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The Living Horse Hall of Fame committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the selections for the 2020 broodmare inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Danae 3,1:54.2 ($529,099) and Precious Beauty p,2,1:53.3 ($112,842) were elected. Danae's offspring include 2019 Swedish Horse of the Year Propulsion 1:52.1 ($3,572,969), 2017 Matron Stakes winner Dream Together 1:51.3 ($801,782) and world champion D'Orsay 1:51.4 ($445,732). Precious Beauty's offspring include 2009 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and 2010 North America Cup winner, world champion Sportswriter p,3,1:48.3 ($1,566,460); 2013 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and She's A Great Lady winner, world champion Precocious Beauty p,1:50.1 ($838,004) and 2018 Three Diamonds winner Prescient Beauty p,2,1:50.4 ($464,250). Danae and Precious Beauty will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day which is tentatively planned for Sunday, July 5, 2020. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred broodmares will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit from April 2020 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330. Standardbred broodmares are eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade only if they comply with the following strict criteria: Annually on March 1st, a list of living broodmares that have produced two Dan Patch winners, OR two millionaires, OR one Dan Patch winner and one millionaire are assembled for the Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee to review. Committee members can also nominate a broodmare that does not meet those criteria. Each of the committee members votes for his or her top 5 broodmares, voting results are tabulated and the top two vote getters are elected to the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, New York. For information on the Museum, membership, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call (845) 294-6330 or visit The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

For the third time in a row, Bilibili and harness racing jockey Alexandre Abrivard won the Prix de l’Ile de France, a Group I under saddle race, at Vincennes Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) and was timed in a new world record 1.52.3 (mile rate). A 9-year old French trotter, Bilibili is under saddle specialist. In fact, all his lifetime earnings of more than $2 million were won in under saddle races. Bilibili was the 1-5 favorite to win this 1/5-16 mile event which has a standing start. A victory also added 100,000 Euro to as a bonus for Bilibili winning the three biggest under saddle races during the winter meeting. Although he won, Bilibili had to fight for the victory, as outsider Etonnant, with Eric Raffin in the saddle, was hard to get by. Etonnant was in command from start and with half-mile to go, it seemed that Bilibili would have a very tough task to catch him. But going down the stretch Etonnant started to fade and Bilibili was now flying. Bilibili trotted the last fraction in :27.3 and and won by a length. Bilibili is sired by Niky and his grandson is Viking’s Way, the grandsire of Ready Cash. He is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, recently elected chairman of the French Le Trot-organization, and is trained by Laurent-Claude Abrivard, the father of the his rider. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

The California Harness Horsemen’s Association had their annual harness racing awards meeting Sunday January 26th at Cal Expo in Sacramento, along with the USTA’s district 3 annual meeting as well. Jim Perez, executive director hosted the annual event with updates to the CHHA. Eileen Brodbar was welcomed to the board of directors replacing long time director Rick Thomas. Dante Jay was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Stephen Chambers. Dante Jay a little trotter by Dante Hanover out of Talvez , owned by Desomer Stables Inc. and Fritz Haug was the only Cal Bred to ever win the prestigious American Trotting Classic in 1981 at Hollywood Park race track. A longshot but crowd favorite, Dante Jay, not only won the final but also both legs of the event beating the heavy eastern invaders like Final Score and Crown’s Star. Steve Desomer had noticed something about Dante Jay, an unraced 4 year old. He quickly made a trade with Ruby Bailey, the breeder for a cheap claimer in Herm’s Barry. But getting Jay to the races was no easy task for Steve as the little horse also was very temperamental. After 1½ yrs, Desomer frustrated at this point decided to try Jay on the pace. Again, Jay wasn’t having it and after burning in the hopples, Steve came back, took them off and headed back to the track and trained Dante Jay in 2:07 on the trot! The rest was history. Dante Jay went on to earn $306,160 and took a mark of 1:59 at Hollywood Park. Dante Jay started 150 times in his career picking up 47 wins, 19 seconds and 11 thirds. Racing his last race at Fairmont Park at the age of 10, Dante Jay was retired and given to Tom Tetrick for his kids, Tim and Trace as a pet and riding horse where he lived until his passing. Also on the CHHA agenda was the divisional stakes winners in their respected classes. Donna Newman, CSSSC Administrator, passed out the 3 year old awards to: 3 year old pacing colt, Daa Trumpster. Owned by Mark Anderson 3 year old pacing filly, Mean Sister of Lodi, owned by Mary Harris and Pierre Girard. 3 year old Trotter, Remembering Bob also owned by Pierre Girard and Mary Harris. Pacing Stallion of the year went to Pierre Girard and Mary Harris for Another Mile while Pierre and Mary also picked up the trotting stallion award for Eager Seelster. Leading sire stakes trainer also went to Pierre Girard while Luke Plano picked up the award for leading sire stakes driver. The CHHA board of directors voted Allmyx’sliventexas as the CHHA horse of the year for the second year in a row. Robin Clements California Harness Horsemen's Association

