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CUMBERLAND, ME - First Tracks Investments LLC operator of Cumberland is proud to introduce a pair of harness racing daily low takeout wagers. Both the Pick-5 and Pick-4 wagers will have a 16% reduced takeout. The Pick-5 is contested on races 1 through 5 and the Pick-4 races 6 through 9. Both wagers are available for a $0.50 denomination. Cumberland is now available throughout North America and on most account wagering platforms. Racing is conducted Tuesday and Saturday at 4:15 p.m., with a special upcoming Wednesday program May 12th. For more information, go to our website firsttrackscumberland.com by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

CUMBERLAND, ME - The entry box is open for the Saturday, May 8, opening day for the harness racing meet at First Tracks Cumberland. Declarations close on Wed., May 5 at 9 a.m. In addition, Cumberland Race Secretary Marc Reynolds has posted the condition sheets for a second round of qualifiers (Sat., May 8), to be held at 3 p.m. Throughout the Spring/Summer race meet, first post for pari-mutuel harness racing will be 4:15 pm. There will also be a double draw on Sunday, May 9 for the next two Southern Maine race dates, Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12. As always, the condition sheets are available on the USTA's website: http://horsemen.ustrotting.com/conditions/index.cfm Horsemen are reminded that they must complete and submit a racing application before entering or racing at Cumberland. The form is available at the following link: https://firsttrackscumberland.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Racing-Application-FirstTracksCumberland-web.pdf by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

The first qualifiers at First Tracks Cumberland on Saturday morning (May 1) advanced nearly twenty additional horses for the new era of Southern Maine harness racing. Under sunny skies "catch-drive" announcer Mike Cushing called the action for a total of five races, to the delight of dozens of fans and spectators that lined the outside fence of the iconic Cumberland oval. The first race of the day went to classy campaigner Hoboken Hanover p,4,1:50.4f ($421,746). Owned, trained and driven by Charles Eaton III, the 14-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark has 69 lifetime victories to his credit. Racing Secretary Marc Reynolds was extremely happy with today's events. "I could feel a genuine sense of excitement amongst the horsemen and staff." "Our track crew has done a fantastic job with the racing surface itself. Anyone that was able to tune in to watch would have been impressed with the quality and clarity of the signal. To me, this is a clear indicator of the level of commitment brought by First Tracks in providing a quality racing product." Fastest mile of the day went to Plus One p,1:50.4f ($113,378), a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere. He was driven to a 2:01.1h solo victory by his owner Joseph Burke for trainer Robert Marston. On the trotting side, the quickest of the day was a 3-year-old Muscle Hill filly named Mee Too Baby 2,1:58.f ($41,720). Owned and bred by long-time Maine racing icon Thomas Dillion, she tripped the teletimer in 2:05h with driver Matthew Athearn for trainer Gretchen Athearn. Clearly a promising day for the future of Maine harness racing, First Tracks Investments LLC eagerly anticipates their opening day card, Saturday, May 8th with a 4:15 pm post time at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. Qualifiers will also be held on opening day, Saturday, May 8th at 3 p.m., before the start of the pari-mutuel card. More information about attendance for opening day will be posted on our website: https://firsttrackscumberland.com when it becomes available. For full race results, click here. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland  

CUMBERLAND, ME -- In preparation for the inaugural First Tracks meeting at Cumberland, the harness racing qualifiers will be held Saturday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. Horseman and fans can view the qualifiers on the Race Track Network channel 9749, or select 'Cumberland Fair' on the HD streaming platform's Simulcast Schedule. The Cumberland 56-day meet gets underway on Saturday, May 8 with a 4:15 p.m. post time. The draw for opening day is Wednesday, May 5. Horsemen must declare their entries by 9:00 a.m. This year marks the 153rd season of live harness racing at the Cumberland Fairgrounds in Southern Maine. For more information, check out the track's website: firsttrackscumberland.com by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

