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East Rutherford, NJ --- There were two fillies alone at the wire and it took a photo to determine that Broadway Donna was the winner by a nose in the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. The race was formerly known as the Merrie Annabelle and was renamed this year for the late Hall of Fame trainer who made The Meadowlands his home base. Broadway Donna was driven by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms. Her sire, Donato Hanover is a Hambletonian winner and her dam, Broadway Schooner is a Hambletonian Oaks winner. The caretaker of Broadway Donna is Walter Teat, who also cared for Broadway Schooner and her dam, Pine Schooner. The 1-9 favorite, Broadway Donna raced off the pace set by early leaders Kathy Parker (Johnny Takter) and Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras). They hit the quarter-mile mark in :27.3. Celebrity Eventsy (Brett Miller) made a break right around the quarter-mile marker, which put some ground behind those leaders and the rest of the field. Broadway Donna rushed up to the lead just past the :56.4 half-mile marker and was still on top at the 1:25 three-quarters. As they turned for home, Kathy Parker and Johnny Takter had room to make up ground along the rail and they moved alongside Broadway Donna for the final strides to the wire. Broadway Donna held off that late charge for the win by a nose in 1:54.2. Sunset Glider finished third. The victory was Broadway Donna's sixth straight to begin her career. She has purse earnings of $274,941. “He (the late Jim Doherty) was a very good friend and a great horseman,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “He was a gentleman. If you bumped into him 10 times in a day he would say hello to you 10 times. For me, when I first came to the Meadowlands, he was someone I looked up to. He had a powerful stable and he knew how to do things right and he continued that right on to the end. He was a first-class man. I’m glad I got to know him the way I did. “She (Broadway Donna) fought off the horse (Kathy Parker) that was coming on hard on the inside. She’s done everything we’ve asked of her. That was her sixth start today. She did it easier last week, but she dug in when she had to and got the job done. That’s the main thing.” Broadway Donna by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win were the winners Saturday night of the two $35,000 elimination races to determine starters in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, to be held at The Meadowlands on August 8. The Oaks is the filly companion race to the $1 million Hambletonian. Both the Hambletonian and Oaks will be shown live on CBS Sports Network from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Post positions will be drawn on Monday afternoon at a press conference at the track. The winners of each elimination will draw for posts 1 through 5. Lock Down Lindy (Tim Tetrick) locked in her spot in the final of the Oaks with a two length win in the first elimination race. Content to let Bright Baby Blues (David Miller) and then Gatka Hanover (Yannick Gingras) set the early pace, with Gatka hitting the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :55.1, Lock Down Lindy sprinted to the front of the pack just past the half. The daughter of Lucky Chucky grabbed the lead with authority and held it through the 1:23.3 three quarters. She trotted strong to the wire with all others giving futile chase, though Wild Honey (Jimmy Takter) put on a rally late in the race to be second, with Bright Baby Blues behind her. Lock Down Lindy is trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Mystical Marker Farm, Crawford Partners, Joe Sbrocco and In the Gym Partners. "I had a lot of confidence in this mare and it hasn't really worked out, a lot of bad spots and some mistakes here and there, mostly mine," said winning driver Tim Tetrick. "She showed tonight the talent she does have. I was hoping I could follow Takter's mare (Wild Honey) all the way up there but somehow she got to drop in the three hole. "I just went up for the lead and after that, it was over. Any time you get to compete in these races (Hambletonian and Oaks) is awesome, let alone win them, and I've gotten to drive some great horses that put me in the winner's circle in those races. "It's a wide open race, the way she raced in here tonight, they're definitely going to be looking for her. She won't be dismissed quite as much; she's always had the talent. She just hasn't always been able to put it together." The last two Oaks spots in that race went to fourth place finisher Lady Winona and fifth place Smokinmombo. Lock Down Lindy In the second elimination, Spirit To Win turned on the afterburners in the last sixteenth of a mile, with driver Brett Miller's hands in his lap all the way to the finish line in 1:52.2 to win by two lengths. Spirit To Win is trained by Dustin Jones and owned by Frederick Hertrich III and Noblock Racing Stable. Spirit To Win flirted with the lead off the starting gate, but Rules Of The Road (Corey Callahan) got to the quarter first in :28 before Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) took over that spot with a quick move to the top. They held that spot to the :56.2 half with Rules Of The Road tucked in behind. Spirit To Win, meanwhile, was working her way to the top on the outside, all the way to the head of the stretch. After idling on the outside alongside leader Livininthefastlane for a few strides at the 1:24.4 three quarters, Brett Miller gave the daughter of Donato Hanover the mildest of urging and off she went to the top for the win. Livininthefastlane (Andy Miller) was second, Sarcy (Johnny Takter) was third. Also earning spots in the final were fourth place finisher Rules Of The Road (Corey Callahan) and Speak To Me (Scott Zeron). "After last week (when she beat Mission Brief by a nose in the Del Miller Memorial), I had a lot of confidence in her," said Brett Miller. "When I landed where I landed (6th at the quarter), honestly, it didn't bother me. The way she felt, this filly, she acts like one of those horses who gives 100% and won't stop until she gets by them. There are a lot of nice fillies in here, she's going to have to show up next week and do her best." Spirit To Win Hambletonian Oaks Field: Bright Baby Blue Eyes Lady Winona Livininthefastlane Lock Down Lindy Rules Of The Road Sarcy Smokinmombo Speak To Me Spirit To Win Wild Honey $50,000 TVG