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Harness racing tote bags will be given out to the first 250 paid fans at Goshen Historic Track on Thursday, July 2, to celebrate county fair racing day for New York-bred horse, with 10 of the bags containing gift cards for area businesses. The tote bags, produced by the United States Trotting Association (USTA), will be given out at fairs hosting harness racing across the country. Ten of the bags at Historic Track will contain gift cards ranging from $25 to $75 and good at Goshen businesses, Steve's Deli, Delancey's Restaurant, Harness Racing Museum Gift Shop and Kelley Jean's restaurant. The tote bags will be given to the first 250 box seat holders and paid admissions at the track on July 2. Children 12 and younger, who are admitted free, will also be given a tote bag. Admission is $5 and includes a program. The gift cards were purchased with a marketing grant from the USTA. Grand Circuit racing will be held at Historic Track on July 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 1 p.m. each day. For more information, call 845-294-5333 or go to www.goshenhistorictrack.com. Ken Weingartner

Goshen, NY --- Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter gave the keynote speech at Wednesday's opening session of the U.S. Trotting Association's 17th annual Driving School.   Takter's talk followed dinner at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. He discussed his roots in the sport, training philosophies, and reflected upon his memorable 2014 campaign, which included driving Trixton to victory in the Hambletonian Stakes and seeing Shake It Cerry named Trotter of the Year.   A three minute PROMO with excerpts from the speech can be found on the Museum's YouTube channel by following this link: http://youtu.be/-ztAqnWZ02o   "Jimmy Takter was a very gracious and accommodating speaker. He offered the USTA Driving School students a heart-felt and humble inside look into the life a superstar horse trainer. It's hard to imagine getting any greater inside access to success," noted Janet Terhune, the Museum's director, who has several staff members participating in the four-day driving school program.   The Driving School has attracted 24 participants, from 12 states plus the Canadian province of Quebec, for four days of hands-on activity at the Mark Ford Training Center as well as classroom presentations at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.   Participants have the opportunity to take the written portions of the trainer's and driver's exams at the conclusion of the program.   The entire 45-minute keynote address can be found at this link: http://youtu.be/jEha6OBfdDo   by Chris Tuly, for the Harness Racing Museum

Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association announced today it has retained the services of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau to conduct a variety of integrity services. "The USTA is committed to integrity in harness racing and working with the TRPB will provide our industry with a wide variety of investigative, security and analytical services from the most experienced and professional integrity services organization in horse racing," said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. "We look forward to assisting and supporting the USTA's integrity initiatives in horse racing and wagering, and tapping our shared resources to better serve customers, participants, racetracks and regulators in the Standardbred industry," said TRPB Vice President J. Curtis Linnell. The TRPB will utilize its in-house resource database to provide investigative reports and intelligence on topics, organizations, vendors and people as requested by the USTA. The TRPB will also seek to expand and develop information relevant to the Standardbred industry. TRPB Senior Agent Douglas Murray, working out of the headquarters office in Fair Hill, Md., will be the primary contact for the USTA to coordinate research and information requested by the USTA. Murray will support the USTA's role in integrity issues, including allegations of illegal medications, the identification and investigation of suppliers of such, and involvement of organized crime in any aspect of Standardbred racing. Also, the TRPB Wagering Integrity Unit will consult with the USTA in the event of allegations of wagering integrity issues, including tote security lapses, alleged altered races, and possible betting malfeasance of any type. Among other services to be provided to the USTA, the TRPB will conduct due diligence and background examinations of selected associations and vendors in the pari-mutuel industry. The TRPB will include Standardbred matters of mutual concern in USTA's existing industry relationships in France, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, as well as throughout the U.S. and Canada. Located in Fair Hill, Md., the TRPB operates as a multi-jurisdictional investigative agency in the horse racing industry. The mandate is to expose and investigate all activity prejudicial to horse racing and to maintain public confidence in the sport. The USTA Communications Department   

