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Rendell wins Messenger Award

February 18, 2010

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Edward G. Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania, has been named winner of the 2010 Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award, highest honor bestowed by Harness Tracks of America (HTA), the association of North American harness racetracks.

The annual award, named for the English thoroughbred imported to America in 1788 and founder of the harness breed, and for Stan Bergstein, now in his 49th year as executive vice president of HTA, recognizes exceptionally meritorious contributions to the sport of harness racing.

Governor Rendell is the 30th recipient, and is being recognized for his determined and decisive efforts in revitalizing harness racing in Pennsylvania.

Hugh Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of Western Fair Raceway in Ontario and President of HTA, in announcing this year’s winner, said, “Ed Rendell’s contributions to Pennsylvania harness racing have been immense, and have transformed the sport in his state to major international prominence and stature.”

Gov. Rendell will receive the Messenger at the 2010 annual joint convention of HTA and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations on Wednesday, March 10, at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells, California. (HTA)

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