OPEN TROT Flanagan Memory edged Natural Herbie by a nose to earn his first victory of the season in a 12-1 upset. The 5-year-old trained by co-owner Rene Dion and driven by Tim Tetrick paid $26.40 for his 12th career win in 43 starts. The exacta returned $174.60. Intimidate, 20-1, got third to complete a $2,423.60 trifecta The time was a lifetime best 1:51 4/5. $50,000 TVG OPEN PACE JK Endofanera ruled the featured pacing event of the night in wire to wire fashion, winning by a head over Doo Wop Hanover and State Treasure in 1:49. The win was the second of the season for the North America Cup winner. The first six finishers were separated by no more than one length. JK Endofanera is trained by Jimmy Takter for 3 Brothers Stables. Brett Miller was in the sulky. The winner returned $8.60 for the victory. PICK 5 CARRYOVER There were no winning tickets in the Pick 5 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. There will be a Pick 5 carryover into the Friday, August 7 program of $29,460.76. JACKPOT SUPER HI-5 CARRYOVER There were multiple winning tickets in the Jackpot Super Hi-5 on Saturday night. The wager will not be offered on Friday, August 7th and there will be a mandatory payout on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 8th with a carryover of $231,403. Ellen Harvey

The Goshen (NY) Yearling Sale, in conjunction with the US Trotting Association (USTA), will conduct a free, introductory seminar for those considering first time harness racing horse ownership on Saturday, September 12. The seminar, which will run from 11 to 3 pm, will cover the risks and rewards of horse ownership, the various ways to get started owning a horse, costs, shopping strategies and how to perform due diligence. The educational event will be held at the Mark Ford Training Center at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, New York. While the seminar will cover all kinds of horse ownership, including buying claimers and racehorses at public auction or private sale, there will be "hands on" instruction in conformation and pedigree, using yearlings offered in the sale, which will be held at noon the following day on Sunday, September 13. The USTA will provide a free subscription to Hoof Beats, along with a credit for Pathway, the online Standardbred information system. Lunch and educational materials will also be provided at no charge. For more information, or to sign up, contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Ellen Harvey          

They all had a clear shot at him, but none of the nine other pacers in the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace could get past Wiggle It Jiggleit, as his 24 year old harness racing driver Montrell Teague gave a fist pump and won by 1¾ lengths in 1:47.4 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Montrell's father, George and trained by Clyde Francis. Montrell is the youngest driver ever to win the classic race. The son of Mr. Wiggles started his career at The Meadowlands in the dead of the winter of 2015, racing in series and taking each in stride with progressively stronger performances. His solde loss was a second place finish to Wakizashi Hanover in the North America Cup, where he was second. The younger Teague wasted no time looking for the lead as he put his horse on top just past the :26 quarter mile mark. Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick), wearing four new aluminum shoes, was right out to challenge down the backstretch, with In The Arsenal (Brian Sears) tucked in along the rail. From the five eighths on, it was Wiggle It Jiggleit facing off on the inside with a persistent Wakizashi Hanover on his outside. Wakizashi Hanover kept at his wheel all the way down the stretch, only losing contact with about an eighth to go. Dude's The Man ( Corey Callahan) ranged up on the outside to get past Wakizashi for the second money in the final strides while Montrell Teague had Wiggle It Jiggleit on cruise control to the wire. "Couldn't be happier," said George Teague, who also trained and co-owned Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire, Mr. Wiggles. "This is pretty exciting, for me, anyway. I liked the way he got to the front. Once he cleared I felt pretty confident, really. I couldn't be prouder of my son, Montrell. He speaks for himself. He's doing a great job for the horse, as much as the horse is doing for him. This is what everyone dreams of in this business and I own him, too, it's not a bad deal." "I got stung to the quarter (in :26) but I thought we were going :25," said Montrell Teague. "I would have thought we were going :25 or :26, but I backed it down as much as I could and kept on backing it down. I knew he (Wakzashi Hanover and Tim Tetrick) was going to come very, very early. I thought I was still confident at the three quarters. We only went in :21 or something like that. I didn't even look at the teletimer when I passed it and it was :47.4. Every week I look forward to driving him and he keeps me tuned in to how good he is." Asked if he might be supplemented to the Cane Pace ( at The Meadowlands on August 8, Hambletonian day), Teague deferred to his father. "That's up to dad, he does all that work. Where ever he's goes, I'm going. He's the best horse I've ever driven. To drive for dad and have all my family here, it's unbelievable. When you look at a horse like that, going 48 and 49 every week, you've got to respect him." Ellen Harvey

Ron Waples will join the field for the Hall of Fame harness racing drivers race at Goshen Historic Track, the annual $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot, to be held Sunday (July 5). Post time is 1 p.m. Waples drove Park Avenue Joe in the 1989 Hambletonian dead heat race-off with Probe and driver Bill Fahy. He's also won nearly 7,000 races, including two Little Brown Jugs (Ralph Hanover-1983 and Fake Left-1992) along with $74.2 million in purse earnings. The slate for that race brings together a "Who's Who" of harness racing talent. John Campbell, David Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Dick Stillings, Jimmy Takter and Wally Hennessey will all compete that day. Ron Pierce, recovering from neck and back surgery this spring, is a possibility as he is nearing the end of his rehabilitation. His participation will be confirmed as the date draws closer. Collectively, the confirmed participants have won 13 Little Brown Jugs and 11 Hambletonians as trainers or drivers, along with nearly 52,000 races and $875 million in purse earnings. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry; their sons Elbridge and Peter will be on hand to present the trophy. After the race, the drivers will meet fans and autograph photos. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen; admission is $5 for adults (includes program) and children are free. For more information, go to or call 845.294.5333. The hashtag for this year's events is #harnessgoshen. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Cream Ridge, NJ --- After a day of unrelenting rain, skies cleared on Sunday afternoon (June 28) for the second annual open house at Fair Winds Farm, celebrating the month of the horse in New Jersey. About 350 guests, most of them with no connection or experience with horses, walked up the tree-lined lane, past fields of mares and foals, to the Cream Ridge farm for an afternoon of everything equine. Fair Wind's Mark Mullen invited several partners and exhibitors to open the doors to the farm and the horse world to the general public, with FFA members parking cars and exhibiting alongside Rutgers University Equine Science program, Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization, NJ Quarter Horse Association, NJ Farm Bureau and Monmouth County 4H, complete with real bunnies in baskets. Guests were treated to horse and wagon rides around the farm, a demonstration of what the well-dressed racehorse wears with Jacqueline Ingrassia and the very patient Cool Beans, who stood stock still, with ears up for photos and pats from children and adults getting their hands on a horse for the first time. Retired trotter Independent Act and owner Suzanne D'Ambrose walked throughout the crowd for hours, with "Indy" sampling grass and saying hello to curious children generous with scratches and pats. Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization members showed the crowd what Standardbreds can do off the track. Helene Gregory was there with Jambalayabar Man, Rob Pennington with Glissade and Worldclass Guy was ridden by Stephanie Jacobs. Nicole Bursac showed off the roan Styled N Misty, while Terry Keynton had Osborne's Shy Cam outfitted for trail riding. Farrier Tom Mulryne trimmed a horse with a crowd listening to his explanation of equine foot care. Dr. Patty Hogan opened up her clinic for the day, with three fully subscribed tours learning about diagnostic and surgical procedures, as well as seeing horses recovering from or preparing for orthopedic surgery. "It was a beautiful day and we had enthusiastic participation from many groups and a lot of non-horse people here, visiting Dr. Hogan's clinic, seeing all the demos," said Fair Winds' owner Mark Mullen. "People were very complimentary about the farm and all the horses and activities. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time." by Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA

An iconic print of Greyhound setting his historic time trial mark of 1:59.3/4 on July 16, 1937, reproduced from an oil by Richard Stone Reeves, will be offered for live auction on July 5 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. The print, numbered 34 of the original 1955 issue of 260, comes from the private collection of a Museum member, who has owned it since publication. A portion of auction proceeds will benefit the Museum's Restoration Fund. The image of Greyhound depicts him at Goshen Historic Track, driven by Sep Palin. The scene looks much the same now as it did in 1937, with the exception of a now-removed hub rail. The resulting time was the first under the 2:00 barrier on a half-mile track for a trotter. This rare print is in good condition with scattered foxing, and is matted and framed. The original oil by Reeves is in the Museum's collection and was presented as a gift to the founder, E. Roland Harriman, in July of 1955 by his friends Lawrence Sheppard, Elbridge T. Gerry Sr., Octave Blake, R.W. Hart, Walter Candler and Leo C. McNamara. Reeves, who painted more than 1,000 horses in his career, including most of the finest Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds of the latter half of the 20th century, was, in the words of the New York Times, "one of the premier equestrian artists in the world." His commissioned works were oil on canvas, "neo romantic in style" said the Times and reported, though never confirmed by Reeves, to start at $25,000. Reeves cites this image of Greyhound, trotting in an event that occurred in 1937, when he was a teenager, as the only horse of more than 1,000 he painted that he did not see in person. Reeves began painting top-flight race horses after his service in World War II. He died in 2005. Those who would like to bid, but cannot attend the July 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, can arrange for proxy bid by contacting Historic Collections Manager Rebecca Howard at or calling 845-294-6330. The conservation of art and artifacts is one of the Museum's highest priorities. The Restoration Fund is a dedicated account established by to provide funding for the preservation of its collection. Funding sources include donations and artifact sponsorships, grants and the annual Restoration Raffle. Now in its 21st year, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame's Restoration Raffle has provided more than $86,000 toward ensuring long-term preservation and accessibility of paintings, lithographs, vehicles, glass photographic negative and textiles from the Museum's historic collections. Winning tickets will be drawn for a fantastic list of prizes during the Hall of Fame induction dinner, Sunday July 5. Please contact Missy Gillespie for prize information and raffle ticket sales. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Goshen is home to Historic Track, a harness racing facility that opened in 1838 and is the country's oldest active horse racing track. There's been trotting horse racing on the streets of Goshen since the Revolutionary War era. True to history, there is no betting and stables are open to the public. The track, at 44 Park Place, is on the National Park Service's registry of historic landmarks. The Fourth of July celebration in Goshen, New York might be just 90 minutes from New York City, but it's 150 years back in time. The county seat of Orange County, Goshen is home to the 34th annual Great American Weekend celebration - two days of activities that celebrate the nation's independence on July 4 and 5, 2015. Activities for the whole family are centered in and around the town's tree-ringed nine acre green, surrounded by stone office buildings, churches, and Queen Anne-style homes dating to the late 1700s. There will be harness racing for prizes as large as $20,000 and the four day meet starts on July 2 at 1 p.m. as part of Goshen's Fourth of July celebration. Admission is free for children 12 and younger, adults are $5 and admission price includes a racing program. The stable area is open for visitors to see the racehorses up close as they prepare for competition. Great American Weekend events are either on or a short walk from the town green, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5. Events include continuous musical entertainment, a 150 vendor craft show, book sale at the library, walking tour and food tent with festive fare. Adjacent to the racetrack is the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, at 240 Main Street. Housed in a 1913 Tudor carriage house, the museum interprets the history of harness racing and is home art priceless collections and interactive exhibits. The museum has is what is believed to be the largest single collection of Currier & Ives equine prints. The museum's most popular exhibit is the racing simulator theater, where guests get a 3-D presentation of racing as if they're driving in a race, feeling the wind in their hair and jiggling along with every step of the speeding horse. Here's a day by day list of what's going on in Goshen this year: Great American Weekend events are either on or a short walk from the town green, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5. Events include continuous musical entertainment, a 150 vendor craft show, book sale at the library, walking tour and food tent with festive fare. Goshen Harness Racing Schedule - Museum and Historic Track - 2015 Thursday, July 2: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Harness Racing Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, open and free to all visitors. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, New York-sired fair races. Free harness racing tote bag giveaway to the first 250 paid fans, plus 10 of the bags will contain $25, $50 and $75 gift cards for area businesses. General admission is $5 for adults, includes a program. Children 12 and under are free. Friday, July 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum open and free to all visitors. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Historic Track. Excelsior Series for New York-bred pacers. Saturday, July 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum open and free to all visitors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great American Weekend festivities, First Presbyterian Church Park in Goshen. 150 craft booths, antique show, entertainment, children's rides, road races. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track. Landmark Stakes and amateur driving races. Retired pacer Whiskey Pete will be on hand to stand politely for petting and selfies. Sunday, July 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum is open. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great American Weekend festivities continue. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track. New York State Excelsior series, under saddle races for ridden Standardbreds, Hall of Fame drivers race. Drivers sign autographs and greet the public after their race. 5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction festivities begin with the cocktail hour in Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum, for tickets call 845-294-6330. Hashtag for all Goshen harness racing events is #harnessgoshen. Goshen Historic Track - 845-294-5333 Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame -, 845-294-6330 Great American Weekend -, 845-294-7741 By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Goshen, NY --- Nearly two dozen fans of Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Steeplechase racing checked off an item on their bucket lists Sunday (June 7) as they completed a class on race announcing taught by Tom Durkin, in a cooperative venture between the USTA, Harness Racing Museum and Goshen Historic Track. Durkin, who has called races for more than 40 years, including the Hambletonian, all the Thoroughbred Triple Crown races and the Breeders' Cup, taught the morning class before students called the 11 matinee races held at adjacent Historic Track in the afternoon. Durkin kept the class engaged with the story of his self-education in race announcing, incorporating his background performing in 17 plays, study of Latin and literature, as well as reading in how the brain works to help quickly memorize a large amount of information, forget it and then reload for another race. He showed the class his 30 page booklets prepared for the major classics he’s called, complete with an analysis of the expected pace, phrases to use in the event of wins by horses in fields that could be as large as 20, color coding the program and the mechanics of how you can watch a race, hold binoculars and keep a program within eyesight. “I designed this device (to which he clips his program) for myself using the three most common construction elements -- a coat hanger, the cardboard that comes with your shirts in the laundry and duct or masking tape,” he said to laughs from the class. “It works great.” Durkin emphasized the need to memorize and use repetition to ensure that the names of horses, drivers and trainers come easily and accurately. He also gave tips to avoid making mistakes, such as using the name of a horse in a race call first and then the position, a strategy that avoids the possibility of stating the position of a horse and then not being able to identify it (“In third place, it’s…uhhhhh.”) Durkin detailed his preparation for races large and small and the necessity of approaching each with the scrutiny of a handicapper. “It’s like Fred Astaire said when he was asked why his rehearsals were so hard,” Durkin said. “Because it makes the performance so much easier.” After a short lunch break, the class moved to adjacent Historic Track, for 11 non betting, non-purse races. Announcer Howard Oil, the voice of Monticello Raceway, was on hand to introduce the students and help them through each call. Only three of the 11 races had fields larger than three, but a regular parade of 2-year-olds making their sometimes unsteady first starts kept the students busy. Every one of them made it from beginning