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The following story and video was released late yesterday by Charlotte Huffman for I-Team Eyewitness News CBS TV Philly. PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Disturbing questions are being raised about what is happening inside a New Jersey barn. This comes after concerned residents called Eyewitness News saying a woman is abusing her horses. They say despite recent deaths of several of them and an on-going investigation by humane officials, little has been done to save the others. Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter, Charlotte Huffman reports. Monica Thors has been raising and training horses for harness racing for years. She produced a documentary on the sport and is also a horse photographer. Some may call Thors a horse expert. Others call her a monster because of what happens inside a Swedesboro barn. “There’s something seriously wrong here,” one woman told Eyewitness News. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, says she recently went to Thors’ barn to do business. “It was just devastating … when you see it your heart breaks,” she said. Kathy McGuire also visited Thors’ barn. McGuire is a certified animal cruelty investigator and owns NJ Aid For Animals, Inc., a non-profit striving to end the suffering of animals. McGuire characterizes what she saw as “abuse.” “The horses can’t lay down … can’t move and their feet are all bandaged up,” she said. Following such allegations of abuse, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture investigated and sent inspectors to the barn in June of 2013. A department spokesperson says inspectors found the conditions inside the barn met the department’s definition of a “severe violation.” Thors showed the Eyewitness News I-Team around her barn and the horses she claims are healthy. She also showed the I-Team a horse with bandages around his hooves. The horse required the support of a sling to stand up for long and struggled to even walk. “Why can’t the horse stand on his own?” Investigative Reporter, Charlotte Huffman asked Thors. “He started to get foot infections from the glue and I should’ve known better,” Thors explained. Thors says she was gluing on the horse’s shoes. “The glue was seeping into the foot,” she said. “When you’re gluing on shoes you don’t glue over the top of blood because you could cause an infection,” one of Thors’ former blacksmiths said. The blacksmith, who asked to remain anonymous, told Eyewitness News he has seen Thors routinely overuse tools like a dremel on the horse’s hooves. “She’s using it to cut away at the sole, filing the feet shorter and shorter …She would just keep trimming until blood started pouring out,” he said. Thors responded to such allegations by saying she trims all of her horses’ hooves short because it puts less stress on their joints. The Department of Agriculture says investigators handed their report over to NJSPCA (New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which has the enforcement authority. A NJSPCA spokesperson says the agency was made aware of situation in August of 2013. Since then, Thors admits three horses have died, including two from foot infections. NJSPCA would not talk on camera about why it has taken a year and a half to act on the Department of Agriculture’s findings but in a statement said the case is “difficult and complex” and they are working to conclude it “as quick as possible.” But for people like McGuire, it’s not quick enough. “They’ve had the report for a year … At this point someone needs to go do their job … How many more horses have to die? To see the I-Team Eyewitness New video report click here. 

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 25, 2014-We're not suggesting Canadian Mark MacDonald isn't a fan of American Thanksgiving, but no one could blame the guy if he'd rather be working. MacDonald has caught fire late in Yonkers Raceway's season, as evidenced by three wins each this past Friday, Saturday and Monday nights. "I think a lot of it has to with the fact I'm here every night," MacDonald said. "I'd been going to Pocono, which is closed for the season, and occasionally to the Meadowlands. The trainers know I'm going to be around, and I'm getting a lot more live horses. "Also, if I have one that draws poorly or may be in tough one week, I have a better chance of keeping the drive the next time." Those who have invested in MacDonald have been handsomely rewarded. Among his winners since the middle of the month have been Mister Anson ($43), Theseyesrcrying ($32.40), Frame Worthy ($31), Don't Stare ($28), Brenway Dixie ($22.80), Giddy Up Delight ($21.60), Mr. Coolie ($18), Upfront Countryboy ($17.80), and Duel in the Sun ($12). MacDonald, who turns 36 next month, was twice lauded with an O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver. The Charlottetown, PEI, native was among the leaders on the WEG circuit for a decade. He relocated stateside early in 2012, looking for a change of venue after a series of career-threatening injuries. MacDonald has career totals of more than 5,400 wins and $71 million in purses. He's currently deadlocked for 10th in the local standings with 67 wins, but only one name on the leader board (Pat Lachance, also with 67 wins) has fewer drives. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule is in play through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday (save for Thanksgiving Night), Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting (including an early Turkey Day opening) available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 25, 2014) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is proud to once again serve as an official Toys for Tots donation site. Patrons, horsemen, and employees can donate a new, unwrapped toy beginning Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 13. Following the collection period, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program will collect the donated toys and distribute them as holiday gifts to needy children in area communities. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has participated in the Toys for Tots Program for more than a decade and has helped collect thousands of toys for children. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall proved once again that she currently has no peer among The Meadows' trotting elite as she ripped off her fifth straight victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap. Although Cowgirl Hall had to endure a demanding, parked-out first quarter in 27.2, she and Dave Palone were in control every step, scoring in 1:53.2. Martz Time was a ground-saving second, 3/4 lengths back, with Count Me In third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who extended her career bankroll to $646,303, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three victories on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

DOVER, Del. --- Overloooked Egosnattitus $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old finals on Monday, Nov. 24 at Dover Downs. Egosnattitudes raced outside uncovered for nearly three-quarters-of-a-mile and still had plenty in the stretch to record a 1:59.3 victory in the state-sired freshman championship. Jonathan Roberts pulled the homebred son of Great George Two-Aerobic Linda out of fifth in front of the grandstand and methodically moved up on the outside to finally reach trot-setter Political Foe, the odds-on favorite teamed with Eddie Dennis, entering the final turn and then hustled past straightening out at the top of the lane. Political Foe fought to the wire finishing second with Perfect Vangogh and Tony Morgan, the show horse. Unsung Circle M RJ (George Dennis) and Political Cash (Allan Davis) collected the fourth and fifth payoff spots. "This is the first time that [Egosnattitudes] ever put it all together," said driver Jonathan Roberts in the winner's circle. "Last month he set a track record at Harrington (in a DSBF prelim) but he came up with some issues after that, so this is a pleasant surprise." Bib Roberts trains and co-owns Egosnattitudes with M&W and breeder Graham Grace stables. The gelding won for the third time in seven starts and ups his seasonal earnings to $73,400. He paid $10.60 to win. Win Power and trainer-driver Jeff Fout got up in the final stride to win the $20,000 DSBF Consolation in 2:05. Vangoghpaintsinred (Vince Copeland) had led from the start and had to settle for second. Wynfield Comet (Kim Vincent) was third. The DSBF male pace $100,000 final is set for Sunday, Dec. 7. Corey Callahan, Brett Brittingham and Allan Davis had driving doubles. Razor sharp Papa Ray, Nova Artist and Just A Jolt lead the top pace of the week, the $26,000 Delaware Special while Enrico As, last week’s winner, heads the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday, Nov. 26 co-feature races at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Displaying a strong closing brush, Papa Ray, teamed with Eddie Davis Jr., scored a 1:51.4 victory a week ago to best Just A Jolt and Vic Kirby and another rapid closer Simon’s Artist, with Matt Makaley driving this time. Not to be overlooked, Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist handled by Allan Davis, the fast Bandolito, owned, trained and driven by Daryl Bier and Frank Chick’s So Take That, on a three-race win streak, with Montrell Teague. Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob is another winner last time out with Ross Wolfenden.  Tritton Inc.’s Malak Uswaad N and Trace Tetrick drew the rail with Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool, reined by George Dennis, alongside. Corey Callahan drove Enrico AS along the passing lane to a nose victory in last Wednesday’s $18,000 Open trot. This week, his challengers include David Miller’s Cash On Delivery (Vince Copeland), Baximum (Allan Davis) racing for Tina and Joe Clark, both second in their previous starts, I Like My Boss, the only three-year-old in the field owned by trainer Bob Shahan, Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. Jim King and Tim Tetrick’s Powerful Charger (Trace Tetrick) leaves from the rail. Trainer Leigh Raymer and Vito Cucci’s Ashes Cash (Tyler Raymer) and recent arrival Wilamar Valley (Jim Morand) owned by Nanticoke Racing and Donna Messick, complete the eight-horse lineup. There is no live racing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and as usual Fridays and Saturdays are dark at Dover Downs. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Weekday racing, Monday through Thursday, begins at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Due to the impending heavy snowstorm Monticello Raceway is cancelling its live race card on Wed. Nov. 26. Also cancelled are the morning qualifiers on Wednesday as well as the evening simulcasts. However, afternoon simulcasts may be available. With no racing scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, (Nov27) the next live racing program from Monticello Raceway will be on Monday, December 1. First post is slated for 12:25pm by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- A co-owner of Always B Miki, scratched “lame” just minutes before post time from the Breeders Crown on Saturday, has confirmed that the horse had orthopedic surgery Monday morning and a full recovery is expected.  