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ANDERSON, Ind.-July 5, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 21st season of live harness racing with a stakes filled card on Saturday, July 5. Four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman competitors and the second round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the three-year-old divisions. It was Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who stole the show with five winners on the evening's 14-race card, four of which came in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. In the opening division of the two-year-old stakes action, Crunchess Finale and Darrel Wright continued their winning ways to score their third consecutive victory in the $75,000 two-year-old trotting filly final with a 1:58 final time. Using the same front-running tactics as she has in her previous two starts, Crunchess Finale looked every bit the part of an 8-5 favorite and left alertly from post eight. The freshman filly easily secured the lead and clicked off fractions of :28.3, 1:00, and 1:28.2 before finding another gear. As the field turned for home, the daughter of ABC Garland-Crunchess looked poised on the front and began to trot away from the rest of the field. Using a :28.4 final quarter, Crunchess Finale coasted on to the wire to finish five lengths in front of Golden Big Stick and Brad Hanners. Heavily backed at the window, Crunchess Finale returned $5.40 to her backers. The 1:58 victory was a lifetime best mark for the Dan O'Mara trainee who remains undefeated this season. Owned by Joseph Hess, Crunchess Finale has now earned $50,500 from three lifetime outings. In the very next race, Stickem Buck, driven by Ed Hensley, staged a big rally late in the lane to score his maiden breaking win in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts in 1:58.2. After a miscue at the start by the heavily favored, Airman Batten the race appeared to be a wide open affair. Flashy Cantab and Trace Tetrick left aggressively to set first half fractions of :29.2 and :59.2 before making a costly break around the final turn. Swan on One and Dave Magee inherited the lead after the break by the front-runner and appeared to be up to the task but Stickem Buck loomed large in the background. Under urging from Hensley, Stickem Buck was able to track down Swan On One in the final strides of the mile to win by a nose. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Stickem Buck returned $12.60 at to his backers. From the first crop of Big Stick Lindy, Stickem Buck is trained by Roger Welch and owned by William C. Delong and William P. Delong. Stickem Buck has now earned $42,500 from two career starts. On the pacing side of the two-year-old stakes action, Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick doubled up in both the two-year-old pacing filly final and two-year-old pacing colt final. First, Tetrick guided Flight Cancelled to her second consecutive win as a freshman in the $75,000 pacing filly final with a final time of 1:55. Leaving from the trailing post ten, Flight Cancelled was eased off the gate and settled along the rail in fifth while HeyHey Mahanah and Peter Wrenn carved out first-half fractions of :28.4 and :57.4. Approaching the final turn, Tetrick gave his mount the green light and she reached the leader's wheel at the third station in 1:26. As the field turned for home, the top pair was neck and neck but Flight Cancelled wasn't finished. Using a :28.3 final panel, Flight Cancelled was able to wear down HeyHey Mahanah late in the lane to grind out the victory. As the betting publics' second choice, Flight Cancelled returned $13.00 for the victory. Trained by Steve Carter, Flight Cancelled remains undefeated at two for owners Steve and Tammy Carter. The daughter of Panspacificflight-Goa BB now sports a career bankroll of $37,500 from two lifetime outings. Just a few races later, Tetrick continued his winning ways and scored with Tom Simmon's Kelly D in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:52.4. Kelly D remains undefeated at two and equaled the national's season mark for two-year-old pacing colts with the win. Kelly D left aggressively from post two to get the first call in :27.4 but quickly yielded the lead to Harfo Hanover and Ed Hensley. Harfo Hanover led the way through the middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25.2 before feeling pressure on the outside from Camturo Rock and Dave Magee. Harfo Hanover was able to put away Camturo Rock and dug in gamely down the lane but could not hold off Kelly D who exploded from the pocket. With a final quarter in :27, Kelly D finished two lengths in front of the hard-charging Toni's Affection and Sam Widger. As the publics' third choice, Kelly D returned $7.40 at the betting windows. The homebred son of Panspacificflight-U Olive is owned by Larry Breed and has won all three of his lifetime outings. Kelly D now sports a career bankroll of $51,525. Tetrick also scored with Brian Brown's Color's A Virgin in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies and Scott Galloway's Double A Cash Hall in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts. His first win of the night came in the $25,000 consolation for two-year-old pacing fillies with Do U Mind for trainer Brian Brown. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 8 with a 14-race card. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet will be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

