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Sarah Thomas, in her own time and expense, created an amazing promotional video for UK Harness Racing that has gone viral! You can find the video on any platform by using #comeharnessracing Sarah loves harness racing and her only goal is to encourage others to share her passion!
Homer Hochstetler spends half the year in Pinehurst, NC developing his Freshman horses, and the other half racing them in NY! His winter base is much more relaxing, so we opened up a bottle of bourbon, and talked some horses!
VIP Stable had an amazing 2017, and have reloaded with a fleet of 2 year olds! One of the stables they've partnered with is Brian Brown, who campaigned the top 2 money earners in 2017, including 3 Year Old pacer of the Year, Downbytheseaside
Erv Miller has one of the largest stables in North America, and with that comes a lot of freshmen and sophomore horses developing and making an impact on the Grand Circuit! Meet the group of young trainers who help teach these horses and watch them at work!
John, Jackie, Tyler, and the rest of the Butenschoen Stable had a fantastic 2017 including their superstar 3 year old Funk'n'Waffles! Waffles is back in 2018, along with a great group of 2 year olds who are looking to follow in his footsteps!
Multi Time Breeders Crown Champion Chris Oakes has been in Florida all winter prepping his stable for the upcoming stakes season! Watch some of his 2 year olds develop and hopefully fill the shoes of their barnmates to win one of the Breeders Crowns in October at Chris's home track, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono!
TrotCast and Ryan Macedonio ventured down to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Florida to visit Tony Alagna and film his huge stable of freshman horses who are learning and developing!
The Racing Manager (Sportchef) of Svensk Travsport (Basically the Swedish Trotting Association) He has 33 tracks in Sweden under his watchful eye and is now gearing up to host the 2019 World Driving Championship at Solvalla.
Swedish Driving Champion Bjorn Goop! While representing Sweden in the World Driving Championship in Canada, Bjorn sat down with Ryan Macedonio and talked mostly about his 2017, where his biggest victory came in the Elitloppet with superstar Timoko, the richest French Trotter in history!
As we get closer to the Hambletonian, 3 horses were on Tim's mind....Bar Hopping, last year's Hambletonian favorite, Walner, this year's pre-season Hambletonian favorite, and Long Tom, one of the best horses entering this years race!
Matt MacKay started Red Isle Partners with one goal, to win the Governor's Cup in his hometown of Prince Edward Island....and THEY DID! They purchased Do Over Hanover and he gave them the thrill of a lifetime!
Racing Under Saddle has been growing each year in the United States, trying to match the popularity in Europe. Helene and Stephanie are at the center trying to grow this exciting addition to Harness Racing and adding a new demographic to who can join and race!
Her and her husband Andy have one of the top Hambletonian contenders with Devious Man. Victorious in the Empire Breeders Classic and $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial, Devious Man and Team Miller may be the only ones to bring the challenge to heavy favorite Walner!
Part 2 with Ryan Macedonio. In this Episode, Greg talks about what happened after the 2008 Hambletonian Victory with Muscle Hill, including the attempt to climb back up the mountain the next year with Holiday Road
Greg trained Muscle Hill, arguably the greatest Trotter in Harness Racing history! As Hambletonian day approaches August 5, Greg reviews with Ryan Macedonio the leadup to Muscle Hill's 2008 Hambo victory and the pressure of managing the best of the best!
Marcus has quickly climbed the training ranks and has 2 top Hambletonian contenders this year with Enterprise and Long Tom. Each have established themselves as a force for the most prestigious race in Harness Racing on August 5! A race that his family won in 2001 with Scarlett Knight!
Just 23 Years Old, Tyler has a long family lineage of horsemen, over 3 generations! His father, Dustin, has been a trainer for 30+ years in Canada. Tyler may have some other future plans though, as he’s attending law school getting his degree in that field.
The new voice of The Red Mile Grand Circuit meet, Mark McKelvie! Even though that's a prestigious gig, Mark spends the other 50 weeks of the year managing everything you see on social media from WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group). He's young, exuberant, and oh yeah ladies, he's single!
At just 27 years old, the hottest driver in North America, Louis-Philippe Roy has taken Canada by storm as he ascended the rankings to the top of Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks. Likable, humble, and talented is a winning formula for LPR!
