Goshen Chapter USHWA Donates $3000 to Track
By John Manzi for Monticello-Goshen USHWA
After again running another successful awards banquet in late November, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers Association donated $3000 to Historic Track at their Christmas Party which followed a Board Meeting on December 9. The presentation of the check was made to Kerry English, Chairman of the Historic Track Board of Directors by Mon-Go USHWA Chapter officer, John Manzi.
For the 33rd consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has donated to Historic Track and will again donate $3000 to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame next July.
Last summer the organization presented a $3000 check to Museum President Larry Devan prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Goshen, NY.
Since the late 1980’s the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has donated money to Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Money raised for the donations is made possible from successful chapter banquets and the continued support of the chapter’s charity journals.
“We thank all who participate in our annual awards banquet and charity journal and we are very fortunate to be able to raise the money….. and when we do…. it is our pleasure to donate the profits back to the industry; especially to Historic Track and to the Harness Racing Museum Track, which are not only in our own back yard but very dear to the hearts of everyone in harness racing,” noted Chris Tully, President of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA and well as Nation USHWA National president.
In the early 1980’s annual donations by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA were used to support a college scholarship but it was decided back then that when the chapter donates it should be to Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum--both separate not-for profit entities—although over the years the chapter has also donated to other harness racing industry causes.
Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA
Holds Its 57th Annual Awards Banquet
The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 57th Annual Awards Banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 22. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm.
Honored were the outstanding efforts both human and equine at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track this year as well as prominent individuals for their contributions to the industry.
The Excelsior Award was presented to the knowledgeable and hardworking Betty Holt, the executive director of the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS. Among her duties is traveling the state and visiting the pari-mutuel tracks and non-betting ovals twice a year in addition to running and attending various seminars and meetings that her office participates.
Janet Terhune, the director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, was the 32nd recipient of the Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award for her tireless efforts and her expertise in promoting the sport at Historic Track as well as the Harness Racing Museum.
The recipient of the prestigious Phil Pines Award was the award winning writer, Barbara Bedell, whose daily column in the Times Herald Record is read and enjoyed by readers from all walks of life. With harness racing a staple in the Hudson Valley, Barbara is a great promoter of good deeds by the people in the sport that evolved in and around Goshen NY as far back as 1837.
Few people in harness racing are as pleasant to be around and or as talented as Eddie Hart who grew up near Goshen NY. His superb horsemanship and his easy going demeanor made it easy for the local scribes to present him with the John Gilmour Good Guy Award. Although Eddie has had many local standouts but he was catapulted into the national spotlight with the success of his top pupil, Roll With Joe.
Hannah Miller was named the Chapter’s “Amateur Driver of the Year” and she’s just the second woman to win such an honor. Hannah has been the scourge of the amateur races this year and she has recorded 32 winners this year alone and has a .447 UDR. And she ‘dances every dance’ as a member of many amateur driving organizations.
Young, Shawn Simons, 24, the son of talented horseman Mike Simons, was presented with the chapter’s Rising Star Award. Just last week he received his full “A” license as a provisional driver Shawn had driven 19 winners and his future in the sulky seems secure.
And an Award of Appreciation was presented to Monticello Raceway’s longtime announcer Howard Oil who has been behind the Mighty M microphone since 1984. His love of harness racing and flawless race calls have endeared him to racing fans.
Brenda Messenger, Dr. Scott Woogen and Phil Shapiro’s KJ Erich was named the 2 Year Old Pacer of the Year” while P & J Stables Outsidecourt garnered the “2 Year Old Trotter of the Year” award”.
Three-Year- Old Pacer of The Year honors went to Robert, James and John Dill’s filly, Moccasin Blue Chip, while Bob McNerney’s Hollywood’s That Way, was the choice for “3-Year- Old Trotter of the Year”.
The “Older Trotting Horse of the Year” award” went to Bill & Carol Fuhs and Lynette Buter’s Best Friend Always while Jim Doherty Jr.’s Linda Marie took home the “Older Trotting Mare of the Year” trophy.
Giddyallyougot walked away with the “Older Pacing Horse of the Year” award and Mike Schultz’ Powerful Love was the unanimous choice for “Older Pacing Mare of the Year” honors.
Since claiming races are a staple of Monticello Raceway’s racing programs multiple awards were presented in the claiming categories.