CUMBERLAND, ME – When First Tracks Cumberland presiding judge Charles Malia first started racing horses there were 17 racetracks in New England. “I got my start with the Thoroughbreds as a hot walker, then a groom and exercise rider,” noted the retired school teacher.  “In those days there was a lot of opportunity for young people to get into the sport.” When Scarborough Downs closed for the runners around 1969 he raced for another decade at Suffolk and Rockingham. Malia said, “I took on project horses.  When others were having difficulty getting one to run, I would buy them and get them turned around.” By the mid-1980s, much of the flat tracks had evaporated so he made the jump into harness. “I started as a fan at Scarborough and then bought my first harness horse pretty cheap.  Her name was Race Me Victoria, a Maine-bred mare who turned into an open pacer.  We had a lot of fun.  She won 12 races the year we bought her,” Malia recalls. Following his retirement from scholastics in 1998, Malia started hanging around the race office at Scarborough when Paul Verrette was a patrol judge.  From there he worked his way up the officiating ladder and was the Presiding Judge when Scarborough closed in 2020. Excited about the new era, Malia stated, “Maine racing has had a definite feel of insecurity for a period of time.  If things grow with the passion shown by First Tracks Cumberland, Maine horseman will have some security going forward that has been absent for a decade or more.” Associate Judge Christine Miller echoed those sentiments.  “I am looking forward to serving with First Tracks and this new venture, which will hopefully resurrect Maine harness racing.” Miller worked at Plainridge for six years as the Testing Barn Supervisor for the state of Massachusetts.  No stranger to the inner workings of the harness game, Miller jumped at the opportunity to attend the USTA’s Racing Officials Accreditation Program. “It was an immersive and comprehensive seven day course that was held at the Meadows in Pennsylvania in 2017.  Chip Hastings and T.C. Lane were excellent instructors and I left there with the confidence and the knowledge to pursue a second career as a racing official.” Not one to let her engines idle, Miller also works for a Thoroughbred owner providing marketing services and customer relations.  In addition, Miller and her husband (a third generation horse trainer) operate an Equestrian facility specializing in Hunter/Jumpers where they teach kids how to ride and train show horses. It was at Plainridge where Christine Miller met a gregarious fellow named Frank DuBreuil. Originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Frank DuBreuil knows just about everyone around New England and has ‘been around forever.’  Truth be told, Frank has been around harness racing for half a century.  He has been an owner, a trainer, a driver and a racing official. He rubbed his first horse at Foxboro in in the mid-70s, then bought one and shipped to Maine to race.  After several decades of racing horses he landed the position of paddock judge at Plainridge when they reopened in 1999, and held that job through 2015. A familiar face around New England, Frank works many of the fairs around the state of Maine as an associate judge, presiding judge and sometimes as the assistant racing secretary. Currently, DuBreuil works the back security gate at Plainridge on Monday, Thursday and Fridays, checking horses in on race days.  Soon, he will trek up I-95 to be the paddock judge at Cumberland on Tuesdays and Saturdays. DuBreuil knows that it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to put on a race card, but it also takes good people.  Just ask Mike Timmons, the former chairman of the Maine Harness Racing Commission. “Aside from the Trainers, Drivers and Caretakers, twenty different people are responsible for facilitating and executing all the necessary steps in getting a horse race to the gate when the starter says GO!” Having spent decades as the Director of Harness Racing at the Cumberland Fair, he has been instrumental in ensuring that the ‘show goes on.’  Currently, he is the vice president of the Maine Agricultural Association of Fairs, which oversees 26 fairs throughout the state.  He served as president of the Cumberland Fair for 16 years. When the first horses go behind the gate at First Tracks Cumberland, Timmons will start his new role at his old stomping grounds, that of a USTA accredited Associate Judge. Once voted the Maine High School Principal of the Year, after retiring from 47 years in education, Timmons moved to a place he first visited in 1953…The Cumberland Fairgrounds, where he now calls home. “I will have the shortest commute out of any of my colleagues, because I live right on the fairgrounds!” by Chris Tully, for First States Cumberland

