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Audre J. "Tete" King, Stoneboro, PA, passed away with her family at her side on Wednesday, November 25, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh after a brief illness. She was 68.   Born March 30, 1947, in the former Mercer Cottage Hospital, she was a daughter of Harold M. and G. Maxine Sharp Dunkle.   "Tete," as she was known by all, was a lifelong resident of Stoneboro, who grew up helping her dad with his racehorses and became a trainer and owner of Standardbreds. She and her late husband, Richard, operated King Stables and raced at The Meadows, Northfield, Buffalo and many of the Pennsylvania fairs over the years.   In recent years, her top horses were trotters OWH and Churchstretstation.   Tete was the race secretary at the Great Stoneboro Fair for many years, as well as for many other county fairs throughout the state, most recently in Washington and Waynesburg, PA.   She was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.   Tete loved helping others, whether it was family, friend, or a complete stranger, she had the ability to put people at ease. She became an emergency medical technician in 1976 and went on to become an EMT instructor and then a paramedic, during which time she worked for Lakeview and Rural Metro ambulance services.   Her husband, Richard A. King, preceded her in death on March 6, 2013.   She is survived by: two children, Jody R. McClearn and her husband William, and Jason A. Clark and his companion Katherine Dorn, all Stoneboro; three grandsons, Tyler J. McClearn, Stoneboro; Jacob M. Clark, Pittsburgh; and Alex H. Clark, Clearwater, Fla.; and five sisters, Marline I. Leghart and her husband Steve, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Maxine L. Redfoot and her husband John, Stoneboro; Madine R. Wygant and her husband Joseph, Sandy Lake; Polly A. Wright and her husband Ronald, Stoneboro; and Alexa J. Schell and her husband Mark, Sandy Lake. In addition to her parents and husband, a brother Harold M. "Skip" Dunkle, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Calling hours are 7-9PM today (11-27-15) and 1-4 and 7-9PM. Saturday (11-28-15) at the Scott A. Black Funeral Home, 99 Franklin Street, Stoneboro, PA. The funeral will be at 2PM Sunday (11-29-15) in the funeral home. Jeff Zidek  

 One of the most widely respected and enthusiastic supporters of harness racing in New Zealand, Kerry Hoggard died late yesterday in Auckland. One of the largest owners in the industry in New Zealand, Kerry raced all his stock under the Rosslands Stud banner with a lot of success from the showplace training facility he established at Clevedon. Gareth Dixon and latterly John and Joshua Dickie trained his horses from the Clevedon property with a lot of success. Kerry became heavily involved in the administration side of harness racing, bringing his business acumen to the table in an industry which badly needed it. He joined the Board of the Auckland Trotting Club in 2003 and became the president in 2012. Kerry served on the board of Harness Racing New Zealand, but stepped down just recently  Kerry was the driving force behind the hugely successful Nufarm. Kerry Hoggard ended a near 50-year relationship with Nufarm this year, having helped it grow from a small local fertiliser firm to a listed entity with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales. Mr Hoggard, who started with the company in 1957 before eventually becoming chief executive in 1987, and later chairman until 2009, resigned as a Nufarm director in February this year. But it was off that beaten track and on to the horse track where Mr Hoggard was busiest, despite his stepping down as chairman of the Racing Integrity Unit in early 2013. Mr Hoggard maintains a role as chairman of Alexandra Park, the home of Auckland Trotting Club, which in February unveiled an ambitious $200 million property development for the carpark adjacent to the ASB Showgrounds. Alexandra Park is celebrating its 125th year of harness racing but sees the move as an opportunity to ensure a long-term future for the club. The proposed development will comprise of high-end retail space over four buildings with 231 apartments above, ranging in price from $550,000 to $1.6 million. It will cost more than $205 million, with the club’s borrowing expected to reach up to $186 million. Members of the club voted in the plan’s favour at a special meeting, which Mr Hoggard described as the most significant in the club’s history. The Blues Super Rugby franchise also committed to leasing a $4 million high-performance training facility at Alexandra Park the racing club will build and own.. “The board is unanimous it can deliver,” Mr Hoggard was reported as saying. “There is no second prize in this exercise." Kerry Hoggard is survived by his wife Marilyn and son Andrew. Harnesslink Media  

