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Goshen, NY -- The Harness Racing Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine's thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Over 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year's event, and this year's event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before. "Building a shared vocabulary of art and history are essential to the formation of strong communities and that is why we feel it is so important for us to be involved with Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live!," said Harness Racing Museum director Janet Terhune. The Harness Racing Museum is located in the scenic village of Goshen, NY. The Tudor style architecture of the original 1913 stable, in which the museum is partially housed, provides the backdrop for displays of art and artifacts relating to the history of the American-born sport of harness racing and the Standardbred horse. Visitors experience interactive exhibitry, informative films and a timeline of the sport's history from its late 18th century New York roots through today. Visitors can also experience the thrill of racing first hand with a ride on the museum's 3D simulator. The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com or call 845-294-6330. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. About Smithsonian Media Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution's interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonian.com / si.edu) PRESS CONTACT Kristin Stiles | High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! Kristin@high10media.com | 212-918-2026      

The Harness Racing Museum still has breedings available for the 2017 season.   If you recently acquired new breeding stock or have a maiden filly not ready for racing we may have the perfect match!   If you have not already booked your mares the following breedings are available and interested parties are urged to contact the Museum as soon as possible at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com.   The complete list by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Break The Bank K, Coraggioso, Deep Chip, Dejarmbro, Flex The Muscle, Spring Goal Pacers: Big Bad John, Mister Big, Powerful Toy, Three Olives, Well Said, We Will See, Woodstock PENNSYLVANIA Trotter: Calchips Brute NEW YORK Trotters: Lucky Chucky, Mutineer, Whataworkout Pacers: Artiscape ONTARIO Trotters: Glidemaster, Holiday Road INDIANA Trotter: Class Included MARYLAND Trotter: Four Starz Robro NEW JERSEY Pacers: Great Vintage, Lis Mara For additional information on the available breedings please contact Joanne Young at (845) 294-6330, development@harnessmuseum.com.  All bids are confidential.  

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 development@harnessmuseum.com. The complete list by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Break The Bank K, Deep Chip, Dejarmbro, Coraggioso, Flex The Muscle, Spring Goal, Stormin Normand Pacers: Big Bad John, Bring On The Beach, Domethatagain, McArdle, Mister Big, Powerful Toy, Three Olives, Well Said, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock PENNSYLVANIA Trotter: Calchips Brute NEW YORK Trotters: Lucky Chucky, Manningly, Mutineer Pacers: Artiscape ONTARIO Trotters: Angus Hall, Glidemaster, Holiday Road INDIANA Trotter: Class Included MARYLAND Trotter: Four Starz Robro NEW JERSEY Pacers: Great Vintage, Lis Mara DELAWARE Pacers: Delmarvalous, Nuclear Breeze   For additional information on the available breedings or to donate breedings please contact Joanne Young at (845) 294-6330, development@harnessmuseum.com. All bids are confidential. Some breedings have minimum bids that must be honored and may require approval of mares. Please contact Joanne for details.

Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this harness racing breeding season? We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2017 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all - the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330. A complete list of the 2017 stallions, conditions and bid form will be posted in late January at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraisers tab. There is no limit on the number of breedings we will happily accept and in return we promise professional, dedicated attention to making the best possible arrangements. We want to thank those of you who have donated a breeding for the 2017 Harness Racing Museum stallion breeding auction. To date the list of stallions includes Angus Hall, Artiscape, Class Included, Conway Hall, Coraggioso, Creatine, Dejarmbro, Dragon Again, Glidemaster, Great Vintage, JK Endofanera, Lucky Chucky, McArdle, So Surreal, Stormin Norman, Well Said, Western Shore, Western Vintage, We Will See, Whataworkout and Woodstock. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or 845-294-6330 as soon as possible. The list of stallions and conditions will be available online, at the Tattersalls Sale on January 16, and in January 25th issue of The Horseman And Fair World. The list will be updated as additional breedings are donated - please check the Museum website under the Fundraisers tab. Bids on these breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by Saturday, February 11, 2017. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date. We are happy to receive breedings throughout the spring and duplicate breedings are acceptable. Joanne Young 845-294-6330

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 development@harnessmuseum.com. 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, development@harnessmuseum.com. All bids are confidential. Some breedings have minimum bids that must be honored and may require approval of mares. Please contact Joanne for details.

