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London, January 30, 2017 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced its five finalists for harness racing 2016 Caretaker Of The Year. They will be recognized at the annual awards night on Saturday, February 11th. Horse people were asked to submit nominations throughout the month of January and the five finalists chosen will now be voted on by horse people this week at The Raceway. A ballot box will be set up in the paddock and voting will take place during the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday programs. The five deserving finalists are Laurie Hicks, Dawn Walker, Krystel Simard, Tyler Benson and Evelyn Harms. All five will be invited to attend the awards celebration with winner taking home the Caretaker Of The Year trophy. Tickets for the awards night are still available at the race office or by contacting Amy O'Toole at Tickets are $40 per person or $45 at the door and the evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and D.J. and dance to follow.

Dave Briggs, writing for Harness Racing Update, and the tandem of Melissa Keith and Keith McCalmont, writing for Trot magazine, were named the winners in the 2016 John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness writing journalism, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. In addition, Clive Cohen and Mark Hall were named the winners in the Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography. Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman Jeffrey Gural is continuing his longstanding sponsorship of the Hervey and Smallsreed awards by providing USHWA Dan Patch Awards banquet tickets for the winners. Results of the broadcast division will be announced at a later date. Briggs won in the news/commentary category for his story titled "Wallace slowly starting to rebuild after being decimated by Classy Lane fire," which appeared in the Jan. 8 issue of Harness Racing Update. It is Briggs' ninth Hervey Award, which is a record, and his third in the news/commentary division. Click here to read the story. Keith and McCalmont won in the feature writing category for their story titled "Remember those lost," which appeared in the February issue of Trot and presented memories of horses lost in the Classy Lane fire from horsemen and horsewomen affected by the tragedy. It is Keith's second Hervey honor and the first for McCalmont. Honorable mention in the news/commentary category went to Gordon Waterstone, writing for The Horseman And Fair World magazine, for his story "Suspicious texts cause Jug controversy," which appeared in the Sept. 28 issue. Feature writing honorable mentions went to Marvin Pave and Beverley Smith. Pave was recognized for his story "Have cause, will travel," which appeared in the November issue of Hoof Beats magazine and detailed how a racing family inspired the industry to help in the fight against multiple sclerosis. Smith was recognized for her story "Ron Waples: Just a win away from happiness," which appeared on the Woodbine Entertainment website on May 30. The writing categories were judged by a panel consisting of past Hervey winner Brad Schmaltz, freelance writer Lou Monaco, and Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn. Cohen's photo "October Racing," which first appeared on the WEG Standardbred Instagram page on Oct. 1 received the Smallsreed Award for feature photography. It is Cohen's second Smallsreed honor. Cohen also received honorable mention in the action category for his photo of three horses in the snow at Woodbine. Hall was recognized in the Smallsreed action category for his photo "Hey there," which appeared in the September issue of Hoof Beats. It is Hall's sixth Smallsreed Award. Michael Burns received honorable mention in the feature category for his photo of horses behind the starting gate at Mohawk. Ann MacNeill received honorable mention in the action division for her photo of a horse on the track at Pinette Raceway. Judges for the photography categories were racetrack and newspaper photographer Bill Denver, multiple Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston, and former harness racing groom and longtime newspaper/magazine photographer Phil McAuliffe. Winners will be recognized at USHWA's Dan Patch Awards dinner presented by Hoosier Park at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Feb. 26. For more information, visit Ken Weingartner

BEDFORD PA – The annual Pennsylvania Fair Harness Racing awards banquet was held on Saturday (January 14) in this southwest PA town, with the top performers receiving awards and generous sponsors continuing to make this PA Fair banquet one of the best values in harness racing (ticket price = $40; value of doorprizes divided by number of attendees = $65) through the hard work of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Shawn Johnston, a 24-year-old driver who had posted 30 victories in limited chances during his first six years of driving, showed rapid development this summer with 37 sulky triumphs to rank fourth on the fair circuit, earning the second Walter “Boots” Dunn Memorial Rising Star Award. Boots had presented the first Rising Star Award to Brady Brown in one of his last public appearances before his passing early in 2016; this year, Brown and Boots’s daughter Lisa Dunn conferred the honor to Johnston. “Boots was someone around here always admired,” Johnston noted. “And he drove horses for my grandparents. When we would talk, he might say something about learning driving – ‘Be more patient with a trotter’ – but we also talked about the horses he remembered driving for my grandparents.” The Pa Fair Circuit’s “Blues Brothers,” driver Chris and trainer Jason Shaw (so named because of their colors), earned the Top Gun Awards during the 2016 fair season, as Chris posted 65 sulky victories and Jason harnessed 57 winners circle visitors to lead their fellow horsemen in the winning column. Also honored were the divisional pointwinners during the 20-stop fair circuit, and those horses who visited Victory Lane after winning in October 8’s PA Fair Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadows: POINT WINNERS 2TC – Toolbox Tuesday, owned by Roger Hammer and Vicki Fair 2TF – No Not Yet, owned by Dr. William Solomon 2PC – Marvalous Artist, Roger Hammer and Vicki Fair 2PF – Camera Lady, owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York (the top pointwinner in all classes)   3TC – Major Matter, owned by Rick and Regina Beinhauer 3TF – A Little Laid Back, owned by Roger Hammer (won her point championship at 2 and 3) 3PC – Star Of Terror, owned by Fortunate One LLC 3PF – Unbeamlieveable, owned by Mason Shaw during the fair season (top pointwinner of 2 and 3)   CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2TC – Photo Bomber, owned by Tony and Linda Schadel 2TF – All Set Lets Go, owned by the McMullen Stable LLC 2PC – Cruiserwillwin, owned by Todd and Christine Schadel 2PF – Gemalous, owned by Mason Shaw   3TC – Shady McCoy, owned by Dave and Delores Wade 3TF – Waterview Hanover, owned by Susan Daugherty (only the third fair filly to win both of her Championships in the 20-year history of the Fair Finals, following trotter Rosebud Sioux in 2004-2005 and pacer Big City Hanover in 2006-2007) 3PC – Captain Dinger, owned by James Dodson and Ron Lineweaver 3PF – Unbeamlieveable, sold to Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi LLC before the Championship (the only 2016 point champion to also win the divisional Championship.) Jerry Connors

