USHRAA Newsletter
September, 2018
Issue - 002

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Welcome

In This Issue

Introduction, by Freddie Hudson
Teddy Wing, by Freddie Hudson
Shane Darish, by Kristen Chiarello
Straight From the Horses Mouth, by Candi Cane Cooper
Did the Registar Abuse his Powers, by Tammy Aspden
Stop Drugs in Horse Racing, by Staci Hancock
The Coalition For Horseracing Integrity, by Shawn Smeallie
On Horse Slaughter, by Susan Arrington
The Real Story, by Judy Bokman & SRF Staff
METS: Building A Network, by Brittney Carow
A Win For The Horse Industry, by Julie Broadway
Giving Second Chances, by Stephanie Jacobs
My Journey as a Horsemen, by Oscar Belliveau
Breaking the Predicability Trap, by Charles Martino
Mortality Insurance, by Billy Haughton
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Introduction
By Freddie Hudson


Welcome to the United States Harness Racing Alumni Association's September newsletter. Our newsletter is published on the first of each month. We cover horse and human interest stories and we  focus on the issues that are of concern to all involved in the harness racing industry

The mission of the USHRAA is the enhanced promotion of the harness racing sport, the passage of legislation that benefits the sport and the promotion of best practices in the aftercare of our horses.

The August Newsletter was well received and we received many compliments. I thank all of our contributors and readers for making it a success.

I hope that you continue to enjoy  reading  our articles and that you find them educational. If you have an article,  an announcement, or comment for our next issue please email it to [email protected]

Thank you,

Freddie Hudson

Freddie Hudson

Spotlight On Teddy Wing

Teddy Wing
By Freddie Hudson

The United States Harness Writers Association voted Teddy Wing into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on August 20, 2018. The official ceremony will take place at the Harness Racing Museum on Hall of Fame day, July 7, 2019.

Teddy began his racing career at the age of 16, and by the age of 26, he had recorded his 1,000th win. Along with being a harness driver he was also an Olympic skier before an injury in a downhill skiing event ended his skiing career.

Teddy became a dominant reinsman on the New England circuit and had won driving titles at Foxboro, Rockingham, and Hinsdale before relocating to the Meadowlands and New York circuit in 1976,

I first met Teddy in 1976 at the Meadowlands. I had four horses in that night with my dad (Billy Hudson) down to drive them. My dad couldn't make it and had called in to the judges. I was in need of a driver, so I introduced myself to Teddy and asked him if he would like to drive my four horses that were in to race and I added to the conversation that all four of them should win.

Teddy kind of gave me a blank look and said that he would drive the first one, but that he had plans to meet his wife after the 5th race in the grandstand for dinner. At that time he did not realize that I was at that time training the Del Insko stable.

He won with the horse he chose, JJ's Ringo, and paid $18.00 and upon returning to the paddock he asked if the other horses were still in need of a driver. I told him no that I already had them covered. Two of the other horses won that night and the other one finished second by a nose. Today, Teddy and I joke about that story.

He would go on to become one of the top drivers racing on the Metropolitan New York circuit that included the Meadowlands, Yonkers, and Roosevelt Raceway. During his career, he has won 5,139 races with earnings of over $32 million. He is one of the few drivers that at the age of 60 or older has paced a mile in 1:48.0 or better. He accomplished that feat at the Meadowlands in 2008 behind Francam.

He has handled such great horses, as Skip By Night, Gallo Blue Chip, Butler BG, Calvert, Art Attack, and many others. Today in his semi-retirement, he and his wife Jackie campaign one horse, Double Again, at Monticello Raceway.

Teddy Wing

Teddy Wing leading the post parade at the Meadowlands

Inside Harness Racing

Kristen Chiarello

Kristen is the granddaughter of Roosevelt & Yonkers Racways driving star Archie Niles, Jr. He was a top driver in the 50's 60's and 70's. He won the Internatonal Challenge Trot three times, twice with Interloper in 1965 and 1966 and with Grandpa Jim in 1968.

Shane Darish Enjoying the Journey
​By Kristen Chiarello

For much of history, harness racing was a family affair. No one knows this better than Shane Darish. A third-generation horseman, Shane’s grandfather won the very first race held at Yonkers raceway. He maintained a public racing stable started in 1940 until his passing. The love of the sport continued with Shane’s father, John, who is a second-generation horse trainer and driver. Shane is stabled in Crawford NY which is halfway between Goshen, New York and Monticello, New York, a prime location for harness racing.

Shane’s story is about so much more than carrying on the family tradition. Darish holds a love of the sport beyond the glory of the big venues and prize winnings. He’s always held an interest that dates to the beginning, maintaining the values of what this sport meant to those who watched and participated. Back to when it was about community, family, and the love and respect shared for the horses and the sport. Darish operates a small racing stable campaigning horses at Yonkers, Monticello, Tioga, Plainridge, and the Meadowlands. He has a profound respect for the craft in and of itself, acknowledging the past but constantly working to make the future more successful. Taking time out to travel the NYSS Fair Circuit has never been a priority. Until now.

It all started with a memorial race for Shane Darish's grandparents. Not the race for Frank & Molly Darish, but for his other grandparents Frank & Dotty Reilly. Contested as a NYSS Fair Series Race for three-year-old colts & geldings Shane crossed the finish line first in 1:58.3 with Precious Bluechip, a rock n’ roll heaven colt he owns, trains and drives. With one win documented, it was time to experience how it was back when harness racing began, through county fair racing.

The ambiance of the County Fair found it’s prime in the early 40’s. Today’s tracks are surrounded by Ferris Wheels, carnival rides, food tents, and animals like cows, sheep, mules, and camels. All the tracks are half mile, but the shape of each track varies fair by fair, adding an extra element to each race. Families gather to partake in the activities of the day. Locals fill the grandstands, the horseman often bring their children and extended family, and it’s not uncommon for multiple generations to attend together. Very different from the way harness racing is depicted today.

His journey continued to Horsehead’s fair. A three-hour ship rewards with win number 2. Next was the Cobleskill Fair, noted as the most competitive, but a 29 second last quarter guaranteed win number 3. It was here that Shane hit his winning streak. The next race was the Bath Fair, which was unfortunately was cancelled shortly after arrival due to flooding. Needing one more qualifying start, he headed to Trumansburg Fair for win number 4.