Col. Keith E. Willey, 81, of Herald died Sept. 27, 2015 after a three-month battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 7, 1934 in Cherokee, Iowa. Col. Willey had resided in Sacramento County 43 years, 26 of which were spent in Herald. He served as a full-time military officer in the California National Guard , retiring in August 1992. He began as a national guardsman in 1953 and also served as air defense commander and comptroller with the California State Military Department. He was a horseman and worked as a driver, trainer, breeder and owner of standard bred race horses. He was a self-taught computer guru, photographer, pilot, music lover of old country music, a Mr. Fix-it, and cowboy at heart, who liked challenges. Surviving him are his wife Deborah Willey and son Kenneth Willey, plus numerous dogs, cats and horses. A military service will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Ben Salas Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.   Robin Clements-CHHA

Freehold, NJ --- A spokesman for the Fayette County (Kentucky) Coronor’s office has confirmed the death of Ole Bach, 57, following a motor vehicle accident Thursday night (Oct. 1) on Red Mile Road in Lexington. Bach, a bloodstock agent and owner of Danam Bloodstock, was struck by a car while crossing Red Mile Road Thursday night at about 10:45 p.m. He was treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. A native of Denmark, Bach lived in the United States for several decades, and made his home in New Jersey. He leaves a wife, Becky and three children, a young adult son and twin daughters in elementary school. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

BANGOR, Maine — Police have released the identity of the racetrack employee who was killed Wednesday in an accident at Bangor Raceway. Edwin “Ed” Reynolds, 64, of Machias died Wednesday afternoon after a starting gate vehicle struck him while he was on the track, Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton confirmed in a Thursday morning news release. Reynolds was a longtime employee at the track, where he did groundskeeping and managed the stables, according to previously published reports. He was active in the racing community, owning and breeding horses as well.   An internal investigation has been launched, and Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway officials are cooperating with Bangor police and fire personnel and Maine State Police, according to company spokesman Dan Cashman. Races at the Bangor track scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date, Cashman said. Cashman has said the company planned to bring in grief counselors to help employees. Bangor police said they would release no further information Thursday about the incident. By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff Reprinted with permission of the site Watch for udpates. Follow Nick McCrea on Twitter at @nmccrea213.

Dominick Bologna, 79 formally of New City, and Queensbury, NY and most recently of Armonk, NY. Died on Aug. 27, 2015. He was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up in the Arthur Avenue area. Dominick graduated from Manhattan Needle Trade High School. In 1955, he joined the Army and served in the United States and Korea until 1958. After being discharged, he joined the New York Police Department where he worked for 20 years. Dominick worked as a detective in the 4th Homicide Squad and Major Crime Task Force for 12 of those 20 years. While Dominick was a member of the NYPD, he attended Rockland Community College where he received an Associates degree and then St. Thomas Aquinas College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975.   In 1982 Dominick retired from the NYPD and went to work for the New York State Racing Board as an investigator. During the time that he worked for the board, he was asked to develop and initiate a drug testing and substance abuse program which is still in effect in New York State. He retired in October 2006. Dominick always tempered his work with licensees who had substance abuse problems with humanity, knowing that at times its frailties. He helped many people return from their demons knowing that the path for many of those he helped travelled through expected relapses. Dominick never lost faith in the human spirit to overcome even when those he was trying to help concocted some real good stories to avoid their own self-inflicted problems. He was indeed a good man himself and many in racing owe their second and third chances to his compassion.   Dominick was predeceased by his parents Olympia and Harry Bologna. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, of 56 years and his daughters, Carol Ierace (Bob) of Valhalla, NY and Donna Cooke (Derry) of Queensbury, NY and three grandchildren, Taylor Cooke, Robert Ierace and Alexandra Cooke who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his siblings, Nancy Capozzi (Ralph - deceased) of Yonkers, NY, Harry Bologna of Largo, Florida, Linda Ferri (Albert) of New Hyde Park, NY and Michael Bologna (Josephine) from Berthiob, Colorado. He also leaves behind his in - laws, many nieces and nephews and close friends that he considered family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer's Association or charity of choice  