On Friday, the 13th, the biggest social night for Delaware harness racing people is on, when Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) presents its Annual Meeting at `10:30 a.m. at Dover Holiday Inn and then shifts to nearby Modern Maturity Center for its popular Awards Dinner begins with the cocktail hour at 5:45 p.m. Following dinner at 7 p.m. Heather Vitale will host the awards ceremonies celebrating the horsemen and horses highlights of 2016 at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. The evening is completed when "Mike Hines and the Look" entertain with music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. ---------------------------------------------------- Coming up on Saturday, Jan. 28, Canada presets its Black Tie 2016 O'Brien Awards in Mississauga, Ont. The classy banquet theme this year is the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada." -------------------------------------------------- Next month, the annual highlight of the Winter banquet season comes on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions honoring the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners. For more information, check . ----------------------------------- George Teague will be honored with a number of prestigious awards for 2016 at several banquets in Las Vegas. Early in the week,Teague has been named Harness Horsemen International's (HHI) major award, "The Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." In addition to conditioning 1,631 winners who earned $35-million to date, Teague will be honored for graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, several times during 2016 ,all to help promote harness racing. On Sunday, Feb. 26, the U.S.Harness Writers Association will honor Teague, who becomes the first person honored for a second time as its "Good Guy" award winner. Team Teague gets the sport's second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award or service to the sport. For ticket and hotel arrangements consult . ---------------------------------------- The hot horses in early January at Dover Downs are Ed Gannon and Yannick Gingras' Vintage Babe, a winner of her last five starts. Two of trainer Bryan Tuitt Stable's young horses are streaking. Enhance Your Mind has won 3 in-a-row and 6 of her last 7 races. Meanwhile, Sonny At the beach won his third in-a-row on Thursday. Ralbar, conditioned by Ron Davis won his second straight and 6th win in his last 7 starts. JL Wonder Woman, owned by Vic Kirby and Matt Ivory, has won 4 of his last 5. ---------------------------------------------------------- Starting with Monday's racing card, Dover Downs will display several new wagers on it daily program. For the first time , the track is changing the Pick 4 to a $.50 (50 cents) wager. In addition to changing the base price, an additional $.50 Pick 4 will be added and scheduled for Races 12,13,14 and15. Two Pick 3's will also be added - the first starting in Race 2 and later with Race 13. Finally, a Superfecta is being added to Race 14. As part of the changes, Dover Downs will be carding the 12th and 14th race with 9-horses.Beginning on Mondy, Jan. 16, all these changes will be offered Monday through Thursday racing programs. ----------------------------------------------------- On Tuesday, Jan.10 at Dover Downs, of the 15 races, 13 of the winning horses set new lifetime speed records. ------------------------------------------ Vic Kirby is back on top of the leading driver standings after emerging from a tie las week with Tim Tetrick. Kirby topped off a good week and now leads the win stats with 74 wins. Red-hot defending champion Corey Callahan has vaulted into second place with 65 winners. Yannick Gingras, is third with 58 wins. The vacationing Tim Tetrick is now fourth with 56 trips to the winner's circle. Tony Morgan completes the top 5 with 46 wins. -------------------------------------------------- Jim King continues atop the leading trainer stats with 44 winners. Josh Green and Joe Hundertpund are tied for second place , each with 23. Leigh Raymer and defending champ Dylan Davis are tied for fourth with 22 wins. Marv Bachrad

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 29, 2016 -- Southwind Farm has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the year for 2016. The Breeders Committee of the SBOANJ made the announcement this December. This years Southwind standout was once again Southwind Frank, one of the top three year old trotting colts in 2016. Southwind Farms will receive the presentation on January 29, 2017 at the 60th Annual New Jersey Breeders Award Luncheon at 1 pm at O'Connors Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. The Son of Muscle Hill, out of Flawless Lindy, Southwind Frank won 6 out of 14 starts in 2016, earning $1,164,468 for the Southwind Frank partners. A $100,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he was trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. Beginning with a New Jersey Sire Stakes win on May 20th he accumulated his 6 wins for the rest of the year, including the $500,000 Earl Beal at Pocono Downs, the $153,250 Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands and the $500,000 Colonial Trot at Pocono Downs. He also lowered his lifetime mark to 1:52.1 at the Meadowlands with his win in the Reynolds Memorial. Southwind Farms is also home of the champion stallion Muscle Hill, who will be returning to New Jersey to stand stud in 2017. This years New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as well as Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder was sired by Muscle Hill. All of us at Southwind Farms are very proud to be named New Jersey Breeder of the Year for the second consecutive year, said Southwind Farms Syndicate Manager Mike Klau. We are committed to the New Jersey program and hope that it is able to grow in the coming years.” This is the third Breeders Award for the 235 acre farm near the Village of Pennington, NJ. Southwind Farms was founded by Connie & Allen Skolnick in 1986, both Skolnicks passed away in 2013, and the farm is currently owned by their son, Barry. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include three-time winner White Birch Farm, two-time winner Perretti Farms, Deo Volente Farms, Valley High Stables, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. Tickets for the luncheon cost $45 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information, call 609-984-4389 or email Courtney Stafford  

HARRISBURG PA - Thomas H. Hicks, whose longtime experience in both the Standardbred sport and top financial circles gave the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) a chance to have a wealth of experience at the head of an effort to their stabilizing and growing the organization's finances, has done his Association jobs so well that he has been voted the Member of the Year Award by USHWA, the harness racing sport's leading organization for communicators. Hicks, a member of USHWA's Florida chapter and a National Director for the last four years, has bred national champions such as the million-dollar-winning racehorse turned coveted sire Crazed, and was the Executive Director of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) in 2011. He regularly writes about North American monte (saddled) racing and the European Grand Circuit, especially his beloved Vincennes racetrack in Paris and its world-class Prix d'Amerique Trot. The Florida Chapter of USHWA honored him with the Allen J. Finkelson Award for journalistic excellence in 2013. It is the business side of Hicks's "pedigree," though, replete with prestigious names such as the Harvard Business School, that has made him immensely valuable to USHWA. Hicks is founder and managing partner of Renaissance Partners LLC, a management and turnaround firm which, as its name suggests, specializes in developing and then helping to implement a rebirth and profit plan, both short- and long-term, for its clients. The Renaissance "touch" is evident in Tom's guidance and plans to both keeping a sharp eye on expenses while also growing the association's income through such varied venues as USHWA's annual award dinner and through the group's website, In announcing Hicks as the recipient of the "USHWAn of the Year" award, as it is known within the Association, USHWA President Tim Bojarski stated, "A panel of recent recipients of this award selected Tom for his longtime dedication to the Florida Chapter, his work on USHWA's national tax and audits committees in recent years, and now his spearheading the new Budget Committee, which will ensure the long-term viability of the Association. Everyone in USHWA appreciates Tom's efforts on behalf of the group, and this award adds the exclamation point to these sentiments." Tom Hicks will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing. United States Harness Writers Association

