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Pompano Beach, FL...December 9, 2017...Long time harness racing trainer Paul Bernardo, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 7. The popular Bernardo had just completed installing flooring at his residence and was preparing refreshments when he was stricken. He had a very successful career in harness racing and was in the midst of a very fruitful year in 2017 with a .340 UTRS on the strength of a 31-38-24 scorecard in 177 starts with $215,619 in purses won for his owners. Career-wise, Bernardo made 453 trips to the winner's circle, campaigning a relatively small stable throughout his career stretching more than a quarter century. This semester at Pompano Park, Bernardo campaigned several winners including J Black, Dee's Golden Joy, Dee's Rocketman, Pedro's Dream and Sing For Me George, a current lifetime winner of $474,241 owned by Joseph Martinelli, Sr. of Staten Island, N.Y. Sing For Me George won the opening night feature at Pompano Park on October 1 and has chased the vaunted Panocchio home on several occasions, as well. Probably Bernardo's finest accomplishment as a trainer was with the Argentinian bred Chucaro Ahijuna, a double gaited world champion who took a pacing mark of 1:51.4 at Pompano Park in 2003 followed by a 1:53.3 trotting mile at Woodbine in 2004, a mark equalled at Pompano Park in 2005 in the prestigious $80,000 Mack Lobell Trot Final. Bernardo trained the son of Noble Speedster for Martinelli's Berry Stables. Trainer Jim McDonald said, "Paul was universally liked and respected here at Pompano Park and everywhere else he raced. He was an true animal lover and he cared for his horses like a devoted father cares for his children. They broke the mold with Paul, no doubt about that!" Information on services will be forthcoming. by John Berry                 

ROCK HALL — Elva L. Webb of Rock Hall, MD, died on December 2, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. She was 61. She was born in Dover, DE on August 24, 1956, the daughter of the late Charles Hurd and Gloria E. Turner, of Henderson, MD. Residing in Chestertown, Elva worked with horses at Moffett’s Horse Farm preparing them for Harness Racing. She not only trained the horses but also, due to her love of animals, made sure they were well cared for. Elva then worked with David A. Bramble Construction as a flagger and later with Eagle Hill Florist as a designer. Elva joined the Rock Hall Vol. Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary on June 1, 2005 and in 2009 served with the Fire Police and later as Auxiliary Captain with the Rock Hall Police Dept. Elva gave countless hours of volunteer service to both RHVFC Fire Police and RHPD. She loved all animals, hunting for arrowheads and sheds (antlers), she loved her birds and enjoyed shooting. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her companion of 40 years, Robert G. Wetmore, of Rock Hall, MD; her siblings: Robert E. Hurd (Patricia), of Dover, DE; Linda S. Hyatt, of Michigan; Daniel A. Hurd, of Illinois; Lawrence P. Hurd, of Greensboro, MD; Gloria L. Thompson (Timmy), of Henderson, MD; along with several nieces, nephews, and her Rock Hall Fire Police Family. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 7, 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Kent. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Humane Society, P.O. Box 352, Chestertown, MD 21620. Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown, MD. www.fhnfuneralhome.com  

