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This is the YouTube URL for the Zoom Roosevelt Raceway May 23rd, Harness Racing Broadcast.   www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVThhOzvjuM   Trot Talk - Remembering Roosevelt Raceway - May 23, 2020   In this nostalgic edition of Trot Talk, Matt and Charlie are joined by Freddie Hudson.   Freddie is a former drive...    

Tonight Saturday May 23, 2020 at 7:00PM (EST) - Winners Circle Racing (Charlie Longo & Matt Zuccarello) along with Freddie Hudson, of The Harness Racing Alumni Show will Remember Roosevelt Raceway on Trot Talk Saturday at 7pm.   Come join us for a trip down memory lane to hear former drivers and trainers tell the tales that made this iconic track memorable.   Guests include Jimmy Marohn, Sr., Billy Popfinger (Showbiz), John Kopas, Mike Forte, Billy Haughton , CeCe Levy, Joe Ricco, John Patterson Jr., Bobby Heil, Robbie Siegelmn, Dennis Laterza, Don Sider, Bobby Vitrano, Jon Paton, Jocelyn Tremblay, Alan Alkes and many others.   It's a Roosevelt Raceway Reunion on Zoom   Contact winnerscircleracingllc@gmail.com for the zoom meeting link   www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwthfEp-KPw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1pRfBz_ObPaFvmFDSG7cUB_FCYt9zTbcEHUHjlM6XWTZbcR7oJpo9yVds    

In this our 5th issue of Roosevelt Raceway Captured in Photos, we offer some never before seen harness racing pictures of Roosevelt Raceway, photos from the filming of the I love Lucy Show that was filmed at the track and pictures of the 1963 barn fire that killed 27 horses.   Race Videos include - Seatrain (Webster), Nickawampus Leroy (Phalen), Jerry Pick (Webster), & Rambling Willie (Gilmour)   To go to the website, click here.   From Fred Hudson, for Rooselvelt Raceway Alumni        

The 4th issue of Roosevelt Raceway Captured in Photo's is now available for viewing at the link below. Some of you might have received the notification from our email service provider which sends emails out to our subscribers currently at 659. We are resending the link out to you because a fear that many from that list end up in a spam folder.   In this our 4th issue I am promoting the Brick of Honor page that is on the Harness Racing Alumni's website. Recently honored with Bricks were Billy & Dotti Haughton, Eddie Lohmeyer, Dave Dunckley, Robbie Siegelman, Charles Martino, Bobby Van Ostrand, Benny Webster, Bobby Vitrano, Bob Marks, Trade Martin, Joe Ricco, Carmine Abbatiello, Larry Rolla, Jon Paton, James Champion Buck Norton, Stephanie Cruise and several others.   To view Issue 4, click here.    From Freddie Hudson        

Roosevelt Raceway Captured in Photos Issue #3 now available for viewing.   Click here.       

The Roosevelt Raceway Legends website has recently added a new weekly publication called Roosevelt Raceway Captured in Photos. Each week a new issue will be published that will include 50-70 pictures (some that have never been published before) along with Roosevelt Raceway race videos that will be made avaiable to subscribers and posted on several social media sites. Also this week the Roosevelt Raceway Legends site added harness driver Eddie Lohmeyer to its list of Roosevelt Raceway driving legends that include Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer, Herve Filion, Buddy Gilmour, Mike Lachance, Benny Webster, Del Insko and several other great drivers of the former racetrack.   To view the website, click here. From Fred Hudson, for Roosevelt Raceway Legends

BRENNAN - Bernard Francis, VMD, of Hobe Sound, FL died peacefully at age 97, April 26, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends following a stroke on April 16, 2019. Born in Plainfield, NJ, the youngest of three sons of Irish immigrants, Martin Brennan and Elizabeth (nee) O'Shea.    Bernie was a true gentleman who inspired all who knew him with his patience, kindness, humility and humor. A graduate of University of South Dakota (1943) and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (1946), he began his veterinary practice in Aiken, SC. In 1953 he moved to Westbury, NY where he established his equine practice at Roosevelt Raceway where he was supervising veterinarian and opened a surgical hospital.    Dr. Brennan was an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners since its founding in 1954 and served as its President in 1979. He held professional leadership positions in both the New York and New Jersey State Veterinary Associations. Bernard was a long standing member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed sports both as an athlete and an avid sports fan, especially horseracing, football and baseball. He enjoyed golf in his retirement and was a member of the Lost Lake Country Club in Hobe Sound, FL.    He is mourned by his surviving children Barbara Ford, Elizabeth (Robert) Wentzell, Bernard F. Jr., Mary Christine (Bruce) Hagy, Michael (Gayle), Patrick, Nancy, and Brian (Amanda) as well as 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years Florence Thorson Brennan (d.2007) and three daughters, Constance (d.1987), Theresa (d.2014) and Maureen (d.2014).    Visitation Thursday, May 2nd from 2-4 pm & 7-9pm Donohue Cecere Funeral Home, 290 Post Avenue, Westbury. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am St. Brigid's Church, 75 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY. Burial follows at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org or to American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation. Foundation.AAEP.org   Published in Newsday on Apr. 28, 2019