New York, NY --- The Harness Racing Social Media Initiative, in partnership with the U.S. Trotting Association and key partners, today announced the launch of a new marketing campaign to help recruit new owners into the sport. The "Ownership Experience" initiative is designed to target potential owners in key regions through online media targeting based on location, income and interests across multiple media channels. Initially the channel will include Google, Facebook and Twitter but is expected to expand over time to test other media, including the WSJ.com, Smart Money and select Thoroughbred magazines. The campaign encourages potential owners to sign up for an "ownership" brochure with specific information on the benefits of harness racing ownership at http://owner.harnessracingfanzone.com/ownership-opportunity. The most qualified prospective owners will eventually also have the chance to be invited to exclusive "Ownership Experience" meetings conducted at select participating tracks. The campaign appeals to all levels of ownership, ranging from low-cost, limited risk "fractional ownership" offerings to larger investments. In conjunction with the USTA, a limited "fractional ownership" offering is being tested at both The Meadows and Scioto Downs where new owners can invest a nominal amount for a partial, percentage ownership in a racehorse. Based on the success of the effort, the concept is expected to be rolled out more broadly with the goal of making harness racing ownership more accessible and affordable to the general public. The campaign is being fully integrated with other social media marketing activities, including the www.harnessracingfanzone.com and through signage, video and other supporting marketing materials and activities at key tracks. Profiles of current owners will increasingly be featured describing their experiences as owners and why they believe others should also get involved in the sport. The campaign will initially run through June 30, 2015 to determine best performing channels and approaches before broader expansion in key regions, such as Pennsylvania, where the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association has already allocated some supporting funds. "Being an owner of a racehorse is not only prestigious, but also offers up great experiences for the entire family," said Rob Key, CEO of Converseon, which is heading up the effort with the USTA. "With horses racing for more money than ever -- more than $400 million in 2015 -- never has there been a better time for potential owners to get involved. It's important we help make the experience of ownership as compelling as possible, because whether you own one percent of a racehorse or a group of expensive stakes horses, the excitement and ability to participate in the thrill of the winner's circle is second to none." "This important effort builds on all the social media efforts to date and is the initial step in addressing a key issue of focus for us -- the decline in owners and foals over the last several years," said Mike Tanner, executive vice president and CEO of the USTA. "This will be a test, learn and expand approach working in partnership with various tracks and horsemen's groups. We look forward to expanding this program over time to spread the word about all the benefits of harness horse ownership. Clearly, recruiting new owners is not only critically important for the future of the sport, it benefits everyone involved in the industry." About the Harness Racing Social Media Initiative The Harness Racing Social Media Initiative is a partnership between the U.S. Trotting Association, the social media consultancy, Converseon, and key industry groups to help drive marketing innovation and engagement with current and new fans for the sport. The initiative's mission is to help support key racetracks, industry groups and help provide foundational support and a common, "best practice" framework by leveraging social technologies, platforms and strategies to help positively brand the sport of harness racing and generate greater awareness, visibility and engagement with a new generation of fans and owners. Converseon    

Racing industry officials in late March and early April said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures. Last summer The Jockey Club at its Round Table conference indicated it would advocate for federal involvement in addition to current state-by-state efforts to adopt the National Uniform Medication Program. Also last August Travis Tygart, chief executive officer and counsel for USADA, outlined a strategy at a briefing put together by the Water Hay Oats Alliance. WHOA, which has a growing membership of Thoroughbred stakeholders, in its mission statement supports passage of a federal bill that would "prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing" via an independent anti-doping program run by USADA. During the Racing Officials Accreditation Program conference in late March, industry officials said there will be a heightened push in 2015 for federal legislation that would be similar to a bill introduced in 2013. Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, suggested the legislation would identify USADA to oversee the program. "RCI does not have a position on any piece of legislation," Martin said at the ROAP conference. "It does believe in using a compact that lets states maintain their authority. We can spend a lot of time and money playing musical chairs to address the issue. Organizations are spending money on lobbyists that can be used for equine welfare or funding the TRPB to hire investigators. That's the problem we have to address, not the rearranging of the chairs." Details on the 2015 strategy aren't yet known, though Jim Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, indicated April 2 the organization is maintaining the course it outlined last year. "The Jockey Club continues to closely monitor the progress of the National Uniform Medication Program and, at the same time, consider strategies to broaden our advocacy for improved and uniform regulation for Thoroughbred racing," Gagliano said. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association also predicted lawmakers will be solicited to sponsor federal legislation on medication regulation and testing. The organization, as it has in the past, won't take a position on the issue. "The NTRA has taken no position on these bills as our membership remains divided on the issue of federal or central authority over testing for banned substances and the regulation of therapeutic medications," NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop said. "However, the association continues to provide information and data to interested parties and remains committed to achieving consensus on this issue." The NTRA on its board has representatives of horsemen's groups and racetracks, some of which oppose federal involvement. Others on the NTRA board, such as The Jockey Club, believe more must be done regarding medication and drug testing.  Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association chairman Alan Foreman, who also spoke at the ROAP conference, said whether there is federal oversight or not, the research and scientific advice will have to come from the horseracing industry because USADA hasn't done equine drug testing. He also cited progress on adoption of all or parts of the National Uniform Medication Program. "You'll hear the only answer is for the federal government to regulate horse racing," Foreman said. "If (supporters) a year ago got behind a uniform message that racing has a better story to tell than any other sport, I guarantee you the public's impression of the sport would be different at this time." The National Uniform Medication Program allows for the use of race-day furosemide, also called Salix or Lasix. The proposed Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 called for a ban on all medication within 24 hours of a race, with a two-year exception for furosemide. Whether the same language is included in the 2015 version of the bill remains to be seen. Foreman indicated he believes it will be part of the bill. "Lasix is going to be like gun control or abortion," he said. "It's going to divide this industry." Tygart last year made a point to note the issue is about federal legislation, not federal regulation or intervention. If USADA was authorized to handle equine drug testing and enforcement, the organization would have to develop rules, with industry input, that would be unique to horse racing, he said. USADA isn't a federal agency, though it does receive federal grant money. Tygart also said there is an inherent conflict of interest when a sport promotes and polices itself, and suggested horse racing falls into that category under its current structure. Martin of RCI, meanwhile, has repeatedly stated that state regulators are independent by virtue of their responsibilities. Written by Tom LaMarra Reprinted with the permission of bloodhorse.com Read more on BloodHorse.com: 

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2015 -- On Friday, April 10, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its harness racing Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Wednesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,131.37. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Friday's program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Harness racing is a worldwide industry which is getting more and more international as time goes on. Stallions move between hemispheres and bloodlines are getting to look the same no matter where in the world you are. The World Trotting Conference brings together all the administrators from around the world to try to smooth some of problems with horses moving between countries and different systems. One issue which they seem to ignore repeatedly is the one with regards to money won in different countries and how it is counted in the overall scheme of things. In Canada and Australia, a dollar won anywhere in the world is counted as a dollar won when assessing a horse's lifetime earnings. In America and New Zealand, every dollar earned outside of the country is converted back to the local currency equivalent in dollar terms. With so many horses moving back and forth between Canada and America and also between Australia and New Zealand it can either inflate or deflate a horses earnings which to us here at Harnesslink is just absolutely ridiculous. It can also alter siring charts as we saw last year in the two year old ranks in North America. In Canada where they count every dollar won as one dollar, Sportswriter topped the charts for two year olds with a lead of $125,000 over his nearest rival Art Major. In America where they convert money won outside America to