Kenny Ross was running a small used car lot in Philadelphia when he learned there was a Chevrolet dealership for sale on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The year was 1953 and Mr. Ross, then 26, hustled across the state with his wife, Claire, and his 1-year-old son for the chance to buy it. Eventually that single dealership grew to 10 locations and the Kenny Ross Automotive Group became the largest auto sales businesses and one of the biggest private companies in the Pittsburgh region. Regardless of whether they bought his cars, Pittsburghers for decades recognized his name from a long-running series of newspaper ads and TV commercials that featured the outspoken Aunt Penny. The white-haired, trademarked character -- who wasn’t really his aunt but whom his family said always remained an inspiration to the company -- whipped up elderberry jelly and told viewers, “You always get plenny from Kenny,” and “Tell them Aunt Penny sent you.” Mr. Ross, who in addition to running his dealerships was a real estate developer, co-founder of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity, and an accomplished harness racing driver, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 90 and lived in Squirrel Hill. “He dropped everything in Philadelphia to come to Pittsburgh,” said his son, Jim Ross of Squirrel Hill, who now chairs the company that is based in North Huntingdon. When he bought his first dealership here, his son said, Mr. Ross was among the youngest Chevrolet dealers in the country. By the time New York private equity group GPB Capital acquired a majority stake in the company in June, the business had expanded to include franchises for Ford, Nissan, Subaru, GMC, Mazda and Toyota. Revenues were close to $700 million last year, and it employs more than 700. Even after Mr. Ross retired from day-to-day management in the 1970s, he remained closely involved with the company. “He never stopped paying attention to it,” said Jim Ross. “His title was ‘The King,’ and he had an innate sense of how things were going in the business whether he was there or not.” Stepping away from the car business gave him time for other pursuits. He launched Ross Development Co., which is based in Shadyside and is run by another son, Tony Ross of Squirrel Hill. The company built dealerships and facilities for the Kenny Ross Automotive Group as well as office and retail properties in the city and suburbs. “It wouldn’t be unusual to find Dad on a job site at 6 a.m.,” said Jim Ross. Despite his business success, his sons said, he was proudest of helping to start the local affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters in 1965. The nonprofit provides mentoring for at-risk boys and girls, and Mr. Ross had a personal connection. “He came from modest circumstances and as a youngster in Philadelphia was prone to getting in trouble,” said Jim Ross. “He became a ‘little brother’ there and he felt it changed his life incredibly.” He also spent years as a professional harness racing driver and a trotting horse owner. A horse in which he had a majority ownership, Tom Ridge, was named for the former Pennsylvania governor who was Mr. Ross’ close friend. That horse was favored to win the prestigious Hambletonian Stakes in 2004. Held at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, the Hambletonian is the first event in the annual Triple Crown of Harness Racing. After leading for part of the race, the horse was outpaced and failed to place. A few weeks later, though, Tom Ridge set a world record time at the World Trotting Derby in Illinois. In addition to his sons, survivors include a daughter, Joanne Simon of Squirrel HIll; a sister, Flora Wenick of Philadelphia; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Ralph Schugar Chapel, 5509 Centre Ave., Shadyside, followed by the funeral at noon. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, 5989 Centre Ave., Suite 1, Pittsburgh PA 15206. By Joyce Gannon: jgannon@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1580. Reprinted with permission of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kumeu harness racing trainer Errol Downey has been tragically killed in a car accident over the weekend. Downey had a successful training career in New Zealand, training 62 winners over a period of fifteen years.  The best horse he trained was Sanchiola (Chiola Hanover - San Mateo) who won 15 races as a trotter in the 1990's. Her progeny included the boom Australian trotter Kyvalley Road (20 wins) and the speedy Sanchipola (8 wins). Downey's last win as a trainer was by the good trotting mare San Diego Love, who won on 15th April 2015 when driven by master reinsman Tony Herlihy. Downey is survived by his two sons, Roydon and Nathan, and daughter Stephanie. Harnesslink Media

Anthony T. Abbatiello, a harness racing leader for several decades who was a member of the sport's Hall of Fame, died October 19 at his home in Colts Neck, NJ, after complications from heart failure. He was 89.   Mr. Abbatiello was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995 after a long career in harness racing as a trainer, driver, horseman's association president and a member of numerous other organizations. He joined his brother Carmine in the Hall of Fame, making them the first brother combination to do so.   He became a member of the New Jersey Racing Commission in 2005 by appointment of the governor.   He was co-founder of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and served as its president for more than 30 years. Due to his leadership, the organization became a strong, motivating force in the success of harness racing in New Jersey. He also served as chairman of the board of the United States Trotting Association, a director of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, chairman of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, a trustee of the American Horse Council and the Trotting Horse Museum.   In addition to his induction into the Hall of Fame, Mr. Abbatiello received the Proximity Award of the United States Harness Writers Association and was honored as man of the year by Harness Horseman International.   He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, rising to the rank of captain and receiving numerous commendations, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge, and Korean Campaign Ribbon with four Battle Stars.   Predeceased by his wife Kathleen, he is survived by three daughters, Jean Sardoni (Craig) of Colts Neck, Christine Whelan (John) of Colts Neck, and Lisa Locke (James) of Virginia; six grandchildren, Ava and Michael Sardoni, Shane and Jack Whelan and Abigail and Ian Locke; two brothers, Carmine and Matt, and one sister, Sadie Merillo, and several nieces and nephews.   Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday (October 24) at the Higgins Funeral Home in Freehold. A military burial will be private on October 25 at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.   From Leon Zimmerman