HARRISBURG PA – There was a “dead heat for win” in the voting for the most prestigious harness racing award for which the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are the sole arbiters – the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award. The joint winners are New York horseman Joe Faraldo and the Ontario owning/breeding partnership of Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz – the first time there has been a tie in the top of the voting in the 68-year history of the award, which is voted on by the sport’s leading media organization. Joe Faraldo, an attorney by trade and an owner/amateur driver, is heading into his 40th year as President and CEO of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, the horsemen’s group that serves Yonkers Raceway, the track which pays the highest purses in the North American sport. He has been a staunch advocate of horsemen’s rights, and is the only attorney who has argued a harness racing-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Faraldo has been a director of the U.S. Trotting Association for over 20 years, and currently serves as Chair of the USTA’s District 8-A (lower New York). He is the chair of the important Harness Racing Medication Collaborative, which not only keeps up to date with substances and testing procedure in the sport, but also seeks to find common ground among the pari-mutuel sports’ breeds and jurisdictions. Faraldo is also an amateur driver of some note, and has driven in several countries during competitions. His international presence helped Yonkers re-establish the International Trot after a two-decade absence. He has been honored by Harness Horsemen’s International, the USTA, and USHWA. Joe Faraldo The partnership of Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, both of whom are in the southern Ontario real estate field, was not an instantaneous success by their own admission; the horse which started a turnaround for them was 1997 Meadowlands Pace winner Dream Away. But it is hard to miss the impression they have made on the owning and breeding of quality horses, especially in the last decade. The racehorse list includes millionaires Ariana G and Dream Away; the most recent of their breeding accomplishments was the selling of the sport’s first million-dollar yearling, Maverick, a Father Patrick full brother to this year’s spectacular three-year-old Greenshoe, who sold for $1,100,000 at Lexington this past fall. Horses they have owned and/or bred have accounted for the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic and other world-class events. The pair have been honored on both sides of the North American racing border previously. Libfeld/Katz were also the Presenting Sponsors of the 2019 Breeders Crown championships when they came to their nearby Woodbine at Mohawk Raceway, and the associated Breeders Crown Charity Challenge raised over $200,000 for area charities. The Bergstein / Proximity Award honors the great trotting mare Proximity, who was Harness Horse of the Year in 1950, and Stan Bergstein, the sport’s only “double Hall of Famer” and an industry visionary and leader for going on half a century until his passing in 2011. The remainder of the human and broodmare Dan Patch awardwinners are being announced today and tomorrow; the twelve racehorse divisional champions will be announced this Friday, January 3, at 6:30 p.m. on The Meadowlands’ “pre-races” show, with media releases following (availability to view that announcement will be released shortly). Joe Faraldo, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld will be honored at USHWA’s annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet, celebrating the best and brightest of harness racing in the past year. The banquet honoring the champions of 2019 will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL, the climax of a weekend that also finds USHWA holding its annual national meetings. The Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be revealed for the first time at the Banquet. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are $180, with a filet mignon dinner featured; “post times” on February 23 are cocktails at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow. Tickets, and other Banquet-related information, can be obtained through Dinner Planning Committee Chair Judy Davis-Wilson, at or 302 359 3630.   Hotel reservations for those attending can be made through USHWA’s website,; a link to the hotel’s computer is on the front page of the website. Those who would like to take out congratulatory ads for awardwinners in the always-popular Dan Patch Awards Journal can do so by contacting Kim Rinker at (the 2019 journal is online at the writers’ website). From the United States Harness Writers Association

Grove City, Ohio – Harness racing driver Conley Newberry of Beavercreek, Ohio will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award at the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH  43220. Newberry, a senior at Beavercreek High School is heavily involved in harness racing.  He has worked for the Mike Polhamus Stable in Troy, Ohio.  Constance Polhamus says Coney is a hard worker, “He is knowledgeable and dependable working in the stable and is very interested in the future of harness racing.” Newberry started in the harness racing business at the age of 12.  He worked with his father Matt Newberry and has progressed from doing little things around the stable to cleaning stalls, harnessing horses and jogging horses. This year Newberry obtained his fair qualifying license and raced at seven fairs and picked up his first win. The award is named for Terry Holton, a 2005 inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame.  Holton of Newark, Ohio, was the winner of over 1,700 races in his career.  He overcame many obstacles in his life, the biggest may have been overcoming pancreatic cancer. The Terry Holton Youth Award is awarded to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who has actively participated in harness racing during 2019 as a driver, trainer, groom, breeder, race office/publicity assistant, track maintenance crew or has provided outstanding service to harness racing. The award, in its 19th year, will be presented at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio.  Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.  Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at  The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas

The NZB Standardbred Harness Racing NZ Awards for the 2018/19 season were run last night, Saturday the 28th of September, at Addington Raceway.  Horse of the year honours went to Spankem, the Miracle Mile winner Harness Racing NZ are delighted to announce the following winners:   Standardbreds Make Great Pets 2YO Trotting Filly Of The Year Tailored Elegance PI & GJ Kennard  2YO Pacing Filly Of The Year Sweet On Me Clarkson Signs 2YO Trotting Colt or Gelding Of The Year Bolt For Brilliance Emblems NZ 2YO Pacing Colt or Gelding Of The Year One Change Inkwise 3YO Trotting Filly Of The Year Tickle Me Pink Vincent 3YO Pacing Filly Of The Year Belle Of Montana IRT 3YO Trotting Colt or Gelding Of The Year Lotamuscle Garrard's Horse & Hound 3YO Pacing Colt or Gelding Of The Year Ultimate Sniper Dyer Decorating 4YO Trotting Mare Of The Year Kenny's Dream Breckon Farms 4YO Pacing Mare Of The Year Elle Mac The Commodore Hotel 4YO Trotting Entire or Gelding Of The Year Sundees Son Brandwear 4YO Pacing Entire or Gelding Of The Year Spankem Trackside 5YO & Older Trotting Mare Of The Year Destiny Jones Hanley Formula 5YO & Older Pacing Mare Of The Year Dream About Me Majestic Horse Floats 5YO & Older Trotting Entire or Gelding Of The Year Speeding Spur Airpark Canterbury 5YO & Older Pacing Entire or Gelding Of The Year Thefixer The Breeders Trotting Broodmare Of The Year Della's Speed The Breeders Pacing Broodmare Of The Year Reality Check The Breeders Breeder Of The Year Charles Roberts Trotting Stallion Of The Year Majestic Son Auckland Trotting Club Pacing Stallion Of The Year Bettor's Delight Airpark Canterbury & Addington Owners Pass Owner Of The Year Jean Feiss Southern Harness Leading Junior Driver John Morrison Cruickshank Leading Junior Driver - UDR Ben Hope Harness Racing NZ Education & Training Leading Driver Blair Orange Lone Star Spitfire Leading Trainer Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen Catch Driver Cadet Of The Year Kaleb Bublitz Catch Driver Runner Up - Cadet Of The Year Alana Cameron What The Hill Trotter Of The Year Sundees Son Woodlands Stud Pacer Of The Year Spankem TAB Outstanding Contribution to Harness Racing Colin & Julie DeFilippi NZB Standardbred Horse Of The Year Spankem Witches of Westview Best Moment Of The Season Overzealous - Comeback after accident Harness Racing NZ Outstanding Contribution to Life After Racing Julie DeFilippi   Courtney Clarke Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc    

By Jonny Turner Majestic Man was crowned Otago Horse Of The Year on Saturday night following his breakout season in the open trotting ranks. The Phil Williamson-trained squaregaiter was crowned 4yr-old male trotter of the year before claiming the top prize at the Otago Harness Racing Awards at Forbury Park. Williamson took home a boot-load of trophies, including trainer of the year. Liberty Stride, (3yr-old trotting filly), Kenny's Dream (4yr-old trotting mare), and Jen Jaccka (aged trotting mare) each won their categories for the Oamaru trainer. Williamson stables drivers and fiances, Matthew Williamson and Charlotte Purvis, won driver of the year and junior driver of the year, respectively. Williamson was denied another win by his son, Brad, when Cracker Hill edged out Ultimate Stride in the 2yr-old trotting category. Three stalwarts of the Otago harness racing industry were recognised with significant contribution awards on Saturday night. Graeme Mee was acknowledged for his lengthy service as clerk of the course at several of the province's harness tracks. North Taieri trainer-driver Craig Buchan also took home a significant contribution award for his nearly 40-year contribution to the Otago industry. Popular Central Otago horseman Bryan "Ginger" Woodhouse was recognised for his 60 years as a trainer, driver, owner, breeder and administrator. Ultimate Sniper beat out a star-studded line-up to win best Otago-owned horse of the year. The two-time Derby winner beat racetrack stars Eamon Maguire, Havtime, Majestic Man, Princess Tiffany and Speeding Spur. Foreal knocked off an equally impressive line-up to win the broodmare excellence award. The dam of Australasia's fastest ever pacer, Field Marshal, won the category over Bethany, Fleet's Pocket and One Over Kenny. Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight enjoyed a successful evening at Saturday night's awards. Their pacers The Ideal Touch (2yr-old male pacer), Candidasa (4yr-old male pacer) and Sounds Bettor (aged pacing mare) collected titles. One of the most popular victories of the night came when Waikouaiti warhorse Alexy won the aged male pacer of the year. Forbury Park trainer, Darryn Simpson, who trained Alexy to one of his three wins last season, was crowned Otago's strike rate trainer of the year. Other category winners included Motu Top Mach (3yr-old male pacer), Tango Dancer (3yr-old pacing filly) and Count Eyre (3yr-old male trotter). Thoroughbred training great Dave O'Sullivan was warmly received as the guest speaker at the awards evening. The 12-time national champion trainer gave Saturday night's crowd an insight into his own career and those of his sons, Paul and Lance. O'Sullivan also reminisced and spoke about the careers of former top line gallopers Horlicks, Mr Tiz and Waverly Star.   Full winners list  2yr-old male pacers The Ideal Touch.   2yr-old male trotters Cracker Hill   3yr-old male pacers Motu Top Mach   3yr-old pacing fillies Tango Dancer   3yr-old male trotters Count Eyre   3yr-old trotting fillies Liberty Stride   4yr-old male pacers Candidasa   4yr-old pacing mares Kotare Elite   4yr-old male trotters Majestic Man   4yr-old trotting mares Kenny's Dream   5yr-old and older male pacers Alexy   5yr-old and older pacing mares Sounds Bettor,.   5yr-old and older trotter. Monty Python   5yr-old and older trotting mares Jen Jaccka   Letty Ferguson Memorial Award for most improved mare Sounds Bettor    Best Otago Owned Horse Ultimate Sniper.   Broodmare Excellence Award Foreal.   Breeders Of The Year Lex and Heather Williams   Trainer of the year Phil Williamson   Strike rate trainer of the year Darryn Simpson   Driver of the year  Matthew Williamson   Junior driver of the year Charlotte Purvis   Significant contribution to Otago Harness Racing Graeme Mee Craig Buchan Ginger Woodhouse   Otago Horse Of The Year Majestic Man

