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GOSHEN, NY - Results from the balloting for harness racing's highest honor, membership in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, are in, and at the Sunday, July 7, 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in this New York town, a record number of six people will be feted - Hall of Fame inductees Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Linda Toscano, Ted Wing, and Jerry Silverman. The balloting was conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's leading group of communicators. All of the Hall of Famers except Silverman achieved their distinction by getting 75%+ of the "yes-no" ballots distributed in mid-summer; eligible for voting for the Hall of Famers were qualified members of USHWA and the existing Hall of Fame members. Those on the ballot were decided by the USHWA Screening Committee from the nominations of the Writers' chapters. Silverman was selected for direct admission to the Hall, through the bylaws of USHWA and its Veteran category, which once every three years allows its Hall of Fame Screening Committee to choose one nominee (aged 70+) to directly become a Hall of Famer, and was announced earlier. Blair Burgess now completes a "Hall of Fame double," having been voted into the Hall in his native Canada last year. Burgess has been a frequent figure in the winners circle of the sport's top races: the Hambletonian (Amigo Hall and Triple Crown winner Glidemaster), Breeders Crown (Real Desire), Meadowlands Pace (Frugal Gourmet and Real Desire) and Little Brown Jug (Tell All). Real Desire and Glidemaster were both voted Horse of the Year by the Harness Writers. Twice the trainer of the Year in Canada, Burgess is the son of Canadian Hall of Fame breeder/owner/executive Bob Burgess. Ted Gewertz first caught the harness racing "bug" when Kennedy was President, and his love for the sport has not waned over the years. He has been co-owner of three Hambletonian winners - Giant Victory, Windsong's Legacy (Triple Crown winner and Trotter of the Year), and Deweycheatumnhowe - in addition to such horses as Huntsville and Housethatruthbuilt, the latter having her best year in 2004, when USHWA named Gewertz the Owner of the Year. Conscious of keeping the highest standards in the sport, Gewertz is a director of the Hambletonian Society and a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum. Joe Holloway started in the sport as a caretaker in his native Delaware when he was in grade school. Holloway connected with the uppermost level of the sport with his masterful handling of Jenna's Beach Boy, three-time Breeders Crown winner, twice Pacer of the Year, and a horse whose record for a race mile of 1:47.3 stood for a decade. Holloway, voted the sport's top trainer in 1995, has since buffed up his resume by developing She's A Great Lady, Shebestingin, and Somwherovrarainbow, as well as the handling of 1:46 pacer Always B Miki at two and three. Linda Toscano has long had a harness background association, dating back to her driving ponies in races when her age was in single digits. She served an apprenticeship with legendary NYC horseman Buddy Regan, then went out on her own in 1985. Linda has attracted widespread attention throughout much of the current decade, including being named 2012 Trainer of the Year by USHWA - in that year alone she had the Hambletonian winner Market Share, but he was a (high-class) second fiddle that year to Horse of the Year winner Chapter Seven. The ill-fated Walner, champion 3YO Heston Blue Chip, and half-mile track world champion Jet Laag have also benefited from her care and tutelage. Ted Wing was an Olympic-caliber skier before suffering an injury, and the loss of the downhill sport was harness racing's gain, as the native of Maine captured titles in New England in his early years of the sport, then emerged as one of the leading horsemen in the founding days of The Meadowlands, balancing his racing at that track with regular duty at Roosevelt/Yonkers. Inducted into the New England Harness Racing Hall of Fame the same year as Bill O'Donnell and Jim Doherty, who would later go on to the national Hall, Wing has been an important part in the success of such stars as Skip By Night, Gallo Blue Chip, Butler BG, and Calvert. Jerry Silverman was one of the leading Grand Circuit trainers for five decades, from the 1960s through the 2000s. He made a big impact in 1966, when he was 31 (a "mere pup" among the trainers of his days), with Triple Crown winner Romeo Hanover, and the subsequent years saw a stream of champions such as Fame, Hit Parade, Masquerade, Saccharum, Die Laughing, and Glowing Report (the last-named a stakes winner 40 years after Romeo Hanover) among the large stable that he ran with intelligence and endurance. Silverman retired four years ago, but continues assisting his son Richie, himself a fine horseman. The group will first be publicly honored at the USHWA Dan Patch Banquet, to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL, where the Hall of Famers will take their first ensemble bow during the banquet honoring the top humans and equines of the previous year's racing. Then comes the July 7 formal induction to the Hall of Fame, at a dinner set just outside the building in which their likeness will be placed to immortalize their selection as harness racing's best of the best. From the United States Harness Writers Association

Budding freshman filly Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) picked up her third win in five career starts on Friday night, when she dominated a field of six in the $30,000 Geers Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Tioga Downs. She brushed to the top at the quarter and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:52.1 under minimal Dave Miller encouragement.  The ownership group of Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz leaned on a familiar lineage when purchasing the filly for $30,000 at The Lexington Select Sale in 2017. Her dam (Feelinglikeastar) is a full sister to Hall of Famer Rainbow Blue, who is the dam of another Joe Holloway trainee Rainbow Room (p, 1:51.2 F, $467,880). Bred by Winbak Farm, Zero Tolerance is out of sire Heston Blue Chip's (p, 1:48 F, $1,781,881) first crop. "Zero Tolerance was a great looking filly," said Winbak Yearling Manager Jimmy Ladwig. "She was very racy and I loved her." The Holloway trainee started her career with a pair of successful qualifiers at The Meadowlands, in preparation for a June 29th pari-mutuel debut against fellow freshman fillies. She went on to win in 1:51.3 (:27.1 last quarter) as the prohibitive favorite. "She came off the gate and got away 5th, and came a tremendous three-quarters," said Holloway. "She came home good but she had to because Yannick got free with St Somewhere so we had to go on, but I was very pleased with that." St Somewhere did avenge that loss, however, in the very next meeting between the two, a Sire Stakes event at Tioga. "We got caught. St Somewhere was on her back," Holloway explained. "She managed to get out and catch us at the wire but once again, it was a strong back half and a strong last quarter." Zero Tolerance's next scheduled start was another New York Sire Stakes event, this time at Yonkers, where she was scratched sick.  