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HARRISBURG, PA - The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, designed to transition racehorses from their careers on the track into a productive "adoptive" program suitable for both the equine and her/his new "family," has been selected for the United States Harness Writers Association's President's Award, as announced by the president of USHWA, harness racing's leading media organization, Tim Bojarski. Over 6000 retired Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses have been placed by New Vocations since its founding in 1992. Many have gone on to be pleasure horses, and some have been re-educated to participate in other equine disciplines such as horse show competition. One New Vocations "graduate" even served as a "stand-in" when the recent movie about Seabiscuit, the champion racehorse, was made! New Vocations has two farms in Ohio, Laurelville and Marysville; one in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania; and one in Lexington, Kentucky. The Executive Director of the New Vocations program is Dot Morgan, who won the 2012 Unsung Hero Award from USHWA, and its current Standardbred Program Director is Dot's daughter, Winnie Morgan Nemeth, a member of USHWA. Bojarski notes, "New Vocations is a highly-motivated group of 'horse people' who aggressively re-home and re-train retired Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racehorses. Their plan is simple: determine the horse's demeanor, find the horse's best traits, and then teach the horse a skill that suits her or him best and will ensure that the animal will be productive forever in its new home. "New Vocations is in the process of building the former Mereworth Farm in Lexington KY, consolidating the group's efforts and making the new facility the largest rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and retirement facility in the nation. The group's Standardbred Division led by Winnie Morgan Nemeth does extraordinary work for our retired warriors of the track, and does that work with the horse's best interests uppermost in mind." New Vocations will be honored at the "Night Of Champions," the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park, which will take place on Sunday, February 26 at the Planet Hollywood hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Information about the banquet and the entire weekend, which will also contain the annual meetings of USHWA, can be found on the communicators' website, - including links for making hotel reservations at special rates at Planet Hollywood; banquet tickets; and congratulatory or acknowledgment ads in the keepsake Souvenir Banquet Journal, annually one of the best chronicles of a year in North American harness racing. From the United States Harness Writers' Association

HARRISBURG PA - With the various racehorses, including Horse of the Year Always B Miki, now recognized for the achievements on the track during 2016, and the human and breeding award-winners for the year winding down to be announced over the next week and a half, the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) would like to direct those interested in attending the 2017 Dan Patch Night of Champions Presented by Hoosier Park, to be held Sunday, February 26 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, as well as those who might want to take a congratulatory ad for one or more of the various recipients, to the organization's website,, where there are large quantities of information concerning the gala awards dinner. (If you are viewing our mobile site, click the "full website" tab at the upper right for all the links to the banquet.) There is a link through which you can make reservations directly within the Planet Hollywood hotel system at special USHWA prices. For those who might want to extend their stay, a $69 hotel room rate is available the Thursday before, and the Sunday night of the dinner, and the Monday after. It is urged that you reserve rooms early, as there is a limited USHWA bloc - and we also mention that it would be wise to make air reservations as soon as possible as well. The website also contains a link towards buying tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Presented by Hoosier Park. In addition, there is a link to a form listing rates for advertising in the time-honored Banquet Souvenir Journal, where all connected with award-winners can extend their thanks and congratulations. Award-winners, friends of award-winners, vacationers, those attending the HHI and USTA meetings to be held in Vegas at about this time period, and also members of the Harness Writers Association - it would be good to start your plans in motion now for the weekend culminating on Sunday, February 26, using And more award-winners will be in the pipeline within the next ten days - so keep an eye out for those as well, to be announced on the USHWA website and through the trade media. From the United States Harness Writers Association

