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 The “Red Million” a new harness racing event for two-year-old trotters with a $100,000 buy-in and a $1 million pay-out will not be raced in 2019 due to a conflict in race scheduling. Owners of The Red Mile, The Hambletonian Society and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission had jointly announced the new race would be the centerpiece of the richest day in Kentucky harness racing, riding the crest of a burgeoning breeding, racing and sales upswing in the Bluegrass State. The Red Mile Million is a new concept for harness racing with an innovative purse structure. It was seen as a natural accompaniment to the $2 million Kentucky Sire Stake finals in late September, bookending the Grand Circuit week of racing at Lexington’s Red Mile that features elite yearling sales and culminates with the final jewel of the trotting Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity. The event was embraced by local and state tourism officials, who heralding the continued growth of one of the state’s most valuable resources, the equine-driven economy. After several meetings on race dates, the Red Mile opted to race the Kentucky Sires Stake finals on Sept. 15, in order to avoid conflict with existing Grand Circuit and stakes races for those age groups on the North America stake calendar.   “Our owners and breeders have too much invested to be forced to choose between these rich opportunities for their stake colts and fillies that crowd the calendar near the end of the season,” said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. “Though canceled for 2019 we will continue planning for this event until we get the best date and scenario for all the stakeholders involved.” by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

LEXINGTON, KY - Owners of the Red Mile, the Hambletonian Society and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have announced the creation of a $3 million race day. The event will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2019, and will include the Commonwealth's first-ever $1 million race in The Red Mile Million for Standardbreds. "The Red Mile Million is intended to attract the world's best two-year-old trotters to Lexington to compete at the historic Red Mile and highlight the Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship Day as part of The Grand Circuit meet in 2019," said Joe Costa, the track's President. "More than that, it is intended to attract fans and guests to our exciting new entertainment destination." John Campbell of the Hambletonian Society explained the Red Mile Million format. "This is a new idea for our sport," said Campbell. "With ten slots to be acquired for $100,000 each, the race for two-year-old trotters will be a signature event for The Grand Circuit at The Red Mile going forward. There is already tremendous interest from our racing community." Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Executive Director Marc Guilfoil noted that the September 29 card at The Red Mile with The Red Mile Million and eight $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship races will be the second richest race day in the Commonwealth, trailing only Kentucky Derby Day. "Beginning next year, our state will play host to an amazing day of racing and unprecedented purse structure for Standardbred racing," said Guilfoil. "The Red Mile Million will become a can't-miss event." With the Red Mile Million, The Grand Circuit Meet and the revitalized Kentucky Sire Stakes Program, over $11 million in harness racing purses will be competed for at The Red Mile over a seven-week period from August 2019 to October. "We are working closely not only with our racing industry, but also local and state tourism officials to make this a memorable weekend for our region," added Costa. "Stay tuned as we plan more announcements in the coming weeks." For more information, contact Brian Miller at the Bluegrass Sports Commission at bmiller@bluegrasssports.org or by phone at 859-420-4191. by Amy Ratliff, for the Red Mile

The Red Mile Renaissance continues with the creation of $1 million harness race for two-year-old trotters slated for a blockbuster Grand Circuit weekend in 2019 at the historic Lexington, Kentucky harness track. The race for two-year-old trotters, was initiated by the Hambletonian Society and received an enthusiastic response from host partners The Red Mile, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Kentucky Sires Stakes board. A formal announcement, outlining the parameters of the event will be made on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the Red Mile hosts the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stake Finals, the finale of the $4.5 million program on Fayette County Fair Day. Other partners include the Bluegrass Sports Commission, Cornett Agency, and the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, slated for Oct. 7, 2018, which has dedicated net proceeds from the sale to promotion and marketing of the new event. The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- The harness racing tradition continues on Hambletonian Eve. For the fourth consecutive year, renowned equine artist Ann Lufkin has done a portrait of the past year's Hambletonian champion to present to the connections on the eve of the Meadowlands Racetrack CEO Jason Settlemoir and Hambletonian Society president John Campbell will present the portrait of Perfect Spirit to owner Lennart Agren of SRF Stable and driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt on Friday, Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands. In a memorable and chaotic finish, Perfect Spirit was the winner by disqualification, after What The Hill squeezed off the pylons in deep stretch to hit the finish line first. Judges declared there was contact between What The Hill and Guardian Angel AS, marking the first time in Hambletonian history that a horse had his number taken down in 92 editions of the $1 million trotting classic for 3-year-olds. Perfect Spirit was the winner of the 2017 Hambletonian. The portrait will be presented prior to the races on Friday, Aug., 3, in Trotters, during the owners and Hambletonian Society Directors cocktail party at 6:30 pm. For more on Lufkin's work, visit http://www.annlufkin.com/ The stakes-filled Hambletonian Day card begins at 12 noon. The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). From the Meadowlands Media Department