HARRISBURG PA -- Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, veteran harness racing breeders and racehorse owners who were responsible for the production of two of the top trotting fillies of 2016 - Ariana G and All The Time - were the unanimous choice for Breeders of the Year by the Breeders/Broodmares committee of USHWA. The committee was also undivided in naming the top broodmares of the year: for the trotters, Cantab It All - owned by Libfeld/Katz and the dam of Ariana G and All The Time, and for the pacers, Artstopper, the dam of Always B Miki, who lowered the sport's all-time speed record to 1:46.   The 25+ year partnership of Ontarians Katz and Libfeld certainly had one of its greatest seasons in 2016, owning both diamond gaited fillies and also sending out Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping and the multiple-stakes winner Idyllic Beach, voted Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. "Idyllic" was joined as divisional champion on the trotting side by Ariana G, who dominated the baby trotting misses through the major portion of the stakes calendar. Ariana G's older sister by a year, All The Time, made a remarkable recovery from emergency colic surgery after her Hambletonian Oaks victory to return to the races and win a Breeders Crown elimination.   The dam of these two talented trotting distaffs is Cantab It All, a White Birch Farm-bred daughter of Cantab Hall-Better Odds-Pine Chip, who herself took a mark of 1:53 and earned over $280,000 on the racetrack. Her first two foals, both by top racehorse turned top sire Muscle Hill, are All The Time and Ariana G, and one can only imagine the potential of, and interest in, the next foals in the Cantab It All "production line."   Artstopper, who was unraced, has certainly made up for lost time in the broodmare shed for the Roll The Dice Stable of Delaware's Joe Hurley. Before "Miki" came along, she had produced Yagonnakissmeornot, a $1.45M-winning daughter of The Panderosa who has raced the best of her class for several seasons - and has given Artstopper the rare distinction of having both a son and daughter who have beaten 1:50.   But 2016 was the year of Always B Miki, Harness Horse of the Year, reducer of record speed with a 1:46 mile at the famed Red Mile in Lexington on October 9. A son of Always A Virgin who like his sister Yagonnakissmeornot can trace their topline pedigree back to the hugely-influential Western Hanover, Always B Miki clashed with 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in an epic series of duels in the free-for-all pacing ranks, with Miki winning four, including the season-ending Breeders Crown, and Wiggle winning three. (These two pacing giants brought extra attention to Indiana, where they were both sired, and to Hurley's Delaware, where they are both owned.)   Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, along with Cantab It All, Artstopper and their connections, will all be feted at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing.   United States Harness Writers Association    

HARRISBURG PA - Allison Conte, riding on the leading curve of the "new wave" social media communications designed to bring the excitement and fun of harness racing to an ever-expanding audience, has "broken through" the communications clutter with such success in her job as Social Media Manager for the U.S. Trotting Association that the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading industry for communicators, has voted her the winner of the Breakthrough Award, which honors those in the sport 35 years or younger for outstanding early-career non-training/driving contributions to harness racing   Conte is overseer of the many platforms established within the USTA's Communications department: the acclaimed Harness Racing FanZone website; the Facebook page of both the FanZone and the USTA's own central organizational page; and the various means to cover three of harness racing's flagship events: the Hambletonian, the Little Brown Jug, and the Breeders Crown. In addition, she functions as host for the USTA's weekly online show Morning Line; edits for the USTA's website, the most widely-viewed website in the industry; and conducts advisory sessions in how to utilize social media effectively and how to bring more owners into the sport. And her vision into the sport and new ways to tell its story has led to many successful programs involving the new media, and certainly will lead to many more.   One striking feature running through the vast majority of Allison's work is the insight she gives into the people and horses involved in putting on "the show," devoting time and energy to the individuals and events "behind the scenes" that may surprise people and interest them further in the sport. The faculty that Conte has in this area is no accident: the daughter of horseman Carl Conte Jr., Allison has been a caretaker for fast horses, rich horses, and durable horses - all of those characteristics rolled up together in her most famous charge, Foiled Again, the sport's all-time leader in earnings with earnings nearing $7.5 million, an evergreen campaigner who is still racing at a high level as he turns 13 next week.   Allison does not oversee her "media empire" by viewing a bank of consoles at the USTA's Ohio office - she is one of the Association's most visible employees, having spent 73 days on the road this past year. She is helpful and patient with horseman, horse, manager, and fan alike - a person who honestly has the good of the sport in the forefront of her mind at all times.   Allison Conte will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing.    

HARRISBURG PA -- They were the pairing that seemed to be almost too good to be true - combining a proud family tradition, a love of the trotting horse, a woman pursuing the dream that her late husband never quite attained, and a young man, a college student, with sparkling "bloodlines" on both sides of his pedigree. But it was this perfect harness team - Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling - who owned Marion Marauder, winner of the Triple Crown of Trotting and Trotter of the Year honors during 2016. And they loved every minute of it. Now, they have been voted Owners of the Year for 2016 by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading trade group for communicators. "Jean," as she is generally known, is the wife of the late Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Wellwood, a "trottin' horse" man who trained many quality horses during his distinguished career, but never quite came up with "the big one". Devin is a college sophomore, Jean's grandson and the son of her daughter Paula and horseman Mike Keeling, who had been a caretaker for Bill Wellwood. This living of a dream started in Lexington in 2014, where Jean picked a royally-pedigreed horse (Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover) via a catalogue, with daughter Paula haltering the colt for a bargain $37,000. Then came patient development under the tutelage of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling (improving from start to start), perfect handling by driver Scott Zeron, and Marion Marauder realizing that he could be the type of colt that Bill Wellwood and those in his family always wanted, all resulting in a sensational sophomore campaign in 2016. He ended up the season with a record of 15-10-3-0, and he led all North American trotters with earnings of $1,484,532. Marion Marauder became only the ninth horse to win Trotting's Triple Crown, and the first since Glidemaster in 2006. The "Marauder" was certainly the right horse at the right place at the right time - winning the Hambletonian by a nose and the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity by a head each - and Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, experience and youth, "trottin' people", part of an extended "happy family," climbed to the pinnacle of success as harness horse owners. Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling (along with Marion Marauder) will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing.  

