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Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica continues their Grand Circuit tour with a stop at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday to cover the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of the North America Cup beginning at 9:00 PM and will run for three consecutive hours. The broadcast will highlight the all-stakes Pick 4, the mandatory payout super hi-5, and the North America Cup race live. During the broadcast, the team of Michael Carter, Mike Bozich, Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will present live interviews from the paddock, handicapping analysis, and winners' circle reaction as the night goes on. Tickets are still on sale for the North America Cup and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The ticket includes general admission to the beer garden, live performances by Buck Twenty, and apron access to the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup. Also on site during the races will be a food truck festival, a driver's autograph session beginning at 5:30, and a t-shirt giveaway to the first 500 ticket holders. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also features many lucrative wagering opportunities. The early Pick 4 (Race 4) will be guaranteed at $50,000, the All Stakes Pick 4 (Race 9) will be guaranteed at $100,000, and the Pick 5 (Race 1) will be guaranteed at $50,000. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking to them about racehorse aftercare. Donations will be accepted for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Post Time on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 6:30 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.  by Mike Carter, for the Mike & Mike Show

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (June 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Ken Middleton, Woodbine Mohawk Park's announcer; Clay Horner, Chairman Woodbine Entertainment Group; and the connections of Wes Delight, Mark Harder and Corey Callahan. Post Time will have a special guest co-host on Thursday as USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator Wendy Ross will join the program, as Michael Bozich will be on assignment. Middleton, the announcer at Woodbine Mohawk Park, joins the program this week to discuss the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup. Middleton will discuss the race and also discuss some of the great promotions that are going on around the facility. Horner, Chairman of Woodbine Entertainment Group, sparked lively conversation over the weekend as he raised an idea for the future of the North America Cup. Ross and Carter will discuss with Horner where those thoughts came from and what might be in store for the historic race. The connections of Wes Delight, Corey Callahan and Mark Harder, will join this week to talk about their star three-year-old who has proven he has what it takes to race against the top horses in the country. Wes Delight will race from post three on Saturday night. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be live from the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday night. The time of the show will be announced on Thursday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD – Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (June 7) at 10:30 a.m.  They will be joined by Dave Miller, the regular driver of Heaven Rocks A; Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager; Julie Miller, regular Meadowlands trainer; and Gaitway Farms Announcer and Harrah’s Philadelphia Timer, Rich Mattei. Hall of Fame driver David Miller will join this week to talk about Heaven Rocks A who recently came to the United States.  In his most recent effort at Harrah’s Philadelphia, he won decisively against a very competitive field after finishing a close second in the Commodore Barry on May 27.  Miller will talk about how the horse seems to be adjusting to racing in the United States. Weingartner, the USTA Media Relations Manager, has been attending the USTA Driving School in Goshen, New York this week.  He joins the program this week to discuss the sights and sounds of the school and what people seem to be enjoying the most. Miller, a regular trainer at The Meadowlands, will make her first appearance on Mike and Mike on Thursday.  The pair will talk to her about her career in horses and discuss how the family is involved in the sport of harness racing.  Miller will also discuss the freshman horses that began racing at Gaitway Farm this week. Mattei, Gaitway Farm Announcer, and Harrah’s Philadelphia Timer will talk about the babies that have begun racing this week and some of his impressions about them.  Mattei will let the listeners know of any shining stars that he may have seen while at the facility on Monday and Tuesday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their websitewww.