Every new owner in harness racing has a dream to win that first race! Brian Mazurek just did that last Thursday night in a regular race at Yonkers Raceway, but to him it was like winning the Kentucky Derby!
One of Canada's top young driver's, you'll find J Harris atop the leaderboards at Flamboro Downs (and others). He's not the only successful Harris, as his father and brother Andrew have all cemented their family legacy as a top Harness Racing Family!
2016 was undeniably a great year for Sara and Marcus Miller. Harness Racing knows the rise of Marcus on the racetrack, including his first Breeders Crown victory, recipient of the USHWA Rising Star Award, and being nominated to represent the USA in the World Driving Championships...but Sara is here to tell the other side! (Cue Dramatic Music?)
With the risk of being cheesy, while totally pandering to Sandy....behind every great man is a great woman! Trace Tetrick is her husband and has been a major force in Harness Racing recently, including the monumental success of the super horse Freaky Feet Pete!
Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway, sits down with Ryan Macedonio to go over a few races... 5 to be exact! We felt that they are timeless, and the strategy in each race reflects on some of the split second decisions that drivers have to make over the course of a race, as well as the prep, research, and knowledge a driver should have about his competition before they even step out onto the track!
Ron has been a lifelong horsemen and harness racing has been in his families blood! His son, Mitchell, is now looking to follow in his footsteps as they grow their stable. It's very rare that a father/son combo get to share their passion together and they are certainly happy they get to experience it!
A world class artist and photographer, Nadina has a passion for harness racing that is unmatched! Recently, she was at the Prix D'Amerique where her paintings were on display and she was adding to her portfolio of amazing pictures. She's also an integral part of advancing and promoting Irish harness racing and hopefully she can help get it the worldwide recognition that it deserves!
The founder of VIP Stable, Ed O'Connor, joins Ryan Macedonio on the TrotCast to talk about the formation of the most successful ownership partnership in Harness Racing! They have over 60 members and the stable of horses is growing each year!
The 5th Episode of the 5 Part USTA Presidential Podcast Series! Hosted by Jason Settlemoir, Freddie Hudson, Joe Pennacchio, and Russell Williams! All 4 spent time interviewing Ryan Macedonio, as all 5 get ready for the USTA Presidential Election coming up! Ryan has been a catalyst in harness racing for the younger demographic and looks to bring that knowledge to the Presidential Seat!
The 4rd Part of the 5 Part Podcast Series with each of the 5 US Trotting Association Presidential Candidates. Hosted by Ryan Macedonio. Russell Williams is the Chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms, the worlds largest horse breeding farm! He's a 4th generation horseman and looks to bring all of his experience to the top of the USTA at the President!
The 3rd Part of the 5 Part Podcast Series with each of the 5 US Trotting Association Presidential Candidates. Hosted by Ryan Macedonio. Joe Pennacchio has cimbed the corporate ladder and achieved great success in business and retail, he hopes to bring that expertise and experience to the top op the harness racing ladder!
The 2nd of the 5 Part Podcast Series with each of the 5 US Trotting Association Presidential Candidates. Hosted by Ryan Macedonio. Freddie is a longtime horsemen and his two passions are restoring history, specifically Roosevelt Raceway, and aftercare for retired standardbreds. He brings a new face to the race for President!
The 1st of the 5 Part Podcast Series with each of the 5 US Trotting Association Presidential Candidates. Hosted by Ryan Macedonio, this episode features Jason Settlemoir, the New Meadowlands GM. Originally from Ohio, Jason has been at helm and inner workings of many harness racing related behind the scenes organizations. He looks to bring his experience and guidance to the forefront of the USTA!
Originally from Italy, Augie moved to the USA as a teenager with his family, built a business empire, and found harness racing as opportunity to mix business and pleasure! Now, he purchased and renovated the now Pine Bush Training Facility into one of the truly unique horse centers in the NY tristate Area!
Making his Training Debut in the Prix D'Amerique on Sunday January 29! with 4 Horses! And they all have a favorable chance to defeat the World's Best Trotter Bold Eagle. Daniel is 37 years old and is already one of the world's best trainers, and winning one of the world's greatest race would be a lifetime achievement!