In 2016 the publisher of Roosevelt Raceway Where It All Began, Meadow Skipper The Untold Story, Murray Brown Book Full and Closed, and Rose Runners the Chronicles of the Kentucky Derby Winners, closed their doors and went out business. Due to their business practices on May 4, 2017 this publisher was arrested for multiple felonies and on December 18, 2018 they plea-bargained and plead guilty to 38 felonies. There was a record of over 2,200 criminal complaints filed against them with the Oklahoma State Attorney Generals office. During this time the above mentioned books were all in limbo, still showing on Amazon but all out of print. With the combined efforts of Bob Marks, Vicki Howard, Murray Brown, Billy Haughton and Freddie Hudson the books were able to be republished through Freddie Hudson's Amazon Author account. The newly republished books (Murray Brown, Roosevelt Raceway and Meadow Skipper) have all made it to Amazons best sellers list in the category of Horse Racing. We expect Rose Runners to be on that list shorty, it;s release date was today. All of the books can be viewed and redirected to their Amazon pages at the link below. https://rrtrotting.com/books   From the United States Harness Racing Alumni Association

Roosevelt Raceway & Meadowlands long time blacksmith John Santoro, also known as "Santini" at the age of 70 passed away on October 26th after a long fight with cancer. He passed away at his home In Kansas City, Missouri. In the late 70's and until Roosevelt Raceway closed in 1988 John was considered one of the top blacksmiths at Roosevelt Raceway -- Santoro's reputation followed him to MeadowLands,.where he developed a reputation as one of the leading practitioners of his craft. He was sought after by national and international trainers, drivers and owners. With his leathered and calloused hands he crafted and molded the horseshoes that enabled champion horses and their drivers, such as Jimmy Cruise Sr., Jimmy Cruise Jr., John Chapman Sr. and Herve Filion (just to name a few), to break harness racing records. Dr. Bernard Brennan, Roosevelt's veterinarian, called upon Santoro to work on difficult cases. Today's blacksmith, or farrier, has access to technology and standards that were established throughout the 1960s to the 1990s. In the '70s and '80s, Santoro relied on his ingenuity and his ability to see things that others did not. He experimented with developing patches for the horses that had problems such as a quarter crack. As Santoro said, "A horse standing in his stall does not earn any money." Patches had already been around in the '70s and '80s, but there was a lot of room for improvement. Santoro explained that the patches did not stick, or stay in place -- and worst of all, they did not let the horse's foot heal. Santoro's drive to identify a solution led him to experimenting with proxies for the patch and soaking solutions. Santoro finally found the right mix and developed a soaking solution and patch that saved many horses and races. Over the years, Santoro's work at Roosevelt, Yonkers and Meadowlands, was never overlooked. Owners, trainers and drivers brought their horses to him because they knew that an improperly shod horse risked developing an awkward stride, back strain, muscle pulls or worse conditions ... besides risking the race. As Jimmy Cruise Jr. says, "Johnny was the best -- there was no other like Johnny that could shoe horses like he did." Santoro worked on 8 to 12 horses a day for various trainers. Santoro always spoke highly of the man who taught him his craft, David Spence, he was giant in the world of blacksmiths in harness racing. Santoro forged lifetime friends while crafting his custom-made horseshoes. Jimmy Cruise Sr. and John Chapman Sr. served as mentors for him. Cruise Jr. and Chapman Jr. were like brothers to Santoro. Santoro was a blacksmith for more than 20 years. His determination, self-reliance and self-deprecating humor helped him through many of life's challenges -- including his terminal illness that took his life. His family is holding a private service in their home state of Missouri. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in his name be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation http://www.adoptahorse.org   Personal tributes can be left at https://www.forevermissed.com/john-f-santoro/#about By RRtrotting  

