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Columbus, OH --- Walter L. “Boots” Dunn, 85, a horseman since the 1940s and USTA Director since 1987, died Feb. 3, 2015. Mr. Dunn was president of W.L. Dunn Construction Company of Cochranton, Pa., founded by his late father, Wilbur “Cubby” Dunn. He trained and drove his own horses, maintaining his amateur status and competing across eight different decades. He is believed to be the leading amateur driver of all time, with 1,152 wins to his credit. He was a five-time national leader in UDR for his category of starts. Mr. Dunn learned to train and drive from his late father, who started the family construction business in 1919, building bridges and roads and operating a gravel plant, with a team of oxen and later horses. The younger Dunn had his own equine business as a child, charging local kids a nickel for a ride on his pony. Cubby bought a race horse in 1946, and father and son hit the road to compete, most frequently in neighboring Ohio at Northfield Park, Painesville Raceway and Grandview Raceway. They largely competed at The Meadows when that track opened in the 1960s, as well as the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit. With the help of his daughter, Lisa Dunn Adams, he operated a private training center in Cochranton with two tracks and a farm for his racehorses, broodmares and young horses. Over the years Mr. Dunn raced many good horses, almost all of them homebreds, among them the top-class Meadows pacer Justassuming during the late 1970s; Dark Magic 3,1:57.3f ($193,570), a winner of 36 races; Yourworstnightmare 3,1:56.3f ($154,339), a winner of 19 of 34 races at ages two and three; and Classicality 1:52.4f ($299,237), who took his mark last year at Pocono while trained by Mr. Dunn's daughter Lisa. Mr. Dunn was active in leadership of the Crawford County Fair Board and served as their speed superintendent and race secretary. He was a member of the 4H Horse and Pony Hall of Fame and the Meadville Area Sports Committee Hall of Fame. Mr. Dunn shared a 2003 award with his late wife, Donna, from the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association for their support of the fair program. In 2016 that group awarded the inaugural Walter “Boots” Dunn Rising Star Award, which goes to an up-and-coming Pennsylvania horseman, to Brady Brown. "Boots was an individual unlike any other," said USTA President Phil Langley. "He loved harness racing and he loved the fairs. "I last saw him on Jan. 23 at the USTA banquet in Bedford, Pa. He was surrounded by a lot of friends and relatives and he was in good spirits. He was tough. We’re going to miss him." Mr. Dunn is survived by his daughters, Debbie Dunn Sheatz (Ike), Lisa Dunn Adams, Kathy Dunn Harvey (Leo) and Leslie Dunn Zendt (Bill); and grandchildren, Cortney Sheatz, Wade Sheatz, Alex Sheatz, Shawn Harvey, Ryan Harvey, Wyatt Adams and Garrett Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents, Iris and Wilbur; and a daughter, Dinah. Funeral arrangements will be posted when available. USTA Communications Department

Carmelo J. Sabatino, a retired senior executive with Delaware North Co. and former general manager of Batavia Downs, died Sunday (Jan. 10) in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 95. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School and the University of Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Mr. Sabatino served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Upon returning home, he married the former Josephine Marino in 1946. That same year, he joined the Delaware North Co., which he helped to build under the direction of L.M. Jacobs. Following his retirement from the company in 1976, Mr. Sabatino joined the management staff at Batavia Downs, where he continued to work until 1999. Sabatino held a number of positions during his tenure at Batavia Downs including general manager in the early 1980's, and then a variety of executive capacities after that. Near the end of his career there, he was in charge of mostly special projects. He traveled extensively during his term with both Delaware North and Batavia Downs and met several celebrities. Even after his last retirement, Mr. Sabatino continued to help manage a private family business. Todd Haight, GM/Director of Live Racing at Batavia Downs said "Mr. Sabatino was always a well-dressed and reserved man, yet certainly was capable of getting the job done. He was at Batavia Downs for two of the tracks biggest races, 1980 Niatross and 1988 Breeders Crown Armbro Flori and helped to insure those marquee nights went off without a hitch. He was all business, all the time and garnered the respect of everyone who worked with and for him". Sabatino is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Sabatino Liarakos; two sons, Thomas C. and David G. and three grandchildren. Mr. Sabatino was predeceased by his wife, who died in February 2007. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Raymond (Ray) Lowndes, the author of the wonderful trotting book “From Kedron to Albion Park” passed away last week in Brisbane, aged 70. Ray single-handedly recorded the long and colourful history of harness racing in Queensland in a series of captivating books. Many a racing writer has referenced Ray's works which provide a great insight to the history and characters in Queensland trotting. Ray’s books took us back to the golden era of trotting in this state when it boomed between  1950 – 1970 and he brought the sport's history to life going right back to the start in the 1880’s when horses were the main form of transport, through to the depression and the war years when trotting also flourished in our suburbs. He wrote that trotting tracks were once dotted throughout the Brisbane suburbs and before trotting was popular at Albion Park there with ovals all around the city at Coorparoo, Wynnum , Cleveland, Redland Bay, Lawnton, Virginia, Mt.Gravatt, Rocklea, Redcliffe and Amberley. John Wren's Kedron Park wias the main event and night racing starting at the Gabba and later at the Exhibition grounds.  The books were certainly very absorbing to read with obscure facts about colourful trotting personalities combined with some wonderful photos of races and venues. Ray’s promotion of trotting was recognized by Racing Queensland with a "Service to the Industry Award". His son Chris, one of three children and the child who usually accompanied Ray to his beloved Rocklea trots said he was proud of his father’s achievements and recalls him receiving the racing award. “We would discuss the characters and horses in trotting and one thing that I came to realise quickly was the respect that dad had from the people in the industry,  he has a deep passion for the sport and he had an photographic memory for horses and trainers names, dates and racing colours,” Chris said. “He loved Rocklea, and that was the track that we most attended together, he was quite shattered when that track closed, he also loved the exhibition trots and getting out and about the little country tracks and meeting the people. “The last trot race he saw was on my mobile phone, I went to the (2015) Exhibition and recorded the show trot final and replayed it to him, he was thrilled that the trots were back at the Exhibition.” Late of Western Suburbs, Brisbane, Raymond Bruce Lowndes passed away at the Wesley Hospital five days ago. A funeral service for Ray will be held in the Chapel of Centenary Memorial Gardens, corner of Wacol Station Road and Wolston Road, Sumner on Thursday (21/01/16) commencing at 2.00pm. by David Aldred