The 4 wins and accumulated points propelled him to the next round, The NYSS Fair Final, which will be held on September 6th at the Monticello Raceway. Shane is only 26 and looks forward to moving on to the next race. Of course, like any horseman, the wins are important, but ultimately, he finds his greatest joy among the horses themselves. There’s no place he’d rather be than on the track amongst family and friends, grounded in his element. Of course on the golf course is a close second.

Shane Darish and Precious Blue Chip

Coments

Animal Communicator

Straight From The Horse's Mouth
​By Candi Cane Cooper

I have been communicating with animals my entire life, and doing it professionally for the last 20 years. I work with all types of animals all over the world - from racehorses to tortoises, aardvarks to zebras - communicating with them directly and through telepathy. Today I’d like to offer you a different perspective, speaking straight from the horse’s mouth.

Owners engage my services to address issues ranging from understanding basic personality traits all the way to overcoming physical or mental abuse. From the thousands of horses I’ve worked with throughout the years, I can say without question that each one is a unique individual, just like you or me - some are outgoing while others are shy, some are aggressive and others passive, some are funny, some are rude, and many can be downright cantankerous. If you’re reading this and have the pleasure of knowing horses, this should come as no shock.

As both an animal activist and a vegan I’m often challenged about my connections with the racing industry. Though I understand the potential for confusion, let me be clear…. I will speak for any animal that needs me - no matter what discipline or experience he or she is subjected to in their lifetime. I’m here to give them a voice, and the human caretakers that hire me to understand their equines are often some of the most compassionate and caring people on the planet.

Candi Cane Cooper

The question I hear from an overwhelming majority of owners/trainers is “Does my horse like to race?”

If I’m being honest, I’ve never talked with a working horse of any discipline, who said “I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow morning and have a human ride on top of me!” Yes, many horses do really enjoy their interactions with us, but don’t flatter yourself… Your horse doesn’t lay awake at night fantasizing about you on his back galloping through the meadow at sunset. That being said, many of the race ponies that I work with DO enjoy their careers and often have very competitive personalities. This is why they strive to be champions.

My very first experience at the racetrack was in 2008 at Santa Anita. I was working with a first time racer, trained by Doug O’Neill, whose odds were 14 to 1. Nobody thought he would do anything exciting and his first race was nothing more than a practice run. After our session together, however, I knew different. While prepping him for the race and getting him focused and stable, all he wanted to do was tell me his dreams of being a champion… just like his father – and he proved it. He won his very first race by three lengths!!! I’ve always heard people talk about racehorses “having heart,” and that day he showed me the uniquely intense fire that burns deep inside the racers’ hearts.

Horses are very smart, and over the years they have adapted to humans putting them in all sorts of situations. I’ve met horses living a wide variety of lifestyles – from backyard companions to Olympic champions. Though they are all unique unto themselves, the one thing they have in common is their desire to be their best for us - trying to fit into OUR world. They know they are under our control, so they usually do their very best to get along and make a good life for everyone involved - no matter what discipline we choose for them. Personally, I believe they are the most giving animals that we, as humans, have ever domesticated.
Giving though they may be as a species, your horse is just as complicated as you are. They have a range of emotions and remember all the wrongs that have been committed against them, but they remember all the “rights” as well. I always tell my human clients that there’s no such thing as unconditional love. Instead, our animals gift us with their unconditional compassion when we’ve earned it. In other words, they forgive when they want to. It’s not about OUR wants or needs.

The other thing everyone asks, of course, is “When is it time to retire my racer?”

When questioning a horse’s performance, I always tell my clients to take a deeper look. Remember, beneath that half-ton of majestic-ness lies a sensitive, deeply emotional, and truly sentient being. While a performance disruption is usually thought to be the result of a physical impairment, you’d be surprised to learn how often the source reveals itself to be either emotional or situational. You’d be even more surprised to learn how easy it can be to resolve many of these serious issues just by addressing them properly. Erratic physical behaviors have been easily corrected with a single conversation. Whether they’re flipping over in the paddock or having issues settling in calmly at the gate, the simple act of finding out what the horse truly needs or wants can work wonders.

When I work with animals, they are able to share their physical and emotional senses with me through remote viewing. (Feel free to Google that, I’ll wait….) For me, it feels like being hardwired directly into them. Though I’m not medically trained, my ability to relay an animal’s physical experiences and symptoms has helped many veterinarians to more effectively assess and treat the full spectrum of their patients’ needs. It’s also helped owners and trainers make better, more informed decisions. Working together as a team like this to care for your horse is an amazing way to open new doors and show your horses that they are truly and finally being heard.

I have the utmost admiration for all the horses who work so hard and give us all they have. Please don’t forget that they never asked to be domesticated; they never asked to be put in our care. Next time you question what your horse is thinking, try to remember that there is a whole lot more going on than meets the eye. Go ahead and ask them what’s happening. You never know what you might hear…. Try it! Or you can always just call me.

Horse Racing Integrity

Did the Registrar of the AGCO abuse his power?
By Tammy Aspden

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Registrar gets his power from the Standardbred Rules of Racing 2016 he can waive compliance to the rules as long as it is not prejudicial to the best interest of racing. But how can we be assured that the waiver of a breach is in the best interest of racing if the reason behind the waiver does not have to be disclosed?

To the best of our knowledge, there has never been a situation where a horse has tested positive where the horse and its connections were able to keep the purse. What the Registrar did when he awarded horses owners the purse after their horse tested positive is precedent setting and in our opinion, should not be allowed to stand.

Our horse’s official finish was changed and a horse that tested positive was allowed to keep the purse money, are we not entitled to know why? We asked one question with respect to why our horse’s official finish was changed and the Registrar of the AGCO refused to provide it. Why? Why not reveal the reasons?

This is a complete waste of tax dollars and a very unnecessary expense to us. We spent thousands trying to find the answer to this question and we still have no answers. How much did the AGCO and the Registrar spend to keep the reasons behind his decision of moving our horse from first place to second place a secret and away from us and the industry? This is the type of wasteful spending that needs to stop. This money did not have to be spent, the tax payer should never have had to spend one penny on this situation. We should not have had to spend money to get an answer.

When the Registrar made his order in October 2016, the reasons behind his waiver of the breach should have been outlined much like any other order that had been made in the past. This was not done, why? The industry and the participants in these races could have formed their own opinion as to if the waiver was in the best interest of racing. Yet the Registrar did none of this and that lead to our question.