Columbus, OH --- Richard L. Farrington of Longwood, Florida passed away peacefully on August 20, 2015 at the age of 89. Richard married his soul mate, Dorothy, on April 18, 1953. Richard was a veteran of World War II, and served three years as a mechanic in Japan. In 1955, Dick joined his brother, Bob Farrington, in the family harness racing business. They worked as a team for many years. But in 1973, Dick and Dorothy paired up with Lloyd Arnold and set their sights high for the Grand Circuit. Dick always said his favorite thing was breaking colts and getting them ready for their stake races, and that he did. He did a wonderful job of it bringing along such horses as Warm Breeze, Laag, Iced Tea, Solid Fuel, and Tender Loving Care. Warm Breeze who was not expected to ever race, became the fastest race horse in history in 1977 holding the all-time world record in 1:53.1. In 1979, Tender Loving Care became the fastest female in harness racing history winning in 1:52.4. And Laag, who still holds the world record for a dead heat in 1:51.2 at The Red Mile with Jaguar Spur in 1987. After leaving the business and retiring to Florida, Dick and Dorothy became crossing guards at a local school for 10 years and were food demonstrators at Costco. Dick enjoyed his retirement by meeting new people, keeping up to date with harness racing, and spending time with his family. He always loved telling stories of his time in the army, growing up with his five siblings on a farm, and his racing experiences. Dick was born on June 24, 1926 to Louie and Francis Farrington whom are both deceased. Dick was raised in Richwood, Ohio. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dorothy (Rollins) Farrington. They had two children, Robin Cruise and Richard Farrington; three grandchildren, Richard and Amy Cruise, and Bryce Farrington; sisters, Marilyn (Tom) Pugh and Sue (Floyd) Carpenter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many who thought of him as a second father. He was preceded in death by brothers Rod, Bob, and Brad Farrington. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and Christian Horsemen’s Association. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. USTA Communications Department 

Harness racing trainer, owner and breeder Tony Azzopardi will always be remembered as a great man. The Maltese-born father of 10 passed away on Saturday, aged 89, following a stint of bad health. He had great success with his horses, particularly one by the name of Double Agent. Although Tony did not train 'Old Dub', he purchased the pacer from New Zealand in 1974 as a maiden two-year-old for $16,000 - a high five-figure sum in those days. Vic Frost first trained Double Agent for Tony and after many wins together Frost requested the nine-year-old be transferred to trainer-driver Joe Ilsley's care. Frost believed Ilsley's beach training methods would help the gelding's tendon-troubled legs and he was right - it was the start of a new career for Double Agent. At the age of 12, Double Agent went on to win the 1984 Miracle Mile at Harold Park, adding a fairy tale chapter to the feature race as Ilsley was 60 at the time. Double Agent's remarkable career spanned over 10 racing seasons where he amassed $341,907 in stakes from 94 starts, 38 wins and 25 placings. And Tony thought so much of the horse, he not only treated 'Old Dub' like part of the family, he set aside money to ensure the great pacer would be well looked after, just in case anything was to ever happen to himself. Double Agent spent his final years at Tony's property in Marsden Park in Sydney's west and when the grand pacer passed he was buried there. Although Tony did not train Double Agent, he did train some winners, tasting success with the likes of My Soky, Tassie Bromac, Mighty Langus and Western Langus to name a few. Tony arrived in Australia from Malta in 1954 and loved his horses from an early age but with a large family, he had little time other than for work. He first cut cane in Queensland before building up a successful poultry farming business in Eastern Creek and then purchased his property in Marsden Park. A funeral service will be held for Tony this Friday (August 14) at The Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Plumpton, at 10.30am. To all of Tony's family and friends, Harness Racing NSW passes on its deepest condolences. Amanda Rando

Harness Racing Victoria and the Geelong Harness Racing Club are mourning the passing of long time club and industry stalwart Garth Allen. Mr Allen passed away last Wednesday aged 77 years. He was a Life Member of the Geelong Harness Racing Club, also serving as Vice-President for many years, as well as being a regular fixture as Club Steward for Geelong harness racing meetings and trials fixtures. He was also involved as an owner with Ron Anderson and lifetime friend of 63 years Neil Richmond, part-owners of 2013 Hamilton Pacing Cup winner Our Arlington, undefeated 2YO pacer Motu Gatecrasher and the pride of their team, Flaming Flutter, who ran 2nd to Beautide in the 2015 Inter Dominion Grand Final at Menangle. The harness racing industry extends its sympathies to his wife Margaret, daughter Kate and sons Tim, Nigel and Nicky and their extended families. Cody Winnell  

