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Columbus, OH – The U.S. Trotting Association announced Sunday (June 21) the relaunch of the USTA Integrity Tipline for industry participants to alert the organization of any concerns they have regarding integrity issues in harness racing. The toll-free number is 833/USTATIP (833/878-2847).  All callers have the option to remain anonymous or leave their contact information for a follow-up call from an investigator. “As indicated by USTA President Russell Williams in his published response to several prominent horsemen’s concerns about the care of horses and integrity in harness racing (read here), we are reestablishing our integrity tipline,” said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner in making the announcement. “With the plans for implementation of the Hanover Shoe Farms matching fund grant integrity initiative nearing announcement early next month, that could provide funding to assist with the costs of investigations for legitimate information obtained through the tipline,” added Tanner. When contacting the USTA Integrity Tipline, callers will be asked to provide as many specific details as possible regarding the situation that are important for the USTA to be aware of including names, horses, dates and locations as well as any other circumstances. from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — Due to the influx of stakes/added money event changes and cancellations due to COVID-19, the USTA has added enhancements to the “Feature Races” webpage on www.ustrotting.com. On the “Feature Races” page horsemen have always been able to input date parameters and then do a search by track, event name or division to pull up scheduled events. The USTA has now also added the following notations, the text of which you can also search by: Canceled – if the race has been canceled, it is notated underneath the date Postponed – there is a new date forthcoming, but it has not been determined yet; ‘postponed’ will show up underneath the original race date Rescheduled – the new race date will show up underneath the originally scheduled date. The event will also show up chronologically for the new date, along with any other changes, such as to the track, purse or leg number Races are updated as press releases are received. If a race you are interested in does not show an update, notification has not yet been received by the USTA that the race has changed. The USTA has added enhancements to the “Feature Races” webpage. by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Membership Enrichment and Outreach Coordinator

Columbus, OH — District 1 of the U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors announced Friday (May 29) that Jason Roth has been selected to replace Stacy Cahill as a director for the harness racing organization. His term will begin immediately and will run through 2022. “It’s an honor to serve on the USTA board of directors with so many distinguished members of the industry,” said Roth. “I look forward to working with other directors and the USTA staff.” Roth is currently the race secretary at Eldorado Scioto Downs. His grandfather, Richard, was a lifelong starter and his dad, Mike, is a trainer based in Anderson, Ind. In 1995, Roth first got his driver’s license, racing a couple times a year at the fairs in northern Ohio while in high school and college. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2005 and went to work at Scioto Downs, first as an intern, then in the race office. Roth lives in Orient, Ohio with his longtime fiancé, Jessica, and their son, Wesley. from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with Off And Pacing, continues their harness racing series of simulated stakes races on Friday (May 29) with the Camluck Classic from virtual The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Camluck Classic, originally scheduled to take place on Friday (May 29), was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shannon “Sugar” Doyle, the announcer at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will provide the call for the virtual race. The simulated race can be viewed via the USTA Facebook page at this link, with the live stream starting at 10 a.m. 2020 Camluck Classic Simulated Race PP-Horse-Driver 1. The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair 2. Sintra-Jody Jamieson 3. This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras 4. Bettor’s Wish-Dexter Dunn 5. American History-Andrew McCarthy 6. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley 7. Century Farroh-Sylvain Filion 8. Easy Lover Hanover-Louis Philippe-Roy from the USTA Communications Department

"Pancho Power" could be coming to the races. Local harness racing owner Jim Reuther has submitted paperwork to the U.S. Trotting Association to change the name of his horse, Bee True Hanover, to Pancho Power after getting permission from Veronica Borjon, Bills super fan Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro’s longtime partner. Reuther spoke with Borjon on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of Castro's death at age 40 after a long battle with cancer. Reuther expects the process to go renaming smoothly because he researched the name in November to make sure that it had not been previously issued. "There shouldn't be any issues," he said Monday. The horse has been training for 6 1/2 months at the Butler Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. She went to the Meadows Racetrack in Washington, Pa., last Friday and clocked at 2:12. Reuther said the plan is for the horse to continue to work at the Meadows each of the next two Fridays in hopes of getting to qualify to race when the track opens and then race ono the Pennsylvania fair circuit this summer. Trainer Steve Schoeffel is based in Pennsylvania. Reuther and Pancho struck up a friendship through Reuther’s memorabilia hobby, where he obtains mostly Bills-signed items and resells them. “I used to send him stuff, whenever I had a signing I’d always get an extra piece for him,” Reuther told The News last fall. “We became friends and then the last year he was alive he told me about this fundraiser he did at two Bills Backers bars in Dallas. They’d auction off the memorabilia to raise money and use the proceeds to buy toys for kids at Christmas.” #BillsMafia My partners & I bought this yearling race horse last month..Her name is Bee True Hanover.. Awaiting permission to change her name to Pancho Power.   Reprinted with permission of The Buffalo News

