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Acton, Ontario - In the wee hours of the early morning Monday, Sydney "Pinky" Seelster had a filly, and nobody in the harness racing industry could not be happier than their owner, Sydney Weaver. Her first Facebook post was at  3:42 am along with a photo of the newborn daughter of Pet Rock. The text from Sydney Weaver said, "Baby Joe has arrived! For all of you who read my story on Harnesslink about  The Anticipation of Waiting for a foal, Sydney Seelster had Baby Joe on a wintry night. We will be going to the Juggette instead of the Jug." Of course Sydney Weaver was on hand for the blessed event along with her parents, Lisa and Don Weaver. Not knowing if it was to be a filly or a colt, Sydney affectionately named the unborn foal, Baby Joe, after Pet Rock's owner, Joe Bellino, who donated the breeding to Sydney Seelster for Pet Rock. And what will the name be for this pretty little filly? That will be announced later this week in a special Harnesslink exclusive press release. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Lake Worth, FL - All eleven of the horses rescued from the devastating barn fire last Wednesday at the South Florida Trotting Center will now be getting daily therapeutic laser treatments. Dr. Bruce Coren, DVM, MS and CEO of Technological Medical Advancements, LLC of West Palm Beach, was informed about the fire and the surviving horses and immediately "stepped up" and donated the use of one of his high power, high dose Diowave IV Therapeutic lasers. Dr. Coren came out to the South Florida Trotting Center Monday afternoon to demonstrate to the staff how to use the laser. "I want owner Sam Stathis, trainers Tom Haughton and Roman Lopez, and their staff to have this laser unit as long as it takes to help heal these horses," Dr. Coren said. "As soon as I heard what had happened I knew I had to help out. "Our laser therapy is the fastest way that the burn wounds on these horses can be healed," Dr. Coren explained, "and this laser will also help heal the horse's lungs from the smoke and heat that have seared them inside. This is the strongest laser I have ever developed and is 60 watts of power. Most other lasers are just 15 and 30 watts." Dr. Coren co-invented the first class IV laser back in 2002 and his company received FDA clearance for the first class IV laser in 2003. "These laser treatments will also help stimulate hair growth," Coren added. "There is a very good chance that the burned patches on many of these horses will grow their hair back." Joining Dr. Coren on Monday in instructing the staff on procedures to help the injured horses was Janus Marquis, who is the official physiotherapist for the U.S. Showjumping Team. "Lasers work at reducing inflammation and increasing circulation," Explained Marquis. "The light is absorbed by the tissue, it makes tissue healthier on a cellular level." "Words cannot express how grateful I am to Dr. Coren and Janus Marquis for coming to our aid with this great technology," said Stathis, owner of the South Florida Trotting Center and also owner of the first four horses that were released from the equine hospital this past weekend. "This is a miracle come true having Dr. Coren and Janus Marquis assisting us," Stathis said. "God didn't want to take these horses. So many in our industry have been coming forward to help them both physically and with their well-wishes, sympathy and prayers. It's overwhelming how wonderful everyone has been during these trying times. Every day more people are coming forward and offering their help." The fire on Wednesday, March 16 killed 12 of the 23 horses in the barn. Two of the horses are still in critical condition at the Reid & Associates Equine Hospital in Loxahatchee. The remaining four horses at the hospital are improving. A horse racing online radio program, Post Time with Mike and Mike, has set up a GoFund Me account to help the horsemen and the training center. The group will split all funds raised through the site between trainers Roman Lopez and Thomas Haughton to help offset the cost of damages because of the fire. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can go to www.gofundme.com/SouthFLTrainingCtr or by visiting www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. By Steve Wolf for Stathis Enterprises  

Lake Worth, FL - Four of the horses rescued from the devastating barn fire at the South Florida Trotting Center have returned home. Celebrity Lover, Celebrity Tsipras, Celebrity Artemis and Celebrity Lambo were all released from Reid & Associates Equine Hospital late Friday afternoon. All four of the horses suffered burns on their backs and some on their necks and rumps. Seven of the injured horses remained at the Hospital in Loxahatchee and it was not clear when they would be released. As the returning horses were removed from their trailer, all had visible burn injuries. Each will need to be monitored over the next several weeks for upper respiratory and lung issues, and the horses may require hyperbaric oxygen treatments, said Sam Stathis, owner of the four horses and the owner of the South Florida Trotting Center. "They're not in extreme danger, but (there's) caution that they're not out of the woods with the respiratory issues," he said. "They need 24 hour a day care. We thought it better that they live on the farm and we hand walk them so they don't get psychological issues. They've been through enough." Stathis said veterinarians will come to the center each day, to tend to the recovering animals. Stathis lost one of his own horses, but had four survive. He said he's taking responsibility for all horses in the barn that burned. "I'm ecstatic that the first four horses have returned to the farm," Stathis said. "And we are doing everything possible to insure that the remaining seven will come home too. I can't wait for that day to come." By Steven Wolf for Stathis Enterprises    