HARRISBURG PA - Murray Janoff, 100, Communicators Hall of Fame member and the last surviving founding member of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday morning in Boca Raton FL.   Janoff, a native of New York City and a World War II veteran who attended a reunion of participants in the famous "Battle Of The Bulge" earlier this year, started his writing career at the Long Island Press in 1936 and worked for the paper until it closed in 1977; he then freelanced for wire services AP, UPI, and Reuters. While at the Press, he also authored a weekly column, Murray Janoff's Locker Room.   Janoff was a founding member of the U.S. Tennis Writers Association (covering the U.S. Tennis Open for 61 years) and the Professional Basketball Writers Association (covering the New York Knicks' first-ever game in 1946 in Toronto). Murray also served as president for writers' associations in four sports. His knowledge and versatility made him a valuable asset to whomever he worked for - such as his prediction of Joe Namath's New York Jets, for whom he was a beat writer, upsetting the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.   Murray was one of the dozen chroniclers of Roosevelt Raceway who met "over hamburgers and beer" after the races on the night of May 8, 1947 to form the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's leading media organization, and was a member for 68 years. (Reportedly, "although he was too modest to admit it," both USHWA and the Tennis Writers Association originated with an idea from him.)   In 2007, Janoff was inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame, the highest honor in the sport that can be bestowed on a member of the media. He was still active in the Florida Chapter of USHWA, for whom he had served a term as President, and is also a member of the Florida USHWA Hall of Fame.   Even in his last years, Janoff retained an excellent memory of many of the great moments in sports for which he had been in attendance, and was also an excellent raconteur. He also enthusiastically shared ideas and good-naturedly debated issues with anyone, virtually all of whom did not possess a fraction of his experience or expertise.   The funeral service for Murray Janoff will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at the Gutterman-Warheit Memorial Chapel, 7240 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton FL. Those wishing to contribute to a charity in Janoff's memory can obtain information by calling Gutterman-Warheit at 561 997 9900.   Jerry Connors    

Harness Racing New South Wales extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Charlie Mercieca after his sudden passing on Thursday June 25. Aged 70, Charlie Mercieca was an accomplished horseman and enjoyed success in and around Sydney. Some of the horses Charlie trained included Identity, Nathan Image, Sheerama and more recently Little Gozzo and Perfect Shot. His last runner was on Friday June 12 when Jodan finished third at Newcastle. Charlie will be missed by his entire family. Charlie's funeral will be on Friday July 3rd at 1pm Our Lady Queen of Peace, Greystanes. The burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery at 2:30pm.  Greg Hayes

Highly respected industry stalwart Eric Hando passed away on Friday at the age of 95. Mr Hando was inducted as a 'Living Legend' of harness racing in 2004 and spent many years running the successful Peak Hill breeding operation Rosewood Stud. The Hando family originally settled in Peak Hill in the 1890s and it was Eric's father, William, who identified the value of stallions with Globe Derby blood. Rosewood Stud stood a number sires including Revlis Peak, Lucky Western, Peak Hill, Silver Peak and Dual Peak and is recognised as the oldest standardbred stud still in operation in Australia. Eric bred the well performed mare Scotirra, a heat winner of the 1966 Inter Dominion at Harold Park. The daughter of Scottish Brigade won the Spring Carnival Handicap in 1963 and went on to win the Spring Cup twice (1965, 1966). In the 1970s Rosewood Stud imported stallions such as Sheer Genius, Quick Return and Tarport Bill as buyers moved away from locally bred sires. Tarport Bill sired the winners of the NSW Derby and NSW Oaks in 1981 with Bondi Bill and Gloomy Lass taking out the respective races, a remarkable feat for a NSW based stallion. The Hando family was named the Bathurst Gold Crown Honourees in 2012 following their significant support of the rich juvenile series since its inception. Eric is survived by his wife of 70 years Dorothy. The couple met at the Peak Hill picture theatre and were later married at St Stephens Church, Peak Hill in 1945. They travelled to Parkes and had their first night of their honeymoon at the Broadway Hotel. They then caught the train to Sydney for a honeymoon of a few days. However Eric's father contacted him to say it was raining at home and he could stay a little longer. Eric and Dorothy had three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Eric Hando's funeral will be held at St Stephens, Peak Hill on Friday June 26 at 11am. Harness Racing New South Wales extends its deepest sympathies to the Hando family and believe Eric's influence on the sport will never be forgotten. Greg Hayes