Three year old filly pacers and three year old colt and gelding trotters highlighted the harness racing card at Ocean Downs on a beautiful Sunday night.   The first race went as the first division for the filly pacers. Reinsman Vic Kirby pulled Pedal Power (Roddy's Bags Again) going to the ¾ pole, gaining on the leader with every stride. When the timer stopped in the 1:54.2 mile Pedal Power was a nose in front of Go Sandy Go (Roddy's Bags Again). Darrell and Leah Lewis own and train the filly and Winbak Farm is the breeder. The trotting colts and geldings were up next. The Rene Allard trained Whats The Word (Donato Hanover) dominated the field in a stakes and track record of 1:55 winning by 15 ¾ lengths over second place finisher What That Is (Cam's Rocket). Corey Callahan drove the winner for owners Go Fast Stable, Kapildeo Singh and Earl Hill Jr., Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder.   The final stake of the night was the second split for filly pacers. The betting favorite Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) did not disappoint going wire to wire in 1:56.3 for pilot Jason Green and owners Breakaway Racing. Elwood Tignor trains the filly and Nick Callahan is the breeder. Rissy's All In (Rusty's All In) was second.   Ocean Downs also hosted Hall of Fame driver John Campbell for a meet and greet with a large group of fans, both young and old. John's wife Paula was also there spreading the word about the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and taking donations to support these retired racehorses horses.   The Standardbred Fund (foaled) Stakes continue Monday night July 9 with a post of 7:05 pm.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund  

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

CHESTER, PA - From tables and tables loaded with memorabilia to eight Hall of Fame inductees in the crowd, it was a fitting evening of "catching-up" and remembering the "old times" at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday evening for the Garden State Park Reunion Night. Hosted by Harrah's Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association as part of their Summer Series of Racing and Remembering, hundreds of race fans came out to the track and were treated to an evening of live harness racing, live music, mechanical bull rides, outdoor BBQ and terrific memorabilia show and contest with hundreds of pieces on display. "I enjoyed reconnecting with people from Garden State that I had not seen in some time," said Hall of Famer John Campbell, now President and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. "I particularly enjoyed the memorabilia and the race replays that were running on the big TV. It brought back great memories of all the tremendous horses and top-notch races that Garden State hosted over the years." Campbell was one of eight inductees of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that were in attendance, meeting fans, employees and horsemen and women that all worked, raced or wagered on the harness meets at Garden State Park. Other Hall of Famers in attendance included Cat Manzi, Ron Gurfein, Marvin Bachrad, Leon Zimmerman, Moira Fanning, Jerry Connors and Steve Wolf. Missing from the lineup was another Hall of Famer, Robert "Bob" Quigley, the former President of Garden State Park, who could not make the trip from Florida due to hip replacement surgery. "If not for my surgery," Quigley said. "I would have been at Harrah's for the Garden State Park Reunion Night. I send my deepest regards and well-wishes to everyone who made it out. So many great people, employees and horsemen and women I would love to have seen again. I hope everyone had a great time." Conducting interviews throughout the night was Steve Ross, the former advertising and promotions manager. Other guests were Jay Farrar, who headed simulcasting at the track, race office official Al Kraszewski, publicist Gen Sullivan, former driver Jimmy Larente, Jr., track photographer John Pantalone of World Wide Racing Photos and other horsemen and women, plus numerous former employees including pari-mutuel tellers (some who were still working right at Harrah's Philadelphia), admissions personnel and more. Perhaps the "hit guest" of the evening was none other than former track announcer, Larry Lederman, who called the sixth race on the card, which was the Bill Fidati Memorial, a tribute to the former head of publicity at Garden State Park. "We are really pleased with our Summer Series of Racing and Remembering," said Barry Brown, Director of Racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. "Last month's Liberty Bell Park Reunion Night was great and tonight's Garden State Park Reunion was even stronger with much more memorabilia than expected. It was great that we had to add more tables for the show and contest. Philadelphia's sports radio icon, WIP's Jody McDonald, an avid racing fan, was the judge for the Memorabilia Contest. The top prize, a $150 wagering voucher, was awarded to Dennis Sanford, a big harness racing fan from Woodlynne, NJ for his collection of every collector's glass giveaway, both Harness and Thoroughbred, from Garden State Park. Second prize of a $100 voucher went to former employee Connie Scerati of Mt Laurel, NJ for collection of GSP uniforms and pins, many of which she wore and, of course, saved over the years. Third place with a $50 voucher went to Al Kraszewski, who is currently the assistant race secretary at Ocean Downs in Maryland, for his autographed win photo of the great Secretariat, who won at Garden State Park as a two-year-old. Next month the Summer Series of Racing and Remembering concludes on Friday evening, September 8 with the Brandywine Raceway Reunion Night starting at 6:30 pm. In addition to the memorabilia show and contest, live racing and other activities, the first 400 fans to purchase a Harrah's Philadelphia race program, will get a free Summer Series commemorative t-shirt. "I know we will be needing more tables for the memorabilia show for this night," said Barry Brown. "We really look forward to this final Friday night of live racing as Brandywine Raceway was such a fixture here in the Delaware Valley and the track was located just down the road from Harrah's Philadelphia." By Steve Wolf, for Harrah's Philadelphia & the PHHA        