Top-earning female trotter Hannelore Hanover and Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder were among six trotters named Dan Patch Award winners Thursday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Ariana G, Broadway Donna, Obrigado, and Walner also were named divisional champs by the organization. A total of 155 Dan Patch Award ballots were returned by USHWA's membership. Ariana G, Hannelore Hanover, Marion Marauder, and Walner all were selected on at least 94 percent. Broadway Donna, who received 83 percent of the vote among 3-year-old female trotters, is a repeat winner. The six champions came from six different training stables. Divisional honors for pacers will be announced Friday. Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be announced at noon Monday in a live show streamed over the Facebook pages of USHWA, Hoosier Park, and the Harness Racing FanZone. The presentation will be hosted by Emily Gaskin, Hoosier Park's race marketing manager. Marion Marauder was named the sport's best 3-year-old male trotter following a campaign that saw the colt become the ninth Trotting Triple Crown winner - and first since 2006 - by sweeping the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot, and Kentucky Futurity. In addition, Marion Marauder won the Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on his way to $1.48 million in purses. His earnings led all trotters in North America. Marion Marauder won 10 of 15 starts and finished second three times this season for the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling. Marion Marauder is owned by the couple's son, Devin Keeling, and Wellwood's mother, Marion Jean Wellwood. Scott Zeron was the colt's regular driver. A son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Spellbound Hanover, Marion Marauder was bred by William Mulligan. For the second consecutive year, filly Broadway Donna was named a divisional champion and in the process joined her dam, Broadway Schooner, in receiving a Dan Patch Award at age 3. Broadway Schooner was honored in 2009. Broadway Donna, a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover, won seven of 12 starts and earned $664,708 in purses for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by David Miller, her wins included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters, Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Four-year-old mare Hannelore Hanover was named the sport's best older female trotter. She won 17 of 20 races and earned $1.11 million in purses, leading all female trotters in earnings. Her victories included the Breeders Crown Mare Trot and the Hambletonian Maturity, where she defeated male rivals. She also beat the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic in addition to winning the Armbro Flight Stakes, TVG Series championship for female trotters, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill, and Miami Valley Distaff. Her mile time of 1:51 in winning the Armbro Flight equaled the world record for a 4-year-old trotting mare. Hannelore Hanover, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras and Ricky Macomber Jr., is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. A daughter of stallion Swan For All out of the mare High Sobriety, she was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Obrigado was named the best older male trotter. The 6-year-old gelding's wins included a world-record-equaling 1:53.2 performance around Northfield Park's half-mile oval in the Cleveland Trotting Classic and victories in the TVG Series championship for male trotters, Maxie Lee Memorial, Charlie Hill Memorial, Crawford Farms Open, and Dayton Trotting Derby. He won more than $800,000. The gelding, trained by Paul Kelley and driven by Mark MacDonald, is owned by the Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45. Obrigado, bred by Mike Andrew, is a son of stallion Boy Band out of the mare Malimony. Walner won seven of eight races and finished the season with a five-race victory streak that included triumphs in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, Kindergarten Classic Series championship, and a division of the International Stallion Stakes in a world-record 1:51.3. Linda Toscano trained Walner for owner Ken Jacobs. Tim Tetrick handled the driving. The colt is a son of stallion Chapter Seven out of the mare Random Destiny. He was bred by Overseas Farms. Owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz finished second with All The Time in last year's voting for best 2-year-old female trotter, but captured the division this year with the aforementioned filly's sister, Ariana G. The homebred daughter of Muscle Hill out of Cantab It All won nine of 11 races and earned $743,967. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Gingras, Ariana G's wins included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way Stakes, and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Walner (151 votes) Chapter Seven---Random Destiny---Ken Warkentin Yearling Price: $90,000 at Lexington Selected Sale Breeder: Overseas Farms Ltd. Owner: Ken Jacobs Trainer: Linda Toscano Driver: Tim Tetrick Races: 8-7-0-0 Purses: $484,037 Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile (world record) Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $200,600 Kindergarten Classic; $56,000 International Stallion Stakes division 2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER Ariana G (152 votes) Muscle Hill---Cantab It All---Cantab Hall Yearling Price: Homebred Breeders: Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld Owners: Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Races: 11-9-1-0 Purses: $743,967 Mark: 1:51.4 at Red Mile Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $306,500 Doherty Memorial; $275,880 Peaceful Way 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Marion Marauder (146 votes) Muscle Hill---Spellbound Hanover---Donerail Yearling Price: $37,000 under name Marion Monopoly at Lexington Selected Sale Breeder: William Mulligan Owners: Marion Jean Wellwood, Devin Keeling Trainers: Paula Wellwood, Mike Keeling Driver: Scott Zeron Races: 15-10-3-0 Purses: $1.48 million Mark: 1:51.3 at Meadowlands Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $500,000 Yonkers Trot; $431,000 Kentucky Futurity; $209,040 Goodtimes 3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER Broadway Donna (129 votes) Donato Hanover---Broadway Schooner---Broadway Hall Yearling Price: Homebred Breeder: Fashion Farms Owner: Fashion Farms Trainer: Jim Campbell Driver: David Miller Races: 12-7-2-1 Purses: $664,708 Mark: 1:51.1 at Red Mile Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity; $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final OLDER MALE TROTTER Obrigado (88 votes) Boy Band---Malimony---Malabar Man Sale Price: $53,000 at 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale Breeder: Michael Andrew Owners: Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, Stable 45 Trainer: Paul Kelley Driver: Mark MacDonald Races: 17-7-2-4 Purses: $808,320 Mark: 1:51.2 at Vernon Downs Top wins: $400,000 TVG Series final; $210,000 Hill Memorial; $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Hannelore Hanover (151 votes) Swan For All---High Sobriety---Dream Vacation Yearling Price: $32,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale Breeder: Hanover Shoe Farms Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva Stables Trainer: Ron Burke Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Ricky Macomber Jr. Races: 20-17-2-0 Purses: $1.11 million Mark: 1:51 at Mohawk (equals world record) Top wins: $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity; $250,000 Breeders Crown; $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic by Ken Weingartner, for the US Harness Writers Association