ANDERSON, Ind.-June 27, 2014 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to eight divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts on Friday, June 27 and the 2014 crop of freshman colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Kelly D and Trace Tetrick kicked off the evening as they scored their second consecutive victory this year in 1:53.2 in the opening round of the stakes action. The 1:53.2 score bested his career mark from last week by nearly two seconds and lowered the national season's record for two-year old pacers. The previous mark of 1:53.3 was established just one night earlier at Hoosier Park by Tyler Smith and Can't Touch Her in Indiana Sires Stakes action for two-year-old pacing fillies. Using the same front-running tactics from the previous week, Kelly D left alertly from post three and was able to dictate early fractions of :26.4 and :55.4. As the field reached the third station, Franzo and Tyler Smith pressed the leader from the outer flow while a host of others began to close in from behind. Tetrick asked the son of Panspacificflight for more and Kelly D found another gear, pacing on to the wire to finish three lengths to the good. Rockin Ron closed nicely to finish second for Ed Hensley while Franzo held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Kelly D returned $3.20 at the windows for the victory. Trained by Tom Simmons, Kelly D has now won both of his starts at two for owner, breeder Larry Breed. Just a few races later, Harfo Hanover began his career impressively using the same front-running tactics to score in 1:53 in his split of the stakes action and lowered the national season's record for two-year-old pacers once more. Driven by Tyler Smith, Harfo Hanover dictated fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.1 before pacing on to the wire to win by seven lengths. As the publics' second choice, Harfo Hanover returned $8.80 at to his backers at the betting window. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the son of Always A Virgin-Harlow Hall made his career debut a winning one for owners Randall Bendis, William Varney, Reed Broadway. In the very next split of the two-year-old pacing colt action, Camturo Rock used a late kick to win impressively from off-the-pace in 1:53. The son of Rockin Image was able to track down Ima Full Time Job and Sam Widger late in the lane to score his first win of the season in his career debut. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows at 8-1, Camturo Rock returned $19.20 for the victory. Trained by Dirk Simpson, Camturo Rock is owned by Desyllas Racing, William Beck, and Carol Rieken. Each of the winners from the eight Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations earned a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings slated for July 5 at Hoosier Park. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27 with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

The Harness Racing Museum thanks the donors and bidders for a successful auction. The following breedings not receiving appropriate bids, as well as newly received services, are still available. Interested parties, who have not booked their mares, are urged to contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com. Some stallions have more than one breeding available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS. DE -Dream Away IL - Yankee Skyscaper IN - Allthatgltrsisgold, Panspacificflight MD - CHARLIE DEVIE, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie NY - CONWAY COURT, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Village Jove OH - BREAK THE BANK K, COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy ON - Angus Hall, Classic Card Shark PA - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest From the Harness Racing Museum