She was right back in the box the very next week however, for her most recent outing, an overnight affair at Harrah's Philadelphia. She was sharp on the front end that afternoon, winning in 1:53.1 under minimal urging.  Going into her race Friday night, Holloway was optimistic. "She's been training good. I know the Yonkers race was for a lot more money, and I wish I was going for that, but we stayed away from going to Canada, and stayed away from going on the half, so these types of races will get us into September." That strategy paid off as Zero Tolerance coasted to her third career triumph.  When asked what's down the road for Zero Tolerance, Holloway confirmed her first big start will be The Kentucky Stallion Management at Hoosier Park. From there, she will head to The Red Mile, followed by the Breeders Crown, and then back to The Meadowlands for the Three Diamonds Stakes.   As far as her ceiling goes, Holloway once again is optimistic. "Dave Miller called it early on. He thinks she is as good as Rainbow Room was at this time last year. So far, she hasn't proved that she isn't." by Mike Bozich, for Post TIme with Mike & Mike

GOSHEN NY - The Hall of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the Standardbred sport's leading media organization, annually meets on the first Sunday in July, in consultation with a group of Hall of Fame members, and considers nominees submitted by USHWA's chapters to determine those to advance to the possibility of earning the sport's highest honor, membership in the Hall of Fame. Quality always results from the deliberation about the best of the best by the Screening Committee; what was unprecedented this past Sunday was the quantity of outstanding individuals that the Committee selected to advance beyond their consideration stage. One person was selected for direct admission to the Hall, through USHWA's bylaws and its Veteran category, which once every three years allows the Committee to choose one nominee (aged 70+) who will directly become a Hall of Famer. That honoree was the veteran trainer of Standardbred stars, Jerry Silverman. Five other individuals were put forward by the Committee to appear on a midsummer ballot, conducted among USHWAns and Hall of Famers. If the nominee secures 75% of the yes-no votes in the balloting, they will join Silverman as inductees into the hallowed Hall on July 7, 2019. This quality quintet includes Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Linda Toscano, and Ted Wing. Jerry Silverman, named by the Committee to the Hall of Fame in the Veteran category, was one of the leading Grand Circuit trainers for five decades, from the 1960s through the 2000s. He made a big impact in 1996, when he was 31 (a "mere pup" among the trainers of his days), with Triple Crown winner Romeo Hanover, and the subsequent years saw a stream of champions such as Fame, Hit Parade, Masquerade, Saccharum, Die Laughing, and Glowing Report (the last-named a stakes winner 40 years after Romeo Hanover) among the large stable that he ran with intelligence and endurance. Silverman retired four years ago, but continues assisting his son Richie, himself a fine horseman. The five candidates to be placed on the summer ballot for Hall election have all contributed to top-level racing in a variety of different ways: Blair Burgess will look to complete a "Hall of Fame double," having been voted into the Hall in his native Canada last year. Burgess has been a frequent figure in the winners circle of the sport's top races: the Hambletonian (Amigo Hall and Triple Crown winner Glidemaster), Breeders Crown (Real Desire), Meadowlands Pace (Frugal Gourmet and Real Desire) and Little Brown Jug (Tell All). Real Desire and Glidemaster were both voted Horse of the Year by the Harness Writers. Twice the trainer of the Year in Canada, Burgess is the son of Canadian Hall of Fame breeder/owner/executive Bob Burgess. Ted Gewertz first caught the harness racing "bug" when Kennedy was President, and his love for the sport has not waned over the years. He has been co-owner of three Hambletonian winners - Giant Victory, Windsong's Legacy (Triple Crown winner and Trotter of the Year), and Deweycheatumnhowe - in addition to such horses as Huntsville and Housethatruthbuilt, the latter having her best year in 2004, when USHWA named Gewertz the Owner of the Year. Conscious of keeping the highest standards in the sport, Gewertz is a director of the Hambletonian Society and a trustee of the Harness Racing Museum. Joe Holloway started in the sport as a caretaker in his native Delaware when he was an altar boy, as the new local priest took up harness racing as a way to connect with his flock. Holloway connected with the uppermost level of the sport with his masterful handling of Jenna's Beach Boy, three-time Breeders Crown winner, twice Pacer of the Year, and a horse whose record for a race mile of 1:47.3 stood for a decade. Holloway, voted the sport's top trainer in 1995, has since buffed up his resume by developing She's A Great Lady, Shebestingin, and Somwherovrarainbow, as well as the handling of 1:46 pacer Always B Miki at two and three. Linda Toscano has long had a harness background association, dating back to her driving ponies in races when her age was in single digits. She served an apprenticeship with legendary NYC horseman Buddy Regan, then went out on her own in 1985. Linda has attracted widespread attention throughout much of the current decade, including being named 2012 Trainer of the Year by USHWA - in that year alone she had the Hambletonian winner Market Share, but he was a (high-class) second fiddle that year to Horse of the Year winner Chapter Seven. The ill-fated Walner, champion 3YO Heston Blue Chip, and half-mile track world champion Jet Laag have also benefited from her care and tutelage. Ted Wing was an Olympic-caliber skier before suffering an injury, and the loss of the downhill sport was harness racing's gain, as the native of Maine captured titles in New England in his early years of the sport, then emerged as one of the leading horsemen in the founding days of The Meadowlands, balancing his racing at that track with regular duty at Roosevelt/Yonkers. Inducted into the New England Harness Racing Hall of Fame the same year as Bill O'Donnell and Jim Doherty, who would later go on to the national Hall, Wing has been an important part in the success of such stars as Skip By Night, Gallo Blue Chip, Butler BG, and Calvert. There will also be midsummer balloting (75%+ of yes/no ballots required) of USHWAns on writer/commentator Dave Little and photographer Mark Hall, who were nominated for the Communicators Hall of Fame at the annual Directors meeting of USHWA this past February. From the United States Harness Writers Association