American dollars at the exchange rate on the day the money is won, Art Major finished $26,000 dollars in front of Sportswriter. We are of no doubt that Sportswriter was the leading money earning two year sire in North America in 2014 and we recognize him as such in all our articles. When we quote any money won either by a sire or individual in a story, the figures we use are always sourced via Trackit from the Canadian Harness Racing Site as Trackit is the only database with a true money won system in our opinion In our view the American system is an absolute joke and is done primarily to protect the stallion owners based in America from those upstarts across the border whose stallions just happen to earn more money in a season. The same anomaly occurs between Australia and New Zealand. Harness Racing Australia to its credit counts every dollar won anywhere in the world as one dollar earned for all its lifetime records for horses. New Zealand on the other hand converts all money won overseas back to New Zealand dollars on the day the money is won overseas. That results in inflated lifetime earnings for a lot of New Zealand horses who spend big parts of their racing careers in Australia. In some cases it has turned horses into millionaires when in reality they are still a fair way off the magical seven figure mark in actual earnings. We will highlight a couple here just to show the difference it can make. Take our latest millionaire in Stent who according to Harness Racing New Zealand has earned $1,010,053 to date where in actual dollars earned the figure is $984,460. Another horse to have his earnings inflated was Vulcan who was lucky in that when he raced in Australia the New Zealand dollars was worth in the high seventy cents range in relation to the Australian dollar. So why Harness Racing New Zealand records Vulcan as having earned $1,006,002, in actual dollars won, his earnings stand at $898,855. Now these are two absolute champions and should be respected as such but the system has let them down badly in our view. Let us have a look at a horse that raced extensively in both hemispheres in Tupelo Rose. Tupelo Rose's earnings as recorded on the four countries data bases we have mentioned in this article. * Harness Racing New Zealand  -  $1,146,603 * Harness Racing Australia  -  $879,867 * Standardbred Canada  -  $586,785 * United States Trotting Association  -  $578,671  As you can see the current system has left us with four different figures. Which one is the correct one is a hard question to answer but we would lean towards the Australian as probably being closest to the truth in this instance. As the above example shows the current system between these four countries is open to ridicule and rightly so in our opinion. We need some commonality on these important statistics and all four countries on the same page. A dollar earned anywhere in these four countries should be treated as a dollar earned by the governing bodies by each of the four countries. Until that happens you should treat all claims with regards to money won and sires stakes earnings coming out of America and New Zealand with a high degree of skepticism. JC  

Columbus, OH --- The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association informed the U.S. Trotting Association Friday that the organization will contribute $25,000 to the harness racing industry's social media initiatives being conducted by the USTA in partnership with the award-winning social media agency Converseon from New York. The PHHA becomes the first industry organization to add to the USTA's annual budget of $250,000 and provide additional funding to support the ongoing social media effort. "We're committed to promoting the sport of harness racing," said Sam Beegle, PHHA president, "and for the industry to grow, we need to reach a new demographic. I watch my grandchildren and no matter where they go or what they do, they're on their phones, connecting with friends via Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. The benefits of social media are just so obvious and we're proud to support what the USTA is doing." "We are excited that Sam Beegle and the PHHA are the first ones to step up and assist us with our social media program and are hoping that we can get other racetracks, horsemen's associations and industry organizations interested in contributing, too," said USTA President Phil Langley. "Maybe this will open the dam a little bit and we can make this grow even more." In the first year, the focus of the social media initiative was to build the foundation and develop the required assets to begin a transformation. During this initial phase, the USTA/Converseon program created the Harness Racing FanZone website with a Facebook following of 30,000 and a Social Ambassador program with 1,800 members. There was training for and collaboration with racetracks, horsemen's associations and other industry organizations. Different concepts were tested, analyzed and assessed. Vital content was created and the beginning of sponsorship support was formed. "From our initial conversations with Converseon CEO Rob Key a year-and-a-half ago to as recently as his presentation at the USTA Board of Directors meeting two weeks ago, we have talked about the need for industry collaboration and commitment as well as a mechanism for funding our long-term efforts," said USTA Executive Vice President Mike Tanner. "As Rob (Key) keeps telling us, 'this is a journey.'" At the recent Board meeting in describing the next steps, Key talked about the need to "Go Over the Top" to become the media, own our assets and distribute through direct channels in 2015. He explained that in the digital world, "the experience of the product is the product," and emphasized the need to enhance that product to provide the highest quality for the digital customer because online is how the consumer will experience harness racing. Further down the road, the goals will be to scale and monetize the social media effort and expand it globally.  USTA Communications Department  