As we approach the Prix D'Amerique on January 29, I brought in lifelong horseman Anders Lindqvist to introduce us to the French culture and what to expect for the biggest race in Europe! As a trainer, he's won every race except the Prix D'Amerique and even though he's 64 years young, it's still a goal of his in his illustrious career!
Charlie Longo and Matt Zuccarello created the investment partnership last year to get new owners and fans to buy race horses. The journey has been an exciting one and their partners certainly feel the thrill that you get when your horses wins! Their marketing strategy has been simple....word of mouth, create a fun atmosphere, and make a profit....and they've succeeded so far!
The French Canadian Montreal native recently moved his highly successful stable to the US and is dominating at the Yonkers and Pocono racetracks. Beloved by his grooms and fans, Rene also focuses on bringing new owners into the sport of harness racing. He's not afraid to celebrate, work hard, and play hard! Not bad for being only 29 years old!
30 Year Old Tyler Buter moved out to the east coast with his wife Amber 6 years ago. Building up their training stable to eventually winning the Bluechip Matchmaker Stakes Series with Feeling You. He's one of the top regular drivers at Yonkers, and plans to stay that way for years to come!
2016 George Morton Levy Champs, Driver Jordan Stratton and Trainer Pete Tritton, of the horse Bit Of A Legend N!
Yogi will probably never have a 50 horse stable, but he's ok with that, as he runs a family training stable! He worked for many others over the years including Casie Coleman, Ron Burke, and the ever controversial Lou Pena.
The Florida Amateur Drivers Club invited the British across the pond for a friendly racing series! Patrick Morris, Lee Morris, Jamie Davies, Chris O'Reilly, and Richard Haythornthwaite all traveled for 3 races on Saturday 12/10/16
SOA Horseman's Rep and USTA Director and District Chairman! The USTA will undergo many changes at their annual meeting upcoming in February. John has always spoken his mind and represents the horseman's best interest, and he gives some of his new ideas along with what his vision of the new USTA President
Behind every man is a great woman right!!?? The leading driver at Yonkers Raceway has had a major support system with his wife Kristen and kids Kobe and Karter. We always hear from the drivers, but lets pull back the curtain a little bit and see how the Bartlett family runs through Kristen's eyes!
Not your typical lifelong, family bred horsemen, Breeze fell in love with harness racing at an early age and decided after his college days (and some influence from Jason Bartlett) that he wanted to make a career in it! Well after just recently having his first daughter, maybe she will be the next generation!
The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend has become one of the best weeks in Harness Racing! Racing at Portmarnock Raceway, just outside of Dublin, Ireland, the festivities grow each year and its now a must visit each year after the Hambletonian in August! Visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com
Every lifelong horsemen dreams of getting that one horse to satisfy an entire career of hard work! Rampage Jackson is that horse and he's dominating at Yonkers lately and you can feel the happiness and joy when Nick speaks!
You can call him Mr DRF Harness! He's been working for the Daily Racing Form and the now called Harness Eye (formally Sports Eye) for about 20 years. His main area of expertise is handicapping the Meadowlands races, but he ventures into other tracks as well, including the Yonkers International Trot. We also talked about strategies for picks and wrapping up the Breeders Crown
Part of the team at the Daily Racing Form, Matt also is the chartcaller at Yonkers Raceway. We talked everything from his vote for Horse of the Year, International Trot, Breeders Crown, and the Levy Series!
Simply put, in an older, white male dominated industry, 24 year old Hannah is blazing a trail for women and millenials in harness racing. Every race is a struggle, facing adversity on and off the racetrack, she is one of the few shining lights for the future of our industry...even if our industry doesn't realize it.
We brought Kristin over from France to tell the stories and help us Americans get familiar with the 6 European horses that ventured across the pond for the $1M International Trot on Saturday October 15!
The Racing Secretary at Yonkers Raceway discusses how the $1Million International Trot on October 15 was assembled! 7 Countries are represented, the best horses all converging to New York City, each with their own stories to unveil.