Over the years the International Trots were raced on American soil and featured the most outstanding aged trotters in the world. Since the race was an American initiative, one would figure that the host country would have had the most winners in the event.   Initially that was not the case but over the course of time the United States trotters emerged victorious 15 times, only three more than the amount of French victories. Sweden’s three International Trot wins is third best followed by Canada’s two. Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands trotters each had one win in the international event. And though they started multiple times in the International Trots, no German or Finnish horse has won the event. A Finnish horse “Seabiscuit” is currently being considered as a potential invitee for this year’s event.   The inaugural International Trot was staged at Roosevelt Raceway in 1959 and that track was the site of the event until its demise in the early summer of 1988. The last International there was won by Sweden’s Callit when he turned down France’s Potin d’Amour in 1987.   With the 1988 edition threatened by the closure of Roosevelt Raceway the powers to be were in a quandary. But Tim Rooney came to the rescue and quickly made plans to race the event at Yonkers Raceway. In doing so he hired Lew “Tootie” Barasch, Roosevelt’s premier PR man who was instrumental in all the previous International Trots at the Roosevelt facility. Tim even secured the United Nations as the venue for the post position draw. With Yonkers Raceway as the host, the world saw the United States’ Mack Lobell cruise to an easy victory over Canada’s AJ’s Speed in 1988.   Six additional International Trots were then staged at Yonkers Raceway before economics forced the race to be discontinued in 1995. America’s last international champion was Giant Force in 1993.  Giant Force was owned by the Spar J Stable (the Katz Family) and Ted Gewertz, still prominent veteran horse owners today.   Giant Force a son of Meadow Road came into the August 14th, 1995 event with impressive credentials having won the Nat Ray at the Meadowlands the previous week. Driven by John “Sonny” Patterson, Jr. Giant Force, one of two American horses entered in the eight-horse field, used a burst of speed down the stretch to catch Meadow Prophet and just yards before the wire, he dashed past the Swedish champion. Giant Force, the 3-1 second choice, behind Sea Cove, the German horse who was the 9-5 favorite, trotted the mile and a quarter on the familiar oval in 2:27 flat, shattering the  then world and stakes record set by the French horse Reve d'Udon in the 1990 International Trot and equaled by Sweden's Peace Corps the following year.   "It was getting a little late so I thought it was about time to get started with him, and he really kicked in,” Patterson explained while being interviewed after the race. “Luckily, we got behind Meadow Prophet, and my horse really kept on coming down the stretch.”   Unquestionably all involved with Giant Force’s victory were ecstatic but none more so than Ted Gewertz, a fan of Latin dance music who admitted he named Giant Force after a favorite album cover of the same name by bandleader Ray Barretto.     “I was especially thrilled since not too many years previously I was just a player attending the races three or four times a week sitting in the grandstand and now there I was standing in the winner’s circle as a co-owner of the International Trot champion,” Gewertz said, and then added with a smile, “not bad for a kid from the Bronx!”   Gewertz couldn’t say enough good things about Tim Rooney and the way he graciously extended both himself and Yonkers Raceway to all the participants, both before and after, that International trot.   “After the race we all were invited to a hotel in Westchester for a post-race celebration and Tim had champagne on hand for all the other participants in the race. This after Tim personally opened his home to all at a pre-race dinner,” Gewertz added.   The work behind the scenes to make the International Trot come to fruition can be mind-boggling when dealing with the likes of transportation, quarantine, licensing and all the details prior to the race. Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, was instrumental in the return of the International Trot and he and his organization are working arm-in-arm with Yonkers Raceway to expand simulcast wagering to Europe.    Because of those simulcasting inroads in Europe, for the first time Europeans can not only watch the race when it is being contested, but also wager on the race. This year’s International is expected to have two US representatives, a Canadian representative Bee A Magician and up to seven European trotters.   The mile and a quarter event will be Saturday October 10 with a 3:25pm post time. First race on the card is scheduled for 2pm.   Yonkers International Trot 1993 - Giant Force with John Patterson Jr driving     Standardbred Owners Association of New York

The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 56th Annual Awards Banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 16. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. During the evening awards were presented to the deserving recipients and when they were all given out, banquet emcee John Manzi was the recipient of a friendly roast. The Harness Writers presented its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Ted Gewertz. He is, and has been, a prominent owner who has been part of many champions, including Deweycheatumnhowe, Giant Victory, Windsong Legacy, Somwherovrarainbow and Shebestingin,to name a few. His great love for the sport is unparalleled as is his desire to win. Ted is among the few who puts his money where their mouth is. Also honored was Ken Weingartner, who became the sixth recipient of the Phil Pines Award. No one writes more copy about harness racing than Weingartner. "I would guess I've written in the neighborhood of 3000 stories prior to joining the USTA and HRC," he says. A former Sportswriter Ken also has been a multiple newspaper award winner spanning news, sports, and editorial writing. For all that he has done for the Standardbred sport at the Little Brown Jug, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and