WASHINGTON, PA, March 21, 2014 -- A nine-race harness racing maiden entering Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows, Spiritina blew up the tote board with a shocking victory at 94-1 in the slop. There was no Show wagering in the race, but a $2 Win/Place ticket returned $422.20. Stirling Bella took the other $15,000, third-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. The Donna Dunn championship, along with the final legs of three other current series at The Meadows, is set for Friday, March 28. First post that day is 6:55 PM. Using Lasix for the first time, Spiritina got away fifth for Brett Miller and saved ground until the Lightning Lane beckoned. She outkicked Fashion Katie to down her by a head and score in 1:57.4. Sandy Hook Hanover was third. The 1-5 favorite, Small Town Charmer, ducked, followed dead cover and never was a factor. Norm Parker trains Spiritina, a 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Art Tina, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Stirling Bella had to duel for the early lead but was much the best once she got there, capturing her second Donna Dunn division in 1:58.1. The pocket-sitting Sure You Are was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Marissa third. Aaron Merriman drove the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fast Princess for trainer Dave Zito and owner Mervin Wengerd. Friday's card also featured a pair of fast-class events won by Unefoisdansmavie and Brooklyn Flight. A 10-time winner last year, Unefoisdansmavie collected her initial 2013 victory in an $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace by brushing through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. The 7-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World, who extended her career bankroll to $386,757, scored in 1:57.1, 1-3/4 lengths better than Victory Is Coming. Vixy completed the ticket. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Brooklyn Flight moved powerfully first over to triumph for Miller in 1:55. The pocket-sitting Pop Cop was second, 1-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Southern Allie rallied for show. Frank Consiglio conditions Brooklyn Flight, a 6-year-old Panspacificflight-Brooklyn Belle gelding who now boasts $174,424 in lifetime earnings, for Team 19 Stables. Burke enjoyed a five-bagger, including four victories with Palone at the helm, while Miller drove three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Harness Racing Museum would like to thank all of the donors and bidders for a successful stallion breeding auction. Due to several newly received services, as well as some breedings that did not receive appropriate bids, the following is a list of stallions that are still available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS.   Delaware - Cr Commando, Dream Away Illinois - Yankee Skyscaper Indiana - Allthatgltrsisgold, GUCCIO, Panspacificflight Maryland - CHARLIE DE VIE, FOUR STARZ ROBRO, GROTON HALL, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie New York - Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King Ohio - COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy, Valley Victor, Woodstock Ontario - Angus Hall, Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Classic Card Shark Pennsylvania - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest   In addition, the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a newly acquired breeding to GUCCIO as part of our stallion breeding auction. This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to be full and closed very shortly.   The world champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4,1:51.1f ($1,021,809) begins stud duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season.   Income raised by the stallion auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Some stallions have more than one breeding available.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person.   From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern.   This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*)   Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum    

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007).   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro and Northern Kid. The pacing gait is represented by Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge, with pacers Cam's Card Shark, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by the trotting sire Lucky Chucky and the pacing sires are Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark.   Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 15 , 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.   Submitted by the Harness Racing Museum    