Lake Worth, FL (March 16, 2016) - A barn fire has claimed the lives of approximately 12 horses at the South Florida Training Center early Wednesday morning. It has been reported that 23 horses were housed in the single barn that was engulfed in flames and that 11 has been rescued. Two have been taken to a local equine hospital in critical condition. "This is just devastating," said farm owner Sam Stathis. It was his barn that caught fire. Horses were also stabled in the barn for trainers Roman Lopez and Thomas Haughton. "I am sick with grief over the horses that have lost their lives," Stathis said. "The Palm Beach Fire Department did all they could and saved many of the horses." Two firefighters were taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries. The fire was first reported around midnight and the The Fire Department will be conducting a full investigation into the cause of the fire. Located on 441/SR 7, the South Florida Training Center is a Standardbred harness racing facility and home to nearly 500 horses. The single barn was the only one affected by the fire. Stathis, owner of the South Florida Training Center, also owns Stathis Enterprises and is the founder of the World Chariot Racing Federation. A horse racing online radio program, Post Time with Mike and Mike, has already set up a GoFund Me account to help the horsemen and the training center. The group will split all funds raised through the site between trainers Roman Lopez and Thomas Haughton to help offset the cost of damages because of the fire. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can go to https://www.gofundme.com/SouthFLTrainingCtr or by visiting www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. "The early outpouring of concern from so many people this morning is tremendous," Stathis said. "I am financially fine, but hope that everyone could support this fundraising for Roman and Tommy. They have lost everything." By Steve Wolf, for Stathis Enterprises    

Manchester, England - It would most certainly be an understatement that harness racing has been a lifelong passion for over 65 years for one family from Manchester. The Mather family. Trainer/driver Paul Mather (age 62) and his brothers Peter and George were introduced at a young age to the trotters and pacers by their late father, Frederick Ephraim Mather. Frederick was a harness racing enthusiast who owned and trained many horses and also brought his sons into the sports. At the age of 16, Paul was racing and training pacers, but there came a turning point for Paul that would see him turn away from pacers to trotters. A special horse he had named 'Star Trade', was very successful and won many races as a pacer, but Star Trade would often trot when jogging so Paul decided to convert him to a trotter and it turned out very well as he went on to win 13 trot races, including the two classics, the Prakas and the Roosevelt. Paul has never owned a pacing horse since, although pacers are still in the stable as Paul's brother Peter, continues to train and race them. Paul has imported many trotters from France and Belgium over the years and also owns British bred trotters to specifically compete in the 'Prakas' which is for British bred horses only, and that he won most recently in 2015 with Wildcat Supreme. Paul is a committee member of the TROTBritain group formed 20 years ago to enable trotting in Britain to begin to grow. TROTBritain is dedicated to the progression of trotting in Great Britain. Since 2014 and the beginnings of The 'Le Trot' agreement, Paul, his son Paul, Jr. and his brother, Peter, now own and train four French trotting horses, one of which is named Show Business, who was drawn in the 2015 March sale. Show Business has shown to become above the rest racing 16 times, winning six times with three second place and one third place finish. He was awarded Trotter of the Year in 2015 and Paul won the Driver of the Year honors and was invited to Vincennes, France to receive his award and take part in the 'Prix de Internationals' race which saw drivers from 18 European countries take part. Paul lived his dream that day of driving at Vincennes. He may have finished 8th out of the 18 drivers in the field, but just being in the race was an honor to him. "I would have given good money for a drive on that track," Mather's said of Vincennes," and I was lucky enough to do it for free, a lifelong dream come true!" Show Business is 10 years old and is sired by Game Jet from the mare Ketty D'Epinay, who had a race record 1:14 over 2400m At Beaumont De Lomangne France. His first start in 2016 will be in May at Tir Prince. He races in the Gold Division, which is the same as an Invitational or Open Class in North America. "Show Business has been a real easy horse to work with," Mather explained. "He does exactly what is asked of him and puts in 110% from behind the gate. It is a pleasure to drive. I've thoroughly enjoyed the 2015 season with him and am counting the days for the 2016 season to begin. The horse makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and that's a result because I'm bald!" Currently the Mather Stable has seven horses in training. Other stars include Staz Hazelhaar, who broke the English record over one mile in 2:00, erasing a ten-year-old record. Wildcat Supreme currently holds the mile and one quarter 3yr old record for an English bred trotter while Sheila B'Devotion and Piece of Sleipner are both top performers. The future is looking very prosperous with the Le Trot deal as this is the third year of the special program. More than 15 horses are being selected from various parts of France commencing Monday 14th March and arriving in the UK hopefully the following week. All together in the first two years, 45+ horses/mares have been brought over from France with another 15 coming over soon. And for those looking to reap some of the purse money from the special LeTrot Series events, just remember, Show Business is once again eligible to the series and Paul Mather is ready to guide him to another Trotter of the Year season. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