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Columbus, OH --- Michael Carter, the 2017 U.S. Harness Writers Association Breakthrough Award winner and well-known co-host of Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, joined the U.S. Trotting Association on Monday (June 4) as social media and public relations coordinator. Carter comes to the USTA from Northfield Park where he served as assistant director of mutuels and back-up track announcer. "Michael Carter is a great addition to the USTA's communications team because he brings knowledge, experience and a large network of contacts throughout the industry to the position," said USTA Director of Marketing and Communications Dan Leary. "Through his weekly show, he has helped positively promote harness racing and we're looking forward to having him continue to do that with us." In his last position, Carter also worked closely with the marketing team on the track's promotions and served as on-air talent conducting interviews on the simulcast of big race nights. From 2014 to 2015, Carter called races at Buffalo Raceway and managed the mutuels department during the off-season. He also was responsible for building the track's Facebook page and worked as the on-air handicapper providing daily race analysis. With his co-host Michael Bozich on Post Time with Mike and Mike, Carter has been responsible for helping to build and promote the show through their website, social media, press releases and live remotes from some of harness racing's major events such as the Hambletonian, Breeders Crown and Dan Patch Stakes. From the USTA Publicity Department  

Northfield, OH -- Northfield Park regular Greg Grismore scored his 7,000th career victory aboard Nehemiah on Tuesday (May 29) night. Grismore and Nehemiah didn't get the easiest of journeys to score his milestone victory. Nehemiah was parked every step of the mile and had to sustain a three-wide bid around Lucky Match (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) before clearing at the top of the stretch and fending off late pressure from Dundee Dan (Wes Hershberger). Nehemiah ($17.00) is owned by Ohioans Rosy Weaver (Beach City) & Curtis Grismore (Northfield). Weaver also trained the winner. After the race Grismore said, "It's a huge thrill doing it on my son's horse. It was probably the biggest thrill of my career." Grismore grew up in Pandora, Ohio, and started in the business as a young teenager working with his father, Mark. He has driven at many racetracks throughout his illustrious career including stints at tracks on the East Coast. Grismore scored his first driving victory in 1987 and to date, 2007 was his winningest season with just over $5 million in earnings. He is second in all-time victories at Northfield Park, behind only Aaron Merriman. Grismore's biggest scores include victories in the Cleveland Classic (Won The West, 2007) and the Jugette (Good News Lady, 2008). By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to kick off their 2018 live remote season with coverage of the Camluck Classic on Saturday night. Mike and Mike will bring extensive coverage of the Camluck Classic beginning at 8:00 PM via their Facebook page and website with a one-hour Camluck Classic pre-game show hosted by Michael Carter, Michael Bozich, Garnet Barnsdale, and Jessica Otten. The team will continue coverage for three more hours beginning at 9:00 PM, on their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. During each of the broadcasts, the team will present live interviews from the paddock, handicapping analysis, and winners' circle reaction as the night goes on. Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will be an intricate part of the broadcast as they were in 2017. For those in attendance on track, there will be a chance to win an Randy Waples whip that was donated to the show by Randy. Those on track who tweet a picture of themselves at Western Fair with #CamluckClassic will automatically be entered to win the whip. You must be on track to win the prize. Tweeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the winner will be selected at 10 p.m.   In addition to the live broadcast, Jessica Otten and Michael Carter will also be joining track announcer Shannon "Sugar" Doyle for the pre-game show on the Western Fair broadcast. Expert handicapping selections from Mike and Mike contributors will be provided on their website beginning Friday. The Raceway at Western Fair District will have a ton of promotions going on throughout the entire evening. There will be 100's of giveaways, drawing for Trackside Music Festival Tickets, a Camluck Cheerleader Contest, and Scratch &Win programs. Tickets are still available for the VIP Infield Experience, new to The Raceway in 2018 and can be purchased online at www.camluckclassic.ca. The National Anthem will be performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up at the entrance between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking about racehorse aftercare presented by New Vocations. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.  Music Festival Tickets, a Camluck Cheerleader Contest, and Scratch &Win programs. Tickets are still available for the VIP Infield Experience, new to The Raceway in 2018 and can be purchased online at www.camluckclassic.ca. The National Anthem will be performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up at the entrance between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking about racehorse aftercare presented by New Vocations. