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Hannah Miller, the 23-year old miss who has been the scourge of the harness racing amateur ranks, added yet another victory to her fledgling resume when she guided Rev It Now to a come from behind 2:01.4 triumph in the seventh leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Series held at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, April 25. And that accomplishment came on the heels of her win in the final event in the USA-French Friendship Competition the night before at the Meadowlands which vaulted the American team to victory over the French squad. Like she has done in all of her races, the daughter of top trainer Erv Miller, again remained undaunted while competing against her male counterparts. In Freehold's third race on the betting card Hannah started slowly with her trotter and got away sixth at the first stanza, some 12 lengths behind of the early speed duel between Blazing Delores (Jim Marshall IV) and Wygant Prince (Paul Minore). After the :28.3 first quarter Miller waited until the field headed for the halfway point before moving he trotter off the pylons. Still sixth at the half, but now nine lengths behind Wygant Prince's lead, Miller began to urge her trotter up the backside and at the three quarters the crowd could anticipate what was going to happen. On the final turn Rev It Now circled the leaders and took command in the homestretch and trotted away to a solid one-length victory over a fast closing 36-1 shot, Bellagio Hanover, driven by Steve Oldford. Wygant Prince held on for the show dough. The winner is owned by her driver, her dad Erv Miller, and her boyfriend, Nick Surick who is also the horse's trainer. Rev It Now paid $5.80 for win. With her victory Ms. Miller is tops in points in the NAADA trotting series. With just two legs remaining her 59 points is seven better than Alan Schwartz's 52. Rounding out the top five are;Bob Hechkoff (40),Tony Verruso (35) and Paul Minore (22). It's just a shame that the mainstream media doesn't pick up this story of a young woman defeating her male colleges in a sport completely dominated by men. Her triumph at Freehold was her seventh in 22 starts this season and the talented lady has been first or second twelve times driving along with a .460 average. By John Manzi for NAADA

When Maurice Chevalier sang "thank heaven for little girls for they grow bigger every day"; little did NAADA president Joe Faraldo know how true those words were until the USA-French Friendship Competition was completed at The Meadowlands on Friday night (April 24) when America's Hannah Miller won the final leg of the event which vaulted the USA team to a harness racing victory 107-96. Miller reined Jacks to Open to a 1:57.1 triumph which was the second conquest by a girl in the four -race competition. The USA's Monica Banca had won the first leg at Yonkers Raceway last Tuesday (April 21). The girls really came through for us," Faraldo admitted, and then added that winning or losing never really comes into play because amateur racing is a good excuse for human relations. But don't get me wrong, winning is still preferred." After the French team was licensed in New Jersey they had a tour of the new Meadowlands grandstand before they put on their battle gear and readied for the competition in the first race on the betting card. Going into the race it appeared the USA team had the stronger steeds in the 10-race contest and although Hannah Miller's horse got the late money and was sent away as the favorite it took a confident drive by the young lady to get him to the winners circle. When the wings of the staggered starting gate folded Bob Hechkoff gunned his Bambino Hall to the lead from the 10-hole and they had control in a :28.2 opening stanza. Meanwhile Miller and Jacks To Open found a position along the pylons in the back of the field. Hechkoff was forced to keep after his trotter because Picture Perfect (Steve Oldford) was getting plenty of fresh air challenging while on the limb. Smartly, Ms Miller moved Jacks To Open second-up a behind cover supplied by Picture Perfect at the halfway point as the timer flashed :56.4. Oldford's trotter kept going forward which also moved Jacks To Open closer to the lead as the field passed the three quarters. On the final turn Miller moved her charge three-deep and they trotted around Picture Perfect and then took aim at Bambino Hall who had scooted away to a four-length lead at the top of the long homestretch. Perhaps it was the quick pace in the early going that took a toll on the Hechkoff's trotter but as they headed for paydirt Jacks To Open ranged alongside the leader and then spurted away to score a one length triumph over Bambino Hall. Third place was garnered by 55-1 long shot Bloomfieldcantifly, driven by yet another girl, France's Sophie Blanchetiere. The winner, owned by KDM Stables and trained by Nick Surick, paid $4.40 for win. Hannah Miller continues to ride her amazing hot streak. Her record this season now stands at six wins in 21 starts with 12 of those 21 races resulting in an in-the-money finish. In her fledgling career, Miller has won 15 of 41 starts. After her victory which gave the USA the upper hand against their French counterparts Hannah was asked how she felt. "I feel great now but I was a little worried before the race because Perfect Picture won in (1):55.2 last week", she said. "But the race set-up right for me. When he (Perfect Picture) got hung out I saw an opportunity and took advantage of it by moving second-up at the half and then following cover all the way to the top of the stretch. In the lane my horse was the strongest and at the finish we were the best." Now that the competition is over, on Saturday night (April 25) NAADA will treat their guests to a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty on the World Yacht. Then on Sunday the French amateurs will head for home. by John Manzi for NAADA