The AGCO initially used one lawyer to deal with us and our question. One lawyer turned into two lawyers when we were trying to get the necessary documents that is usually provided in disclosure. We were forced to file a motion for the documents which of course is highly unusual. When we finally argued our appeal at the Horse Racing Appeal Panel, there were two lawyers and several AGCO staff to our one lawyer. Anyone sitting there in the gallery would have the same question, how much money are they wasting on this issue ? In fact that question was raised by a spectator that day in April. She, being a tax payer was absolutely outraged that her tax dollars were being spent on something that could have been resolved with ONE answer to ONE question that we had every right to ask.

The AGCO publications inform the industry as well as the public, if they want to appeal an order of the Registrar the forum to do so is HRAP. This information is found on the AGCO website as well as printed in AGCO brochures that are available at each racetrack across Ontario, Canada. Based on published advise by the AGCO we took our grievances to HRAP and we WON. The HRAP over turned the Registrars decision from October 2016 with respect to a race that was run in June 2015. We have been moved back into first place where we belong. We also won part of our cost back for filing that unnecessary motion for disclosure, in fact the HRAP gave us the maximum the rules allow. We spent more then we received but unfortunately we would never have received these documents had we not filed this motion. How can we argue about positive test certificates if the Racing Commission refuses to provide the certificates in question?

               Tammy Aspden

The AGCO is now claiming we should NOT have gone to HRAP with our grievances. The AGCO is claiming that ANYONE with a grievance that involves the Registrar where the Registrar made an order using the Rules of Racing in his order, can NOT argue that grievance at the HRAP. You NOW have to go to Judicial Review. We have been forced to hire another lawyer who specializes in Judicial Review to defend our WINs. The AGCO has hired outside counsel to take us to Judicial Review. This is another expense that the tax payer in Ontario is now going to have to pay all because they did NOT like the decision HRAP handed down nor do they like being ordered to pay our costs for disclosure. As far as I am aware, being ordered to pay costs with respect to horse racing has never happened to the AGCO before according to any documentation I have found on CanLII.

It should be noted that in the HRAP decision of May 18, 2018. The HRAP mentions Judicial Review. In their opinion, HRAP was created so horseman and racing participants would not have to take their grievances to the complicated and very expensive route of Judicial Review. You see at HRAP, you are not required to have a lawyer and concessions are made for the individuals who choose to self represent , the same is NOT given in Judicial Review. Which is why it is absolutely necessary that you hire a specialized lawyer when you go to Judicial Review. Of course the tax payer again is going to have to pick up the tab for that outside counsel the AGCO has hired. We will also be facing a hefty lawyer bill for what? To defend HRAP’s decisions? To get an answer to our question? To protect the integrity of the sport?

Apparently the AGCO does not read their own publications. If they did they would be aware that THEY, the AGCO, advised us to take our grievances to HRAP and NOT to Judicial Review......

The basis for the AGCO taking us to Judicial Review is that the Registrar says that HRAP lacks jurisdiction to hear appeals of the Registrar. This should be a concern for a number of reason. It’s a concern that the Registrar and the AGCO believe they are above the rules and therefor do not have to follow the rules. The rules specifically say you can appeal an employee or an officer of the AGCO to HRAP. In the HRAP’s opinion, the Registrar is both an employee and an officer of the AGCO. Yet the AGCO and the Registrar maintain a different opinion which should be a red flag to the industry. If the person in charge doesn’t believe he is bound by the rules, how can the industry have confidence that the rules are being applied? Rules were created for all involved not for just a select few. It also should be a concern that if the AGCO is successful and jurisdiction is taken away from the HRAP with respect to employees and officers of the AGCO, will there be a need for HRAP in the future? Will all grievances now need to go to Judicial Review? It should be noted that all Judges and Stewards are considered employees of the AGCO and therefor any grievance you have could not be taken to HRAP if their jurisdiction is removed.

There is far too much of this type of attitude from Racing Commissions on both side of the border. At some point the industry and its participants need to step up and say, enough is enough. The rules were implemented for the better of the sport. Integrity, honesty, consistency and transparency is paramount if the public is to continue to have faith in this sport. If racing is going to survive and thrive, we, the industry, its participants, need to ensure ALL involved in this great sport are following the SAME rules. Racing Commissions are not above the rules and it’s about time there was some type of accountability when the Commission is found to be in the wrong. It should not be a battle of the wallet since we all know Commissions have deeper pockets then us which is the situation we have found ourselves in. Racing Commissions are run by people and people are not perfect and neither are Racing Commissions. When Racing Commissions are held accountable with oversight much like racing is accountable to the public, good things will come.

Join WHOA’s 65 Standardbred Members, including Track Owner Jeff Gural, HOF Trainer Jimmy Takter and leading Owner/Breeders Cindy and Steve Stewart, and support the Horseracing Integrity Act. From owners and breeders to trainers and drivers, from industry professionals to racing handicappers – YOU have a stake in the game. By simply adding your name to the membership roster, you will support WHOA’s national grassroots movement. Visit our website for more information.

  “For our industry to move forward and return to prominence, we must eliminate performance-enhancing drugs. The mainstream media frequently paints horse racing as a drug-riddled sport while the general public views our sport with the same negativity as other sports that have suffered through performance-enhancing drug scandals. It is up to our industry to change this perception by taking an aggressive approach to cleaning up our sport. The first step towards doing this is eliminating all race day medication and considering the support of federal legislation to create a more uniform set of medication rules and strict penalties for violators.
  
The continued use of performance-enhancing drugs is dangerous to both our horses and human athletes. Customers have lost confidence betting on horse racing because of the lack of integrity in regards to drug use and the public views our sport as dirty. Members of our industry have refused change for too long; this step towards cleaning up the sport and restoring integrity must be taken if our sport is to survive.”


Jeffrey R. Gural 
Chairman, American Racing & Entertainment Lessee/Operator, New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC Owner/Breeder, Allerage Farms New York/Pennsylvania

“Finally we have an organization that can improve our business and sport.  God created a wonderful animal in the horse, that we have the pleasure to work with on a daily bases.  In return it is our responsibility to care for these horses and to treat them with respect. 

Horse racing is a costly business and I understand that through very competitive competition revenue needs to be generated to sustain the cost involved.  Performance enhancing drugs are not the means to improve one's chances of competitiveness. Performance drugs jeopardize the health of horses and human participants and the confidence of the betting public.  


In order for horse racing to thrive we need uniform rules/laws and uniform enforcement of these rules/laws in The United States.  The Horseracing Integrity Act can give us that.