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The incomparable Ron Burke raised the training dash-win bar to new heights Friday night at the Meadowlands, as the 49-year-old Washington, PA native became the first conditioner in harness racing history to record 10,000 career victories. "It's cool," said Burke. "The next guy is probably 10 years away from doing it. It's never been done before and I'm very proud of our whole crew, my whole family." Burke won three times on the Friday twilight program at his home track - the Meadows in Meadow Lands, PA - to raise his win total to 9,999, setting the stage for the big one at the Big M. In an elimination for the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Crucial, a daughter of Father Patrick-Jolene Jolene, gave Burke the victory that raised his lifetime win total to five figures by scoring in 1:54.3 and paying $6.00 for the stable's go-to driver, Yannick Gingras. "Ten years ago, I wasn't so sure we'd get here, but five years ago, maybe I thought we'd get to this point," said Burke. "We were just starting to take off then, and the addition of (owner) Mark Weaver made a big difference. It gave us someone who acquires horses all day, every day. We used to sit together at the Meadows and watch races and we could tell we were pretty good together and we wanted to go to the next level." Mission accomplished. Crucial and driver Yannick Gingras It's a pretty sound bet that Burke will stay at the top of both the dash-win and money-earnings lists for some time to come. Virgil Morgan, Jr. currently sits second in wins with just over 6,400, and the now-retired Jimmy Takter is second in earnings at $130 million. Burke's horses have earned $222 million. "It all started when my dad sold the family business selling cars in 1981. We had two horses then. Now, I have about 300 and about 70 people on my staff," said Burke. "I became the face of Burke Racing 11 years ago. There are so many of us. I put a lot of time into it but I could not have done it by myself. I thought by now I'd slow down, but I don't have any feel for when that will happen. I love what I'm doing, I love racing and the sport seems to be doing well." Maybe that's true, just not quite as well as Ron Burke is doing. CHALK TALK: Nine favorites scored on the 14-race program, setting up small payouts on the 50-Cent Pick-5 ($70.40) and Pick-4 ($13.05). Of the five losing chalks, three went off at odds of 2-1 while one was 5-2. A LITTLE MORE: Burke's home track might be in Western Pennsylvania, but he loves the East Rutherford mile oval. "The Meadowlands is still the greatest place," said Mr. 10,000. ... It figures that on a big night for Burke that Gingras would excel. The Big M's leading driver scored four times on the card. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $2,434,672. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. For thr results of tonight's card click here. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

GUELPH, ON --, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added another world-record to its harness racing portfolio. Three-year-old trotting gelding Yes clocked an all-time best time of 1:53.1 over Northfield Park's half-miler on June 29 in the $25,000 final of the Gin Blossom Series. Ryan Stahl steered the Manofmanymissions son to a six-length finish over stablemate Westfiftysecond, driven by Anthony MacDonald. Jason McGinnis trains both sophomores for Yes is a winner of five wins from 16 career starts and $133,000. He was purchased by from the Ohio Select Sale as a yearling for $16,000 and is currently owned by 23 of the fractional ownership stable's 650 clients. The 1:53.1 world record replaces the mark of 1:53.3 set by Dennis in the 2008 edition of the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware, Ohio Fair. Northmedo Mission matched it 10 years later over Northfield Park. Kelly Spencer

INVERNESS, N.S. — The Inverness Raceway held its annual awards banquet last Friday in Inverness, handing out the Cape Breton track’s prestigious harness racing awards from the 2018 race season. Doubleshotofscotch was named the horse of the year, while mare of the year was given to Modern Best and Makes Me Stupid and Bonny Mac were chosen for the iron horse award. Tipperback Jack was the most improved horse for 2018, while Intended Royalty took home the fastest mile for a local horse award. Claimer of the year was Shanghai BG. Red Doucet Jr., who also had the most drives during the year, took home the top driver over the age of 50 with 44 wins, followed by Rodney Gillis with 28 wins and Ryan Campbell with 24 victories. The top trainer over 50 was John MacDonald with 13 wins, followed closely by Lennan MacIsaac with 12 wins and DF Beaton and Wendall Harper with 11 wins each. Shawn MacDonald and Lanny Hanscombe were the top drivers in the 20-49 category while Alex Sutherland Jr. was the top trainer in the division. Ambrose Gillis was chosen as the rookie driver of the year while Matt Hinkley and Zack Mullins were selected as the rookie trainers of the year. The Gerard Kennedy Financial Award was presented to Mary MacQuarrie, while the Raymond (Slim) Gillis Award was given to Barry Watson. Meanwhile, the Standardbred Canada award went to John MacDonald. Dylan MacLean was the junior groom of the year. The volunteer of the year was awarded to Ed Copley, while the fan of the year was given to Jamie Campbell. The 2019 harness racing season will begin at Inverness Raceway on June 2. Full list of 2018 annual award winners: Horse of the Year: Doubleshotofscotch Mare of the Year: Modern Best Fastest Mile For Local Horse: Intended Royalty Iron Horse: Makes Me Stupid and Bonny Mac Mode of Consistency: Res Aiden Most Improved: Tipperback Jack Claimer of the Year: Shanghai BG Three-year-old Filly: This Old Millie Three-year-old Colt: Windmeredontmatter and Blackriver Ripper Two-year-old Filly: Miss Dynamite D Two-year-old Colt: TQs Charlie Top Trainer (50-plus): .466 with 13 wins John MacDonald, 12 wins Lennan MacIsaac, 11 wins DF Beaton and Wendall Harper, Top Trainer (20-49): .485 Alex Sutherland Jr. Top Driver (50-plus): .466 with 44 wins Red Doucet Jr., Rodney Gillis (28 wins), and Ryan Campbell (24) Top Drivers (20-49): .455 Shawn MacDonald and Lanny Hanscombe with six wins, Sandy MacNeil, Alex MacDonald, Joey Poirier with five wins, and Charles Fraser and Ambrose Gillis with four wins Most Drives: Red Doucet Jr. Rookie Driver: Ambrose Gillis Rookie Trainers: Matt Hinkley and Zack Mullins Junior Groom: Dylan MacLean Gerard Kennedy Financial Award: Mary MacQuarrie Fan of the Year: Jamie Campbell Standardbred Canada Award: John MacDonald Raymond (Slim) Gillis Award: Barry Watson Volunteer of the Year: Ed Copley Recognition Award: Malcolm MacEachern, DF Beaton and Charles Fraser Appreciation Award: Bernie MacDonald, Kevin Deagle and Richie Mullins Reprinted with permission of The Cape Breton Post