After driving a winner in the first leg of the seven-month C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series at Pompano Park last Saturday, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford was back in the winners circle at Northfield Park on Thursday (April 23) after the completion of the second leg of the seven month series. Up behind his own Bold Strike, Oldford took no prisoners and used the front-end route to score an easy three-length victory in a time of 1:59.2. For the Croswell, Michigan automotive manufacturer rep marked his 103rd career win. He (Bold Strike) was full of trot and when the gate sprung he was in high gear so I just let him ramble,"Oldford said via phone after the race. "We had an easy lead and were never seriously challenged throughout the mile." Perhaps no serious challenges arose because after the :28.2 first quarter Oldford kept the pedal to the metal as Bold Strike trotted the next three quarters in :30 and a piece to lead Pembroke Snapshot and driver "Hot-Handed Hannah" Miller to the finish wire. Third place went to Good Friend driven by "Lawbook Larry" Farley. Although Oldford was pleased with his driving victory he couldn't say enough nice things about Hannah Miller who is beginning to make a name for herself as an excellent harness driver. "She's won quite a few races lately against some veteran amateur drivers and wherever she races she's usually the one to beat," he said. "She did a masterful job tonight with her trotter despite having to start from the eight hole. She gunned him out of there and found the two hole and got a good journey. However, my horse was strong on the lead... but she was second best." For Oldford, USHWA's Amateur Driver of the Year in 2013, it was his second consecutive driving victory and third in his last five starts. Already Oldford has six winners this season and has his sights on winning more than19 races which is his most prolific output since he started amateur driving in earnest in 2006. John Manzi

Hannah Miller sat a pocket and waited until the long homestretch to send Rev It Now to a 2:00.4 victory in her division of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's trotting series sixth leg presented at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, April 16. And although Alan Schwartz used an overland journey from the half with Bad I Am he sparked similar results in their 2:00.3 triumph. For Ms. Miller it marked her third consecutive victory in the NAADA series after having been victorious at Monticello Raceway and Freehold Raceway in previous weeks. In her $6000 non-wagering split, Miller appeared to have the best trotter in the race and like she has done often this season, she gave Rev It Now a picture-prefect drive. She waited patiently in a pocket until the homestretch at which point she urged her trotter to overtake the pace-setter, Gimme The Loot, driven Joe Faraldo, and then hold off a late charge by Tony Verruso with Sam's Honeybee. At the wire Rev It Now was a solid one-length winner over Sam's Honeybee who photo-ed out Gimme The Loot for the place money. The 9-year old altered son of Revenue S is owned by Miller, her boyfriend, Nick Surick and her dad, Erv Miller. Schwartz, too, has been hot-handed of late with three wins in his last five starts. The 68 year old former Marine, is also one of the sport's top amateur drivers,currently with 580 career wins. In his division Schwartz left softly from the four-hole and as the field neared the halfway point he had Bad I Am out following the cover on the limb provided by Steve Oldford with Starsaboveallerage. Oldford's trotter cleared the pace-setter, Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff), before the final turn and then braced for Schwartz with Bad I Am. Starsaboveallerage was determined by Bad I Am wore him down in the final strides to score a head victory. SF Ciro with Matt Zuccurello at the lines, finished third, some 4 lengths behind the top two. For Bad I Am, it marked the trotter's fourth win in his last five starts. The 4 year old Prayer I Am gelding, is owned by his driver. Still the buzz is all about Hannah Miller. Not since Jordan Stratton displayed his talents in the amateur ranks has anyone opened the eyes of the railbirds as does Miller. The 23 year old female phenom now has won four of her last five starts and she will be counted on the bolster the United States team in the upcoming U.S.A- French Amateur Competition which gets underway on Tuesday, April 21 at Yonkers Raceway. For that matter so will Schwartz who has driven successfully in amateur competitions in many of the European countries, as well as Canada and New Zealand. John Manzi

