, Desiree, Mathias, Josias, Abdias, Onias, Sophanias, Count Isa, Smooth Performer, Tooraloo – to name but a few. Others would probably recount his wins as a driver – 305 at least, although no one is quite sure of the real total. Alternatively, perhaps, the measure lies in the 717 winners he turned out as a trainer in his own right or in partnership with his son David, an achievement that led to his election to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Then, again, perhaps the measure is the fact North Island Harness Racing this year acknowledged John and his wife of 60 years, Colleen, for their life-time contribution to the sport. However, those closest to him, proud as they are of his accomplishments, will tell you the true measure of John Butcher lay in his family: that he was a good man, an honest, loyal man. An introvert by nature, he had a quick and subtle wit. He worked hard and smart; he loved his family unconditionally, and was loved in return. John was born in Whakatane, named Stanley after his father, but always called John by his uncles. The name stuck and by the time he started school, he would answer to no other. Except, in later years, when Colleen would call him Stanley. "And if she did, it only ever meant one thing … he was not on her happy list," son David, himself a champion driver, told the more than 400 mourners in a packed St Peters Catholic Church, Cambridge. As a young man, John was a capable scholar and he liked to point out that his teachers thought he would make a good accountant. But an office job was very far from what he saw for himself. He had always liked horses and would go to the races from a young age, sitting on the fence near the "birdcage", as the parade ring is known, until the last event of the day. So in 1952 he left school at 16 and went to work for Norm Cunningham's galloping stable. Told he would get too heavy to be a jockey, he returned home to Whakatane to work for feed company Loan and Mercantile. That did not last long, either, and late in the year he made the decision that was to govern his life's path – he started working in harness racing with Max Allen in Pukekohe. He was with Allen three years learning his trade and it was during this time he was with a workmate who asked a girl out. That girl happened to have a friend with her and John, being a man of few words, plucked up his courage and, smooth as you like, gave the girl's friend a gentle kick in the leg and said "You'd better come, too." Colleen McCort agreed and the courtship started on what was to become a lifetime love affair. It was while he was at Allen's place that John got to drive a horse "with attitude" called Prince Polka. John was asked to work the horse, as no one else was interested. He accepted the challenge, on condition he got to drive it at the races. It was agreed, and he won five quick races with Prince Polka before going on to make the final of the Inter Dominion – a competition of the best trotters and pacers in New Zealand and Australia. Despite his many successes in later life, John remained proud of that first achievement. John then moved on to a harness stable working for Peter Stewart  in Papatoetoe. While there, he and Colleen married. Their new place was nothing flash. Son Philip, also a harness driver, told mourners at the funeral the couple's first home was "the garage at his dad's place". With no television, they produced their first child, Annette. During the 18 months he worked for Stewart, John bought his first horse, Shenandoah, with his father and Uncle Jim. John, now 21, felt he was not going anywhere, so he made the tough decision to go out on his own as a trainer, taking Shenandoah with him. He decided on his red with gold Maltese Cross colours by reversing those of a prominent parliamentarian of the time, Sir William Stanley Goosman, who had a few good gallopers. John trained at McKendricks, across the road from Alexandra Park. In January 1957, he took the plunge, started Shenandoah at the races, and won. His career as both a trainer and a driver was off and running. His next horse was a foal – Desiree. She became the founding mare to many of his good horses. She also paid for the land at Otahuhu where John and Colleen built their first home. But they still had no TV ... second child Pauline was born. In 1963 they bought a 55-acre property in Pukekohe where they lived for 10 years. They had TV by now (but only one channel) and child number three, David, arrived. And, according to David, "John decided he had worked out how to make boys" and, before he forgot, child four, Philip, arrived 15 months later. But it was not all smooth running. In January 1970, John had a catastrophic crash at Cambridge raceway, where he was catapulted into the air across the racing horses to land on the running rail, injuring his shoulder and smashing, rather than breaking, his leg. He was six weeks in Waikato Hospital. When the doctors took the plaster off, the leg had not mended. His options were two years in plaster or a painful bone graft. He opted for the latter and progressed from a wheelchair to crutches to a walking stick over the next nine months. Given the go-ahead to do "light work", he went out and shod five horses. (He had learnt the skill from blacksmith Andy Brown, who reckoned John had the longest apprenticeship of any farrier. Andy lived with John and Colleen for 11 years until he died at the age of 86.) In 1973, John moved the family to Cambridge, first to Peake Road, where he trained a small team, and then to a larger property on Pickering Road, where he lived the rest of his life. Daughter Pauline says the team of horses he trained at Pickering was small at first, until David and Philip were old enough and showed interest in the game, when he built it up to about 35 in work. He stepped down from driving to give David and Philip opportunities. John's was a life engrossed in horses and people in near equal measure. He was, by all accounts, very good at reading people but, perhaps, even better at reading horses. Whatever, he understood the individuality of both. John Butcher is survived by his wife, Colleen; children Annette, Pauline, David and Philip; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Stanley John Butcher, January 27, 1936 – September 6, 2016 By Charles Little Reprinted with permission of The Waikato Times

