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MANALAPAN, NJ - June 4, 2015 - The deadline of June 15 is approaching for applications for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program 2015 college scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen. Scholarships, valued at a total distribution of $7,500, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. The applicant must have taken either the SAT or ACT test, be accepted to or attend a college or university and fill out the SBOANJ's Scholarship Award application. Financial need, student involvement in community work, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in the equine industry will all be considered. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website - www.sboanj.com -- or at Freehold and the Meadowlands [see Horsemen's Rep Linda Goss], the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices at the Meadowlands and Showplace Farms [see Dr. Chris Samaha] and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ        

Harness Tracks of America and David Snyder, President of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the HTA Scholarship Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. The annual program offers $15,000 in scholarships for postsecondary education to daughters and sons of licensed harness racing trainers, drivers, caretakers and management personnel, or young people themselves who are actively engaged in the harness racing industry. Interested candidates can retrieve brief instructions and an official application form at www.harnesstracks.com, or by contacting HTA Scholarship Committee Coordinator Heather McColloch, [hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com], c/o Northfield Park, 10705 Northfield Road, Northfield, OH 44067, 330-467-4101, ext. 2204. Deadline for application submissions is July 10, 2015.  Inaugurated in 1973 by the late HTA Executive Vice President Stan Bergstein, the scholarship program trustees have awarded 208 grants totaling $778,950 to 141 college and advanced degree students. The Snyder Family and ISC, providers of racetrack and sport facility video, graphics and audio services to over 100 U.S. and international clients, have been the primary benefactors of the fund. Significant monetary assistance also has come from the Tioga Horsemen’s Association, Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir of the New Meadowlands and Chris McErlean, an HTA Scholarship alumnus and current senior executive at Penn National Gaming.  Heather McColloch c/o Northfield Park 330-467-4101, ext. 2204 hmccolloch@northfieldpark.com

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 16, 2015 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program will once again offer college scholarships in 2015 to the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2015. Scholarships, valued at a total distribution of $7,500, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themselves a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing. Only one candidate per household will be considered, and there is a lifetime cap of $10,000 per individual. The applicant must have taken either the SAT or ACT test, be accepted to or attend a college or university and fill out the SBOANJ's Scholarship Award application. Financial need, student involvement in community work, extracurricular academic activities, evidence of strong character and leadership and interest in the equine industry will all be considered. Applications and requirements are available on the SBOANJ website - www.sboanj.com -- or at Freehold and the Meadowlands [see Horsemen's Rep Linda Goss], the Backstretch Community Assistance Program offices at the Meadowlands and Showplace Farms [see Dr. Chris Samaha] and the SBOANJ office at 64 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Westfield, IN - The April 30 application deadline for three scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is rapidly approaching. Applications and complete information on these financial awards is available at http://hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on GPA, financial need, completeness of application and quality of essay (where applicable). The three HHYF scholarships are the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, a stipend of up to $15,000, sponsored by Martin Scharf, for children of licensed trainer or caretakers in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey; The $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship for students who have demonstrated a passion for harness racing and have financial need; and the $1,500 Sweet Karen Scholarship for alumni of HHYF Summer Programs. The HHYF website also provides a comprehensive listing of harness racing-related scholarships available through other sources at http://www.hhyf.org/industry-scholarships. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation was established in 1976 and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs and educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to www.hhyf.org. For more information on this release contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392, or at keith@hhyf.org.  