to end with an occasional delayed horse or driver misidentification quickly corrected. “The winning driver was Jason Bartlett, who bears a surprising resemblance to Jordan Stratton,” was the lighthearted correction from one student who called Bartlett by the name throughout the race. For some, it was not their first race call, but their first time seeing a harness race. Dr. Dean Springer, who came from Barbados for the class and has called several hundred races there, noted the slower pace and need to adjust the thought process accordingly, as the crowd adjusted to his British-inflected Caribbean accent. “It was different than what I’m used to, riders on their back, not drivers,” he said. “Getting used to the speed, a little slower, takes some getting used to.” For a New Jersey guy, it was perhaps a stepping stone to a career in harness racing. “It was fun and it will get more people out to the track if you give more opportunities like this to the fans,” said Richard Mattei, a regular Meadowlands racing fan, and a college student looking to transfer to Kentucky. “I did (call a race) at the Meadowlands once. I hit a contest and it got the attention of Darin Zoccali and I got to call a race. I would do anything (to call a race) because this is what I want to do with my life, call horse races.” Paul Kirnos, whose Thoroughbred handicapping skills have landed him spots in national championships several times, left the announcers booth with a wide smile. “I thought it was fantastic. It was a great experience, a lot more difficult than I thought it would be,” said Kirnos, who’s also a former hot walker and now a statistician. “It’s a beautiful track and Tom Durkin did an outstanding job. I’d definitely like to do it again; I think you can only improve as you do more.” Tuition from the class was designated by Tom Durkin for the Saratoga Harness Museum and Hall of Fame, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he is now a resident. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world’s most iconic and recognized brands, announced today its plan to build a casino at the Meadowlands in New Jersey the home of harness racing. The proposed entertainment destination would be ideally situated in northern New Jersey and is projected to generate $400 million of new tax revenues a year. “With its close proximity to an international airport, the new casino would be designed to attract visitors from not only the 14 million adults in northern New Jersey and New York City, but also international travelers, making it a premier entertainment destination,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International. “The significant tax revenue brought into New Jersey could go directly to aid in the development and reconstruction of Atlantic City’s casino and hotel industry.” Reports show a casino in northern New Jersey would help draw visitors from other states, creating competition with New York and Pennsylvania, who have taken more than $13 billion in revenue from New Jersey in the past eight years since they’ve expanded their gaming options. “We’re thrilled to bring this great offering to the New Meadowlands Racetrack,” said Jeff Gural, Chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. “With its expertise in gaming, hotels, restaurants, live events, entertainment, and retail offerings, Hard Rock International is the ideal partner for New Meadowlands Racetrack; bringing the globally recognized brand to the racetrack elevates excitement surrounding the project.” The Hard Rock Casino will feature 5,000 slot machines and 200 gaming tables. The project will also feature ten restaurants and four bars; a multi-purpose Hard Rock Live showroom; New Jersey Music Hall of Fame; and “The Vault,” a music memorabilia museum expertly curated by Hard Rock -- owners of the world’s largest music memorabilia collection. The entertainment destination will also offer retail shops and a six-story parking garage conveniently located just steps away from the casino grounds. Gural reiterated his continuing commitment to harness racing as part of the future Hard Rock plans. “I’m a horse guy and that’s what brought me here,” he said. “In my heart, this is good for the state of New Jersey. We are dedicated to making this work for the entire state of New Jersey, we certainly would offer jobs to people who lost their jobs in Atlantic City.” He also cited the importance of the 13,000 New Jersey citizens who make their living in the equine business, and specifically about half of those who make their living through horse racing. Gural expressed his optimism that the annual tax revenue to the state would exceed Hard Rock’s $400 million projections, especially in the first few years when other New Jersey competition may be limited initially. Attendance was heavy from dozens of state political leaders, business executives and union representatives, who support the proposed plan and the jobs and economic engine it would provide for the region. State Senator Paul Sarlo acknowledged the political challenges at hand and pledged to “balance competing interests with all our colleagues.” Central to the proposal, and delineated on a graphic presentation shown to attendees, is a “minimum $300 billion investment in Atlantic City (infrastructure) via tax exempt bonds.” Estimates call for creation of about 2,360 construction jobs and 5,000 ongoing jobs. In a question and answer session at the close of prepared presentations, the issue of overcoming the constitutional amendment that states that no casinos are allowed to operate outside Atlantic City was addressed. Current legislative action is focused on an enabling referendum that would amend the constitution to allow for casinos outside Atlantic City, which is located about 125 miles south of The Meadowlands. At present, there is no consensus among political leaders on whether the referendum should run this fall, when there will likely be lower turnout than expected in the presidential election in 2016, or to run it next fall, when turnout will be higher, but costs to reach voters to educate them about the issue will be more expensive. Both Allen and Gural favor a 2015 referendum and believe that with voter approval, they could have the first phase of the project ready in the summer or early fall of 2016. Gural said research on the possible referendum indicates the measure would be well received this fall and that costs to educate voters on the issue would be in the range of $10 to 20 million. Also at issue is the question of how many casinos will be allowed, with some lawmakers favoring one, and some up to three, with consideration also given to Monmouth Park, a Thoroughbred track along the New Jersey shore. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