The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series kicks off its 34rd season at Pompano Park on Sat., April 18 followed by a contest at Northfield Park on Thurs. April 23. Then, almost weekly, there will be races for amateur harness racing drivers at various racetracks in the United States and Canada through late November. Again the Billings will be run under the auspices of the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association. The series which began in the early 1980's is considered the Grand Circuit of Amateur Racing. Known for its constant traveling sideshow over the years some of the best amateur drivers in North America compete, or have competed, in it. And because of the success of the Billings Series it has spawned various local amateur driving organizations. "We are again going this year with the five separate series format. We believe it was well received by members new and old last year so we thought it a good idea to give it another whirl," said Billings Series president Tony "the Capo" Verruso . Verruso is referring to having five divisions of short series instead of having a seven-month year-long event. "The Eastern Regional and the Midwest Regional will each have two short series and there will also be a Travel Series. And each will have a series ending finale," Verruso added. "On the whole, participation was definitely up last racing season and we did also get some new quality members. Our goal this year is to continue that trend and we hope the new slot money being infused into Ohio will go a long way to rebuilding that driving base for us." Obviously, the eastern division will encompass racetracks in the east while the western division will feature races at tracks in the Midwest. There will be a travel division with events in both East and Midwest and a few racetracks in Canada will host Billings events thus making the Billings a true international amateur Series. "The beauty of this format will allow everyone to race in any division. However, the points earned in each division will be calculated in that division only," Verruso explained. "And the European Point System will again be used to tally each participant's points." Again there will be Billings Gold and Silver Cup Finals at the end of the season and they will take place at Harrah's Philadelphia on November 22. As usual, only drivers can be nominated to the Billings Series; horses have to meet the certain series criteria. A complete listing of conditions and nominating costs can be had by contacting Verruso at sulkyracer@hotmail.com or Billings Series VP, Steve Oldford at steveoldford@oldford.biz. One can also get pertinent information on the Delvin Miller Harness Driving Series on the USTA website under amateur racing. But remember, nominations by mail close on April 18. However, late nominations can always be made but at an additional cost. John Manzi for the Billings Series

Hannah Miller is on a roll. The 23- year- old daughter of top harness racing trainer Erv Miller is showing the racing world that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and she is making a name for herself in a sport dominated by men. On the wet and dreary Thursday (April 9) afternoon in New York's southern Catskill Mountains, Miller reined Rev It Now to a 2:02 triumph over a soggy racetrack in the fifth leg of the North American Amateur Driver Trotting Series which was held at Monticello Raceway. It was the second consecutive NAADA victory for the Miller-Rev It Now connection after they scored a 2:01.1 triumph at Freehold Raceway on April 5. And it was the third consecutive triumph for Ms. Miller having been victorious with Jacks To Open in an amateur contest at the Meadowlands on April 3. Undeterred against a field of all male drivers on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Miller and Rev It Now started from the five-hole and left to find a spot along the pylons on the first turn .They settled in fifth position as Bob Hechkoff and Tagmaster scooted to the lead from the five hole as the wings of the mobile gate folded. Alan Schwartz, with betting favorite Bad I Am from post two, was content to be in the cat-birds seat from the get-go and watched as Hechkoff parked-out Swift Blizzard (Bob Davis) and refused to let him go. Joseph Lee, after reining a 183.00 winner earlier on the card, held fourth place with Miss Directed. The field was still in that line-up as they passed the half at which point Miller moved Rev It Now to the outside and up moved closer to Swift Blizzard who was getting lots of fresh air on the limb. Miller got Rev it Now revved-up as the field trotted toward the third stanza and she kept her trotter in high gear as they went three-deep around Swift Blizzard before she moved down alongside Hechkoff and Tagmaster on the final turn which posed a real problem for Alan Schwartz and Bad I Am. "Early on I thought I was going to have the best of it with a 2-hole trip but when Bob Davis' trotter didn't tire and Hannah went three deep around the horses in front of her, I never saw daylight until the passing lane appeared," Schwartz said after the race. In the lane Rev It Now was still wide-open and he. carried Miller to a one and one quarter length victory. Schwartz and Bad I Am used the passing lane but the heavy going on the inside of the racetrack caused by the rainy afternoon hindered Bad I Am in the deep stretch and they had to settle for second money. Tony Verruso came from far back with Flirting Duezy to finish third. Tagmaster faded to fourth. "When I Moved Rev It Now three wide up the backside I didn't want cover at that point and I just let him ramble," Miller said. "We never cleared Tagmaster until we straightened for home but when we did my horse got brave, kept at his business and we were easy winners. "He's a nice horse and even at 9 years old he's still go it." Miller co-owns the winner with her dad Erv Miller and her boyfriend, Nick Surick. Rev It Now paid $7.00 for win. It seems that Hannah Miller is peaking at the right time because she will be needed when the North American Amateur Drivers Association hosts a contingent of talented French Amateur drivers during the week of April 21. The French contingent will be led by the talented lady driver Sophie Blanchetiere, who is the reigning amateur champion in France and winner of more than 250 races.. Being among the drivers that NAADA will be counting on in the US-France competition Miller was asked if she will be intimidated by Sophie Blanchetiere's prowess when they go head to head. Miller just smiled and said "Bring on Sophie!" Races in the U.S.- French Amateur Competition will be at Yonkers (April 21), Monticello (April 22), Freehold(April 23) and at the Meadowlands on April 24. John Manzi