WALES, UK – Track management at Tir Prince Raceway has announced that an agreement has been reached with Oakwood Stud in Ireland to become the lead sponsor of the British Harness Racing Club’s(BHRC) Derby in 2016. Now to be called the Oakwood Stud BHRC Derby, the renamed classic will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016. First nomination payments are due on March 1. The Derby is for three-year-old pacers whose owners must make all four nomination payments. The distance for the race is one and one-half miles. With the support of Oakwood Stud, there will be both colt and filly separate division. “We at Tir Prince Raceway are delighted and honored that Oakwood Stud is sponsoring the BHRC Derby which is being held at our raceway on Saturday 3rd September,” said Racing Director Eric Witherspoon. “Derek and James Delaney are two of the most innovative, hardworking and professional people in harness racing in the UK and Ireland and we are proud to be associated with Oakwood Stud.” The first nomination fee of £100 is due payable by 1st March 2016. The first sustaining fee £50 payable by 1st April 2016; then £50 payable by 1st May 2016, 1st June £50, 1st July £50 and the final sustaining fee of 1st August £50.00. The estimated prize fund is £5,000. Horses can be supplemented into the race for £750 up to the 19th August 2016. “My brother James and I are dedicated to helping harness racing grow,” said Oakwood Stud’s Derek Delaney. We are proud in sponsoring the BHRC Derby. I think this will be the year that the track record for the Derby, 3.04.4 held by the great Cams Best, will be broken after twelve years. Wouldn’t that be grand?” For additional information contact Eric Witherspoon at e.witherspoon@tirprince.co.uk. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Tuesday, February 16, 2016) - J L Benson Stable owner, Joel Benson, announced today that his free online horse racing game, 10wins10, will be extended to March 31. The unique online game developed to attract new millennial players to horse racing, offers a $10,000 prize that Benson has put up himself. The free game at www.10wins10.com, calls for players to correctly select 10 straight pari-mutuel race winners. It features one horse race daily from Thoroughbred and Standardbred tracks in North America to select the winner in. The game includes a race program, tutorial instructions and professional handicapper tips to help beginners. "The game has been so popular," Benson said, "and with thousands of players competing I decided to extend it a few more weeks until March 31." The game came about from Benson's 40 years of consumer brand marketing as founder/CEO of EventNetUSA and his love for horse racing. "Horse racing needs to educate a new, younger crowd, making them aware of the entertainment, social excitement, and wagering opportunities in horse racing," stated Benson. "We have put up the $10,000 cash prize (and a $500 consolation prize if no-one reaches 10) to attract these people to racing, and get them to join us in coming out to the track. Now just two and a half weeks into the launch, we have two players with four win streaks going into today's race. Registration is at www.10wins10.com and players have until midnight prior to the day of the race to make their winner selection. "It is so heartfelt the countless number of emails and Facebook messages we have received." Benson said. "Players from all over the world saying thank you for developing the game, and they are having fun playing. It's a feel good situation and I want to keep it going. "As I have said before," Benson added, "We need to encourage new fans to learn about horse racing and this game has worked so far. No gimmicks, no credit card, just be age 18 or over and sign up for the game." For more information about www.10wins10.com or to set up an interview with creator Joel Benson, contact Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or stevew@10wins10.com. From 10wins10.com

