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Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association in partnership with WDLR Radio of Delaware, Ohio is creating a new half hour radio show focusing on harness racing in the Buckeye State. "Horsing Around" is scheduled to debut Saturday February 15th at 9:00 AM. Kelley Bell of the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will host the show with Michelle Gatchell. The show will feature interviews with breeders, trainers, owners and other involved in harness racing. Bell's guest for the inaugural show include Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware. Bell says, "if you like horses, harness racing or the Little Brown Jug, you will love this show." WDLR General Manager Mike Schnell says horsemen have been asking for a show like this. "As the home of the Little Brown Jug, Delaware is a major hub of activity for horsemen. It is only natural that we developed a show focusing on the equine industry and its value to the state of Ohio." The show will air Saturday mornings on WDLR-Delaware, Ohio (92.9 FM and 1550 AM) at 9:00AM. Listeners outside the stations signal will also be able to listen to the show. It will also be available on-line at wdlr.com and will be available via the Tune In app. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

In the latest edition of Top of Stretch, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) Brand Ambassador Roger Huston catches up with the connections of 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year, Elver Hanover. Here is the link to podcast: https://player.captivate.fm/d7dea386-e3bc-4bf5-a169-8c0a8497d9ad        

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/Bet America would like to congratulate their 2019 harness racing award winners. The winners were announced on the Thursday (Jan. 16) program, which can be heard on the archive by visiting www.betamerica.com/BARN. Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year Winner: Albert Nash (41.57%) Runner-Up: Colton Hay (24.05%) Nash won the inaugural Post Time with Mike and Mike Race Fan of the Year in 2015 and again in 2018. He is the first three-time winner of the award, spending his time congratulating participants victories via Facebook. Nash also carries a positive attitude and helps promote the sport of Harness Racing. Sam McKee Race Call of the Year Winner: Roger Huston - 2019 Little Brown Jug (32.15%) Runner-Up: Ken Warkentin - 2019 Sam McKee Memorial (17.68%) Huston, who retired from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in 2019, found a special bond with Little Brown Jug champion, Southwind Ozzi. Southwind Ozzi went undefeated with Huston calling his races, this was the second victory for Huston in the category. Horsewoman of the Year, presented by Southern Oaks Training Center Winner: Nancy Takter (31.42%) Runner-Up: Ashley Holliday (16.19%) Takter took over some of the training duties of her father, Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter in 2019. She sent out the most winners she has ever had in 2019, getting to the winners circle 72 times in 338 starts. She campaigned world-champion Captain Crunch to a powerful victory in the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in June, led Manchego to a world-record setting performance at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, then capped off her season with a powerful Breeders Crown performance by Manchego. Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year, presented by Harrah's Hoosier Park Winner: Galliers Racing (31.76%) Runner-Up: Altmeyer Wilder Racing Stable (19.65%) Galliers Racing Stable was started by young up and coming star Brady Galliers. Galliers was not born into racing like many horsemen, he has worked hard to become of the top stables in Ohio. He recent finished sixth in the training standings at Scioto Downs and has a strong social media presence promoting the sport of Harness Racing. Innovator of the Year, presented by the United States Trotting Association Winner: Wendy Ross (27.59%) Runner-Up: Rod Allums Jr. (25.89%) Ross began working for the USTA in May 2018, helping to spearhead some of harness racing's mainstream media. She helped to produce and put together the first harness racing Lip Sync battle and also helped put on a Harness Racing Carpool Karaoke. In 2018, she worked with Mark Weaver and Ron Burke to coordinate the Harness Racing FanZone Foiled Again Farewell tour. Upset of the Year, presented by Winners Circle Racing Stable Winner: Forbidden Trade winning the Hambletonian over Greenshoe (30.69%) Runner-Up: Caviart Ally defeating Shartin N in Lexington and the Breeders Crown (27.82%) Who could forget the dominant trio that trainer Marcus Melander had with Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S produced in 2019, but it was Forbidden Trade who came out on top with a powerful victory in the Hambletonian Final. The win gave trainer Luc Blais and United States Harness Writers Association Rising Star Bob McClure their first victory in the $1 million event. Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year Winner: T Red (31.57%) Runner-Up: Electric Lad (26.18%) T Red started his career at age two, with six victories in 19 starts making just over $7,000 in 2008. He is currently owned by trainer Henry Gulley and has hit the board in 18 of 42 starts in 2019 while winning seven races and making $25,427. T Red has raced all through Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with just under $480,000 in career earnings. He set a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 at age five at Indiana Downs. His highest career earnings came in 2011 where he earned $63,300. Post Time with Mike and Mike thanks their listeners for taking time to nominate the contenders and for voting throughout the last few weeks. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Legendary Hall of Fame Harness racing announer, Roger Huston (THE VOICE), is our special guest on the Harness Racing Alumni Show this week.   Roger is the official Ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, and he speaks with true warmth and class about his 61 year association with our great racing sport...!!! He shares his innovative thoughts and concepts on improving race track attendance and building more of a fan base through the family oriented county fair racing in Ohio and throughout America. In the words of Ed Sullivan "This is really really a big Show"   by Fred Hudson for the Alumni Show  

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association unveiled the first in a new series of harness racing podcasts, Top of the Stretch.  Top of the Stretch will be hosted by “The Voice” Roger Huston, Brand Ambassador for the OHHA.    The podcasts will feature updates on the harness racing industry, focusing on Ohio.  There will also be features on drivers, trainers and others associated with harness racing.  The podcasts will also look at what is happening at Ohio’s four pari-mutual tracks and the summer county fair racing circuit.   Huston, who has been calling harness races since 1960, will bring his knowledge and passion of the sport to listeners in an entertaining and informative fashion.  “I think this is a great opportunity.  It is a chance to get to the people that are involved in racing and hopefully reach some new fans and increase the awareness of harness racing in the Buckeye state.”    In the inaugural podcast, Huston sits down with Renee Mancino, the Executive Director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association to discuss harness racing in the Buckeye State.  The two discuss Mancino’s career, where harness racing stands as an industry in Ohio and where it is going.   All episodes of Top of the Stretch will be available for download on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association website (OHHA.com) as well as Apple Podcast and Google Podcast.    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.   by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

GUELPH, ON -- A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces attended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the country's best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour livestream broadcast of the third annual event staged at Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Broadcast commentators Anthony MacDonald (President of TheStable.ca), Fred MacDonald and Bill O'Donnell were joined by special guest Roger Huston. This was the 146th venue at which Huston has called races. Over his 50-year career, The Voice has announced in excess of 188,000 races in 20 states and eight countries. Huston also met fans and signed copies of his recently released book. Erin Massender of Guelph, ON won the Open House contest which promised a one percent share of the winner's favourite yearling in TheStable.ca with all expenses paid for one year. Massender selected Captains Maid, a Pennsylvania-bred pacing filly by Captaintreacherous. During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity. This year the company collected 250 lbs and $250 in cash donations for the Guelph Food Bank. Santa stopped by for free photos with kids, arriving in his jog cart with freshman pacer Giddy Up Max. TheStable.ca extends its gratitude to all attendees of the event, online broadcast viewers, drivers who participated in the sets, commentators and crew, and staff of TheStable.ca. The Spring Open House is the next major gathering on TheStable.ca's event schedule. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable  

GUELPH, ON -- The 64 yearlings at TheStable.ca will receive a world-class race call months before they even make their first harness racing pari-mutuel start. Hall Of Fame race announcer Roger Huston is the special guest of TheStable.ca's Christmas Open House on December 15. The Voice will join the commentary team for the livestream broadcast of the event which features yearlings from the fractional ownership stable training in sets. The broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST. Viewers can watch and chat online at www.thestable.ca. Huston, 77, recently resigned his position as the announcer and TV host at The Meadows Racetrack where he was the voice of racing since 1976. Prior to joining The Meadows team, he worked at Ohio fairs, Lebanon Raceway, the Red Mile, Pompano Park, and the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair, where he began calling the Little Brown Jug in 1968. He has called more than 188,000 races covering 145 tracks in 20 states and eight countries. He is now working as Brand Ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and will continue to work some county fairs in Ohio, The Vincent Delaney Memorial in Dublin, Ireland and The Little Brown Jug. "I'm looking forward to announcing for TheStable.ca at Tomiko Training Centre, as this will be my 146th venue to call races," said Huston. "Trips to Canada give me the opportunity to meet some of the greatest fans of our sport." Earlier this year, Huston released The Voice: The Unparalleled Life Of Roger Huston. Written by Victoria M. Howard, the book contains colourful stories of Huston's 60-year career as a race announcer and includes 80 original photos of harness racing's champion horses and top drivers, revisiting every Little Brown Jug and Adios. Huston will take two breaks from announcing the yearling sets on the livestream broadcast to greet fans and sign books from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale (cash only) at the Open House for $40 CDN (hard cover) and $25 CDN (soft cover). The Open House at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP online are eligible to enter to win prizes, including copies of Huston's book, and a 1% share of their favourite horse with free bills for one year (conditions apply). During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity; this year the company is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Guelph Food Bank. Supporters can also donate funds online directly to the food bank. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Visitors can explore the barns and meet TheStable.ca's 138 horses on their own or register for a guided tour. A catalogue will be emailed to all RSVP guests and made available on The Stable.ca website on December 13, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for shares of horses and payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be available and lunch is also available to purchase from Hotdiggitydog. Santa will arrive via a trotter-drawn race bike at 11:30 a.m. for a free 90-minute photo session with youngsters. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable.ca

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2019 -- "It's been enjoyable; a new direction coming up for yours truly. Thank you so very much. Adios from The Meadows." With those words, Roger Huston brought down the curtain on his 44 harness racing years as "The Voice" of The Meadows. He's called more than 188,000 races in his career, but at 77, he's cutting back. He'll continue to call the Little Brown Jug, which he's done since 1968, and he'll announce at a number of county fairs. Huston has accepted a position as ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. In a ceremony before the races, speakers from The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) cited Huston's passion for harness racing, a trait that made him a uniquely effective ambassador and champion for the sport. "One of the things you've always said is 'Be There!'" said Tony Frabbiele, vice president and general manager of The Meadows. "You've always been there for us. On behalf of all the employees at The Meadows, thank you for being there." Kim Hankins, MSOA executive director, thanked Huston for becoming a member of the horsemen's family and presented him with a plaque. It was Kevin Brogan, vice president of marketing for The Meadows, who perhaps best captured the Hall of Famer when he recalled the first time he heard a Roger Huston call -- when Brogan was breaking in as a dishwasher at a Meadows off-track facility. "I hear this guy, he's going nuts during the race," Brogan said. "It's Monday. It's January. There's six inches of snow outside. It's 22 degrees, and there are 14 people watching this race. But what I came to understand when Roger shared it with me is that this race might be someone's first and only win, and it really should be special to them." The Meadows presented Huston with a crystal vase. On the racing front, Windsong Leo made it look easy once more in the $20,000 Roger Huston Farewell Open Handicap Pace, jogging to a 2-1/2-length victory in 1:49.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Bettor Than Spring and K Ryan Bluechip rounded out the ticket. The 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie won for the 31st time over the past two seasons and extended his career bankroll to $540,860. In an emotional moment, as he crossed the wire, Palone raised the lines looked up at the announcer's booth in apparent tribute to Huston. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $16,660.61 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. 'by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2019 -- An era will end Saturday when Roger Huston, "The Voice" of The Meadows for the last 44 years, calls his final harness racing card at the track (first post 1:05 PM). At 77, Huston is cutting back his workload. He'll still call the Little Brown Jug, which he's done since 1968, and he'll announce races at a number of county fairs. But his day-to-day presence will be reduced. And what a presence it has been. Not only has Huston called more than 188,000 races in his career, but he's also been an effective ambassador and champion for harness racing, attracting many new fans to the sport through his distinctive calls and enthusiasm. Fittingly, the Hall of Famer has accepted a position as ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, returning to his Ohio roots. He seldom refuses an assignment, calling races throughout North America and journeying to Dublin each year to announce Ireland's premier event, the Vincent Delaney Memorial. But a race needn't be high profile to lure him; he once called a homespun Pittsburgh affair known as "The Undie 500," which featured humans, possibly inebriated, racing in their skivvies. That one may not make his career highlights list, but all who heard his call remember it. Huston is prolific to be sure, yet he also brings to his work a Cosellian quality, rare among announcers, that infuses even the most humble event with importance. When he calls a race, it's historic -- and we're thrilled to become part of that history. Now, on the eve of his final call at The Meadows, horsemen are offering tributes and remembrances. Some are