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) today released the majority of their 2013 human award winners for excellence in the Standardbred industry. Heading the list is Joe Thomson, winner of the Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award. The award, originally named for the great trotting mare, Proximity, is considered the second-most-prestigious honor in harness racing, after the Hall of Fame. In 2012, the name of the award was altered to honor harness racing's only double Hall of Famer, the Stanley F. Bergstein, and is now referred to as the Bergstein-Proximity award. It is presented annually to a person or organization for outstanding contributions to harness racing. In 1991, Joe Thomson and his wife JoAnn founded Winbak Farm on the site of Windields Farm, where the great Thoroughbred Northern Dancer was foaled. They employed the Win from Windfields Farm with the initials of their children -- Bradley, Ashlee and Kimberly -- to form the name Winbak. Their main farm is located on more than 2,000 acres near Chesapeake City, MD. Winbak Farms has been named Breeder of the Year by USHWA three times. This past July, two horses owned by Winbak Farm, Bettor's Delight and Lady Ashlee Ann, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Over the last 10 years, Joe Thomson's Winbak Farm bred, raised and sold three Horses of the Year -- No Pan Intended in 2003, Rainbow Blue in 2004 and Muscle Hill in 2009. Muscle Hill and Vivid Photo were both Hambletonian winners bred by Winbak, which also produced 2011 Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year Roll With Joe. Thomson, one of four partners in the ownership of Lexington's Red Mile, is involved in many aspects of the Standardbred industry. He is a director of the Hambletonian Society, Breeders Association of Delaware, Lexington Trots Breeders Association, and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He was elected president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania in 2012. Other honors he has received include 2001 Sports Eye Breeder of the Year, 2001 times: In Harness Owner of the Year, 2009 Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame inductee, and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA. All of the award winners will be honored at the annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet hosted by USHWA on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware. The Norman Woolworth Owner of the Year award goes to the team of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi. Burke Racing Stable (trainer Ron Burke and his mom Sylvia) and Mark Weaver and Michael Bruscemi (Weaver Bruscemi LLC) have been racing partners for years. Together, the partnership raced more than 220 horses over the course of a year and according to the U.S. Trotting Association, they have together owned nearly 1,000 horses. The stable reads like a "Who's Who" of harness racing with such as Foiled Again ($1.4 million earned this season), Quillen Memorial champion Clear Vision ($596,103), multiple-stakes-winner Charisma Hanover ($555,729), Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Southwind Silence ($375,581), American-National winner Southwind Spirit ($370,295), Monument Circle winner Dedi's Dragon ($368,342), Meadowlands Maturity champ Sweet Lou ($330,138) and Garnsey Memorial division winner Carols Desire ($260,099). In 2013, Foiled Again became the richest Standardbred in North American history (with more than $6 million in lifetime earnings) and the oldest to win a Breeders Crown. This group is dedicated to the sport and is invested in it for the long run. Burke, Weaver and Bruscemi - along with their many other ownership partners - have been an asset to the sport by keeping their stars at the tracks where fans are able to see, enjoy and connect with them. Burke and Weaver Bruscemi have been the leading owners in terms of both races and money won every year this decade, racing mostly overnight stock. The Rising Star award goes to a "younger" driver in the industry who has achieved above and beyond the norm in racing ability and this year's recipient is long overdue. Corey Callahan did not find his way into the harness world until 2005, but his rise has not been of the meteoric variety. Callahan began as a full-time driver at 29 and almost immediately accorded himself as a top-20 driver in both wins and earnings. From 2007-2012 he ranked 13th, 11th, 11th, seventh and eighth nationally in wins, and 21st, 14th, 19th, 18th and 13th in earnings. While his statistics were strong, he plied his trade mostly out of the spotlight until making a decision to focus on major stakes races in 2013. That choice has paid off in leaps and bounds for Callahan, who currently (through early December) ranks fifth in wins (566) and seventh in earnings ($9.2 million). Both numbers are career bests. Callahan picked up drives on some of the best horses in the country in 2013, including those from top trainers Jonas Czernyson and Tony Alagna. He has won the driving title at Dover Downs for four consecutive years and he ranks among the leaders at Harrah's Philadelphia . He finished second at the Meadowlands with 99 wins, behind only Yannick Gingras. It is no surprise that the Breeder of the Year in 2013 is none other than White Birch Farm for the second straight year. The farm bred both three-year-old pacer Captaintreacherous and the three-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician. In the final month of racing in 2013, White Birch progeny have accounted for more than 390 trips to the winner's circle and $8.3 million in 2013 earnings. Other White Birch Farm standouts in 2013 includes free for all trotter Sevruga, who earned $484,575 of his $800,000 lifetime purse money this year, $500,000 winner Wake Up Peter, and six-figure earners Ali Blue, Proclaiming April, I Fought Dalaw, She's Da Bomb and Ideal Champ. The late Joe and Marie Parisi started building White Birch Farm's breeding operation more than 35 years ago as Jo-Mar Farm, where they stood New Jersey Sire Stakes stallion Adios Ronnie. Their son, Michael Parisi, now runs the 800-acre facility that is home to nearly 100 broodmares and also serves as one of the premier training centers in Central New Jersey, accommodating 300 horses in training. The Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award goes to a "non-racing" individual who has excelled beyond the scope of their job profile during the year. This year's winner is Heather Wilder, who is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Assocation (MSOA) at the Meadows Racetrack in Washington, PA. Heather had background doing publicity and racing support work in the Columbus area (Scioto, Delaware) while