By now Hannah Miller is used to competing against the boys. And since she's among the few female amateur drivers in the United States she more than holds her own against her harness racing counterparts. At Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon in a leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) trotting series Ms. Miller wore down the pace-setter and then held off a late charge by the betting favorite to score a hard fought head victory with Rev It Now in a time of 2:01.. After the race got underway Ms. Miller allowed Rev It Now to coast away from the gate and watched Tagmaster ( Bob Hechkoff) and Wygant Prince (Paul Minore) circle them on the first turn. At the first panel, which was trotted in :29.1, Tagmaster had command followed closely by Wygant Prince. Miller was content to be in third position at that point, but when Hechkoff grabbed leather she was out and moving while Minore chose to stay put in the cat-bird seat. Still third at the halfway point Miller's veteran trotter kept grinding toward the lead but they were second on the limb at the three quarters. However the only lead Miller's charge had came at the wire after Rev it Up trotted by Tagmaster in mid-stretch and then held off the late rally by Wygant Prince to score a head triumph over Minore's trotter. Rev It Now, a 9 year old altered son of Revenue S is owned by her driver along with the Nick Surick and the Erv Miller Stables. Sent off as second choice in the wagering Rev It Now paid $6.40 to win. Watching all the action in that contest while himself chasing the leaders and finishing fifth with Gimme The Loot, NAADA president Joe Faraldo said he is impressed with Hannah Miller's talent. "Being Erv Miller's daughter she has good breeding," Faraldo said jokingly. "I mean,she grew up in the sport and she has solid knowledge of harness racing. And she drives a horse really well, too. However, she'll be moving up in class later this month when NAADA hosts the French Amateur Drivers in an international competition. Hannah will get to compete against another top female driver and the reigning French Amateur Champion, Sophie Blanchetiere whose won over 350 races. We're counting on Hannah to bolster our NAADA team in that competition." John Manzi for NAADA  

Of course it's early but it appears that harness racing drivers Alan Schwartz and Bob Hechkoff have the top two horses in the eight-leg trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association. In the third NAADA leg at Yonkers Raceway last night (March 26) which Schwartz won with Bad I Am in a 2:00.4 clocking while Hechkoff followed suite winning with Tagmaster in 2:01.2. And it marked the second victory for both trotters in the series. It was the second consecutive triumph for Bad I Am after having copped the NAADA- leg at Monticello Raceway a week earlier. Schwartz, who says if he takes his horse back as the gate springs, Bad I Am loses interest. "So after starting from the six-hole I let ramble with hopes of finding a hole but we made the front-end in a relatively soft :29.4, which was a bargain," Schwartz explained. "Once we had the lead I just let him (Bad I Am) cruise and we never had a serious challenge the rest of mile and at the wire we were an easy two- length winner." Former New York Yankee batboy and avid amateur driver, Joe Lee, had a good two-hole journey with Miss Directed but they couldn't make up any ground in the lane and had to settle for second place. In the $6000 contest. Tony Verruso took home the show dough with Flirting Duezy. Bad I Am, purchased last fall by Schwartz, is trained by Raheim Strong. In the other non-wagering division Hechkoff gunned his veteran trotter, Tagmaster, to the lead and once on top they commanded respect and they made every pole a winning one en route to their second victory in the series. Because of interference in the homestretch second place finisher, Grecale AS, was placed fifth which allowed Paul Minore's Swift Blizzard to take home second money. Third place went to Candid Man, driven by Tony Verruso. Tagmaster is owned by Hechkoff's R.B.H Ventures Inc. and trained by Kyle Spagnola. The next leg in the NAADA series is slated for Saturday afternoon, April 4th at Freehold Raceway. John Manzi

