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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 “Groom of the Year” Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport’s horses.

All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 31st annual “Groom of the Year” award is a letter from an individual or group to Harness Tracks of America detailing the skills and special qualities of the groom. The winning groom receives an oil painting of himself or herself with the horse of their choice. All individuals nominated for the award receive a certificate of excellence and the first 50 grooms nominated also receive an embroidered jacket as a groom of the year nominee.

The “Groom of the Year” Award was founded in 1982 after Delvin Miller, addressing attendees at the annual HTA meeting as its Messenger Award winner for that year, noted the sport gave no recognition to its grooms, its unsung stars. The 2011 “Groom of the Year” was Greg Haverstick.

The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2012. All letters detailing why candidates are deserving of the honor as groom of the year should be mailed to Harness Tracks of America, 12025 E. Dry Gulch Pl., Tucson, AZ, 85749. Nominations also may be submitted by fax to 520-529-3235 or by e-mail to [email protected] Letters must contain the name, address, telephone number and jacket size (S, M, L, XL, XXL) for the nominated groom, along with the name, address and telephone number of the nominator.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Department of State

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Department of State regarding amendments to Subdivisions (a), (b) and (e) of Section 4043.8 , Subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 4043.9 , Subdivisions (a), (b) and (e) of Section 4120.13 and Subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 4120.14 of Title 9 New York Code Rules and Regulations. Additionally, new Subdivision (c) is added to Section 4043.9 of 9 NYCRR and new Subdivision (c) is added to Section 4120.14 of 9 NYCRR.

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USTA Committee Headed by HTA President Paul Fontaine Calls for Research on and Testing for Exotic Drugs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 28, 2012) – At the most recent United States Trotting Association (USTA) annual meeting in February, USTA President Phil Langley appointed a committee of horsemen and track operators to study drug testing and to investigate what the industry can do to improve testing procedures, including providing more financial support.

Paul Fontaine, president of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), agreed to head that committee and has already held several meetings.

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