Batavia, NY --- Western New York harness racing horseman Allan McCarty, 67, died Oct. 16, 2017. He was known for his quick wit, amazing sense of humor, generosity, and ability to train Standardbred racehorses. His biggest success on the racetrack came with New York Sire Stakes champion Hitwiththeladies, who earned $435,877 during his 36-race career. He also developed invitational trotters Prime Interest, an earner of $659,141, My Attorney Bernie ($258,363) and Manfromnantucket ($152,857), just to name a few.  He also bred 13 racehorses. Family and friends are invited to a wake service at the James W. Cannan Funeral Home Inc. (Southtowns Chapel) 3155 Orchard Park Road, Saturday (Oct. 21) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. where a funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. Todd Haight

It is with deep sadness that Harness Racing New South Wales advises that renowned breeder Hugh Carmody passed away last Friday surrounded by his family, aged 92. 'Hughie' was a pioneer of the sport and founded Lochend Stud in Maitland in 1973, which is still operated by the Carmody family today. A respected man amongst his peers, Mr Carmody was devoted to the advancement of breeding in New South Wales and had much success within this arena. Mr Carmody stood many stallions over the past half century including NSW Sire of the Year Tyrolean Dancer. Lochend Stud was also the home of prolific broodmare Bonny Belmedia, a NSW Broodmare of the Year. The polish Lochend Stud put on their yearlings made their horses' standouts and much sought after at the sales. "Hughie Carmody was a true harness racing pioneer, not afraid to invest in the breeding industry and did so with considerable success," HRNSW chief executive John Dumesny said. "He was also one of the most respectful men in the industry, a man who rarely contested an issue being only too willing to advance the sport." Family and friends are warmly invited to a funeral mass to celebrate Mr Carmody's life this Thursday at St Joseph's Catholic Church, East Maitland, at 11:30am. To all of Mr Carmody's family and friends, HRNSW passes on its sincerest sympathies in this difficult time. AMANDA RANDO

Respected harness racing personality Barry Ewen has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Ewen, 76, was given just 12 months to live about four years but refused to go without a fight. He leaves his wife Yvonne, daughters Joanne and Belinda, sons Simon, Scott, Christopher and Andrew, and 11 grandchildren. As a teenager, Ewen worked for a thoroughbred trainer and had ambitions to be a jockey, but his weight, not that he was a big man, ruled him out and he became a harness racing trainer-driver. During his career he drove more than 600 winners and trained in excess of 400. Ewen’s best horses were Camden Star and Rockleigh when he first started at Wayville in the 1960s, and later his favourite Free-For-All star Tarpeena Prince, along with Van High, The Bronx, Mister Dexterity, Gawler Derby, SA Guineas and SA Sires Produce winner Swing Parade and Razz. Despite being in his 60s, the horseman won the first Monte race at Globe Derby Park and ran second a year later before ‘retiring’ leaving it to younger participants. Ewen had three life passions, in order – his wife Yvonne, family and harness racing. It was those traits, along with his integrity, which ensured he was a respected participant. He also became the president of the Gawler Harness Racing Club, and was involved when the club was left without a track because of the building of the Northern Expressway. His interest in thoroughbred racing also remained and he successfully turned his hand to training winning with horses such as Gold Vintage and Jestwin. When he became ill, Ewen, transferred Jestwin to another trainer Nicole Bruggemann and she prepared the horse to win the 2017 Kangaroo Island Cup, a proud moment for him and the family. Ewen’s funeral will be at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Gawler on Wednesday, October 18 at 1.30pm. Graham Fischer