CUMBERLAND, ME - First Tracks Cumberland racing secretary Marc Reynolds has posted the condition sheets for the first round of harness racing qualifiers (Sat., May 1) as well as for the Southern Maine track's opening day Saturday, May 8. Post time on the May 1st Derby Day qualifiers is set for 11:30 a.m. Throughout the Spring/Summer race meet, first post for pari-mutuel harness racing will be 4:15 pm. The condition sheets are available on the USTA's website: http://horsemen.ustrotting.com/conditions/index.cfm Horsemen are reminded that they must complete and submit a racing application before entering or racing at Cumberland. The form is available at the following link: https://firsttrackscumberland.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Racing-Application-FirstTracksCumberland-web.pdf   by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland    

CUMBERLAND, ME - Throughout a harness racing career that has spanned nearly five decades, Scott Ehrlich finds himself back where it all started: behind the microphone calling the action in Southern Maine at First Tracks Cumberland. Tapped as the new voice of First Tracks Cumberland, the self-taught handicapper and racing enthusiast said, "Things are 'looking up' when I am looking down from high atop the grandstand. It's where I have always loved to be." Somewhat of a familiar tone around the state of Maine, Ehrlich has been the back-up announcer at the popular Fryeburg Fair for the last ten years. But Ehrlich is no stranger to the announcer's booth having been the primary race caller over the years at Cal Expo, Balmoral and Maywood. "Much of my early success I owe to Phil Langley, who advocated for me with Billy Johnston and got me into his tracks to announce full time," Ehrlich remembers fondly. "I grew up in Chicago so it was a great honor work at these prestigious raceways." He has also provided backup at tracks throughout the Northeast and Midwest. It was at Quad City Downs where he got his first big break, calling those races from the late 80s to the mid-90s. The knowledgeable and affable Ehrlich will also provide live pre-race analysis as well as racing recap publicity for this new era in Maine harness competition. While Scott is looking forward to his role as the on-air handicapper, he exclaims that he is no 'average Joe,' "I like to provide insight that you won't see in the program...trip notes, time adjustments, etc." "From me, you won't see the generic stuff. Not only will you get my picks, but you get why." Ehrlich calls upon his wide range of experiences when working in the industry. Not only are his tip-sheets sought after, but in some instances he has outfitted the horses that he picks! "I realized that a niche needed to be filled so I started and now am proud to be in my fifth year as owner/operator of Expo Tack shop, serving horsemen and women with horse equipment on the backstretch of Cal Expo," stated Ehrlich. n addition, he also owns a few horses. Scott says that, "Since I watch/called what seems like a million races, you get to know what each horse likes/dislikes. Additionally, you become well aware of the trainers and their abilities, not to mention the drivers, as well as little things like current race-bikes, to not so current." "And when a horse I see might be racing for a low percentage trainer, and/or driver, and perhaps on a smaller track that doesn't fit their style, that's when I'll buy or claim a horse, who almost assuredly is a closer. You'll never see me acquire a horse from a top stable that uses a high percentage driver. What advantage is that? I've always tried to buy them fairly cheap, and turn them into something good. I'm lucky that it has happened a few times." So what else does a guy do that wears several hats in an industry that is spread out from coast-to-coast? "Time with family of course," Ehrlich adds. "When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my wife Lisa of 25 years, my three children and two grandchildren." To watch one of Scott Ehrlich's favorite race calls, the 2004 Dan Patch from Balmoral Park, click here. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

First Tracks Investments LLC, the new operator of Southern Maine harness racing at Cumberland will hold their first qualifying races on Saturday, May 1st at 11:30 a.m. at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. Racing Secretary Marc Reynolds stated, "We are putting the finishing touches on our condition sheet, which will be available on the USTA's Online Entry website shortly." A complete list of contacts and other horsemen's information will soon be made available on our website: https://firsttrackscumberland.com Qualifiers will also be held on opening day, Saturday, May 8th at 3 p.m., before the start of the pari-mutuel card. Drivers are required to be in full colors for qualifying at Cumberland. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland

CUMBERLAND, ME -- Marc Reynolds has owned harness racing horses for thirty years and intends to bring that passion and knowledge of Standardbreds into the fledgling race office at First Tracks Cumberland. Reynolds was hired as the new Racing Secretary for the upcoming race meet and the Maine native couldn't be happier. "I have always loved the harness racing in Maine. I grew up in the Bangor area and I often attended the live racing cards at the Bass Park Facility. In addition I spent much time (with my Dad) on the road travelling to all of Maine's agricultural fair tracks." Reynolds continued, "I enjoyed it so much that I bought in on my first horse when I was just 18. From that point on I was bitten by the bug." That bug's name was Sid's Champ, a gelding by Allwin Steady that was racing in $2,000 claimers at the Skowhegan Fair From that point Marc continued to improve his stock while simultaneously working in the auto industry. Later, Reynolds spent over a decade working as a mortgage professional. "Eleven years ago I went to the annual Harrisburg Standardbred horse sale and met Mark Weaver [Burke Brigade]" Reynolds explained, "We quickly hit it off and started talking about racehorses and private sales. That conversation turned into several horses being bought and sold between us and an eventual friendship. A few years later I decided to start working full time as a self-employed bloodstock agent." The 47-year-old now calls Saratoga Springs his new hometown. "I moved to the Spa so I could be closer to my racehorses, and just fell in love with the area and met my soon-to-be wife." But the call of the racetrack didn't stop there. From 2014 through 2016 Marc Reynolds wore a variety of hats at Bangor Raceway under the tutelage of Racing Secretary Fred Nichols. He stepped into a role as 'fill-in' announcer, as well as helping out around the race office. That experience served him well as Reynolds aims to bring his appetite for harness racing back to Maine. "I want to incentivize horse ownership in the state of Maine. The Cumberland Track really injects some new life into the sport in Maine and I am committed to helping the race office become part of that renaissance." Harness racing passion really does start at the fairs. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland  

CUMBERLAND, ME - With the 153rd season of harness racing at the iconic Cumberland Fairgrounds kicking off Saturday, May 8th the Cumberland, Maine harness track has launched a new website and social media page on Facebook. First Tracks Cumberland has secured 56 racing dates for 2021 with the Spring/Summer cards set for a post time of 4:15 pm (EDT). A full calendar can be found at https://firsttrackscumberland.com/racing-info/ Live harness racing will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays through July 31. First Tracks Cumberland collaborated with Bangor in the North and Plainridge in the South to ensure that horsemen had seamless racing opportunities with no overlap. Racing starts back in November for the Winter Festival, post time 11 a.m. for three, and sometimes four days per week, through December 31. Be sure to follow First Tracks Cumberland on Facebook @FirstTracksCumberland for all the racing previews, staff profiles and updated information. by Chris Tully, for First Tracks Cumberland  

Lima, OH - Royally-bred, multiple harness racing stakes winner Muscle Diamond 2,1:53.4; 3,1:53.2f; 1:50.1 ($834,424) has enjoyed robust stallion interest which has resulted in his book now full and closed for the 2021 breeding season, in his first season at stud. The fastest male trotter ever sired by the incomparable Muscle Hill, he is from the World Champion mare Windylane Hanover 3,1:53 ($1,155,231), and stood his first season this year for a stud fee of $4,000 at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio. "We want to be fair to all of our customers and truly appreciate the tremendous support the Ohio Breeders have shown Muscle Diamond this year," stated farm manager Randy Haines. "In concert with the stallion's owners we have made a decision to hold firm on the bookings we have already received. Subsequently, we have chosen to not accept any further bookings at this time." Haines added, "We look forward to the possibility of accommodating a greater number of mares next season." A fast and ultra-consistent performer, Muscle Diamond was 55 times 1-2-3 in 70 lifetime starts with 20 wins. At age six, when he took his 1:50.1 record at The Meadowlands, he won 7 of his 13 seasonal starts, which also included the prestigious Vincennes Trot on Hambletonian Day, defeating some of the top trotters of the day like Pinkman and Obrigado. For more information contact Cool Winds Farm at 419-227-2665 or 419-234-6772. by Chris Tully, for Cool Winds Farm    