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (May 24) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Shannon "Sugar" Doyle, from The Raceway Western Fair District; Pete Medhurst, from Rosecroft Raceway; Caroline Vazquez, from Diamond Creek Farms; Wendy Ross, Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator at the USTA; and Rob Pennington from Harrah's Philadelphia. Doyle, announcer at The Raceway at Western Fair District, joins to discuss the 2018 Camluck Classic which has drawn a very competitive field. The draw made the race very interesting and wide open and Doyle will talk about his strategy of handicapping the race. The pair will also discuss the promotions going on at the storied racetrack on Saturday night. Medhurst, announcer at Rosecroft Raceway, will come on the show this week to discuss the happenings going on at the Maryland racetrack. Medhurst, who also is the voice of Navy sports, will provide his insight and thoughts about the meet going into their final week of live racing action. Vazquez, from Diamond Creek Farms, will join to discuss the farms Open House coming up on Saturday, June 2. Diamond Creek will allow fans to come out and meet some of their world famous stallions and some of the foals while also teaching them about the sport of harness racing and what life is like on the farm. Vazquez will discuss the happenings of the event and what the day will entail for visitors. Ross, the newest edition to the USTA, will join the program as she was hired as the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator. Ross, a third-generation horsewoman, has been in the sport of harness racing working varying roles since the age of 15. Ross will discuss her new career and what some of her ideas are. Pennington, the assistant race secretary at Harrah's Philadelphia, will join to talk about the huge weekend they have coming up this weekend. The famed racetrack will play host to the Maxie Lee Memorial Trot, the Betsy Ross, and the Commodore Barry Stakes. Also on the card will be world champion Hannelore Hanover who will race in a division of the Great Northeast Open Trot Series. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (March 15) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Emily Gaskin, Marketing Director for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino; Pete Vanaglia, Yonkers Raceway handicapper and co-host on Saturday nights; and Pete Medhurst, the voice of Navy football and Rosecroft Raceway.   Gaskin, the Marketing Director for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino will join the program this week to talk about the upcoming 2018 race meeting that begins on Friday, March 30. Gaskin will highlight some of the great promotions that the Indiana track will have to offer this year, along with highlighting some of the great stakes races in their upcoming season.   The "Inside Handicapping" segment continues this week with Pete Vanaglia, who will discuss the upcoming Levy and Bluechip Matchmaker series which begins on Friday and Saturday night. Vanaglia will give us some of his handicapping advice and some angles that bettors can look for in the big events.   Medhurst, the voice of Navy football and announcer at Rosecroft Raceway will join to talk about the storied racetracks success over the past year. Medhurst will chime in on some of the upcoming events that Rosecroft has to offer and also talk some about the 2018 Potomac Pace which was won last year by Keystone Velocity.   Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike         Post Time With Mike And Mike - Online www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com Post Time with Mike and Mike harness racing is racing's newest podcast positively promoting the sport of harness racing        

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.   Betty Holt the executive director of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York was named the 2017 Unsung Hero by the United States Harness Writers Association. The pair will talk with Betty about her career in harness racing and how she came about the job at the breeders association in New York. She monitors all the New York harness activities in the state and handles everything from the Sire Stakes to the the promotion of the sport and ownership seminars.   Bruce Trogdan was named owner of the year by the United States Harness Writers Association. Trogdan co-owned Fear The Dragon who had a lights out 2017 campaign and also bred Blazin Britches who was a champion three-year-old filly in 2017. We will talk to Trogdan about his breeding operation and what is next for some of his champion race horses.   Gina Maybee from the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association in Maryland will join the program to talk about the racing season coming up at Rosecroft Raceway this year. We will talk to Maybee about how she got into the sport and what we can look forward to in 2018 at the seasoned racing facility.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 am via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday mornings show at 10:30 AM. Trainer of Stay Hungry, Tony Alagna will join the program to talk about his top two-year-old pacing colt.  