HARNESS TRACKS OF AMERICA ADDS MEADOWLANDS, CAL EXPO, RED MILE, ELECTS OFFICERS

Tucson, AZ – Harness Tracks of America (“HTA) is proud to announce the addition of the Meadowlands Racetrack, Cal Expo Harness Racing and The Red Mile to its roster of member racing associations after approval of the application of each of the racetracks by the HTA Board of Directors. Principals of each track will begin serving on the HTA Board and committees immediately.

“The addition of these three tracks, one in the East, one in the Midwest and one in the West, provides increased strength and solidarity to the roster of HTA tracks,” said HTA Executive Vice President Paul Estok, “building on our goals of streamlining and restructuring our organization, enabling us to stand together on issues of importance and creating a united front and source of information for North American racetracks large and small.”

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FLORZELL “GEORGIE BOY” DANIELS NAMED 2012 HANOVER SHOE FARMS/HTA GROOM OF THE YEAR

Florzell “Georgie Boy” Daniels of Harrington,Delaware, has been named 2012 Groom of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Harness Tracks of America (“HTA”). In nominating the 83-yearold Daniels, Michel Ridgely Jr., a Maryland Racing Commission employee, and Jackie MacLeod, a trainer and driver, noted that despite his age, Daniels “goes about his work as if he were 23 years old instead of 83.”

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2013-2014 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

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 [email protected] The deadline for returning all application materials is June 17, 2013.

Applications can also be downloaded from the following link:

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The scholarship program, begun in 1973, has made 199 grants to 133 worthy students involved in harness racing since its inception with the scholarships totaling $747,950.

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HANOVER SHOE FARMS WINS 2013 BERGSTEIN MESSENGER AWARD

Tucson, AZ- Hanover Shoe Farms of Hanover, Pennsylvania, one of harness racing’s premier and storied breeding farms, has been named the 2013 winner of Harness Tracks of America’s Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association of major racing organizations in the United States and Canada. 

In announcing the award, HTA Executive Vice President Paul Estok said, “Hanover Shoe Farms is being recognized for remaining unwavering in promoting harness racing in countless ways and continuing Lawrence Sheppard’s love of and dedication to improving the breed.” 

The annual award is named for the English thoroughbred imported to America in 1788 and foundation sire of the Standardbred horse, and for the late industry titan Stan Bergstein, who spent 50 years as executive vice president of HTA.  The award recognizes exceptionally meritorious contributions to the sport of harness racing and few organizations fit that requirement like Hanover Shoe Farms. In addition to being the cradle of a staggering number of champion horses, those involved with the operation since the founding of the Standardbred breeding farm and nursery have worked to better the harness racing industry both privately and publicly — recruiting owners, working with legislators, serving on the boards of practically every important racing industry group and providing support for charitable endeavors such as the HTA/Hanover Shoe Farms Caretaker of the Year Award. 

HTA President Paul Fontaine, who represents Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts and is himself a breeder and owner of harness horses, said of this year’s Bergstein Messenger winner, “Recognizing Hanover Shoe Farms is truly a pleasure. The name itself carries with it a history of innovation, foresight, integrity and excellence promoted by individuals with names like Sheppard, Simpson, Spears, Williams and Brown. Hanover Shoe Farms is harness racing, and as such, is a most deserving winner of this prestigious award.” 

The Bergstein Messenger Award will be presented to representatives of Hanover Shoe Farms as one of the highlights of 2013 Harness Racing Congress during the U.S. Harness Writers Association Dan Patch Awards Dinner at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, March 3rd.

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DAVE BRIGGS WINS HTA’S DAN PATCH AWARD

Dave Briggs, who since 1995 has been the editor of and writer for The Canadian Sportsman, Canada’s oldest magazine, has won Harness Tracks of America’s Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing.

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