Rock Hill, NY - The nearly $15,000 proceeds from the sale of seasonal breedings sold January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands are being distributed to various Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC donated the breedings to help jump-start the aftercare programs that are always in need of supplies and revenue. "It is a hard message to get across, but these breedings are a great stepping stone toward raising awareness and providing much-needed funding to these aftercare facilities," noted Michelle Crawford. Although funding for aftercare programs is generated across a wide spectrum of the Standardbred industry, including regulatory agencies, horsemen's groups, tracks, sales companies, farms, and individuals who participate as trainers, drivers, owners and breeders, this could be one of the largest single-source fundraising efforts of the year. "We can't say 'Thank You' enough to the Tattersalls Sales Company, David Reid and Preferred Equine Marketing for their continued support for our aftercare initiatives." Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. With the addition of COVID-19 challenges impacting every facet of the industry, it has become even more difficult to find rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming for retired racehorses. With thousands of Standardbreds withdrawn from racing duties annually, the need for aftercare continues to grow. To learn more about aftercare and organizations in-need, go to the Standardbred Transition Alliance: https://www.standardbredtransition.org/ by Chris Tully, for Crawford Farms

ROCK HILL, NY -- In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the million dollar winning swift son of American Ideal, begins his third season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York. His stud fee remains at $2,500. Featured on the STARS stallion showcase, pedigree and booking information can be found on the US Trotting website by clicking this link. Returning breeders from 2020, whose mares produced a live foal in 2021 by In The Arsenal, will be eligible to book the same mare, or another mare, at a discounted rate of $2,000. In fact, many savvy broodmare owners have returned for a second and third year to In The Arsenal. "They like his foals," noted Leatherstocking breeding manager Dave Hanson. "We are already booking many repeat mares. The horse is put together well and he passes that on to his offspring. We have some good individuals on the ground and they are nice to be around. Plus, they look the part. Other breeders around the state are having the same experience, they like what they see." In The Arsenal earned $1,035,898 racing against some of the fastest pacers on the planet, capturing 18 wins lifetime, finding victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Well-known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his 2-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Chester, and the Matron at Dover. This was followed by a brutal ten-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3, 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going. In The Arsenal was then immersed in one of the toughest group of 3-year-old pacing colts in recent memory. Not only was he born the same year as 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but In The Arsenal also competed against Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak, Dude's The Man, Lost For Words, Dealt A Winner and Wakizashi Hanover. In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts winning his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter. From the multiple stakes winning mare LADYOTRA p,2,1:53.2 ($115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners. For more information regarding bookings and breedings, contact David Hanson at the Leatherstocking Equine Group, New Berlin, NY. Email: dhanson@leatherstockingvet.com or call: 607-847-9996. Be sure to ask if your mares qualify for significant quantity and special situation discounts. Chris Tully

Rock Hill, NY - Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the harness racing sport's most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the aftercare programs that are in constant need of revenue and supplies throughout the year. "There is always a shortage of essential feed and care at the many aftercare facilities around the country. We thought that it was important to show our continued support for the retired equine athletes and to help lead the charge in establishing a consistent revenue stream that will help offset the ever-growing number of horses that are in transition," noted Michelle Crawford. "These horses give us their all...we should all ensure that they can live out their remaining lives with dignity!" Providing a safe and secure future for Standardbreds when their racing days are over is no easy task. The Crawford's have recognized this plight and have entered the following eleven stallion breedings in the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands: American Ideal (NY) p,3,1:47.4 ($786,055). World Champion. Sire of 63 in 1:50 and earners of over $111 million. Crazy Wow (KY) 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143). World Champion. Oldest foals are now yearlings. Now standing in Kentucky. Devious Man (NY)(3) 3,1:52.2 ($1,338,677). Oldest foals are now 2. Multiple stakes winner, second in Hambletonian. Racing Hill (OH)(2) p,3,1:48 ($1,727,692). From his first crop of racing age, sire of 10 in 1:55. Oldest foals are now 3. Roll With Joe (NY)(3) p,3,1:48.2 ($1,805,102). Sire of 17 in 1:50 and earners of over $26 million. Swandre The Giant (IN) 3,1:51.3 ($655.368). 2-time Indiana Super Final champion. First season at Stud. The full sale catalog is now available for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale and can be downloaded now at tattersallsredmile.com or on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   January 10, 2021 - by Chris Tully for Crawford Farms  