John Santoro, aka Santini on the track, was considered as one of the top blacksmiths on Roosevelt Raceway in the late 1970's and until the day the harness racetrack closed in '88--when --John's reputation followed him to Meadowlands and Yonkers. Santoro developed a reputation as one of the leading practitioners of his craft. He was sought after by national and international trainers, drivers and owners. Santoro's leathered and calloused hands crafted and molded the horseshoes that enabled champion horses and their drivers and trainers such as Jimmy Cruise Sr., Jimmy Cruise Jr., John Chapman Sr., John Chapman Jr; John Paterson Jr.; John Paterson Sr., Buddy Gilmore and Herve Filion,, [just to name a few] to break harness racing records.   Dr. Bernard Brennan, Roosevelt's Veterinarian called upon Santoro to work on difficult cases. Today's blacksmith, or farrier, has access to technology and standards that were established throughout the 1960s to the 1990's. In the 70's and 80's Santoro relied on his ingenuity and his ability to see things that others did not. Santoro experimented with developing patches for the horses that had problems such as quarter-crack and could not be shod. As Santoro still says today " a horse in the barn does not make money". Patches had already been around in the 70's and 80's; but there was a lot of room for improvement. Santoro explains that the patches did not stick, or stay in place and worst of all-- they did not let the horses foot heal. Santoro's drive to identify a solution led him to experimenting with proxies for the patch and soaking solutions. Santoro finally found the right mix and developed a soaking solution and patch that saved many horses and races. Over the years, Santoro's work in Roosevelt, Yonkers and Meadowlands, was never overlooked. Owners, trainers and drivers brought their horses to him because they knew that an improperly shod horse caused an awkward stride, back strain, muscle pulls or worse conditions...besides risking the race. As Jimmy Cruise Jr. says to this day, "Johnny was the best--there was no other like Johnny that could shoe horses like he did". Santoro worked 8 to 12 horses a day for various trainers. Today, blacksmiths are typically assisted by grooms, who hold the animal. I recall walking into Santoro's Black Smith shop while he was under the horse, pulling off the old shoe, smoothing the bottom of the hoof with an emery board, holding the new shoe over the hoof, then securing it by driving nails through the hoof wall--all by himself. I remember how backbreaking it was for him to work with animals that were prone to fight and flight." Santoro has not forgotten the man who taught him his craft, David Spence, a giant in the world of blacksmiths in harness racing . Santoro forged lifetime friends while crafting his custom made horseshoes. Jimmy Cruise Sr. and John Chapman Sr. served as a mentors for him and Cruise Jr. well as Chapman Jr. were and continue to be more like brothers than just friends. Santoro was a blacksmith for more than 20 years. His determination, self-reliance and self-deprecating humor have helped him through life's challenges--including a terminal illness. Today, he tells his stories of the famous horses he shod and describes their quirky personalities. He savors memories and victories of a place where Santoro--or "Santini"-- worked in the background, in late morning or early afternoon, after training hours had stopped, and before the races began--a place, that while shaping his horse shoes one by one--he contributed to shaping the history of harness racing--a place where he should never be forgotten--Roosevelt Raceway. by Maria V. Santoro-Delgado, Ph.D., Santoro's sister.

Millstone Township, NJ - 6/28/17 - The last Roosevelt Raceway reunion is set for Saturday, July 22, 2017 and will be held at the New Meadowlands in the Skyboxes by Pink Restaurant on the 3rd floor. Dinner reservations may be made by contacting the New Meadowlands directly at 201-460-4079 or online at thebigm.com. We already have nearly 80 memorable drivers and trainers scheduled to attend including Carmine Abbatiello, the Popfingers, Mike LaChance, Billy O'Donnell, Bob Bencal, Butch Dokey, Randy Lee, Benny Webster, Bobbie Rahner, Jon Paton, Fred Hudson, Jimmy Marohn, Jr., the Galantes, and many more.   A cocktail party from 6-7:30 pm is open to all for just $39 if paid by July 17th and $49 at the door, giving all guests an opportunity for autographs, and meet their all time favorites. What will really wow many is the collection of Roosevelt Raceway memorabilia which will be on display and available in an auction. Roosevelt Raceway programs, and photographs will top the list, but also included will be memorable pieces of history, Dan Patch prints; publications dating back to the early 1900s; Greyhound pieces; drivers' colors, and helmets from past and present; and so much more. Items will be available for bidding online at 32auctions/rrr2017 opening on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5pm and will close on Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon.   Sponsorships for the event are available and range from $250-$5000 and include tickets, and a few include other recognition.    To sponsor, attend the cocktail party, and donate racing memorabilia from any period of time, contact Tammy at 732-446-4422, SRFhorseandkids@gmail.com, use the form through the link or visit SRF's website at  AdoptaHorse.org SRF is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S., is different as it helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused; is feeding and caring for more than 220 trotters and pacers; providing lifetime homes for more than 140 retirees; provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation | AdoptaHorse.org | Judith Bokman   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535