now at the new Meadowlands, Jason Settlemoir was the recipient of the chapter's Good Guy Award. A man of multiple talents it seems that there's nothing that Settlemoir can't do, except maybe winning the Mighty M's Battle of the Brain Trusts. And even that's probably going to happen for Jason in the near future. George Casale was the unanimous choice for the 31st annual Amy Bull Crist Award for his dedicated service at Historic Track. George is the vice president of the Board of Directors at Goshen's half mile oval and also serves as volunteer counsel to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He is also a U.S.T.A certified judge and George serves in the stand making sure there are no infractions of the rules during each race. An Award of Appreciation was given to Monticello Raceway's and Historic Track's award winning track photographer, Geri Schwarz. She won the George Smallsreed Photography Award from the United States Trotting Association a few years ago and there's hardly a racing day that goes by that Geri hasn't come up with an unique photo to go along with her spot- on race finishes and winners circle photographs. This year's Excelsior Award for deeds done to promote racing in New York State went to Albert and Michelle's Crawford Farms. And few harness horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Crawford Farms in Durhamsville, NY. Unfortunately illness kept Michelle and Albert from attending the award presentation although National USHWA president and longtime chapter member, Chris Tully accepted it in their behalf. The Rising Star Award went to 25-year-old Jason Ryan who has shown the local scribes that he has a great talent for driving a harness horse. He started the year at Monticello than went to Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota where he finished as the leading driver with 90 wins in their short season. He has since continued his winning ways upon returning to the Mighty M The Caretaker of the Year Award went to one of hardest working gals on the backstretch, Nicole Devaux from the Keith Haase Stable Horse of the Year honors went to the Ed Hall-owned, Jimmy Marohn, Jr.-driven, Danny Gill-trained, Rose Run Nash. His 19 seasonal victories still ranks him tops in races won by a trotter in North America this year. Poppy Sydney Ridge was named the 3-year-old colt trotter of the year while KJ Brenda garnered the 3-year-old trotting filly award. Rose Run Nash was also the older trotting horse of the year award while Linda B won the older trotting mare award.. The older pacing horse award went to 17-time winner Vincent Fra while 20-time winner Diamond Tiara took home the older pacing mare award Since the majority of the races this year were claiming races pacing awards went to Reflection Of Blue, Rusty's Flying, an Mr. Tommy Fra. Claiming trotter awards were garnered by Bertos Angel and Menard Hanover. Upon the completion of the awards ceremonies Bob "Hollywood" Heyden moderated a panel consisting of Chris Tully, Moira Fanning, George Casale and Dr. Herb Burns who were the evening "roasters". They conjured their best comedic lines and each "beat-up" banquet emcee John Manzi. However Manzi got the microphone last and zinged his "roasters" as all seemed to enjoy the night especially when all 180 in attendance left the banquet hall chuckling. From the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA

In 2004 when Ted Gewertz had Windsong Legacy and Housethatruthbuilt he felt as if he was on top of the world. And he was; the harness racing world that is. Together both horses earned purses in excess $2.55 million. Windsong's Legacy had nine wins in 12 starts while Housethatruthbuilt won 11 of her 15 races that year. "I can't tell you how exciting that season was and what a great time my partners and I had traveling to watch them race," Gewertz recalled." We won the Hambletonian with Windsongs Legacy and the Breeders Crown with Housethatruthbuilt. Wow, what a year we had." Scant few people have ever owned more horses than Gewertz who got involved with limited partnerships early on. "I usually owned anywhere from twenty to sixty percent and I was lucky to be involved with top stakes horses," he said. "And for a guy who loves to win that was right up my alley." Gewertz made two more trips to the Hambletonian winners circle on the prowess of Giant Victory and Deweycheatumnhowe. "Giant Victory was one of my real favorites, too. We won the '91 Hambo with him but I think I had the most fun with 'Dewey' because we had such a great group of partners," Of course, the aforementioned were the cream of the crop as far as the horses Gewertz has been involved with, but make no mistake he helped pay the bills on plenty, currently 800 or so, 74 this year alone. Originally from the South Bronx (NY) and because of his perspicacity he got a free ride to an education starting at the Bronx H.S. of Science and on to City College of NY (CCNY) and finally to New York University School of Law, where he was a classmate of Colin Powell. Like many from his era Ted would spend the summers of the mid- 1950's in the Catskills waiting tables at the hotels that brought the population out of the sweltering city. "That was before Monticello Raceway opened but later on I used to go to the races there on occasion." In the early 1960's Gewertz started going to Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways three or four times a week and he became a fan of several drivers. "There were lots of great drivers there during that era and everybody loved Sach Werner, but my all-time favorite back then was Hughie Bell." During those years one could find Gewertz at the Palladium (Dance Hall) in New York City on the nights he wasn't at the racetracks boogying to hot Latin music. "They call it Salsa, today but it's really not the same as the music from my era," he admits. "And I also liked early rhythm and blues, you know the music prior to 1955. They called it race music but it was great and hard to find on the radio." After he finished his schooling Ted became a lawyer, and a good one, specializing in corporate law and his firm was, and is, one of the biggest defending corporate America. Still, harness racing bubbled under, and Ted would spend many an evening at the racetrack I'll tell you a funny story," he continued. "I used to get thrown out of the box seats so many times until I found out if I owned a horse I would be OK. So I decided to buy a horse so I could sit in a box without any harassment." During the '60's Ted got involved in handball, an urban sport which utilizes a "Spaldeen", and he became an outstanding handball player. Today, at age 76, despite two hip replacements he still is playing-and winning. "I play singles exclusively. Since I had my hips done it's