Maybe it was home court advantage but regardless of any outside factors, when the second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Trotting Series was declared official, Monticello Raceway- regular Alan Schwartz scored a decisive five-length harness racing victory with his own Bad I Am in a time of 2:03. Taking advantage of the early breakers in the mile Schwartz fired his trotter toward the lead and finally gained command after the first stanza was trotted in :29.4. Once on top Bad I Am was never in trouble and the farther he went the more daylight he opened between himself and the rest of the field and at the wire Schwartz's trotter was an easy five-length winner over Flirting Deuzy, driven by Tony Verruso. Perter Gerry finished third with 41-1 shot Candid Man. "We got away with an easy one after Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff) and a few others went off-stride at the start of the race," Schwartz said. "Although we had to work hard to get the lead but when we cleared Tony (Verruso driving Flirting Deuzy) we never had a serious challenge to rest of the mile." Now with a win and a second place finish in the first two legs, Schwartz is the current point leader in the three track series which will continue at Yonkers Raceway on March 26. John Manzi

Plans are in the works for a gala affair to be celebrated at harness racing's Goshen Historic Track around the running of this years Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2. To be used as a fundraiser for the world's oldest harness race track and National Historic Landmark, a Kentucky Derby-style party will be offered from 3pm-8pm on that first Saturday in May This is a fundraising project of Goshen Historic Track in its continuing efforts to carry on the heritage of Goshen and contributions to the harness racing industry. Plenty of entertainment, good food, music, dancing and even a Ladies Hat Contest will be in the offering, as well as the ability to wager on the Kentucky Derby and other races presented on that number one race card in North America. Waging will be available at Delanceys Restaurant, which is adjacent to Historic Track and is an outlet of the Catskill Regions' Off-track betting network. Party-goers will be able to wager on their choices and view the races from Louisville, KY that afternoon and watch the action on two monstrous television screens which will be set-up for the attending crowd. "The entire afternoon will center around the running of the Kentucky Derby and fun for all that attend. For further information please contact Historic Track office at 845.294.5333. by John Manzi for Historic Track

The first leg of the three track trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association was contested at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon, March 14 and when the judges hung the official signs Jimmy Marshall IV and Bob Hechkoff were each victorious in their respective divisions; Marshall IV with Blazin Delores in 2:01: 4 and Hechkoff with Pounce Hanover in 2:03. Blazin Delores had drawn the pole position and young Marshall gunned her to the lead and they got away with a soft first stanza when betting favorite Rev It Now (Hannah Miller) made a break after the start. As Blazin Delores trotted to the halfway point David Glasser with CSI What's My Name moved out to pick up the pace but they never cleared the leader. Marshall's mare still was in command and kept Glasser's charge at bay and when the straightened for home Blazin Delores was still strong and finished an easy two-length winner over CSI What's My Name. Keystone Sadie finished third for Peter Gerry. The winner is owned and trained by Laurie Molnar. She paid $6.20 for win. A second NAADA Trotting division was won in similar fashion when Bob Hechkoff took no prisoners and went down the road with Pounce Hanover from the pole position and rebuffed an early challenge from Bad I Am which forced driver Alan Schwartz to take a seat. Once Schwartz took the two-hole, Hechkoff's trotter was left alone in command and had clear sailing until the three quarters where challenges amounted. Schwatz moved alongside Hechkoff's charge and from far back came a hard-charging Windell Winkie and driver Tony Verruso rallying three- deep on the final turn. They were nearly side by side as they rambled through the lane and a photo was needed to determine the order of finish.The camera caught Pounce Hanover a head better than Bad I Am and Windell Winkie was another head back in third place, all three trotters timed in 2:03. Pounce Hanover is owned by Hechkoff's R.B.H Ventures, Inc and trained by Virgil Morgan. He rewarded his backers with a $4.40 win mutuel. The next leg will be contested at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, March 19. In the upcoming months the NAADA members will represent the USA in international amateur driving competitions against the French in April and the Spaniards in June. John Manzi for Naada