I am very proud to be joining the efforts of WHOA.”


Jimmy Takter
Standardbred Hall of Fame Trainer

“We spend virtually every waking hour on the farm making sure the mares and foals we raise are as healthy as they can be.  And we want them to stay healthy, happy, and successful for the rest of their lives, on and off the track.  Over the decades of working toward that goal, we've come to believe that horse racing needs fewer drugs, period.  We applaud the efforts of WHOA to stop the administration of race-day drugs and hope its well-meaning efforts spread more quickly to the Standardbred industry, which has suffered long enough from suspicions that not every race is run on the level.”​

Cindy and Steve Stewart
Hunterton Farms

Join WHOA

Horseracing Integrity Act

Shawn Smeallie

Shawn founded the American Continental Group in 1994, bringing his extensive experience on Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch, and in the private sector to the firm. His knowledge of the regulatory and legislative process and his work on defense, trade, energy, tax, and environmental issues over the course of his 20 years in Washington, D.C. he provides the firm and its clients a significant resource. Prior to ACG, Mr. Smeallie served as a Special Assistant to President Bush for Legislative Affairs

Why Support Coalition for Horseracing Integrity
By Shawn Smeallie

Here are the Top Reasons

The coalition supports drug and medication reforms that will level the playing field for everyone invested in horse racing – our horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, and especially the fans that wager their hard earned money.

The coalition will make sure that the health and well-being of racehorses is the industry’s priority. Creating a system of uniform drug testing will ensure that we put the welfare of our horses first.

With 50% of horses racing in more than one state, today’s outdated patchwork of medication regulations makes horse racing complicated for trainers,  owners, and veterinarians. Legislation supported by the coalition will modernize the current system, create uniform standards across state lines, and provide much-needed certainty for the sport.

We are the only major racing jurisdiction in the world without uniform drug and medication rules. The U.S. desperately needs to catch up with the high standards and practices of the rest of the horse racing world.

Other sports have faced similar challenges – and with remarkable consistency, have found a solution – integrating a truly independent, third-party organization to oversee their drug testing programs. These sports leagues and organizations realized that no matter how well-intentioned, they cannot solve the issue of drug testing and enforcement on their own and be seen as credible by the sport’s participants and fans.

The coalition supports a private, non-profit, self-regulatory organization to be known as the Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority. The authority would be governed by a board composed of the chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), six individuals from the USADA board, and six individuals selected by USADA who have demonstrated expertise in a variety of horse-racing areas. The Federal Trade Commission would have limited oversight of the authority. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was chosen as horse racing’s designated rulemaking and enforcement agency because of its proven track record of protecting the integrity of competition from athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs, such as the Olympics and Tour de France.  Only a national, independent and science-based group like USADA has the experience, credibility, and national reach to address this issue.

The coalition is the first group to present not only a consensus among the diverse members of the horse racing community, but active participation as well.  The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity promotes pragmatic solutions to achieving a common goal – the creation of uniform drug and medicine regulations for our sport.

The legislation endorsed by the coalition does not create a new governmental agency and specifically prohibits the use of taxpayer funds to set up the new drug testing program. The new regulatory body would be funded entirely by the industry, not by the federal government or fans.

The reforms supported by the coalition would present a smooth transition for the industry. The authority will establish permitted and prohibited lists of medications, naturally and synthetically occurring substances, and treatment methods. The bill requires that the authority prohibit the use of medication within 24 hours of a race no later than January 1, 2019.

This legislation is critical to rebuilding the reputation of horse racing among casual fans and horse lovers, and attracting new owners, sponsors, and fans.

Shawn Smeallie

Horse Slaughter Facts

Susan Arrington

Susan is a former Department of Interior (DOI) Analyst, who worked with Congress on appropriations and later Northrop Grumman consultant in strategic Planning.

On Horse Slaughter
​By Susan Arrington, USHRAA

With Congress in-recess during August, it gives us an opportunity to consider a few of the finer points on horse slaughter and food safety, which is an issue that is certainly burdened by devil-in-the-details context and data that is difficult to find.

Last week, Tucker Carlson aired a show on horse slaughter with Nancy Watson who heads the Safeguard American Food Act Coalition. Although the questions Carlson asked were not exactly what those supporting the bill would have wanted since we eliminated horse slaughter in the U.S. a decade ago, the show went reasonably well. Some of the written comments after the show, however, told more of a story of “judgements so wide of the mark” (James Baldwin) that we took notice. A few horse owners said in colorful terms that horses do not take drugs and could not be toxic; another viewer said there were hundreds of unwanted feral or wild horses at BLM [holdings] so there are many unwanted horses.

This layering of misinformation, or perhaps a lack of information, could also be said of Carlson’s guest earlier this year who started the dialogue, Dave Duquette of Protect the Harvest. Mr. Duquette’s primary points were that slaughter should be re-established in the U.S. “mainly as a welfare issue” due to the 150,000 unwanted horses in the U.S. that are shipped to slaughter in Mexico and Canada yearly – animals essentially of no value. He spoke of a market in Florida of 2.3M hispanics that would buy and eat horse. When asked about euthanizing, he said if we euthanized 150,000 horses yearly we would have tons of toxic waste in the U.S. He also mentioned that eating horse is historical here and that the Harvard Club had horsemeat on their menu until 1985.

A few general observations we had on those statements:

The defunding of USDA inspections, which eliminates U.S. horse slaughter re-establishment, has already passed through the Senate in the 2019 Agriculture appropriations, May 24, 2018. Twenty-two Senators signed a letter in 2017 referring to slaughter as an “inherent cruelty”.

Mr. Duquette’s number of 150,000 U.S. horses being slaughtered is very old data. In truth, less than half of that number, 65,000, were slaughtered in 2017. There has been a steady decline in the number of horses slaughtered since 2015. Over the last 15 years, registered foaling of all major breeds has decreased by 50%. Duquette’s grim outcome that we would have sizeable numbers of unwanted, starving horses in the U.S. (let loose or in stables) without slaughter, if true, would have already occurred at roughly 50,000 horses annually. We will always have some horses that are not wanted by their owners and are seized, but not as Duquette stated.

The state of Florida is already spending substantial funds on cleaning-up backyard slaughters and theft of owned horses, with increasing penalties; it’s unlikely they would change direction toward slaughter.

Euthanizing would be intended for sick, injured, and old horses, which differs from slaughter that seeks healthy and younger horses; the process does not result in toxic waste.