veteran Ohio and western Pennsylvania horsemen. Others are winners of the Jug or the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. A few are both. If you've never been on your feet, you better get up now to join these horsemen in thanking Roger Huston and celebrating his career. * * * * * "We're not just losing a man; we're losing an icon He's the SportsCenter, the Chris Berman of harness racing. His knowledge and dedication to something that he loves are unsurpassed. I've always looked forward to Roger's announcing every day, to his thunder and his fire. The statistics he compiles are instrumental to the game. With today's technology, I hope there's a group that will keep that going." -- Aaron Merriman, four-time national driving champion who's co-located at The Meadows and Ohio tracks * * * * * "He's the reason my dad took me to the races for the 1976 Adios. I had no background in horses, no interest in horses, but when I heard Roger calling the stretch duel between Armbro Ranger and Keystone Ore, I was hooked. I thought, I'd like for that guy to scream my name. He's been my No. 1 supporter, even introducing me at my Hall of Fame induction. When I won the Jug with P-Forty Seven (2005), he was the happiest guy in the winners' circle -- tears running down his face, big hug. That meant a lot. It will be weird driving races and not hearing him." -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver * * * * * "When I was 17, I skipped school to go to the Jug. I had no pass, no parking -- the Jug barn wasn't even built then. So I'm walking up the road, and I hear Roger holler, 'They're going to the gate.' It made my hair stand on end. He makes the whole experience more special. In 2017, I had three horses at The Meadows for Emerald Highlands Farm on Adios Day. We won the Adios with Fear The Dragon, we won an Adioo Volo division, and we won an Arden Downs split. Roger couldn't let that go: 'Three in a row at The Meadows!' That put the cherry on top." -- Brian Brown, Delaware, Ohio-based trainer * * * * * "I've known Roger just about my whole life. I remember first meeting him when I was 8 at the Ashland County Fair and later hearing him call the Jug. He really loves harness racing; you can tell by the way he calls the races. Things won't be the same without him. After I won my first Jug with No Pan Intended (2003), I told Roger, 'I'm glad it was you who called my first Jug win.'" -- Hall of Famer David Miller, five-time Jug winner and former member of The Meadows drivers colony. * * * * * "Roger is Meadows racing as far as I'm concerned, and I'm lucky enough to call him my friend. It's truly a loss for The Meadows. At the same time, I'm happy for him taking on his new role in Ohio. He's had a tremendous impact on the sport and on me personally. When I watch replays and hear him screaming my name, it makes my job fun." -- Mike Wilder, Ohio native and longtime driver at The Meadows * * * * * "On behalf of all our horsemen, I want to thank Roger. He's been harness racing's No. 1 fan, and we really appreciate all his hard work in promoting racing. He's in the Hall of Fame for a reason." -- Kim Hankins, executive director, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association * * * * * "I'm from Ohio, and my first harness racing experience was listening to Roger's calls at the Jug. That was the most exciting thing. We moved to western Pennsylvania even before Roger arrived at The Meadows; I remember having dinner at his house when we were kids. It was great to have an announcer of his stature at The Meadows; just his being here brought us publicity. That's been important for all our careers. What he's brought to our sport is unfathomable." -- Norm Parker, The Meadows-based trainer * * * * * "I've actually been thinking quite a bit about his departure. I'm trying to appreciate hearing him now, because when he's gone, people will really miss him. My father grew up in Pittsburgh and, I assume, went to The Meadows in the '70s. Roger was the announcer then, so to me, he connects my generation to my dad's generation. Something feels good about that, knowing I'm listening to the same announcer. I don't know what it will be like here when he's gone, but it certainly will be different. Roger is as much a part of The Meadows as anyone or anything ever." -- Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi LLC, who treasures Huston's calls of his two Jug wins (Limelight Beach in 2014, Filibuster Hanover in 2017) and his 2018 Adios title with Dorsoduro Hanover. Super Hi-5 Jackpot at $15,025.63 The jackpot for the final-race Super Hi-5 at The Meadows has grown again. Friday's Super Hi-5 offers a carryover of $15,025.63. First post for the 12-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Harnessracing.com has reported that Hall of Famer Roger Huston, the “Voice” of The Meadows racetrack since 1976, has resigned his position as harness racing announcer and TV host of Meadows Racing.  His last day of announcing at The Meadows will be Saturday, Nov. 2.   Huston, 77, said, “I am not retiring, just cutting back on the day to day announcing. So I have decided to resign my position at The Meadows Race Track and Casino as announcer and TV host of Meadows Racing.”   Huston was a seasoned race announcer when he joined The Meadows, having worked at Ohio fairs, Lebanon Raceway, the Red Mile, Pompano Park, and the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair, where he began calling the Little Brown Jug in 1968. The Meadows allowed him to keep his association with the Jug and other county fairs, and keep his family in one town.   To read more click here. 