On Friday, August 11, Harrah's Philadelphia will host, along with the Pennsylvania Harness Horseman's Association (PHHA), the third Summer Series Friday night harness racing card of the season. The theme of the evening will be the Garden State Park Reunion Night with the festivities getting started at 6:00 pm. One of the special highlights of the night will be the 6th race $17,500 pace, The Bill Fidati Memorial. William C. "Bill" Fidati, was the publicity director at Garden State Park and was loved by everyone who ever worked with or for him or was able to be friends with him. He passed away at age 76 in 2011. Before coming to Garden State Park, he worked for two decades for two of the top newspapers in Philadelphia, the Daily News and then the Bulletin. He covered City Hall and in 1970 won the area's Press Association award for his stories. Bill also covered horse racing, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred and became the publicity director of Philadelphia Park in 1982 and then moved across the Delaware River to work at the new Garden State Park four years later. Everyone who was associated, worked for or raced at Garden State Park is invited to Harrah's Philadelphia Friday evening. Special guests in attendance will be Hall of Famers John Campbell and Catello "Cat" Manzi along with former track announcer Larry Lederman and other co-workers and horse people that competed at the track. Patrons are urged to bring in any memorabilia from Garden State Park, win photos, giveaway items, etc. and they will receive a gift from Harrah's Philadelphia. The memorabilia will then be put on display for all to see and there will be $300 in betting vouchers given away to the top three items. Judging the memorabilia contest will be WIP Sports Radio legend, Jody McDonald. After each live race on the program there will be a replay of one of the great races held at Garden State Park and former advertising and promotions manager, Steve Ross, will be interviewing the special guests in the winner's circle. There will also be live music, free mechanical bull rides along with an outdoor BBQ and more, all taking place on the outdoor grandstand patio. The race program will feature a special eight-page insert of photo memories of Garden State Park. Garden State Park was located on Route 70 and Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill, NJ. It opened on July 7, 1942 as a Thoroughbred track until a disastrous fire burned the Clubhouse and Grandstand on April 14, 1977. Garden State Park no longer held races until securities trader Robert Brennan financed construction of a new $178 million steel and glass grandstand/clubhouse which opened on April 1, 1985. The track held both Thoroughbred and Standardbred races until it closed in 2001. For more information, visit or contact Harrah's Philadelphia at www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly. By Steve Wolf, for Harrah's Philadelphia    