Columbus, OH — The United States Trotting Association, in conjunction with EquineX, is taking ‘A Look Back at Grand Circuit History,’ with some of harness racing’s greatest moments. In 2005, Mr Muscleman didn’t let a sloppy track deter him from making a huge stretch rally to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at The Meadowlands. Trained by Noel Daley, Mr Muscleman was able to eclipse the $2 million mark in career earnings on that historic night. Seventh turning for home, he had to make up six lengths and had to come three-wide off cover to win the Cutler over a sloppy track. “He was super tonight,” said Daley. “He got farther back than we thought, but he came home real good, he just wants to win.” His victory in the Cutler is featured in our ‘A Look Back at Grand Circuit History,’ and can be viewed by visiting www.youtube.com/ustrotting. from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — Conditions for the yearling (and stallion) nominations that are due May 15 are now available online at horsemen.ustrotting.com. These are added to the same page that harness racing horsemen visit when looking for stakes and early/late closer conditions in February. Stakes that require a 2020 yearling or stallion nomination are color coded in red. If the USTA received a press release after the printing of the book in mid-April that the payments have been postponed, a cover sheet is added to the online PDF. As of today (May 5) the only notification received was from the Virginia Breeders’ Fund. Printed Yearling Nomination Books, as well as the Stakes Calendar and other publications, can still be ordered at shop.ustrotting.com or by calling Member Services at 877.800.8782. by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Membership Enrichment and Outreach Coordinator

Columbus, OH — District 12 of the U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors announced Tuesday (May 5) that Ashley Tetrick has been selected to replace John Brennan as a director for the organization. Brennan, who was a USTA director for 23 years and chairman of District 12, died March 10. Tetrick’s term will begin immediately and will run until the next District 12 meeting, which has yet to be determined, but typically is held in late fall. “Ashley mentioned to Jacquie (Ingrassia) that she would be interested,” said new District 12 Chairman Jeff Gregory. “We discussed it, and both felt that she would be a good fit. She’s young, has fresh ideas and is not afraid to speak her mind and she’s replacing a guy who also wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. “She’ll fit into the seat very well because she’s well-versed and knowledgeable about our industry and wants to participate,” added Gregory. An owner and breeder, Tetrick is the wife of Hall of Fame driver Tim Tetrick. She is well known for creating and managing the highly successful Tetrick Racing brand and social media platforms as well as her passion regarding horse aftercare. “It is an honor to be a part of the U.S. Trotting Association as a board member,” said Tetrick. “After attending my first USTA annual meeting, I was inspired and wanted to use my knowledge to help our sport. John Brennan and I were very good friends and for many years he suggested that I take the leap to be on this board. Through his passing, I hope that I can become an asset to our business and make him proud.” A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in business marketing, Tetrick worked as the marketing and sales director for Frank’s Pharmacy, a respected equine pharmaceutical company, for six years before her daughter Trysta was born. In 2015, she created “Tetrick Racing” to promote the brand to fans through numerous social media platforms that now have more than 30,000 followers. Later, she added “TetrickRacingGear.com” that promotes branded clothing with sales in the U.S. and 18 different countries. Tetrick was a guest speaker at the 2015 World Trotting Conference in Australia when she traveled there with her husband Tim, who finished third in the World Driving Championship while representing the U.S. She is a former world champion barrel racer who has combined her love for riding, racing and marketing of harness racing to fans all over the world. Tetrick joins Gregory, Ingrassia, Chris McErlean and Jason Settlemoir on the USTA Board of Directors for District 12. from the USTA Communications Department