The photographer at Yonkers Raceway and the creator of the Roosevelt Raceway YouTube Channel! Capturing all of the best action shots and memories from the races is his main focus, but Mike has hundreds of races including all of the international Trots, Messenger, and Cane Paces that were once raced at the track on Long Island
The VOICE of Yonkers Raceway for almost 20 years! Growing up in Queens, he used to visit Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceway and mimic former announcing icons Jack Lee and Bob Meyer. Now, he gets to call the prestigious races - George Morton Levy, Yonkers Trot, and the International Trot!
At 17 years old, Joe already won his first driving title! Amassing 25 victories this summer on the NY county fair circuit, he's ready to step up his game next year when he turns 18 and can take it to the pros. With the help of his father Joe, plus veteran horsemen Jim Delucia and Larry Stalbaum, this young gun is humble with a levelhead, and may be the next budding superstar in harness racing!
Ever since moving out to the East Coast, Brent has become one of the staple drivers at Yonkers Raceway. He prides himself on being able to drive any style race and any style horse, but his biggest pride is raising his family and setting a good example for his kids. Fun Fact: He attends the same church as famed Yankees Pitcher, Mariano Rivera.
Dennis J, has been a long time trainer at Yonkers Raceway for over 30 years. In that time, his son, Dennis A, has taken up the family business and both of them have teamed up to run one of the most successful stables racing at Yonkers!
He heads the NY operation for trainer Paul Blumenfeld for the last 9 years. Their stable has been very successful at Yonkers during that time, including perennial open pacer Sapphire City. Before coming to the east coast, Mitch had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but the focus of horses and harness racing has kept Mitch on the straight path!
Only the 2nd woman to ever win the most prestigious race in harness racing, the Hambletonian! There have been 91 editions and now her horse Marion Marauder will go down in history! It was a long road to the Hambletonian, and we talked about what it took to prepare Marion for the biggest race of his career
They've been together over 30 years and have experienced all of the ups and downs in harness racing! Dan is a long time driver/trainer who has had much success racing in NY along with training one of the top sires when he was racing, RC Royalty. Ann Mari has taken her passion for photography and turned it into an adventure to promote harness racing, bringing raw emotion through the lens!
They have won 4 out of the last 7 Hambletonian Stakes Races and They call Yonkers Raceway home. Arguably 2 of the best drivers ever, George and Brian are also great friends off the racetrack who are competitive in everything they do! Hambletonian week is upon us, with the big race on Saturday August 6, we revisited all of their best memories and what the winner's racing future might look like over the next few months
Part 2 of my interview with 6 Time Hambletonian Champion John Campbell! His favorite victory came in 1995 when his brother Jim trained Tagliabue, and they teamed up to take home the title!
John Campbell has won every North American major Stakes race that there is to win.....multiple times!!!! He's won six Hambletonians, and since the race is so close, our focus for discussion was that, but we also talked about some other great races like the 1993 Little Brown Jug with Life Sign. It's great to sit down and talk with an icon in any industry, I learned so much just listening and taking notes!!
The whiz kid handicapper! At just 22 years old, Brandon has latched onto Harness racing and taken advantage of his accounting degree to use stats and analytics for handicapping and betting. He follows the sport globally and is one of the only true experts! Yonkers has the International Trot coming up, but we also discuss the Hambletonian and the Gerrity Memorial won by Wiggle It Jiggle It
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Martin Truex Jr and Sherry Pollex presented the Hambletonian trophy Saturday to the winner Marion Marauder! Then on their way back to the airport gave me the best backseat car interview I've ever done in my career!
One of the leading trainers in wins at Yonkers Raceway! He's had multiple top level pacers including 2015 William Haughton Champion Mach It So, but his bread and butter seems to be with the ladies! The older pacing mares has been the division he has dominated over the last few years with Androvette, Krispy Apple, and Venus Delight! It must be the long locks of hair and his perfect beard.....yes I am jealous!
One of the forewomen of the Racing Under Saddle initiative in America, Michelle is the most experienced rider by far. Born and raised in Sweden, she's been racing since she was 8 years old! She's trying to bring Monte racing into the limelight now, and hopefully RUS can be another extension of Harness Racing.
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The youngest driver ever to win the Little Brown Jug! A regular at Yonkers Raceway when he's not off racing on the Grand Circuit in major Stakes Races! The next few weeks, he's hoping to team up with Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling to campaign Marion Marauder to a Hambletonian Victory!