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi.    Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region’s most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed.   This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a “who’s who” of harness racing.   Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway’s man of the hour has always been John Manzi.   But alas, all good things must come to an end.  And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call.   Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY.   Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments  and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event.    Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more.   This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.   Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair.   To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com.   by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Without a doubt, when harness aficionados think of the hardest working, most dedicated and creative publicity hound in the business, without a doubt they think of John Manzi. Known for his affable demeanor, wacky promotions, and as Master of Ceremonies of some of the Catskill region's most memorable awards banquets, JM in the PM has never disappointed. This list of individuals that Manzi and his Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA have honored over the last several decades reads like a "who's who" of harness racing. Whether he was racing camels versus elephants, or crowning the King of the Matzos, Monticello Raceway's man of the hour has always been John Manzi. But alas, all good things must come to an end. And after 40 years of bright lights and big laughs, Hall of Famer Manzi is going to take a well-deserved curtain call. Friends of John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled retirement party for the beloved harness racing writer and publicist on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. Tickets are just $75 each and will include a catered buffet, refreshments and a very special keepsake to commemorate the event. Plan on joining your friends at 4pm that afternoon in the William Haughton Hall for a great time with lots of belly laughs, a slide show of memorable Manzi moments, and much, much more. This is sure to be one of the most fun-filled, talked-about events of the summer...interested parties are urged to get your tickets early to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sponsorships are available in a variety of denominations, and will go a long way to ensuring that this is a very special affair. To purchase tickets or provide a sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com. by Chris Tully for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame            

The upcoming NAADA Trotting Series, which is currently underway, will arguably be a training ground and hopefully ready the U.S. amateurs for international harness racing competitions against a French contingent In late April followed by contests against the Spanish amateurs in early June. "The dates have been set and the final details are being worked out in order to host our amateur friends who will be coming from across the sea," noted NAADA president Joe Faraldo . "It will be the first time that we (America) will race against our French counterparts on American soil." After checking the credentials of the French amateurs it appears that NAADA reps will have to be at the top of their game because the French are loaded with power. Sophie Blanchetiere is the reigning French amateur champion, a title earned for the second consecutive year. She has driven over 352 winners. And France's Romain Poree won the World Championship last year and is a three- time world champion Add to their prowess, teammates Michel Poirier and Christophe Roszak and the French will field four drivers who are in the top ten of the French Championships. Life for the NAADA reps (yet to be named) will continue to be interesting, to say the least, because on the heels of the French come the talented Spanish amateurs. "I believe the Spaniards have raced in America before against the Maryland amateurs a few years back but it will be the first time that they will be the metropolitan New York area," Faraldo explained. "And looking at the stats they are coming with the NAADA teams have their work cut out for them." Among the Spanish team members is Miguel Vich-Capo winner of the Spanish Amateur Championship in 2014-2013 and 2012. He has driven 174 winners thus far in his illustrious career. He'll be joined by Jauma-Bassa Riera, the winner of the Spanish Breeders Crown and a winner of 124 races. And Agustin Mascaro-Pou, a police officer who is the general secretary of F.E.G.A.T (the Euorpean Federation of Amateur Racing) has 28 wins. Also among the Spanish invaders are Juan Antonio-Horrach-Moya, an art merchant with 26 wins and Bernado Jauma-Cirer, a manufacturer and winner of 25 races. Races in the international competitions against the French are scheduled at Yonkers, Freehold and Monticello Raceways and at the Meadowlands. The race tracks where the Spanish amateurs will vie with NAADA are not yet finalized. By John Manzi for NAADA

Friends of Hall of Famer John Manzi would like to invite you to a fun-filled evening of camaraderie and story-telling on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Together, along with some special guests, we will break bread, enjoy refreshments, and laugh with JM in the PM himself. It would be difficult to list all of the people who John has honored and entities he has helped support over the last four decades. It is our hope that many of those same harness industry leaders will be on hand to wish Mr. Manzi well. The festivities begin at 4 pm, will serve to commemorate John's 40+ years in the harness racing industry and double as a retirement party for one of the hardest working publicists this sport has ever known. SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015...and stay tuned for exciting additional information about this event. For more details on attendance and sponsorship, please call Janet Terhune at 740-815-4343 or Email: janet.terhune@gmail.com The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