HARRISBURG PA - One is a native of the heartland of U.S. harness racing, the Buckeye State of Ohio. One is a Swedish emigrant who is fiercely appreciative of the opportunities his adopted United States has given him. (Both do fine when they cross the border north to Canada, too.) Both are in their mid-50s. Both are members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. David Miller and Jimmy Takter were the Driver and Trainer of the Year in 2015, respectively, their outstanding seasons cemented by quantity - six Breeders Crown wins for Takter, with Miller gaining five Crown sulky triumphs, including two for Takter. And in 2016, Takter and Miller are repeat winners in their respective categories as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), both again having quality seasons up and down the board, but their highlight this time focused on quality - 2016 Harness Horse of the Year Always B Miki, author of the sport's fastest-ever mile, a 1:46 clocking at Lexington's famed Red Mile on October 9. "Miki" also had four victories in head-to-head matchups against 2015 Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, who had three in a months-long series of contests that had fans - and even "seen-it-all" horsemen - buzzing throughout North America. Of course, to earn top yearly accolades over their talented peers, both men accomplished much more than their successful collaboration with Always B Miki. Takter collected year-end honors not only with Always B Miki (also the Pacer of the Year) but with a repeat champion, the 3-year-old pacing filly Pure Country, and two 2-year-old fillies, pacer Idyllic Beach and trotter Ariana G (Takter also guided Ariana G's successful sophomore sister All The Time, and the two fillies' combined exploits earned breeders/owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz honors as the season's Breeders of the Year). That's four divisional winners in all -- no other trainer had more than one. Add in Breeders Crown-winning Bar Hopping, often right in the mix with Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, among others and you see a powerhouse of a stable that earned Takter Trainer of the Year plaudits for the third year in a row, and sixth overall (1996, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016). While Takter is forthright and outfront with his opinions, David Miller, while no less insightful, by temperament would rather just go about his job quietly yet effectively - both factors showing up when he became only the third driver, behind John Campbell and Ron Pierce, to go over $200 million in career sulky earnings, as the feat came in May at Harrah's Philly with an undistinguished pacer named Hickory Chumley, who paid $82.80 to win. In this, his best season ever for earnings with more than $12.6 million bankrolled, Miller also had a large hand in the racetrack guidance of two other divisional award-winners: 3-year-old trotting filly Broadway Donna, a repeat champion, and the multi-major stake-winning 3-year-old pacing colt Betting Line. This is Miller's third Driver of the Year title: he won the inaugural award in 2003, and of course now has two straight in the category. Jimmy Takter and David Miller (and the many horses for whom they were an integral part of the road to success in 2016) will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

George Teague has been named winner of another prestigious award. Teague has been named Harness Horsemen International (HHI)'s "Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." In addition to conditioning 1,631 winners of $35-million to date, Teague has been honored for graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, several times during 2016 to help promote harness racing. ---------------------------------------------------------- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with USHWA honoring the sport's unsung heroes, the caretakers. Dover Downs leads in the number of grooms at the track who have won this award in the past. To nominate for this award with a number of benefits, contact USHWA president Tim Bojarski at with a minimum 200 words, stating the special qualities of the caretaker being nominated. ------------------------------------------ Thursday racing is now the top pacing day at Dover Downs. The highlight events, the $30,000 Preferred has been won the last two times by Ideal Cowboy while Little Ben recorded his fourth win in his last five winning the $27,500 Delaware Special. During the rest of the racing week, Monday is now a top claiming feature day, on Tuesday the top female pacers meet in the $20,000 Open Mares pace and Wednesday continues as top trot day highlighted by the $20,000 Open Trot. ------------------------------------------ With the end of 2016 at hand, First place in Dover Downs leading driver category has become a three-driver battle for top spot. Through November, Vic Kirby led the roster in winning drives. In December, Yannick Gingras had several five win days; Tim Tetrick added a number of four-win cards to also challenge Kirby for the lead, now in a virtual tie. Allan Davis holds on to fourth place while Ross Wolfenden is fifth. ----------------------------------------------------- Jim King remains as leader in trainers statistics in wins and money won by his stable. Josh Green is in second place. Joe Hundertfund and Leigh Raymer are tied for third place with Wayne Givens, fifth. ------------------------------------------------ Well know Delaware stallion Tune Town who stood at Rhonda Owens-Whitehouse's Safe Haven Farms in Ellendale died recently at age 24, The former USHWA Pacing Horse of the Year and Nova Award winning Older Pacer in 1997sired 120 Delaware-bred foals, Dina's Gamble p,1:50.1 ($521,507) and Fine-Tuner p,1:50.1 and Tuneariffic p,1,50.2 topped the list. ------------------------------------------- In 2017, the American Horse Council (AHC) offers three different internships available to both high school and college students. Visit the AHC website for details at ----------------------------------------------- Australia has announced it will ban the use of existing whips in training and racing beginning on Sept. 1, 2017. Australia becomes the first country to do so. ------------------------------------ Two Dover Downs regulars who raced at Rosecroft Raceway during the just ended Fall season tied for the 2016 Leading Driver title, Roger Plante Jr. and Russell Foster had 52 wins each. Marv Bachrad

Exclusive video highlights from the USTA of the six Dan Patch Award winning trotters announced today by the U.S. Harness Writers Association are now available to watch or download on Dropbox. The winning trotter videos for Marion Marauder, Broadway Donna, Hannelore Hanover, Obrigado, Walner and Ariana G are available by clicking here. For the first time, the U.S. Trotting Association is providing assorted video highlights that can be downloaded for each of the Dan Patch Award divisional winners in conjunction with the announcement of those winners this week. The video features exclusive footage captured by the USTA of major races won, winner's circle presentations and b-roll of each winner. Video courtesy for use of the footage should be -- U.S. Trotting Association. Some race replays are also included. Videos for the pacing award winners will be available on Friday (Dec. 16) at approximately 1 p.m. Links to the video files will be posted on and sent out in a press release. The videos will remain available at the same links for the announcement of the Trotter, Pacer and Harness Horse of the Year awards on Monday (Dec. 19) at noon. According to USHWA, Monday's Trotter, Pacer and Harness Horse of the Year awards announcements will be streamed live starting at noon on the Facebook pages of USHWA, Hoosier Park and the Harness Racing FanZone hosted by Emily Gaskin, Hoosier's race marketing manager and the winner of USHWA's 2014 Breakthrough Award. Ken Weingartner