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In remarks made before the Board of Directors of the United States Trotting Association this past weekend, Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) President Ed Martin indicated that he expected regulators would set a uniform approach on cobalt when they meet in Tampa, Florida, at meetings held April 21-23, 2015. Martin predicted that the regulators would act to set in motion a ban on intentional cobalt administrations out of equine welfare concerns and the possibility of performance enhancement. Horses found with elevated cobalt levels would be excluded from competition until such levels subsided. Trainers of horses with cobalt levels indicative of an intentional administration would face sanctions and suspension. "Regulatory veterinary staff in several jurisdictions have received complaints and/or observed instances where a cobalt administration has caused distress and colic in horses, causing cramps and muscle twitching, sweating, and pain," said Martin. "We are obviously concerned about the use of cobalt with the belief that it will enhance performance. But while the published science is not fully settled at what point that actually happens, we believe it is wrong to deliberately put a horse in discomfort absent a compelling medical reason to treat a serious ailment or injury. This issue is about the horse and not just about doping," he said. The RCI Executive Committee met last week and was unanimous in its desire that a uniform approach be adopted to prohibit cobalt administration in a way that does not impact those who have not deliberately administered it. RCI's Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee will meet on Thursday morning, April 23, 2015 to consider options on cobalt regulatory thresholds. Recommendations from RCI science advisors as well as other organizations such as the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will be considered. In addition, Dr. Terrance S.M. Wan, the head of the Racing Laboratory and Chief Racing Chemist for the Hong Kong Jockey Cub, will be participating in the RCI meetings. Dr. Wan is the author, along with others, of a 2014 study entitled "Controlling the Misuse of Cobalt in Horses". The Association of Racing Commissioners International is the only umbrella organization of official rule making entities dealing with the totality of all professional horse racing. The ARCI sets standards for racing regulation, medication policy, drug testing labs, tote systems, racetrack operation and security, and off-track wagering entities. Its members are the only independent entities recognized to license, enforce, and adjudicate matters pertaining to racing. Steve May  

Columbus, OH --- Phil Langley was re-elected as president of the U.S. Trotting Association by a 38-13 tally over challenger Jason Settlemoir during the general session of the USTA Board of Directors meeting on Sunday (March 16), held at the Hilton-Easton. Langley was re-elected to a fourth consecutive term -- his first in which there was an election -- and vowed to continue his current platform of leading medication research and social media marketing. In the other officer elections, Ivan Axelrod (chairman of the board), Barbara Brooks (secretary) and Richard Brandt (treasurer) were all unopposed and retain their respective seats. Ohio State Rep. Jim Buchy, a former horse owner and a longtime political friend of harness racing, gave the opening remarks. He stressed that those in the harness racing industry should never forget that the sport is built on the horse, and the horse is a vital part of the agriculture industry, both in Buchy's home state of Ohio and around the country. "We need to look at going back to our roots," said Buchy, who was first elected to the Ohio House in 1983. "Don't ever forget that we are in this room because farmers raced their horses against each other a couple hundred years ago. That led to the county fairs, and that is where we need to look to expand our fan base." Buchy suggested some areas of focus for harness racing leaders in order to continue to enjoy the level of economic prosperity that the Ohio harness racing industry has recently seen. "It's absolutely imperative that the integrity of the sport continues to be positive," he said. "The fans have to know that we have honest racing on the track and we're respectful to the animals." In his report to the board, Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner summarized the association's busy year, including the launch of Online Entry, the expansion of