Goshen, NY---Breeder and industry executive Charlie Keller III and trainer Bruce Nickells were inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at the Harness Racing Museum Sunday (July 4) evening. Also honored were Communicators Hall of Fame inductees David Carr and Jerry Connors; Living Horse Hall of Fame inductees Real Desire, Muscle Hill, Solveig and Arl's Troublemaker; Immortal inductees Carl Allen and Princess; 2015 Del and Mary Lib Miller Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit; 2016 Amateur Driving Champion Hannah Miller; and U.S. Harness Writers Association Unsung Hero Award winner Joanne Young. Keller took over management of Yankeeland Farm after the death of his father, Charles Keller II, in 1990. From then until the farm's closure in 2006, Yankeeland produced such standouts as Hambletonian winners Muscles Yankee and Yankee Paco; Breeders Crown winners Cashmere, Yankee Slide and Strong Yankee; longtime standout sire Yankee Glide; North America Cup winner Yankee Cruiser. Keller was also a longtime industry executive, serving as executive chairman of the Hambletonian Society and a director of the USTA. He thanked his parents, wife, children and nephews for their help in supporting his harness racing career. "This is not an award only for me," he said. "It's for the family and my family put me in this position. I'm a very blessed person." Nickells, who has been training horses for 70 years, first gained prominence as the trainer of such horses as Kentucky, Batman, Fast Clip, Combat Time and Sprite Rodney. He vaulted on the national stage when he trained six pacing fillies that took divisional honors in the 1980s and 1990s: Follow My Star, Central Park West, Miss Easy, Hazleton Kay, Immortality and Freedoms Friend. He was named Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year in 1991. The trainer, who turns 88 on July 5, shared a recent conversation he had with fellow trainer Peter Wrenn. "He said, 'Hey Nickells, you got your speech all ready?'" Nickells said. "I said, 'No, I haven't got one at all. I might not make one.' "Pete said, 'There's nothing to it. Just get up there and start talking like you are trying to sell someone a horse.'" Communicators Hall of Fame David Carr, recently retired director of information and research at the USTA, founded that department in the mid-80s and headed the group for more than 30 years. He was integral to the development of the Pathway online statistical database, the Trotting and Pacing Guide, Crosses of Gold, sales pedigrees and state stallion directories. He thanked Dean Hoffman for hiring him at the USTA, along with Stan Bergstein for calling attention to his work. "When you wander through the museum, you get a chance to see the names and images of the men and women who created and advanced the sport," said Carr. "And they were giants. There are many giants here tonight. When we reach for the stars, we stand on the shoulders of giants. When we try to reach farther into the frontier, we walk along a path that was blazed by giants. I have my own giants that I would like to recognize tonight." Over a career spanning four decades, Connors worked as a sire stakes administrator, track publicist, public handicapper, track announcer, race timer and charter and magazine columnist. He's also been an USHWA director for 23 years and the organization's national secretary since 2002. He thanked the industry leaders who helped him in his formative years for helping him enter the Hall of Fame. "Look at some of the groups I've worked with," said Connors. "Four of the first five people that hired me are in the Hall of Fame: Marv Bachrad, Bruce Stearns, Dean Hoffman and Jim Lynch. When I worked for the USTA, I worked with six Hall of Famers: Dean, now David (Carr), John Pawlak, Carol Cramer, George Smallsreed and Ed Keys. How could I miss?" Living Horse Hall of Fame Real Desire p, 2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:49; 4, 1:48.2 ($3,159,814) qualified for the Hall of Fame based on his $3 million in lifetime earnings and being voted Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada in 2002 at age 4. He was driven throughout his career by John Campbell for trainer Blair Burgess and co-owners Brittany Farms, Perretti Farms, Bob Burgess and Karin Olsson Burgess. "This horse was a life-changer for us," said Blair Burgess, whose wife, Karin, groomed Real Desire. "He allowed us to buy a farm, which we always wanted to do. And to this day-which is probably a bad sign because it was 15 years ago-he was probably the fastest horse I ever had. He had that line gait that Bruce Nickells told me you need in a pacer-no wasted motion." Muscle Hill t, 2, 1:53.3; 3, 1:50.1 ($3,273,342) qualified for induction by all criteria: he was a $3 million lifetime winner, unbeaten in 12 starts at age 3, and voted Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2009. He also won 95.2 percent of his lifetime starts for driver Brian Sears, trainer Greg Peck, and co-owners Muscle Hill Racing LLC, Southwind Farm, T L P Stable, and Jerry Silva. "You don't