The Victorian harness racing community is in mourning following the passing yesterday of prominent owner and trots man Brian Dobson. Brian had been associated with the sport over a long period of time, being a member of the Victoria Harness Racing Sports Club (formerly the Victoria Trotting Club), the Caduceus Club, of which he was treasurer, and the executive committee of the Metropolitan & Country Harness Racing Association (MACHRA). Brian was also co-host of the long-running harness racing radio program “Harness Review”. Brian was involved with a number of very smart pacers including present-day star Tee Cee Bee Macray who is racing at Tabcorp Park this Friday, Blazeaway Macray (a winner of eleven races including the HBV Jodies Babe), Same Old Macray (22 wins the biggest being 2005 APG Final) and Dee En Ay Macray (16 wins claiming both the 2004 & 2005 Vicbred Super Series), all bred by long-time associate Ian Kitchin and trained by Alan Tubbs who was a great and loyal family friend. Other winners to come Brian’s way in recent times were Milliondollar Wave (NSW Breeders Challenge) and trotter Drunken Maniac, with another of the team Shady Secret ready to resume in the coming weeks. Many of the horses were raced in partnership with son Paul, Ian Kitchin and Ken Adams. Harness Racing Victoria extends sincere condolences to Brian’s family. Funeral details will be communicated when advised. Len Baker

Longtime harness racing official Diane Twasnick passed away this morning (September 20) at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59. Diane's career as a Race Secretary and Charter spanned more than three decades at Elmira Raceway, Grand River Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Diane had a deep affinity for harness racing, and its horses and people. Beyond her astute skills and knowledge, she had a glowing smile, bright personality and fabulous sense of humour. Her family will hold a private ceremony. Details of a Celebration Of Life are forthcoming. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

The harness racing industry was saddened to learn of the passing of prominent owner and breeder Dennis Pengilly. Dennis passed away last Wednesday night after a long battle with cancer, aged 64. He bred and raced many horses and just a week before his passing had two winners which gave him much enjoyment according to Harness Racing New South Wales chief executive John Dumesny. "Dennis particularly liked the idea of breeding and racing horses and had done so all his life," Dumesny said. "Dennis' horses Munroe and Ferdinand won within days of each other and gave him significant enjoyment. "Dennis was a friend of many and many in harness racing and will be sadly missed. "On behalf of the harness racing fraternity condolences go to Dennis' wife Janice and their children Katie, Joel, Kellie, Kylie and their extended families." A celebration of Dennis' life will take place at Castlebrook Memorial Park, Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, on Monday September 18, 2017, at 11am. Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest sympathies to Dennis' countless friends and associates. AMANDA RANDO