Racehorses definitely have drugs administered, as do most performance and companion horses to a lesser degree. Drug substance residues now have a global impact on food safety.

Wild horses (or feral) have separate federal laws on their management, herd size, and certain protection efforts, including from slaughter, from the Bureau of Land Management that differ from other U.S. horses. Therefore, horse slaughter in the U.S. and facilities, if ever done, would be intended for race, performance, and companion horses.

Susan Arrington

So just taking three major points of our current status and the bill, here’s what we have:

Medications: The U.S. within the FDA, USDA (FSIS), and EPA have lists of prohibited drugs and therapeutic medications that leave harmful residues in animals intended for the food supply. The prohibited drugs are illegal to use in the U.S. The medications are banned outright or banned in extra-label use, which means in unapproved doses, frequencies, durations, or routes of administration, or not approved for the species. Taking one medication, Cephalosporin, as an example, the FDA stated that it “is concerned that certain extra-label uses of cephalosporin in cattle, swine, chickens, or turkeys are likely to contribute to celphalosporin resistant strains of certain bacterial pathogens.” The subsequent resistance may result in the drug becoming ineffective for humans and it is used for treating pneumonia, skin tissue infections and other uses. Clenbuterol is another prohibited drug that is known to cause cancer, result in toxic reactions and lead to antimicrobial resistance in humans. The prohibited drugs range from certain antimicrobials to antibiotics and antiparasitics to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs and hormones.

U.S. horses are not intended for food and therefore, do not have these safety standards. They are given numerous medications, particularly racehorses. One common medication is Phenylbutazone, a NSAID for inflammation, that was banned from use on humans as a carcinogen that disrupted bone marrow cells. Although animals intended for food are monitored by tracing back to the owner for verification on drugs, under the current slaughter-buyer system we have no traceability of drugs on horses. It is this element of risk that has resulted in the EU relinquishing entirely its market of horsemeat from Mexico and sharply reducing purchase from Canada. Eurofins, Hamburg, tests and bans Phenylbutazone in horsemeat at a zero tolerance level.

Number of U.S. Horses Slaughtered: Last year, 2017, Canada slaughtered 12,273 U.S. horses which was a decrease of -60% from 2016 due to new Canadian laws to protect consumers from drug substance residues in horses. Mexico slaughtered 52,566 U.S. horses which was a decrease of -30% from 2016. The total of U.S. horses shipped was 64,839, a 39% overall decrease from 106,555 total in 2016.

This year, 2018, for the first 6 months, 5,437 (-4%) U.S. horses were slaughtered in Canada, 34,846 (10%) U.S. horses were slaughtered in Mexico for an estimated total of 40,283. It appears that the total by the end of the year will be close to 2017 figures.

Slaughter Methods: Due to the fight or flight capabilities, the ability of horses to move their head quickly and their prey instinct, the kill box/captive bolt too often results in multiple blows or stunning that is entirely ineffective prior to slaughter. When considering this inhumane death with the prevalent outcomes of shipping racehorses that lost their last races or horses that are stolen from owners, and the scenario reminds me of the infamous dog meat trade in China and other parts of Asia. Americans have rallied at foreign embassies in Washington DC against the dog meat trade in a condemning stance on their basic brutality, yet many of us are not looking into the fate of our own horses here in the U.S We estimated at least $30M last year was paid to the small number of operating slaughter buyers to attempt to save U.S. horses, yet the majority of horses in the pipeline are still proceeding to slaughter. If this is a nation of values, we need to end this practice.

How long can we continue to do this bailing instead of Congress passing the needed legislation to end the transport of U.S. horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter? Pass the Safeguard American Food Export Act and Horse Racing Integrity Act this Congress session.

Rescues

About the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Founded in 1989 by Judy Bokman and Paula Campbell the SRF provides humane care and services for horses in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, lifelong follow-up, or lifetime sanctuary; and offers therapeutic equine opportunities for children, and adults.

The Real Story
​By Judy Bokman & the staff of the SRF

From the other side of racing and breeding, this is what is the norm.

For decades when a Standardbred is no longer competitive, or able to breed they are sold to dealers. Typically the dealers are from the rural communities where equipment equates to an animal. They are used for transportation, and as farm machinery, or sold at the livestock auctions. It is the same for those who are injured on the tracks or breeding farms, or are ill, and for lack of buyers most are sold and shipped for slaughter. The laws are not protecting these horses.

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) in 2017 helped 550 trotters and pacers tagged for slaughter in “kill pens” where horses stand after run through livestock auctions, waiting for the trip to the Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses. Of the 550 horses that were rescued, 350 of them were adopted, 80 of them were taken in by their breeders or former owners and the rest were added to the SRF's care.

The story for each horse is different and comes from past owners and trainers who were contacted. The most common history is that they gave their horse to a good home. The next most common history uncovered is that the horses were used in the rural community and turned over for fresh horses, and finally the settlement of an estate where the owner passed and the family did not regard the years of attachment and sentiment of the deceased to the horse, hence the sale of the generally elder horses. What was not able to determine is how many didn’t get that far and were shipped for slaughter without running through an auction.

The most common injury of those that came through SRF, dropped suspensories, seen in approximately 80% of the horses. The number of horses that were ill, approximately 60%, likely due from being exposed to sick horses at the auction. Two percent were foundered due to heavy pounding on asphalt, streets.

It is now estimated of the 70,000 U.S. horses that were shipped and exported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter in 2017, 6% of them (4,200) were Standardbreds. That represents more then 50% of the Standardbreds annual foal crop. We must end this.

Transition

METS: Building a Network
By Brittney Carow

The Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS) is a unique program in Maryland offering assistance to owners needing to make life-changing decisions their horses, while uniting the horse community to come together and be a safety net for those in need. To many, joining the METS Network means that you’ll be helping horses by giving them homes, donating money to support the program, or volunteering your time to help with programs and promotions. However, joining the METS Network can also be an advantageous opportunity for the METS Network Members as well, beyond just doing a good deed.

METS horses, just like many horses that enter into a rehoming program, are not all damaged or pasture puffs only. They come in all shapes, sizes, breeds, ages, and abilities. There are many who can still have a job; from babysitting youngsters or the occasional lead line pony ride, all the way to healthy with unlimited potential. One benefit for those who join the METS Network to take in a horse is that most of the horses that enter our program are looking for homes at little to NO COST. This means that a lesson barn or therapeutic riding center may be able to find a free horse to integrate into their program. A breeding farm may find a free babysitter for their weanlings. A show barn may find their next blue ribbon winner for free. The possibilities are endless for both the horses and the facilities that take them in.