February 14 is fast approaching and that is the last day to bid on an outstanding roster of stallions whose services have been donated to the Harness Racing Museum for the 2015 season. New arrivals to this list include trotters Break The Bank K, and full brothers Detour Hanover and Hall of Fame inductee Donato Hanover (2014). Recently added pacing sires are Corner Blitz, Nuclear Breeze, Pass The Deck and So Surreal. The complete list by state and gait (trotters in italics): OHIO Trotters: Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Jurgen Hanover, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar, Valley Victor Pacers: Big Bad John, Charley Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Dragon Again, McArdle, Mister Big, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Shark Gesture, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock, Yankee Cruiser PENNSYLVANIA Trotters: Detour Hanover, Donato Hanover, Winning Mister Pacers: I Am A Fool, May I Say, Pass The Deck, Tuffofthetoughest NEW YORK Trotters: Conway Court, Lucky Chucky, Manningly Pacers: Heston Blue Chip, Lislea, So Surreal ONTARIO Trotters: Angus Hall, Glidemaster, Holiday Road Pacers: Betterthancheddar, Big Jim MARYLAND Trotters: Charlie DeVie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall, Holy Guacamolie Pacers: Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie INDIANA Trotters: Encore Encore, Guccio Pacers: Always A Virgin, Proper Respect DELAWARE Trotter: CR Commando Pacer: Dream Away NEW JERSEY Pacer: If I Can Dream MICHIGAN Trotter: Colie's Pacer: Manhardt ILLINOIS Pacers: Corner Blitz, Yankee Skyscaper For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at (845) 294-6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. All bids are confidential and must be postmarked by Saturday, February 14. Some breedings have minimum bids that must be honored and may require approval of mares. Please contact Joanne for these details. We presently have two breedings for each of the following: Charlie DeVie, Valley Victor, Heston Blue Chip, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser. Breedings not receiving acceptable bids will be available February 16. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA 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 www.harnessmuseum.com.  For further information, please contact Joanne Young (845) 294-6330  

Goshen, NY - The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is inviting 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 director@harnessmuseum.com or mailed to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Last year in July, the Immortals Nominating Committee announced that the trustees of the Museum had endorsed the election of stallion Garland Lobell and driver Jimmy Jordan. On Sunday, July 5, 2015, "Hall of Fame Day," these significant contributors to the sport of harness racing will be inducted into the Hall of Immortals during ceremonies held under the tent on the Museum lawn. - Born and raised in Illinois, driver Jimmy Jordan (1905-1977) made the state of Maine his home until being recruited by newly-established Roosevelt Raceway. Jordan was one of the first drivers to relocate and stable at Roosevelt at the beginning of nightly harness racing in New York. In the late 1940s and 1950s, Jordan was one of the sport's most popular drivers and enjoyed national ranking in just about every driving category at one time or another during his career. In 1965 he became only the 14th driver in history to win over $3 million in purses. -  Garland Lobell (1981-2011) currently ranks as the twelfth-leading moneywinning trotting sire of all time, with total foal earnings of nearly $51 million. Three of his offspring rank in the top eleven all-time moneywinning trotting sires, with total foal earnings among them of more than $206 million. As a broodmare sire, Garland Lobell has 214 $100,000 winners, and earnings of over $76 million. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2005. If you would like further information on the 2014 inductees or the induction ceremony and the events leading up to it, please contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or visit our website, www.harnessmuseum.com. 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 www.harnessmuseum.com.          

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2015 breeding auction.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Cash Hall, Jurgen Hanover, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. The pacing gait is represented by Big Bad John, Charlie Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Dragon Again, McArdle, Mister Big, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Shark Gesture, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   New York trotters available for service are Conway Court, Lucky Chucky and Manningly with pacers Heston Blue Chip and Lislea.   Pennsylvania provides trotter Winning Mister and pacer Tuffofthetoughest.   Ontario is represented by trotting sires Angus Hall, Glidemaster and Holiday Road and pacing stallions Betterthancheddar and Big Jim.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Indiana offers trotters Encore Encore and Guccio and pacers Always A Virgin and Proper Respect.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   New Jersey offers pacing sire If I Can Dream.   Michigan is represented by trotter Colie's and pacing sire Manhardt.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, about $607,000 over the past 16 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund and helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 14, 2015.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA 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 www.harnessmuseum.com.  