HARRISBURG, PA - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the sport's largest organization for communicators of the Standardbred sport, presents the announcement schedule for the naming of the 2016 Harness Horse of the Year, the Trotter and Pacer of the Year, and the various divisional awardwinners. These announcements are made with the partnership of Hoosier Park, who is the title presenter of USHWA's Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas, and with the U. S. Trotting Association (USTA), who prepares the statistics mailed to eligible voters and then tallies the incoming voting. On Thursday, December 15, a press release will be coming from Harness Racing Communications (HRC), shortly after noon, listing the six winners in the various age/sex divisions for trotters. A similar release will be sent for pacers the next day, Friday, December 16, just after twelve noon. On Monday, December 19, at twelve noon, there will be an announcement of the Trotter and Pacer of the Year, followed by the naming of the 2016 Harness Horse of the Year. This will be a live announcement, streamed over the Facebook pages of USHWA, Hoosier Park, and the Harness Racing Fan Zone. The show will be hosted by Emily Gaskin, Hoosier's Race Marketing Manager and the winner of USHWA's 2014 Breakthrough Award for an up-and-coming person in industry management or communications. A full press release detailing the particulars of these announcements will be sent out by HRC immediately after the awards are announced on Monday. The winners of the "human" Dan Patch Awards (which do include the Broodmares of the Year) will be announced during the rest of the week after Monday's Horse of the Year announcement. From the United States Harness Writers Association  

The U.S. Harness Writers Association Canadian Chapter invites students from university and college journalism, broadcast journalism and related programs to apply for one of two available seats in our student journalism workshop.   Inspired by the Clyde Hirt Media Workshop, which the U.S. Harness Writers Association conducts annually at The Meadowlands, the Canadian workshop is new in 2016. It will run Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend (October 7-9, 2016) at Red Shores Charlottetown, P.E.I., with opportunities for participating students to learn about harness racing and its media coverage while writing articles for publication.   Students must provide their own transportation and accommodations (information can be provided if required). Deadline for applications is September 23, 2016.   To apply, please contact Melissa Keith, Canadian chapter president, at or DM @USHWACanada on Twitter.   From Melissa Keith, USHWA Chapter Canada  