George Teague, Jr., has been awarded the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year award by Harness Horseman International. Teague is best known for conditioning and owning such greats as Wiggle It Jiggleit and Rainbow Blue, among many. The 53-year-old Harrington, DE native has conditioned 1,631 winners to the tune of $35,161,481 in career earnings to date, and has graciously allowed the public to meet and greet Wiggle It Jiggleit on many occasions to help promote harness racing.   Chaplain Lee Alphen is honored with the HHI Appreciation Award. Since 2010, Alphen has led the non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization that serves the harness racing community. Prior to her current position, Alphen was the Chaplain at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH since 1975, ministering to both the harness and Thoroughbred racing industries, and also served as the Chaplain at Scarborough Downs and Suffolk Downs. Every fall, Chaplain Alphen comes to the Little Brown Jug for the week, administering a traditional, Wednesday morning prayer breakfast.   Tom Cassidy & Roger Huston are HHI's Clyde Hirt Media Award winners for this year. Huston is one of the most well-known voices in harness racing, serving as the announcer at The Meadows and as the voice of the Little Brown Jug. He has called well over 170,000 races in his career at 126 tracks in 17 states and seven countries. Tom Cassidy is an on-air horse racing analyst who has been with TVG since March 2012 and was also the former handicapper for Monmouth Park.   The HHI Lifetime Achievement Award winners are Mike O. Izzo of Pennsylvania and Leo McNamara of New Jersey (posthumously).   Izzo is the CFO of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, administering the health and pension programs and has also served as the Executive Administrator of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and as former Executive Director for both HHI and PHHA.   McNamara was a third generation horseman who worked at Two Gaits Farm and Hanover Shoe Farm, and was the longtime Executive Director of the SBOA of New Jersey who passed away earlier this year. His contributions to the well-being of the Garden State's harness racing industry are numerous.   All of these gentlemen will be feted with their HHI Awards during the U.S. Harness Writer's Association's Dan Patch Awards Night of Champions on February 26, 2017.   Harness Horsemen International 319 High St. Suite 2 Burlington, NJ 08016 (609) 747-1000