Everyone has some form of a dream. Whether it's a collective dream, shared by a community, or a personal dream, held by each individual. Within the harness racing community, dreams are collectively individual. Every horseman and woman dreams of making it to the big races - the Hambletonian, the Breeders Crown, and so on. This dream is held for their individual self, but everyone in the business has the same dream, therefore making it “collectively individual”. Even though they all share the same dream, they each share it for themselves. The big races are the prime spot for gold and glory. Making it to these racetracks on these particular race days and nights is an accomplishment in itself. Just making it to the races fulfills the dreams of horsemen across the nation. However, for some, the glory doesn't end when the horse makes it to the track, but when the horse makes it to the winners circle that night. One driver/trainer in particular, has broken boundaries and has made an appearance in and won many major races. Myles “Mickey” McNichol has found himself not only in the paddock on these special nights, but in the race bike and in the winner’s circle on multiple occasions during his career. Mickey was born in the Bronx as Myles McNichol. “Growing up in the Bronx was tough so I changed my name to Mickey, after Mickey Mantle,” McNichol recounts. In 1996, Mickey’s career in the harness racing industry began. He lived near Yonkers Raceway in New York and got actually go his first job and got to go to Pompano Park in south Florida, where he groomed for Satch Werner and Ken Heeney. Mickey also went to Pace University in New York for two years to become an accountant. “Thank God I lived near Yonkers,” McNichol recollects his transition into the harness business from college. In this business, there are a variety of opportunities available to anyone interested in working with horses. On the track, these opportunities come at varying levels. Anyone of interest can become a groom, owner, trainer or driver. Some horsemen hold one or more of these available positions. Mickey has held all of them at some point in his life. “I've been in the business for over 50 years and I still love doing it, I've never had a real job,” says McNichol. As a horseman, Mickey has traveled the country - mainly the east coast - racing at all different kinds of tracks. From the southeast to the northeast, Mickey has raced at Pompano Park, Yonkers Raceway, Roosevelt Raceway, Mohawk Downs, Liberty Bell Downs, Woodbine Racetrack, Brandywine Raceway, and the grand circuit racetracks. “Those are the main tracks, there's too many to mention,” Mickey jokes. Aside from being a well-known trainer and driver, who has traveled up and down the east coast, Mickey has earned his name with the major races he has been a part of. Mickey has driven horses from every caliber, from claimers to champions. According to Mickey, the best races he has won include the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks, four Breeders Crowns, two Peter Haughton’s when the purse was one million, and the Shepherd Pace at Yonkers for $500,000. He won these great races with great horses. The best horses Mickey has trained or driven include Jazz Cosmos, Nearly Perfect, Why Not, Another Miracle, Selena Lobell, Broadway Express, and What's Next. Besides training and driving the best horses, every horseman has their favorites. A ten thousand claimer named What a Chance, the champion horse Caesars Jackpot, and the great Jazz Cosmos, were some of his favorites. “My best horses were Jazz Cosmos and Caesars Jackpot. The one I loved the most was What A Chance,” Mickey reminisces. Although McNichol has competed in every class of racing, he says his two best races were winning with the Hambletonian with Alf Palmea and losing the Hambletonian with Jazz Cosmos. “Even though I lost the Hambo with Jazz Cosmos, I won every other race with him and it was an honor winning Trotter of the Year with him in 1982.” Mickey’s biggest score did come when trainer/driver Per Eriksson asked him to drive Alf Palema in the Hambletonian. Mickey admitted he never even heard of the horse until the week before the Hambletonian. “I always think about that day I came up the rail and beat King Conch,” said McNichol. “It was the greatest day I had in the business, and when I crossed the finish line and slowed down into the first turn to come back to the winner’s circle, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it that I’d won. “The Eriksson people were so high on King Conch, McNichol recalled, “That before we went on the track for the final they never said anything to me -- no instructions or anything like that. So, I’m scoring down, and I look down and notice that he’s missing a left front shoe. I started to head back to the paddock to get a repair and then I saw that he was missing his right front shoe too. Now, I might miss a horse throwing one front shoe, but there’s no way I’m going to miss one throwing both. Then I figured out he had no shoes on any of his feet. If I had gone back to the paddock, I would have looked like a complete idiot, but nobody even bothered to tell me that they’d pulled all the shoes off!” In pursuing a career in harness racing, trainers and drivers generally have someone who sparked the interest that lead to this decision. McNichol says he looked up to trainers and drivers Stanley Dancer, George Sholty, Bill Haughton, and Herve Filion. Mickey McNichol himself can be considered an inspiration. “I grew up in his barn,” said top performing driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. “I watched him dominate the race track. My father, Bruce Aldrich, worked for him for years. Watching Mickey was the moment I knew where I wanted to take my life. Mickey McNichol is the reason I became a driver.” Being in the harness business gives anyone a keen eye for talent. Horsemen come to a knack for observing horses. With McNichol’s 50-plus years in the business, he has not only achieved this talent but has been able to see the transition in talent over the years. “Horses are much more near a natural gait these days,” McNichol explained, “They are easier to break. It's still a great business. It has changed with the addition of slots. We just work with it and hope to get our fair share.” Currently, Mickey is stabled at Tioga Downs for the summer. He had been staying in Florida year-round, but has recently been teamed up with prominent owner, Fred Monteleone, who he has eight horses for. “It's worthwhile to travel north for these eight horses,” Mickey says. “It is an honor to host Mickey at this racetrack,” Said Tioga Downs director of racing Jason Bluhm. “He brings his drives and his horses. He's currently the fourth leading trainer and within the top ten leading drivers at Tioga and the caliber of his horses make race nights eventful.” Mickey also says he is in great health. “I feel great,” Mickey says. He had a bypass surgery eight years ago and has overcome numerous harness racing accidents. “I work hard at keeping healthy and no booze,” McNichol laughs. He has three kids; Melissa, Andrew, and Hayley. McNichol is engaged with Marianne Ayers to be married in September. “I couldn't be happier,” McNichol said. McNichol also likes to give special mention to his former co-owner and trainer, Joe Caraluzzi. “My friend and partner forever,” McNichol said. “We grew up in the Bronx together before harness racing and are still best friends to this day.” Mickey McNichol has had an illustrious career in harness racing, one worth special honors, a story that is still being written. By Jessica Hallett, for Harnesslink Jessica Hallett is a new correspondent for Harnesslink. Jessica, 18, lives in Margate, Florida and will be attending Nova Southeastern University this fall. She is the daughter of Pompano Park/Tioga Downs owner/trainers John and Michelle Hallett.