Mark your calendar to attend the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 4th. This member benefit event will be held in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall. We are delighted to again welcome the Yuletide Carolers, sponsored by Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman, Jr. Wearing authentic Victorian attire, the carolers will greet concert goers at the Museum entrance from 6:30 - 6:50 p.m. singing a number of the best-loved carols. Goshen High School's Varsity Choir and Jazz Voices Ensemble will also return for this special occasion. The Yuletide Carolers will join the Varsity Choir and the Jazz Voices in Haughton Hall at 7:00 p.m. The evening will end with lively audience participation in the concert's annual version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Arrive early to enjoy our holiday tree trimmed with horsey ornaments, tour the Museum with its festive halls and stalls, and check out the new exhibits that have been installed since last year's concert. After the concert Edie Haughney, of Amerprise Financial Services in Montebello, will be providing a holiday dessert table for the enjoyment of all. A visit to the Museum is never complete without a stop at the Winner's Circle Gift Shop for the perfect holiday gift. Concert goers and shoppers will enjoy a 10% discount prior to the show. Concert admission is $3.00 per person, and is waived for Museum members. Non-members who bring a new unwrapped toy for the Marines' "Toys for Tots" program receive a $1.00 admission discount. As seating is limited we recommend making reservations as soon as possible. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program distributes toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. If you are unable to attend the concert, we invite you to drop off a new unwrapped toy in the Museum's main lobby from now until Friday, December 19 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Help make a child happy this holiday season! If you have not booked your holiday party, there are a few dates still available. Call Gigi Ryan for details about this unique setting for all your special occasions. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street in Goshen,NY, is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no charge for regular admission, thanks to the members of the U.S. Trotting Association. For further information on the holiday festivities and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, its services to the sport and the local community, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street in Goshen,NY, is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no charge for regular admission, thanks to the members of the U.S. Trotting Association. For further information on the holiday festivities and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, its services to the sport and the local community, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum. From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

The Harness Racing Museum's Winner's Circle Gift Shop will be at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA, Monday, November 3 through Saturday, November 8, 2014. Our shop will be located in the "Tan Hallway" behind the Sales Arena again this year. Start your holiday shopping when taking a break during the horse sales. We are eager to show off many new items that will make shopping for the horse lovers on your list an easy task. A new selection of books, clothing items, house wares and toys will be in stock and ready to head home with you! We will hold your purchases until you are ready to leave the sales, giving you complete freedom to raise you hand and bid on the hip numbers of your choice. Purchase a brick or paver in memory of someone special; forms will be available for you to personalize your selection. If you have specific requests for merchandise, please let us know as soon as possible and we will gladly bring it to the sale. Also, we are always in need of clean packing materials for shipping catalog orders. Empty that closet full of bubble wrap and bring to the sale and drop it off with us. Your donation of packing materials is a large savings for the Museum. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to USTA support the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4 per person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's popular traveling exhibit, "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives," will be on display at Historic Walnford Park in Upper Freehold, New Jersey, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Sponsored by the CTW Foundation, the exhibit's 33 lithographs illustrate, in an artful way, the birth of the sport of harness racing and its early accomplishments. Prints depicting great trotting horses, bucolic mid-19th century scenes, and comedic adventures convey a picturesque view of Americana prior to the advent and development of photography. Visit the Waln family's large, elegant home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings, all set in a beautiful landscape. Learn about the Waln family and the evolution of Walnford over two centuries - from an 18th century industrial village and family farm to an elegant country estate. The site showcases over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history, and includes 36 acres of field, woodland and wetlands. Part of the Monmouth County Park System, the site is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Pets are not allowed. The nearby historic village of Allentown, NJ is an ideal destination for an autumn foliage excursion. For more information, visit Historic Walnford's website at: http://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2541. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for a glimpse at our sport's past in these colorful lithographs displayed in an ideal historical setting. 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 www.harnessmuseum.com. by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum

Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff has been a force to be reckoned with over the past few years in the Billings Harness Driving Series. With his victory at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon(Sept. 20) the Executive Recruiter by trade, notched his eighth seasonal victory when he guided his own Tagmaster to gate to wire triumph in a 2:01.1 clocking. Alaric and "Johnny on The Spot" Kolkowski finished second some four lengths behind the winner while third place went to Sam's Honeybee, driven by the Billings Series president, Tony "the Capo" Verruso. Besides his eight wins Hechkoff's seasonal stats also include 12 seconds and four thirds in 38 trips to post for a whopping .421UDR. Last year he was the winner of the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year Award and again this year , "the Headhunter" has a good chance of repeating especially if he can hold off Steve' You're Never Too" Oldford. Although Hechkoff currently leads Oldford in total points 125 -115, to become the Museum's Amateur of the Year it all comes down to the total amount of money donated to the Museum from the percentage earned by the horses they drive in the Billings Series. Still, there are plenty of chances for all Billings participants to add to their seasonal earnings with 10 series events remaining before the regional finales in November. And when the series preliminary legs are concluded the $25,000 Gold and $15,000 Silver Cup Finals will be contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on November 23. The Gold and Silver Cup finales are for the Billings drivers who earned the most points during the seven month series. Besides Hechkoff (135) and Oldford (115) the current leaders in points include Tony Verruso (81), "Marvelous Marvin" Raber (80),"Mighty Matt" Zuccarello (73), Dave" Yes it's True" Offenberg, (73), David "Steady As" Yarock (66), "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli (61), Peter "Sycamore Ventures" Gerry (61) and Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg (54). by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driving Series