LONDON, ON - The Raceway at Western Fair District is pleased to welcome Hall of Famer Roger Huston to the London oval on Friday evening. The famous harness racing announcer has called races over 60+ years, including 180,000 races at 145 different racetracks. He's also been the voice of the Little Brown Jug for the past 52 years. Roger will call the first three races on the card before making his way into the lobby to meet and greet customers. He will be promoting his new book titled 'The Voice: The Unparalleled Life of Roger Huston'. The book-signing session will begin following Race 4. Autographs and pictures with Roger are also encouraged. Following his journey to the half-mile oval, Huston will then make his way to Leamington Raceway on Sunday. The Raceway will also host the third annual Veterans' Classic Night this Friday - a special night of horse racing and celebration which honours the Canadian military. The event, which has continued to grow, will this year feature over 30 military displays as well as a barbecue from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free 'Lest We Forget' bracelets will be given out to the first 200 people to visit the military displays which will be set up in the east annex of the grandstand. The evening will also include a military opening ceremony, the 1st Hussars Calvary skill at arms demo, and a Red Knight flyover. These events will be followed by the closing ceremonies and the start of live racing where the track will be honouring the military between races. Pipe bands will be on hand throughout the evening to entertain everyone. For more information, please visit www.WesternFairDistrict.com by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

The long anticipated book titled THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON has just been released. Written by Victoria M. Howard, the book on Harness Racing's #1 race announcer and Hall of Famer, Roger Huston, is available for purchase now. Huston has called more than 178,000 races, covering at least 144 tracks in nineteen states and eight countries. Known as 'The Voice' because of his booming vocal crescendo, when one hears that sound you instantly know a trotting or pacing race is imminent. THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON contains priceless life stories of Huston's 60-year career as a race announcer. There are also 80 original photos of the sport's champion horses and top drivers as it takes you back to each and every Little Brown Jug and Adios. Through these pages you will experience the classic races in Harness Racing's history. Huston will be signing copies of the book Saturday, July 6 at The Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York from 10am -12 noon. BE THERE! For more information, contact: Roger Huston@Roger.Huston@meadowsgaming.com Now available @ at Amazon.com or AuthorHouse.com  

Plainville, MA --- Monday (Oct. 8) will be a big day at Plainridge Park as Harness Racing Hall of Famer Roger Huston will be making a stop in the announcer's booth to call races for the first time in the state of Massachusetts. Huston, who is known as "The Voice" of the Little Brown Jug since 1967, is the regular race caller at the Meadows and has been for the last 42 years. During his career, Huston has called 177,700 races at 143 different tracks and he is looking forward to adding Plainridge Park to that list. "I am proud of going to so many different places all over the world and am excited to call races at Plainridge. A number of horsemen who race there are friends of mine and I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I am also looking forward to working with (Plainridge's regular announcer) Lenny Calderone as we worked together at Dover Downs many years ago" said Huston. Huston picked a good day for his visit to Plainridge as he will be calling all the action of the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS), which will reconvene on Monday with five divisions of 2-year-olds competing for a total of $159,736 in purse money. There is a non-betting MASS race before the regular card that will start at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race of the betting card is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Columbus, OH --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association, will broadcast a special edition of the harness racing show on Sunday night (July 1) from the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The Hall of Fame dinner on Sunday from 7-10 p.m. will be broadcast live via the Post Time website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. In addition, listeners can tune into the show by clicking on the Post Time/Hall of Fame banner on the home page of