Roosevelt Raceway, once located in Westbury, New York, was initially created as a track for motor racing. Cars raced on the crude and curvy track until 1937, but the track proved too challenging for the race cars of that era. It was later converted to a half-mile harness racing track and the gates opened on Sept. 2, 1940, to a reported crowd of 5,000 eager fans who wagered some $40,000. Roosevelt was the first track to use the now universal "mobile starting gate," introduced by a man named George Levy. In the 1940s, harness racing was considered a slightly inferior form of horse racing in comparison to thoroughbred racing. Levy promoted the sport and was instrumental in its appeal to the mostly affluent Long Island community of New York. The original structures at Roosevelt, by 1956, were in disrepair. A facelift and renovation took place and the transformation was remarkable. The new track boasted five large levels, with security on all floors. A 14-bed hospital with a fully functional operating room, radio and TV broadcast rooms and two restaurants added to the appeal. A new synthetic surface was installed on the track and 105,000 watts of new lighting allowed patrons to see the horses run at night. This was the Taj Mahalof harness venues at the time. Unfortunately, the track wasn't without drama. On Nov. 8, 1963, only two horses made it to the finish line following a mid-race crash. The race was declared official, angering many of the 23,000 fans. A small riot started out with people throwing rocks and bottles, but soon escalated to the mob smashing the tote board and wrecking the judges' booth. They also set fires, fought with police and firefighters and there were many injuries and arrests. It has been thought that the introduction of off-track betting in 1971 in New York led to the demise of Roosevelt Raceway. Others speculate the opening of The Meadowlands racetrack in 1976, just an hour away, also could have contributed to the track's failure. It's hard to pinpoint why Roosevelt Raceway was so special to so many people, but I do have a few theories. The atmosphere was more laid-back than any thoroughbred arena or harness track that I've been to. It was also a very social place, with more local people being able to attend the nighttime racing rather than a daytime event. The track was only 12 miles from my house and it was comforting that our little group basically had the entire second floor to ourselves, every night. Harness racing was more exciting than the movies or bowling for most people, too. Pizza, hot dogs and beer were available, providing all the essential nutrients required of a horse player. Today, the parking area of Roosevelt Raceway is a shopping center, complete with a movie theater. The grandstand area is now a luxury condominium complex and the stable area is under a Home Depot. Whatever led to the track's closure in 1988 is a shame. By Pete Monaco, The Eighth Pole Reprinted with permission of  The Spectrum

