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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  

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 moihambs@aol.com * 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 info@equitours.se The entire Elitlopp experience in Stockholm will be one you'll never forget. Equi Tours Sweden AB | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | www.equitours.se info@equitours.se | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Fax: +46 (0)40 30 58 05 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

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 moihambs@aol.com * 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 info@equitours.se The entire Elitlopp experience in Stockholm will be one you'll never forget. Equi Tours Sweden AB | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | www.equitours.se info@equitours.se | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Fax: +46 (0)40 30 58 05 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

If you're interested in one of the greatest trotting events in the world - the Prix'D'Amerique - in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris, the City of Light, time is running out to join the Equitours group making the trek to this event. There is no easier way to travel through Paris to see the highlights of the country's extraordinary trotting culture. From the spectacular Grosbois Training Center , featuring the French Trotting Museum, to Vincennes Racetrack, and one of the largest horse sales and equine art, jewelry and trade fair in Europe, the trip is one remarkable experience after another. The tour, which begins Thursday, January 23 and ends Monday, January 27, includes plenty of sight-seeing and free time to explore Paris from the base hotel located in the city's famed arts district Montmartre, as well as optional choices to visit Moulin Rouge, the Normandy Stud farms and of course, historic Normandy Beach. For more information contact Moira Fanning (732-306-6713) at mfanning@hambletonian.org, or visit http://www.equitours.se, click the English link and see all details of the trip. Bookings must be completed this week. by Moria Fanning for Equitours  

Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who drew post one in tonight’s $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and was the 5/2 morning line favorite, will scratch from the race, according to trainer George Ducharme. “It’s disappointing,” said Ducharme. “This is not how I wanted to cap the year. He is just not himself and I have to put the interests of the horse first. Nothing specific but he’s been so good to us I don’t want to take the chance of hurting him. I will get him vetted out this week and see if anything is really wrong. “He wasn’t really himself in the second heat of the Futurity and then after the Breeders Crown elim he just didn’t seem like himself. “ Royalty For Life won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity but was fifth in the final heat. In last week’s Breeders Crown elim he finished fourth. Royalty For Life has the most earnings this year of any trotter with $1.2 million. All entrants in the race will move down one slot on the starting gate. The number two, horse All Laid Out, will now start from the rail on through post eight. Head numbers for all horses in the race are unchanged. by Moira Fanning for the Breeders Crown  

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 http://www.hambletonian.org/staking/breeders_crown.html by Mora Fanning for the Breeders Crown  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 26, 2013 - The 2013 Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Scholarships were presented in winner's circle ceremonies at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 26, 2013. Plaques and checks were presented to Caroline Fanning [$5,000], John McDermott [$1,500] and Nicole Coyne [$1,500]. All three honorees are from prominent New Jersey harness racing families. Caroline Fanning, 18, is the daughter of Tom and Moira Fanning of Jackson, NJ. John McDermott, 19, is the son of John and Nancy McDermott of Lyndhurst, NJ. Nicole Coyne, 20, is the daughter of Ron and Regina Coyne of New Egypt, NJ. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ Presenting the SBOANJ scholarships and plaques in the Meadowlands winner's circle on July 26, 2013 were Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] Executive Director Chris Samaha [far left] and SBOANJ Director Ed Razzetti [far right] to Caroline Fanning, Nicole Coyne and John McDermott.   

First Choice Marketing announced today plans to host the 14th Annual Hambletonian Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians, to be held in conjunction with the 88th Annual Hambletonian Festival of Racing in East Rutherford, NJ.

Sustaining payments for all 2-year-old races, including the Fall Final Four at The Meadowlands, Under Saddle Racing Series payments and yearling nominations for all events administered by the Hambletonian Society are due Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Ron Burke sold this year's top money-winning horse heading into Saturday's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series final at Yonkers Raceway, but the harness racing trainer still likes his chances in the $450,000 event.

April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Monday, April 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, April 16.

The Historic Stakes for freshman pacers and trotters will be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia this August. The sophomore events remain at Tioga Downs.

March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society harness racing stake events are due Friday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked no later than midnight on Saturday, March 16.

The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 129 harness racing stake events, headlined by the return of heat racing in the$1 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands and $6 million Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is fast approaching.

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