Driver Brian Sears, a third generation horseman, is the sole nominee on the ballot in voting for the 2017 Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The Harness Racing Hall of Fame screening committee met this past weekend in Goshen and reviewed nominations from 11 chapters of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Sears was the only candidate to make the ballot. The ballot will be sent to 223 members of USHWA and existing Hall of Fame inductees in August. A nominee must receive 75% of votes cast to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Results will be announced when tabulated. Sears, who plies his trade primarily on the east coast, has 9,601 wins in nearly 50,000 starts. He has exceeded $10 million in annual purse earnings nine times for a total of just over $172 million. He concluded another outstanding driving year in 2015 with the highlights including capturing his third Hambletonian win with Pinkman and grabbing divisional Dan Patch Award honors behind the great trotting mare Bee A Magician. Sears has driving wins in classic races such as 10 of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug, Kentucky Futurity, Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup, Yonkers Trot, Messenger, Cane, Adios, Battle of Brandywine, Canadian Trotting Classic, Metro, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller and Canadian Pacing Classic. He has been the primary driver on three Dan Patch Harness Horses of the Year, Muscle Hill in 2009 and Bee A Magician in 2013 plus Rocknroll Hanover in 2005. Racing has been a family affair for Sears. His father, Jay, won more than 1,400 races and purses of over $3.3 million. Brian's grandfather, the late Gene Sears, was also a 1,000-plus race winner who won $1.7 million in purses during his career. by Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications

As people continue to move away from their desktop computers and make their mobile phone the everyday workhorse, the format of USHWA's traditional website needed to adapt. With that in mind, USHWA has launched, a new mobile website that formats all of our content for your iPhone or Android device and loads it for you up to eight times faster than our traditional site. This is not an app and nothing needs to be downloaded. Simply type the address in your browser and then bookmark it to your screen. All the information and downloads you look for at the full website is now also available on the mobile site, only in a faster and more user-friendly platform. The USHWA website you have known will continue to be where it has always been; the mobile site is simply an extension of it for mobile devices. The organization has also put a .com domain in its stable moving forward as well. will now also take you to our full homepage. So whether it's , or; each will all take you to the USHWA site best suited for you for the latest news and information about the organization and the sport it represents. By Tim Bojarski, president of USHWA  

Delaware may be the smallest of the 50 states, but in harness racing in 2015, Delawareans became 'giants.' On Sunday (March 6), the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) presents its 59th annual awards-dinner, honoring the sport's standout individuals and horses during 2015 with' Dan Patch Awards' in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 2015 Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year is Wiggle It Jiggleit, who won his first race of the season at Dover Downs in January and continued posting victories through November concluding a 22 wins in 26 races campaign winning the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. In fact, the only month during 2015 in which he failed to win at least one race was April, when he was given a brief respite. Wiggle It Jiggleit led all harness horses in North America banking $2.18 million in purses. In addition to be named Pacer of the Year, he was also voted best 3-year-old male pacer. Wiggle It Jiggleit is only the second pacer ever to be the season's winningest pacer and to receive Horse of the Year honors. In addition to Wiggle It Jiggleit, George Teague Jr., voted Owner of the Year, his son Montrell Teague, named the Sport's Rising Star Award winner, and Mike Taylor, the Caretaker of the Year, will receive major awards. In addition, JoAnn Looney-King, of Harrington, who trains $1-1-million winner Wakazashi Hanover, was named the W.R. Haughton 'Good Guy' Award winner. Another area champion, JL Cruze, owned by Dover Downs' regulars ,Ken Wood of Denton, Md. and Philadelphians Bill and Steve Iaquinta, was runaway winner of the Trotting Horse of the Year honors. Looking back on the 2015 season, Wiggle It Jiggleit won the acclaim of the entire sport "He's just been an incredible horse," Wiggle It Jiggleit's owner George Teague Jr. of Houston, Del., said. " "I don't know of too many horses that can start racing in January, when there's snow on the ground, and go almost to December, and still be this good and competitive. He's a rarity" commented Teague. "That speaks volumes about this horse and how good he's been. " When you create a schedule, it's only a schedule, and you're hoping they can make 80 percent of the engagements." "I really never thought he'd make this many, and I supplemented him to two races." Wiggle It Jiggleit is Teague's second Horse of the Year Award winner. Teague co-owned and trained 2004 Horse of the Year sensational filly pacer, Rainbow Blue. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Teague's longtime assistant Clyde Francis. The Teague Stable is only the fifth in the last 30 years to produce two different Horse of the Year winners . In 2006 Teague owned and trained Pacer of the Year, Total Truth. Wiggle It Jiggleit was driven all season by Montrell Teague, George's 24-year-old son. Wiggle It Jiggleit's major victories included the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Battle of the Brandywine, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Hap Hansen Progress Pace, and the Matron Stakes. Th pacer won the Little Brown Jug in what is regarded as one of the most memorable stretch duel in the event's history. Apparently beaten in mid-stretch, Wiggle It Jiggleit rallying in deep stretch to get to the wire first winning the prestigious race,by a nose. In addition, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced the fastest mile ever by a three-year-old on a half-mile track when winning in 1:49 at Harrington Raceway. His time of 1:48 in winning the Battle of the Brandywine set the world record for a three-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile oval. Montrell Teague commended, "It's hard to put into words. You dream of it, but you never think it's going to come this soon. Our past couple years haven't been the best (for the Teague stable), and to bounce back like this and have the best horse in the country makes all the hard work worthwhile." Wiggle It Jiggleit is a son of Teague's stallion Mr Wiggles, who won more than $1.1-million racing, from the stakes winning mare Mozzi Hanover, both raced their careers for Teague, who now owns both horses. USHRA