Who is the greatest 3rd Baseman of all time? My pick is Brooks Robinson, perhaps your choice is Wade Boggs, Chopper Jones or Mike Schmidt. We can agree to disagree. Who belongs in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, like the baseball topic it is cause for much healthy lively debate as we rally behind our choices like reading off our favorite baseball card and rattle off stats like Hollywood Heyden for support of our star. Everyone has their own viewpoint on the many of the possible outstanding candidates, along with and their opinions on the process such an individual goes through to be enshrined in Goshen's Hall of Fame. What most people don't realize is that there is already a lengthy and involved process with checks and balances that must be adhered to for a worthy candidate to even be considered. First and foremost, in order to receive any consideration a candidate's name must be put forth to a USHWA Chapter and approved. The Process Each Chapter of USHWA nominates individuals that their membership feels have met the criteria and warrant being in the Hall of Fame, Chapter meetings are usually conducted between now and the end of May. USHWA's Advisory Committee, a group of veteran USHWAns, annually prepares biographies for twenty top candidates for the Hall. Chapters may nominate up to two candidates from these twenty. Chapters receive this "Book of 20" on May 1. Each chapter may also nominate one individual outside this twenty, providing they send in a 350-700-word biography clearly capturing why this person deserves recognition for their North American lifetime accomplishments. Integrity Committee USHWA's Integrity Committee gets involved in this nominating process twice - to examine the Advisory Committee's twenty people before the list is distributed to the Chapters, and then again to examine anyone else the Chapters may nominate. The Integrity Committee checks the records and background of nominees, assuring they meet with the sport's highest standards. HOF Screening Committee Once all the candidates have been reviewed, vetted and approved by the Integrity Committee, the Hall of Fame Screening Committee, consisting of six longtime journalists and the President of USHWA, will meet in Goshen the first weekend of July. They will discuss the candidates among themselves, get the advice of a specially-appointed Committee of present Hall of Famers, and then decide who will advance to the midsummer balloting Don't be a Monday Morning Quarterback, If you feel strongly that you have a viable candidate with national recognition that warrants Hall of Fame consideration, contact the President of your local USHWA Chapter to discuss inclusion of your candidate. By Shawn Wiles - President of USHWA