Stay Hungry was recently named the two-year-old pacing colt of the year at the O'Brien Awards in Canada.  He swept both the elimination and the final of the 2017 Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.  Alagna will speak to what is next for his top pacing colt. Pacey "The Wiz" Mindlin the enthusiastic handicapper at Miami Valley will join to talk about his career in harness racing.  He currently handicaps the races with track announcer Barry Vicroy and also does the handicapping for the week of the Little Brown Jug. Canadian driver Nick Steward will join the program to talk about his driving career in Canada.  Steward, a native of London, Ontario, has won just over 1,800 races in his short career and just over $10,000,000C in earnings.  Steward will discuss how he got started in the sport and talk about what his hopes are for the upcoming years. Post Time with Mike and Mike can be heard every Thursday via their website here and on the archive here.      By Michael Carter for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing line-up for Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.   The question of the WEG and Meadowlands Racetrack integrity rule has been debated by many on social media this week with it's announcement. Trainer John Butenschoen will join the program to discuss his perspective on the issue. Butenschoen has been vocal about his feelings towards the rule and he will explain how he feels the rule could hurt potential owners.   WEG Chairman Clay Horner will also join the program this week to talk about how this initiative got started and how the rule will affect owners going forward. The duo will talk to Horner about how the initiative came about and how he partnered with the Meadowlands to institute the new rule.   Jim Miller joins Thursday to talk about the racing at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois, we will discuss the track conversion project they went through to start the meet and also talk about all the upcoming promotions the track has to offer. Michigan legend Moose Zonjic joins "Inside Handicapping" to talk to us about how he looks at different types of races. Moose has been in both the Thoroughbred and Harness industries and he will talk about the differences in handicapping each breed.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live on their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to present the 2017 harness racing 'Year in Review' show coming up on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM. IHHA Board Member Angie Coleman will join the program to talk about the upcoming Hawthorne race meet. She will discuss an upcoming promotion that has been created called Night at the Races, Stable vs Stable. The promotion includes some behind the scenes tours for new fans with some other great perks to help bring new fans into the sport of harness racing. Mike and Mike will feature the top five stories of 2017 that they covered during the year. The duo will also talk about some of the gaffs and bloopers that have taken place throughout the course of the year. Mike and Mike would like to thank the listeners, supporters, fans, and sponsors who have contributed this year and we are very excited to continue bringing you the show in 2018! Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Post Time With Mike And Mike - Online   www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com   Post Time with Mike and Mike harness racing is racing's newest podcast positively promoting the sport of harness racing.   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to announce the harness racing winners of the 2017 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards! Each of the seven categories were nominated and voted on completely by the harness racing world. Mike and Mike would like to thank each fan and listener who took time to vote in each category.   Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year, presented by Millstream Farms Nathan Bain 111 Votes Garnet Barnsdale 136 Votes Tom Dubrick 143 Votes Tammie Jackson 105 Votes Kurt "Russ" Adams 46 Votes Doug Martin 33 Votes   Sam McKee Race Call of the Year Award, presented by the Kentucky Sire Stakes Steve Cross 185 Votes Barry Vicroy 87 Votes Jim Beviglia 45 Votes Ayers Ratliff 126 Votes Pete Medhurst 35 Votes Joe Zambito 120 Votes   Horsewoman of the Year, presented by Team JC Stables Missy Rothfuss 84 Votes Jamie Macomber 142 Votes Jackie Ingrassia 77 Votes Emily Gaskin 123 Votes Jessica Otten 81 Votes Amy Hollar 113 Votes   Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year, presented by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Bill Crone 62 Votes Andy Rickert 118 Votes Jeff and Helene Gregory 118 Votes Jackie Matheson 38 Votes Jamie Macomber 227 Votes Don McKirgan 54 Votes   Innovator of the Year, presented by the U.S. Trotting Association Ken Terpenning 85 Votes Adriano Sorella 45 Votes Ryan Clements 128 Votes Ryan Macedonio 92 Votes Chris Gooden 138 Votes Anthony MacDonald 135 Votes   Upset of the Year JL Cruz - Spirit of Mass. 70 Votes Check Six - Sam McKee Memorial 97 Votes Ice Attraction - KY Filly Futurity 47 Votes Churita - ISS Final 55 Votes Beckham's Z Tam - Breeders Crown 244 Votes Snowstorm