Joe Thomson, owner of Maryland-based Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. Thomson and his wife JoAnn started Winbak Farm in 1991. The operation has ranked No. 2 among all breeders in purses earned each of the last 12 years, totaling more than $205 million since the start of 2002, and produced three Horse of the Year Award winners. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame. The three honorees will be inducted during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., on July 5. Winbak Farm - which stands stallions in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario - bred consecutive Horse of the Year Award winners in pacing colt No Pan Intended, in 2003, and pacing filly Rainbow Blue, in 2004, and later saw trotting colt Muscle Hill claim the honor in 2009. No Pan Intended is the last pacer to win the Triple Crown. Rainbow Blue is one of only three filly pacers to be named Horse of the Year. Muscle Hill is one of two Hambletonian winning trotters bred by Winbak, joining 2005 winner Vivid Photo. Thomson, who lives in Phoenixville, Pa., is the president of the Pennsylvania Harness Breeders Association. He also is co-owner of The Red Mile, the historic harness racing track in Lexington, Ky., and serves as a director of the Hambletonian Society. In 2013, Thomson received the Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award from USHWA, an honor bestowed by the organization that is second only to election to the Hall of Fame. Other honors for Thomson include being named to the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame in 2009. Marks' work in harness racing spans 50 years, starting as a contributor to Trotter Magazine and later as a writer and editor for Trotter Weekly. He handicapped for Top Trotter's daily letter from 1966 to 1978 and was among the original chart commentators for Sports Eye, starting in 1968. Over the years, Marks was a contributor to Hub Rail, Times Standard, Hoof Beats, and Sports Eye. He also was host of "Accent on Racing," on Meadowlands Cablevision, from 1980 to 1985, and host and analyst for "Racing from Roosevelt" in 1982. In 1988, he began working as pedigree analyst and marketing director at Perretti Farms. He wrote more than 500 "Trotlines" for the farm's website and 1,000 advertisements, in addition to naming more than 2,000 horses. Parker started her employment at Horseman and Fair World, a Lexington, Ky.-based trade magazine, in 1980 while still attending the University of Kentucky, and rose through the ranks until arriving at the top by being named editor and general manager in 1995. During Parker's tenure, Horseman and Fair World has expanded its efforts to provide news and information, starting with the launch of a website in 1998, and then the introduction of an e-newsletter, "Harness Racing Weekend Preview," in 2009. As a writer, Parker has traveled the world to report on the sport's top events, including all major stakes races in North America, plus the Elitlopp in Sweden, Prix d'Amerique in Paris, and Inter-Dominion in Sydney. Among Parker's honors are a Hervey Award for excellence in writing, the Harness Horsemen's International Media Award, and the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Media Award. In 2010, Parker's Horseman and Fair World received the Proximity Award from USHWA. From the United States Harness Writers Association

The Harness Racing Museum, in Goshen, NY, is packing up its gift shop and moving 550 miles west to the home of the Little Brown Jug, Delaware, Ohio. From Sunday, September 14 through Thursday, September 18, the Museum's gift shop will be in residence in the tent across from the second turn, and will again have tack supplies from Big Dee's, from 9 am until the last race each day. Items in every price range, all with a harness racing motif, will be offered, including $10 T shirts, hoodies for adults and children in a new range of colors, as well as sleepwear and toys for little harness racing fans. A limited selection of gift shop items including previous years Little Brown Jug shirts, hats and housewares will be available at the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale on Monday, September 15 at the Eden Park Equestrian Complex in Sunbury, Ohio. On Wednesday and Thursday, Ellen Harvey will be signing her book, Standardbred Old Friends, featuring profiles, with the photos of renowned equine photographer, Barbara Livingston, of 43 Standardbreds of distinction, now in the twilight of their lives. 1997 Little Brown Jug winner Western Dreamer is among those profiled. Harvey will be at the Museum tent from 9 am to noon on both days, as well as after the races and periodically throughout the card. 100% of profits benefit the Museum's mission. The newly released Remember Roosevelt! book will be available as well as Halters For Hope. Halters available include American Ideal, Chocolatier, Continentalvictory, Malabar Man, Peaceful Way, Presidential Ball, See You At Peelers, and Somebeachsomewhere. The sale of these halters benefits horse rescue organizations that cater to helping Standardbreds. The popular clearance rack, with many one of a kind items, will be back for bargain hunters and $2 can koozies (3 for $5) will be offered for fans looking to keep their beverages cold. Historians of the sport will want to check out the selection of used harness racing books, the sale of which benefits the Peter D. Haughton Memorial Library at the museum. Shoppers who would like to purchase items in the morning can leave them at the gift shop for pick up after the racing card. 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 www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum    