Washington, PA — Had they met as 3-year-olds, champion trotters Moni Maker and Muscle Hill could have helped settle the debate as the greatest of them all. But since they raced a decade or so apart, it will be up to harness racing fans to decide who was better. What started with a bracket of 32 world-renowned Standardbreds comes down to Moni Maker versus Muscle Hill in the championship of the Greatest of All-Time Challenge. Fans can cast their final vote from Wednesday-Friday (May 6-8), via the Harness Racing FanZone twitter page. Voting will close Friday at 9 a.m. (EDT) for the contest sponsored by Omega Alpha. Moni Maker was a three-time Trotter of the Year in North America from 1998-2000 and went on to become an international star before she retired as the top-earning Standardbred of all-time with $5.58 million in the bank and 67 wins in 105 starts. Muscle Hill was a two-time Breeders Crown winner in the late 2000s, Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada and a $3.27 million earner with 20 wins in 21 starts — all by one length or more. Both were inducted into the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame a decade apart. But it was their prowess at age 3 that launched both trotters toward super stardom. Moni Maker won 18 consecutive races as a sophomore for trainer William Andrews. Muscle Hill, a $55,000 yearling purchase trained by Greg Peck, was undefeated in 12 starts as a sophomore, including a six length win in the Hambletonian and a single-season record $2.45 million in earnings. It didn’t end there. Moni Maker won 21 races and $2 million over the next two seasons, setting world records in Sweden’s Elitloppet and Denmark’s Copenhagen Cup. Muscle Hill was retired to stud, where his first seven foal crops produced nine millionaires, making him the leading trotting sire four years running. Their latest fete was advancing through the Greatest of All-Time Challenge semifinals. Moni Maker received 55.7 percent of the 228 votes cast to edge pacing star Niatross (37-for-39, $2 million), winner of the 1980 Meadowlands Pace, the sport’s first $1 million race. Muscle Hill edged Mack Lobell, a three-time Breeders Crown winner and the best horse Hall of Famer John Campbell said he ever drove. — printed with permission from Xpressbet.com

Columbus, OH — The 2020 version of the U.S. Trotting Association’s rule book is now available on the USTA harness racing website by clicking here and will be available via the USTA Rule Book App found on Apple iTunes and Google Play stores by searching “USTrotting” in the coming weeks. Following are highlights of the new rules in the updated 2020 Rule Book: • An extended pari-mutuel meet is now defined as a meeting with no agricultural fair in progress with an annual total of six days or more with pari-mutuel wagering. • Gene doping is defined and prohibited. • Extensive language regarding racetrack maintenance has been added. • A renewing trainer whose license has been expired for more than three years will be required to submit supplemental information prior to licensing approval. • Drivers will be required to register driving colors prior to being upgraded from a qualifying/fair to a provisional license. • The rule regarding the registration of Non-Standard horses has been modified. • To ensure the fitness of riders participating in Racing Under Saddle races, each rider must qualify or go an official workout at least once each calendar year prior to the start of any Racing Under Saddle race. Likewise, a horse must qualify or go an official workout each calendar year prior to racing. The entire list of adopted rule changes, which became effective on May 1, 2020 may be found here. by Michele Kopiec, USTA Racetrack Operations & Licensing Manager

Columbus, OH — The U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with EquineX, has announced a new weekly harness racing video series entitled “A Look Back at Grand Circuit History” beginning on Friday (May 1). The ‘Look Back’ will allow viewers to reminisce about some of harness racing’s greatest historical moments throughout the years. The replays will be viewable on the USTA Facebook Page and USTA YouTube Channel. Following is the schedule for the “A Look Back at Grand Circuit History” series: Friday, May 1 – 2019 Dexter Cup won by Osterc Friday, May 15 – 2005 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial won by Mr Muscleman Friday, May 22 – 2019 Graduate Final won by Lather Up Tuesday, May 26 – 1998 Elitloppet won by Moni Maker Friday, May 29 – 2015 Molson Pace (Camluck Classic) won by State Treasurer Friday, June 5 – 2015 Battle of Lake Erie won by Foiled Again To watch the videos, visit the USTA Facebook Page by clicking here or the USTA YouTube Channel by clicking here. from the USTA Communications Department

Paul Fontaine, the former Chairman of the Board of the USTA, openly discusses his recent letter to the United States Trotting Association regarding the investigation and outing of harness racing cheaters in our sport.   Fontaine also discusses his reasons behind his request for an immediate recall of the newly appointed USTA Chairman of the Board.   Hear about this Earthshaking news on this weeks exciting alumni show.   Paul Fontaine on Alumni Show - YouTube_            

Racetracks and horse owners eligible for PPP loans under new guidance from the SBA Friday, April 24, 2020, from the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Owings Mills, MD — The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association announced Friday, April 24 that the Small Business Administration today has issued new guidance clarifying that racetracks and small entities such as horse ownership entities are eligible for loans under the Paycheck Protection Loan Program. The new guidance is as follows: “d. Part III.2.b. of the Third PPP Interim Final Rule (85 FR 21747, 21751) is revised to read as follows: Are businesses that receive revenue from legal gaming eligible for a PPP Loan? A business that is otherwise eligible for a PPP Loan is not rendered ineligible due to its receipt of legal gaming revenues, and 13 CFR 120.110(g) is inapplicable to PPP loans. Businesses that received illegal gaming revenue remain categorically ineligible. On further consideration, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary, believes this approach is more consistent with the policy aim of making PPP loans available to a broad segment of U.S. businesses.” This guidance makes clear that while the exclusion for entities that receive revenue from legal gambling activities does not apply, the entity must still satisfy the other loan requirements. We are grateful to the NTRA and THA representatives on Capitol Hill for getting this done. Dan Leary Director of Marketing and Communications U.S. Trotting Association | 6130 S. Sunbury Rd. | Westerville, OH 43081-3909