start in this industry as an owner with Muscle Hill," said Silva. "You start many years ago with other horses, whether they are claimers or babies or whatever they are. You need a lot of luck; you need a good trainer and a good vet; and you need a lot of money to succeed." Solveig t, 4, 1:54.4f ($820,791) was elected for owners Solveig's Breeders after producing Shake It Cerry 3, 1:51.2 ($2,497,785), Uncle Lasse 3, 1:51.4f ($931,268) and Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049). Spending her broodmare days at Winbak Farm, Arl's Troublemaker produced Art Maker p, 1:49.1 ($1,036,217), Stock Market Wiz p, 1:49.3 ($739,283) and Breakin The Law p, 1:49.4 ($504,932). Immortal Hall of Fame A trainer and driver for 30 years, Carl Allen is best known for training 1995 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie. He was voted Trainer of the Year in 1994. He trained and drove 1998 divisional winner CR Commando and trained 1999 Breeders Crown winner CR Renegade. He died in 2004. Living from 1846-1877, Princess took a mark of 2:30. In a series of match races in 1859, she pushed Flora Temple to set the all-age record for trotters four times, including the mark of 2:19-3/4 that stood for eight years. Bred to Hambletonian in 1863, she produced Happy Medium, whose sire line still flourishes today. 2016 Harness Racing Hall of Fame Amateur Driving Champion Hannah Miller, 24, set a single-season record for amateur drivers when she recorded 32 victories in 2015. Last year she drove at 21 North American racetracks, represented the U.S. in an amateur driving contest in Majorca, Spain, and this year will represent the Stars and Stripes in the International Amateur World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. USHWA Unsung Hero Award Joanne Young, development director at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, was presented with the Unsung Hero Award for her tireless work in recruiting members and raising money for the Hall. She was unable to attend the Dan Patch Awards dinner in March to be given her award, so she was presented with the award in her own backyard. Ken Weingartner

Meredith Noble had attended harness racing at the Greene County Fairgrounds in her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, for years, but can never recall a sound at the racetrack there like she heard on Aug. 5, 2015. It was the roar of the crowd. And it was loud. And it was for her. The 28-year-old Noble, driving in the third race of her newly-started career, was on her way to a 4-1/4 length win with Reckoning Day in an Ohio Ladies Pace Series event at the fairgrounds. The race was contested over a track named after her late father, Sam "Chip" Noble III, a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame who had passed away in January 2014, and Meredith was wearing her father's helmet and colors. In addition, Reckoning Day was trained by her older brother, Dan, for local owner Christi Pokornowski. "When I'm on the track I'm so zoned into what I'm doing and what's going on in that moment I don't hear anybody else," Meredith said. "But when I came down that stretch and I got right before the grandstand, I could hear that entire crowd cheering. I've never heard a crowd cheer like that. I don't know if it was because it was a ladies race or if it was because it was my dad's home track and I was wearing his colors, but I can't even begin to describe how good of a feeling that was. It was just absolutely amazing. "That was also very emotional; definitely bittersweet. But it was a wonderful win. Coming here and being at my home track where I spent so much time, whether I was just watching dad or helping out, I can't explain how much that meant to me." Noble finished last year with four wins in eight drives, all in the Ohio Ladies Pace Series. She got her first career driving triumph three days prior to her win at Xenia, guiding April Roach's Monibags Bluegrass to victory at the Preble County Fair in Eaton. Then a week ago she added to her resume by getting her first win as a trainer, as brother Dan drove Addys Way to victory in the Fillies & Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway. "I do it for the love of it, honestly," said Noble, who works as a dental assistant Mondays through Thursdays and spends much of her remaining free time working with her brother and a stable of 18 horses. "It's a little bit of a transition since dad only messed with 2- and 3-year-olds. Dan's given me the chance to mess with some of the older horses as well. I do like seeing the horses develop, and then once they're developed I like helping them reach their potential, make them the best they can be. Even with some of the older horses there are still things inside of them that you can bring out that maybe somebody else hasn't yet." Noble was always around harness racing growing up, helping out here and there, but her focus through her teenage years was on riding and show horses. About four years ago, she began helping her father more and more and soon she was helping train horses with her father and brother. "I did that before we found out dad had cancer," Noble said. "I had a lot of fun. I decided I wanted to give this a try. I always wanted to have a race with him and Dan, but we weren't fortunate enough for that. I did training miles with the two of them. I will always have that memory. I will always have the memory of just the smile on my dad's face of pure joy with the three of us being out there together on the track. I carry that with me." Following the passing of her father, Noble received encouraging words from Dan --- who himself has driven more than 4,200 winners and was the national dash champion in 2011 --- about