Westfield, IN - After last year's success the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Drive for Youth, the organization's annual fall fundraiser, will again be a week-long national effort, kicking off on October 5 at The Red Mile and running through October 11. Top driver and HHYF trustee Corey Callahan is again challenging his fellow horse people to participate. "Last year was a Great Success and of course we want to improve on that this year," he explains." We really appreciate everyone's help to continue with these programs so we can see more epic HHYF stretch battles like we saw on Hambletonian day this year. Those kids left with a wonderful experience and memory and the Drive For Youth fundraiser guarantees that many more will have that great experience." Owners, trainers and drivers can pledge either a percentage of their earnings during Drive for Youth week, or they can pledge a flat amount as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. "We are thrilled to have the support of horsemen at Hoosier Park on October 10, and The Meadows and Harrington Raceway with dates soon to be announced, but we are requesting all trainers, drivers, and owners to participate. Their support ensures longevity for our programs including our summer camps and scholarships." To make a pledge to Drive for Youth, download the pledge form from www.hhyf.org/drive-for-youth. You may also contact Taylor at 317- 867-5877 or by e-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org for additional information. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.  

The 2014/2015 SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship winners were recognized in the winner's circle at Yonkers Raceway last Saturday July 26.   The $5,000 first place scholarship award winner Alleysha Reynolds was in the winner's circle with her family and received the check from SOA of NY President Joe Faraldo and Yonkers Raceway Track Superintendent Ed Ryan.   Faraldo and Ryan also presented the second place prize, a $3,000 scholarship to Sarah Vallee, daughter of Yonkers trainers Shaun and Anita Vallee.   Alleysha Reynolds is currently enrolled at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA where she is majoring in equine science and management. Sarah Vallee will begin her studies at the University of Delaware this Fall where she plans to become a veterinarian.   The annual SOA of NY/Yonkers Raceway scholarships are awarded to SOA members, or members of their immediate families, or to covered individuals (backstretch personnel) or a member of their immediate families, for study beyond the high school level. The recipient is chosen on the basis of merit and financial need.   Standardbred Owners Association of Ne York

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that seven students will share more than $11,000 in MSOA scholarships as they continue their educations this fall. Garrett Adams, son of John and Lisa Dunn-Adams, has been named the winner of the $5,000 MSOA Scholarship. He will attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall. The $2,500 MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship has been awarded to Alyssa Cummings, daughter of Todd and Tammy Cummings. She attends Community College of Allegheny County. A $1,800 MSOA/Hypnotic Blue Chip Scholarship, via a donation of a breeding to the stallion, goes to Hallie Nesselroad, daughter of Joe and Janet Nesselroad. She attends the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The $1,000 MSOA/LCM Nutraceuticals Dr. Barry Betts Memorial Scholarhip has been split between Ryan Bush and Chelsea Fahy. Bush, the son of Steve and Kim Bush, will attend Washington & Jefferson College, while Fahy is a student at the Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. A $1,000 MSOA/Tom Ridge Scholarship, also created through the donation of breedings to the stallion, will be shared by Shannon Teed and Courtney Wrenn. Teed is a student at West Liberty State University, while Wrenn attends Indiana University. The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year's recipients, and thank all of our partners, Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance, Dr. Larry Smith of LCM Nutraceuticals, Fran Azur and Ted Tomson," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Without their help, none of this would be possible, and we believe it is valuable to help these young people work toward their future. We are proud to be part of that." Jeff Zidek

The Harness Tracks of America College Scholarship Fund is offering three, $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in the sport of harness racing or to the children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased), including licensed drivers, trainers, caretakers or management officials. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need and active harness racing involvement. Applications are available now by contacting Harness Tracks of America via phone at 520-529-2525 or e-mail at delight@harnesstracks.com. The deadline for returning all application materials is June 20, 2013. Applications can also be completed/downloaded from the following Web site: www.harnesstracks.com/scholarships.htm The scholarship program, begun in 1973, has made 202 grants to 135 worthy students involved in harness racing since its inception with the scholarships totaling $762,950. HTA 2014-2015 Scholarship Application>>2014-2015 Scholarship Application  