Rock Hill, NY - Multiple harness racing stakes winner and Indiana Super Final champion Swandre The Giant will stand his first season at Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne, Indiana for an introductory stud fee of $3,500. Swandre The Giant 2,1:54.3; 3,1:51.3 ($655,368), the fastest 3-year-old son of Swan For All returns home to Indiana where he won multiple Sire Stakes Finals and the Super Final at age 3. Swandre The Giant took his 1:51.3 record in the Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands defeating 2019 Hambletonian elimination winner Green Manalishi S. Stallion owner Crawford Farms noted their excitement in returning Swandre The Giant to his Hoosier State roots for the 2021 breeding season. "Al and I see tremendous opportunity in the Indiana program and feel that the state will benefit from having a son of Swan For All to carry the torch for future generations. Through his limited book to attractive mares, we know that his colts and fillies will make a big splash at Hoosier Park and beyond," noted Michelle Crawford. Swandre The Giant was a perfect seven-for-seven at age 2 while in the stable of trainer Brandon Bates, who had also been driving the fast son of Swan For All. Three of his victories--including his 2-year-old record of 1:54.2 which was just two-fifths off the track record--have come in Indiana Sire Stakes finals. Bates stated, "Swandre was the most professional, classiest and willing 2-year-old I've ever had the opportunity to put my hands on. His desire to work and race was unmatched. He possessed pure speed and a nearly flawless gait." Swandre The Giant finished his 2-year-old campaign with 9 wins in 12 starts. In 2019, at age 3 he raced against, and defeated some of the best horses in his division and was first or second in 10 of 16 starts and earned over $400,000. Aside from his Dancer and Indiana Super Final victories, he was second in the $81,500 Reynolds at the Meadowlands from post 11 and hit the board in the $500,000 Beal final at Pocono and the $185,000 Good Times at Mohawk. He missed racing in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian final by just a whisker, finishing sixth in his elimination race after being parked every step of the way. Back just 2 ½ lengths from elim. winner Green Manalishi S at the finish, he continued gamely right to the wire, gaining ground from the head of the stretch and posting a last quarter in :27.3. Swandre The Giant was race timed in 1:51. Swandre The Giant is by Indiana's leading trotting sire Swan For All, who has sired the earners of nearly $30 million, including 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. From the Valley Victor mare Adagio, who was a $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes Final champion at age 3, she finished her career with $216,330 in earnings and a mark of 1:57. She is a half-sister to 4 in 1:59 or faster, including Nureyev 4,1:54.3 ($3391,624) and Capt Serious 1:55.4f ($204,750). For more information, or to book your mare, contact Schwartz Boarding Farm at 260-589-2037. Chris Tully

Continuing a tradition that has endured for more than half a century, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual donations to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and to the neighboring Goshen Historic Track.The total amount was $6,000. Track president Steve Jones met with chapter president Chris Tully at the recently concluded Standardbred Horse Sale. Jones stated, "We truly appreciate the consistent and generous support of our local harness racing writers. They help us to continue to operate during these difficult and unprecedented times. We lost considerable revenue with the postponement of our regular Grand Circuit meet in July, so these funds could not have come at a more crucial time." Harness Museum president Max Hempt echoed those sentiments. The third generation horseman noted, "The Harness Racing Museum is fortunate to have such a dedicated group of writers that have consistently raised thousands of dollars annually on our behalf. Absent much of our primary fund-raising efforts this year, we are grateful that Monticello-Goshen Chapter had sufficient prudent reserve to continue their enduring doctrine of benevolence." Forced to postpone the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony until 2021, and coupled with New York's current pandemic restrictions, the Museum has remained closed through much of 2020. In addition, due to current social distancing requirements, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter will be unable to hold its 62nd annual awards banquet this year. The practice of raising money and donating funds to Historic Track and the Hall of Fame began in the mid-1970s with Monticello Raceway publicity icon John Manzi, and has continued ever since. Fortunately, due to the generosity of the chapter's past sponsors and advertisers, the writers were still able to give $3,000 each to the Harness Museum and to Goshen Historic Track, two separate and distinct entities which share the same hallowed ground and a united mission to preserve, protect and promote Harness Racing. by Chris Tully, for the Monti-Goshen USHWA  

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