Harnesslink.com send kudos to the management and staff at Tir Prince in Wales, UK. They have just released their new promotional video and it is fantastic. Led by owner Adam Williams with new Racing Director Eric Witherspoon, the exceptional video covers the history of racing at Tir Prince, how the racing is an intergial part of the entire hugh complex that encompases a  huge flea maket, carnival and nearby giantic pier. Tir Prince features one of the best hard tracks in all of the UK and Ireland. They are a night time racetrack and this year are the host track of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on August 2 and they will feature six divisions of the LeTrot Series in 2016. Their website is www.tirprince.com.  by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

WALES, UK - Tir Prince Raceway management are delighted to announce that they will be holding six Le Trot races at Tir Prince in 2016. The Le Trot Series has been underway for three seasons now as both the UK and Ireland. Every year more and more trotters from France have been purchased to race in the series and continue to grow in numbers every year. The dates for the Le Trot Series at Tir Prince this season are: Saturday 18th June Tuesday 26th July Tuesday 9th August Saturday 20th August Saturday 3rd September Saturday 15th October “We at Tir Prince are really looking forward to seeing the trotters who are imported from France grace the track this season,” said Eric Witherspood, Racing Director. “We feel that the facility at Tir Prince gives them the ideal opportunity to showcase their talents. Roll on June! Or as The French would say "Rouler Su Juin!" Purses are estimated at £2,000 sterling ($3,000 US) depending on the number of entries each week. For more information visit http://www.tirprince.co.uk/racing/harness-racing-the-facts/ by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Dublin, IRELAND – Records are made to be broke, but every single year? For the fourth straight season, the number of two-year-olds entered for the prestigious Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway has shattered the record books once again. A whopping 80 harness racing pacing colts and fillies have been nominated for the endurance weekend of racing that takes place Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2016. “This year,” said race developer Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud, “thanks to the generous sponsorship by USA’s Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, there is a first time final for fillies only and with that addition, the record of 59 entered in 2015 fell quickly to the wayside.” Of the record 80 royally bred 2-year-old harness racing pacers that have now staked their claim on the 5th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup weekend, 44 are colts and 36 are fillies. “If they were all to the make the races this year,” Delaney said, “We will have to add a race card on the Friday, just to hold the elimination races. Wouldn’t that be grand?” The Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial total purses are estimated at over €40,000 in 2016. It is by far the richest harness racing event in the history of both Ireland and the UK. The increase in nominations was a very positive 33% over last year. To win the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial, two-year-olds must race in elimination heats on the first day and then return the next to compete in the finals. Also on the program that weekend are three other signature events, the Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-old pacers, the Paul Murtaugh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds and the Irish-American Junior Free-For-All. In addition there are other special trotting and pacing events on the program each day. The race series and festival weekend was developed by Derek and his brother James Delaney, as a tribute to their younger brother Vincent, who tragically died of a massive heart attack at age 26 in 2011. “Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin on August 13th and 14th is going to be the place to be at,” Said Delaney. “We had thousands of patrons come out last year and expect to increase on that in 2016. We already have racing fans from around the globe coming to our venue in Ireland, traditionally dubbed as the land of a thousand welcomes.” For more information visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial 2016 Vincent Delaney Memorial Colt Nominees link http://www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com/race-eligibles/index.php?pid=race-eligibles&raceno=2 2016 Vincent Delaney Memorial Filly Nominees link  http://www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com/race-eligibles/index.php?pid=race-eligibles&raceno=1      

Dublin, Ireland – Newtown Stud was proud to recently welcome their newest addition to their farm, the top pacer Total Truth, who will be standing stallion for the 2016 season. Total Truth has become the richest Standardbred stallion to stand in the UK and Ireland. He is a career winner of $2,022,433 and had a race record of 1:48.3. The royally bred son of Jenna’s Beach Boy’s accomplishments include  at 2, winner of the Smullin Memorial, Niatross, and an elimination of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at Lexington.  At 3, he was the winner of the North America Cup, Hoosier Cup, Progress Pace, Cane Pace, Burlington Pace and a Matron Stake elimination. Total Truth was named the 3-year-old Pacing Colt of the Year and Pacer of the Year in 2006. In 2008, Total Truth was sold at Tattersalls for $900,000, a record for a male pacer.  He has settled in well at Newtown Stud and the farm is looking forward to a super breeding season with him. Newtown Stud was established in 1978 and is run by the Wallace family, who are into the harness racing business since the 1960’s. They have had numerous top class horses over the years that have raced both locally and internationally. Currently they have in training 7 French trotters, three 2yos, one 4yo and three 3yo pacers. They have 12 top bred broodmares, six yearlings, and two world champion stallions now available for stud. Total Truth will stand the 2016 season for a fee of €1000. Their other stallion is Allamerican Captor, who stands for a fee of €700.   Newtown Stud has an all-weather half mile training track and is located in the North side of Dublin, just a few minutes’ drive from the International Dublin Airport. Their contact number is +353 87 634 8862 and they are on facebook at https://m.facebook.com/NewtownStud/. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