the social media initiative, and increased medication funding and research. One major undertaking was the sale of the Columbus office and the subsequent move to the northeast suburbs of Columbus, a four-month undertaking that did not result in interruption of service to members. "Out of everything that has happened this year, how our staff reacted to the move, and never took their eyes off the ball, that might have been our biggest accomplishment," he said. "We continued to deliver near-flawless service to members." Five new directors were introduced to the board: In District 2, Scott Peine, director of racing at Hoosier Park, was introduced by District Chairman Ken Marshall. In District 6, Joe Pennacchio, president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, and Brett Revington, director of racing operations at Pompano Park, were introduced by District Chairman Alan Leavitt. In District 9, Steve O'Toole, general manager of racing at Plainridge Park Casino, was introduced by District Chairman Don Marean. In District 12, Nick Salvi, stakes coordinator for Gural Racing, was introduced by District Chairman John Brennan. Former District 9 Director Paul Fontaine and former District 6 Director Jay Sears were named Directors Emeritus in a proclamation by USTA Chairman Ivan Axelrod. Presentations by Rob Key, Founder of the social media marketing firm Converseon; Ed Martin, president of Racing Commissioners International; and Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council, were also on the morning agenda. Meetings will continue throughout the afternoon, including the Registration and Owner/Breeder Committee, the Driver/Trainer Committee, the Regulatory Committee and the Pari-Mutuel Committee. From the USTA Media Department  

The United States Trotting Association's Save Our Standardbreds (SOS) program assisted the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) recently in the expense of the seizure of two adopted horses. The first seizure was for Kokorama. The SPCA of Delaware helped SRF when the adopter stopped complying with his agreement to produce a semi-annual veterinary follow-up form. "This was Kokorama's third home since he came into our program in 2009. Much time and money goes into protecting these horses," notes Paula Campbell, SRF's President. "Leaving a horse out there puts not only the horse at risk but defeats the purpose, it reflects poorly on racing, and doesn't serve what our supporters intentions are." SRF knows that without an implemented follow-up system for life, the risk of a horse to neglect, abuse, and being sold to slaughter is great. The second horse seized was with the assistance of the SPCA of New Jersey and the case is still under investigation. The follow-up form from the veterinarian of the adopter of Here Taz, a 13 year old gelding indicated non-compliance. SRF's staff did a home visit with a trailer and found deplorable conditions and many emaciated animals. Here Taz stood struggling to get a chance at a bite of hay from the round bale that was surrounded by more than fifteen animals including pigs, goats, miniature horses, lactating mares and their foals, and a bull. Taz was walked through three fields of knee-deep manure and urine to the trailer. "Even with a very time intense screening system, this happens," says Judy Bokman, SRF's Executive Director. "Saving these two horses is a result of SRF's mandatory follow-up program which clearly indicates the need for it." Statistics show that adopted horses go through four homes in their lifetime due to circumstances such as financial hardship, divorce, loss of interest and many other reasons. No one knows what happened in these two homes to cause this neglect, but the help of the USTA's SOS program to provide financial assistance to horses whose care has fallen to a criminal level and who are subject to legal intervention because of that was very helpful. The remaining expenses for the rescue and rehabilitation for these 2 horses comes from the support of SRF's donors. SRF is the only Standardbred program that implements follow-up for life and fully supports 130 retirees no longer attractive to adopters due to age or injury. Where would a horse like Rubbernecker be, a 30-year-old Standardbred, if SRF was not there? He lost his adopted home of 12 years just after his 29th birthday. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

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                            

Columbus, OH --- U.S. Trotting Association President Phil Langley announced Friday that Ellen Taylor, Paul Fontaine, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, represented by President Joe Faraldo and Executive Director Alex Dadoyan, and Yonkers Raceway, represented by Vice President and General Manager Robert Galterio, are the recipients of the annual USTA President's Awards. Langley will make the presentations at the USTA Board of Director's Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Columbus at Easton (Ohio) on Sunday (March 15). Ellen Taylor is the executive director for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. "One thing we all agree on is the need to get young people involved in harness racing," said Langley in announcing the awards. "No one is more active in this pursuit than Ellen Taylor. Every summer