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Daniel W. Camac, 83, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2020 in Florida where he and his wife, Flo, lived in retirement.   Camac was born in Dover, Delaware in 1936, attended Dover schools, later serving his country honorably in the U.S. Army. After his service, Camac became a Dover Police Officer. He was a graduate of the F.B.I. Academy and later was a supervisor with the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles overseeing offices in all three Delaware counties. Camac was a longstanding member of the United States Trotting Association as an owner, trainer, driver and breeder managing the family stable with his wife on their farm in Magnolia, Delaware. Camac was very active in horsemen's politics and served as a Director on the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association (C.S.O.A.), later leaving Cloverleaf with other Delaware Directors on C.S.O.A.'s Board to establish the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (D.S.O.A.) in 1997.   Camac was a Director on the D.S.O.A. Board for several terms before retiring, later he was honored as D.S.O.A.'s second ever Director Emeritus. As one of the founding Directors of D.S.O.A., Camac was part of a core group of Directors who established D.S.O.A. as the voice for Delaware harness horsemen and women. Among the many programs Camac and the core group established were a horsemen's pension plan that is now in its 20th year, and comprehensive and affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurance programs including supplemental Medicare coverage and Worker's Compensation coverage. Camac was also very active in helping to elevate Delaware horsemen's profile in the General Assembly, hand picking and hiring their first lobbyist who still works for D.S.O.A. today. He worked tirelessly throughout his life to promote harness racing, racing integrity and equitable oversight of the industry.   Camac is survived by his wife Flo and two sons Scott And Daniel (D.W.).Dan Camac will be greatly missed by the Delaware harness racing community.  

The “Friends of Maryland Standardbreds” is more than just a Facebook page helping promote the harness racing industry in Maryland as they are hosting a special “Evening at the Races” on Saturday, April 12 at Rosecroft Raceway. The special evening will not just feature a buffet meal and a great night of live racing action but also guest speakers and networking opportunity to help promote the industry. The “Friends of Maryland Standardbreds” is led by Clarissa Coughlin and along with the Maryland Horse Council and Rosecroft Raceway, are coordinating this special evening at the track. “This was such a successful event last year that we wanted to do it again once Rosecroft Raceway reopened,” said Coughlin. “Our special guests that will be attending and some will be speaking include  Ted Black, sports reporter for the Gazette and president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association and he will handicap the first four races on the card for everyone in attendance; Helene Gregory and Jennifer Conner from RUS (Racing Under Saddle); Karen Craft from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and Director of Facilities for Harrington Raceway; Julia Jesu from Close-Up Show Stables and Tom Cooke from the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association.” The event starts on Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 pm and the price of a ticket includes the buffet dinner. Ticket cost is $50 per person and the ticket price includes a one-year membership in MHC. If you are already a member of the MHC, tickets are just $35 each. Tickets can be ordered online at www.eventbrite.com/e/mhc-evening-at-the-races-tickets-10924919729. The “Friends of Maryland Standardbreds” will be hosting the upcoming Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) Day Camp and a  fundraiser for HHYF that evening during live racing at the track at Ocean Downs on Friday, June 27. Racing Under Saddle (RUS) will also be at Ocean Downs on Sunday, July 13. FOMS is currently requesting sponsors for the RUS event. There will be no pari-mutuel racing but through sponsorships will be able to offer a purse for RUS. “We want to encourage anyone who loves harness racing to please support us and come to our “Evening at the Races,” Coughlin said. “It will be a fun night, a chance to meet some great people in the industry and you will be helping to promote harness racing in Maryland.” For more information, please contact Clarissa Coughlin via email at clarissacoughlin@gmail.com or by calling 410.703.1316. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Harness Horsemen International continued their Annual Meetings on March 4 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Horsemen’s representatives from ten associations, including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania HHA, SBOA of New Jersey and Kentucky HHA were in attendance.   T.C. Lane of the USTA offered the audience a first look at the new online entry system for horsemen, to be launched in the near future. Any USTA member will be able to access this user-friendly system, Lane stressed, which allows trainers to enter their horses at various racetracks via the Internet, free of charge.     Association reports continued, followed by HHI committee meetings. The Insurance Committee discussed current HHI coverage, including liability, fire, and disaster, and pending cases which could affect the horse industry, as well as possible changes in policies.   Instant racing in Kentucky and sports wagering in New Jersey were topics cited by the Legal Committee. The HHI Scholarship Foundation Committee passed a motion to use a universal scholarship application for all horsemen’s association scholarships, in order to simplify the process for applicants. A proposal by the HHI Convention Committee, to return to this same meeting place in 2015, will be voted on in the Wednesday General Session.   The March 5 meetings will begin with elections and a panel discussion entitled “I Can’t Believe This is Happening,” which will examine critical issues facing Standardbred horsemen, followed by the HHI Awards Luncheon.   The HHI Annual Meetings will conclude with a farewell breakfast on Thursday, March 6.   HHI is comprised of horsemen’s associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI’s governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   by Kim Rinker, for HHI