Former prominent harness racing trainer/driver and Western Australian Trotting Association Life Member Charlie Rifici died last weekend. Charlie’s parents migrated to Perth from Messina in Italy in 1933 with their children Rosina and Sam. Charlie was born in Western Australia in 1934 and grew up in Northbridge where his family ran a delicatessen and grocery store as well as a hair-dressing salon where Charlie’s older brother Sam earned a reputation as one of the country’s best hair-dressers. He played football for Subiaco before being bitten by the trotting bug in the mid-fifties. The first of his 275 winners came courtesy of Jura at Pinjarra on 6th November 1957 and the same horse gave Charlie the first of 147 Perth winners when it won at Richmond Raceway on 3rd March 1958. His last winner came behind Count Aachen at Gloucester Park on 7th December 1979. Count Aachen won eight races including six in Perth while the best horse Charlie trained and drove was arguably Maid Aachen which won seven races in Perth including the 1978 Navy Cup. Charlie won a Bunbury Cup in 1967 with Top Centre while other prolific winners included Look Twice (12 wins), Brunette (10 wins), Billy Brandy (9 wins) and Kia Ora Ku (9 wins). Charlie drove Contravis to win a number of races in Perth for trainer Sam Conti and the combination won a Gloucester Park Horse of the Year title. As an owner Charlie and his wife Mercy raced the outstanding Victorian bred stallion Lake Street with Marcus Michael. Lake Street, named in honour of the Northbridge locality so large in the early life of the Rifici and Michael families, won 18 races and some $166,000 with his biggest win coming in a WA 4&5yo Championship. Lake Street was runner-up in a Golden Nugget Championship and placed in a 2yo WA Sales Classic and 2yo Victorian Sires Stakes final and later in two heats of the 1994 Inter Dominion Championship held in Sydney. Charlie gave back to the industry in a number of ways including some 20 years as a Committeeman of BOTRA, a committeeman of the WA Trotting Association and was also a sponsor of the Rifici Junior Drivers Award at Gloucester Park and was involved in the sponsorship of the Fremantle Harness Racing Club through Signature Security. by Alan Parker

Boynton Beach, FL - Alan Prince, a long time journalist for the Miami Herald, a journalism professor at the University of Miami and 48-year national officer for the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and a harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator inductee, died early Wednesday morning. He was 85. Alan Prince saw his first Standardbred race at Monticello Raceway in 1959 and from that point on he was bitten by the harness racing and journalism bug. He began his newspaper career as sports writer for the New Jersey weekly newspaper, the Union Leader, and soon started covering harness racing events. He then joined the New York City Chapter of USHWA and soon became treasurer for the national group. Anticipating that Pompano Park in Florida would open in 1964, Prince took a position with the Miami Herald covering sports and wore many hats during his 25-year career there. In addition to covering harness racing, Prince was also the Travel Editor for the Miami Herald for fifteen years. When Prince left the Herald in the late 1980s he had already been teaching journalism part-time at the University of Miami which led to a professorship and lectures on journalism. Even in retirement, Prince still professionally edited books and magazine for major publishers. Prince was also the founder of the Florida Chapter of USHWA and served as its president in the late 1960s. Prince was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame as a Communicator in 2007. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the first Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award in 2007 by the New England Chapter of USHWA. Prince also received USHWA's Member of the Year Award in 1986 and later the national group named the award in his honor. Born in Montclair, NJ, Alan Prince was a graduate from New York University with a BA in Journalism. He also served in the US Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. Among his many talents, Alan Prince had also mastered the art of magic and sleight of hand card tricks that brought many a smile to those fortunate to catch his impromptu performances every year at the USHWA gatherings. He was also a major opera fan, listening every Sunday to the live performances at the MET in New York and was a season ticket holder to the Opera Society in Ft. Lauderdale and was an avid baseball fan. He is predeceased by his father, Irving Prince; mother, Rose (Shore) Prince, Plavin; brother, Joseph Prince; sister-in-law, Robin (Samson) Prince; and bother-in-law, Gordon Feltman. He is survived by his sister Carol (Prince) Feltman; brother, Martin Prince; sister-in-law, Andrea (Eisenberg) Prince; and six nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will take place at Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mt Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens 5900 SW 77 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33143 (305) 274-0641. The funeral will begin at 2:30 pm Friday followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Amie Choquette Sunshine Fund, care of the Florida Chapter USHWA, P.O. Box 669273 Pompano Beach, FL 33066 (954) 654-3757. By Steve Wolf, for the United States Harness Writers Association