The Conger family is finding success in harness racing both on and off the racetrack.  Hudson, Ohio’s Jeff Conger trained Colby D to victory in the ninth race on Wednesday (October 30) at Northfield Park, a mere two days after the Harness Tracks of America announced that his daughter, Ashley Conger, is one of three recipients of a $5,000 scholarship. Wednesday’s triumph marks the fifth win this year for Colby D (Emile Angus-Royal Two-Royal Troubador), who now has 13 career victories and earnings of $63,563.  Ashley Conger, 17, is one of three recipients of the Harness Tracks of America’s (HTA) annual scholarship program.  She is a 2013 graduate of Hudson High School with a 3.8 GPA.  Ashley is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, Joe Urban.  As an owner, trainer and driver, Joe Urban has been involved with racing horses for 45 years.  He campaigned horses such as Anastasia Brat and Anastasia AJ. Ashley’s parents Jeff and Linda Conger have been involved with racing as owners, trainers and have both driven horses.  Jeff campaigned Northfield Park Wall of Fame inductee Berlin Flyer.  He has 650 driving wins with purses totaling nearly $3,000,000 and Linda has 153 driving victories to her credit.   Ashley received her groom’s license in 2012 and has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the standardbred industry.  She has also been active in 4-H, holding officer positions within two clubs; both as secretary and president.  Ashley is currently a freshman at the University of Findlay where she plans to study Pharmacology.  She was one of 25 applicants this year according to Delight Craddock, administrator of the HTA scholarship program. 2013 marks the 40th year that the HTA has granted scholarships and have given 199 scholarships to 138 different individuals, for a total of $747,950. Ayers Ratliff

Three college students with high marks, high hopes and high ideals have been named winners of Harness Tracks of America’s 2013 college scholarships. Each recipient has harness racing family connections and each receives a $5,000 check toward their college education. Each of the winners has worked with harness horses and in harness racing. The 2013 winners are: CHELSEA FAHY, 22, Washington, Pennsylvania, daughter of William and Moira Fahy, harness racing owners, trainers and William is also a driver. A graduate of The University of Findlay, Fahy is now in her first year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Fahy is a third-generation horsewoman who, along with her parents, has a successful stable of horses. She was active in the Harness Racing Youth League at the Meadows and worked as a veterinary assistant for Canon Hill Equine Clinic. She credits her positive experiences growing up at the racetrack to her lifelong dream of becoming an equine veterinarian and owning her own practice. AMY NAROTSKY, 20, Willowbrook, Illinois, daughter of Eliot Narotsky, director of racing/racing secretary for Maywood Park and Balmoral Park, and Jean Narotsky, financial manager for Francenter.- Narotsky is a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying Animal Sciences with plans to attend veterinary school upon graduation. She chose the University of Illinois because of the opportunity to work with Dr. Kevin Kline and the Standardbred breeding program there. Narotksy’s great-grandfather was racing when Maywood Park first opened. After discovering harness racing at Buffalo Raceway while in high school, her father “Doc” went on to become the youngest racing secretary of the time. She has spent her life “hanging around” in the race office with her father and a few years ago was offered the opportunity to work at the Illinois State Fair in the race office and as the ringmaster an experience she likens to a dream come true. She has since moved her way up to being a placing judge and helping in the race office at Maywood and Balmoral. ASHLEY CONGER, 17, Hudson, Ohio, is the daughter of Jeff Conger, a Standardbred owner/trainer, and Linda Conger, a physical therapist. Conger is a third-generation horsewoman with ties to harness racing that began with her grandfather, horseman Joe Urban, over 45 years ago. Both her parents received their racing licenses as teenagers and she has followed by acquiring her groom’s license in 2012 at Northfield Park. Conger has spent a great deal of her free time working with her family in the Standarbred business as well as holding the officer positions within two 4-H clubs; one as presidnt and the other as secretary. With a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8, Conger is studying Pharmacy at The University of Findlay. The winners were selected by HTA’s Scholarship Committee, consisting of 10 HTA directors and racing industry executives from around the country, cochaired by former HTA president Jeffrey Smith and David Snyder of International Sound Corporation. Submitted by Harness Tracks of America

