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Columbus, OH – There is no doubt that 2020 was an unquestionably difficult year for harness racing and everyone in it; but it wasn’t all bad. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, the U.S. Trotting Association released a “Top 10 of 2020” video that highlights some of the best and most memorable moments from the past year. The video, voiced by Wendy Ross and Rich Johnston and edited by Johnston, features clips of the sport’s biggest stars and moments, including appearances by Perfect Sting, Ramona Hill, and others. To watch the full version of the USTA’s “Top 10 of 2020” video, click here. USTA Communications Department

Golden Race keeps growing rapidly in Europe, due to the advantages of its fast and convenient solutions and the appeal of its cutting-edge virtual products. In more than 12 years of experience providing innovative games, sports and betting solutions for all types of operators around the world, the company has created and enhanced its unique platform to directly address its clients’ major needs. As a consequence, operators keep choosing the advantages of Golden Race’s particularly innovative, flexible, and cost-effective systems. Golden Race offers a complete and convenient supply for both land-based and online operators. From a variety of practical retail solutions – such as the Golden Boxes and self-serve terminals – and the dynamism provided by its live-rendering technology, to the outstanding online platform for desktop and mobile, the company’s partners can find everything they need to increase their revenue in the most effective way. The company’s suite of virtual sports is also extremely appealing in this continent. Golden Race recently has enhanced its multi-awarded 3D Virtual Football by introducing Euro Champions, a tournament product inspired by Europe’s top club football competition, the UEFA Champions League. The firm’s virtual sports catalogue also includes the winner of SBC Best New Virtual Sport, HD Real Fighting, the much enhanced version of the 3D Horse Races, and a new 3D Harness Racing game with the most complete selection of betting markets, among many others. Obtaining numerous licences in these highly regulated European markets has been another key factor for this impressive expansion. Golden Race acquired a supplier licence last year from the UK Gambling Commission, entering one of the biggest and longest-established global markets. Due to its long-term relationship with UK operators, the massive appeal of its multi-awarded Virtual Football, the constant technological developments, and its low-cost distribution model, the company is close to becoming one of the main virtual sports providers in the country. This success has been proved in other European regulated markets, such as Italy, Malta, and Romania, where Golden Race carries several licences. Increasing the number of countries in which the firm operates, along with its market share, is a crucial part of the Golden Race’s strategy. A goal that the company believes it is certain to achieve, due to the quality of its work, the level of its clients’ satisfaction, and the power of a wonderful reputation. Reprinted with permission of Inter Game Online

Owners' grand moments are being thrust into the harness racing spotlight with tonight's launch of OTM TV, a Trots Media production hosted by Larni Salathiel. The program, which is backed by Trots Media's digital sponsor Alabar, celebrates all things ownership and began with a special TAB Breeders Crown feature. Larni was trackside to get the first word from owners, including following two-year-old trotting star Wobelee, his owner Colin Murphy and the Alford family as Wobelee attempted to cap his brilliant season with a 10th consecutive win. The pre-race nerves and post-race ecstasy were captured throughout the day as eight Group 1s were decided at Tabcorp Park Melton. Relive the magic through episode one of OTM TV:   Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Columbus, OH---The Harness Racing Social Marketing Initiative conducted in partnership with Converseon, the New York City-based, full-service social media consultancy, has released the year-end results for 2015 activities. In only its second year, the initiative has achieved substantial growth and engagement across the board while exceeding its goals for the year. “By every available measure, this effort continues to surpass all stated objectives and we thank all the partners involved,” said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. “I am heartened by the support and recognition we are receiving from many quarters, including from our colleagues around the world. While one tactic will not be a silver bullet, all these activities in aggregate and over time have already begun to move the needle. Success now is contingent on additional industry involvement and collaboration. We look forward to that happening in 2016.” Following are some of the key accomplishments of the initiative in 2015: • Impressions (the number of times audiences saw Harness Racing FanZone content or ads) grew 64 percent from 13.5 million in 2014 to approximately 21 million in 2015. • Engagement (the number of times consumers engaged, shared and reacted to the content and ads) increased nearly 300 percent (282,000 vs. est. 652,000). • Overall online buzz about harness racing grew 28 percent compared to 36 percent for Thoroughbreds (who benefited from a Triple Crown winner and have made a substantial investment in social and digital marketing). • Online buzz about this year’s Hambletonian grew more than 150 percent over 2014. • Videos generated more than 600,000 views, with the “Harness Racing in History” video alone reaching nearly 500,000 views in less than three months, making it the most successful promotional video in the sport’s history. • Generated more than 130 potential owner leads via a limited digital advertising test, which demonstrated great promise for an expanded campaign. On the development front, key highlights included the development and launch of the Harness Racing FanZone mobile application for both iOS (available for free at the iTunes store) and Android. Users of the mobile applications gained access to videos, photos, stories, the sport’s social Ambassador program, track information and more. Given the greater use of mobile technologies among key target audiences, enabling engagement with the sport through a mobile application was essential. With 2016 fast approaching, the initiative’s key objectives for growth in the coming year include: • Continue to rapidly expand positive visibility and engagement with the sport through more compelling content, engagement, promotions and contests. • Conduct a focused owner recruitment initiative to identify more than 2,000 new potential owners. • Expand efforts with horsemen’s groups and key tracks to enable better tracking of efforts to on-site attendance and handle. This will require deeper integration with tracks around efforts like online redeemable coupons and other activities. • Work more closely with key global partners for potential expansion and collaboration. Discussions have been already been held with countries ranging from Australia to Sweden to participate in efforts and expand the initiative. • Potential integration with a Harness Racing online channel to deliver key content more directly to audiences and help monetize the effort through subscriptions. • Conduct the updated, high profile Grand Circuit promotional challenge. Among media, production, content and other resources, the initiative spent approximately $331,000, of which $250,000 was provided by the USTA, $25,000 via a pledge from the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association with the remaining $56,000 contributed by Rob Key, CEO of Converseon. the USTA Communications Department