One of the youngest and enthusiastic fans in harness racing! Besim is only 16 years old and is already plotting his course for harness racing success! An alumni of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, he partnered with his father to start owning horses, and hopes to grow his stable, and maybe eventually take up training once he's finished with college
2008 Hambletonian Champion, SOA of NY Director, Meadowlands Pace Winner, NY Sire Stakes Champion....there's not many things that Ray Schnittker hasn't done in the world of harness racing! His innovative and aggressive driving/training style has earned him a unique career!
One of the top young trainers in harness racing, at 31 years old, Andrew is branching out into training younger horses and hoping to become a major player on the Grand Circuit! Until then, he races mostly at Yonkers and is having much success campaigning the older horses to the winner's circle!
First Take: Ryan and Ray! We discuss the great harness racing weekend including the World Record mile in the Ben Franklin Final, the Earl Beal, and the top contenders on the Road to the Hambletonian!
One of the most successful Drivers in all of horse racing....and he's only 34 years old! Pick any year over the last 10, take the stats, wins, earnings, and highlights, and most people wold be happy with those for an entire career!!! We focused on the Hambletonian in this interview, especially in 2012, where Tim in the span of 30 minutes went from heartbreak to triumph!
The young training duo(Brittany 25 and Cory 23) is consistently having success at Yonkers Raceway since they got married 1 year ago! Working together and living together is not easy all the time, but they have figured it out so far!
Mel Mara has set the sport of Harness Racing on fire with his recent World Record Tying performance at the Meadowlands, beating Breeders Crown Champion Always B Miki. Now he's set his sights on 2015 Horse Of The Year Wiggle It Jiggle It in the upcoming Ben Franklin Pace at Mohegan Sun Pocono!
The man behind all of the innovative camera action before, during, and after all the racing. Using both still and video camera, Chris is creating some of the best memories in Harness Racing history, and with the Meadows racing basically year round and many days each week, Chris will continue to fill up the scrapbook for everyone for years to come!
One of rising stars in Harness Racing, Justin is climbing the ranks at Monticello and Tioga. Originally from Vernon, NY, he committed full time to Monticello last year and has been enjoying success while following in the footsteps of other superstars George Brennan, Brian Sears, and Jordan Stratton, who took the exact same path he did! At 21, Justin has become an encyclopedia of harness racing knowledge, and I was able to chat with him about a lot of races and his goals for 2016
Driver of 2015 Horse Of The Year: Wiggle It Jiggle It! Now Wiggle is 4 Years Old and has to face the best of the best for his 2016 racing season. He's already set World records this year and is looking to continue to light the sport of harness racing on fire with his amazing performances. This interview Montrell and I break down his 3 biggest races so far this year, his Dead Heat finish with Bit Of A Legend at Yonkers Raceway, his 2nd place finish to Rockin Ron at Flamboro Downs, and his Track record at Northfield Park in the Battle of Lake Erie
A lifelong Harness Racing fan, 40+ years. Peter started as a groom and trained for some of the best, Stanley Dancer, Billy Haughton, Jerry Silverman, etc. Then he transitioned into Public Relations and Journalism covering the the sport he loves. Peter has many stories, and we couldn't cover them all...but we got a few in!
One of Canadas most successful Drivers! Mark has only a few major races to check off his list that he hasn't won. He's won multiple Breeders Crowns, driven many Horses of the Year, power 3 year old stakes contenders, older veteran Open trotters, etc. He moved down to New York a few years ago and has been making his mark on the Hilltop Oval ever since!
One of the hottest drivers over the last year! Anthony has supreme confidence is sitting 2nd in the Driver Wins Standings, behind his older brother George! He likes adrenaline sports, car racing, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and fast horses! He has a unique perspective on driving, preparation, and overall attitude in the sport of harness racing!
The most successful owner in Harness Racing! He started with one horse and a simple business plan. He was a lifelong fan before he decided to invest, and once he hooked up with Ron Burke, the Weaver Bruschemi Stable soared! He's owned some of the most influential horses in history, winning almost ever major stakes race.