Mitchel Skolnick of Bluewood Stable confirmed on Monday evening that the 3-year-old pacing colt had surgery on Monday morning performed by Dr. Patty Hogan at Hogan Equine in Cream Ridge, N.J. “She has no concerns (about a return to the races), very optimistic. She said it was a clean break of the P1 (long pastern bone), a sagittal fracture. She pulled it together and put in four screws, she said three screws might have been enough, but he is a very active horse, so she put in an extra one.” Skolnick said that Hogan had no doubt about a successful return to the races after a period of healing and recuperation. “He will come to the farm tomorrow (Bluestone Farm in Hopewell, N.J.) for 30 days of stall rest and then 30 days of walking on the Equicizer. Then maybe he can start jogging.” Skolnick said, “We just don’t know,” how Always B Miki sustained the injury. “I hate to speculate, because we just don’t know,” he said. “It’s repairable and we’re just thankful he didn’t go race (on the affected limb).”  Always B Miki is trained by Joe Holloway for breeders and co-owners Roll The Dice Stable, Val D’Or Farm and Bluewood Stable. He has won $926,866 in his career, including his most recent five races in a row, and has a mark of 1:47.4.  by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Undefeated JK She’salady remained atop the poll after capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown for juvenile filly pacers in record-setting fashion on Saturday, November 22 at the Meadowlands. Artspeak dropped from the Top 10. Next week will be the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll of the year. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. All winners will be announced at that time. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 28 – 11/25/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (25) 2pf 12-12-0-0 $883,330 323 1 2 Shake It Cerry (3) 3tf 17-15-0-1 $1,230,411 284 4 3 Sebastian K (5) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 262 2 4 Father Patrick (2) 3tc 17-12-3-0 $1,693,081 254 5 5 Nuncio 3tc 17-11-5-1 $1,458,071 186 3 6 Mission Brief 2tf 13-9-0-0 $591,070 160 10 7 Sweet Lou 5ph 18-10-3-1 $1,111,433 115 6 8 McWicked 3pc 21-10-5-4 $1,304,657 59 -- 9 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 57 7 10 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 53 9 Also: Artspeak (51), Commander Crowe (31), Pinkman (29), Maven (22), JK Endofanera (17), Limelight Beach (11), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Modern Family (2), Color’s A Virgin, E L Titan, Freaky Feet Pete, Natural Herbie, Thinking Out Loud (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Within a week or so hundreds of ballots will go out to the membership of the United State Trotting Association (USHWA) and race secretaries throughout North America. These journalists and communicators will have the duty of selecting the prestigious Dan Patch award winners for the 2014 race season. They are entrusted in voting for what will mean a lot of prestige and big bucks for both colts and fillies and horses and mares when it comes time for the stallion shed or broodmare ranks. So who will these USHWA members be voting for? After this weekend’s top notch racing some of the choices are just plain standouts but a lot are not. In fact, some voters will have to wait until next week’s TVG finals at the Meadowlands before they can sit down and make their final decisions. USHWA members are human being too and thus have to weigh-in all the facts and separate the statistical data they will review with the feelings in their heart when it comes voting time and look back on the long season and not just the last few weeks and then cast their ballots. Then on Thursday, December 18, once all the ballots have been counted, the USHWA membership will hold a press conference at the Meadowlands to announce the winners. Usually these announcements would be held up in suspense until the big Dan Patch Awards dinner February 22, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hilton Orlando by SeaWorld. The USHWA membership voted last year to announce all the winners ahead of time to try and glean the most publicity out of the winners this year instead of it being buried and not getting any newsprint until after the fact on the night of the dinner. The Dan Patch Awards Dinner will still be a major event and celebration of all the winners, both equine and human from the 2014 season and the first introduction of the newest inductees to the prestigious Hall of Fame. It is truly an event that everyone should consider attending. But it still leaves the question of who will everyone be voting for? Let’s do a little overview of each of the divisions and how they stack up after the Breeders Crown. Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies - If if if….Wild Honey could only have stayed on stride and have a shot against Mission Brief. She was as near perfect as you can get in a season. Mission Brief was super-fast both on track and in jumping off stride, but without Wild Honey being able to take real shot at her, looks to have given Mission Brief the nod of approval in this division. Also setting a world record along the way always helps too. Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies - No one in the world can argue that JK She’salady is the unopposed candidate in this division. Yes, Sassa Hanover is no slouch and Yannick Gingras chose wrong and it will be great to see these two tangle next year, but going undefeated at 12 for 12 is perfection at its best. Her pulling away from Sassa Hanover in the stretch in the Breeders Crown was very impressive after the great season she had. The only question is if the voting membership of USHWA can make her the Harness Horse of the Year in 2014. More on that to come later in this story. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts - Now we really get into a tough category. Pinkman closes out the season with a flourish, winning four straight including the Breeders Crown in a lifetime mark on a cold night nearly rewriting the world record. But both Habitat and French Laundry also had super seasons. Pinkman did beat Habitat three of the four times they faced each other. French Laundry only faced Pinkman in the BC final and French Laundry never faced Habitat until the Breeders Crown.  Can’t we just race the three of them against each other and winner takes the title? Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts - Throughout this season all the talk was Artspeak and rightly so. The colt was fabulous and beat all comers until he met up with In The Arsenal in Lexington and then things changes as the unbeaten was beaten. But Artspeak was able to come back to victory lane and close out his season with a big win in the Governor’s Cup before either getting too sore or enough is enough this year and skipping the Matron and Breeders Crown. Now comes along the dragon slayer, In The Arsenal. He puts an end to Artspeaks unbeaten streak, then he does the same to unbeaten Yankee Bounty two starts in a row. Here comes the Breeders Crown and not once, but twice drawing the 10 post and races super valiant but could not win but he should be a real terror next year. Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies - All season long Shake It Cerry was the horse to beat in this division. And on just two occasions, one important one being the Hambletonian Oaks, Shake It Cerry did get beat. But that was it for the year. After the Oaks loss she rallied for nine straight wins to close out 2014 with 15 wins in 17 starts. Her Breeders Crown score after going three-wide on the final turn was a super dramatic way to end the season.  Credit also must be given to her stable mate, Lifetime Pursuit, who also had a top notch season. Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies - This was a topsy turvey division throughout the year. With last year’s top filly, Precocious Beauty unable to come back and dominate the division it became a question of who will win this week. Then a filly named Color’s A Virgin put on a dramatic showing in winning the Jugette in straight heats and slowly became a household name for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Brian Brown…until the Breeders Crown finale. After winning her BC elimination division for her seventh straight score and 13th win of the year, Color’s A Virgin was living up to her hype. Now comes the Breeders Crown final and low and behold here comes Sayitall BB. She wins very convincingly and when you look at her record she shows nine wins and over $500,000 earned. Three-Year-Trotting Colts - Father Patrick was tabbed early on to be the great one. And he was early on but after his went off stride in the Hambletonian, his stable mates, Trixton and Nuncio took over the spot light. And each time Father Patrick would rebound, he got beat again or made a break to set him back. Then Trixton went lame and ended his career and Mr. Consistency, Nuncio, emerged on the scene to reap two of the three trotting Triple Crown races and the only one of the three to step on and win on a half mile track. But then here comes Father Patrick in the Breeders Crown final. Beaten by E L Titan, beaten by Nuncio, the top rated colt at the start of the season comes back at the very end with stakes record 1:51.4 triumph to close out the 2014 season. Tale of the tape says Father Patrick beat Nuncio five times to Nuncio beating him three times, or at least beating himself by breaking. Both colts have near identical records so a strong case can be made on behalf or against either top candidate. Three-Year-Old Colt Pacers - All Always B Miki had to do was not go lame before the start of the Breeders Crown as if he had won there would be no contest in this division. Despite the lameness, Always B Miki has had a sensational season with 12 big scores, winning eight of his last nine starts. Now with Always B Miki going lame for the Breeders Crown, it brings to light the other top colts in the division. Jug winner Limelight Beach was going strong but scratched early from the Breeders Crown Final. JK Endofanera was third in the BC final and sports ten wins this year and over $1 million in earnings this season. Then there is McWicked, who was so hot in mid-season but failed to fire in the Jug and had not won a race since early September. Always game but could not win. He becomes the strong horse in the Breeders Crown and overpowers the field to win in a very impressive 1:49. He now leads all the colts with $1,300,00 won this year. Older Trotting Mares - USHWA members get a ton of statistical data to help them make their decisions in voting for horses of the year and this division needs those stats. Bee A Magician is the defending Harness Horse of the Year. She won’t have a shot at it again, but for her division she has to go up against Maven and Classic Martine. Bee A Magician was not her old self this year but came back to winning form in the Breeders Crown. She