New Jersey celebrates the "Month of the Horse" in June and Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge is helping the celebration along by opening its gates from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. The farm is at 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge. The events of the day are free and this is a rain or shine event. Visitors will get see some of the dozens of foals, baby horses just a few weeks old, born each year at Fair Winds and learn how they are raised and eventually trained to be harness race horses. Fair Winds is also home to Hogan Equine, a special clinic just for horses run by Dr. Patricia Hogan. Dr. Hogan will show visitors the workings of the clinic, where hundreds of horses, mostly Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, are treated each year. Her client list reads like a "Who's Who" of horse racing, and includes 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones. Farrier Tom Mulryne will demonstrate how horses' feet are kept healthy by regular trimming and shoeing when needed. There will also be a few friendly horses for visitors to pet and groom; selfies are welcome. Horse drawn wagon rides throughout the farm will be available. The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey will do a demonstration of all the ways Standardbreds excel off the track and trainer/driver Jacqueline Ingrassia will demonstrate the equipment the well-dressed Standardbred wears on the track. Finally, there will be food concessions and a variety of educational materials for all ages and levels of equine knowledge. Guests are asked to leave dogs at home and to wear sensible footwear as there are no paved surfaces on the farm. Fair Winds is one of New Jersey's largest and most successful farms, producing champion Standardbreds that compete at Freehold Raceway, the Meadowlands and all over the world. By Ellen Harvey Harness Racing Communications USTA

Editor's Note: Waco Hanover, a son of Tar Heel-Wanda Hanover, born May 4, 1977, will officially be 38 on Jan. 1. He’s among 43 horses of distinction featured in Standardbred Old Friends, available on Amazon, Ebay, and the Harness Racing Museum website. His long life has been one of quiet service. Here is an excerpt, with photos by Barbara Livingston, of his chapter in the book. Everett Kettler quickly spotted the new horse’s problem. “He had a real attitude problem,” he said. “Sour. He was very sour.” Waco Hanover, now 37, was six when Kettler bought him for $1,500 in 1983. The gelding had raced for four years, most recently for Nelson Haley, in $2,000 claimers at Saratoga Raceway. In 57 starts, he’d won only four races. Kettler had just what Waco Hanover needed, a farm in Woodbury, Vt. “I let him be a horse,” Kettler said. “He ate grass, ran around with mares.” Waco was more teacher than pet to Kettler, more accustomed to coaxing sound from strings than speed from a horse. Kettler was a luthier, a craftsman of stringed instruments. “He taught me how to drive,” Kettler said. “I didn’t know anything. He wouldn’t respond if you didn’t do the right thing. “I had a tiny track, not good for anything but jogging. Before that, I was driving on the road, going through horseshoes every two weeks.” Every spring, from 1983 to 1991, Kettler legged up Waco Hanover. They raced at places like the Tunbridge World’s Fair in Vermont, featuring maple ice cream, an oxen costume class and the world’s narrowest racetrack. It fits four horses across, but they’d better be narrow horses. “My God, it’s scary,” Kettler said. If you don’t get down to three (wide) by the turn, you’re going in the river.” Waco Hanover won at Tunbridge his first year for Kettler, a mile in 2:15.2, an impressive time if you’ve seen the track. In the late 1980s, Kettler integrated his hobby and business. He founded Rough Terrain Carts and started building horse-drawn carts for country roads -- or no roads. Waco tested prototype carts. “It had these big, wooden wheels,” said Kettler. “Waco looks over his shoulder and starts freaking. I put it over his rump, touched him with the shafts. It was like he said, ‘Oh, you want me to pull it.’ You could see the light bulb go off.” “I got into endurance driving events,” Kettler said. “I used that to put his legs under him in the spring, then I’d go off and race him.” “He cleaned up in a couple of them,” Kettler said. “I remember his first race. Well, it’s not a race, an event. I didn’t want two in the cart, but I was looking at five miles to go, and I thought this is nothing, absolutely nothing. My wife got in, and we must have passed 15 horses. They must have wondered what kind of monster is this?” The seasons turned with Waco resting in winter and legging up on country roads in spring. Kettler and Waco raced for a few hundred dollars from New York to Maine. Most years they won a race. That was nice but not essential, or, in Waco’s mind, perhaps, wholly unnecessary. “I think he’s the age he is and the shape he’s in because he knew he’d still get fed, no matter what,” Kettler said. In 1991 Waco Hanover turned 14. That season, his 11th, spanned three weeks; he earned $1,350. All that work for so little money would be worth it, Kettler thought, if they could win at Tunbridge. “The main goal was to get a couple of races under him and win the 14-year-old race at Tunbridge,” Kettler said. The purse was $210. The date was Sept. 13. “It was funny,” Kettler said. “Well, funny to me, anyway. We got there, and there were only two horses in it.” The other 14-year-old was Luke Hanover, owned and trained by Dale Allen. Luke and Waco Hanover were born and raised at Hanover Shoe Farms. Luke Hanover hadn’t raced in two years. “This guy’s kind of like me. He must keep pets around, because the horse hadn’t been trained at all,” Kettler said. “He just hitched him, made sure he could still go and put him in this race. “He told me, ‘This horse hasn’t trained at all. Don’t leave me too far behind.’ I said, ‘Yeah, right.’ I think he’s going to the front and never looking back. “Turns out it was the truth. I followed him a few feet and went to the front. I let Waco go at about the three-quarter-mile mark. I learned a long time ago not to look back. We won by the length of the stretch. Waco had a great cheering section.” The cheering stopped, but Waco stayed busy. In 1991, Kettler and Leslie Bancroft Haynes formed a personal and professional partnership. Their first order of business was buying a farm. Called Rough Terrain Farm, after Kettler’s cart business and Vermont’s topography, it accommodated Haynes’ pleasure horses and Kettler’s racehorses. “The farm had a track,” Kettler said. “It wasn’t exactly flat, parts of it were flat. I had a trotter and when I was breaking him, I used Waco to help, to have another horse out there to give him the idea.” Haynes trained carriage driving horses on her half of the farm. “I used Waco for that, too, to teach the young ones,” she said. “When you put the harness on him, he was like, ‘Yes, I get to go!’ I think if you put a harness and a jog cart on him now, he’d be the happiest guy in the world.” Haynes’ and Kettler’s relationship ended when Waco Hanover was 28, but their commitment to the horse endures. Kettler moved to Vermont’s Champlain Islands to build boats. Haynes and Waco remain at Rough Terrain. Kettler’s section of the farm is leased to the Vermont Technical College Equine Studies program. “The barn where he lives is the Co-op Barn. Kids who bring their horses to school board there,” Haynes said. “It’s called Waco’s Barn, because everybody knows that when Waco dies, Everett will sell his share of the farm. But as long as Waco is alive, he promised Waco he could live his days out here.” Donnie MacAdams, who sports a bushy white beard and a no-nonsense personality, lives above the barn and looks after Waco. “I’m an old dairy farmer and still believe horses are hay burners. But I’ve come around as far as Waco. We get along because we’re a couple of old, cranky, miserable bastards. We understand each other. “I get out of my truck and walk toward the barn, and he starts walking to me. If I don’t come right out and speak to him, he’ll start kicking.” There’s something in this relationship, too, for MacAdams, who mans a tourism information site. “There are rude kids, obnoxious teenagers, people who expect to be waited on,” MacAdams said. “He consoles me, calms me down. Waco loves to rub his face on my shoulder. He’s worn out two jackets.” Waco Hanover, it seems, has done as much for the people in his life as they for him, though not in money. The $2,600 won in seven years of racing for Kettler wouldn’t feed him through one Vermont winter. Waco always cooperated, even, Kettler admits, with his rookie training skills. “He’d see a hill, and the steeper it was, the more determined he was to get up it,” Kettler said. “There was something in his efforts that inspired tenacity in my life. Perhaps I appreciated Waco because of a common trait. Maybe he inspired tenacity that wouldn’t have been available without his life intermingling with mine. “You’ve got a certain relationship with a horse, like being married. They’re not perfect and you know it, but you put up with them, and they put up with you.” by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

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

Richard Berthiaume’s Voelz Hanover won the Breeders Crown prep race on Saturday in 1:51.2 for driver Brian Sears and trainer Corey Johnson. The 9-year-old mare by Astreos paid $13.60. This will be her fourth Crown appearance, her best being runner-up to Dreamfair Eternal in 2010 at Pocono. Johnson raved about the consistency of his charge, who has won seven of 17 races this year and $255,266. “I’ve had her about two years but never raced her in the Breeders Crown,” Johnson said. “I’ve raced her in a few stakes and she just hasn’t been lucky, though she did win the Milton this year and she was awesome, I think that was her biggest score. She’s got over $1.5 million on her card and it’s mostly in overnights. She’s a wonderful mare, I love her. This is the first time I’ve taken her down here though. “She’s shows you everything. I’ve had drivers come back and say to me ‘She wasn’t on the bit tonight, or she wasn’t good – they can tell right away, especially her regular driver Randy (Waples), he knows her so well. When she’s really good, she lets you know.” Voelz Hanover was scratched from her last start and came into her Breeders Crown prep off a qualifying mile, albeit one in which she beat sophomore pacing star He’s Watching in 1:53.4. “We scratched her a couple of weeks ago (Oct. 18) because she seemed a little tied up and with the Breeders Crown coming up we didn’t want to risk anything,” Johnson said. “I gave her a couple of weeks off, trained her a few times and then qualified her, but those qualifying lines just don’t do her justice. To pick up Brian Sears is a huge plus. Brian’s a great driver; I can’t say enough about him. He’s committed to me for next week, too.” Anndrovette is bidding for an unprecedented fourth Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. The 7-year-old mare has won 41 of 109 career races and $3.07 million. This season, she has won six of 21 starts, including the Betsy Ross Invitational and a record third consecutive Roses Are Red Stakes, and earned a division-leading $497,852. “She’s had a good year,” driver Tim Tetrick said. “She won the (Roses Are Red and Betsy Ross) and the races where she’s gotten beat, she’s raced well. She’s getting up in age, but I wouldn’t trade her. She’s been pretty special. She’s a hard-knocking old racehorse. If she wins, I’d say she is (division champion). It’s pretty cool.” Eternal Camnation and Shady Daisy are the only other pacing mares with three Dan Patch Award honors. Anndrovette’s lifetime earnings trail only Eternal Camnation’s $3.74 million among all female pacers in harness racing history. Anndrovette enters the Breeders Crown Mare Pace off a second-place finish behind Voelz Hanover in a prep on Saturday at the Meadowlands. “She was good, it was a good effort,” Tetrick said. “I was first up a long way and she never quit pacing. She paced home good to the wire. Hopefully the race helps her and she can be a little tighter for next week.” Trainer Ron Burke has three horses in the Mare Pace: Rocklamation, Camille, and Charisma Hanover. Rocklamation, a 6-year-old who has earned $2.18 million in her career, earlier this season captured the Golden Girls, Artiscape, and Lady Liberty and was second in the Betsy Ross. Six-year-old Camille, who won the 2013 Artiscape and has banked $1.17 million lifetime, finished third behind Voelz Hanover and Anndrovette in the final Breeders Crown prep. “She finished up good and raced really good,” driver Matt Kakaley said. “Once I angled her out, she paced home really good. I was really pleased. She kind of went through the summer where she was drawing really bad. We got the rail for the final, so that will obviously help us. Under the right circumstance, she’s upset these mares before. She’s definitely got it in her. She’s got a million-plus (dollars) made in her career; she’s a classy old girl. She’ll show up.” Yagonnakissmeornot, who has won 14 of 29 races this season and $493,718, won the Mares Open Handicap on Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, besting fellow Crown hopeful Krispy Apple by a head in 1:50.4, while Crown entrant Regil Elektra finished sixth. Complited by Ellen Harvey with Ken Weingartner and Moira Fanning