At only 27 years old, Allison is in charge of promoting an entire sport!!! She leads the way on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, creating and distributing content, new ownership programs, etc. She also was the caretaker of the richest Pacer ever, Foiled Again. That's pretty, pretty, prettaaayy, pretty good!!!
Jeff, Janine, Barbara, and Bill Gesek. Bill has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years, and his wife Barbara has been right by his side for 50+years! Their entire family has been lifelong harness racing fans including owning some race horses for 25 years. In November, their son, Jeff, and his wife, Janine, created the Pacing The Cure Foundation and purchased a yearling, aptly named MrBillG, and are going to donate his winnings to charity....but the gameplan is not to stop with just one horse!! They have much bigger plans!
The 23 Year Old Midwest Driving Phenom! One of the leading drivers at Hoosier Park, Tyler has had a lifetime of horse experience even though he's still considered young. He's had a few stakes wins, including winning an elimination of the 2014 Little Brown Jug, but he's hungry for more! Plus, he has a baby due any day now! So he's going to be hungrier than ever to get to 3000 wins!
One of the hardest working women in harness racing! She trains, grooms, ships, and, along with her father Joe, work together to care for their 26 acre farm in Vernon, NY. For now, her main track is Pocono Downs, but they travel all around the NY Tri-state area! Also, Part 1 of the Post Time with Mike and Mike Triple Threat Interview, where we discuss how they became BEST FRIENDS!
He's enthusiastic and charismatic, an owner and ambassador in the sport of harness racing! Adriano started the fan page Team Sorella on social media to help spread his fandom! He's had great success being an owner, including the 2013 Little Brown Jug Victory with Vegas Vacation. Starting from the SBOA Program as an owner, he's built his stable into a force to be reckoned with!
From DEFIANCE, Ohio! That really sums up Brady's career so far! He's taken the harness racing world by storm with his training and driving skills, climbing the ranks, and making a name for himself in the midwest. Now, he gets the TrotCast boost! We talk about how he got started in harness racing (Note: He had no family connections!) and where he sees 2016 and beyond.
The consigliere of harness racing! Joe Faralod wears many hats, but his main job is the president of the Standardbred Owners Association at Yonkers Raceway. He helped facilitate the deal to simulcast the signal and broadcast our races overseas to France. Plus, bringing back the International Trot in 2015! We talk about all of that, plus his amateur driving career!
The power couple behind Team JC Stable and Millstream Farm in NJ! Jonas leads the way with his elite level training, including multiple World Records, Breeders Crowns, and Champion Horses. Christine manages the Breeding operations including 8 mares in foal to all of the top Sires! The entire operation is spearheaded by social media advertising and interaction on Facebook, Twitter, etc....but its not always work, work, work! Jonas gives me a crash course on how to keep women happy.....its a tall task!
The Harness Racing Fan Zone has a big 2016 planned! Rob Key, the CEO of Converseon Inc, and Project Manager of the HRFZ, discusses the details and ideas for this upcoming year. Plus we dive into specifics on how to bring harness racing into the digital marketing forefront!
The annual US Trotting Board Meeting was this weekend. I give you my new ideas going forward, opinions, and a full recap...in the most awesome way possible
The Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (EVP CEO) of the US Trotting Association. It's not just a long fancy title that he used to meet his wife (actually they were together long before Mike moved up the ranks!) Listen to that story, among others as dive into Mike's uprising to the top of the Harness Racing world!
Quite possibly the greatest Harness Driver of All Time! It's tough to go through all of Brian Sears' accomplishments in an hour long podcast interview...but I tried! He had a great 2015, and in 2016 he's looking forward to adding a few more goals to his checklist of greatness!
The Breeder and part Owner of 2015 Horse Of The Year: Wiggle It Jiggle It. Jimmy is forming an innovative owner partnership, (http://www.teagueracingpartnershipllc.com). He worked for Stanley Dancer and eventually became highly successful in the business world!
Yonkers Raceway Driving Champion! 5 TIMES! One of New England's all time Drivers, and he's only 34 years old. We discuss his favorite races, 2015 Older Mare of the Year, Venus Delight, taking orders from his wife Kristen, and balancing a family life!