Latham, NY---On Sunday (Nov. 13), the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and the United States Trotting Association held their annual New York Sire Stakes and District 8 awards banquet in Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The biggest names in Empire State racing that gathered to fete the accomplishments of their stars began the evening with a cocktail party sponsored by the District 8 member tracks (including Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello Casino & Raceway, Saratoga Casino & Hotel, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs) before being seated for dinner and the awards presentations. The big announcement of the night was that 2-year-old trotting colt Walner was named the District 8 Horse of the Year. Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny 1:51.3, $484,037) is owned by Ken Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano and driven in all of his starts by Tim Tetrick. Jacobs purchased Walner at the 2015 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $90,000 and placed under the tutelage of his longtime trainer Linda Toscano. Since then, the New York bred colt has developed into the top 2-year-old male trotter in North America. Having won seven of his eight starts in 2016, Walner was not shy to make headlines. After winning two NYSS events over the summer, Walner won the $280,000 International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile in October, setting a world record of 1:51.3 for 2-year-old trotting colts, breaking the old standard of 1:52.2 set by Southwind Frank in 2015. Three weeks later, he won the $600,000 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands in 1:53, trotting away from the field by 4-½ lengths. This performance was a track and stake record for 2-year-old trotting colts. Then, to put an exclamation mark on his season, Walner was victorious in the $200,600 Kindergarten Classic final at the Meadowlands in 1:53.2 by an overwhelming seven lengths.  Walner’s achievements during his freshman campaign were both dominant and record breaking and have firmly entrenched him as the early favorite in the 2017 Hambletonian. There were some outstanding seasons put together by those awarded for their performances in the New York Sire Stakes this year including some who impacted the Grand Circuit as well. Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall-Ann’s Promise) was named the NYSS 3-year-old trotting colt of the year. After winning five legs of the NYSS during the year, Smalltownthrowdown was crowned the division champion after taking the final at Yonkers Raceway. On Saturday (Sept. 3), Smalltownthrowdown competed in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot and was beaten only a head by Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder, who would go on to become the trotting Triple Crown winner. Smalltownthrowdown had seven wins in 16 starts and earned $446,263 in purses for his efforts. His seasonal (and lifetime) mark of 1:54.4 was taken at Saratoga Raceway. Non Stick (Lucky Chucky-Meucci Madness) was named the NYSS 3-year-old trotting filly of the year. After being crowned champion of the 2-year-old trotting filly division last year on the strength of an undefeated season, Non Stick repeated as 3-year-old champion this year after winning four NYSS events over the summer. The highlight of 2016 for her came at Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 19) when she won the $225,000 Empire Breeders Classic wire to wire from post eight in 1:54, which was a new lifetime mark. Non Stick won six starts in 12 attempts and banked $363,787 in those outings. Jim Morrill Jr. repeated as NYSS Driver of the Year after he posted a 28-26-26 record off of 144 starts, which equated to a .355 UDR. His drives earned his owners just under $1.65 million in purses. Ron Burke repeated as NYSS Trainer of the Year while campaigning 25 horses on the circuit. His students won 20 races and earned checks 70% of the time. Those added up to $1.26 in earnings for their owners. Winbak Farm was once again Breeder of the Year as 24 of their get started 84 times and earned just over $1 million, getting purse checks 73% of the time. Here is a complete list of all the award winners. 2016 USTA DISTRICT 8 CHAMPIONS 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Barn Bella Owners: Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt & Purple Haze Stables LLC   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Planet Rock Owners: Kenneth Jacobs   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Fad Finance Owners: Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg & Rojan Stables   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER No Clouds Bluechip Owners: Richard Carney, Farrell Carney & Barbara Berger   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER Walner Owner: Kenneth Jacobs   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Funknwaffles Owners: Crawford Farms Racing & Susan Oakes   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER Smalltownthrowdown Owners: Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner & Richard Lombardo   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Missile J Owners: KJ Stables LLC & Purple Haze Stable LLC   COUNTY FAIR DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Mark Whitcroft RISING STAR AWARD: Joseph Chindano Jr. PARI-MUTUEL DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Jim Morrill Jr. TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Linda Toscano   2016 NEW YORK SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Barn Bella Conway Hall — Bravissima Owners: Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt & Purple Haze Stables LLC Breeder: Morrisville Col Fdn Inc. Trainer: Steven Pratt Driver: Jeff Gregory NYSS Earnings: $200,287   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Tequila Monday American Ideal — Margarita Monday Owners: Susan Oakes & Chuck Pompey Breeder: Winbak Farm Trainer: Chris Oakes Driver: Brian Sears NYSS Earnings: $176,206   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Non Stick Lucky Chucky — Meucci Madness Owners: Ake Svanstedt Inc. & Little E LLC Breeders: Michael Andrew & Steve Stewart Trainer: Ake Svanstedt Driver: Ake Svanstedt NYSS Earnings: $231,907   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Wishy Washy Girl Roll With Joe — Wish All You Want Owners: Michael Cimaglio & Stephen Demeter Breeders: Scott Dillon & Thomas Dillon Trainer: Tracy Brainard Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $172,329   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Devious Man Credit Winner — Miss Garland Owner: Stroy Inc Breeder: Winbak Farm Trainer: Julie Miller Driver: Andy Miller NYSS Earnings: $264,647   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Funknwaffles