hard for me to play doubles anymore." But it's not hard for Ted to go and watch his stock race. He has a piece of over 70 horse this year and some of his better ones include; Somwherovrarainbow, Shebestingin, Thirty Two Red Neighsay Hanover and Driving Miss Crazy , to mention a few. But to fully understand Gewertz's participation in harness racing one just needs to peruse a list of outstanding horses he's been involved with. However, it is much too extensive to be included here. Harness racing is very lucky to have a gentleman like Ted Gewertz involved. He certainly isn't shy about investing in the industry. Although he has many accolades in his chosen profession Ted is very proud of his Owner of the Year Award that was given to him by the US Harness Writers Association (USHWA)  in 2004. On Sunday, November 16, he will add another trophy to his wall when he will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monticello- Goshen Chapter USHWA at the scribes 56th Annual Awards Banquet which will be held at The Fountains on Sands Road in Middletown, NY. by John Manzi, for Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA

The Monticello Goshen Chapter began in 1959 and is currently one of 13 chapters that constitute the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), a national organization, now with Canadian members, whose main business is to help promote the sport of harness racing. Members of 'Mon-Go' are extremely proud that the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, as well as Historic Track, are in its jurisdiction. The fact that the sport of harness racing was weaned in-and around--Goshen, NY in the late 1830's and still continues today, explains why Goshen has always been known as the "Cradle of the Trotter", although it was often referred to as Trot Town-USA. That also is the reason why the chapter goes out of its way to make annual donations to help perpetuate both venues. On November 16 the 56th Annual Awards Banquet of the Monticello Goshen Chapter USHWA will be held at The Fountains at the Wallkill Golf Club on Sands Road in Middletown, NY and once again promises to be an outstanding gathering of great people in our sport. Besides honoring the exploits of our local horses and horsemen the chapter will also cite prominent industry people. This year the main honoree will be longtime horse owner, Ted Gewertz, who'll receive the chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award. Other prominent awards will be presented to the New York State breeding operation at the Crawford Farms (Excelsior Award) and to the U.S. Trotting Association's great writer and publicist, Ken Weingartner (Phil Pines Award). Harness racing's Mr. Everything and one of the sports true rising stars, Jason Settlemoir will receive the John Gilmour Good Guy Award. The major award from Goshen Historic Track, the Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award, will be presented to the Historic Track Board of Director's vice president, George Casale. Geri Schwarz, Monticello Raceway and Historic Track's award winning photographer, will receive an Award of Appreciation for her expertise behind the camera. At earlier banquets the chapter has cited many outstanding individuals some who have gone on to be elected the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Those Hall of Famers include: Phil Tully, Cat Manzi, Bill Brown, Hal Jones, John Cashman, Harry Harvey, and most recently Joe Thomson, who'll be inducted this coming summer. However the chapter's strong support also has helped Joe DeFrank, Tommy Thomson, Ron Gurfein, Jim Doherty, John Simpson Jr., Wally Hennessey, Phil Langley, Clint Galbraith and Buddy Gilmour to reach the hallowed Hall. Chapter members, both past and present, who are now enshrined in the Communicators Hall of Fame (and their year of induction) include: Jim Harrison (1986), Al DeSantis (1989) Phil Pines (1990) Allen Finkelson (1992), Wesley "Bo" Gill (1999), John Bradley (2000), Ed Palladino (2001), John Manzi (2006) and Joe Hartmann (2010). Many Monticello-Goshen Chapter members have also gone on to become the USHWA National President. It began with Allen Finkelson and followed over the years by Phil Pines, John Manzi, Ed Palladino and currently Chris Tully. And last year at the national meetings Shawn Wiles was elected second vice president and he will work his way up the chairs and become the sixth member of Monticello-Goshen who has risen to national USHWA prominence. The Banquet is open to the public and anyone can attend. The ticket price of $65 includes a one-hour open bar, a full course dinner and door prizes. Congratulatory ads, ranging from $100- $300, can be purchased by calling 845.794.4100ext.455 or emailing jmanzi@empireresorts.com. Oh, I almost forgot--but maybe on purpose. I serve as master of ceremonies and after the presentation of awards, four or five of my friends who may end-up being ex-friends, will 'roast' me, gently I hope, since they know that I will have the microphone last. by John Manzi, for Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA

The 56th annual awards banquet of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will be on Sunday, November 16 at the Fountains at the Wallkill Golf Club on Sands Road in Circleville, NY. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m with dinner to follow. Honorees are Ted Gewertz, Crawford Farms, Ken Weingartner, Jason Settlemoir, George Casale and Geri Schwarz. The evening will break from the usual format of presenting awards early, to a friendly roast of longtime master of ceremonies and banquet chairman John Manzi. Manzi also has been the eyes of the Monticello Raceway, heading the public relations team for so many years that his name is synonymous with the track. The roast should be quite a lot of fun. (He also is host of the Bop Shop Radio Show that coincidentally is celebrating its 31st anniversary today, October 10. Tune in from 8 p.m. to midnight on WVOS-FM.) Manzi is co-chairing the banquet this year with Chris Tully, president of the national USHWA, and Shawn Wiles, second vice president. The banquet will continue the tradition of donating the profits from the printed journal with congratulatory ads and messages. Recipients are the Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, two separate entities although next door to each other in Goshen. Tickets are $65 per person and to place a congratulatory ad in the awards journal please call the raceway at 794-4100, ext. 455. From the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen filly pacers competed in three divisions of the $287,600 Bluegrass stakes on Friday, September 26 at The Red Mile. With favorites dominating a majority of the evening, Ideal Nuggets defied the math and blew up the tote