Deerfield Beach, FL - The American Harness Race Secretaries concluded their 50th anniversary of meetings on Saturday at the Embassy Suites. The three-days of sessions saw race secretaries, Sire Stakes administrators and staking service people from across North America come to meet and review the calendar dates for the 2015 stakes racing season with nearly 1,800 stakes and added events logged in. The official stakes calendar for North America will not be completed until sometime in January after future review. President for the association is Ian Fleming of Clinton Raceway and Vice-President is Rick Kane of Pocono Downs. On day one John Campbell, president of the Grand Circuit, spoke to the group on the success of the 2014 season. He was pleased to also hear about some new Grand Circuit events developed for the 2015 season. On Friday, David Siegel, president of Trackmaster, gave a presentation on the results of the new automated morning line program and also showed the group the many great features that Trackmaster provides to tracks throughout the United States including added graphic statistics, up to the day program and hyperlinks to each tracks leading drivers and trainers plus also special features that are available. Saturday’s session saw roundtable discussions on many current issues in the racing community on both sides of the boarder. At the closing luncheon, special recognition was given to Recording Secretary, Sharon Hermann and Stakes Administrator Carol Cramer, for the superb job they have done year after year in coordinating everything with the race secretaries and the United States Trotting Association. The association also thanked their many special sponsors of the meetings. They are the USTA, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and the new Meadowlands, Balmoral/Maywood Park, Yonkers Raceway, North American Gentlemen Drivers, Delvin Miller Billings Series, Woodbine Entertainment Group, PHHA, Scioto Downs, Hollywood Dayton, Lexington Select Yearling Sales, Hambletonian Society, Aden Homestead Stable, Pocono Downs, Grand Circuit, The Meadows, Clinton Raceway, Harness Horse Breeders NY, Great Lakes Amateur Driving Club and Buffalo Raceway. From the American Harness Racing Secretaries
Deerfield Beach, FL – The American Harness Racing Secretaries annual meetings will officially get underway Thursday morning at the Embassy Suites at 9:00 am. These meeting are celebrating the 50th anniversary since the association first met. Featuring most of the race secretaries, State Sire Stakes officials and staking service companies from throughout North America, the meetings taking place will all but finalize the 2015 stakes schedule. Despite sunny skies, breezy winds and temperatures at around 80, the group meets daily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to review, make changes, try and avoid conflicts and come away with a tentative schedule for nearly 1,800 stakes and added event races in 2015. President of the association is Ian Fleming, the race secretary at The Raceway Western Fair in Ontario and vice president is race secretary Rick Kane at Pocono Downs. The Recording Secretary is Sharon Hermann, formerly of Buffalo Raceway and the Stakes Administrator is newly elected Hall of Famer Communicator, Carol Cramer, who has attended these meetings for the past 48 years. Thursday evening is the American Harness Racing Secretaries annual dinner. Friday’s special guest presenter is David Siegel, president of Trackmaster and then on Saturday is the 50th anniversary awards luncheon. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
The North American Harness Racing Secretaries annual meetings were held here in Deerfield Beach, Fla., from Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Current President Connie Hochstetler opened the meetings each morning and very successful stakes scheduling sessions followed.