When Eddie Lohmeyer was a youngster he always knew he wanted a career in harness racing. At the age 12 he worked with his uncle, Al Manzi-Catello's father-- who at that time trained horses at the fabled Good Time Park in Goshen NY and every chance he had, Lohmeyer would go to a training or racing facility to work with the horses. And it was understandable since he was a member of a large harness racing family which not only included his dad and brother, but three uncles and five cousins, including yours truly. Upon graduating Monticello High School in 1961 Lohmeyer never even gave a thought about college opting instead to train and drive harness horses,. Right from the reel Eddie showed that he had talent and as a youngster he developed into an outstanding driver and showed he could handle a race horse with the best of the seasoned veterans. Though barely out of his teens Lohmeyer was off to an burgeoning career as a harness driver but all was interrupted when in the mid-1960's Uncle Sam said: "Here I Am". And given the choice after being drafted, Lohmeyer opted to join the proud Marines and served in Vietnam. Upon retuning to the States after his tour of duty, Lohmeyer picked up where he left off. He won driving titles at Green Mountain Park, Freehold Raceway, Atlantic City Raceway, Liberty Bell Park and Monticello Raceway and his stable grew larger and more powerful. But Lohmeyer was smarter than most in that he also possessed a great business acumen. And his talent for training, driving and buying and selling race horses, has paid major dividends. His first great horse was his dad's homebred colt, Eddy Jeff, named for him and his brother Jeffrey. Eddy Jeff was the leading money winning two year old pacer in the nation in 1971 when the colt earned in excess of $110,000. Hooking up with such patrons as Stonegate Farms, Bob Tucker; John Stoddard; Peter Heffering; John Van Kirk; and even former Secretary of the Treasury, Bill Simon, Lohmeyer, a kid from the country developed into a class act, a persona that has followed him throughout his career.. By 1980 Lohmeyer had driven over 2000 winners mostly in an era where the opportunity to race horses was limited to just eight or nine months a year. Over the years he has developed some of the biggest names in racing. Horses like Pacific Rocket; Pacific Fella, Landslide, Nuclear Siren, Mickie Rodney Skipper Dexter, Dunroven, Pacific Dynasty, Joanna's Time and others too numerous to mention have vaulted Lohmeyer to the top of the game and he is one of the most respected horsemen competing today. Now, in his sixth decade in the standardbred industry, in recent years Eddie turns the lines over to some of the sports top catch-drivers, which also included his cousin, Cat Manzi, that is, before the Catman retired from driving. Lohmeyer will admit that one of his all time favorite horses was Eddy Jeff, obviously because the colt was a family pet and the first star of his illustrious career. But when asked flat out, he will tell you that from the countless horses he has developed or has been involved with in the nearly 55 years he's been in the game, Pacific Fella is his all-time favorite even choosing him over his $2.33 million earner, Pacific Rocket. "Pacific Fella was gritty and a great race horse. In fact he set the Hoosier Park track record of 1:48:2 in 1998 and it wasn't until 2010 that the record was lowered," he boasts. "Still his (Pacific Fella) race time is the third fastest ever there. Lohmeyer's career could fill a book or even be good fodder for a movie, and to single out a few of his wonderful experiences is no easy task. But of all the champions he has come across in his lifetime none is finer than his lovely and accomplished wife, Dr. Patty Hogan, the extraordinary veterinarian of Smarty Jones and Afleet Alex fame. In an industry where owners often change trainers to this day, after nearly 45 years, Lohmeyer still trains horses for Bob Tucker's Stonegate Farm. In fact last year Tucker's 2 year old pacing filly sensation, Ideal Nuggets, trained by Lohmeyer, took a record of 1:50.2 ,earned nearly $190,000, and figures to be among the best sophomore pacing fillies during the 2015 campaign. "I guess I've been blessed in all aspects of my life," he admits . "I've had some great horses over the years and no way am I ready to hang up my colors. Who knows, that Hambletonian or Little Brown Jug winner may come from my barn one of these days." by John Manzi, his last story as Pr Director for Monticello Raceway  

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