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Columbus, OH --- Thomas Carl Fanning, 87, of Shark River Hills, Neptune, and formerly of Oradell, N.J., died July 19, 2014, at his home. Mr. Fanning was a loving father, beloved husband and an extraordinary man whose family and faith took precedence in his life. He cherished his friendships and had a warm, loving and giving heart. He enjoyed time spent by the sea, wood carving and art-deco painting. Born in Jersey City in 1927 to Techla and Edmund Carl Fanning, he was an avid photographer and radio enthusiast. He graduated from St. Peter’s College High School in 1944, joined the Army Air Corps during World War II, Squadron N 3505th AAF Base Unit and Detach 723d AAF Base Unit. After his service he attended Seton Hall University Business School where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. Mr. Fanning worked in the printing business/sales for Shelby/Miami Systems for 55 years, retiring in 2006. He was founding partner and manager of Hexagon Farm Horse Racing Stable. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Club in Union City, a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Oradell, a 3rd degree Knight at the New Milford K of C St. Joseph’s Council #3814, and a Eucharistic Minister and member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Innocents Church in Neptune. He was married to Enes Lidoli Fanning for 45 years until her death in 1999. Mr. Fanning is survived by his wife, Barbara-Ann, whom he married in 2001; sons, Thomas (Moira), Stephen (Sharon) and Edmund (Lisa); grandchildren, Alyssa, Emma, Veronica, Caroline, Sara, and Brielle; step-children, Denise (Bill) Heitman and Donald (Donna) Tietjen; step-grandchildren, Liam Heitman, John Tietjen, Louis Tietjen and Katie Tietjen; as well as extended family, Renee (Jeffrey) Loprete, Tina (Rich) Jablonowski, Stacy (Max) Guenther, Thomas (Charlotte) Delaura and William, Donald and Paul Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Techla M. Schreck Fanning; father, Edmund Carl Fanning; sisters, Veronica DeLaura and Jean Sullivan; and brother, Bill Schreck. Visitation will be on Tuesday (July 22) from 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday (July 23) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday (July 24) at 10 a.m. at Holy Innocents Church, 3455 W Bangs Ave., Neptune. The Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Rd., Paramus, N.J. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Innocents Church, 3455 West Bangs Ave., Neptune, NJ 07753 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The $5 million Breeders Crown year-end championships will return to Canada in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. Woodbine Entertainment Group has signed a letter of intent to host all 12 events in the fall of next year announced WEG Executive Vice-President of Racing Jamie Martin and Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administrates the series. Woodbine last hosted all 12 races in 2011 and 2012, handling more than $8.5 million on the events, and luring international stars Rapide Lebel and Commander Crowe to compete against North America's greatest trotters - San Pail and Chapter Seven -- for Crown titles that resulted in eventual Horse of the Year honors. Details on dates and format of the events are to be determined.   by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown  

This year we might have the chance to see American trotters participate, like Market Share and Maven! Make your plans now! There's an old saying that you can't get people in horse racing to agree on just about anything, but anyone who's ever been to Stockholm for the Elitlopp agrees it's an experience no harness racing devotee should miss. Quite literally, you've never seen anything quite like it. It's a bit like the Little Brown Jug as you have over 35,000 enthusiastic Swedes and other Europeans cheering on 16 of the best trotters in the world. And the Elitlopp takes place in Stockholm, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, at a time of year when the weather is unbeatable. Many people also enjoy the chance to visit the resplendent Menhammar Stud, Sweden's largest breeding facility, just outside the city. You'll certainly be familiar with many of the stallions there (Maharajah, From Above, Going Kronos, Chocolatier and others). Maybe the best part of the Equitours Elitlopp Tour is that all the details of the trip---lodging, transportation, sightseeing tour----are taken care of for you. All you need to do is enjoy! If you want a reference on Equitours, contact us and we'll be happy to give you the names of others have who enjoyed the Equitours experience, or contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society: (+1) 609 371 2211 or email to * You can get full details on the 5-day trip (4 nights) by clicking here. * If you prefer to have a light program of 3-nights please click here. * If have any questions, or wish book the tour please email The entire Elitlopp experience in Stockholm will be one you'll never forget. Equi Tours Sweden AB | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Fax: +46 (0)40 30 58 05 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

The deadline for ineligible horses to supplement to the Crown was noon Monday, October 7, 2013. There were no supplemental entries. The box closes on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9:00 a.m. [EDT] at Pocono for all 12 divisions of eligible horses. Three-year-olds also have the option of entering the sophomore event to which they were nominated or an Open event. For a list of eligible horses go to by Mora Fanning for the Breeders Crown  

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