JOHN CAMPBELL & CAT MANZI TO ATTEND

JULY 30, 2017 - Harness racing fans turned out in droves on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Clinton Raceway's Legends Day and the final drive of Ailsa Craig native John Campbell. "Good crowd today, the weather cooperated, it's great, great for the industry," said Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "John deserves it." The autograph session with Campbell and his fellow legends Bill O'Donnell, Doug Brown, Steve Condren, Mike Lachance, Dave Miller, Dave Wall, Ron Waples, Bud Fritz and Keith Waples, was scheduled from 1 to 2 pm, but stretched on well past 3 pm as fans waited their turn to greet the legendary horsemen and bid farewell to both Campbell and O'Donnell. The pair hung up their driving suits in the afternoon's final race, the $15,000 Legends Trot, which went to Ontario Sired mare Lady Caterina, driven by Steve Condren. "I didn't know John made a break, so I feel a lot better now that he made a break," said Condren, to laughter from the large crowd gathered around the winner's circle. The reinsman piloted Lady Caterina to the 1:58.1 win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. Given the last opportunity at the microphone Campbell thanked the fans, the owners and trainers he worked with over his storied career, and most of all his family. The winner of over $300 million then reflected on his career. "It's funny how things work out, I made a break and finished last in my first race, 45 years later I finished last and made a break here at Clinton, but it's been okay in the middle," said Campbell to applause and laughter. "Anybody here that knows me knows what an influence my dad (Jack Campbell) was, and he always told me don't ever say never, it's a really long time. So with that caveat I'll say, in all probability, this will be my last drive," said Campbell, bringing his legendary driving career to an official, if qualified, close. While the legends greeted their autograph seeking fans, Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies provided the on-track entertainment, competing in a trio of $18,450 Grassroots events. The fastest winner of the three divisions was Bob McIntosh trainee Kant Afford It, who cruised along on the front end to a 2:05 triumph, four and one-half lengths ahead of Melanie G and Dalliance Seelster. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted the fan favourite to her first lifetime victory for Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH, who also bred the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge. "I was pretty confident. She trains on my half-mile track at home so I knew she was good in the turns, she's solid, so I had a good feeling," admitted McIntosh. "She's a big strong filly, she's really big and really growthy, so I think she'll get better and better. At the conclusion of the Legends Day festivities, which saw fans and supporters raise over $57,000 for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, McIntosh said he and his wife Patty were having dinner with Campbell and his family. The Hall of Famers have been friends since their earliest days in the business. "Since we were kids in London, at Western Fair, back in the 60s, I'm dating myself," said McIntosh with a laugh. The other Grassroots divisions went to Frick and Sheza Chunkymonkey, who stopped the Clinton teletimer in 2:06 and 2:08.4 respectively, off front-end efforts. Arthur resident Trevor Henry piloted Frick to her first lifetime win for trainer Gary Oliver and his partners Oliver Delmaple Holdings Ltd. and Dawn Hass of Cobourg, ON. Bonnie Breeze and Stand For Justice finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. "She does everything right, unbelievable," said Oliver, noting that the daughter of Johnny William and B Cor Tanya has been a pleasure to work with since arriving in his barn when she was a weanling. "And now we're having fun." Trainer Travis Henry piloted Sheza Chunkymonkey to her first victory for his wife Maddi Henry and their partners Princeton Farms Inc., all of Embro, ON. The daughter of Majestic Son and Stonebridge Amanda reached the wire one length ahead of Justice Rules and Carnegie Hall. "We saw her at Harrisburg, well Maddi McNiven, now Henry, picked her out," said Princeton Farms' Jesse Belore. "Training down all winter, we had a few bumps, but she pulled through today. "As long as she stayed trotting, that's what we were hoping for. It's nerve wracking here," Belore added. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 10. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 27 with the fourth Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing colts. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Clinton, ON --- Driver Doug Brown has won eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards, a stack of driver titles on the Toronto harness racing circuit and earned a berth in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, yet he thinks fellow Hall of Famer John Campbell stands above all others. “There’s just no question that he’s just been the greatest driver ever. It’s just fantastic to see what he’s done over the 40 years he’s been doing it,” Brown said, before comparing Campbell to a hockey legend. “I often compare him to Bobby Orr -- both on and off the track or ice. They’re very similar and I’ve got so much respect for them.” Brown, 61, has won nearly 8,500 races and $87 million. He said he’s delighted to be part of Campbell’s final career drive on July 30 at Clinton Raceway during Legends Day, but he’s not planning to make it easy for Campbell to go out a winner. “I’m sure we’re all hoping he wins his last drive, but it’s not going to stop anybody from trying to win themselves,” Brown said, chuckling. Campbell, a career winner of more than 10,000 races and $300 million, tops the sport in earnings by a wide margin. On July 1, he became the president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and operates a number of major stakes races, including the Hambletonian and Breeders Crown series. In the C$15,000 Legends Day Trot, Brown and Campbell will also be taking on Hall of Famers Bill O’Donnell (5,445, $90 million) -- who is also retiring after the race -- as well as Mike Lachance (10,422, $190 million), Steve Condren (6,850 wins and $106 million), Ron Waples (6,923 wins, $74 million), David Miller (12,205 wins, $216 million) and Dave Wall (7,201, $58 million). The race is part of the ninth edition of the track’s biennial Legends Day, which is raising money for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Combined, the eight legends have earned more than $1.15 billion and won nearly 69,000 races. Fellow legends Bud Fritz and 93-year-old Keith Waples -- both of whom are retired from driving -- will also be on hand for the autograph session. Brown said he has a blast at Legends Day and is pleasantly surprised at the fan reaction. “Getting together with all of those (fellow legends) for a few hours is pretty fun. You get to tell old stories, but the crowd is the main thing. That place is just packed and it makes you wonder how they can come back every two years, the same people, but they are there,” Brown said. Brown’s road to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame began in Oshawa, Ontario at his father Stan’s knee. Doug eagerly absorbed his father’s lessons and was just 17 when he earned his driver’s license. He quickly picked up his first win with a horse named Out Ahead at Kawartha Downs. While he called the Peterborough track home, he made his mark in the big city as top dog on Toronto’s old Ontario Jockey Club circuit in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite once having a fan throw a beer bottle at him at Greenwood Raceway in downtown Toronto (the bottle bounced, harmlessly, off his helmet), Doug has fond memories of Greenwood Raceway. “It was incredible. People were lined up getting in and that’s back when you had to pay to get in. As huge as that grandstand was, it was nearly full night after night,” Brown said. “When we went to Woodbine, I said after the first three or four days to one of the other guys, ‘You know what, I never thought I’d miss people yelling at me, but…’ At Woodbine, they were so far away you couldn’t hear them. “Most of the guys that raced back then, everyone misses Greenwood because it was downtown. People could walk to it, take a streetcar. It was just an incredible place.” For 10 consecutive years from 1988-1997, Doug held a firm grip on the OJC’s driver standings where he averaged 345.5 wins per year over the stretch. He was the circuit’s first driver to break the 400-win plateau, accomplishing it twice in back-to-back seasons with 411 (1994) and 417 (in 1995). It was no easy feat considering the depth of competition. Night after night, Doug battled with such luminaries as fellow Legends Day drivers Condren and Wall, as well as Paul MacDonell, Roger Mayotte and Mike Saftic. Doug was the king of the pre-slots era. He was the first OJC driver to top both $4 million (1989) and $5 million (1995) in a single season. Four of Doug’s eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards came in a row from 1993-1996. Seven of those awards came between 1989 and 1996. Over 40 years in the sulky, Doug has won five Breeders Crowns with Town Pro (twice), Headline Hanover, Topnotcher and Digger Almahurst; the Metro Pace (Historic, 1993); Maple Leaf Trot (Plesac, 2001); Yonkers Trot (Lord Stormont, 1997); World Trotting Derby (Lord Stormont, 1997); Cane Pace (Topnotcher, 1989); Roses Are Red (Shady Daisy, 1992); and Confederation Cup three times (BJ Scoot, 1988; Topnotcher, 1989; and Survivor Gold, 1992). In 1995, he drove Canada’s first sub-1:50 mile with Ball And Chain, when he upset Pacific Rocket and Ellamony in 1:49.4 at Woodbine. Doug was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2006. He is a member of the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame and was selected as the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s recipient of the 1998 Service to Youth Award. In 1997, he was the winner of the prestigious Messenger Award from Harness Tracks of America for outstanding accomplishment and meritorious service to the sport. Yet, despite all of that, he said what he cherishes most from his career is the long-time relationship with Hall of Fame trainer Stew Firlotte. “Probably the biggest thing in my career was being hooked up with Stew Firlotte for close to 35 years. That just doesn’t happen. When the catch driver (era) came around, we were getting hired and fired and hired back and fired again, but with Stew it was more like a father-son, best friend thing. He and Joanne are godparents to one of our kids. I really value the dedication between the two of us. “I’d just love to see (Firlotte’s) record, as far as getting 2-year-olds to the races. His percentages must have been just incredible, because I hardly remember any of them that didn’t make the races. He was just a great horseman. Our relationship was probably the proudest moment for me; we just had so much fun together.” For more information about Legends Day, please visit www.clintonraceway.com. Clinton Raceway     