board at 173-1 in 1:50.4. Bedroomconfessions left for the top, while Ideal Nuggets was sent into the pocket. After a quarter in :27.4, Bedroomconfessions secured the top. Leading through a :56.1 (:28.2) half, Bedroomconfessions was soon challenged by favored Shakai Hanover. The two battled past three quarters in 1:23.4 (:27.3). Shakai Hanover abandoned the battle midway through the stretch. Given room, Ideal Nuggets slingshot from the pocket and by Bedroomconfessions to win in 1:50.4 (:27). Divine Caroline closed for second and Bedroomconfessions settled for third. Paying $249.20 to win, the Western Ideal-Rough Sketch-Art Major filly is owned by Robert and Lauren Tucker, trained by Ed Lohmeyer and was driven by David Miller. Breaking her maiden, her 1:50.4 mile is a lifetime mark. She has earned $100,623 this year. Bettor Be Steppin blazed around the oval to win in 1:52 as the 1/9 favorite. Hillary's Style got the lead, while Devil Child tucked into the pocket, and Bettor Be Steppin got away in third. Driver Corey Callahan gave the public choice the cue to brush to the lead into a :27.3 first quarter. Securing the front midway through the backstretch, she continued to lead through a :55.3 (:28) half-mile. Rock Her World pulled first over, with Seeking Nirvana drafting behind. Bettor Be Steppin managed to get a breather in a 1:25.2 (:29.4) third quarter. Bettor Be Steppin continued to lead through the stretch, while Hillary's Style attempted to slide up the inside. Rock Her World and Seeking Nirvana gave chase as Bettor Be Steppin sprinted home to a 1:52 (:26.3) victory. Owned by Val D'or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz, and trained by Joe Holloway, the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally-Western Hanover filly paid $2.20 to win. Bettor Be Steppin lowered her lifetime mark of 1:52.2, obtained a week ago at Hoosier Park. She has earned $209,487 this season. "I had to use her [Bettor Be Steppin] a little bit to get to the lead," driver Corey Callahan said. "Through the last turn, I was able to get a nice breather in, and, when I called on her, she stepped away. I think she had more if I needed it." Sassa Hanover commandeered the field shortly after the half and progressed to a 3-length victory over 4/5 favorite Heavenly Bride in 1:51. She's Heavenly took the front, with Crescent City taking second and Crucial Moment in third. Crescent City edged out of the pocket and swept by She's Heavenly after a first quarter in :28. Approaching the half, Sassa Hanover pulled first over and had a ¾-length lead through a :56 (:28) half-mile. She was strolling in control around the far turn, as She's Heavenly was flushed by Heavenly Bride en route to three-quarters. Sassa Hanover led by the third panel in 1:24.3 (:28.3). Sassa Hanover began to draw away from Crescent City chasing in second, as well as She's Heavenly and Heavenly Bride trying to close into their deficit. Sassa Hanover was victorious in 1:51 (:26.2) over Heavenly Bride, Crescent City, and a closing Zip Code Envy. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover-Allamerican Native is owned by Burke Racing Stables, The Panhellenic Stables, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry Karr, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. She paid $4.20 to win. Her mile of 1:51 is a lifetime mark, and her win puts her at $212,091 in seasonal earnings. "Ronnie told me to draw a line through that last start, as the track was bad," Yannick Gingras said. "We were planning on racing her from the back, but, getting away fourth, if I come first up, I carry Brian [Sears and Heavenly Bride] into the race, so I decided to move to the front. I had the plugs still in, and I showed her the whip to keep her to task, but she had some pace left." Racing resumes on Saturday, September 27 with the $331,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt pacers, $185,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt pacers, and the $146,600 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly pacers. Post time is scheduled for 7:00pmEDT. Race replays can be found on The Red Mile's YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 23, 2014 - Broken Record, who dominated in his last two starts in the Green Acres Series, bids to extend his winning streak to three in the $40,000 Harold Dance Trot on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Trainer Ray Schnittker, who has three entered in the five-horse final, will turn the lines over to Jason Bartlett. The non-wagering race is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. The Harold Dancer is restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. One of four sons of Muscles Yankee in the Harold Dancer Trot, Broken Record won the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on September 18 at Freehold, matching his career best of 2:00.1, which he posted two weeks earlier in the second leg of the Green Acres in a 27 1/2 -length victory. Broken Record has now collected four wins, a second and three thirds from nine starts, banking $59,513 for co-owners Schnittiker and Ted Gewertz of New York City. He is out of the prolific broodmare Miss Garland, making him a half-brother to multi-millionaire Vivid Photo. The Harold Dancer is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The $40,000 Harold Dancer field with sire, driver and trainer: 1-SS Poseidon-Muscle Hill-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 2-Cruizinwithmuscles-Muscles Yankee-Jim Marshall III-Ray Schnittiker 3-Switchblade Hall-Muscles Yankee-Jordan Stratton-Ray Schnittker 4-Firestop-Muscles Yankee-Eric Abbatiello-Julie Miller 5-Broken Record-Muscles Yankee-Jason Bartlett-Ray Schnittker Freehold Raceway has hosted the Harold Dancer, which was previously contested at Garden State Park and the Meadowlands, since 2001. The stakes record at Freehold of 1:59 flat was set by Chapter Seven in 2010. The $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies will be the second of two non-wagering races on the card. The three entrants are Cut A Deal, Fanticipation and Ideal Helen. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 18, 2014 - Broken Record held on for a length and three-quarter victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final, the first of two non-wagering races on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Ray Schnittker trained and driven son of Muscles Yankee was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:00.1 in the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings final. He has a winning streak of two. Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] was second with Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in third by two and a half lengths. Broken Record has now collected four wins, a second and three thirds from nine starts. He is just shy of $65,000 in earnings for Schnittiker and Ted Gewertz of New York City. In the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies, Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was an eight and a quarter length winner over Fiyonce [Rocknroll Hanover] while Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] was 10 lengths back in third. Fanticipation, driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Michael Forte, is owned by Ricky Bucci of Stormville, NY. She has five wins and five thirds in 14 starts this year. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 4, 2014 - Southwind Cartier reached the winner's circle for the first time in her young career in the $35,000 Marion Dancer Trot on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Daughter of Muscle Hill had the lead at every call and won by a half-length over Rules of the Road [Muscle Hill], and it was two lengths to Showy Starlet [Muscles Yankee] in third. The three-filly race was contested as a non-wagering event prior to the betting card. Southwind Cartier, driven and trained by DR Ackerman, toured the Freehold course in 2:04.2. She now has a win, a second and a third in eight starts, lifting her bankroll over the $30,000 mark for the Doug Ackerman Stables of Aberdeen, NC. The Marion Dancer for New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting fillies is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Also on the non-wagering card was the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The outcome was never in doubt as Broken Record [Muscles Yankee] scored a 27 1/2 -length victory in 2:00.1 Firestop and Cruizinwithmuscles, both also by Muscles Yankee, finished second and third, respectively. Broken Record, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Ray Schnittker, picked up his third win along with a second and three thirds from eight starts this year and lifted his earnings to $47,013 for Schnittker and co-owner Ted Gewertz of New York City. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 27, 2014 - Trainer Ray Schnittker will send out a trio of Muscles Yankee colts in the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Division action when Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28. The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Seven New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings are scheduled to go postward in the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres, the third of 10 races, with the Schnittker entry of Switchblade Hall, Cruizinwithmuscles and Broken Record installed as the 1-5 morning line favorite by the newly adopted TrackMaster automated morning line. Broken Record, leaving fro post six with Steve Smith in the sulky, has two wins and three thirds from six starts and earnings of $41,763 for the ownership of Schnittker and Ted Gewertz. He finished third in his last start, the Tompkins at Tioga Downs. Harry Landy will handle Switchblade Hall from post three while Pat Berry has the assignment behind Cruizinwithmuscles from post four. The other starters are Firestop [Muscles Yankee] from the rail with Eric Abbatiello driving at 12-1; Wolfpack Muscle [Muscles Yankee] with David Pinkney Jr. at 25-1 from post two; the Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], the 5-2 second choice from post five and Muscle Night [Muscles Yankee] with Jim Marshall III from post seven at 25-1. A free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. With six in the box, there will be no eliminations on Friday of this week and all the three-year-old filly trotters entered will advance to the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The field includes Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Celebrity Fantasy [Muscles Yankee], Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], She Likes Candy [Chocolatier], Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and You And I [Muscles Yankee]. The Julie Miller trained Cee Bee Yes has banked more than $273,000 for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, with six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 career starts. This year, she has two wins and two seconds in eight starts. She captured the $33,075 Lady Suffolk at Freehold on May 2 and was second in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on May 31. She qualified for the Hambletonian Oaks but broke at the start of the final and finished last. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Eight divisions of The Stallion Series for two-year old filly trotters dominated the Thursday program at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The first division went to Bob Key's Gold Cora (Encore Encore). She brushed powerfully to the lead just after the quarter, going on to win in a time of 1:57.3. Stealthestarlight was second, while favorite Joy Gliding finished third. The Rich Gillock trainee picks up her first career victory in her second lifetime start.   The second division was dominated by Wouldn't Itbesweet (Cantab Hall). She was fast off the wings from post three, making every call a winning one in an impressive ten length win in 1:57.2. Christine Sixteen was second, while Jailhouse Heart finished third. Wouldn't Itbesweet is owned by Harbor Racing Stables, and is trained and driven by Jim Raymer.   Division three went to Osteo Blast (Explosive Matter). The Noel Daily trainee brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter, and gamely held off favorite Alpha Alpha to notch her first pari-mutuel win in a time of 1:58.2. Gematria raced gamely to finish third. Osteo Blast is owned by the Mama Bones Racing Stables and Adam Victor & Son Stables, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy.   The fourth division saw Whitney Hanover (Donato Hanover) overcome an early break to win. The Ray Shnittker trainee closed up the inside for her second straight win, stopping the clock in 2:00. Global Ice finished second, while Tuscanellie came in third. Whitney Hanover is owned by Ed Pachuta, Ted Gewertz, and trainer Ray Schnittker, and was driven by Tim Tetrick.   The fifth division went to the grinding Shafina Hanover (Explosive Matter). Leaping Lady was the leader turning for home, but made a break at the top of the stretch. Shafina Hanover held off the upset minded Cocoacabana in the final stages, stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Fudge As raced well to be third. Shafina Hanover is owned by Adam Victor & Son Stables and Barb Matthews, trained by Noel Daley, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy.   