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The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is all set to go for their annual five-day overnight harness horse camp at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association.    The camp begins Monday, July 21st,, and the children will be arriving bright and early, prepared to learn all about harness racing.  The event wraps up Friday, July 25th with races featuring all participants.  Post Time for the races is 5:30 p.m., and all are invited to attend to cheer on their favorites. This year, children from across Pennsylvania, as well as Michigan; Massachusetts; New Jersey; and Maryland; will be working  hands-on with the HHYF's stable of Trottingbred horses. Among the topics covered are care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. Each day will consist of barn work; jogging, bathing, and feeding the horses; a quiz consisting of terminology and facts about harness racing; and fun events when the day is over.  The camp is one of ten across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer.  The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. by Jennifer Starr, for Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - One of the greatest cards on the yearly schedule of world harness racing was made even better today, as the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA), in conjunction with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs racetrack, announces increased purses in the consolation races of three $500,000 stakes events, a new consolation for the $300,000 James Lynch Pace for sophomore fillies, and a brand-new event, the $100,000 "Mohegan Sun" Invitational Trot for world-class older horses. "The Pennsylvania 'racing revolution' has helped our state become of the brightest spots on the national and international harness racing scene," noted PHHA President Sam Beegle, "and 'Sun Stakes Saturday,' to be held in 2014 on June 28, is one of the greatest days of the season for all harness racing fans - as 'bright' as the 'Sun.' We are now pleased to announce that we have made a great day of racing even greater with these added events and purses." The three $500,000 events are the Ben Franklin Pace for free-for-allers, the Earl Beal Trot for three-year-old males, and the Max Hempt Pace for three-year-old males. These three events saw $50,000 consolations staged last year, and the consolations yielded the co-fastest mile of all-time on a 5/8-mile track (Bolt The Duer's 1:47.4) and an equaling of the world record for sophomore geldings (Beach Memories, 1:48.2) - and remember, these were consolations, for horses who the previous week had not qualified for the Finals! This year, all three events have had their consolation purses boosted to $75,000. The Franklin consolation for 2014 had been announced previously; the sophomore colt events now join it. The Lynch Pace for fillies will have a $50,000 consolation race, if, as in all the other races, enough horses who do not make the Finals show enough interest to race right back. "We have also added an event for what many people consider to be the best crop of free-for-all trotters of recent years, the $100,000 Mohegan Sun Trot," added Beegle. "This will be conducted as an Invitational event, so trainers of top older trotters interested in competing at Pocono on June 28 should contact Rick Kane in the Pocono race office immediately at 570 831 2126." With the four finals, the Invitational, and the consolations added together, Sun Stakes Saturday's card will be worth $2,175,000 - just for these races alone! (And don't sell the Sun undercard short - last year Abelard Hanover equaled the world record for older geldings of 1:48 in the Preferred pace, in a driving rainstorm!) Supplemented starters are allowed to compete in the four sets of elimination races for the headliners, held one week before (June 21), if paying the proper fees as noted in the USTA Stakes Guide - contact Mr. Kane for further details. It's a card no one will want to miss -live patrons and simulcast fans, trotters and pacers, owners and trainers alike. Sun Stakes Saturday has gotten even better - and it all will unfold at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, June 28. Submitted by the PHHA for Pocono Downs

Harness Horsemen International continued their Annual Meetings on March 4 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Horsemen’s representatives from ten associations, including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania HHA, SBOA of New Jersey and Kentucky HHA were in attendance.   T.C. Lane of the USTA offered the audience a first look at the new online entry system for horsemen, to be launched in the near future. Any USTA member will be able to access this user-friendly system, Lane stressed, which allows trainers to enter their horses at various racetracks via the Internet, free of charge.     Association reports continued, followed by HHI committee meetings. The Insurance Committee discussed current HHI coverage, including liability, fire, and disaster, and pending cases which could affect the horse industry, as well as possible changes in policies.   Instant racing in Kentucky and sports wagering in New Jersey were topics cited by the Legal Committee. The HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee passed a motion to use a universal scholarship application for all horsemen’s association scholarships, in order to simplify the process for applicants. A proposal by the HHI Convention Committee, to return to this same meeting place in 2015, will be voted on in the Wednesday General Session.   The March 5 meetings will begin with elections and a panel discussion entitled “I Can’t Believe This is Happening,” which will examine critical issues facing Standardbred horsemen, followed by the HHI Awards Luncheon.   The HHI Annual Meetings will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Thursday, March 6.   HHI is comprised of horsemen’s associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI’s governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   by Kim Rinker, for HHI

The end of the breeding season is near, and harness racing stakes season is starting. It is the time of year to see what your foals of 2010 and 2011 are doing on the track. For some, it is an exciting time. For others, not so much. We have all been there, and the good times keep us in the game.

Saturday Night at the Races, which features live radio broadcasts of many of the top harness racing in North America, will begin its fourth year June 1 with a show featuring the Art Rooney Pace and the Lismore at Yonkers.

The Historic Stakes, some of the oldest and most prestigious harness racing events on the Grand Circuit, conducted for more than 80 years, have a new venue for freshman pacers and trotters.

The Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association advises harness racing horsemen of a general membership meeting to be held Sunday, January 13 at the Indiana County Fair Office in Indiana, PA.

Vivid Photo, one of harness racing's greatest underdogs and winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, continued breaking records and thrilling fans in the years since his crowning victory.

The Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers' Association recently gave out two harness racing awards for outstanding performance in the Keystone State.

The Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association will hold a meeting on Sunday, May 6 in the Fair Office at the Indiana County Fairgrounds in Indiana, PA.

Until further notice, harness racing horses shipping from Saratoga to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs or Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack will be required to show proof of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for strangles.

"PA Harness Week," harness racing's fastest-paced half-hour, is back with more action and a longer season.

Governor Tom Corbett's proposed $72 million raid on the Race Horse Development Fund for 2012, together with a planned $47 million transfer to the state's general fund, would make it virtually impossible to continue stakes racing at 2011 levels according to the heads of the state's standardbred harness racing horsemen's organizations.

The Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association announces that Jeff Zidek has been elected president of the harness racing group, effective immediately.

Eight of Pennsylvania's best harness racing drivers will converge on Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack Sunday, December 18th to battle it out for their share of $50,000 in total prize money.

Heather Moffett, the popular host of two Middle-Atlantic area harness racing television programs, Post Time (in Delaware) and PA Harness Week (seen in Eastern Pennsylvania), is working on a campaign to raise money for two charities, and, at the same time, bring new fans to the Standardbred sport.

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