changed tactics and wired the field in 1:51.4. But only four wins this year vs a perfect 17 or 17 last year is not good. She was a game second place finisher in some big stakes six times this year. Maven has caught everyone’s eye and rightly so. She raced against the boys off and on this season and beat them here and in Europe. Her come from behind score from post ten last week at the Meadowlands was sensational. Her second place finish to Commander Crowe was top of the line against some very good horses. But once again only four wins and maybe not the world champion caliber she was last year. Classic Martine is most certainly the statistical favorite in here. Her 9 wins, 5 seconds and 2 thirds in 18 starts is the best record of anyone. She also has more earnings this year than anyone else in the group at $460,000 is tops too. Plus she did not skip many of the big dances. This is another toughie division. Older Trotter Horses - There was a lot of hype when Sebastian K first came over to the USA. Is he the great horse everyone in Europe had been talking for years? That question was answered in his first start for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. Then the next start and the next start and how fast can this guy go? How domineering can he be? Well, the answers were all age world record 1:49, numerous 1:50 and change miles, the barefoot wonder who was nearly unbeatable unless it rained and the track was off. No question what so ever that Sebastian K, regardless of his final appearance this year in the TVG finals this weekend, has been a true super star performer. The only question will be if Sebastian K is fit enough to win the TVG final and then go head and head with a little pacing filly and a duo of trotting colts for Harness Horse of the Year honors. Older Pacing Mares - For three straight years Anndrovette has dominated this division, but maybe not in 2014. She was a decent fourth in the Breeders Crown but had yet to win a race against these since late August. The new kid on the block this season has been Yagonnakissmeornot. With 14 wins in 30 starts she has been very good in both stakes and Opens and is the highest money earner among this group. Yet she could not hit the board in the Breeders Crown either. Somwherovrarainbow came into the Breeders Crown in good form but she could not muster a BC check.  Rocklamation, when good is great, but she has just too many issues each season but she did rally hard to be second in the Breeders Crown. Shebestingin, Charisma Hanover, Voelz Hanover, even the Breeders Crown winner, Shelliscape, could have been considered but their inconsistent race patterns eliminate them. Older Pacing Horses - A win would have made it more convincing, but after yet another game effort, second in the Breeders Crown, Sweet Lou may just be able to end his career as he started it, with a Dan Patch award. His ten wins and $1.1 million in earnings this year plus the win streak and the sub 1:48 miles every week make him just about too strong to think twice about. Foiled Again had another great season, State Treasurer too and Bettor’s Edge. It was a great season again for the older pacing ranks with so many good competitors who would step up and score big, like Thinking Out Loud in the Breeders Crown, Clear Vision too. Trotter of the Year - It is just about too tough to call in here. Sebastian K quietly came into the United States and then set the sport on fire this summer, set track and world marks nearly every other start. Then he faced some losses on sloppy tracks and sorta sored up at the end of the season. But now he looked great in his qualifier and voters will be watching the TVG finals this weekend at the Meadowlands to see how he rebounds. But what about Father Patrick and/or Nuncio? Throw out the two major breaks and he is nearly perfect all season long and was on cruise control in winning the Breeders Crown. Nuncio is Mr. Consistency all season long, no breaks, won two of three Triple Crown jewels and won with ease on a half mile too. His third place finish in the Breeders Crown was the only time he was worse than second all season. Both horses have nearly identical records, Father Patrick beat Nuncio five times, Nuncio beat Father Patrick three times. And let’s talk about Shake It Cerry! With 15 wins in 17 starts, $1,230,000 in earnings. Three-wide on the final turn and trots away in the Breeders Crown. She had nearly done it all except for her Hambletonian Oaks fourth place finish. You can’t make a case for the other three without having her join in too! Anyone have a four-sided coin we can flip? Pacer of the Year - JK She’salady was perfect this year, 12 for 12. She never shied from any major stakes race. She took on all comers and in the Breeders Crown was looked in the eye by Sassa Hanover and dug in to score in a romp. But she is a freshman filly and more than likely going against a seasoned veteran in Sweet Lou, who for months was unbeatable against the best in the sport. Harness Horse of the Year - With nearly 200 members of USHWA voting for the horse of the year honors this season, it’s impossible, maybe, to read everyone’s minds. From a statistical point of view, provided JK She’salady can beat Sweet Lou, then harness racing history could be made as no two-year-old filly has ever been named Harness Horse of the Year. But that could very well change in 2014 as the little lady had a sensational season, sorta like last year’s Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician. From the trotting side perhaps because of the boost to harness racing’s moral from his sensational season, should Sebastian K beat out Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick’s and Nuncio, then it will be a real contest between the world champion trotter and the little lady. But that’s not to say it could also happen with most any of the possible finalists. It’s been that great a racing season. It is actually too close to even try and make a pick, and with so many great possible scenarios to consider, we’ll just have to wait and see who the USHWA Membership votes for. We will all know before Christmas. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The deadline for entries for the 2014 John Hervey Awards, which honor the best of harness racing journalism, is Dec. 15. Entries will be accepted in four categories - news/commentary writing, feature writing, television, and the George Smallsreed Awards for race and feature photography. Winners will be recognized at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's annual Dan Patch Awards festivities Feb. 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Seaworld. Judges in each category will select a winner and, where appropriate, up to two honorable mentions. Entries published or aired between Dec. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2014 are eligible. There are no entry fees or cash prizes. The rules are available by request to Ken Weingartner, chair of the Hervey Committee, at ken.weingartner@ustrotting.com. Email entries should be sent to ken.weingartner@ustrotting.com Mailed entries should be sent to Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 49 E. Main St. #5, Freehold, NJ 07728. If using an overnight service, please indicate that no signature is required. Rules for the 2014 John Hervey Awards The best of harness racing journalism in 2013 will be honored with the 52nd edition of the John Hervey Awards for writing, the 30th edition of the Broadcasters Awards for electronic media as well as the 14th edition of the George Smallsreed Awards for photography. Please read these rules carefully. Failure to follow instructions may result in disqualification of the entry. Entries will be judged in the following categories -- all must be in English: 1. News & Commentary Writing (hard news, opinion pieces and essays) 2. Feature Writing (articles not written on overnight deadline; involving background research or expanded profiles -- not Q&As) 3. Television (a featured or live racing segment no longer than 10 minutes which must have aired on a network, local or cable station or have been included in a racetrack's simulcasting presentation) 4. Racing Photography 5. Feature Photography Winners will receive a plaque/trophy as well as two dinner tickets to the Dan Patch Awards dinner on Feb. 22. There are no cash prizes. The decisions of the Hervey Committee and the judges are final. Photo and written submissions -- news or feature categories -- must have appeared in a paid-circulation publication or on the website that is the same-name affiliate of a paid-circulation publication, recognized broadcast news organization or established industry/news website. Content that appeared on personal websites, message boards or lists and similar entities is not valid for inclusion in the competition. The final decision on eligibility is in the hands of the Hervey Committee. Television entries must have aired on a commercial or public television/radio station or be part of a racetrack's simulcasting broadcast. Additionally, audio/podcasts are eligible if they were posted to the websites of recognized news organizations or established industry websites. Documentaries or other long-form productions are not eligible although one segment of that documentary, edited only to fit the length limitations of no more than 10 minutes, may be submitted for consideration. The final decision on eligibility is in the hands of the Hervey Committee. General Rules The decision for eligibility of Internet posted materials is at the discretion of the Hervey Committee and all decisions are final. These awards are not open to entries which are fiction or were prepared for commercial purposes (for advertisements/promo/publicity purposes). There is a limit of one submission per person in any one category. You may enter more than one category, but not with the same submission. The Hervey Committee, at its discretion, may disqualify an entry at any time in the process, and reserves the right not to bestow an award in a particular category based on the quality and quantity of entries. An entry may only be submitted in one category and the category for which someone is submitting must be clearly indicated. What You Must Submit All entries must originate with the author/photographer/producer and must include a signed cover letter expressing the wish to enter materials in the contest and granting permission for the materials to be used for promoting the awards in press releases. The letter must also include the following contact information for the writer/producer/photographer: name, full address, telephone numbers (home, office, cell and fax) and email address. The letter must also include the date that the media organization published/aired the submission and specify the category for which the entry is being submitted. All the rules for submission must be followed. Editors may submit on behalf of authors provided that the cover letter is provided with information on the writer/producer/photographer as well as the person submitting the entry. All other third-party entries will be rejected. Rules for Submission All written entries -- news or feature -- must