Toronto, ON --- The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Standardbred Canada are saddened to learn of the passing of H. Charles Armstrong, at age 96. ‘Charlie’ was inducted to the Hall in 2015 as a builder, joining his father, Elgin, who was inducted in the inaugural class of the CHRHF in 1976. Mr. Armstrong was a true icon in the Ontario and North American horse industry for more than 60 years. Throughout this time, he has represented and participated in multiple disciplines and has been integral in the shaping of Ontario’s horse racing industry and horse industry. Armstrong Bros. Farm, the family-owned operation, was founded in the 1940s by Charlie’s father, Elgin, and uncle, Ted, who were construction magnates. After Elgin’s death, Charlie kept the Armstrong horse business strong. Mr. Armstrong’s love affair with horses began when he received his first pony, Playboy, from his uncle Ted in 1930 at the age of 11. The pony had been obtained as payment for a debt and was loaded into the back seat of the family car and taken to Brampton, Ontario. He continued building on the success of his father Elgin, who raced a young filly named Helicopter in the prestigious Hambletonian in the United States. Helicopter was victorious, becoming the first Canadian-owned horse to win the coveted title. Helicopter’s daughter, Armbro Flight, became one of North America’s greatest trotting mares and the foundation mare for the Armstrong Farms breeding and racing dynasty. In 1999, Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp with her likeness to celebrate her contributions. As chairman of Armstrong Holdings Brampton Limited, Mr. Armstrong oversaw the growth of Armstrong Farms into the second largest Standardbred breeding operation in North America. More than 90 percent of the most prestigious races in North America have had ‘Armbro’ horses in the winner’s circle. Armbro performers have won nearly every classic event in the sport since Helicopter won the 1953 Hambletonian, and has also bred the winners of nearly every classic event, including the Hambletonian (Armbro Goal), the Little Brown Jug (Armbro Omaha, Armbro Operative) and the Adios (Armbro Omaha, Armbro Ranger, Armbro Animate) to name a few. They produced scores of trotting and pacing champions, including Armbro Omaha, Armbro Operative, Armbro Fling, Armbro Feather, Armbro Flight, Armbro Blush, and Armbro Fern. Armstrong Bros. also enjoyed considerable success in the Breeders Crown series, ranking second in the breeding standings and second in the owner standings (through the end of 2003). The farm was one of the most progressive and profitable Standardbred operations and bred, raced and stood at stud a seemingly endless list of champions. Stallions that stood at the Inglewood Farm most recently included Island Fantasy, King Conch, Camotion, and Dexter Nukes. Other stallions over the years included Jade Prince, Dream Of Glory, Carlsbad Cam, Armbro Emerson, Village Jiffy and Adios Pick, who was sold and went on to become the foundation sire of western Canada. The family company was dispersed in 2005, but Mr. Armstrong continued to enjoy international success, as he raised and raced Standardbreds with his daughters under Village Acres Farms in Brampton, Ontario through 2010. They sent out a steady stream of top performers over the years, including Village Jig, Village Connection, Village Jove, Village Blues, Village Jiffy and Village Jericho. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Standardbred Canada would like to extend their condolences to Mr. Armstrong’s wife, Lenore; daughters, Jennifer, Caroline and Nancy; and his extended family. Additional details regarding arrangements will be provided once available. Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 

