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2021 Stallion Breeding Auction to Benefit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. The complete list of the 2021 stallions, along with conditions and bidding form has been posted at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraising tab. To date the list of stallions includes Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Art Director, Artiscape, Artspeak, Betting Line, Boston Red Rocks, Captain Ahab, Credit Winner, Domethatagain, Don't Let'Em, Fool Me Once, Glidemaster, Helpisontheway, Heston Blue Chip, JK Endofanera, Let's Drink On It, Lost In Time, Manningly, Mister Big, My MVP, New Jersey Viking, Possess The Will, Racing Hill, Royal Mattjesty, Somestarsomewhere, So Surreal, Sportswriter, Stevensville, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar, Well Said, Western Vintage, We Will See and World of Rocknroll. We want to thank those of you who have donated breedings. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne as soon as possible. This list will be updated as additional breedings are donated - please check the Museum website under the Fundraising tab. Bids must be called in (Joanne at 845-294-6330), emailed (development@harnessmuseum.com) or postmarked (Harness Racing Museum, 240 Main St., Goshen NY 10924) by Saturday, February 13, 2021. Any breedings not receiving successful bids may still be available after that date.   Janet Terhune

Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this harness racing season? We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2021 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 call her at 845-294-6330. 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. A complete list of the 2021 stallions, conditions and bid form will be posted Thursday, January 14, at www.harnessmuseum.com under the Fundraisers tab (https://www.harnessmuseum.com/fundraising). We want to thank those of you who have already donated breedings for stallions standing in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania. If you have a breeding, or know someone not using a breeding, and want to donate to this important fundraiser please contact Joanne as soon as possible. The list of stallions and conditions will be available online. This 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 13, 2021. With the USPS system having difficulties and slow delivery, please email or call your bids in to Mrs. Young. 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.  

Goshen, NY - The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the slate of six candidates for election into the Hall of Fame. The nominees are: ANDOVER HALL CHAPTER SEVEN FATHER PATRICK MISSION BRIEF PEACEFUL WAY YANKEE GLIDE Standardbred horses are elected into harness racing's Living Horse Hall of Fame by current members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. SIX candidates will be presented to the Museum membership for consideration. Ballots were mailed to members the week of Thanksgiving and must be returned (postmarked) by December 31, 2020. The THREE top vote getters will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on Hall of Fame Day - July 4, 2021 - in Goshen, New York. If you wish to participate in the Living Horse Hall of Fame election process and are not currently a Museum member, please contact the Museum to become a member. In July 2018, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame approved a revised set of Living Horse Hall of Fame eligibility criteria. Those criteria are as follows: A racehorse must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $3 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. A racemare must be retired from racing for two years and have had a drug-free career. In addition, racemares must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH 2 Dan Patch Awards, OR been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime, OR been named Dan Patch (U.S.) Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at their gait, OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners, OR been a leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. Annually on March 1st, a list of the broodmares that have produced two Dan Patch winners, OR two millionaires, OR one Dan Patch winner and one millionaire will be assembled for the Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee to review. Committee members can also nominate a broodmare that does not meet the criteria. Each of the committee members votes for his or her top 5 broodmares, voting results are tabulated and the top two vote getters are elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, New York is temporarily closed to the public due to the pandemic. 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. Janet Terhune

Continuing a tradition that has endured for more than half a century, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual donations to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and to the neighboring Goshen Historic Track.The total amount was $6,000. Track president Steve Jones met with chapter president Chris Tully at the recently concluded Standardbred Horse Sale. Jones stated, "We truly appreciate the consistent and generous support of our local harness racing writers. They help us to continue to operate during these difficult and unprecedented times. We lost considerable revenue with the postponement of our regular Grand Circuit meet in July, so these funds could not have come at a more crucial time." Harness Museum president Max Hempt echoed those sentiments. The third generation horseman noted, "The Harness Racing Museum is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of writers that have consistently raised thousands of dollars annually on our behalf. Absent much of our primary fund-raising efforts this year, we are grateful that Monticello-Goshen Chapter had sufficient prudent reserve to continue their enduring doctrine of benevolence." Forced to postpone the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony until 2021, and coupled with New York's current pandemic restrictions, the Museum has remained closed through much of 2020. In addition, due to current social distancing requirements, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter will be unable to hold its 62nd annual awards banquet this year. The practice of raising money and donating funds to Historic Track and the Hall of Fame began in the mid-1970s with Monticello Raceway publicity icon John Manzi, and has continued ever since. Fortunately, due to the generosity of the chapter's past sponsors and advertisers, the writers were still able to give $3,000 each to the Harness Museum and to Goshen Historic Track, two separate and distinct entities which share the same hallowed ground and a united mission to preserve, protect and promote Harness Racing. by Chris Tully, for the Monti-Goshen USHWA  