www.ustrotting.com starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Roger Huston will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event that will highlight the inductions of Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg into the Living Hall of Fame; Carl Becker and Dave Briggs into the Communicators Hall of Fame; Cantab Hall, Western Ideal, Gala Dream, and Sweet Future into the Living Horse Hall of Fame; and Hakan Wallner into the Hall of Immortals. Amateur driving champion Hannah Miller will also be honored. During the dinner hour, Mike and Mike will talk about each of the inductees and their contributions to the sport of harness racing. For more information about the Hall of Fame dinner visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, can also be heard live each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

On Saturday 3rd February 2018, members of BHRC and STAGBI met for the Annual Awards Event to celebrate the successes from the breeding of Standardbreds and the sport of Harness Racing. After an enthusiastic welcome from non other than Roger “The Voice” Huston, and a hearty three course meal, the awards ceremony commenced. Hosted by the respected Thoroughbred and Harness racing commentator, Darren Owen, the attendees were directed through the past season and regaled of each individuals achievements. Every review was complimented with screen compilations courtesy of co-host Sarah Thomas and individual congratulations from Roger Huston. The pinnacle of the event is the announcement of Horse of the Year – the top accolade afforded to Standardbreds competing in Great Britain under the governance of the British Harness Racing Club. The names in the hat are the award winners from throughout the season which are voted for by the members of the sport. These are – Pacer of the Year, Mare of the Year, Trotter of the Year, 3YO Colt of the Year, 3YO Filly of the Year, 2YO Colt of the Year, 2YO Filly of the Year and Overseas Horse of the Year. Although many attending were sure there was a far away winner within the room who was always destined to be crowned, all connections present still awaited the announcement with bated breath. This duty fell to Sarah Thomas and as she opened the golden envelope to declare the victor as Evenwood Sonofagun, the room erupted into rapturous applause and congratulations. What a season the connections of this fantastic equine experienced – winning multiple races, breaking track records, setting new track, BHRC and WORLD records. Horse, Owner, Trainer, Driver – they are all record breakers. The horse himself – Evenwood Sonofagun A now six year old son of The Firepan, out of Im The Last finished his 2017 campaign with THREE Grade 1 races on his profile, unbeaten during the season with 11 wins and a streak of 15 in a row, Track Records and a WORLD Record plus whispers of exportation to race abroad. Earlier in the evening he had already scooped awards for his breeders, the Nicholson family of County Durham, in the Breeders Premium for England, The British Breeders Bonus for victory at Musselburgh and two in the Group 1 British Breeders Bonus. The high point of his season came at the York Major 3YO fixture in late June 2017, where Evenwood Sonofagun (‘Gunner’) was aimed at a saddle pace. He had claimed victory just four weeks previously under saddle by an impressive 11 lengths on the grass surface of Appleby. With this June venue a half mile hard track, the event was prepped to challenge the World Record for pacers under saddle. Gunner was again partnered by Alexis Laidler and in a blistering pace they completed the mile in 1.57.3 – a new World Record. The previous World Record was held by Darla Frakes (nee Conklin) who clocked 2.00 in July 1998 at Northfield Park, USA with the gelding Highly Rated. Thanks to the race organisers, Alexis Laidler and her charge, Evenwood Sonofagun, entered the Harness Racing history books. The seasons climax was one of the mostly hotly anticipated Free For All races the British Isles have ever seen – The Crock of Gold Final staged at Tir Prince in North Wales. As the horses were called in by the starter there was lots of jostling in the crowds for the best views, but there was also a stillness. As the horses raced down the home straight the atmosphere changed and the din of the crowd cheering on the competitors was so much that it concealed the commentary. A photo finish was called – after a spectacular race and an agonisingly tense judging of the photo, a Dead Heat of the Crock of Gold Final was declared between Evenwood Sonofagun and Miraculous. A fantastic end to his season. The owner – Raymond Huschka Already presented with the 2017 Leading Owner earlier in the evening, Raymond’s charges amassed 