American Ideal — Hatsoff Hanover Owners: Crawford Farms Racing & Susan Oakes Breeder: David McDuffee Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $234,785   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Smalltownthrowdown Cash Hall — Ann’s Promise Owners: Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner & Richard Lombardo Breeder: David Firmstone Trainer: Dan Daley Driver: Dan Daley NYSS Earnings: $304,447   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Roll Away Joe Roll With Joe — Chatelaine Owners: Howard Taylor, Stephen Demeter & Thomas Lazzaro Breeder: Twinbrook Limited Trainer: Tracy Brainard Driver: Jason Bartlett NYSS Earnings: $312,382   BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Winbak Farm TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Ron Burke DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Jim Morrill Jr.   2016 NYSS CONSOLATION WINNERS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Teasin N Pleasin CR Excalibur – Brontease Owners: Edward Reich, Thomas Corelli & Fred Corelli Breeder: Winbak Farm Trainer: Thomas Corelli Driver: Jeff Gregory NYSS Earnings: $63,296   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Zette Starlet Credit Winner – Scottish Starlet Owner: Cozette McAvoy Breeder: William Donovan Trainer: Cozette McAvoy Driver: Charlie Norris NYSS Earnings: $54,280   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Major Millie Art Major – Gravity Owner: SSG Stables Breeder: Flintlock Farm Inc Trainer: Steve Elliott Driver: John MacDonald NYSS Earnings: $58,650   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Top Flight Angel Archangel – Top Photo Owner: Legendary Standardbred Farm Breeder: Alan Hainsworth Trainer: Megan Wilson Driver: John Cummings Jr NYSS Earnings: $28,756   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Royal Bachelor RC Royalty – Becca J Owners: Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV & Michael White Breeder: Kenneth Jacobs Trainer: Dan Daley Driver: Dan Daley NYSS Earnings: $50,800   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE JK Heaven Sent Rock N Roll Heaven – JK Owhatanite Owners: Michi Abday, Barbara & Donald Arnstine Breeder: 3 Brothers Stables Trainer: Gilbert Garcia-Herrera Driver: John MacDonald NYSS Earnings: $41,850   2016 NEW YORK-BRED EXCELSIOR CHAMPIONS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Royal Oaks RC Royalty — Mystical Oaks Owners: Jessica Okusko & Ronald LaClair Breeder: Dunroven Stud LLC Trainer: Jessica Okusko Driver: Stephane Bouchard NYSS Earnings: $41,250   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Pirinea’s Princess Roll With Joe — Chant-A-Nuka Owner: Latz A Luck Stable Breeder: Joseph Pirinea Trainer: Dennis Laterza Driver: Stephane Bouchard NYSS Earnings: $49,100   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Wendy’s Girl Lucky Chucky — East Creek Wendy Owners: Howard Taylor & Edwin Gold Breeder: East Creek Stable Trainer: Tracy Brainard Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $64,950   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Ghost Runner Art Major — Spirit Of The West Owners: Dr. Scott Leaf, Deborah Mackenzie, Gerald Fielding & Tom Jackson Breeder: Stonegate Standardbred Farms Trainer: Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller NYSS Earnings: $43,050   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Barn Winner Credit Winner — Hallmarker T Owners: Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt & Out In The Country Stable Breeders: Moni Market Breeders & Jeffery Ruch Trainer: Steven Pratt Driver: Jeff Gregory NYSS Earnings: $45,000   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Percy’s Z Tam American Ideal — Mintjulep Bluechip Owners: Pat Lachance, Z Tam Stbs LLC, M&M Harness Rcg LLC & Royal Flush Stb LLC Breeder: Michael Parisi Trainer/ Driver: Pat Lachance NYSS Earnings: $58,650   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Just For Today Credit Winner — Brandnewgirlfriend Owners: Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco & Hatfield Stables Breeder: Valley High Stable Trainer: Paul Kelley Driver: Matt Kakaley NYSS Earnings: $46,800   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Endeavor American Ideal — Jett Diamond Owner: Helene Fillion Breeder: Barbara Muschera Trainer: Pat Lachance Driver: John MacDonald NYSS Earnings: $41,850   BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Winbak Farm TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Erv Miller DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Jim Morrill Jr.   2016 NEW YORK COUNTY FAIR CHAMPIONS   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Too Cool To Fool Conway Hall—Travelin Deal Owner: Angela Jackson Breeders: Matthew Gartland & Beryl Taylor Trainer: David Dewhurst Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. NYSS Earnings: $9,550   2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Bonita Island Artiscape — Malita Island Owner: Robert Gale Breeder: White Birch Farm Trainer: Robert Gale Driver: Truman Gale NYSS Earnings: $7,943   3 -YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT KZ Crazee Crazed — Lindy’s Almond Joy Owner: Beth Smith Breeder: Lindy Farms Of Conn Trainer: Cheryl Whitcroft Driver: Mark Whitcroft NYSS Earnings: $10,527   3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Niche Blue Chip Art Major — PW Spare Owners: Elizabeth & Dyce Spalluto, Veronica Dylo & David Widzinski Breeder: Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. Trainer: Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. Driver: Drew Monti NYSS Earnings: $10,365   2-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT DW’s Revenge Archangel — Princess Maddie Owner: Sally Cartier Breeder: WD LaPage Stable Trainer: Sally Cartier Driver: Mark Whitcroft NYSS Earnings: $11,520   2-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Napper Tandy Art Major — Cammara Owner: Donald Cosgrove Breeder: Donald Cosgrove Trainer: Angus MacDonald Driver: Chris Lems NYSS Earnings: $11,025   3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT Trooper Jim Conway Hall — Alpine Goal Owners: Heather & Barry White Breeder: Barry White Trainer: Barry White Driver: Truman Gale NYSS Earnings: $12,617   3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE Midnite Pass Kenneth J — The Company Store Owner: Gary Cartier Breeders: Michelle & Albert Crawford Trainer: Sally Cartier Driver: Mark Whitcroft NYSS Earnings: $17,367   BREEDER OF THE YEAR: Steuben Farms TRAINER OF THE YEAR: David Dewhurst DRIVER OF THE YEAR: Mark Whitcroft   RACING UNDER SADDLE   CHAMPION Vanessa Karlewicz riding Admirable Hanover   HIGH POINT HORSE Jeanie Marie Rider: Heather Reese Trainer: Jennifer Sansone Owner: Mo Choo Inc. & Jonathan Klee Racing   TRAINER OF THE YEAR Michael Miller   By Tim Bojarski 