Hanover - KY Futurity 87 Votes   Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year, presented by Off and Pacing Tough Love 121 Votes Quicksilvercandy A 127 Votes Weskey 80 Votes Spunky Vic 57 Votes Hell Carlo 80 Votes   Captain Primeau 159 Votes Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 AM via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their 2017 harness racing Post Time with Mike and Mike Award show will air on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern. Post Time with Mike and Mike would like to thank all of their listeners who took time to vote in the awards this year. As in years past, the awards were nominated and voted on by fans of harness racing who decided the winners of each category. The categories featured in 2017 were: - Sam McKee Race Call of the Year presented by the Kentucky Sire Stakes - Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year presented by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino - Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year presented by Millstream Farms - Horsewoman of the Year presented by Team JC Stables Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live on their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on-demand at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   By Michael Carter for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is proud to announce their harness racing line-up coming up on Thursday morning at 10:30 AM.   New Yonkers Raceway Director of Racing, Cammie Haughton will join the program to discuss his new role at the track. Haughton is a former presiding judge at Yonkers and the Meadowlands and is the son of Hall of Famer Billy Haughton.   The Inside Handicapping segment continues this week with Western Fair announcer Shannon "Sugar" Doyle. Doyle will discuss the ins and outs of handicapping harness racing and what he considers important when looking at the races.   "The Guru" Ron Gurfein will join Post Time to talk about his illustrious career and his new article series in Harness Racing Update titled "Ask The Guru".   Voting continues this week in the Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards via the duos website here. Voting ends on December 27, 2018.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 on their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce the harness racing nominees for the 2017 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards. Mike and Mike would like to thank the fans of harness racing who took time out to nominate their favorite person or horse for each award. We were flooded with nominations for each category and used a panel of six to help narrow the nominees to six in each category. Voting begins on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:00 and will end on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 12:00. Voting can be done via the duo's webpage, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or via Post Time With Mike And Mike - Online www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com . Please note that there is only one vote per person allowed.   "Ted Barcus" Race Fan of the Year Nathan Bain is an up and coming harness racing fan who has a strong passion for announcing races. Bain is currently attending Belle River High School in Canada and has shown his passion for calling races by announcing at Grand River Raceway and Pompano Park. He also does selections and a pre-game show for Leamington Raceway. He announced his first race at Leamington Raceway in 2014. Garnet Barnsdale is a Daily Racing Form contributor for the WEG Circuit in Canada and has written many publications around North America. Barnsdale is active on social media and writes the "Buzzworthy" column in Harness Racing Update. He also helps provides analysis during the live broadcasts that are done each year by Post Time with Mike and Mike. Barnsdale is also part-owner of five racehorses through The Stable.ca. Doug Martin is a member of the Facebook group, A Real Harness Handicapping Group and shares a passion and love for the sport of harness racing. He supports the WEG circuit with wagering dollars, but also promotes the sport by helping to share some of the Daily Racing Form selections for the WEG circuit. Tammie Jackson (@hoosiernations - Twitter) is a member of the fractional ownership group, Cya Racing. Jackson consistently posts photos on Twitter and attempts to brighten days with her "good morning" posts. She is consistently sharing stories and is at her home track of Hoosier Park on a regular basis. Tom Dubrick has an extensive Facebook following and is a three-time Post Time with Mike and Mike award nominee. Dubrick brings a positive presence to the industry through his numerous Facebook posts regarding the racing action at Hoosier Park. Kurt (Russ) Adams is a passionate harness racing fan and has been to almost every track on the east coast. He created the Facebook group, A Real Harness Handicapping Group, and he consistently promotes the sport of harness racing on that page. Russ enjoys meeting anyone involved in racing and is known for going up and striking a conversation with anyone who cares to talk about racing. Also nominated to the category were Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale, Kimberly Moiser,Rich "The Natural" Mattei, John Polvinale, Albert Nash, and Sydney Weaver. "Sam McKee" Race Call of the Year, presented by the Kentucky Sire Stakes Steve Cross is the announcer at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Cross had two race calls nominated for this award in 2017. As Hoosier Park played host to the 2017 Breeders Crown, the weight on Indiana was on the shoulders of Beckhams Z Tam and Jamie Macomber. Beckhams Z Tam roared past to the lead in mid-stretch to defeat a game Downbytheseaside in one of the seasons most epic battles. Barry Vicroy is the announcer at Scioto Downs, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, and Miami Valley Gaming. Vicroy is nominated for the 2nd year in a row for his call in the Jim Ewart Memorial. In 2016, his nomination was the historic stretch battle between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki. In 2017, his nomination surrounds McWicked nailing Rockin Ron on the wire winning in 1:49.3. Jim Beviglia is the announcer at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania. Beviglia has called many races including Breeders Crown events at Pocono alongside the late Sam McKee. Beviglia's call of the 2017 Ben Franklin featured an epic stretch duel between Keystone Velocity and Mel Mara. The race was won by Keystone Velocity who battled strongly late up the passing lane. Ayers Ratliff is the announcer at Northfield Park in Northfield, Ohio. Ratliff has called many stakes races, but one of the most exciting races that he got to call in 2017 was the Carl Milstein Memorial in August. The race featured a much anticipated duel between Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside who was the eventual winner of the race. Pete Medhurst is the long-time announcer of Rosecroft Raceway and is the regular Navy football announcer. Medhurst announced the 2nd Annual Potomac Pace at Rosecroft, which was won by Keystone Velocity in what was one of the more memorable races for aged open pacers. Joe Zambito is the long-time announcer and race secretary at Batavia Downs Gaming in Western New York. Joe has gotten to call some very good horses during his tenure including the Seven Million Dollar Man, Foiled Again. Foiled Again won the Kane Invitational, the signature race at Batavia, three times. Joe's race call of the Kane Invitational in 2016 was nominated for a Post Time with Mike and Mike award. This year, his call of Foiled Again in an invitational held at Batavia Downs Gaming on October 7, 2017 was nominated. That night Foiled Again defeated Fireyourguns who is a top Open pacer in New York who has a mark of 1:47.3 at Vernon Downs. Also nominated to the category was Steve Cross's call of Hannelore Hanover winning the Breeders Crown, Darin Gagne's call of Firedrake's track Record, and Scott Warren's call of the Zweig at Vernon Downs. Horsewoman of the Year One of the saving graces of the race track is a good outrider. Missy Rothfuss is currently the well experienced outrider at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. She has been known to make some amazing catches and helps to keep all of the horseman safe. Rothfuss also gives back to the sport of harness racing by helping support racehorse aftercare and ensuring that racehorses are saved from slaughter. Jamie Macomber won her first Breeders Crown in 2017 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino with Beckhams Z Tam. It was one of the most emotional victories of her very young career. Macomber, who is based out of Indiana during the spring and summer, while spending her winters at Pompano Park in Florida, is the wife of driver Ricky Macomber Jr. She currently has 205 career victories with a little over $2.1 million in earnings. Jackie Ingrassia became the first woman driver to win a Triple Crown race when she guided Goalfish to victory in the 2000 Yonkers Trot. She topped the 1,000-victory plateau in 2003. The 1999 Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame Inductee has earned over $6.2 million in a career that spans 40 years. This year, she has 18 driving wins in 118 starts, driving mainly for husband Frank Ingrassia. A majority of her wins have come in Pennsylvania Stakes competition, and upper conditioned trot races at Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (Bio by Michael Bozich). Emily Gaskin enters the 2017 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards on the heels of winning the award in 2016. Gaskin has been nominated three times for Horse Woman of the Year. Emily is the media analyst and a representative at Hoosier Park. She owns her share of horses and helps to actively promote the sport of harness racing on Twitter and Facebook. She has worked very hard to help promote the Hoosier Park brand and is an intrical part in helping Hoosier Park pull off the 2017 Breeders Crown. Gaskin helps interns that work at the track to learn how to be industry professionals and ensure success in their futures. Jessica Otten is a Michigan Native and is currently enrolled at Mott Community College majoring in business management. She helped make her presence felt in the sport of harness racing by providing