The Owner of the New Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. He started as a construction engineer, and turned into a real estate mogul! We discuss the new grandstand, the Tioga casino, how he met his wife, and the kids foundations that are important to him, the I Have A Dream Foundation & Encourage Kids Foundation
Officially: She's the Ohio Harness Horseman's Representative
Unofficially: She's the Princess of Harness Racing on Social Media...Armed with her cell phone(and maybe a bottle of wine), she brings forth the light side of harness racing with hilarious videos and selfies for all! I did a Skype interview with Amy, and it wasn't long before the shenanigans begun
Ray is an expert handicapper, host of the North America Harness Update radio show, free lance journalist.....and he hasn't even gone to SENIOR PROM yet!! That's right, he's only 16 years old! His age is a catch 22, but he still should be taken seriously when it comes to handicapping!
Hes the golden voice of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. James "Do Not Call Me Jim" Witherite tells all in this interview! How Dave Palone kickstarted his love for harness racing when he was just a kid... balancing his education, music passion and announcing, and finally landing where he is today!
He's the CEO/General Manager of lots of stuff! Most importantly, the New Meadowlands Racetrack. Jason tells the story of how he got to where he is. Plus, tales from all the consecutive years that he's gone to the Little Brown Jug!
The Track Announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia and former Asst. General Manager/ Track Announcer at Hazel Park in Michigan! Not only does he see every race, but he has some great ideas to help improve Harness Racing.
Before he headed to the Little Brown Jug this week to cover it for CBS Sports, I grabbed @itsthejho (Cheap Twitter Plug) for the podcast! He's the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the New Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs! We also talked about how the unique way that he proposed to his wife.
His Facebook Profile says that he's the Director of Operations at the Meadowlands Racetrack, but we all know he does much more than that! The former Tioga Downs track announcer, Darin also sets the odds for every racing card, oversees the OTB in Bayonne, NJ, and contributes to the shenanigans to the TVG show.
Chris Tully has participated in harness racing since the 1970's in a variety of capacities, including trainer, driver, caretaker, breeder, track manager and sales company executive. He is currently the Sales Manager for the upcoming Goshen Yearling Sale on 9/13. (goshenyearlingsale.com) Holding several current positions in the industry, he lists Marketing Manager for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and Sales Manager for the Goshen Yearling Sale as the most fulfilling. He is also the National President of the United States Harness Writers Association and a Trustee for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation.
He's been the announcer at Monticello Raceway for 31 years! He bounced around from track to track before landing the job. We go over his career and talk about his early work and how he got recognized calling the races in the Yonkers Raceway Grandstand
One of the Top Drivers at Yonkers Raceway, George has almost 3 decades of experience to go over in 40 minutes! We talk about his Hambletonian Victory, Holborn Hanover, his golf game, his long awaited runner's high, and relationship with fellow Driver Brian Sears
It was a wonderful day interviewing Drivers, Trainers, Grooms, and TV personalities! The 90th Edition of the Hambletonian Stakes Race is by far the biggest day in Harness Racing, and I was happy just to be there spreading some cheers and laughs to everyone. I talked to Hambletonian Champion Brian Sears, US Pacing Champion Dave Miller, and the leading Driver in Wins Aaron Merriman, among many others!
Leading Driver at Saratoga and Monticello Raceway. We discuss his hectic schedule, grand circuit and stakes racings, and the advantages of being a top trainer as well
Interview with Rising Star, 26 Year Old, Top 3 Freehold Raceway Driver. Bred into harness racing, guided by all of his uncles and cousins, now making his way up the ranks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Also, we dive into future changes and ideas that need to happen in harness racing
A collection of my interviews that I did on Meadowlands Pace 15 Night.
Professional AMATEUR Driver Robert Krivelin discusses the status of Amateur Driving in Harness Racing, it's future, how he started, why he's hooked, and how to change the sport moving forward!
Interview with 26 year old Marcus Miller. We discuss working with his father, Erv Miller, starting in Chicago, and the future state of harness racing!
with Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. We break down the 2008 Meadowlands Pace and how he beat the undefeated Canadian super horse Somebeachsomewhere with Art Official in a World Record performance. Also, Ron talks about all of the other champion horses he's driven, including Donato Hanover, Roll With Joe, and Well Said. Plus and update on his neck and back surgery