Joe Marsh, Jr., one of harness racing's top drivers from the "glory days" of harness racing, passed away peacefully on June 27 after a long illness. He was 82-years-old. Born on June 20, 1934 at Cadiz, Ohio, Joe Marsh, Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father, beginning as a groom in 1952, and entering the driving ranks in 1959, when he batted .316 against all other North American drivers, placing him 12th in the nation. He soon became one of the leading drivers on the continent, competing at Roosevelt, Yonkers, Liberty Bell, Washington Park, Hazel Park, Wolverine, The Meadows, as well as Sportsman's Park, Maywood, Aurora Downs and Hollywood Park. Marsh Jr. and his son Ron Marsh share membership in the "5,000 win club" as the only father-son driving team in harness racing history to achieve that elite status. Joe drove 5,882 winners to the tune of $36,401,271, and also had the longest streak (35 years) of driving at least 100 winners per season, from 1960 through 1994, and from1978-1992 had consecutive one million-dollar plus seasons. Some of his top horses include: Careless Time, Tarport Hap, Sir Dalrae, Follow That Star, Rambling Willie, Jiffy Boy and Pacific Dream. Marsh also held the distinction of being the first American driver to win the World Driving Championship in 1974. He also represented the U.S. in 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1987, and over the years won driving titles in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. In fact, he won nine consecutive driving titles at all Chicago area racetracks from 1971through 1973, and as a result of that was voted 1973 Horsemen of the Year by Harness Horseman International. Besides steering racehorses in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Joe drove in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. From 1972-1973 Joe finished second to Herve Fillion in North American dash wins, and was also voted Chicago Driver of the Year in 1972. Marsh captured numerous stakes races, and trained and/or drove some of the top horses in the country in some of harness racing's major events for five decades. He won seven American National events and finished third in the Little Brown Jug once. Marsh was proceeded in death by his wife Marge, and is survived by his sisters Donna Dusseau and Patricia Snide and four sons: Ronnie, Ed (Maureen), Robert (Niki), & Dan, and a daughter, Susie Litchfield (Jay). He is survived by grandchildren Deadra, Brad, Ryan, Tara, Chris, Frankie, Eric and Adam; and great-grandchildren include Brooke, Brandon, Mackenzie, Eddie, Logan and Cadence.

The new Roosevelt Raceway website has been launched and it can be viewed at www.rrtrotting.com The site has many photos, videos and several newspaper articles about harness racing, drivers and races from the Roosevelt Raceway glory days.   Everyone who visits the website should read the newspaper articles, especially “Six for Cruise” and a “Perfect Night for Haughton” both located on the Hall of Fame page. Also the article “RR 1960” on the About page is an excellent story about the history of Roosevelt Raceway and it's founder George Morton Levy.   The website is a work in progress and the released version consists of seven pages including a Hall of Fame, Videos, International Trot, and a Then & Now page. In the near future the current pages will be expanded on and other pages will be added, including an American Trotting Championship, Messenger Stake, Gallery, and Event pages.   The websites theme is “Promoting the Past to Promote the Future”.   There is also a link on the website that takes you to a Amazon page that is dedicated to mostly harness racing books. The website was designed and developed by Roosevelt Raceway co-author Freddie Hudson with assistance from Mike Lizzi, Trade Martin, Ray Cotolo and Roosevelt Raceway book co-author Billy Haughton.   For more information contact fh@rrtrotting.com   By Fred Hudson

