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With record entries across all classes the entire committee of the Victorian Standardbred Pleasure and Performance Horse Association were out in force for their State Championships at Eastfield Park in Croydon on Sunday 12 January. The quality and the preparation that went into the horses on the day were amazing with all of them being turned out a treat.   Even the handlers and owners were dressed in their finest highlighting the pride that these people take in showing their horses. It is great to see so many off the track horses being taken to shows and highlights the growing interest in the Standardbred as a showing, leisure and performance horse. Harness Racing Australia in conjunction with the State Controlling Bodies are proud to be able to support the State Standardbred associations and look forward to presenting more articles on these activities during the year. Details of all results for the Eastfield Park day will be published on the SPPHAV website found at: For more information contact Gary Kairn Operations Manager on 03 9227 3003. Harness Racing Victoria

The New York Horse Racing and Agriculture Industry Alliance has released a video which details the overall benefits of galloping and harness racing in the Empire State.

New Jersey's standardbred horsemen are donating their share of the harness racing revenue on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Freehold Raceway to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties will receive the proceeds from Freehold's "Racing toward Recovery Day."

The Standardbred Owners Association of New York takes great pleasure in extending heartfelt birthday wishes to legendary Hall of Fame horseman Doug Ackerman. At the young age of 85, Doug can look back with tremendous pride at a harness racing career dotted with significant achievements, both as a trainer and in the sulky.

The slate of officers, headed by President Tom Luchento, will be at the helm of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey for 2012-2013. The SBOANJ held its annual membership harness racing related meeting on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Freehold Raceway and followed the public session with the reorganization of its uncontested Board of Directors.

The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, representing the horsemen and women who race in the Garden State, will "vigorously oppose" Freehold Raceway's request of only 90 harness racing dates in 2013.

The USTA District 12 meeting and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey's Annual membership meeting will both convene on Friday morning, October 19, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

A couple of days after the fireworks explode in the air, the harness racing action moves to the track where 16 three-year-old colts - seven by New Jersey stallions -- will compete for 10 spots on the gate in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace.

In this industry, milestones are achieved from the bottom up. That's certainly the case for Mark Ford, the conditioner who has just achieved the 3,000 win plateau as well as $50 million in harness racing career earnings. While most folks see Mark Ford as one of the most successful trainers in our business, early in the 1990s Mark's perch was a dorm room in "Upper I" of the Yonkers barn area.

Veteran horseman Mark Lancaster posted his 3,000th career driving victory, guiding Tudeedu to a half-length tally in the fourth race on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at harness racing's Freehold Raceway. Lancaster, 63, of Columbus, NJ, added victory 3,001 a race later with Nukes Art.

The Standardbred Owners Association of New York's Board of Directors met on Saturday, December 10, in a lengthy meeting open to all harness racing members at the corporate offices in Yonkers, New York. At the conclusion of a 90-minute meeting of the Trustees of the Retirement and Welfare Fund chaired by director Peter Venaglia, the annual meeting commenced with a report of the Election's Committee.

After an over three-year battle led by The SOA of NY and joined by the Empire State Harness Horsemen's Alliance (comprised of the representative horsemen's associations at Yonkers, Monticello, Buffalo, Batavia, Vernon and Saratoga) to achieve proper, fair and enforceable out of competition testing rules, a state judge has struck down the ill-advised rules that were promulgated over the harness racing horsemen's numerous and valid objections.

We desperately need your participation to be part of a day that will be remembered for a long time to come, dedicated to promoting the sport of Harness Racing for our Youth. On Sunday, June 12th, 2011 Monticello Raceway along with Alan Schwartz president of the Monticello Horseman's Assoc. and Amateur Driver, and David Yarock, another Amateur Driver and Joe Faraldo, prominent attorney and President of the North American Amateur Driver's Assoc and Amateur Driver will host a race day of all amateur driving events.

Eight of the 10 fillies entered in the $150,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey will compete in a $20,000 prep race on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Two of the harness racing entrants, Honky Tonk Woman by Western Ideal and Weekend Update by Rocknroll Hanover, will face off in the final with the eight fillies who entered the prep.

It was already late in the day when Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association President Tom Luchento was presented a plaque by the Freeholders of Monmouth County at the Hall of Records on April 27, 2011. It was Thomas F. Luchento Day, according to the presentation [see full text below].

New York real estate investor Jeffrey Gural's bid to take over management of the state-owned harness Rracetrack - the Meadowlands - remains on hold, despite Gural negotiating with Gov. Chris Christie's administration officials at the Statehouse for three hours today (Wednesday April 13).

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