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For the second year in a row, George Brennan, the 45-year-old Monticello, New York, native is Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year, the formidable achievement that remains the most difficult award in the sport of harness racing to win.

The evidence of the accomplishment is clear in the fact that of the 3,438 drivers who competed for purses in North America in 2012, only six were able to finish in the top 10 in Money Won, Races Won and Universal Driver Rating System (UDRS) in-the-money percentage.

Under the HTA formula, points are awarded on the basis of 25 for first down to one for 25th in the standings in Money Won, Races Won, and UDRS, with a 25-point bonus for finishing in the top 25 in all three categories.

Brennan’s 2012 Driver of the Year trophy will be presented at the Harness Racing Congress as part of the United States Harness Writer’s 2013 Dan Patch Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 3, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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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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