The Board, Staff and Members of Yarra Valley Harness Racing were saddened to hear of the passing of Club stalwart, Colin Williamson, early on Monday morning. Colin’s contribution to Harness Racing in the Yarra Valley over a long period of time saw him recognised with Life Membership of the Yarra Glen Trotting Club and subsequently, Yarra Valley Racing. The Williamson family name has been an integral part of the Club going back to when harness racing commenced at Healesville back in 1947 and were front and centre when the Club relocated to Yarra Glen in 1972. Over the years, Colin, held a number of roles at the Club including roles on the Committee and the Committee of Management for the Reserve.  However, it was as a Track Curator where his passion for the Industry shone through.  In a time prior to having a lot of the modern track preparation implements, Colin’s ability to match skill and common sense saw Yarra Glen gain a strong reputation for a track that was always presented well and that raced fairly. It is an interesting fact that Colin’s wife Cheryl’s dad trained the first winner of a race conducted at the Yarra Glen track.  No doubt the track was prepared to Industry standards and no favours were provided to keep in sweet with the father in law. Colin’s experience was also called on heavily when the Club undertook a successful major track reconstruction back in 2004. Colin had a major influence in the development of the iconic Melbourne Cup Day race meeting and was a key organiser of the equally iconic post-Melbourne Cup Day “fishing” trip to Mallacoota.  A trip that was taken religiously by key local harness enthusiasts annually on the Tuesday after Melbourne Cup Day.   The fishermen were like excited kids at Christmas waiting to head off and no doubt there would many tales to be told about their adventures. Colin bravely battled health issues for the past fourteen years.  His determination and fight was admired by all who knew him.  He will be sadly missed by all at Yarra Valley Racing and the local community in general.  Our condolences to Cheryl and family. Fittingly, a ceremony to celebrate the life of Colin Williamson will be conducted at the Yarra Valley Racing centre on Tuesday 29 August at 1:00pm. Thanks Colin. Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened to learn overnight of the passiong of Kevin 'Boofa' Innes. Last year HRV's Harness Racer scribe, Lucy McCormick, filed this story on 'Boofa's life in the trots. HRV extends its condolences to Kevin's family and friends. Kevin's funeral will be held 23rd of August at St Mary's Inglewood from 11am.  KEVIN ‘BOOFA’ INNES A FAIR DINKUM TROTS CHARACTER By Lucy McCormick Experience is something special; something to be valued.  Kevin ‘Boofa’ (a nickname given to the rough and ready Kevin after a particularly enthusiastic school yard brawl) Innes has it in spades.  A rare person combines that experience and knowledge with a keen interest in changing trends and attitudes.  Kevin Innes manages that as well – easily.  He misses nothing, forgets little, and applies a thoughtful and analytical mind to the world around him.  That’s not lip service being paid by a lazy journalist to a man with eight decades on the planet to his credit – it’s an observation of a keen mind that a person of any age would be proud to possess. Kevin is a member of the celebrated Innes clan from Inglewood, in Central Victoria. “I think the first Innes’ came to Inglewood in 1851. My daughter used to say she can’t marry anyone from Inglewood, because she’s related to them all,” says Kevin. ‘Boofa’ is enjoying some well-earned relaxation on the couch after breaking a kneecap six or seven months ago in a track work incident.  Not that it seems to be bothering him too much; he’s got plenty of time to keep up with the trots on television. “I do follow them,” Kevin says. “I don’t miss many, and I do have a bet.  I like to sit in the chair and drive a race as much as anyone.” With an illustrious career both as a trainer and in the sulky, it’s a safe bet that Kevin Innes is a more than handy ‘grandstand driver’.  His name is associated as a trainer/driver with many handy horses, including Lea Sands, Imatoff and Stormy Morn to name a few. Kevin is typically circumspect about his bigger triumphs, however that doesn’t seem to be what interests him the most.  “I’ll tell you something,” he declares, doing just that, “I like winning with the horses that were no good. Some people never get a good horse. Imagine that. Luck is a very, very important thing.  You have to have luck to buy a good horse at the sales, to get it going, keep it sound, find a race for it, find and owner and get a draw. And they still make a liar of you.” Funny, interesting or quirky stories seem to be of greater interest to Kevin, such as the time he had a strong chance in a standing start race – the favourite in the race being his only worry.  “I told the owner it only had a 20-metre handicap – I couldn’t beat it off that,” he remembers. “So I was leading, waiting for the favourite to run past me. Toward the finish, I heard it coming, and it ran straight past all right – minus the driver.  He’d fallen out of the cart and I won the race. Just lucky.” The Innes family have always been heavily involved in one sporting pursuit or another – Kevin himself being a champion bike rider of his time.  “My Uncle Roy was a good bike rider, so he dared me to have a go.  It turned out I was quite good at it as well.”  So good, in fact that for many years Kevin was able to make a living from bike riding, riding the ‘board track’ for many years.  “We trained hard.  Bike riding was very big back then, we’d train and ride three or four times a week.” Kevin’s riding career spanned four Herald Sun Tours, a Warrnambool to Melbourne and a Sydney to Melbourne race, to name a few.  “It definitely gets you in – it was long hours,” he muses.  “But like anything, horse racing included, you only get back what you put in. We trained hard. I never drank, and I still don’t.  I’ve seen that many athletes, great ones too, brought down by alcohol.” Lucky with injury too, Kevin can only remember a sore ankle – as well as the requisite scrapes and abrasions from tumbles on the wooden boards of the velodromes. He still enjoys watching all the big bike races when he can.  “You can watch them race all over the world – France, Sweden, Germany.  “To be honest I sit up and watch them with my son and we get just as much of a kick looking at the countryside than anything else.  It’s so different to when I was racing.” Betting on the bike racing was big in Kevin’s day as well, and some of the bookies Kevin saw betting on the bike racing, he saw at the Showgrounds betting on the trots on a Friday or Saturday night.  “Racing was different back then.  There would be twelve thousand people at the showgrounds – they don’t have to come anymore, it’s just as easy to watch it on the TV.”  Kevin remembers in those days that drivers had to ‘weigh in’ as well – everyone who drove needed to weigh ten stone (just under 65 kilograms).  It’s something he remembers fondly.  “I know not everyone will.”  Kevin won’t be drawn on the subject of favourite drivers, either.  “Look.  Driving is different now.  No disrespect to current drivers, but you had to think a lot more on a three furlong track than they do now on the bigger tracks.  You had to drive with brains.  And I really believe that good horses make good drivers.  The horses are very good these days.  Today’s drivers – your Gavin Langs, Chris Alfords – they’re thinkers, and brains will beat brawn every time.  The girls are just as good now too.  You only have to look at Kerryn Manning.” A garrulous and popular character, Kevin has trained horses for the likes of legendary Richmond player Jack Dyer, and also spent his fair share of time hosting sportsman’s nights, holding his own with the likes of Ron Barassi.  On one such night, they had flown in a light aircraft to their destination.  During their show, Kevin noticed their pilot, sitting in the front row, laughing appreciatively.  There was one problem.  He had a beer in his hand, and was consuming it with some enthusiasm.  As the night wore on, the pilot became more and more inebriated, and Kevin became more and more disturbed, knowing that this was the same pilot who was to fly them home when they finished.  Unbeknownst to Kevin, however, the flight had been cancelled and the pilot hadn’t told anyone, instead deciding to take full advantage of his client’s hospitality. For now, Kevin is happy living in Inglewood with partner Barbara.  Son Grant and daughter Carla aren’t far away (both work at the Bendigo Harness track, and Carla has held both a trainer and driver’s licence).  His granddaughter, Barclay Sands, was born on the same day of the demise of their star performer, Lea Sands, and may give the biggest hint yet just how important the world of harness racing is to Kevin ‘Boofa’ Innes. Trots Media

