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April 16, 2020
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There may not be any live racing going on at a track near you, but there is still plenty of news happening and the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview has it all. In this week’s issue, we remember the Hall of Famer Phil Langley, the former USTA president and a giant in not only Illinois racing but in all of racing. USTA executive director Mike Tanner adds some personal memories he has of Phil.
It’s the time of year when horsemen begin to leave their winter base in warmer climate and return north, but for trainers George Ducharme, Howard Okusko Jr. and Homer Hochstetler, they have to remain in place as they await shipping north to the backstretch of Vernon Downs in New York. The trio talk to Gordon Waterstone about their plans. The cancellation or postponement of stakes races are beginning to be announced, and the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park is now on the “TBA” calendar.
The recent indictments and arrests of several harness horsemen prompted former USTA chairman of the board Paul Fontaine to write a letter to the industry, to which newly-elected USTA chairman of the board Joe Faraldo responds. We also have a letter to the industry from Hanover Shoe Farms’ Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, announcing a matching-funds grant of $250,000 to support integrity.
The USTA’s board of directors also recently met via teleconference and several rule changes were approved. Included among the changes was a new rule regarding the maintenance of racetracks.
Another recent death is the filly Artbitration, and Kathy Parker takes a look back at the career of the pacer, who rose to fame while trained by her brother, Norm. And we also have more updates on the return of some of the stars of racing, including Atlanta, Lyons Sentinel, Southwind Ozzi and Tall Dark Stranger.
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