Jeffrey Bamond, who makes up half of Bamond Racing with his son Jeffrey Jr., along with their partner, nursery owner Joseph Davino, will own more than a third of the field in the $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace. The ownership group of Bamond and Davino owns Anndrovette (Breeders Crown winner in 2012 and 2011) and Krispy Apple, who along with the Bamond-owned Shelliscape (2013 champion) and Venus Delight will take up four spots in the field of 11 mares for the Nov. 21 race. All four horses are trained by P.J. Fraley. The newest member of the quartet is 4-year-old Venus Delight, a purchase in late summer, who was supplemented to the Crown for $31,250. "She's been a great addition since she's come to the barn," said Jeffrey Bamond Sr., a retired automobile dealership manager from Brick, N.J. The chestnut daughter of Bettor's Delight-Venus Killean has won $106,220 and been first or second in six of eight starts since her purchase in late summer. "I think she deserves to see what she has, plus by writing that check this year, that makes her eligible (to the Breeders Crown) in future years," he said. "We have a 4-year-old (Venus Delight), a 5-year-old (Shelliscape), a 6-year-old (Krispy Apple) and a 7-year-old (Anndrovette). "My son has followed (Venus Delight) for a while and we pursued purchasing her. We always liked her and we were able to put the deal together. We thought she was very lightly raced (lately in the upper level ranks at Yonkers Raceway) and she had some talent." Though Bamond, his son, and Davino have the start of a very nice broodmare band, Bamond said that's not in their business plan. "We've never been in the breeding business," he said. "We're in the racehorse business and as long as they can continue to perform at a high level on the racetrack, we're going to continue to race them. "Anndrovette has been the flagship with two Breeders Crowns, three Dan Patch (Awards) and three O'Brien Awards. Obviously she's the star of the stable, but do I have a favorite? Not really. All my horses are my favorite." Bamond says they are careful to give those in the stable enough, but not too many starts. "If you look at the number of starts they have, we don't over-race them; we try to pick their spots throughout the year," Bamond said. "I think we've managed them very well in keeping their starts in check and, knock on wood, we've kept them fairly sound. I don't look to over start them. "One through 11 can win that race, like I've always said and I've been asked the question before, there's 11 in the race because there are 11 good horses in the race. I've been in this business too long, I don't go in to any race overconfident." Bamond is in his second decade of owning Standardbreds and got started as a fan at Freehold Raceway. "I got started in the early 1990s because I enjoyed going to the racetrack and watching them," he said. "I thought, 'Boy, wouldn't it be fun to actually own one and I could go watch my own.' I claimed one at Freehold and that started my interest. I built the stable up from a couple of horses and brought my son on board, probably six or seven years ago and he's basically taken over managing the stable." The field for the 2014 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at the Meadowlands is: 1. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 2. Charisma Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Voelz Hanover, Brian Sears, Corey Johnson; 4. Somwherovrarainbow, David Miller, Joe Holloway; 5. Yagonnakissmeornot, Ron Pierce, Rene Allard; 6. Shelliscape, John Campbell, P.J. Fraley; 7. Krispy Apple, Scott Zeron, P.J. Fraley; 8. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 9. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 10. Regil Elektra, Brett Miller, Monte Geldrod; 11. Venus Delight, Jason Bartlett, P.J. Fraley. (Yagonnakissmeornot and Venus Delight supplemental entries.) by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

Harrisburg, PA---High-priced broodmares were the headliners of the first day of the mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale, held Friday (Nov. 7).  Selling for $200,000 was 3-year-old filly Royalty Forever, the full sister to 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life.    In foal to Muscle Hill, the #1375 sales slip was signed by Robert Lindstrom of Sweden. She was sold by the same partnership group that owns Royalty For Life.  “She was very marketable; a beautiful filly in foal to the right stallion and everything seemed to fit,” said former co-owner, Paul Fontaine. “It was time to move her, given the fact that the stallion is just going in to stud service and the stallion line has been very hot. Yearlings are selling well. We had her in foal to Muscle Hill and all the stars were aligned to sell her. She’s absolutely beautiful, which is much of the reason she sold so well; stunning, stunning looking filly.”  Also selling with a $200,000 price tag was hip #1417, Fancy Filly, a daughter of Western Hanover carrying her second foal, by Somebeachsomewhere. The Dan Patch and O’Brien champion 2-year-old pacing filly champion is the sibling of eight winners out of her dam Fanciful Hanover, all of them in 1:55 or better. She’s headed to White Birch Farm in Allentown, N.J. The day’s offerings were a mixed bag of stallion shares, broodmares, weanlings and some yearlings. They collectively sold for $5,632,000. The day’s results can be found here. Selling resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with racehorses. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

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