Where a nonfavorite won ... and the Exacta paid $3.60?   9-10 Wakizashi Hanover beat 3-5 Freaky Feet Pete at the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park last night ... and the Exacta paid $3.60 ... LESS than the winner!   And while I have your attention, ...   After Wednesday at 11:59:59 pm, will be DEAD, after 13½ years of loyal service to the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   A larger company has purchased PAOnline, and they are discontinuing private e-mail service through their subsidiary.   We have sent up the new USHWA e-mail address to be   It will become active on October 1.   Jerry Connors                                                                                                                                      

Boynton Beach, FL - Alan Prince, a long time journalist for the Miami Herald, a journalism professor at the University of Miami and 48-year national officer for the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and a harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator inductee, died early Wednesday morning. He was 85. Alan Prince saw his first Standardbred race at Monticello Raceway in 1959 and from that point on he was bitten by the harness racing and journalism bug. He began his newspaper career as sports writer for the New Jersey weekly newspaper, the Union Leader, and soon started covering harness racing events. He then joined the New York City Chapter of USHWA and soon became treasurer for the national group. Anticipating that Pompano Park in Florida would open in 1964, Prince took a position with the Miami Herald covering sports and wore many hats during his 25-year career there. In addition to covering harness racing, Prince was also the Travel Editor for the Miami Herald for fifteen years. When Prince left the Herald in the late 1980s he had already been teaching journalism part-time at the University of Miami which led to a professorship and lectures on journalism. Even in retirement, Prince still professionally edited books and magazine for major publishers. Prince was also the founder of the Florida Chapter of USHWA and served as its president in the late 1960s. Prince was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame as a Communicator in 2007. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the first Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award in 2007 by the New England Chapter of USHWA. Prince also received USHWA's Member of the Year Award in 1986 and later the national group named the award in his honor. Born in Montclair, NJ, Alan Prince was a graduate from New York University with a BA in Journalism. He also served in the US Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. Among his many talents, Alan Prince had also mastered the art of magic and sleight of hand card tricks that brought many a smile to those fortunate to catch his impromptu performances every year at the USHWA gatherings. He was also a major opera fan, listening every Sunday to the live performances at the MET in New York and was a season ticket holder to the Opera Society in Ft. Lauderdale and was an avid baseball fan. He is predeceased by his father, Irving Prince; mother, Rose (Shore) Prince, Plavin; brother, Joseph Prince; sister-in-law, Robin (Samson) Prince; and bother-in-law, Gordon Feltman. He is survived by his sister Carol (Prince) Feltman; brother, Martin Prince; sister-in-law, Andrea (Eisenberg) Prince; and six nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will take place at Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels at Mt Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens 5900 SW 77 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33143 (305) 274-0641. The funeral will begin at 2:30 pm Friday followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Amie Choquette Sunshine Fund, care of the Florida Chapter USHWA, P.O. Box 669273 Pompano Beach, FL 33066 (954) 654-3757. By Steve Wolf, for the United States Harness Writers Association