On October 30, 2020 the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame concluded the institution's 26th Annual Restoration Raffle. Through the generous and enthusiastic support from Museum members and friends, the event grossed over $6,200. Begun in 1995, The Restoration Raffle has become the primary funding source for the preservation treatment of the Museum's collections. Conservation projects funded by previous raffles have included paintings, lithographs and textiles, as well as horse drawn vehicles. For a recent example of paintings that have been conserved, visit the online exhibit Gean Smith Highlights the Harlem River Speedway. Two Gean Smith paintings donated last year by John Cockerill were treated with funding from the annual Restoration Raffle. Artist Gean Smith was born near Wurtsboro, New York in 1851. His father, Benjamin N. Smith, was a lock tender on the D&H Canal in the Town of Mamakating before moving his family to Chicago where he worked as a horse dealer. Perhaps influenced by proximity to his father's horses, Smith became best known for his equine portraits and images of the trotting sport, now known as harness racing. In 1885, Gean Smith returned to the state of his birth and established his art studio near 26th Street and Broadway in New York City. One of Smith's most outstanding works, a 1910 portrait of the European-bred trotting stallion Willy, in action at Goshen Historic Track, will receive conservation cleaning and care utilizing a portion of this year's raffle proceeds. The staff of the Harness Racing Museum looks forward to sharing this addition to the Museum's important equine art collection with visitors once planned preservation care is complete. The winners of the Raffle's 33 prizes can be found on the Harness Racing Museum's website at www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York but is currently closed the public due to COVID-19. For information on Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events or gift shop services, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com or contact us at 845-294-6330 or email info@harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum      

Goshen, NY - Live harness racing begins at Oak Grove Racing & Gaming in Oak Grove, Kentucky on Wednesday, October 14. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's popular "A Drive to Win" traveling exhibit will be there on display in the grandstand area through October 28. The presentation is dedicated to the drivers and trainers who make every race possible. Their love of and commitment to the sport make this diverse group of remarkable men and women the backbone of harness racing. Large photo-storyboards profile over two dozen individuals, many of whom are recognized by harness fans everywhere. Oak Grove Racing & Gaming is located off I-24 about an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee just over the Kentucky state line. Post time at Oak Grove is 12:30 p.m. Please check Oak Grove's website for more information: www.oakgrovegaming.com. The Harness Racing Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York and is currently closed due to COVID-19. For information on Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events or gift shop services, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com or contact us at 845-294-6330 or email info@harnessmuseum.com.

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to present the 26th Annual Restoration Raffle. Started in 1995, the Restoration Raffle has become the primary funding source for the preservation treatment of the Museum's collections. Conservation projects have included paintings, lithographs, textiles and horse drawn vehicles. Recently conserved paintings are showcased in the Gean Smith and the Harlem River Speedway virtual exhibit. The exhibit includes two paintings donated last year by John Cockerill which were cleaned and restored with funding from the Restoration Raffle. The Museum and its friends have built an award-winning program of collection care excellence, and will continue to preserve the art and artifacts that celebrate the history of our great sport. Raffle Prizes include: Bradford Renaissance Portrait - $5,000 Gift Certificate, courtesy of Bradford Portraits Be photographed at world-renowned Bradford Portrait Studio in NYC and receive a 20" museum-quality portrait! Plus a second prize - $3,000 Gift Certificate, includes photography and 14" museum-quality portrait! Malone's Restaurant, Lexington, KY - two $100 Gift Certificates, courtesy of Kitefield Stable USTA Pathway - $100 Gift Certificate, courtesy of the USTA Harness Racing Museum Golden Golf Putter, courtesy of Jim Brooks Winner Circle Gift Shop - $100 Gift Certificate, courtesy of Ellen Harvey Hoof Beats Magazine (1 year subscription), courtesy of the USTA Harness Racing Walk of Fame Brick, courtesy of the Harness Racing Museum Harness Racing Memorabilia - William Haughton driver colors, courtesy of the Haughton Family Harness Racing Art Prints by Jean Barrow and R.H. Palenske, courtesy of the Harness Racing Museum Additional Prizes Still Being Added! Tickets: 1 for $10 - 3 for $20 - 8 for $50 - 20 for $100 Show your support for historic preservation today and make your donation at www.harnessmuseum.com/donations Click "Set Your Own Amount" then type in your donation amount in BOX 1 (ticket prices above) and "2020 Restoration Raffle" in BOX 2 before following the prompts to complete your donation. From the Harness Racing Museum  