In addition to acquiring a horse at little to no cost, Network Members will also gain attention from the public through various METS publications. METS now has a live Facebook page, a website, and will soon be sending out regular newsletter publications. METS Network Members will be featured throughout all of these, which we hope will help to drive additional traffic to their businesses. Joining the METS Network is truly a win-win-win for all involved!

Brittney Carow

The catch is that we need facilities willing to consider taking a horse to sign up! Being a part of the METS Network and expressing interest in taking in a METS horse does NOT mean that the facility is obligated to help in any way. Facilities designate, in as much detail as they wish, what types of horses they’d be willing to consider. That is the key word here…consider. A facility is never required to take a horse. Rather, they are telling us what horse(s) they’d consider taking and then we contact them if one comes along matching their description. If they can’t take the horse at that time, that’s fine. Without being in our Network, that communication can never take place, which means that horse doesn’t potentially find a home and that barn doesn’t potentially find a new horse that fits their needs.

If you are a licensed stable in Maryland and you would be open to considering a horse to take in to your facility, integrate into your business, or help to find it a new home, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 410-970-6474 to learn more. Or visit our website at www.mdequinetransition.org. We are happy to answer any questions you have to help get you on your way to becoming a METS Network Member.

Legislation

Julie Broadway

Julie is the President of the American Horse Council. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, Julie holds a BS, MBA, Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership  and is Certified Association Executive ® . She’s a life-long horse enthusiast ranging from recreational rider, breeder, and show competitor. A native of NC, she and her husband now reside in DC along with their Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Morgan horses.

A Win For the Horse Industry
By Julie Broadway, American Horse Council

House Appropriators Score Win for Horse Industry, Advance H-2B Visa Cap Relief!

On July 25, the House Appropriations Committee convened a mark-up for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  By voice vote, the committee approved an amendment that exempts returning workers from the 66,000 statutory cap imposed on the H-2B guest worker visa program, providing much needed H-2B visa cap relief advocated by the horse industry and its allies.  The amendment, offered by Congressional Horse Caucus Members Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-MD) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), among others, applies to workers who have received guest worker visas during the previous two years.  Additionally, the provision also establishes a visa allocation system that disburses work permits on a quarterly basis.  Lawmakers believe that the quarterly system will create more flexibility for employers whose labor demands do not align with the semi-annual allocation system, whereby DHS awards permits on April 1 and October 1.  The horse industry and its allies in the H-2B Coalition fight for a variety of flexibility measures, including a straight-forward increase in the visa cap, or generous exemptions from the statutory cap, such as those for returning workers. 

Pointing to another flexibility measure, Rep. Harris (R-MD) released a statement explaining the importance of a provision that allocates visas on a “proportional” rather than a “winner take all” basis.  Under this provision, DHS would award a portion of all timely, requested visas to all applicants, even in the event that “the higher limits authorized by [the] amendment are not enough to satisfy all the needs in a given year.”  To view a copy of Rep. Harris’s statement, please click here:  https://harris.house.gov/media/press-releases/house-appropriations-committee-approves-harris-language-repairing-h-2b-visa.   

While the House spending bill advances the goal of effectively raising the H-2B visa cap, the Senate version of the bill doesn’t address the H-2B visa issue, setting up an item to be negotiated during a House and Senate conference.  Although lawmakers intend to finalize their spending measures before the current FY ends on September 30, this is a deadline that Congress rarely meets.   As in years past, Congress may pass a series of “continuing resolutions” to fund the federal government.  AHC will keep you posted on developments related to the H-2B measure as the FY2019 appropriations process moves forward.  To view a copy of the three-page amendment, please click here:  XXXX.  If you’d like more information related to the guest worker issue, including ongoing grassroots outreach from the horse industry, please contact Bryan Brendle at [email protected] or 202-296-4031. 

Congressman Tonko, Julie Broadway & Congressman Barr

Tell Congress to Address Farm Labor Shortages, Update Ag Visa Program

As lawmakers return from the August recess, the House of Representatives has the opportunity to move legislation that specifically addresses labor shortages at race track, breeding farms, and other operations within the horse industry.  On July 18, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the AG and Legal Workforce Act of 2018 (H.R. 6417P, legislation which remedies chronic labor shortages in agriculture by creating a streamlined and modern agricultural guest worker visa program. 

Importantly for the horse industry, H.R. 6417 specifically states that workers involved in the management and training of horses will be eligible for the new visa program.  The bill would also replace the outdated and broken H-2A program with a reliable, efficient, and fair H-2C visa program, ensuring that agriculture has access to a legal, stable supply of workers for seasonal as well as year-round work.  Please contact Congress today, and tell your House lawmaker to co-sponsor H.R. 6417.  You can reach your elected representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121, and asking the operator to connect you to your federal lawmaker’s office. 

RUS

Giving Second Chances
By Stephanie Jacobs

Amy DeVincentis and her family just love horses. Having been apart of the harness racing industry since childhood she has always given it her all when it comes to her horses.

There is one very special horse in their life, Credit Blues. Amy has known Credit Blues most of his life. She paddocked him for his previous trainer Eli Scott. Amy always felt he was a nice honest horse. Credit Blues has won 41 races and has made $449,000 + in his life time of racing. When he came up for sale Amy had to make sure he found a nice owners. Friends of the DeVincentis family bought Credit Blues and Amy went down as trainer. After a couple of years the owners gave Credit Blues to Amy. Since Credit was a gift she told her husband that they should give him to their grandson’s Camden, 2 ½, and Calder Gray 10 months. Any money Credit Blues makes is going into the boy’s trust fund.

So far this year Credit has had some exciting changes. July 2, he won his start at Ocean Downs Raceway. Three days later he was back again for a whole other reason. To get qualified under saddle. He won his qualifier with Stephanie Jacobs in the tack accompanied with Sophia Zingale and Egosandattitudes. Though qualifing in 2:06.3 may not seem impressive, it brought tears to Amy's eyes, to see her beloved honest Credit Blues qualify for racing under saddle.