Pompano Beach, FL - Steven Wolf, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2015 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization. Preference for these scholarship awards will be given to a student majoring in journalism, communications or equine related studies. On average there have been up to $3,000 awarded annually in scholarship money. Applicants must be a resident of the State of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8 and show evidence of community service and leadership through certificates, awards and/or letters of commendation. Fully completed applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2015, for consideration of a September 2015 award. Recipients may reapply annually for a maximum of four years. Applications should be submitted/addressed to the Florida Chapter USHWA, Scholarship Committee, 3508 Sahara Springs Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33068. For more information or to receive an application on the internet, contact Steven Wolf via email at or Thomas H. Hicks at From the Florida Chapter USHWA

Pompano Beach, FL - Harness racing hall of fame communicator and World War II decorated veteran, Murray Janoff, will be honored at the Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park Saturday as he celebrates his 100th birthday. Janoff, of Boca Raton, will have the third race on the program named in his honor as family, friends and well-wishers are all invited to join him in the winner's circle for a special race blanket presentation. Arranged and hosted by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, it is hopeful that 100 people will in the winner's circle for the presentation race. Janoff will also be interviewed after the race is official. Janoff is the only surviving member of the original group of harness racing journalists who met 68 years ago and formed the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The organization votes for the annual Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year award winners and also the inductees of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. He is still an active member of the Florida USHWA Chapter. Janoff is also a decorated World War II veteran who landed on Normandy Beach and fought in five major campaigns, including the Battle of the Budge, and served in Gen. George Patton's legendary Third Army. He left the army as a Major, received five Battle Star decorations including the Bronze Star and after the war picked right up as a sports journalist for the rest of his career. The third race special presentation for Murray Janoff is scheduled to take place 8:00 pm and the public is invited free of charge to attend. By Steve Wolf, for the Florida Chapter USHWA  