Over the years the International Trots were raced on American soil and featured the most outstanding aged trotters in the world. Since the race was an American initiative, one would figure that the host country would have had the most winners in the event.   Initially that was not the case but over the course of time the United States trotters emerged victorious 15 times, only three more than the amount of French victories. Sweden’s three International Trot wins is third best followed by Canada’s two. Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands trotters each had one win in the international event. And though they started multiple times in the International Trots, no German or Finnish horse has won the event. A Finnish horse “Seabiscuit” is currently being considered as a potential invitee for this year’s event.   The inaugural International Trot was staged at Roosevelt Raceway in 1959 and that track was the site of the event until its demise in the early summer of 1988. The last International there was won by Sweden’s Callit when he turned down France’s Potin d’Amour in 1987.   With the 1988 edition threatened by the closure of Roosevelt Raceway the powers to be were in a quandary. But Tim Rooney came to the rescue and quickly made plans to race the event at Yonkers Raceway. In doing so he hired Lew “Tootie” Barasch, Roosevelt’s premier PR man who was instrumental in all the previous International Trots at the Roosevelt facility. Tim even secured the United Nations as the venue for the post position draw. With Yonkers Raceway as the host, the world saw the United States’ Mack Lobell cruise to an easy victory over Canada’s AJ’s Speed in 1988.   Six additional International Trots were then staged at Yonkers Raceway before economics forced the race to be discontinued in 1995. America’s last international champion was Giant Force in 1993.  Giant Force was owned by the Spar J Stable (the Katz Family) and Ted Gewertz, still prominent veteran horse owners today.   Giant Force a son of Meadow Road came into the August 14th, 1995 event with impressive credentials having won the Nat Ray at the Meadowlands the previous week. Driven by John “Sonny” Patterson, Jr. Giant Force, one of two American horses entered in the eight-horse field, used a burst of speed down the stretch to catch Meadow Prophet and just yards before the wire, he dashed past the Swedish champion. Giant Force, the 3-1 second choice, behind Sea Cove, the German horse who was the 9-5 favorite, trotted the mile and a quarter on the familiar oval in 2:27 flat, shattering the  then world and stakes record set by the French horse Reve d'Udon in the 1990 International Trot and equaled by Sweden's Peace Corps the following year.   "It was getting a little late so I thought it was about time to get started with him, and he really kicked in,” Patterson explained while being interviewed after the race. “Luckily, we got behind Meadow Prophet, and my horse really kept on coming down the stretch.”   Unquestionably all involved with Giant Force’s victory were ecstatic but none more so than Ted Gewertz, a fan of Latin dance music who admitted he named Giant Force after a favorite album cover of the same name by bandleader Ray Barretto.     “I was especially thrilled since not too many years previously I was just a player attending the races three or four times a week sitting in the grandstand and now there I was standing in the winner’s circle as a co-owner of the International Trot champion,” Gewertz said, and then added with a smile, “not bad for a kid from the Bronx!”   Gewertz couldn’t say enough good things about Tim Rooney and the way he graciously extended both himself and Yonkers Raceway to all the participants, both before and after, that International trot.   “After the race we all were invited to a hotel in Westchester for a post-race celebration and Tim had champagne on hand for all the other participants in the race. This after Tim personally opened his home to all at a pre-race dinner,” Gewertz added.   The work behind the scenes to make the International Trot come to fruition can be mind-boggling when dealing with the likes of transportation, quarantine, licensing and all the details prior to the race. Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, was instrumental in the return of the International Trot and he and his organization are working arm-in-arm with Yonkers Raceway to expand simulcast wagering to Europe.    Because of those simulcasting inroads in Europe, for the first time Europeans can not only watch the race when it is being contested, but also wager on the race. This year’s International is expected to have two US representatives, a Canadian representative Bee A Magician and up to seven European trotters.   The mile and a quarter event will be Saturday October 10 with a 3:25pm post time. First race on the card is scheduled for 2pm.   Yonkers International Trot 1993 - Giant Force with John Patterson Jr driving     Standardbred Owners Association of New York

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