Amy never gave much thought to RUS before but I saw how hard Sofia was working with Egosandattitudes. She said “Credit would be an awesome under saddle horse”. Having been under saddle a couple times already it was a spur of the moment decision that she made and was thankful that she did. Amy was nervous the day he qualified under saddle and wasn't sure what to expect. Once Amy met her rider, Stephanie Jacobs, she knew everything was going to be fine. Her favorite part of the RUS qualifier was how comfortable and free Credit Blues looked once he realized he wasn't in the race bike. “He thoroughly enjoyed it and he has a great attitude since he's been riding and jogging! I think RUS is a huge movement in our industry. I think people would get excited about it. If they truly knew the feeling I felt watching Credit Blues qualify under saddle. I am really excited about RUS and learning more about it and doing what I can to help to promote this exciting venture!”, said Amy.

“Harness racing needs to be noticed and brought to a new life. The women riding these horses are athletes and should be commended for the training it takes to keep in shape. I think with some dedication and great marketing, RUS could bring attention to the business and breathe new life into horses that need a different career”, Amy said with passion.

Stephanie Jacobs

Comments
My Journey as a Horsemen
By Oscar "Smilely" Belliveau
My life as horseman started early in my life. In the up-coming publications, I will serialize the journey that led me to working in the horse business for over 30 years. I hope that you enjoy it, for it was a enjoyable but at times difficult journey to make.

In 1965 I was 14 years old. I lived in eastern Canada and I would go to a race track to help taking care of horses. I had started doing this in winter of 1962/63. After school and on the weekends I would go to the track and clean the horses, feed them and help to exercise them. During the summer months I did this everyday. I was a rebellious child and a little wild, so I got it into my head to run away from home. I wasn't happy at home, so I got up and started hitchhiking, and decided to go to a place called Miramichi NB, Canada. I got many rides and made it there by early afternoon. Along the way, the people would ask me where I was going, so I made up stories, which they believed.

As luck would have it, there was a horseman loading his horses on a truck to take to a place called, Fredericton, N.B. He needed help, so they put me to work. It was a dream come true. I helped them for two weeks, and it was a lot of fun. I stayed with an older boy who worked there and had a great time. Two weeks later, some people from my hometown came and told me that I had to go back home. You can guess that my family and the police were looking for me. So, early the next morning, I ran away but the police caught me in a small town called Woodstock, N.B. Canada. I had gone there because there were race horses there, but it was a much smaller race track and there were far fewer horses. I decided to leave. I walked through the small town and walked into a small gas station and store, and used the bathroom, but when I came out, a policeman was waiting for me. I guess the owner had called him and told him about me. Off to the police station we went. In a way, I was relieved. They fed me and I slept all afternoon. They had called my parents who came and picked me up. I was surprised that my parents didn't do anything to me, but they must have been relieved to get me back.

Oscar "Smiley" Belliveau

I finished my summer holiday without anymore adventures! More to come soon! After I returned home, my summer was good. I resumed going to work with the horses and enjoyed my summer. I was a little wild, and when school restarted my life was up and down. At one point, in the fall of 1965, I started to hang out with an native Canadian family. In late September I had stayed at their house overnight one Saturday, and there was some turmoil during that time in myself as well. I wasn't supposed to have stayed there overnight and on Sunday evening I decided to run away again. I made my way by hitchhiking to a town called Saint John, New Brunswick.

It was cold and I was worried that the police would see me, so I took the back roads in the deep countryside. It was cold and it took me all night and day to get there. There were horses there and I had been there once before to race horses. I knew some people working there and stayed with them for a couple of weeks, also in a barn. It was a cold fall and since I wasn't eating well, it was very difficult. I decided to go to another racetrack, and made my way back to my hometown. I had enough money to buy a train ticket to a place called Truro Nova Scotia. But I missed the train, the train people put me in the engine car of a freight train, and I rode it to Truro. By this time? It was mid to late October, and very cold. There was no place for me to sleep because this track was smaller and had fewer horses than the other track. I slept in a bedroom in a abandoned building, and it was cold. I had a bad cold as well! That morning, when I woke up, I decided to head back to my hometown. I hitchhiked back and stayed at my Indian friend's house, but I couldn't stay there very long. The grandfather who was a drunk wanted me out. So I returned home, and my father beat me with a belt. He was very angry at me. I vowed that the next time I ran away, it would be for good!

Racing Today

Breaking the Predictabilty Trap
By Charles Martino 

Predictability is a trap that we set for ourselves that has been years in the making. It started with us chasing speed, at any cost. We let that noose get a little tighter with the move to all catch drivers and then it took a turn for the worse when Race Secretaries started using the last 5 starts for all their Condition Races. Predictability is our biggest problems, ever so evident in the short payouts which we see on a much too frequent level, stealing away the value that this game once had to offer.

Before we start let us take a look at what made racing interesting to so many people in the first place. And before I start, yes, I know there are far more gambling opportunities today than when we had the tarmacs filled, but to believe that this one time powerhouse business has fallen to this level is inexcusable, especially when many thoroughbred tracks are doing well. Back in the day when I got interested in racing I could go to the track, bet 2 dollars a race, hit 2 races and walk out of the track a winner. I enjoyed myself and got a little ego boost to boot. Today a person who goes to the track and bets horses to win can hit 3 or even 4 races, yet still leaves the track a loser - where is the value or ego boost in that? That circumstance now forces people to bet exotics to find value. That now creates a new problem. Picking winners is one skill set, one that a casual fan will be willing to learn for an enjoyable night out. But exotics, that is another skill set. A skill set that takes much more time and commitment to learn - a commitment that most today can’t find time for and are not willing to make.

Speed and the mechanics of it have two meanings. First, we made it too easy to cover the mile on the front-end, second, speed makes it too hard to come from behind to win. Excitement is an emotion and a big part of our business model. We must supply excitement. As the game stands, we have either forgotten that, or we are refusing to try to achieve it. Either way, it marks a failure on our part to meet our responsibility to ourselves and the public we are trying to seduce with our product. Speed dominance has made 70% of the races over at the ¼ pole. That means that in less than 30 seconds most people know they are a loser. With speed dominance also come shorter favorites, instead of getting 2-1 or 9-5 out of the horse being the betting favorite. We now see 4-5 or 3-5 branding the favorite on the betting board. 4-5 wins, game has no value, 4-5 gets beat and the game is fixed, not quite the message we should be sending out.