Freehold, NJ --- The U.S. Trotting Association will join an industry-wide initiative to review the rules of racing promulgated by the Association, to create a rule book that every harness racing jurisdiction will adopt and enforce. The initiative, chaired by new Hambletonian Society President John Campbell, will conduct a detailed and comprehensive review of the rules of racing, with input from all stakeholders. The initial goal of this effort is to identify rules that should be clarified, modified or expanded to enhance uniform adoption and interpretation and to more accurately reflect contemporary racing conditions. The group will ultimately work to incorporate changes to existing USTA rules and seek their adoption with state and provincial racing commissions. "We should have universal rules throughout harness racing, throughout North America," says Campbell. "That is something I've felt quite strongly about for a long time. I don't believe some of our rules are worded as well as they could be. That can make it difficult for the judges to rule consistently. If the wording were made more concise and definitive, it would be easier for judges. "I think there is more of an impetus for the Commissions to go by USTA rules right now than there has been in the past. The beneficiaries are twofold -- this will benefit the gamblers betting on our game across North America as well as participants and judges. It will be better for all involved to get this accomplished." It's anticipated that there will be some review and revision of rules completed prior to the Sept. 1 deadline required for USTA rule changes to be considered in 2018, but Campbell cautions the effort will be a sustained one over time. "It's not something to be done quickly," he said. "It will be a long thought process to get the wording done right." While every aspect of the rules of racing will be considered, the initial areas of scrutiny will be driver safety and fitness, fair start, recall and starting gate rules, horses coming out of a hole, causes of interference, and in the era where so much handle is generated by simulcast, conduct of post parades. Members of the committee include driver Yannick Gingras, Hall of Fame driver and racing official Dave Magee and driver Jeff Gregory, chairman of the USTA Trainer-Driver Committee, as well as retired Hall of Fame driver Bill O'Donnell, now serving as president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. Brett Revington of the Pennsylvania Racing Commission will participate, as will presiding judges from both the U. S. and Canada, Don Harmon, Tim Schmitz, Jeff Tallarino, Bill McLinchey, Tom Miller and Dan Kazmaier. Racetrack executive and USTA director Jason Settlemoir, USTA directors Dick Brandt, chairman of the rules committee, and Steve McCoy, former president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, who helped craft rules and policies for the Association following the introduction of racinos, will also contribute. Registrar TC Lane will serve as the USTA representative, to assist in coordination and execution of the group's agenda. In addition, there will be two non-voting members, horseman Gary Buxton and professional harness racing gambler and former horseman Les Stark. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