A big fundraising night will be held at Newcastle trots this Saturday for the Men of League foundation. Ron Coote, in partnership with Jim Hall and Max Brown, founded The Men of League Foundation in 2002 to support members of the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times. Their vision was to build a foundation that provides practical assistance with everything from medical operations, rehabilitation and nursing equipment to welfare support, grants and scholarships. More than a decade on, The Men of League Foundation has grown to boast a robust membership of more than 22,000 with 42 committees nationally; all passionate members working towards a shared vision to celebrate the game's rich history and provide assistance and support to players, coaches, referees, officials and administrators from all levels of the game and the broader rugby league community. The Newcastle/Hunter branch has over 1200 members. There are two major pieces of memorabilia for auction on Saturday night, a framed and signed print of the 8th immortal Andrew 'Joey' Johns and the great Ron Coote both in their Australian jersey and includes a record on their playing career. On the track Mark Callaghan looks set for a good night. The affable trainer, driver has been a one of the main stays of the industry over the past 15 years. He has several good chances on Saturday night including Tor Riley in race one, last start winner Curtis MaGuire in race two, Zorro Bromac who is first up from a 9 month spell but went back to back victories when last racing back in January, Inception in race four, Goodbye Fella in race five and last start winner Dynamite Lass in race eight. The first of eight races will jump at 6.15pm. Nancy O'Grady || Harness Racing New South Wales |  

Westfield, IN- The Harness Horse YouthFoundation’s Drive for Youth is rapidly approaching. The  program,  expanding from a one-day event at The Red Mileto a week-long program of National scope, kicks off on October 6 at The RedMile and runs through October 12. HHYF representatives will be particularly focused at  the Red Mile on entucky Futurity Day, but horsemen everywhere are encouraged to participate. Corey Callahan, one of the sport’s topdrivers this year, and an HHYF Trustee, explains “We are reaching out toeveryone this year so that all tracks can be involved and be part of this greatevent. Kentucky Futurity Day at the Red Mile is a special experience, but overa dozen tracks are racing that week. Not all kids grow up in harness racingfamilies so HHYF gives kids an opportunity to get involved on the sport that welove. These kids are our sport’s future.” Owners, trainers and drivers can pledgeeither a percentage of their winning during Drive for Youth week, or they canpledge a flat rate to HHYF, as Executive Director Ellen Taylor explains. “We havereached out to  top horsemen at eachtrack to participate and support our youth outreach programs including oursummer camps and scholarships, but ALL horsemen and horsewomen are invited topledge their support to HHYF. We have heard from quite a number of horsemen sofar, but it’s never too  late to jump in.” To make a pledge to Drive for Youth contact Taylor at 317- 867-5877 or bye-mail: Ellen@hhyf.org. Pledge forms are also available at http://www.hhyf.org/uploads/13pledgeform.pdf The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educationalopportunities with  harness horses, inorder to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation hasbeen making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programsinclude interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals,scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials.For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission,go to www.hhyf.org. For more on this press release, contact HHYF Project Manager Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or hhyfkeiith@earthlink.net. Submitted by HHYF