Charles Martino

Catch drivers have compounded the problem of predictability, and short prices. Years before most drivers were trainers, they would catch drive when they didn’t have their own horse in a race. That alone means driver availability was far more random, never mind the fact that drivers who had stables were far more vested in the business. Today it is the same 8 drivers almost every race, with top drivers sometimes coming out on the overnight sheet listed on 2 or 3 horses. This now has added to the heavy favorites problem we have. If a driver is listed on 3 horses 90% of the time he picks the best horse of the 3 to drive. He literally has handicapped 40% of the horses in the race for the betting public, thus the money rushes to that horse. Now when that horse becomes a predominate favorite, if he leaves, he gets cut loose early None of the drivers pull early to challenge him because they don’t want to get hung out to dry - it’s making it too easy to cover the mile which made the front-end the fasted place on the track. What has ended up happening, is these drivers act more like a gentlemen’s driving club then people racing against each other out of competition. There is an answer to this problem, the question is do we have the intestinal fortitude to choose the betterment of the game over the single interest of the drivers?

Lastly, you may ask how has condition racing using the last 5 starts as part of the conditions created a problem. That actually might be the easiest answer of all. What has happened because of those conditions, the big stables with the best stock are only 4 or 5 starts away from their next win. It perpetuates so many negatives, adds to what has become a class blur and literally helps the drug cheating trainers win more often. It also shut down the small guy, that guy now gets second and thirds, which then move his horse up in class without a win. His owner gets sour, because he rarely gets a winner’s circle picture and the trainer looks mediocre. We literally have set the game up for the big while handicapping it against the small. This is easily seen when a horse drops from N/W of $10,000 to N/W of $6,000 and the rest of that field in the race have raced for N/W of $6,000 or less. What happens is that horse then gets the leading driver, and most likely comes from one of the top trainers. This is the failure of the business to level the playing field. The cheats win a lot, the big stables win a lot and the top drivers win a lot, predictability dominates and we wonder why handles decline. There is no doubt in my mind we can fix this, but I do have doubt that those who are reaping the benefits of the game the way it is want to fix it.

Equine Insurance

Mortality Insurance 
​By Billy Haughton

Mortality insurance is like a life insurance policy for your horse, covering death from any type of illness or accident (with a few specific exceptions stated in the policy), including humane euthanasia if recommended by a veterinarian. In the case of euthanasia, the procedure must usually be agreed to in advance with the insurance company’s adjuster.

Mortality insurance is renewed every year with an annual veterinary exam to certify the health and soundness of the horse. Any changes in the horse’s health status should be noted at this time. Some policies have age requirements.

There is no deductible with mortality coverage. The amount that the insurance company pays out is based upon the agreed financial value of the horse. The annual rate that the insurance company charges is a percentage of the financial value. And that rate is variable, depending upon the age of the horse and the use of the horse (riding discipline).
Euthanasia is the intentional destruction of a horse for humane reasons. For an insurance claim to be valid, many companies require advance notification and prior permission except in the most extreme situations. In some cases, the insurance company may wish to seek a second opinion before having a horse euthanized.

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has four criteria to help determine if euthanasia is the best choice:

• Is the condition chronic and incurable?
• Does the immediate condition have a hopeless prognosis for life?
• Is the horse a hazard to himself or his handlers?
• Will the horse require continuous medication for pain for the remainder of its life?

Be sure to learn what your insurance company’s policies are regarding euthanasia. Are they in keeping with the AAEP guidelines, and do they protect horses from prolonged or inhumane pain and suffering? What are your responsibilities as the horse’s owner if this situation arises?

Take the time to read your policy carefully and understand what your responsibilities are with respect to any claim. After you have called the veterinarian about an emergency (illness, injury), always contact the insurance adjuster. Make it a habit to report any time that your horse is seen by the vet for care other than routine maintenance (vaccines, Coggins test, deworming, etc.) to the insurance company as soon as possible. A simple cough or a hoof abscess may never turn into a serious problem. But if it does later on, and you failed to report the initial problem, you may not be able to make a claim (and thus may not get any money from the insurance company).

      Billy Haughton & Russ Crawford

The foregoing content of articles is solely the opinion and facts of the author, not that of the U.S. Harness Racing Alumni Association. We reserve the right to clarify wording and/or edit any articles without modifying context prior to publication.

Up Coming Sales

September & October, 2018

Goshen Yearling Sale - Mark Ford Training Center, Middletown, NY
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 09/09/18
Mark Ford Phone: 845-294-1499
Email: [email protected]
http://www.GoshenYearlingSale.com  
 
Ohio Selected Jug Sale - Brave Horse Show Park
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 09/14/18
Randy Manges
1200 Red Mile Road
Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: 859-255-8431
FAX: 859-255-0302
Email: [email protected]
http://www.lexingtonselected.com/index.html  
 
Morrisville College Equine Center - Morrisville College, Morrisville Equine Center, Morrisville, NY
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 09/16/18
Mary Taylor
Morrisville College, PO Box 901
Morrisville, NY 13408 Phone: 315-684-6355
FAX: 315-684-6621
Email: [email protected]
http://www.morrisvillesale.com  
 
Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale - Springfield, OH
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 09/25/18
Steve Cross
PO Box 1488
Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-4610
FAX: 574-825-0915
Email: [email protected]
http://buckeyeclassicsale.com  
 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale Co. LLC - Fasig Tipton Pavillion, Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 10/02/18 10/06/18
Randy Manges
1200 Red Mile Road
Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: 859-255-8431
FAX: 859-255-0302
Email: [email protected]
http://www.lexingtonselected.com  
 
Lexington Selected Mixed Sale - Fasig Tipton Pavillion
Type Dates Contact Information
Mixed 10/07/18
Randy Manges
1200 Red Mile Road
Lexington, KY 40504 Phone: 859-255-8431
FAX: 859-255-0302
Email: [email protected]
http://www.lexingtonselected.com/  
 
Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale - Indiana State Fairgrounds
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 10/19/18 10/20/18
Steve Cross
PO Box 1488
Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-4610
FAX: 574-825-0915
Email: [email protected]
http://www.hoosierclassicyearlingsale.com/  
 
Standardbred Horse Sale Co. - PA State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA
Type Dates Contact Information
Yearling 11/05/18 11/07/18
Paul F. Spears
P.O. Box 339
Hanover, PA 17331 Phone: 717-637-8931
FAX: 717-637-6766
Email: [email protected]
http://www.theblackbook.com  
 
Standardbred Horse Sale Co. - PA State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA
Type Dates Contact Information
Mixed 11/08/18 11/09/18
Paul F. Spears
P.O. Box 339
Hanover, PA 17331 Phone: 717-637-8931
FAX: 717-637-6766
Email: [email protected]
http://www.theblackbook.com