MANALAPAN, NJ -- August 12, 2017 -- Barbara A. Crawford, 85, a resident Beech St. in Bennington, VT died peacefully Thursday August 10, 2017 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a brief illness. She was born in Bennington, VT March 23, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Wallace and Effie (Cross) Mattison. Barbara received her education in Bennington and was a graduate of Bennington High School class of 1951. She married John A. Crawford on September 15, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church in Bennington. For 39 years Barbara was employed in the cafeterias of the Beech St. School, the Mount Anthony Middle School and the Mount Anthony Union High School retiring in 2000. Barbara was inducted into the Middle School Hall of Fame in 2006. Barbara enjoyed horse racing and was an incredible cook. Survivors include her husband John A. Crawford of Bennington, a son Kim Crawford (Judy) of Stillwater, New York, a daughter Debbie Crawford (Tim) of Saratoga, New York; five grandchildren, Aaron, Josh, Brett, Cole and Rachel and two great grandchildren, Noah and Linnea. Three brothers, Wallace, Erwin and Clyde Mattison and a sister Suzanne Saunders. She was pre-deceased by a son John "Jack" Crawford, and three brothers, William, Howard and Lawrence Mattison. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Monday August 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The burial will follow in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. If friends desire contributions in memory of Barbara A. Crawford may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net  

The harness racing fraternity lost one of its true icons on Monday with the passing of Ron Hoy, aged 96. Ron passed away peacefully in Peak Hill surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by sons Lindsay, Lester and Garth and daughter Janine. Ron started his career in harness racing back in the mid 1950's at Peak Hill before eventually moving to Dubbo where he became a leading trainer for a number of years back in the 70's and 80's before handing over the reins to his sons. Ron won more than six trainers' premierships at Dubbo. Best known as the trainer of 1980 Inter Dominion finalist Lone Boy, Ron also enjoyed a lot of success with his first pacer Rule Silver while other horses of note trained by Ron included Rodney Robert, Lucky Magic, Twin Bay and Bossys Henry. Flying Peko was a topliner which he shared in the ownership with son Lester. Lone Boy won multiple feature races at Harold Park including the Australasian Three and Four-Year-Old Championship and the Viscount Grand Prix. Arrangements for Ron's funeral are not yet finalised. Harness Racing NSW extends its deepest sympathies to Ron's family and many friends. AMANDA RANDO

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