Monticello, NY --- As the 2013 GSY Summer Pacing Series heads toward the final leg on Wednesday (Sept. 11), the participating horsemen and women are ecstatic over the generous $8,000 purse that Harrah’s Philadelphia has offered the amateur drivers. Considering that the class of horse used for these events, $5,000 claiming pacers, generally races for about half that amount, finding willing contestants was not an issue. “It is a win-win all around -- which bodes well for amateur racing and the harness industry,” exclaimed series founder and organizer David Yarock. Fresh off a pair of driving victories at another one of his successful endeavors, the All-Amateur Day at Monticello Raceway, the financial planner and active amateur driver noted that “the race at Chester (Harrah’s Philadelphia) is very competitive -- five or six horses have a shot at winning. It is our first time at this prominent venue and we want to put on a good show.” Last week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and this week at Harrah's Philadelphia, the race is sponsored by Winners Circle Blueberries. Former trainer-driver and current Blueberry magnate Bill Augustine dusted-off his colors for the GSY series and makes his second start at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Augustine is not shy about his love of harness racing, stating, “Promoting the sport through amateur racing is a lot of fun and also supports a number of very worthwhile causes.” Wild Bill needs a win at Philadelphia in order to advance into the final. So far this season, this competition for amateur drivers has been hosted by eight different tracks in the northeast. The final of the series will be held Saturday (Sept. 21) at Freehold Raceway as part of the second annual Open Space Pace Day. A total of 17 reinsmen and two reinswomen have driven in at least one leg. Only the top eight point winners earn a berth in the final. The leading point winner in the GSY series is Robert “The Headhunter” Hechkoff. With 51 points, he has been the most consistent driver in the series, never missing a check in any of the seven previous legs and he has been five times 1-2-3. Hechkoff was named this year’s Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s amateur driving champion. Tied for second place with 45 points each are drivers Monica Banca and Alan Charles. Banca, whose horse Ruthless Ace was assigned the eight hole for this dash, comes into the race with a .622 UDR. In her first year of driving she has posted seven wins in just 15 starts. A full-time Standardbred trainer, Banca won her last two GSY series starts at Tioga and Pocono. Charles, who raced a stable of horses at Yonkers during the 1990s, joined the amateur ranks a few years ago and is an energy consultant from New York City. When developing this event, series founder David Yarock enlisted the guidance and assistance of two industry leaders to get it off the ground -- Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir. With their input and support the GSY Pacing Series has flourished, while also providing funding for a number of very important causes. All monies raised are equally divided among: The Magic Paintbrush Organization, a Southern Tier-based NGO, which provides facilitated workshops for thousands of individuals, infants through geriatric, diagnosed with a developmental disability (e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, cognitive delay). Edward Weiner and Edward Yarock Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to individuals pursuing higher education related to the harness racing industry, as well as assistance for any individual in the harness racing community, including their children and/or family members, in their pursuit of higher education. Open Space Pace seeks to highlight the relationship between the horse and open space in New Jersey. The annual event will raise funds to support non-profit organizations involved in the equine industry and the preservation of open space. The Open Space Pace will strive to increase awareness, educate the public, and stress the importance of open space in the Garden State. Entries for the GSY Pacing Series eighth and final leg at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 11) are as follows: Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML Odds 1. Charlie Leru, David Yarock, Dolores Basilone, 6-1 2. B B Smash, Matt Zuccarello, Matt Zuccarello, 15-1 3. Donnie Bop, Alan Charles, Marcus Marashian, 4-1 4. Needles And Pins, Mark Schullstrom, Peter Stratton, 10-1 5. In The Mix, Theresa Donnelly, John Berger, 20-1 6. Hickory Louie, William Augustine, Robert Lounsbury, 6-1 7. Danger Sign N, Robert Hechkoff, Brandon Simpson, 9-2 8. Ruthless Ace, Monica Banca, Rick Dane, Jr., 5-2 9. Captain Greg, Peter Kleinhans, Tony Dinges, 8-1 by Chris Tully

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 26, 2013 - The 2013 Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Scholarships were presented in winner's circle ceremonies at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 26, 2013. Plaques and checks were presented to Caroline Fanning [$5,000], John McDermott [$1,500] and Nicole Coyne [$1,500]. All three honorees are from prominent New Jersey harness racing families. Caroline Fanning, 18, is the daughter of Tom and Moira Fanning of Jackson, NJ. John McDermott, 19, is the son of John and Nancy McDermott of Lyndhurst, NJ. Nicole Coyne, 20, is the daughter of Ron and Regina Coyne of New Egypt, NJ. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ Presenting the SBOANJ scholarships and plaques in the Meadowlands winner's circle on July 26, 2013 were Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] Executive Director Chris Samaha [far left] and SBOANJ Director Ed Razzetti [far right] to Caroline Fanning, Nicole Coyne and John McDermott.   

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