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened in recent days to learn of the passing of young trainer Steve McCallum, 27, on Sunday. McCallum passed away after a battle with cancer. He was a popular horseman, who was instrumental in assisting to get the late Danielle Lewis’s horse to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) to promote her legacy. The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page: “The committee, staff and trainers of the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club send our condolences to the family of Steve McCallum, who sadly passed away on Sunday aged just 27 years old. “Steve attended the Gippsland Harness Training Centre and was a passionate contributor to the harness community including his time as a track steward at Cranbourne. “He will be sadly missed by the entire Harness Racing community.” HRV was also saddened to learn of the tragic passing at the weekend of trainer John Sweet. The Shepparton Harness Racing Club posted the following on its Facebook page. “The Shepparton Harness Racing Club joins the many friends who mourn the loss of local trainer John Sweet. “John was always a larrikin in the local industry, a practical joker and a man dedicated and involved in harness all his life. “To his family and friends we pass on the deepest sympathy from the harness industry.” HRV passes on its condolences to the families of both McCallum and Sweet. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

MANALANPAN, NJ -- January 2, 2016 -- William "Bill" Perretti 36, close nephew of SBOANJ Board Director Anthony Perretti, passed away on December 26, 2015. Mr. Perretti was a passionate surfer, skateboarder and sport bike rider. Visitation for Mr. Perretti will be on Sunday January 3, 2016, between 1-2 p.m. at the Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond, Beach FL 32174. Funeral service to immediately follow at 2 p.m. He was survived by his parents, William and Joan Peretti Jr., and his younger brother Ben. He is also the grandson of William Perretti Senior. The SBOANJ board is very sad to learn of the loss of director Anthony Perretti's nephew and offers their deepest condolences. Courtney Stafford

William Robert (Bill) Stuart of Ilderton, Ontario, died peacefully today at London’s University Hospital (Canada) surrounded by his family. He was in his 91st year.   Stuart and his wife of 65 years, Eileen Mae (Segriff), began racing Standardbred horses in the early 1960s and started a small breeding operation early in the 1970s. As breeders the Stuarts had the good fortune to purchase the great trotting broodmare Mygal Haw Lea as a yearling in 1975 from the first crop of Speedy Crown.   From Mygal Haw Lea they bred Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member and two-time Maple Leaf Trotting Classic winner Bridger, and the most expensive Standardbred yearling in Canadian history (at the time) for $100,000 who went on to be the first 2:00 trotter in Ontario Sires Stakes history, Brisco Herbert, and O’Brien Award winner Mombasa (dam of O’Brien Award winner Filly At Bigs) and Fuchsia (granddam of Northern Bailey) and the dam of O’Brien Award winner Stormont Tuscany.   With funds from the 1981 sale of Brisco Herbert, the Stuarts returned to a Kentucky yearling sale a month later to purchase the Speedy Crown filly Segriff winner of three Grand Circuit stakes as a three-year-old and dam of the precocious trotting filly Razzle Dazzle Tom and  grand dam of trotting mare Charming To A Tee. Another racing highlight for the Stuarts came in the early summer of 2007 when they purchased a share in the promising two-year-old trotting colt Deweycheatumnhowe. That deal landed them in the 2008 Hambletonian winner’s circle.   A World War II Canadian Army veteran, Stuart was an electrical inspector for Ontario Hydro in the London area for the majority of his working life, and enjoyed over 35 years of retirement benefitting from his and others hard fought battles during tenures as a Union Steward. Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, next to the U.S. border, he was a member of the locally famous Bridger family who supplied Sarnia families and restaurants and docked lake freighters with flowers and produce for over 65 years beginning in 1900 from their vast greenhouse and market garden operation on London Road (near Indian Rd – not far from Hiawatha Downs).   Bill’s own father, George Stuart, was a fireman for Imperial Oil in Sarnia and it is through him that his great love of harness racing was nurtured. George had immigrated to Canada from North Yorkshire, England, circa 1900 as a young orphan and was placed as a farm labourer near Parkhill which was then, as it is today, harness racing hotbed. Bill remembers attending the races at Brigden Fair (early 1930s) with his dad when a call came for volunteers with cars as they were need to drive over the wet track to dry it out so as a passenger going round and round the young Stuart was hooked.   Besides his wife Eileen, Bill Stuart is survived by children David, Paul (Carolyn), and Sharon (Bill), seven grandchildren, Rebecca (Martin), Matthew (Sarah), Mark, Jason (Courtney), Daniel, Jonathan, and Carly and seven great-grandchildren, Natalie, Kate, Charlotte, Ella, Sean, William and Brady.   Stuart will be buried in the Bridger family plot at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia. Visitation will take place at the Smith Funeral Home in Sarnia, Ontario, fromnoon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15 with funeral to follow.   Heather MacKay

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    

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