still in her teens. After staying home with two children in her 20s, Wilder decided to pursue training horses. It was because of this unique marriage of talents that she was thought to be an ideal person by the board of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) to fill their newly-created role of Director of Public Relations and Marketing. With her extensive backstretch knowledge, Heather has been the liaison to introducing countless area fans, both individuals and groups, to the "hands-on" side of racing, through backstretch tours, time in the jog cart and the starting gate, and even reaching out to the local business community through the area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. A big night of racing always finds the MSOA and Wilder with several outreach programs for fans and casino patrons. Wilder also promotes the The Meadows and MSOA through social media efforts which help extend their reach. While wearing her BET HELP button and walking the grandstand assisting patrons with any questions about making wagers on the races, Wilder is dynamic and approachable. Always willing to support harness racing and USHWA, she is slated to be one of the emcees for the national awards dinner in 2014. There is no more legitimate "Good Guy" in the sport than trainer George Ducharme, who will be honored with the W. R. Haughton Good Guy Award. He totally embraced the spotlight this year with his outstanding three-year-old colt trotter, Royalty For Life, while always representing the sport in a classy manner to the media and to the public. The hard working 51 year-old native of Norfolk, Massachusetts was catapulted into the spotlight in 2013 after a 25 plus year racing career that saw him toil mostly in anonymity in New England. But Ducharme's work ethic and commitment to his trade and his great attitude towards both the fans and media have always been there despite the immensely rocky road to his Hambletonian victory with the horse of a lifetime. Along with all the glory of guiding the career of a Hambletonian champion, Ducharme also faced a lot of difficult situations during the year. An early year quarantine at his home base, a tiring off-track at Lexington, hard trips from difficult draws and a season-ending scratch from the Breeders Crown all had to be dealt with. Through the tough times, Ducharme never ducked the media and took the good with the bad while offering the best analysis of any situation he could. He looked for his next positive move forward and remained accessible while dealing with every twist and turn with class and dignity. Ducharme was asked to be part of the autograph session on Hambletonian Day (clearly the biggest day of his career) and never hesitated to accept. He even arrived early to spend as much time with the fans as possible. And all year long he did every interview and answered every question from anyone who approached him. Ducharme is universally liked. From his days in New England to campaigning his first "good horse" Donttellmywife to his Grand Circuit success this year; you would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't respect the man. And through it all, he has always been affable and approachable to any media member and fan alike. Dedicated to the industry, Ducharme also toils as a USTA Director for District 9. He is truly one of harness racing's good guys in many ways. The 2013 Leeanne Pooler Unsung Hero award goes annually to someone who has gone beyond the scope of helping the harness racing industry that that person is Sam Landy. In 2012 horse owner Sam Landy and a committee of volunteers created an event called the Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway. The concept arose from Landy's determination to find a way to illustrate the importance of harness racing to the state and local economy in New Jersey's horse country. The inaugural event included a parade, celebrity appearances, under saddle races, a Southside Johnny concert - but primarily showcased harness racing in one of the most populous counties [Monmouth] in New Jersey. The event was valuable as a public relations vehicle, both raising the awareness of harness racing as well as bringing out legislators and public officials to see the importance of racing to the county and state economy. In September of 2013, despite the expense (much of it personal) and countless hours of work involved, Landy and his Open Space Pace committee presented the second annual festival, employing it as a tool to connect the agri-business of harness racing in the minds of legislators and the public. Several thousand people were drawn to the borough of Freehold and the raceway within its borders for the renewal of the event. Grants totaling $10,000 were distributed to harness racing and agricultural-related charities and programs. There are also two additional equine awards announced today by USHWA. Two outstanding "moms" will be honored as the 2013 Broodmares of the Year. They are Beehive and Worldly Treasure. The lightly-raced trotting mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3f ($8,791) is the dam of the undefeated 3-year-old Bee A Magician (by Kadabra), a winner of 26 races in her career (17 of them in this year) and $2,313,956. She is owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. She is also the dam of the Explosive Matter freshman filly Dynamite Honey 2,2:00.3f ($17,400). This season Bee A Magician has swept her division, winning the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono; the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at The Meadowlands; the $356,981 Elegant Image at Mohawk, the $253,000 Moni Maker at The Meadowlands; the $205,608 Simcoe Final at Mohawk; the $265,600 Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands; the $118,500 American National at Balmoral; among others. The pacing broodmare of the year, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of world champion Captaintreacherous p,3,1:47.1 ($2,973,286). Worldly Treasure herself was no slouch on the track, taking a 2-year-old mark of 1:53.1 en route to earning $97,923. She hails from a strong maternal family, as her full sister is the outstanding pacing mare Worldly Beauty, who was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner with nearly $2 million in career earnings. They are both out of World Order p,3,1:53 ($267,205), whose dam was Rodine Hanover p,2,1:54 ($231,630)-the dam of Real Artist p,3,Q1:51 ($424,94) and the grand-dam of Art Major p,4,1:48.4 ($2,727,224), Perfect Art p,3,1:51 ($629,122) and Panspacificflight p,3,1:50.3 ($368,843). She is also owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. USHWA can be reached at www.ushwa.org  by Steve Wolf, president USHWA  