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 17, 2015 - Veronica "Ronni" Dugan-Julien, of South Hackensack, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2015, at the age of 55 years. Beloved wife for 23 years of Meadowlands judge Lawrence M. Julien, she was the devoted mother of Eleanor Julien of South Hackensack, NJ. She worked as the licensing coordinator for the New Jersey State Racing Commission at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. She was an NJRC employee since 1985. "She worked for the New Jersey Racing Commission for more than 25 years," said Larry Julien. "She tried to help the horsemen. As many of the horsemen know, she fought a long battle with cancer." The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 31 Chamberlain Avenue, Little Ferry, NJ. The family will receive friends at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. She also leaves her sisters and brothers: Kathy McGuire and husband James of Port Monmouth, Michele DelFino and husband Anthony Jersey City, Margaret Dorobis and husband Joseph of Whiting, Patrick Dugan and wife Maryann of Parlin, and John Dugan and wife Sheila of Bayonne. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest donations to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. For more information, visit By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Delaware, OH --- It is with great sadness that the Morgan family announces the passing of Ed Morgan Jr., 75, on June 14, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. “Eddie” as he was known by many, was a sixth generation harness horseman born in Piqua, Ohio, and the son of Ed Morgan Sr. who was a leading driver in the 1940s and 1950s and a very successful trainer. Following in the family footsteps, Mr. Morgan was a leading driver at age 22 at Scioto Downs in the 1960s and held numerous driving titles at tracks in Kentucky and Michigan. Audobon Raceway announcer Robin Burns dubbed him “The Stunner” because he would get out late and win with longshots. Mr. Morgan had 4,724 wins and earnings of $7,689,479. He raced at tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio, ultimately settling in Michigan in the early 1990s. Mr. Morgan was inducted into the Michigan Harness Horseman’s Hall of Fame in 2008 for his tremendous achievements and dedication to the sport of harness racing. Mr. Morgan not only was a successful trainer and driver, but he was an incredible mentor and teacher to many current national leading drivers. Tim Tetrick, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Tony Morgan and Drew Monti are a just a few drivers who were influenced by him. His son, Tony, won national dash winning titles in 1996, 1997, 2006, and 2008 and just won his 15,000th race in March. Tony recalls, “Some people thought Dad was setting horses up for those big wins, but that wasn’t it at all. Dad always raced to get money. He’d put the horses on the fence and sit. He wanted a good trip every time, and he wanted the horses to race forever. Every horse in the barn would get 40 starts a year. That’s the way he raced horses. That’s how he taught me to race horses.” Tim Tetrick, also a national multiple winning dash driver, with 14 Breeders Crown championship wins and winner of more than 8,000 races said, “I was so sad to hear the passing of Eddie Morgan. From the time I was very little, Eddie always went out of his way to talk to me. He would listen and help me figure things out that I was struggling with and was never shy to tell me the truth. Most importantly, Eddie truly believed in me as a driver and because of him I learned to believe in myself. I consider Eddie and Tony Morgan to be family, and we send our condolences to them.” Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who was the North American dash title holder in 2013 and 2014, said, “Eddie was a mentor to me when I first started catch driving. He gave me the opportunity to drive a couple of nice horses when I wasn’t driving any power at the time. He stuck with me through good and bad drives and I always enjoyed our short talks in his truck before the races.” Wrenn raced two well-known class horses for Mr. Morgan, Pearl’s Johnny, who made 309 career starts, and pacing mare Quick Step, who still holds the track record at Hazel Park. Mr. Morgan’s latest protégé is up and coming Buffalo driver, 20-year-old Drew Monti. Mr. Morgan sent his last few horses to the Monti family to race for him the past few years. Monti and Mr. Morgan teamed up with an old class horse named Ophiuchus N for 12 wins that brought them much satisfaction. Monti stated, “Eddie was not only a great horseman, but a great friend. He had an influence on my career that is everlasting, and it was an absolute privilege to know him. He will be missed greatly.” Famous track announcer Sam McKee recalled Mr. Morgan winning the Kentucky Pacing Derby for 2-year-olds at Louisville Downs with a horse named Jake And Elwood. McKee stated, “Eddie always said he’d rather have a has been than a never would be. He was always good at patching together and racing old class horses.” There will be a celebration of Eddie Morgan’s life from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday (June 20) at Sharp Funeral Home, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, Mich. A second celebration will be held on Sunday (June 21) at the Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, Ohio from 1-5 p.m. Edward “Eddie” Morgan Jr. was the son of Edward Sr. and Winifred (Davis) Morgan. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon (Palmer); children, Tony (Penny), Greg (Becky), Jenny, Joe, Kathy Smith and Elizabeth (Robert) Morgan-Smith; brothers, Charles (Dorothy) and Tom (Sue); best friends, Margaret Rousseau and Penny Howard; numerous cherished friends; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Morgan Garrett. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Capital Cardiology of Lansing, Mich. and Dr. David Woltmann. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page at   by Winnie Morgan Nemeth   United States Trotting Assocuation

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