Claiming Pacer Awards for horses and geldings went to Ed and James Hall’s
Talldarknhandsome, Mike Schultz’Amazing Quest, and Larry Waldbaum’s Where’s Waldo.
While Claiming Pacer Awards for fillies and mares were presented to Lou Vutianitis’ Rusty’s Treasure, Ed Hall’s Rusty’s Flying, Mike Schultz’s Caviart Savannah, and Larry Stalbaum’s I’m A Nice Girl.
Claiming Trotter Awards for horses and geldings went to Mike Simons’ Ashcroft, Dr. Sam Sbarra’s Baltimor AS, and Barbara Russo’s City Kid.
Claiming Trotter awards for fillies and mares were presented to Mike Schultz’ Grace N Charlie and Larry Stalbaum’s Ellen’s Streak.
Mike Schultz’s horses have won over 100 races this year alone at the Mighty M and he easily walked away with the “Owner of the Year Award”.
Giddyallyougot was named “Horse of the Year” as a result of the 7-year old Cams Card Shark gelding winning 16 races in 33 starts and amassing over $54,000 in purse money racing exclusively at the Mighty M. He is owned by C and F Associates and trained by Andrew Adamczyk and was driven by Bruce Aldrich, Jr.
Hall of Fame publicist and past USHWA National president John Manzi, served as the banquet emcee.
Goshen Historic Track Auxiliary Donated $9,000 to the National Historic Landmark
At a recent meeting of the Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track at Catherine’s Restaurant in the village, the Auxiliary made a $9,000 donation to the members of the Historic Track’s Board of Directors many of whom had joined them for dinner that evening.
Accepting the $9,000 check from Auxiliary co-president Judy Green was Steve Jones, President of the track’s Board of Directors.
“We are always so very appreciative of the Auxiliary’s dedicated efforts and we can’t thank them enough”, Jones said.” The ladies do an outstanding job and work tirelessly to raise money for Historic Track.”
Money is raised annually through the efforts of members of the Historic Track Auxiliary with an array of fundraisers. Last year $7,000 was donated and in previous years they donated more. And over the past few decades the amount of the Auxiliary’s donations is well into six figures.
There were three CKG Billings amateur trots on the 13-race card at Goshen Historic Track last Saturday (July 4) and of the 17 drivers who competed five were women. The gals may have been out numbered but when the dust had settled they were not out-driven. Two divisions were won by the ladies while “Pacin’ Peter” Gerry’s victory saved face for the men.
In no surprise to anyone the first division saw “Hurricane Hannah” Miller, the hottest driver in amateur racing today, guide Casanova Lindy to a seven-length triumph over Bobby “Rapid Rail” Krivelin and Gimme The Loot in a time of 2:00.4.. And after making a break at the start, Starsaboveallerage finished third for Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford.
For Hannah it was her 20th winning drive in amateur competition this year, and with 11 seconds and 10 thirds to go along with her victories she is now coasting along with a lofty .491 UDR. And as an added bonus,for the first time Hannah was joined in the winners circle by her proud parents.
A second Billings division was also on by a lady when “California Karen” Isbell got her own Truth in Action up in the final strides to collar Nautilus De Vie and driver Dave”Steady As” Yarock in a 2:05.4 clocking. Linda B and “Mighty Matt” Zuccarello finished third.
In from the west coast where she was competing at Cal Expo it was “California Karen’s” third driving victory this season. Currently with three wins, one second and three thirds in 14 starts she is carrying a very respectable .325 UDR.
But it took “Pacin’ Peter” Gerry’s victory with Candid Man in a third Billings split to keep the boys off the schneid.
However, Gerry’s victory wasn’t an easy one as he had to continually urge the altered son of Malabar Man down the homestretch. And his urging wasn’t in vain when he rallied Candid Man to overtake Tony “the Capo” Verruso and pace-setting Drill Sergeant Sam in the deep stretch in a time of 2:07.2 . Up from Florida where she used to race regularly at Pompano Park, “Sunshine Miriam” Toland took home the show dough with Jim’s Little Red.
For Peter Gerry his victory was his first of the season and the first three years. Still the venture capitalist was as happy as a kid with candy. “It sure feels great to win even though it took a while to do it,” he said.
In his long and storied career “Pacin Peter”, the former longtime president of the Billings Series, notched his 81st amateur driving victory.