On a night where records were breaking across the country, it was only fitting that a new  all-age track record was made at Scioto Downs Racino as well.  Paco Labrook and Brad Hanners broke the 1:50 13-year track record, set by Gallo Blue Chip and Dan Dube, when they went in 1:48.4. “He had the 9-hole last week,” said Hanners.  “With the circumstances I just had to take him off last week and race him accordingly.  But tonight it was time to go.” Blasting out of the four hole, Hanners sent Paco Labrook straight to the front and parked I Found My Beach (Dan Noble) to a 25 opening quarter.  “Really I didn’t think it (the 25 opening quarter) would bother him,” Hanners continued.   Getting a 28 second quarter breather going to the half flushed the at-the-time co-track record holder Rockin Finish (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr).  “He was still strong when Virgil’s other horse came at him, Rockin Finish come down the backside at the five-eighths; he still felt real good.” Hitting the 3/4 pole in 1:20.1 and coming home in 28.3, Paco Labrook finished two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Carol’s Comet (Aaron Merriman) and Rockin Finish. The win, and new track record, was especially meaningful to Hanners who not only drove the 5-year-old son of Panspacificflight, but is his trainer. “You don’t want to see your horse get beat up, you gotta look at em all week,” he said.  “It’s definitely more rewarding when you train one and they win, definitely.” Paco Labrook is owned by James Baucher of Celina, Ohio.  He now has just over $500,000 in lifetime earnings with 25 wins in 56 starts.  This is a new lifetime record for the gelding who previously had a record of 1:50.1, taken at Indiana Downs. The previous Scioto track record of 1:50 was set by Gallo Blue Chip when he was only 3-years-old in 2000, racing in the Jug Preview.  This new track record of 1:48.4 is only one second off the all-age world record of 1:47.4. by Scioto Downs Racino