Temple Hills, MD --- Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association and Rosecroft Raceway will be holding a fundraiser for Anthony Coletta on Saturday (Dec. 7) at Rosecroft Raceway. This tragedy is a reminder to all of us, that while we are competitors we are also a community. And as a community we must all do what we can. We know that many of our drivers and trainers have already given, but we wanted to show that the State of Maryland’s harness racing industry is behind Anthony Coletta. Drivers, trainers and owners that would like to donate a portion of their earnings from this Saturday night are asked to please contact Sharon Roberts, or Gina Maybee, at 301.567.9636. by Gina Maybee for Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association

Temple Hills, MD --- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed longtime Maryland horsewoman and Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association board member Tammy Lafferty to a position on the Maryland Racing Commission. Mrs. Lafferty brings extensive Standardbred experience to the MRC and will be a valued asset on that governing body. Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association President Tom Cooke stated, “Tammy Lafferty will be an outstanding member and valued addition to the Maryland Racing Commission. Her depth of experience as a horseman, board member of Cloverleaf Owners Association and breeder will serve the industry well. She will be a strong advocate for the Standardbred horsemen on the MRC and the entire industry thanks Governor O’Malley.” Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association President Dan Myer said, “I thank Governor O’Malley on behalf of the Standardbred breeding industry for appointing Tammy Lafferty to the Maryland Racing Commission. Her knowledge and commitment to the Standardbred industry and our horsemen is tremendous. I look forward to working with her in the next four years.” Mrs. Lafferty’s first meeting as a member of the Maryland Racing Commission will be Tuesday (Nov. 19) and she will serve a four year term. From the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association

Fort Washington, MD --- Since reemerging from bankruptcy in 2011 under the direction of Penn National Gaming, Rosecroft Raceway has provided an economic kick start to Prince George’s County and the Maryland Standardbred industry. Since reopening in the fall of 2011 the focus at Rosecroft has been on directing racing opportunities and increasing purses towards Maryland horses and horsemen. Penn National Gaming has established a preference system benefitting Maryland horsemen racing at Rosecroft that provides for maximum opportunity for Maryland connected horses. Horses with a Maryland connection now enjoy a 100 percent entry preference at Rosecroft Raceway -- a first in the industry. This current race meet more than 80 percent of the purses earned have been directed to horses and horsemen under this Maryland preference system. Based on that success, Penn National, Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association, and the Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association have agreed to a contract extension that will guarantee live racing at Rosecroft through 2014 with extension options through 2016. All parties agreed that this was a very positive development for the Maryland Standardbred industry. All parties also agreed that it is critical for the long term survival of Rosecroft that a casino be authorized for Rosecroft Raceway. The decision by the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission on the location of the casino for Prince George’s County is expected in December. Penn National Gaming has pledged that 100 percent of its profits will be directed to both the new Prince George’s County Hospital satellite neighborhood health care system and a new supplemental retirement plan for Prince George’s County educators. “The hardworking horsemen are very grateful to Penn National for their ongoing commitment to the Maryland Standardbred industry and for their innovative plan to help the residents of Prince George’s County. Rosecroft is the cornerstone of our industry and we are pleased that Penn National understands our importance to Maryland and has worked with us to save an industry that spans generations of families in the state,” said Thomas Cooke, President of the CSOA. “The continued operation of Rosecroft and Penn National’s commitment to Maryland are evidenced by the preferences and this contract extension to insure live racing continues. Penn National has been a very good partner in its relationship with the horsemen and women and we enthusiastically support a casino at Rosecroft. I hope the Selection Commission will keep the families who earn their living from harness racing in mind when they make their decision.” The Standardbred industry supports more than 1,600 direct jobs, has more than $66 million in assets committed in Maryland and protects more than 18,000 acres of green space in Maryland. MSBA President Dan Myer commented, “Successful overnight racing is the key to establishing a revitalized breeding industry in Maryland. Our horsemen need a place to race their horses and we appreciate Penn National’s commitment to Maryland Standardbred racing as a whole. This contract extension to preserve live racing and new contract for the MSBA is greatly appreciated. “As happy as we are about both contracts we all recognize the importance of a casino being based at Rosecroft. The long term survival of the Standardbred industry rests with the decision of the Commission and I hope the Commission members will consider the economic value of our industry as they consider the proposals before them. Only one proposal will save existing jobs and the harness racing industry in this state for the long term.” ”Penn National has enjoyed a good collaborative working relationship with CSOA and MSBA and these extensions will help us continue to rebuild the racing program at Rosecroft to benefit the industry and the state. Penn National Gaming has put forth the best casino plan to benefit Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland and the horse racing industry,” said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. Submitted by Penn National Gaming

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