York, England – In a shocking announcement Wednesday, the British Harness Racing Club (BHRC) announced that Michael Welling, the owner of York Harness Raceway, has decided to withdraw all 2016 fixed dates for racing at the track. In a statement, the BHRC said, “The BHRC appreciates entirely all the determination, hard work and funding, Mr. Welling has injected into York Harness Raceway and also the extent of what has been achieved there in promoting the racing and the sport. The loss of which is a colossal blow to the BHRC and harness racing. In his letter to the BHRC Council, Welling wrote; “It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that I wish to inform the BHRC Council of my decision to withdraw the racing dates with immediate effect for York Harness Raceway, which I have submitted for 2016 season. Over the past ten years I have invested quite a considerable amount of my own personal money into the track and racing, upgrading the surface, providing new equipment etc., and promoting racing, with very little or no help from the racing fraternity. Running York Raceway and Promoting Harness Racing takes up quite a considerable amount of my time, which in turns means I have to spend all my time living at the track. As you can all appreciate in this day and age it is not wise to leave a property unattended for any length of time. I no longer wish to live this existence. As most of you know I have now retired and I would like to spend more time with my family, running York Raceway prevents me from doing so. Therefore I am moving away from Harness Racing to pursue other interests, this decision wasn’t taken lightly.” “York is the only purpose-built hard track in England,” said Sarah Thomas, an avid horsewoman in Scotland and a reporter for Harnesslink, “There has been and will be this year a fixture at Wolverhampton Racecourse aka Dunstall Park, however this is a Thoroughbred track so technically classed as dual purpose plus they only stage one meeting. “Tir Prince now serves the north of Wales and all of England as a good hard track for harness racing,” Thomas explained, “and Amman Valley is then based in South Wales and serves Wales and the English counties i.e. Herefordshire). Corbiewood is the most northern track (being in Scotland) that's a hard track.” The loss of the harness racing meetings at York has been a “hot topic” on social media throughout the UK and Ireland. Questions to be answered include where the races scheduled at York will be held in 2016. Speculation ranges that they will be “farmed out” to tracks such as Tir Prince and Corbiewood. Also the York Mixed Horse Sale, which has grown from just being the Camden Stud Sale, to a sale for yearlings, broodmares, stallions and racehorses from across the UK and Ireland, will need to find a new home. “This will have a massive knock on effect with regard to the Le Trot Series (Trotteur Francais purchased under a three year agreement with Le Trot with races to be based at York),” Thomas added, “however Trot Britain had the foresight to tender out their races when York initially indicated that only 4 fixtures would be staged at York in 2016.” “Around the York area are where some of the UK’s biggest trainers are based,” said Sterling’s Andrew Dick, a horse owner, “Top trainer/drivers Mick Lord and John Gill will literally need to drive past York Raceway just to get to Tir Prince. “Along with Tir Prince, York is the only real decent hard track we have in the UK,” Dick said, “There are many big time and small time trainers around that area and York would be their base. You will likely find that some small time trainers will sell up as they won’t really have anywhere to race. York has also held some major independent stakes races over the years for big money. “It's a very bad time for the sport and with Corbiewood in its current state,” Dick said, “and with no real security with Tir Prince, the future really is bleak in the UK.” It has also been said that the track is for sale and many are praying that somebody within racing will purchase the track and continue racing. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Dublin, Ireland – At the stroke of midnight on Monday, February 1, all nominations for the 2016 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, the Oakwood Stud Derby and the Paul Murtagh Senior Memorial, are due. Please check out the new promo video for the 2016 festival weekend at https://youtu.be/mZUcaeuLvsw.  Nominations can only be made online at http://vincentdelaneymemorial.com/index.php?page=race. For 2016, the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM) for two-year-old pacers will feature a filly division that is sponsored by Diamond Creek Farms in the USA. The first nomination fee is only €150 for both fillies and colts. The VDM is entering its fifth season and continues to be the richest harness racing stakes event in all of the Ireland and the United Kingdom. This year there will be €40,000 guaranteed in total purses and prizes over the two days of racing. Race dates for the VDM in 2016 is Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 at Portmarnock Raceway. The first nominations for the Oakwood Stud Derby is just €100 and is open to just three-year-old pacers.  Both the elimination heats and the final will be raced at 1.5 mile distance. There will be elimination heats on Saturday, August 13 and the final on Sunday, August 14. The final for the Oakwood Stud Derby is guaranteed at €12,000. The first nominations for the Paul Murtagh Senior Memorial is also just €100 and is open to only four-year-old pacers.  Both the elimination divisions and the final will be raced at 1.5 mile distance. There will be elimination divisions on Saturday, August 13 and the final on Sunday, August 14. The estimated total purses for the Paul Murtagh Senior Memorial is estimated €8,000. “Both my brother James and myself are really looking forward to this year’s VDM weekend,” said Oakwood Stud’s Derek Delaney. “Who would have thought when we first came up with the idea of a special race in memory of our younger brother Vincent, that is would develop into such a big event. “The addition of a filly division this year,” Delaney said, “thanks to sponsors Diamond Creek Farms and Adam Bowden, will make the VDM weekend even greater. I have already been contacted by people from around the world that want to come out for this weekend. I guess you could say we have come up with Ireland’s own version of the Little Brown Jug and the Gold Cup & Saucer!” For any additional information about the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend, visit their website at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Festival