Saturday night's Filly and Mare Open Pace is named for Larry and Eileen Brodbar, recipients of the harness racing 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Harness Horsemen's Association. "This is truly an honor for us," said Eileen Brodbar. Larry and Eileen were married in 1980 and it was Larry, who cut his teeth on the trotters and pacers at New York's Monticello Raceway, who introduced his wife to the game up close and personal. "In 1987, there was harness racing at Fairplex Park and there was ad in the program for a seminar for potential new owners," Eileen related. "Ann and Jonn McGregor were there as well as Andy Perez, and that along with some advice from Alan Horowitz led us to buying into our first horse." The Brodbars became partners with the McGregors in a newly-turned 3-year-old named Pasadena Phantom and they were off and running, or more accurately in this case, pacing. Pasadena Phantom worked his way up the ranks and eventually became an Invitational winner, one of many outstanding performers who have joined Larry and Eileen in the winner's circle not only in California, but across the country. The best they ever bred was Iwannawinbets, while Eileen estimates the best they've ever campaigned in partnership is Show Runner. In between, they have been represented by the likes of Solid Bet and the New Zealand trio of Jay Bees Risk, Gifted Lobell and Bobby's Dream. "Risky Broad, who is a daughter of Jay Bees Risk, is currently our broodmare," Brodbar noted. One of Eileen's major contributions to the sport came at Los Alamitos in the 80's and early 90's when she was responsible for Clocker's Corner, which educated people about harness racing with drivers, trainers and handicappers on scene to make it a well-rounded and educational experience. "I'm very proud of the what we were able to accomplish with those seminars," she stated. Said CHHA Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Robin Clements, "The Brodbars have stuck with California through the good and the bad times and they still support and love the sport." Cal Expo congratulates Larry and Eileen Brodbar on this well-deserved recognition. Outrageousdelightn sets sights on another score Outrageousdelightn, who has accounted for two of the last three top dances at the meet, heads the cast for Saturday night's Larry and Eileen Brodbar Filly and Mare Open Pace. There are 11 races on tap, including the co-featured Robert Gordon Prep, with first post under the Watch and Wager LLC banner set for 6:10 p.m. Outrageousdelightn has captured two of the last three Distaff Opens since coming in from the East. The 10-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight races for Don and Barbara Arnstine, Steve Chambers and Tyler Wiseman with Kathie Plested conditioning. In last week's clash at the head of the class, driver Steve Wiseman was able to work out a pocket trip behind favored Delightfully Wild, eased out for the drive and got the job done by three-quarters of a length. Capitol Hill accounted for three straight Filly and Mare Opens between November 10 and December 15 and gives the Plested barn two big looks at the outcome. The 8-year-old Badlands Hanover mare is owned by of George McChrystal and Plested. Rounding out the cast are Magnifique, Misspanderosajones, Along Came Jane, Bettor Lady, Burn My Villa and Getter Queen Flush. The Robert Gordon Prep will match a field of eight as they get ready for next week's Final. Urgointohearmeroar has won four of this five starts at the meet and looms large for owner Mark Anderson, trainer Gordie Graham and regular pilot Mooney Svendsen. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Sheila Napier, who works in the Chris Beaver Stable, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Napier, 37, has worked for Beaver for three years, and in 2018 her horses included the $500,000-winning 3-year-old filly trotter Custom Cantab. She also had four horses that made the Ohio Sires Stakes championship card at Scioto Downs, including three in the 2-Year-Old Filly Trot. Prior to working for Beaver, Napier's 10-year stint with Ron Potter including being the caretaker of the 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John. "I've always read about this award and this is really great," said Napier, a native of Cincinnati whose first job working with horses came while in high school in 1995 at the Delaware (Ohio) Equine Lab. "I've been doing this for a long time and something I looked forward to as far as possibly getting, but maybe in Ohio and not this big." All caretakers in North America were eligible for the award, with nomination letters submitted detailing the skills and special qualities of the nominee. A seven-member panel - all of whom were former caretakers themselves - selected Napier as the winner. Beaver nominated Napier, and in his letter he noted, "Sheila takes unrivaled pride in the condition of her horses. I can rest at ease when she has a horse racing. I know it will get on the road on time and will be wearing all the right equipment, even if I can't make it. "Her horses are never shorted on the care that I expect for them and that is required," added the Ohio-based Beaver, who also winter trains at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida. "She can't stay away from her horses. She truly loves them and takes incredible pride in their accomplishments. My life would be a lot easier if more grooms brought the passion into their work that Sheila has." Napier said she usually has at least eight horses under her care in the Beaver barn, and it was Custom Cantab who was the star in 2018. Included among Custom Cantab's 13 wins were the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final at Hoosier Park and the season-ending Matron at Dover Downs. "Oh, that filly," said Napier, whose travels always include her 11-year-old daughter Jess. "Custom Cantab is one of those special little fillies that wants to finish in the top three her whole life. She's quite sassy, amazing and full of heart. I absolutely love that filly; she is very special." As winner of the HRRNP Caretaker of the Year Award, Napier will receive a cash prize of $500, transportation, hotel accommodations and two tickets to USHWA's annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, where she will be presented a trophy. Napier, along with all the USHWA 2018 award winners, will be recognized during the Dan Patch Awards banquet. Information on accommodations at Rosen Shingle Creek and dinner tickets can be found at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park/USHWA  