Tyber Tyke scored in the $6,000 Open Pace in the opening race at Northfield Park on Monday (August 12). Melanie Wrenn trains the four year-old gelding for Delphos, Ohio owner Dorothy Miller. Peter Wrenn was in town Monday and was listed to pilot. Tyber Tyke (Panspacificflight-Artbeat-Artsplace) started from post five and led the field from start to finish. He never experienced an anxious moment and posted fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.4 and 1:54.1. He was three-lengths in front and still had his earplug in when he crossed the wire. Completing the race were Lite Me Up, Heza Star Cruiser, Rounding Third and Kiasma. Grandkids Attack was scratched. Tyber Tyke now has seven wins in 2013 and 12 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his career bankroll to $111,592. She was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win. Norma’s Rose captured the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s ninth race for owner/trainer Lee Blodgett of Warren, Ohio and driver Aaron Merriman. Norma’s Rose (Master Lavec-Lilyad-Armbro Iliad) started from the second tier was fourth through an opening quarter of :28.2. Merriman brushed her to the front in the second quarter and she never looked back. She set fractions of :57.2, 1:26.2 and 1:56.3, winning by a full length. Completing the race were Calling A Victory, Lookslikefire, Senator Sam, Arianna Hall, Lady Rev, Buckeye Patty, Hello Carlo and Makin Green Lavec. Norma’s Rose now has 37 career victories and nine wins in 2013. This race pushed her bankroll to $279,517. She paid $6.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park patrons experienced blazing heat on and off the racetrack on Monday (July 15). Temperatures were hot but the harness race horses responded well, as track record performances were recorded in the evening’s feature trot and pace. Victory Is Coming lowered Northfield Park’s track record for five-year-old and up trotting mares in the evening’s seventh race, winning the $6,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3. She held the previous record of 1:55.1, set June 3 of this year. Prior to this year, no trotting mare has ever trotted faster than 1:56, and that record was shared by Tom’s OK Lady (2009 & 2010) and Norma’s Rose (2013). Betty and John Shaw of Mount Vernon, Ohio own Victory Is Coming. Ammon Hershberger trains and drove the six year-old. Victory Is Coming (Victory Sam-Norse Comer-Overcomer) started from post-seven and sat fourth through an opening quarter of :27.2. Hershberger tipped her first-over approaching the half and inched closer through fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3. Victory Is Coming took the lead in the final turn and maintained a 1-length margin of victory in 1:54.3. Finishing behind Victory Is Coming were Easy Strength, Saintfrancis, Action SJ, Wind Surfer, Lima Legend, La’sent and Lookslikefire. Victor Victory was scratched. Monday’s triumph increased Victory Is Coming’s lifetime wins tally to 32 and her career earnings to $374,183. She was the favorite and returned $4.00 to win. Race eight was Tyber Tyke’s turn to break a track record in the $6,000 Open Pace. He lowered the 1:51 record of Gallo Blue Chip (2001) for four-year-old-pacing geldings by one tick, posting a 1:50.4 stellar performance. Dorothy Miller of Delphos, Ohio owns Tyber Tyke and Melanie Wrenn is his trainer and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was the winning driver. Tyber Tyke (Panspacificflight-Artbeat-Artsplace) started from post-seven. Wrenn fired the pacer off the gate and never looked back, posting fractions of :26.4, :54.3, 1:22.3 and 1:50.4, winning by 3 ½-lengths. Completing the race were Bruisen N Cruisen, Royal Morn, Object Of Art, Beans And Weenies, Chase The Sun, Lite Me Up and Heza Star Cruiser. Tyber Tyke now has 11 career wins and earnings of $108,592. He was favored in the win pool and paid $4.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff

After brief successful stints at both Hoosier Park and Scioto Downs to open his 2013 campaign, Tyber Tyke was shipped to Running Aces in Minnesota and responded with an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in the $10,000 open pace on Tuesday night.

Three divisions of three-year-old pacing colts lined up behind the starting gate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25 to square off in the first round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action.

Paco Labrook was a decisive winner in the featured harness racing event, a $24,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 18.

Artistic Director, Hot Roddy and Golden Gun closed out Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund preliminaries with impressive harness racing victories in $20,000 2nd leg colt paces, meanwhile Main A Dieu Too, a horse that was claimed only a few months ago stepped up to win the $36,000 Preferred pace on a Spring-like Thursday, April 4 at Dover Downs.

The New Zealand harness racing yearling sales are all over for another year after the third and final day of the Sale Of The Stars took place today (Thursday February 21) at Canterbury Agricultural Park.

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