70 top three finishes during the previous season. The 43 victories surpassed any other owners achievements in the last decade of the award, the closest rival being John J Howard Snr who scored 39 wins back in 2009. As well as ‘Gunner’, some other Standardbreds that recorded triumphs for Mr Huschka in 2017 include: Happy Hands (Yankee Lariat x Silvertail) – Appleby Monday Grade 1 Final Winner Jack Swagger (Soulofthematter x Lyons Kellie Ann) – Tregaron Welsh Classic Heat Winner Merrington Movinup (The Preacher Pan x What A Commotion) – Junior Welsh Dragon 2YO Winner Mikey Camden (Camluck x Electrical Art) – Bells Field Heat & Final Winner Valseur Du Cygne (Kaiser Soze x Oxana de Chanterne) – Castell Howard Foods Le Trot Grass Championship Winner The driver – William ‘Rocker’ Laidler Top BHRC Driver by number of wins an astonishing nine times, only halted from a consecutive ten years in 2016 by a shoulder injury sustained whilst preparing horses for racing. In 2013 ‘Rocker’ recorded 97 driving victories, which equated to more than 10% of the total number of races staged that year. It also set the record for number of wins recorded by an individual driver – a record which ‘Rocker’ has stated in the past he wishes to surpass with a century of conquests within a season. The trainer – Alexis Laidler The wife of William ‘Rocker’ Laidler, this team have been the at the top of the Leading Trainer list for eleven consecutive years. Boasting 600+ race wins during this period – 68 recorded during 2017 and a record breaking 101 training wins in 2013. With these statistics it comes as no surprise that almost all of Great Britain’s prestigious races appear on their CV: Appleby Spring Handicap (Grade 1) – Rhyds Ponder in 2013 and Happy Hands in 2017 York 3YO Championship – with Camden Daniel in 2012 and Stamp Hill in 2013 Ceredigion Handicap (Grade 1) – Evenwood Sonofagun in 2017 Famous Musselburgh Pace (Grade 1) – Laneside Lexus 2009, Mahogany Jasper 2011, Springhill Alibi 2013 and Evenwood Sonofagun 2017 Breeders Crown – 2YO division with Matticulous in 2017, 3YO division Merrington Missile in 2012 and 4YO division with Duggans Pride also in 2012 Vincent Delaney Memorial 2YO – Matticulous 2017 Welsh Dragon Series – multiple winners but most impressively the 2YO, 3YO and 4YO divisions all with the same charge, Stamp Hill Crock of Gold (Group 1) – a remarkable three finals with Laneside Lexus in 2011 (who was exported to Canada shortly afterwards), Stoneriggs Mystery in 2012 and Evenwood Sonofagun in 2017 Alexis was as usual modest and unassuming (and extraordinarily glamorous) when receiving the award expressing how proud she is of how far herself and her husband and their team have come in the sport of Harness Racing and extending humble thanks to Mr Huschka for his unwavering support. All in all, the team scooped six of the sixteen BHRC awards presented on the night. And just to finish on a high, confirmed that ‘Gunner’ (Evenwood Sonofagun) is back in training and preparing for the 2018 season! Congratulations Raymond, Rocker, Alexis and team! CLICK to VIEW Horse of the Year Video Presentation Other award winners recognised on the night were: Battle of the Big Guns Champion – Miraculous (Arnie Flower) 2YO Filly of the Year – Greenhill Hanover (Marina Thomas) 2YO Colt of the Year – Matticulous (BKB & Morgans) 3YO Filly of the Year – Rhyds Mystique (Victoria Elvin) 3YO Colt of the Year – Rhyds Rock Star (Claire Fletcher) Mare of the Year – Rhyds Passion (Sally Teeboon) Trotter of the Year – T’es Trop Foot (Millstream Stud) Overseas Horse of the Year – Robyn Camden (All Out Syndicate) Tim Tetrick Drive of the Year – James Haythornthwaite From the British Harness Racing Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 3 - Legendary harness racing announcer Roger Huston will be making a special appearance at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday evening (August 5). Best known for calling the Little Brown Jug, Huston will be calling Races 2, 3 and 4, before heading downstairs for a meet and greet with fans on the main level of the Grandstand. A special commemorative T-Shirt will be for sale. Huston, who started his storied career in 1960, has called over 175,000 races at 138 different tracks, covering 17 states and seven countries. Huston will start his evening at Mohawk by appearing on the track's simuclast pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. Fans are encouraged to submit their questions for "The Voice" either through Twitter or by e-mailing them to Ken Middleton (kzm@woodbineentertainment.com). Saturday's evening's card features 10-races, including a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

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