Dover, DE - On Friday, January 11 The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) held their 22nd Annual Harness Racing Awards Dinner.   On this evening the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Champions were also honored, along with some other awards deserving recognition. The awards were emceed by Heather Vitale and Bill Ellis. In the beginning of the evening, a special tribute video was also played to honor the memory of Hall of Famer and Dover Downs Publicity Director Marv Bachrad, who recently passed away. A highlights video from the DSOA-produced Post Time Show, which airs on the local CBS affiliate, was also shown before the awards were given out. There were seven DSOA scholarships awarded totaling $7,000 dollars. The winners of those scholarships were Lena Berry, Sydney Botsch, Amanda Bowman, Camryn Dennis, Brendan Gray, Alleigh Townsend and Riley Wolfenden. Several legislators came out to celebrate our Standardbred industry's stars on this evening including: Governor John Carney, Lt. Governor. Bethany Hall-Long, Senator Trey Paradee, Senator Dave Wilson, Representative Gerald Brady, Representative Ruth Briggs-King, Rep Ron Gray, Representative John Kowalko, Representative Shannon Morris, Representative Charles Postles, Representative Mike Ramone, Rep Lyndon Yearick and retired Senator Nancy Cook. The DSOA Directors are President Andy Markano, 1st Vice President Brenda Bramble, 2nd Vice President George Dennis, Treasurer Frank Deliberti, Secretary Frannie West, Richard Ashley, Jim King Jr., Vic Kirby, Charles Marsh, George Teague Jr., Valerie Warnick & Ross Wolfenden. Also in attendance were representatives of the Delaware Harness Racing Commission and Delaware Department of Agriculture including: Chairwoman Beth Ann Steele, Commissioner George Statts, Commissioner Pat Wagner, Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger and Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse. The following is a list of award winners from the evening: HARRINGTON RACEWAY AWARDS Claimer of the Meet at Harrington Raceway -AUNT BETTY Owner: Ron Davis - Trainer: Brooks Gray Trotter of the Meet at Harrington Raceway - MURMUR HANOVER Owner: Zippett Racing Stable - Trainer: Jay Gannon Pacer of the Meet at Harrington Raceway - FOOLISH HEART Owner: Tom Lazzaro & Brit Evans - Trainer: Dylan Davis DOVER DOWNS AWARDS Claimer of the Meet at Dover Downs - MISTER VIRGIN Owner: Ron Davis - Trainer: Brooks Gray Trotter of the Meet at Dover Downs - THERESADEMONINME Owner: Michael Casalino & Dylan Davis - Trainer: Dylan Davis Pacer of the Meet at Dover Downs - BODEGA BAY Owner & Trainer: Gary Ewing Special Recognition Award- LATHER UP The Delaware-owned and trained three-year-old pacer had and incredible year including a win in the North America Cup. Owned by Gary & Barbara Isles - Trained by Clyde Francis Driven by Montrell Teague Special Recognition Award - SHARTIN N The Dan Patch Award winner, became the first pacing mare in history to win a million dollars and is First State trained and co-owned. Owned by Rich Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King - Trained by Jim King Jr. Driven by Tim Tetrick President's Special Appreciation Award - DE SEC. OF FINANCE RICK GEISENBERGER The Delaware Secretary of Finance is a huge supporter of the business and an important part of our Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund program. James T. Case Jr. Horizon Award - JOE COLUMBO The award is presented to a young horseperson who is a rising star on our Delaware circuit. The Delaware Standardbred Breeeders Fund Awards were also given out on this evening. The list of winners are as follows: Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter - DISCO SOLIEL Breeder & Owner: Rod Allen Trainer: Rod Allen & Carlo Poliseno Driver: Rod Allen Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer - THE LADY SHERIFF Breeder: George Teague Jr. & K&R Racing Owner: George Teague Jr., K&R Racing & Montrell Teague Trainer: Clyde Francis Driver: Montrell Teague Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter - EMBRACE THE GRIND Breeder: Leigh & Tyler Raymer Owner & Trainer: Bobby Glassmeyer Driver: Jon Roberts Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer - CHILLAXIN AWAY Breeder & Owner: Jo Ann Looney-King Trainer: Jim King Jr. Driver: Vic Kirby & Tim Tetrick Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter - STAR SAPPHIRE Breeder Serendipity Stable Owner: Shirley Shand Trainer: Tui Stone Driver: Russell Foster Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer - GO SANDY GO Breeder: Brent Outten & Green Racing Owner: Richard Lombardo, Brent Outten & Green Racing Trainer: Josh Green Driver: Jason Green Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter - SUPER FLY Breeder: Marvin & David Meyer Owner: Stacy Johnson-Stafford, Leigh Raymer & StephenMoss Trainer & Driver: Art Stafford Jr. Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer - SLICK TONY Breeder, Owner & Trainer: George Leager Driver: Russell Foster Pacing Broodmare Of The Year - QUEEN KATHY Owner: George Leager Dam of DSBF Champ Slick Tony Trotting Broodmare Of The Year - MLT FEDS Owner: Ronald Whitehouse Dam of Super Fly & Spunky MLT Delaware Standardbred Owners Association.