specify the category (news or feature) for which the author wishes to be considered. All print entries must include both a tearsheet of the entry (a PDF is acceptable via electronic submission) as it appeared in print and an electronic or emailed version that is plain text, without identifying information (no bylines, publication names, graphs, photos or other graphic elements). The emailed (or electronic) file must be named for the author so that it is easily identifiable as being by the author. The plain text version must be as it was published. The tearsheet from the publication must show the author's name, title and date of publication. Tearsheets for Internet-based submissions will consist of a "screen print" of the document. At the discretion of the Hervey Committee, an editor or similar senior official of the publication or website may be required to provide a letter attesting that the document is the work of the author who submitted it and it appeared on the website or in the publication on the date in question. If the author wishes to submit a multi-part series, it must be where the parts were published at the same time (sidebars with a primary story) or where it covers a single theme over the course of two or three publication dates. Multi-part submissions are not to exceed three parts. All television entries must not exceed 10 minutes and must not contain commercials. Each submission (one per person or group) should have its own cover letter. Each submission should be in the form of a DVD. Please provide two DVDs of each submission. The submission may be a segment from a live show or a pre-taped feature but must be submitted "as broadcasted" and not edited other than to meet the length restriction and to remove commercials. Commercials or promotional videos are not eligible. A single segment of a documentary may be submitted but not a full-length documentary. Photography entries must be in the form of two non-returnable 8-by-10 prints of each photograph as it appeared in print, with no identifying information on the front or back along with the cover letter that provides all the identifying information. The two prints should be accompanied by a single tearsheet of the published photo, showing the date, name of publication and photographer's name and info. Tearsheets for Internet-based submissions will consist of a "screen print" with an accompanying letter from the editor or similar senior official of the website, attesting to who submitted it and that it appeared on the date indicated in connection with a news-related story. Each photographer may submit one entry in each the race and feature categories. Additionally, the winners (and any honorable mentions) must be able to provide a JPG version of the photograph upon request from the Hervey Committee. Photographs should not be digitally enhanced beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification. Deadline All entries must be in the hands of Hervey Chairman Ken Weingartner by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15. This is not a postmark deadline but actually when the entry must be received. You are urged to submit early to avoid missing the deadline. Where to send the entries Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications, 49 E. Main St. #5, Freehold, NJ 07728. If using an overnight service, please indicate that no signature is required. Where to e-mail the digital portion of the entry ken.weingartner@ustrotting.com. Questions may be sent to Ken Weingartner at the above e-mail address. by Ken Weingartner, for USHWA  

On October 28th at Yonkers Raceway, Brian Sears did what only 14 previous drivers in the storied history of our sport have accomplished: He achieved his 9,000th driving win. Prior to making Yonkers his home, Sears was the leading driver several times at a quartet of tracks, including the Meadowlands. At Yonkers, Sears has impressed his peers, as well as the public, with his tenacity and professionalism. It's little wonder that he topped all Yonkers drivers in 2013, and boasts the highest UDRS of all drivers with more than 1,000 starts at the Hilltop Oval in 2014. SOA President Joe Faraldo stated: "At 46, there is no limit to Brian's career potential. He simply, and quietly, wins year in and year out. Call him the White Knight; call him the King; call him whatever, but don't forget to call him a winner. The SOA is proud to have Brian as a mainstay of our driving colony, and are even prouder that Brian will represent the United States this week at ''Trotteur Francais International Meeting 2014' to be contested at Vincennes in France. A special set of American colors are being readied for Brian as he competes with drivers from those other countries that have signed on to simulcasting and breeding agreeemnets with the French." From the SOA of New York  

At a recent meeting of the Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track at Delancey's Restaurant in the village, the Auxiliary made a $7,000 donation to the members of the Historic Track's Board of Directors who joined them for dinner that evening. Accepting the $7,000 check from co-president Judy Green was Steve Jones, President of the track's Board of Directors . "We are always so very appreciative of the Auxiliary's dedicated efforts and we can't thank them enough", Jones said." The ladies do an outstanding job and work tirelessly to raise money for Historic Track." Money is raised annually through the efforts of members of the Historic Track Auxiliary with an array of fundraisers. Last year $7,000 was donated and in previous years they donated more. And over the past few decades the amount of the Auxiliary's donations is well into six figures . "We apologize that our donation isn't what it usually has been but these are tough times. Still we are always very pleased to be able to provide a $7000 donation to the track from the efforts of our very dedicated volunteers," said Auxiliary co-president Eveline White. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track