she travels thousands of miles conducting youth camps and does more than anyone to get and keep youngsters attracted to our sport through the Harness Horse Youth Foundation." Paul Fontaine, a partner in the law firm, Fontaine & Croll, Ltd. who served as deputy majority leader during his decade (1966-76) of service in the Rhode Island State Senate, holds and held key executive positions in major organizations in the harness racing industry. He is the current president of Harness Tracks of America, was the former president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New England, and is a director and vice president of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. He was elected to the U.S. Harness Writers Association New England Hall of Fame in 1995 and served on the USTA board of directors for more than 30 years, where he was chairman for seven years. Fontaine has owned harness horses for more than 40 years, among them 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life and No No Yankee, winner of the inaugural Woodrow Wilson in 1977. "Few have made a bigger imprint in so many areas of harness racing as Paul Fontaine has over several decades," said Langley. "In addition to his contributions as a leader at numerous industry organizations, he has championed many voluntary causes and has been a very successful horse owner." Both the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Yonkers Raceway are recipients of the President's Award for their successful partnership with LeTrot and French PMU to simulcast Yonkers' racing to France and other countries in Europe. In addition to France, the signal is also sent to Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia, Malta and the Spanish Basque community. The European response has been strong with more than $300,000 in average wagering per race. "I know this was not something that happened overnight," said Langley. "For more than a year Tim Rooney, Alex Dadoyan, Bob Galterio and Joe Faraldo worked to put this together. The success has been far greater than expected. They are still improving the product and their efforts are expected to culminate with a renewal of the International Trot this fall." President Joe Faraldo and Executive Director Alex Dadoyan will accept the award on behalf of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Yonkers Raceway Vice President and General Manager Robert Galterio will represent that track. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Communicators Hall of Famer and long time North American stakes coordinator for the USTA, Carol Cramer, captured these magnificant photos of a herd of Standardbred yearling fillies frolocking in a snow storm. Carol's house is located adjacent to MIdland Acres in Ohio. She braved the snow storm to go out and take the photos. As you can see, one of the fillies did not mind the weather at all as she ends up rolling in the snow.  

Columbus, OH --- The United States Trotting Association has announced that the next meeting of its Television Committee will take place by conference call on Wednesday (Feb. 11). The committee was tasked last year with investigating the feasibility of a national broadcast campaign and delivering recommendations to the USTA Board of Directors upon completion. The harness racing group most recently met in late October. The committee is chaired by Dan Leary, the USTA's director of marketing and communications, and is composed of members Ivan Axelrod (USTA chairman of the board), Alex Dadoyan (Standardbred Owners Association of New York), Kevin Decker (The Meadows), Moira Fanning (Hambletonian Society), Sam McKee (Meadowlands), Chris Schick (Cal Expo), and Mike Tanner (USTA executive vice president). USTA President Phil Langley believes that the committee should and will be aggressive and open-minded in investigating various options that would increase harness racing's visibility. "Obviously, there are financial challenges that preclude the USTA from funding on its own a multi-race, national schedule of televised race broadcasts," said Langley. "The money just isn't there to do what The Jockey Club has sponsored for the past few years. "But all of the new research out there indicates that more people, especially the younger ones the sport would love to attract, are getting their news and entertainment via online platforms. I think that there's a real possibility there, from both a cost and exposure standpoint. It's like hockey. You don't go to where the puck was. You play where the puck is going." Nonetheless, Langley quickly points out that the USTA has funding available to assist those member racetracks that plan to televise their biggest, most prestigious races. "We, along with several other industry groups and individuals, gave money to the Meadowlands for the past several years to get the Hambletonian on television and plan to do the same in 2015. We also sent $25,000 to the Little Brown Jug last year that helped fund that race's live broadcast. But our executive committee also approved a budget line item that would have the USTA provide partial funding for other races, too. We would love to help racetracks help themselves in enabling top events like the International Trot, Meadowlands Pace, Dan Patch Invitational, or Kentucky Futurity, for example, to be broadcast." Langley asks that all such applications be received at the USTA offices by the end of February so that proper consideration of each request can be given in advance of discussion at the annual USTA Board of Directors meeting, which will take place this year from March 14-16 at the Hilton Columbus Easton hotel in Columbus, Ohio. All requests should contain details concerning the promotion of each respective broadcast, including any advertising, additional sponsors, and/or social media tie-ins. from the USTA Communications Department  

