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Florzell "Georgie Boy" Daniels of Harrington, Del., has been named 2012 Groom of the Year in the annual harness racing competition sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Harness Tracks of America.

'We are just have to grin and bear it.' That's how the general manager of Winbak Farm has described the 2013 harness racing breeding season at his two farms in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. Garrett Bell said his farms had never experienced such indecision before amongst its breeders.

On Saturday March 23rd, the biggest horses at Winbak Farm were on display for the local community to see. The gentle giants, a team of Clydesdale geldings, were in the local St Patricks Day parade (it had been delayed a weekend due to weather).

Having made a “siring sweep” of the 2012 Dan Patch Awards for three year old pacers, American Ideal figured to be popular among harness racing breeders this year, and indeed he was. It was announced today that his book for 2013 is full and closed.

Eight hours after 2005 Horse-of-the-Year and harness racing giant Rocknroll Hanover was euthanized at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, her former caretaker Sarah Lauren Scott was still having trouble holding back her tears.

Rocknroll Hanover, the sire of 2010 Horse of the Year and five million-dollar winners, was euthanized on Thursday afternoon (March 14) at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center.The stallion was collected for breeding on Wednesday at the Perretti annex in Pennsylvania. On Thursday morning he showed signs of discomfort and his stomach appeared distended and he was taken to Mid-Atlantic. Dr. Rodney Belgrave told Perretti Farms, where the horse stood at stud, that he suffered gastric impaction and his condition was irreversible.

"He made all of our dreams come true!"

In today's breeding market, it can be confusing and complicated to decide where to breed and to what stallion to breed your mare. Winbak Farm can help with your decision. Winbak stands harness racing stallions in five areas, including New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, the farm has a multitude of options.

It was another crowning moment for Chapter Seven. Chapter Seven and his connections received the Dan Patch Award for harness racing's Horse of the Year on Sunday night before a crowd of more than 400 people at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa.

Once a week, Whig reporter Adelma Gregory-Bunnell profiles Cecil County's workingmen and women. The assignment has allowed her to meet an alpaca farmer, a Chesapeake Bay crabber, a county tour bus driver, a highway road worker and many more. This week, she spent several early morning hours with a foaling manager at a Chesapeake City-area harness racing farm.

Winbak Farm, a sprawling 3,000-acre harness racing farm located south of Chesapeake City, will be recognized by the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore March 6 for its international business accomplishments.

Semen that was collected 14 years ago provided the late American harness racing stallion - Troublemaker - with his last ever victory at Canberra on Monday night February 11th.

Jim Simpson, the president of the world's leading harness racing breeder Hanover Shoe Farms, has announced that 39 yearlings from Hanover's 2013 crop will be available for online purchase via the Farm's website www.hanoverpa.com.

Barbara Galbraith thought she had a guardian angel when she opened a mysterious FedEx envelope left on the front porch of her small Scottsville farmhouse last month and found a check for $2,431. Perhaps, she thought, someone learned of how badly she and her once world-class harness racing breeding operation were struggling.

Harness racing's largest standarbred nursery Winbak Farm was founded in 1991 by Joe and JoAnn Thomson. The farm was originally Winfield Farms, home of the legendary Thoroughbred, Northern Dancer. The name Winbak is derived from the 'Win' in Winfield and B A K for each of Joe and JoAnn's children (Bradley, Ashlee and Kimberly).

Chapter Seven, harness racing trainer Linda Toscano and Walnridge Farm were among the honorees at the 56th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon on January 27, 2013 at Charley's Other Brother. Chapter Seven was the recipient of the New Jersey Standardbred Horse of the Year award. Chapter Seven’s trainer, Linda Toscano of Freehold, was saluted with the Governor’s Cup and Walnridge Farm of Cream Ridge was recognized as Breeder of the Year.

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