In order for their foals to be eligible to the slots enhanced Maryland Sire Stakes all stallions standing in Maryland for the 2015 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2014.   Forms and payment info can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com All stallion forms must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2014.   A late yearling nomination can be made by Dec. 31st for anyone that missed the May 15th payment date for the Maryland Sire Stakes and/or the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes.   A fee of $500 for each stake, along with the nomination form must be postmarked by Dec. 31st 2014.   Please use our website for all your Maryland Staking information and forms at www.msrfonline.com or call 410-775-0152 of 240-285-0326   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Trailing by 8 lengths at the half, Do Me Honor took advantage of live cover to get into position, then brushed through the lane to capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor was sixth down the backside when Aaron Merriman moved her third over in the cover flow. She needed to go wide to do it, but the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right overtook the leaders with authority, scoring in 1:54. Rescue Team was second, 1/2 length back, with Miss Kilo third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Do Me Honor, who extended her career bankroll to $526,177. Eric Goodell and Eric Ledford each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

DOVER, Del. ---- McWicked, fresh from a 1:49 victory in last week's $531,250 Breeders Crown Final leads a stellar group of seven rivals in a $35,000 prevue of next week's $301,000 Progress Pace on Sunday, Nov.30 at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m. David Miller will drive the Casie Coleman trainee owned by SSG Stables from post 1. Ms. Coleman will also start Ontario campaigner, Play It Again Sam, driven by Brett Miller, for Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable. Big Boy Dreams, a 24-1 upset winner of the recent $186,550 Matron Final at Dover Downs will return with Ron Pierce in the bike, drew post 5. Dominick Rosato owns the five-time winner this season. In addition the Ron Burke Stable will start two others, 3 Brothers Stables' $1-million winner, JK Endofanera, who raced big for Yannick Gingras, third beaten by three-quarter length, as beaten favorite in the Breeders Crown and Baldachino, Shelswell, Panhellenic and another $1-million winning colt, Burke Racing stable's All Bets Off. The Messenger Stake, Milstein Final and New York Sire Stakes winner from among 11 races this season while winning $908,625 will be reined by Matt Kakaley. Tim Tetrick will guide the fast Somewhere In LA for J&T Silva, TLP stables and Deo Volente Farms from outside post 8. The Jimmy Takter gelding has won seven times and been in-the-money 17 of 22 starts earning $481,412 this year. Completing the lineup are Blair and Ema Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt and J&T Silva Stables' National Debt, trained by Ron Coyne from post 2 and John Cancelliere's Parnu Hanover, a winner of his last two starts. Dover Downs races Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and weekdays, Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs    

Pompano Beach, FL...November 24, 2014...Just A Bee, just a neck away from a 1:51 mark last week, stopped the tele-timer in a lifetime best 1:50.3 on Monday night in Pompano Park's Open Pace for Mares. The six year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, trained and driven by Mike Micallef for owners Anita Micallef, John McGoff and Greg Heath, took command at the opening panel in :27 and proceeded to wire subsequent fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.2 before sprinting home in :27.1 to report home a two length winner. Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey) did finish second with Arodasi (Joe Pavia, Jr.) third some 6 1/4 lengths away after making a backside bid that brought her to Just A Bee's saddle pad around the final bend. Winbak Heavenly finished fourth in the mile while Time To Celebrate picked up the final award in the field of eight. At the outset, Godiva Seelster looped the field from her post five to sweep into the lead prior to the first turn with Winbak Heavenly closing the gap for the early trip in the garden spot. That move forced Micallef's hand early and he sent Just A Bee on to the top spot--a position he would never relinquish the rest of the journey. In a post race interview, Micallef said, "she has been racing very well of late and just did miss last week. The time surprised me a bit but, remember, the weather conditions tonight were conducive to a fast mile--warm and very humid...much easier on a horse's respiratory system when it's humid like this. I'm proud of her. She was awesome!" For Just A Bee, whose mark coming in was 1:52.2, it was her eighth win in 27 starts, pushing her 2014 earnings to $51,345. She's banked $133,666 lifetime. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

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