continuing on a path to becoming a licensed driver and trainer. "Dan came to me and said I'd worked really hard and I needed to do this," Noble said. "He said that he saw it and dad saw it, that I had the talent to do this. He said he would keep working with me. "I've been working with him on my days off. He keeps reminding me of things. It's nice to have that relationship and we can reminisce and keep dad alive. He can teach me things that I didn't get to learn from dad that he got to learn. I'm just really glad that I have him. It's given us the opportunity to get closer as brother and sister." Noble has two horses racing Friday night at Miami Valley, Addys Way in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap and E Ticket Ride in a condition/claimer. Dan Noble, who is fifth in wins at Miami Valley but only three victories behind co-leaders Trace Tetrick and Tyler Smith, will drive both horses and owns E Ticket Ride. Addys Way is owned by Perkins Racing Stable. Although Noble is fully enjoying her time with the horses, she is not ready to make training and driving a fulltime career. She plans to continue working as a dental assistant for the foreseeable future. "I work with some great people and for some great people," Noble said. "It's truly a team effort. I get to see something different every day. It's kind of like coming in and working with the horses. I definitely have a passion for both. "I'm pleased with how the horses are doing. I have no complaints. As long as they stay sound and everybody stays safe, I'm happy. I love the business, I love the horses, and I loved having that opportunity to learn from my dad." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Lunch & Learn Lecture Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:00 pm--2:00 pm at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY "From Stable to Museum" The story of the 1913 gentleman's stable that became the home of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Presented by Collections Curator, Rebecca Howard Built by J. Howard Ford at the edge of Goshen's Historic Track, the 102-year-old Tudor-style stable which has been the home of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame since 1951 has a story to tell. On Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm, join the Harness Racing Museum's collections curator Rebecca Howard for a discussion of Ford's stable from construction to preservation. "The structure," says Howard "not only links us to the community's equine history but to national trends of wealth and industrialization at the turn of the last century as well." Tickets for the Lunch & Learn lecture are $12 for Museum members; $15 for non-members, and includes lunch with soft beverages and dessert. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Because of interest in local history and the risk of selling out early, reservations are required by Tuesday, October 27th; please call (845) 294-6330. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum's school programs, educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at (845) 294-6330 or email at Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events or gift shop services, please visit our website at 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 — Janet Terhune

Coral Springs, FL – It was announced today by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), that Charles Keller III, whose Yankeeland Farm produced Hambletonian winners Muscles Yankee (1998) and Yankee Paco (2000), has been voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. In addition, two veteran publicists, David Carr and Jerry Connors, were also voted as inductees into the Communicators Hall of Fame. Keller took over the helm of Yankeeland Farm after the 1990 death of his father, Charlie Keller Jr., of New York Yankees fame. Keller’s father purchased the farm in Frederick, Md., in 1955 and assembled the mares and bred the progeny that contributed to the farm’s success over several decades.  Keller has been a director of the Hambletonian Society since 2000 and is a member of the executive committee, for which he was chairman from 2013 through this spring, following the passing of John Cashman Jr. Keller was a director of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) for five terms and an active member of the Finance Committee. He is a current trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. David Carr joined the USTA as a publicist and staff writer for Hoof Beats magazine in 1982. Three years later, he proposed the creation of the information and research department, developed it into a superb resource for those writing about the sport of harness racing, and is now head of that department. Jerry Connors has had a passion for harness racing since he was a child and few in the industry can duplicate his memory of racing and events in the sport. A “jack of all trades,” Connors has worked at numerous racetracks and industry organizations throughout his career as a publicist and administrator. He has been an USHWA director for 23 years, and is a licensed judge, track announcer and race charter.  Keller, along with horseman Bruce Nickells, who was previously announced as the senior-elect to the Hall of Fame, will join Carr and Connors at the USHWA Dan Patch Awards dinner on Sunday, March 6, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as their first introduction as harness racing’s newest members of the Hall of Fame. The actual induction ceremony takes place on Sunday, July 3, at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. By Steven Wolf, for the United States Harness Writers Association

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