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Fair Managers inducted Mel Hagemeyer, Jacqueline and Jack Wood II and Darrel D. “Cubby” Cubbison into the Ohio Fairs Hall of Fame class of 2019, Jan. 6. Hagemeyer Hagemeyer has contributed to the fair community in Warren County for more than 60 years. Hagemeyer has been on the Warren County Agricultural Society Board since 2002 and has worked at the Lebanon Raceway 45 years, serving as program director, mutual clerk, paddock judge, director of operations, and since 1992, general manager. He has served as served as the fair harness racing superintendent for 12 years. Mel has also been the open class superintendent of antique tractors, competitive arts, baked goods and horticulture. For the last five years, Hagemeyer was one of the driving forces behind getting video terminals legalized at Ohio’s horse tracks. Mel is a member of the Optimist, Shrine, Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rites Lodge. He is a past president and current member of the Ohio Valley Standard Bred Association, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the United States Trotting Association. Mel is also a past director for Harness Tracks of America. Mel is actively involved in the multi-generational operation of Hagemeyer Farms in Clarksville, Ohio. He has been married to Pam for 34 years. They have four children, Scott, Tiffany, Steven and Cheryl, and five grandchildren. The Woods Jack was born and raised in the concession business by his father. Jack missed two fair seasons in his lifetime due to two tours of duty in Vietnam. Two weeks out of the Navy, he attended the 1971 OFMA convention and was elected to the seat held by his father on the Greater Ohio Showman Board. He served on that board for 22 years with four years as president. Jacqueline and Jack started out buying two trailers from Jack’s parents in 1971. After Jack’s  time on the Greater Ohio Showman board, he served on the board of the National Independent Concessionaires Association for five years with one as president. Jack has served three terms on the Ohio Food Service Advisory board and several years on the Games Rules Advisory board. Jack and Jacqueline started and operated Rite-Way Custom Trailer for 25 years, building concession trailers for the industry. Jacqueline served on many committees for the Greater Ohio Showman Association. She belongs to the Women in NICA committee, was secretary of the Logan County Fair, Indian Lake school board, Daughter of the American Revolution and earned the Certified Concessionaire Executive designation. Jack and Jacqueline have been the food midway concession manager at the Warren County Fair for more than 30 years. They have been married more than 51 years. They have two children, who are continuing the legacy of Woods Concessions, and three grandchildren. Cubbison Cubbison is a lifelong resident of Muskingum County. He was an active 4-H member who showed chicken and sheep, then later became a 4-H adviser. After serving six years in the National Guard, part of which was active duty, Darrel operated Cubby’s Poultry. He retired from Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative, Inc. Cubby has always had a passion for fairs and has visited nearly every fair in the state, along with many fairs in the eastern half of the United States. He has served on the board of the Muskingum County Fair since 1972 and has led the board through many building projects and property negotiations. He has served as the OFMA District 7 director and received the OFMA District Director of the Year in 2009. He has also served as the first and second vice president of the OFMA and served as the OFMA president in 2014 and 2015. Darrel is active in his community where he has been a 4-H adviser, Sunday School teacher and lay leader at his church, a member of the local Board of Trade, and serves on the board of directors of both Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center and the John and Annie Glenn Historic site. Darrel is also a past member of Caret Council Agricultural Research Extension and Teaching. Darrel was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for East Muskingum Schools in 1996. He also received the Bob and Delores Hope Good Samaritan Award in 1996 for his contributions to his community. He was recognized by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and received recognition of outstanding public service and support of the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service and its educational programs from the Epsilon Sigma Phi. Darrel and his wife Carol operate a small grassland farm near New Concord, Ohio. He has two children, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pictured (left to right): Jack Wood II, Jacqueline Wood, Darrel D. “Cubby” Cubbison and Mel Hagemeyer. Reprinted with permission of the Farm And Dairy

HARRISBURG, PA - John Polvinale, who started the Facebook page Harness Racing History to share his extensive collection of memorabilia and has curated it to grow into one of harness racing's most popular sites in the new technology, has been named the winner of a President's Award by U.S. Harness Writers Association head Shawn Wiles for its contribution to the knowledge and enjoyment of the sport by people both inside and outside of the sport. Polvinale first went to the races at Roosevelt Raceway when the track's age was still in single digits, then furthered his knowledge on the backstretch of Freehold Raceway, where trainer "Big Mike" Petito urged him to purchase a horse named Steady New Yorker in 1979. "In his first start for me, he went off at double digits, but he still won by eight lengths, with Jack Moiseyev driving. I thought this sport was going to be a piece of cake - which, of course, has not turned out to be the case." But the inevitable ups and downs of racing did nothing to deter Polvinale's enthusiasm for the game, with his love of history also leading him to assemble a large collection of harness-related materials, books, trophies - you name it. "I had started to watch race replays on the Internet and social media, and with the encouragement of friends who wanted me to share my collection, I decided to use these emerging media to start Harness Racing History." Extensive collection of memorabilia Polvinale soon found that his new site had struck resonantly with many harness racing fans - and also with people with only a passing or little knowledge of the sport. "It started with people that I knew," John remembered, "but then those people talked to people in their own 'circles,' including those not in racing," and a "ripple effect" was soon evident, with those outside the sulky community finding items and people that interested them. Harness Racing History just broke the 30,000 "member" plateau, and in a given month will have 100,000 "engagements" (posts, comments, likes, views). The site's viewership is 60-40 male-female, and 60% fall within the desired 25-54 age range demographic. It was Polvinale who started the Facebook page, doing most of the early postings, and he still checks the site "about once during most of my waking hours," watching for any signs of commercialism or incivility, both of which are quickly eradicated. However, he is very proud that now "it's mostly the members, the visitors to the site who have determined its 'shape,' and are the drivers of what appears on the website. We know of certain trends, say people who want to see the replays of certain races at certain times, but it's really our audience who are the content shapers with their postings and comments. "One of the things that gives me the greatest satisfaction is that the site has become a place where 'family reunites' - people who haven't heard from another party for 20 or 30 years will see some experience they had in common and make a comment, and old friendships are reborn." Polvinale's catchwords for operating the site are "pure" and "simple," and those feelings resonate so much that when USHWA president Wiles told John of his winning the award, Shawn used those very words in congratulating Polvinale - "and it was evident he had captured the spirit of the site exactly." John Polvinale will be honored at USHWA's annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet, celebrating the best and brightest of harness racing in the past year. The banquet honoring the champions of 2018 will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL, the climax of a weekend that also finds USHWA holding its annual national meetings. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are $175, with a filet mignon dinner featured; "post times" on February 24 are cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets, and other Banquet-related information, can be obtained through Dinner Planning Committee Chair Judy Davis-Wilson, at or 302 359 3630. Hotel reservations for those attending can be made through USHWA's website,; a link to the hotel's computer is on the front page of the website. Those who would like to take out congratulatory ads for awardwinners in the always-popular Dan Patch Awards Journal can do so by contacting Kim Rinker at (the 2018 journal is online at the writers' website). From the United States Harness Writers Association

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