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 www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

When harness racing driver John Campbell gets behind the gate at Goshen Historic Track on July 2 for the Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot (race 4 at approximately 2 p.m.), he'll see a familiar face to his left. In post eight, driving the trotter Pig Hunt, Campbell will be next to Bill O'Donnell, driving Toss Cartwright from post seven. It will be the last race in the U.S. for both men, who are Canadian-born. O'Donnell made the decision when he found out at the Dan Patch dinner in Las Vegas in February that David Miller would be attending Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in Ontario, a biennial fan-centered day, to be held this year on July 30. I said, "Good. You [Miller] can drive in my place. John was there and he said, "Well, that's my last drive why don't you do it, too? Let's do it together, our last drives.'" O'Donnell, seven years older than Campbell, has 5,445 wins and $90.6 million in purses, and is now the president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. He trained a small stable until recently, though he's kept his equipment - "I'm sure I'll find something to train," he says. The two men dominated harness racing in the '80s and '90s, with O'Donnell having 20 seasons of $1 million or more while Campbell has continued with 38 seasons of a million or more and eight of $10 million plus. O'Donnell was the first driver to reach $10 million in a year in purses, hitting that mark in 1985. "I wish he had retired 30 years ago, it would have been a lot better for me," says O'Donnell with a laugh. His driving in recent years has been limited to fan-friendly events, like those at Goshen and Clinton. "They're lined up for a quarter of a mile [at the meet and greets], same as Goshen," says O'Donnell, "year after year after year." Campbell will also stay focused on the fans in the future, he says. "It's my last time driving, but it won't be my last time at Goshen," he says. "I'll still come and see people, go to the [induction] dinner on a regular basis, it's not like I'm never going to be back at Goshen." On Sunday, Campbell will line up against many drivers with which he competed on a nightly basis for decades at The Meadowlands and in major races across North America. Aside from O'Donnell, Wally Hennessey, Dick Stillings, Brian Sears (to be inducted Sunday night), Jimmy Takter, Dave Palone and David Miller will also compete in the race. "We'll get together and reminisce and laugh about some of the silly stuff years ago," said Campbell. "The camaraderie is always great." Historic Track is giving away a commemorative photo of Campbell with some of the best horses of his career and a detailed list of his accomplishments to the first 500 paid admissions on Sunday. Fans can say hello and get him to sign it after the Hall of Fame drivers race. Campbell and the other drivers will have sharpies at the ready, "I'll be able to handle that - that won't be an issue," he says. "It's always special at Goshen because the fans are right on top of you (in the grandstand up against the racing surface], it's the personal interaction and they're always so enthusiastic and so nice at Goshen. It's fun to be part of that. I really appreciate it so much." Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen. Admission is $5 (includes a program) for adults and children are free. They're located behind the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame at 240 Main Street in Goshen, where admission is always free. Ellen Harvey 