Columbus, OH — The 2020 Yearling Nomination Book (for harness racing foals of 2019) is now available to be mailed out. Pre-orders are currently being shipped and will be completed early this week. The book contains conditions and information to nominate yearlings to various North American stakes, as well as a chronological payment schedule. Orders for the book can be placed through the USTA store or via your USTA MyAccount (available for both USTA members and non-members) by signing in, clicking ‘Click here to view products available from the USTA Store’ and choosing ‘Publications.’ Conditions will be available online at horsemen.ustrotting.com May 4. by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Membership Enrichment and Outreach Coordinator

Columbus, OH — The 2020 ‘Greatest Horse of All Time’ tournament, presented by Omega Alpha Equine, was narrowed down to a harness racing field of eight when voting concluded on Friday (April 17). Last week: There were several close match-ups during the Sweet 16 round, but one of the closest throughout the week was Wiggle It Jiggleit versus Sweet Lou. Both champions during their own era, it came down to the final hours to determine a winner with Wiggle It Jiggleit winning by a 14 percent margin. Another feature of the Sweet 16 was the battle of the damsels, where 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N squared off with 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. Shartin N would prevail with 65.2 percent of the 198 votes casts in the division. The complete bracket, with week two results, can be viewed here. This week: The Elite 8 round of the tournament, which kicks off on Wednesday (April 22), pits some of harness racing’s past champions versus some of harness racing’s present champions. The great Moni Maker will take on the world renowned Somebeachsomewhere, pitting one of the greatest trotters of all-time versus arguably one of the greatest pacers of all-time. The biggest match-up of harness racing’s past champions sets up on the right side of the bracket where Nihilator will take on Mack Lobell. Votes can be cast by visiting the Harness Racing FanZone Twitter page by clicking here. Voting closes on Friday at 9 a.m. April 22, 2020, from the USTA Communications Department

Batavia, NY --- Todd Haight, who is the Director and General Manager of Live Harness Racing at Batavia Downs, was named the interim Chairman of United States Trotting Association District 8 region on Friday (Apr. 17). Haight will replace long time District 8 chairman Michael Kane, who resigned earlier this year. Haight was elected by his peers to his first term as a director during voting held back in January of this year and was assigned to the Communications/Marketing, Pari-Mutuel and Regulatory committees. He was again voted by his peers to the chairman position last week. District 8 covers all of New York State as far south as Orange County. The roster of current directors include Kim Crawford, Mark Ford, John Matarazzo, Ray Schnittker, Mike Torcello and Scott Warren. "I want to thank Mike Kane for the outstanding job he did during his tenure as chair. Having worked with Mike for many years, I feel the transition to his position should be seamless. I'm honored to take over and look forward to working with USTA President Russell Williams, Chairman Joe Faraldo, Vice-chair Mark Loewe and all the USTA directors," said Haight. "Despite the unprecedented times we are all currently working through, I feel that harness racing will return to the sports scene very soon and regain its popularity once again. And in my new role I plan on doing whatever I can to be a part of that resurgence in New York and across North America." Kelly Young is the Executive Director at Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and oversees the operations of the New York Sire Stakes. She works closely with the chairman of District 8 during the stakes year as well as running the awards banquet in the fall. Young has worked with Haight for many years and looks forward to further concerted state racing promotional efforts with him in his new role. "I have been pleased to work with Todd for nearly two decades at Batavia Downs and am excited to welcome him to, and work with him in this new role leading Upstate New York. I would also like to thank outgoing chairman Mike Kane for his collaboration and leadership over the years," said Young. Haight started his career with Western Regional OTB in 1998 when they became the new owners of Batavia Downs. He then served in various positions at the track before taking over as the director and general manager of racing in May of 2011. - Tim Bojarski 716-572-1801 COB - United States Harness Writers Association Hoof Beats Magazine Columnist Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts Publicist Plainridge Park Publicist Batavia Downs Publicist and Track Handicapper     "Show class, have pride and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself" -Paul "Bear" Bryant    

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