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4 at The Meadowlands. One special race will be selected from the Meadowlands Saturday program and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have arranged for the three Swag Bag prizes that will be given away in this week's contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a swag bag prize package. This week's prizes come from the Harness Racing Museum and includes a copy of the USTA's Care & Training of the Trotter and Pacer book, a copy of Bill Heller's novel on Billy Haughton, plus other surprise items. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "Since USHWA came on board with this contest, we are setting records with every event," said Alberg, "Our last contest set the bar now at 287 people entering. We have never had that many people enter before. This contest is all about having fun and we hope even more people will enter this week." To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. As soon as the draw takes place at the Meadowlands this week, the program proof page for the race selected will be posted for race fans to handicap from. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Goshen NY - Due to the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of New York State, and with continuing concerns regarding COVID-19 and large gatherings, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has made the unprecedented decision to cancel the 2020 Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremonies in Goshen, New York. Harness Racing Hall of Fame honorees, including Hall of Famers Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Bill Popfinger and Tim Tetrick, and Communicators Phil Pikelny and Ken Weingartner, scheduled for induction on Sunday, July 5, 2020, will instead be officially inducted at the July 2021 event. Also being honored at the 2021 event will be the newest members of the Living Horse Hall of Fame: Always B Miki, Bee A Magician and Sweet Lou, and broodmares Danae and Precious Beauty. Roy Davis and Arlene Siegel will be inducted into the Hall of the Immortals and Steve Oldford, the 2020 Museum Amateur Driving Champion, will be recognized for the 7th time. The 2020 Museum Board of Trustees Annual Meeting will be held by video or telephone conferencing on or about July 5, 2020. Janet Terhune

The Living Horse Hall of Fame committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the selections for the 2020 broodmare inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Danae 3,1:54.2 ($529,099) and Precious Beauty p,2,1:53.3 ($112,842) were elected. Danae's offspring include 2019 Swedish Horse of the Year Propulsion 1:52.1 ($3,572,969), 2017 Matron Stakes winner Dream Together 1:51.3 ($801,782) and world champion D'Orsay 1:51.4 ($445,732). Precious Beauty's offspring include 2009 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and 2010 North America Cup winner, world champion Sportswriter p,3,1:48.3 ($1,566,460); 2013 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and She's A Great Lady winner, world champion Precocious Beauty p,1:50.1 ($838,004) and 2018 Three Diamonds winner Prescient Beauty p,2,1:50.4 ($464,250). Danae and Precious Beauty will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day which is tentatively planned for Sunday, July 5, 2020. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred broodmares will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2020 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbred broodmares are eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade only if they comply with the following strict criteria: Annually on March 1st, a list of living broodmares that have produced two Dan Patch winners, OR two millionaires, OR one Dan Patch winner and one millionaire are assembled for the Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee to review. Committee members can also nominate a broodmare that does not meet those criteria. Each of the committee members votes for his or her top 5 broodmares, voting results are tabulated and the top two vote getters are elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, New York. 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. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Due to ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. All Museum events are canceled or postponed while the Museum is closed. Please check our website or call for updates. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, New York. 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. From the Harness Racing Museum  