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to announce the harness racing nominees for the 2nd annual Post Time Awards to take place on Thursday, December 8, 2016 Each category listed below features nominees which were decided by the fans of harness racing. Voting has begun and will conclude on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:59 PM. Please note there is only one vote per person and the award ballet can be found here. Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year Nadia B Fella has been racing on the New York and New Jersey circuit for most of her 14 year old life. She has a mark of 1:58 which she set at Freehold during the 2016 season and has 22 wins in 381 career starts. While she doesn't win a ton of races, she loves to hit the board doing so 34% of the time. She was bred in Somerville, NJ by Gary Ihling, is owned by Colleen Posner and is trained by Michael Posner. Walton Shaw A has been racing on the Delaware and Maryland circuit through most of his 14 year old life. He set a mark at age 10 of 1:53 1/5 at Harrington Raceway and has 44 wins in 292 starts. Towards the beginning of his career he had some success in Australia before coming to the United States. He currently has just over $300,000 in career earnings. He was bred in New Zealand by B J Shaw and G L Shaw, is owned by Kevin Fitzgerald and Leonard Jones III, and is trained by Jay Shores. Haste is a 14 year old who has raced from Ohio to Yonkers and back, but for the better part of 2015 and 2016 he has spent his racing time at Northfield Park in Ohio. He set his career mark at age 14 at Northfield Park with a time of 1:57.1. During the beginning of his career he raced on the Ohio Sire Stakes and Ohio Fair Circuit where he had some success. Haste has made just under $650,000 in his career, winning 52 times in 388 starts. He was bred in Ohio by Success Acres Inc, owned by Garry Martin, and is trained by Sue Stockwell. Wynnfield Scamp is a 14 year old stud racing on the Maryland circuit. Early in his career he raced in Canada as a horse staked to the Ontario Sire Stakes where he had a little bit of success. Wynnfield Scamp has made just over $337,000 in his career, winning 44 times in 277 starts and set a mark of 1:51.1 at Colonial Downs as a four year old. He was bred in Ontario by Karry Howard and is owned and trained by Pamela Polk. Armbro Casino is a 14 year old gelding who was a $25,000 purchase at the KY Standardbred sale in 2003. He has raced all over the east coast and started his career in the Kentucky Sire Stakes. Armbro Casino has a mark of 1:53.3 set during his 12 year old season at Harrah's Philadelphia and has just over $600,000 made in his career. He was bred by Armstrong Bros, owned by Anthony Gruppo of Hamburg, NY and USHWA President Tim Bojarski of Akron, and trained by Priscilla Mooney. Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year Brandon Valvo helps to run and write for Harness Racing America. Brandon is very active on social media and is very apt on his international racing. When Bold Eagle attempted his triple crown in France in 2015, he helped to lead Post Time with Mike and Mike on knowing the horses, how to pronounce names, and helped the duo understand the differences in racing in France versus the United States. He writes for the Saratoga Special during the Saratoga thoroughbred meets. Raymond Lance is a freelance photographer and groom in Ohio. Raymond has a big social media presence, specifically on Twitter where he helps to congratulate some of the stakes winners by sharing photos he has taken of them. He most recently attended the Little Brown Jug where he shot some photos for Harness Link. Louie Sorella is a Canadian harness racing fan who follows the Western Fair Meet in London, Ontario. His selections and insight can be found on Twitter, but his selections are also used on the Western Fair feed. He is more commonly known by the folks at Western Fair as #LouKnows. Louie promotes the sport of harness racing and tries to help new fans grasp the gambling aspect of the game. Sydney Weaver, from Canada, is the owner of Sydney Seelster who raced in Canada. She currently writes for Harness Link with her On The Rail series, chronicling her travels and experiences to different race tracks and harness racing events. Her horse Sydney Seelster is currently in foal to Rock N Roll Heaven. Sydney helps to market the sport by showing up at racetracks with her family, cheering horses and horse people on, and helping to create a positive attitude towards the sport on social media. Russ Adams runs a harness racing handicapping group on Facebook and helps to promote the Western Fair and Rosecroft product specifically. He has his selections highlighted on the Western Fair feed and promotes racing by highlighting big events in his Facebook group and visiting different racetracks to participate in handicapping contests. Steve Roth is the track photographer at Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, New York. Roth started as the photographer full-time in 2014 and has a big social media following in Western New York where he shares some of his professional work. Roth attends the races in the off-season at Batavia Downs Gaming in New York and has learned a lot about the sport of harness racing. Chris Van Hattern has a big twitter following and helps to promote the sport of harness racing by posting videos of a majority of the stakes races around the world on YouTube. Chris is from New Zealand and has worked with Post Time with Mike and Mike before by helping to post a video of the American race call provided for Bold Eagle's triple crown attempt in France. Tom Dubrick has an extensive Facebook following and is a two-time Post Time award nominee. Tom brings a positive presence to the industry through his numerous Facebook posts regarding the racing action at Hoosier Park. Race Call of the Year Sam McKee is the announcer at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the Red Mile in Kentucky. Sam called Always B Miki in his world record performance of 1:46. Joe Zambito is the announcer at Batavia Downs Gaming in New York. Joe called Foiled Again in the 2016 Kane Memorial where he closed from off the pace to win against a stacked field. Barry Vicroy is the announcer at Scioto Downs, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, and Miami Valley Gaming. Barry got to call one of the historic stretch battles between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki in the 2016 Jim Ewart Memorial. James Witherite is the announcer at Vernon and Tioga Downs in Central New York. He posted a video on Facebook of him calling the closing race of the 2016 at Vernon Downs and it was nominated by several harness racing fans. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle is the announcer at Western Fair Raceway in Ontario. Sugar called the exciting upset of Evenin of Pleasure in the 2016 Molson Pace. Ayers Ratliff is the announcer at Northfield Park in Ohio. Ayers got to announce the 2016 Carl Milstein Memorial where Betting Line dominated the field after throwing a few steps in around the far turn. Horsewoman of the Year Hannah Miller is a one of four two-time Post Time with Mike and Mike nominees. She has participated in a bunch of amateur events in 2016 and has won 30 starts in just over 100 this year. Casie Coleman won the 2016 Little Brown Jug with Betting Line who had a career season in 2016 which ended after a spider bite just before the Breeders' Crown at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Casie races a majority of her starts in Canada and in 2016 she has won 54 times in 194 starts. Devan Miller is an Ohio based trainer and is the daughter of Hall of Fame driver David Miller. Devan has trained horses around the country throughout her career. In 2016 she has won 29 races in 224 starts. Emily Gaskin is the media analyst and a representative at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana. Emily owns her share of horses and helps to actively promote the sport of harness racing on Twitter and Facebook. She has worked very hard to help promote the Hoosier Park brand and also helps the interns that work at the track to learn to be professionals. Emily is a two-time Post Time award nominee. Trainer Linda Toscano has had another spectacular training season including training one of the fastest two year old trotters in history with Walner. Linda has raced all over in 2016 including sporting her champion horse market Share at venues such as Harrah's Philadelphia, The Meadowlands, and Mohawk Racetrack. In 2016, Linda has just under 700 training starts and has won 132 races. Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year Trainer/driver Marc Campbell is a Canadian based horseman who is from Prince Edward Island. He won the Gold Cup and Saucer with Take It Back Terry in 2015 and had multiple nominations for the small stable award. Marc only has 186 training starts this year, but has shown his stable success by winning 58 times and has a UTRS of .430. Jeff Gregory is a trainer/driver on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. Jeff trains sensation Barn Doll who has been racing against some of the top horses in 2016 and won the Miss Versatility on September 22 at the Delaware Ohio County Fair. Jeff was second this year with Spicedbourbongirl in the Kentucky Filly Futurity which is one of many stakes races he has participated in this season. In just two years training full-time after many injuries he has won stakes races in 3 different states. When Marion Marauder came to the stable of Paula Wellwood, there is no way she could have known what he would do for her stable. In 2016, Paula led Marion Marauder to a triple crown season capped by a win in the Kentucky Futurity in Lexington, KY. Paula is a Canadian based trainer from Cambridge and in 15 starts has won 8 this season. Maria Rice is a Western New York based trainer and is a two-time Post Time Award nominee. Maria has won 84 starts in 399 starts as of the time of this writing. Maria conditions horses at Batavia Downs Gaming and Buffalo Raceway. One of her favorite horses is a trotter named Keystone Bernard who she calls Bernie who she shows sleeping on Facebook leading up to races. She has a UTRS of .364 in 2016 and has just over $500,000 in purses. Jim and Joanne Looney-King have become fan favorites and are also a two time Post Time Award nominee. Joanne is the mother of Heather Vitale, and is the trainer of Wakizashi Hanover. She led Newborn Sassy to the Breeders' Crown final at the Meadowlands in October. Joanne currently has just over $1 million dollars in the bank and has won 52 times in 223 starts. Upset of the Year Throughout 2016 the main battle has been between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki, but in August another horse showed that he could be dominate with a shocking victory in the US Pacing Championship. Shamballa trained by Rick Zeron showed that he belonged with this group by winning easily. Mark MacDonald has been trying to win the Molson Pace at Western Fair for a long time, 2016 looked like his year, except Sylvain Fillion and Evenin Of Pleasure had other plans. Late in the stretch Sylvain went by at astronomical odds to prove he was the best that night. Imacrazynewyorker shocked trotters in New York at Saratoga Casino, winning at odds of 102-1 for trainer John Hallett and driver Mark Beckwith. In 2016, Bold Eagle attempted to become the first horse to winning the French Triple Crown. He won the first two legs easily, but the final leg the Prix de Paris wasn't as easy as the first two. Bold Eagle rode a 1st over journey and turning for home took the lead, but Lionel had other plans springing a monumental upset in the shadow of the wire. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager is a wager that has taken form at some racetracks in North America. At Pompano Park Diamonds Princess upset at a 44-1 causing one patron to win just over $182,000. By Michael Carter, for Post. 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Tabcorp Park Melton hosted the eighth annual Victorian Harness Racing Media Association Hall of Fame gala presentation dinner last night. In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees and the elevation of Popular Alm to ‘Legend status’, the night featured the Harness Racing Australia Media Awards, the VRHMA Certificates of Merit and the Trainers and Drivers Association Certificates of Merit. Presented by the VHRMA in conjunction with Tabcorp Park, the Trainers and Drivers Association, SEW Eurodrive and Harness Racing Victoria,  six inductees to the Hall of Fame were honoured plus one legend of the sport. Hall of Fame inductees: Don Dove Jack (JP) McKay Ben Coram Jack & John Campbell Adaptor Carlotta’s Pride Legend status Popular Alm Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association Meritorious Awards Graeme Prosser Jim Matthews (Posthumous) VHRMA Certificates of Merit Ron Anderson (Former HRV Board member) Stan Rutland (Former Bendigo HRC President) Neil Keamy (Long time press photographer) Dr Peter Ellis (Kilmore Veterinary Surgeon) Neil Richmond (Former HRV Board member) Kyle Galley (Long Time Media Participant) Len Baker

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