CHESTER, PA (March 20, 2015) -- Pocono's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration and new harness racing stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia are just some of the exciting events viewers can expect to see during the eighth season of "PA HarnessWeek." One of the most recognizable broadcast teams in harness racing is back for new episodes jam-packed with news, features and behind-the-scenes coverage from Pennsylvania and across the globe. Horseracing's firework Heather Vitale returns alongside industry and broadcast veteran Steve Ross as co-hosts. Sportscaster Sharla McBride is the show's reporter and guest host. Behind the scenes, two-time Emmy® award winner Bruce Casella continues as producer/director. New episodes start Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Viewers outside the area can catch the show in high definition at HarnessWeek.com, which also links to a YouTube archive of episodes dating back to season one. In addition to HarnessWeek.com, fans can connect and share via Facebook (facebook.com/harnessweek) and Twitter (Twitter.com/paharnessweek).   Ed Kobesky Director of Media & Marketing Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

As The Meadows prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Friday night, June 28, the track is pleased to release a video that documents the harness racing track's early days, as well as some of its greatest moments.

Marvin Katz has enjoyed a successful career as both a businessmen and harness racing owner, but one of his proudest moments came this past Saturday when Captaintreacherous captured the North America Cup at Mohawk.

Saturday night's Pepsi North America Cup is featured on this week's episode of 'Eye on Harness Racing,' the USTA's weekly online video magazine sponsored by TrackMaster.

Larry Lederman is from Manhattan, but until last Friday had been to Grand Central Terminal only once in his life.

This past Saturday at Mohawk, Vegas Vacation earned himself top ranking for this year's North America Cup after his sizzling 1:48.3 stakes record time in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere.

Apprentice Hanover, a top Pepsi North America Cup contender, is ready to begin his harness racing sophomore campaign for trainer Ben Wallace.

Inside Harness Racing, the fast-paced, half-hour program chronicling the happenings at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, returns for its fourth season on May 8 (today) at 6:00 PM EST on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

The harness racing documentary film trailer Happy Easter from 'I Am, A Harness Racing Horse' deeply appreciates the wonderful support from those of you who posted the video on your harness racing websites. We want to thank you sincerely for doing this for us.

Happy Easter from the Harness Racing documentary film ''I Am, A Harness Racing Horse'' and from American Rose Lee (light bay) and Angler (dark bay). Have a Happy Easter dinner with an abundance of good food, friends and family.

Gareth Hall previews harness Racing over the Easter Long weekend throughout Australia.

Courtesy of Hallway Feeds/Rapco Feed and Protective Measures Fire and Security Company LLC, harness racing fans can now watch live behind the scenes video of O'Brien and Dan Patch Award-winning pacer Captaintreacherous.

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