Lloyd Arnold and Stan Bergstein, two legendary figures in harness racing, have races named in their honor this weekend at Cal Expo. The Lloyd Arnold Pace is set for Saturday night and the Stan Bergstein Trot is the feature on Sunday. Lloyd Arnold was an owner and track operator of the highest caliber. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 83. Originally the owner of Arnold Cattle Co. in Iowa, Mr. Arnold raced hundreds of horses in Illinois and across the Midwest throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. During that era, Mr. Arnold raced horses like Warm Breeze, who earned more than $250,000 in two seasons of racing in the mid-1970s, and Dancing David, who earned more than $200,000 in the 1960s. Warm Breeze took Mr. Arnold to racings pinnacle for the first time when he set the all-age world record at over this track, then known as Golden Bear Raceway. His top horses in later years included the pacing mare Sanabelle Island, who earned $1.6 million lifetime and won 57 of 110 starts. Also of note was Bagel Beach Boy, who won the 2001 Messenger and Matron stakes. In August 2003, Mr. Arnold bought Chevie Duramax, who then went on to set world records for 2-year-old pacing geldings on both mile and half-mile tracks. The fastest 3-year-old pacer in North America in 2004 belonged to Mr. Arnold as Quik Pulse Mindale won in 1:48 at Balmoral. In addition to being a prominent standardbred owner, Mr. Arnold operated this track during those Golden Bear Raceway years and also bought Los Alamitos in the late 1980s, eventually selling the track to his partner, Ed Allred. Mr. Arnold was inducted into the California Harness Hall of Fame in April of 2008. He also enjoyed personal honors in 2001 when he was feted by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters at their annual awards dinner and received the Owner of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers' Association. Chris Bardis said, Harness Racing was one of Lloyd's great passions. He accomplished so much for the sport not only in California, but nationwide. He was Mr. Harness Racing. He conducted race meetings at Cal Expo, Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields, Del Mar, Pomona, Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos. I know of no one else who has had a greater impact on the harness world. Sundays Stan Bergstein Trot is named for the legendary figure in harness racing who passed away in 2011 at the age of 87. Mr. Bergstein was a harness-racing titan who advocated for cooperation between the Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries to solve the sports' common problems. He stepped down in 2011 after 50 years as the executive vice president of Harness Tracks of America, the Standardbred industry's trade association. He was immediately appointed as the organization's first executive emeritus, and continued to advise the association and write guest columns for the Daily Racing Form until the weeks before his death. The only person to ever be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and its Communicators Hall of Fame, Mr. Bergstein worked in a wide variety of roles at racetracks, auction houses, announcer's booths, and racing publications, and he maintained extensive collections of harness-racing books and artwork. He was widely respected not only in the harness industry, but also in the Thoroughbred industry, and he served as a mentor to generations of young racing professionals through a close association with the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, located in Tucson, for the past 40 years. Mr. Bergstein was a forceful proponent of forging closer ties between the Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries, most notably in tackling medication abuse and problems with drug-testing. In dozens of commentaries, Bergstein maintained that the Standardbred industry's problems were, or would be those of the Thoroughbred industry, and that neglect of a problem in one sport would damage the other. Bergstein borrowed from the Thoroughbred industry early in his career, incorporating claiming races as a racing secretary while working at the Chicago tracks in the 1950's. At the time, the harness racing industry did not run claiming races, and they are now as commonplace in Standardbred racing as they are in Thoroughbred racing Bergstein also spearheaded the creation of Standardbred Investigative Services, a security agency modeled on the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. A native of Illinois, Bergstein attended harness races as a young man and received a journalism degree from Northwestern University. He was the former executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine, and the former vice president of publicity and public relations for the United States Trotting Association. Cal Expo trackman/program director Marty Bridges credits Stan Bergstein with bringing him into harness racing as a profession. After college and two years in the Army, I was employed by the small business association. At night, after work, I was a regular patron at Sportsmans Park and Maywood in Chicago. My supervisor, a former sportswriter for the Chicago Daily News, knew of my interest and called Stan to set up a meeting. Surprisingly, I was to meet him at Du Quoin on Hambletonian Day. Watching Stan call the races from a slightly elevated booth on the infield adjacent to the finish line was thrilling and between races we talked about racing, horses, drivers and trainers. His knowledge of the sport was amazing and I had never met anyone like him, and still havent. He introduced me to John Tinsley, the program director for all the Chicago tracks and John hired me on the spot. Its been a great ride, doing something I love. Gene Vallandingham first met Stan Bergstein in 1959 when he was working for the legendary Joe OBrien. Stan came to Joes farm every spring for the annual Camptown racing weekend, when all of Shafter would be there for a day of racing. Stan was the true voice of harness racing, he was liked by all and I miss him. Chris Schick said, "Stan was foremost a kind and compassionate person. He was a true visionary in the harness racing industry. In 1979 well before simulcasting, he so rightly stated the future of the industry was in how well we brought the product to the public. He was also very vocal of the industry for being reluctant to embrace change. Our industry lost a giant when he passed. Arnold Pace, Sire Stakes, Jackpot 6 spotlighted The $10,000 Lloyd Arnold Free-for-all Pace, a pair of $10,000 California Sire Stakes and a $48,130 carryover in the Jackpot 6 are among the main attractions Saturday night at Cal Expo. A 14-race card is on tap under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The Jackpot 6 is one of four wagers on the program that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. The others are the Hi-5, which like the Jackpot 6 is a 10-cent minimum bet; the 50-cent Pick 5; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed pool. Looking at the Arnold Pace, China King is fresh from a 22-1 upset in last weeks Open when he hung a narrow decision on heavily-favored Pancetta in a 1:52 1/5 mile He drew the outside post in the field of seven. A 7-year-old American Ideal gelding who carries the banner of Gary and Jen Sabot with Gene Vallandingham training and Steve Wiseman in the sulky, he went-to-coast to capture the January 17 Open at 19-1, then came back last time to score from a tracking position at another nice price. Taking him are Pointsman, who gives the Vallandingham barn two looks at the outcome; Rusty Skipp and J C Onthebeach for conditioner Ray Burt; Alligator Falls from the Sal Wenceslao shedrow; the Junior Wilkinson-trained A Real Miracle; and Love Live Laugh for trainer Denise Maier. Uringoodhands and Hi Hos Little Rev have dominated the sophomore pacing colts Sire Stakes to this point and get another chance to settle the score on Saturday, while Placer gets top billing in the stakes gathering for the 4-year-old trotters. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness                            