Goshen, NY - Spring into the season with the Harness Racing Museum's latest edition of its popular Learn & Create series. On Thursday, March 19th enjoy an Italian style luncheon with dessert and then sit back and listen to stories of New York's Harlem River Speedway and the Gilded Age, presented by museum curator Rebecca Howard. From 1898 to 1919 the picturesque Speedway, now the site of Harlem River Drive, provided a playground for New York City's wealthy trotting horse enthusiasts and a venue for "public enjoyment of the spectacle." A perfect setting for rivalries and romance, the Gilded Age drive drew crowds of onlookers as well horsemen eager for contests of speed. Adding an element of whimsy and creativity to the afternoon, the presentation will be followed by craft time. Led by museum educator Kristin Roberts, participants will have the opportunity to make and take home their own Spring themed decoration. Tours of the Museum's beautiful displays, including an exhibit of postcards, photographs and fine art highlighting the history of the Harlem River Speedway are open to everyone during regular museum hours. Tickets for the Learn & Create program, including a hot buffet lunch with soft drinks and dessert as well as all craft supplies, are just $25 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, March 13th. Call (845) 294-6330 early to secure your place at the table. The Harness Racing Museum is a 501(c)(3) institution and programs are made possible with support from the United States Trotting Association and the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. For further information on the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department (845) 294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York and is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. From the Harness Racing Museum

Goshen, NY - Time is running out for members of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame to submit Immortal nominations for 2021 Immortals. All Museum members 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 at least three years 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, 2020. 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. NOTE: Nominees elected in 2020 will be inducted in July 2021. From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame  

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces the results of recent balloting to determine the 2020 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Always B Miki and Sweet Lou, and racemare Bee A Magician. The other nominees were Chapter Seven, Father Patrick and Peaceful Way. Always B Miki, Bee A Magician and Sweet Lou will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 5th, 2020. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2020 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbreds are eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade only if they comply with the following strict criteria: AS A RACEHORSE: Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $3 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Horses over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. AS A RACEMARE: Must be retired from racing for two years. Must have been the winner of $1.5 million lifetime WITH two Dan Patch Awards OR Been the winner of $2.5 million lifetime OR Been named Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year. Mares over the age of 12 that are still racing and meet the criteria are also eligible. AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR Have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR Been the leading moneywinning sire at his gait in three or more seasons. ALWAYS B MIKI (Nominated as Racehorse) p,5,1:46 ($2,715,368) Bay Horse, 2011 (Always A Virgin - Artstopper - Artsplace) Foaled on May 10, 2011 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, two-time Breeders Crown winner and world champion pacer Always B Miki has a lifetime race record of 53-30-13-3. In 2013, freshman Always B Miki finished on the board in 9 of his 12 starts. In his 2014 sophomore year, Always B Miki won 12 of 19 starts with 4 seconds, earning $791,482. Major wins included the Monument Circle Pace, Indiana Sires Stakes final and the Tattersalls Pace. Due to a cracked pastern suffered in the spring, four-year-old Always B Miki had only four starts in 2015 but won them all, including the Breeders Crown and American-National. It was as a five-year-old that Always B Miki would make harness racing history. On October 9, 2016, he became the fastest Standardbred ever, winning the Allerage at The Red Mile in 1:46, shattering the one-mile race standard of 1:46.4, and shaving one fifth off the 23-year-old record of Cambest set in a 1993 time trial. Always B Miki is the only harness horse in history with four 1:47 or faster victories. Other wins that year included the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin, William Haughton Memorial, TVG Free-For-All, Jim Ewart Memorial, and Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Always B Miki was voted 2016 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, 2016 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and 2016 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. BEE A MAGICIAN (Nominated as Racemare) 3,1:51 ($4,055,865) Bay Mare, 2010 (Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image) Foaled on February 1, 2010 in Allentown, New Jersey, world champion trotting mare Bee A Magician has a lifetime race record of 72-45-14-3. Bee A Magician was the leading moneywinning two-year-old trotter of 2012 with $766,652 in earnings and a 13-10-1-1 record, including wins in the Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Super Final. She was voted 2012 O'Brien Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Three-year-old Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts. She set the world record 1:51 mile for three-year-old fillies and was the year's leading moneywinning trotter with $1,547,304 in earnings, a single-season record for Standardbred mares. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegant Image, Delvin Miller Memorial, Moni Maker and Simcoe Stakes. Bee A Magician was voted 2013 Dan Patch and O'Brien Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, and Dan Patch and O'Brien Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. As a four-year-old, Bee A Magician earned $421,314 while finishing on the board in 12 of 17 starts, including a victory in the 2014 Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot. In 2015 Bee A Magician would claim the title of top moneywinning aged Standardbred of the year, garnering $980,845. With 10 wins and 5 seconds in 18 starts, including victories in the Maple Leaf Trot and Armbro Flight, Bee A Magician was voted 2015 Dan Patch and O'Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year. Bee A Magician ended her racing career in 2016, earning $339,750 with 4 wins, including the Yonkers Invitational Trot and the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. SWEET LOU (Nominated as Racehorse) p,5,1:47f ($3,478,894) Bay Horse, 2009 (Yankee Cruiser - Sweet Future - Falcons Future) Foaled on March 4, 2009 in Milton, Pennsylvania, two-time world champion pacer Sweet Lou has a lifetime race record of 74-33-11-10. He ranks as the 8th-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. In 2011, two-year-old Sweet Lou won 10 of his 12 starts with 2 seconds, earning $686,647. Victories included the Breeders Crown in a still-standing world record 1:49 for two-year-old colt pacers on a mile track, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and the Elevation. He was voted 2011 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Three-year-old Sweet Lou earned $1,082,176 in 2012, finishing on the board in 15 of 20 starts. His major win was the Tattersalls Pace. In the following year, four-year-old Sweet Lou earned $348,638 in 23 starts, including a victory in the Meadowlands Maturity. In 2014, five-year-old Sweet Lou won 11 of 19 starts including a 10-win streak with 6 consecutive sub-1:48 times. Victories included the Ben Franklin in a world record 1:47f he shares with 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki and which still stands as the fastest Standardbred mile on a five-eighths mile track, William Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Dan Patch Invitational and the Roll With Joe. Sweet Lou wrapped up his racing career by winning the $500,000 TVG Pace. In addition to earning $1,361,433, Sweet Lou was voted 2014 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year. From the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