Veteran amateur drivers, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford, and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff along with newcomer Robert "Big Bob" Kenney, each won their respective divisions in the Billings Harness Driving Series this past weekend. Oldford scored a 1:57 triumph with Bold Strike in Midwest Region action at Scioto Downs on August 29 while Hechkoff and Kenney were victorious in the east at Plainridge Racecourse on September 1; Hechkoff with Tagmaster in 1:56.1 and Kenney with Rev Up The Spice in 1:59.3. No stranger to the winners circle, Steve Oldford visited that revered ground again when he scored his seventh seasonal triumph with his newly purchased Bold Strike. "I bought him from June Du Russel, who over the years has generously supplied horses for the Billings Series. "This was the first time I sat behind him and I like him a lot," Oldford explained. "He's a pleasure to drive and (he) did everything I asked of him. " Oldford and Bold strike left from the four hole as "Lawbook Larry" Farley hustled Margarita Man to the lead and they had two lengths on the field as the timer flashed :27.4. At that point Oldford had allowed Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II to fall in second position in front of him with TK's Karma. When the leaders passed the halfway point in :57.3 Oldford was out and going with Bold Strike and they were nose to nose with Margarita Man at the three quarters in 1:26.4. Even though Farley's mount regained command on the final turn it was short lived as Bold Strike rallied back to score a two-length triumph over Margarita man. TK's Karma took home the show dough. "Now we're ready for the Billings at Delaware, Ohio, "Oldford added delightedly. Bold Strike paid $7.40 for win which was Oldford's seventh of the season and 90th of his amateur driving career. Meanwhile on Labor Day afternoon at the five-eighths mile oval in southern Massachusetts "Big Bob" Kenney scored his first lifetime pari-mutuel victory when he sat the pocket with Rev Up The Spice and then they trotted by 1-2 favorite CSI What's My Name and driver Dave "Steady As" Yarock in mid-stretch for a solid one length triumph to win the first of two Billings trots that day. Third place went to Catalyst driven by Mark "Wafefern" Schullstrom. Needless to say Kenney, who has driven just 27 times since he joined the amateur ranks in 2000, was a happy man and his fellow competitors were among the first to congratulate him. Bob and Linda Kenny co-own Rev Up The Spice who's trained by John Di Stefano. Sent off at odds of over 6-1 the 6 year old Revenue S gelding paid $14.40 for win. A second Billings division at Plainridge Racecourse was a laugher for driver Bob Hechkoff when his Tagmaster romped to a 1:56.1 wire to wire five-length triumph over Permanent Joy, driven by Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin. Third place went to Coin Collector and driver Jimmy "It's all In The Family" Marshall IV. Tagmaster, owned by Hechkoff's T.B.H Ventures Inc. and trained by James Hardy paid $9.60 for win. It was Hechkoff's sixth seasonal triumph and 50 driving victory of his career. A two-time winner of the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year Award his competitors will have to hurry to derail him from that honor again this season. This coming weekend the Battling Billings Boys will head to the Canadian Maritimes for races at Charlottetown on Saturday, (Sept. 6) and at Summerside Raceway on Sunday. by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driver Series

East Rutherford, NJ - The draw for the last weekend of racing for the 2014 Championship Meet at The Meadowlands meet will be the standard procedure of entering by 9:00am on Monday for the Friday card and by 9:00am on Tuesday for Saturday's Hambletonian card. In the interest of having the strongest possible line-up of races for Saturday, a few of the races may be used on either day. These races are designated by an asterisk on the condition sheet. For this reason the Friday draw won't be finalized and made public until Tuesday. The scratches and driver changes for both days will be due and final by 10:00am on Wednesday, July 30. The actual post position draw for the Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks and John Cashman, Jr Memorial trot will be conducted on Tuesday afternoon at the Hambletonian draw press conference in Victory Sports Bar in The Meadowlands grandstand. That will be followed by the 3rd annual Charity Casino Night to benefit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Tables are still available for Casino night and information is available by following this link.   From the From The Meadowlands Media Department  

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