The announcements of the 2014 Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year will be made in a special live webstream on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 18. The announcements will be made at Victory Sports Bar at the Meadowlands and streamed live on the racetrack's website Voting for the 2014 Dan Patch Awards, which honor the champion harness horses of the year as voted by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and the American Harness Racing Secretaries, will close on Tuesday morning, Dec. 16. The six trotting divisional Dan Patch winners will be announced via a press release at noon on Dec. 16, with the six pacing divisional Dan Patch winners announced at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 17. The final three awards will be announced at 1 p.m. at the press luncheon. USHWA will also announce in the coming weeks its human award winners, including the Proximity Award, which is second only to induction into the Hall of Fame. While Yannick Gingras has already been named the unanimous winner as the 2014 Driver of the Year, other awards still to be announced include Trainer of the Year, Owner of the Year, Breeder of the Year, Good Guy, Unsung Hero, Rising Star and Breakthrough. If attending the announcement luncheon, please RSVP to Jenn Bongiorno at If not, watch the live stream at All honorees will be recognized at USHWA's annual awards dinner scheduled for Sunday night, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Doubletree Hilton at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. For more information, including directions on making hotel reservations, please go to by Ken Weingartner, for USHWA  

Batavia, NY---As the 2014 racing season winds to a close at Batavia Downs, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association would like to recognize the top equine athletes who competed there this year. BZ Glide was named Trotter of the Meet, Fireyourguns was the Pacer of the Meet and Bazooka Terror was named the Outstanding Distaff Performer of either gait. BZ Glide (1:56.4H $116,957) was dominant in the Open trot class this year, winning seven times at the top level. In his 14 starts at the meet he earned $40,582 and tied his lifetime mark of 1:56.4. BZ Glide likes to come from behind and he plied his trademark move in every victory this year, providing local fans with many exciting finishes. The 5-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Bloomer Zoomer is owned by Mike Caprio who also drove him in every start. Caprio's wife Alana trains BZ Glide. Fireyourguns (1:48.0S $220,121)garnered the most Open pace victories and sported a gaudy win percentage in the process. In only eight Batavia starts, Fireyourguns won five times (.625) with a best win time of 1:53.1 in those starts. Mike Caprio also drove Fireyourguns in each one of his local efforts for trainer Terrence McClory, who owns the 5-year-old son of American Ideal-Villa Hanover with Jennifer and Robert Lowe. Fireyourguns was also named Pacer of the Meet at Batavia Downs in 2013. Bazooka Terror (1:52.1F $147,007)lived up to her name this year, terrorizing the local pacing mares on the track since she arrived. She hit the board 13 times out of 16 starts with five wins, six seconds and two thirds, amassing $40,582 in purses all in the Open mare's class. She had a best local clocking of 1:53.4 and was teamed each week by her regular driver, the Downs leader Kevin Cummings, for owner Leonard Segall. During the meet, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Lucky Liz was trained by both Leonard Segall and James Clouser Jr. The connections of all three horses will receive their awards in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 6) during the UNY-USHWA Night of Distinction. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY-USHWA

Batavia, NY---Jami Chatt is a fourth generation horsewoman and the granddaughter of longtime western New York driving favorite Fred Haslip. She has been around the WNY racing colony all her life and is currently one of two outriders who ply their trade at Batavia Downs. She is there on race nights to help the horses on the track, but when one horseman was seriously injured last November she took her assistance to a another level. When Anthony Coletta went down in a wreck at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2013, the burden of his medical bills became onerous in a time when his family needed to concentrate on his recovery. Many horsemen across North America held fundraisers and made donations to help offset those costs and without hesitation, Chatt became one such champion of the cause. Chatt started the "Stay Strong Anthony Coletta Fund Drive" which ran for several weeks. She made contact with all local owners and horsemen both in person and via social media to solicit as many contributions as she could. She sold wrist bands, held silent auctions, got donations of purse percentages from drivers and trainers as well as donations from Batavia Downs staff and fans in the stands through collections at the track. When the appeal was completed, Chatt had collected a total of $12,835, all of which was donated directly to Anthony Coletta. Her efforts left a lasting impression on the Coletta family as well as everyone involved in the sport in western New York. It was for her selfless determination to make someone else's misfortune just a little bit easier to deal with that Jamie Chatt has been named the 2014 Unsung Hero at Batavia Downs. Jamie Chatt will be honored in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday, December 6, during the Upstate New York USHWA Night of Distinction. By Tim Bojarski, for Upstate NY USHWA

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