HARRISBURG, PA - Nicholas J. Saponara, a member of the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame, and a past president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, an organization to which he belonged for 57 years, passed away on Saturday after health issues. A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia in 1957, that same year Saponara joined the sports department of the Philadelphia Bulletin, at that time the major evening newspaper of the Greater Philadelphia metro area. He worked for the Bulletin for 25 years, and he served as the handicapper and morning line oddsmaker for the tracks covered by the Bulletin, also making the official track morning line at Brandywine, Liberty Bell, Atlantic City Harness, and the Keystone thoroughbred track. Saponara was a co-founder of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Harness Writers in 1962, and served many years as the chapter's secretary. He served as national President of USHWA for three years, 1980-1983, and sat on the association Board of Directors for 29 years. Nick was also the driving force in spreading the annual national awards dinner beyond its traditional New York City home, and was the organizer behind many successful events, notably having the famed Philadelphia Mummers perform at an Atlantic City gathering. Saponara was also a harness horse owner, along with longtime friend Marv Bachrad. They entrusted their horses to an up-and-coming French-Canadian horsemen named Herve Filion, and they enjoyed the success rate that Herve enjoyed as a rising comet in the sport. Saponara also owned thoroughbred horses, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors. In September of 2019, Parx thoroughbred track honored Saponara with inclusion into its Hall of Fame (video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=bFGtP_A3ss0). A viewing for Mr. Saponara will take place this Wednesday, December 11, at St. Ephrem Church, 5340 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem PA, from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. A funeral mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3301 W. Cheltenham Ave., Cheltenham PA. by Jerry Connors, for USHWA

Goshen, NY - The jingle jangle of horse bells have been associated with chill of winter for so long that they came to be known as sleigh bells. This season, hear the sleigh bells ringing at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY on Saturday, December 14th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.   Join Santa for a photo in a one horse open sleigh, play games and enjoy craft time making ornaments of the Grinch, Christmas trees, holiday horses and fancy paper snowflakes. Every child will receive a free holiday character toy. The whole family will enjoy sweet treats and a ride on the Museum's harness racing 3D Simulator. Children are $5, parents are free. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Programs are made possible with support from the United States Trotting Association and the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. For further information on the Museum's educational workshops or children's birthday parties, please contact the Education Department (845) 294-6330 or email education@harnessmuseum.com. For information on Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame events, please visit our website www.harnessmuseum.com. The Museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, New York and is currently open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

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