The Meadowlands - The Meadowlands celebrates the career of harness racing's greatest driver on Friday evening as John Campbell retires from competitive racing to assume his new role as President & CEO of the Hambletonian Society.   Campbell's accomplishments are the stuff of legend, having won every race worth winning in a career that has seen him steer the winners of nearly $300 million. His name appears as the leader in virtually every driving category at The Meadowlands.   The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. on the grandstand level, where John will greet fans and sign autographs before stepping outside to "Go to the office" on the racetrack one last time.   The live racing includes ten races on the betting card and three early races that include the $20,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for two-year-olds.   With just a handful of sires standing in New Jersey for the 2014 breeding season, the NJSS is down to eight or fewer horses being eligible to all divisions of two-year-olds. As a result, the colt and filly paces and colt trot will be raced off the betting program starting at 6:30 p.m. and will be carried on The Meadowlands simulcast broadcast.   The pari-mutuel card includes four freshman events featuring the NJSS for trotting fillies in race two, where trainer Noel Daley is holding a strong hand with a pair of by Wishing Stone in the field of six.   Be Bop Sally ($25,000 Lex Select) has had two good qualifiers in anticipation of the stakes, the more recent a 2:00.4 effort at The Meadowlands. She is owned by the trainer in partnership with the driver, Andy McCarthy, and Patricia Stable and starts from post 2 on Friday.   Diamond Stone US ($20,000 Lex Select) has past performance lines that virtually mirror those of her stable-mate having trotted two ticks faster in her Meadowlands qualifier. She is wholly owned by trainer Daley and he has named David Miller to drive.   Come join the fun. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

When John Campbell makes his last drive in the United States on Sunday, July 2, at Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track, fans will have a few chances to get a remembrance of his historic career as harness racing's leading money winning ($299.9 million) driver of all time. The first 500 paid admissions to Historic Track on Sunday will get a commemorative 8.5x 11 photo of Campbell with some of the best horses of his career, including Mack Lobell, Peace Corps, Merger, Miss Easy and Life Sign. (See attachment). The back of the photo details Campbell's statistics and accomplishments. After the annual Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers on Sunday, Campbell will be available to sign those photos at the track. He will be joined by eight other Hall of Fame drivers signing their photos: Bill O'Donnell, who will also be making his last U.S. drive that day, Ron Waples, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, Dave Palone, Wally Hennessey, Dick Stillings, and Brian Sears, who will be inducted in to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that night. In addition, the Harness Racing Museum, adjacent to the second turn of the track at 240 Main Street, will sell signed John Campbell bobbleheads ($50) as well as a signed poster of Campbell, designed in pop art style by Raymond Lance, for $100. Mugs based on the Historic Track poster will sell for $15 at the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum's mission to preserve and promote the sport of harness racing. Those that cannot get to Goshen on July 2 can order by calling 845-294-6330. "We are delighted that John has agreed to the sale of these souvenir items to help celebrate his long and important career," said Janet Terhune, Museum director. "John has made so many fans for the sport and we're happy to have a way for them to remember and celebrate his contributions." By Ellen Harvey / Harness Racing Communications/USTA

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