Division six went to the fast leaving Peoplesayimnogood (Lear Jetta). The Roger Hammer trainee led every step of the way, winning by 5 lengths in the end, and completing the mile in 2:00.1. Shewontkissandtell rallied for second, while Veggie Hanover finished third. Favorite Spice Girl made a break past the half. Peoplesayimnogood is owned by her trainer, and was driven by Yannick Gingras.   The seventh division went to heavily favored Day Lily (Andover Hall). She seized command after the quarter and never looked back, finishing the mile in 1:58.4. Barbara Brooks finished second, while Miss Flora was third. Day Lily is owned by Hauser Bros Racing and Conrad Zurich, trained by Chris Oakes, and was driven by Ron Pierce.   The eighth and final division went to the upsetting Fog Warning (Andover Hall). She initially made the front, but yielded to eventual second place finisher Sand C-Four. The Nifty Norman trainee vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch to win by a length in a time of 2:00. Explosive Jet finished a distant third. Fog Warning is owned by Melvin Hartman and Enzed Racing Stables, and was driven by David Miller.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2014 -- Seeking Nirvana, who had lost her previous two career outings by a combined 18-1/4 lengths, grew up quick Wednesday at The Meadows when she went first over to score in a $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. The event was contested over six divisions, with Apricot Sour, Filly Buster, Showtime Terror, Hashtag Quick and Hillary's Style also taking $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman fashioned a stake triple (Apricot Sour, Showtime Terror, Hashtag Quick) among his four wins on the 16-race card. Seeking Nirvana last raced against some of Pennsylvania's best in a PA Sires Stake, and she seemed to relish the change in company. She moved from third for Mike Wilder and scored in 1:54.4, 1-3/4 lengths better than Half Past Seven, with Hot Chica Boomba third. "She didn't get the easiest trip in the world, but she did the work great," Wilder said. "When I called on her and asked her for pace, she dug in very nicely for a green filly. When I pulled the plugs at the top of the lane, she paced away. I couldn't have asked her to do it better." Andrew McCarthy trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Endless Delight for Patricia Stable and Barbara Matthews. Filly Buster grabbed her second straight in the stallion series and remained undefeated with a front-end victory in 1:55.2 for Eric Ledford, trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables, RBH Ventures and Howard Taylor. The pocket-sitting Angel Plus was second, 1/2 length back, while Angel Or Terror earned show. "She's a beautifully bred filly," Croghan said of the daughter of Well Said-Loyal Opposition, the 2005 Breeders Crown winner for pacing mares. "I don't think she's as good as her mom, but she's decent. She has some conformation flaws, but she's been perfectly sound so far -- hasn't missed a beat. We'll leave her in the stallion series; it's getting more competitive with each round. I don't think she'll go undefeated this year, but she'll have a little fun." After launching her career by breaking stride in a stallion series split, Apricot Sour looked quite professional Wednesday, making a power move to the front past the quarter and downing Dobre Povedane by a length in 1:55.3. Safe From Terror completed the ticket. "We know she's fast enough, but she's very green," said Anna Lorentzon, assistant to winning trainer Anette Lorentzon. "We don't know why she broke last week. She put in some bad steps, but we don't know why. She'll be in the next stallion series stake." Ted Gewertz owns and co-bred the daughter of Well Said-Artcotic, a Breeders Crown winner at 3. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features the Sand Tart, a $227,160, Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 9, 2014 -- Day Lily rebounded from a disappointing career debut by romping to a 9-1/2-length, front-end victory in 1:58.1, fastest division in Wednesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Joy Gliding, Whitney Hanover, Youth Gone Wild and Missive taking the other $20,000 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double behind Day Lily and Whitney Hanover. Day Lily broke stride in her PA All Stars division while stalking from the pocket. In the stallions series, she played catch me if you can -- they couldn't. Leaping Lady closed for second in her career bow while Grannylane Hanover finished third. "A lot of times it's tough to distinguish between the sires stakes and stallions series types the first leg," Palone said. "She looks like she can probably go with the sires stakes fillies. I was more than impressed with her, and she drives beautifully." Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs -- a full sister to the highly successful Big Rigs --for Hauser Brothers Racing and Conrad Zurich. Mike Wilder pulled the pocket with Joy Gliding down the backside, and the homebred daughter of Yankee Glide-Muscles Joy cruised home at first asking in 2:00.4. Alpha Alpha recovered from an early break to finish second, 6-1/2 lengths back, with Fudge AS third. "She's been training down well," said Randy Beeckman, who conditions Joy Gliding for Miller's Stable Inc. "She qualified just average, but she's always had the speed. She still has a lot to learn. She can get a little bully at times and get to pulling on you a little bit, but once you get her in a hole, she's usually pretty good." Whitney Hanover was let go at 7-1, but when the 1-5 favorite, Wouldn't Itbesweet, tired in the lane, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Water Star pounced, notching her maiden-breaker in 1:59.3. Global Ice was second, 3-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Wouldn't Itbesweet saved show. "Anytime there's a 1-5, sometimes you have to concede and look to beat the rest of them," Palone said, "and if you do get to the 1-5, it's a bonus. That's what we're doing with these young trotters a lot of times. I was lucky enough that when I moved her, she was full of trot." Ray Schnittker trains Whitney Hanover and owns with Edward Pachuta and Ted Gewertz. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall made it three wins in her last four starts with a facile front-end triumph for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The first-over Mistress Valentine was 1-3/4 lengths back in second while Daylon Miracle completed the ticket. A 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, Cowgirl Hall extended her career bankroll to $552,553. Tony Hall and Wilder each drove four winners on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Meadow Gladys, a $247,481 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                                    

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