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced that one additional award will be presented at the association's 25th annual Silver Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa in Pompano Beach. In addition to Allen Saul, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to trainer Gerald "Jerry" Nelson. Nelson, 83, who now resides in Coconut Creek, was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, and started working with Standardbreds as a young boy and then when to California with the great Joe O'Brien, rising to the ranks of second trainer. Nelson also was first trainer with Archie McNeil, Ron Waples, Joe Pavia, Jr. and Wally Hennessey, working much of his career at Pompano Park. "Jerry has been around horses all his life," said Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey, "He was always reliable, super with the horses, he was the whole package and to this day, grooms at Pompano Park always ask how he is doing. Everyone has nothing but the upmost respect for him." Elected to the chapter's Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are veteran trainer/drivers Wally Ross, Jr. of Coral Springs and Tom Sells of Margate, former Pompano Park race secretary Ken Marshall of Livonia, Michigan, and the top trotting sire, Basil, who is retired at James Gluhm's farm in Trenton. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter's awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2 and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2015 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $80 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter USHWA    

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the States Harness Writers Associations president, Steven Wolf, has announced the Hall of Fame inductees and the annual award winners for the 2015 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association's 25th annual Silver Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa in Pompano Beach. Elected to the chapter's Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are veteran trainer/drivers Wally Ross, Jr. of Coral Springs and Tom Sells of Margate, former Pompano Park race secretary Ken Marshall of Livonia, Michigan, and the top trotting sire, Basil, who is retired at James Gluhm's farm in Trenton. For the first time in the history of the Florida Chapter of USHWA, both the Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of young trotters, and the William Popfinger Award for developing outstanding juvenile pacers, will go to the same person, and that is Mike Deters of Coconut Creek. It is the second time that Deters has won both awards, but never in the same year. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to longtime owner/breeder and popular equine author, Victoria M. Howard of Boca Raton. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Ann-Mari Daley of Lake Worth, who is the farm manager of the South Florida Trotting center and the wife of trainer/driver Dan Daley. The winner of the Allen J. Finkelson Award recognizes an individual in the sport who has contributed to the positive promotion of the Standardbred industry and being honored this year is longtime owner/breeder and Harnesslink.com writer, Thomas H. Hicks of Pompano Beach. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Richard Dunmire of North Fort Myers. The winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2015 is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park ended for the first time in a dead heat with the award going to both John Cummings, Jr. of Nichols, NY and John MacDonald of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to amateur driver Dein Spriggs of Jupiter. The Florida USHWA Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award goes to longtime trainer/driver Allen Saul of Pompano Beach. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding individual who, over his or her career, has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year's winner is Tracey O'Leary of Pompano Beach, who has worked many years for the Mike Deters Stable and is now with the Dan Clements Stable. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter's awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2 and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2015 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $80 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter USHWA  

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