Columbus, OH --- Among the more positive news for harness racing as it moves into 2015 are the year-end results of the cross-industry social media marketing initiative sponsored primarily by the U.S. Trotting Association in partnership with 13 tracks and other key partners, including the Hambletonian Society and the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Circuit and social media consultancy, Converseon. The 2014 initiative was designed as a critical first step in what is hoped to be a multi-year effort to rebuild the brand of harness racing and introduce it to new fans, owners and sponsors. The goals in 2014 were to first establish a solid foundation and online social presence that can then be leveraged and scaled more broadly across tracks and regions over time. This required the development of key digital assets to positively position the sport among key audiences, the creation of new content "shareable" content assets, and the facilitation of increased partnerships among the sport's different constituencies. The results of the effort met or exceeded all goals and has now set the stage for more advanced strategies in 2015 that will build on the momentum and focus increasingly on improving the product experience through digital technologies, increasing product and content distribution, acquiring new owners and continuing to build interest among current and new fans. Specific highlights include: The Harness Racing FanZone (http://harnessracingfanzone.com/), launched in March 2014, has become the sport's primary fan-oriented venue with more than 25,000 new and current fans "liking" the site on Facebook and sharing with their combined network of approximately 3.7 million friends and followers. A new mobile-friendly version of the site was launched in December to better meet the needs of mobile users (which accounts for approximately 70 percent of visitors). The Harness Racing Ambassador Program (http://www.harnessracingambassadors.com/), which allows fans to gain access to special rewards in return for helping to spread the word about the sport, attracted more than 1,800 Ambassadors in its first year, triple the target goal. New social media video assets, such as "This is Harness Racing" (http://youtu.be/UbyiJm2kYOA) and "Because It's The Jug" reached more than 945,000 people. The new digital assets were successfully applied to sponsorship support for Fazoli's investment in The Little Brown Jug, which can be now used as a model for other sponsorship support. Thirteen different tracks participated in the initial effort, setting the stage for greater partnership in 201 In addition to Facebook, the effort has generated strong growth in other key social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Online social media conversation doubled overall from 2013 and key year end  Overall, the efforts connected the sport to more than 16 million people, many of them new fans who otherwise would not have had key exposure to the sport. "By every measure, the Social Media Marketing Initiative met or exceeded all key goals in 2014 and laid a solid foundation for growth," said Mike Tanner, executive vice president and CEO of the USTA. "As other major sports have noted consistently, social media strategies are central to growth and connections, especially with a new generation of fans. My staff and I look forward to presenting a proposal at the USTA Board of Directors meeting in March that would see the continuation of the program." "Harness racing now has 'major league' digital assets in place and a strong social presence that can now be scaled and leveraged to new audiences," said Rob Key, CEO of Converseon. "But this is just the beginning. The next level of strategy provides us an opportunity to leverage these digital and social technologies to build on top of this foundation to drive even greater results in the coming year. But it's going to take even deeper industry collaboration and perseverance to make the long-term impact necessary. We thank our partners involved in this effort and look forward to even deeper integration as we move ahead." As other sports, like the National Hockey League, have noted, social media marketing has become the critical center of gravity for driving exposure, awareness and participation, and is increasingly becoming integrated across other marketing efforts such as television, radio and direct marketing activities. To help set the stage for 2015, the initiative concluded the year with a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive market research study conducted among current and potential fans to help form the next marketing strategies. The results of the study will be released at a later date. from the USTA Communications Department

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