behind-the-scenes access to the happenings at Northville Downs. Otten is a pivotal part of the Post Time with Mike and Mike live broadcast team and has grown as a broadcaster since joining the team. Amy Hollar is the face of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association at Northfield Park in Ohio. Amy runs a stable with her husband, Calvin and is Brian Brown's sister-in-law. Hollar has been the representative at Northfield for 17 years and can be found promoting the sport of harness racing via her Facebook page. The other nominees included: Vicki Wright, Megan Maccario, Ann MacNeil, and Emily Hay. "Larry Rheinheimer" Small Stable of the Year, presented by Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Trainer Bill Crone is based out of Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana. Through his career he has 273 victories in just under 2,500 starts with just under 3.3 million in purse earnings and a UDRS of .206. His biggest season so far has been 2017 where he trained two-year-old trotting superstar Fiftydallabill to a Breeders Crown victory against some of the sports top two-year-old trotters. Fiftydallabill had raced on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit and had been racing extremely well, but made a break in the Super Final just before the Breeders Crown eliminations where he rebounded to make the final. Crone began his training career at Balmoral Park in Illinois. Andy Rickert is based out of Fredonia, Pennsylvania and races on the Ohio Circuit and at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Rickert has a powerful stable and has consistently made $500,000 each season from 2010 to the present. 2017 has so far been his best season earnings wise with earnings of just under $800,000. One of his top trotters, Keystone Chester, has made his stamp against Open ranks over the past year, being in the money a majority of the time. To date Rickert has 802 victories, 801 seconds, and 753 thirds in just under 6,000 starts with purse earnings of $6,215,577 and a UDRS of .257. Jeff and Helene Gregory race a majority of their horses on the New York circuit. Jeff Gregory is most known for his training duties of Barn Doll who he currently owns in partnership with the Jesmeral Stable. Barn Doll was second in the Kentucky Filly futurity in 2016 and was 4th in the TVG Mare Final this year at The Meadowlands. Helene promotes the sport of harness racing by working with the Racing Under Saddle series in New York. She also participates in those events at other tracks. In just three years training full-time after many injuries, Jeff has won major stakes races in different states. Jeff and Helene Gregory are two-time nominees of the Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year award. Jackie Matheson is a conditioner that races at Charlottetown Driving Park in Prince Edward Island, Canada. To date Matheson currently has 443 victories with 403 seconds, and 363 thirds with purse earnings of just under $1,000,000. Matheson's stable was led by 2017 successes like the return of Maritime FFA star DGs Camme, plus a win from stakes pacer Ashes To Ashes, and top-tier distaff competitor Shadows Mystery. Jamie Macomber won her first Breeders Crown in 2017 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino with Beckhams Z Tam. It was one of the most emotional victories of her very young career. Macomber who is based out of Indiana during the spring and summer, while spending her winters at Pompano Park in Florida, is the wife of driver Ricky Macomber Jr. She currently has 205 career victories with a little over $2.7 million in earnings. Don McKirgan is an Ohio horseman based out of Northfield Park in Ohio. McKirgan has been both a driver and trainer since he began his career in 1977. He trained fair superstar Sweet Honey in 2017 who finished 2nd in the Ohio Fair Championships at Northfield Park. One of his highlight horses is champion Like Old Times who has been a staple on the Ohio circuit for past couple of years. She is a multiple world record setter and currently holds the world record for an aged mare on a half mile track, tied with Barn Girl who tied the record just a few short weeks ago. At age 77, McKirgan still shows every day that he can train with some of the big names and still be competitive in the Ohio Sire Stakes program. Innovator of the Year, presented by The United States Trotting Association Ken Terpenning runs the Facebook page, Harness Racing Replays, where replays are posted for harness racing fans. He draws new fans to the sport by allowing those that have not seen or know little about the sport to watch key races around the country. He also posts replays for owners/trainers/drivers/grooms who wish to share their on-track successes with friends, family, and others. He started with no followers and has steadily grown his page's fan base to over 2,500 followers and likes. He also posts congratulatory videos for folks when they achieve a milestone in their career (first driving win, first training win, etc.). Ken also shares his stable's successes (partnered with trainer Rob Zink) sharing their entries, wins, personalities of their horses, and even his 82-year-old mother known as The Carrot Lady. Adriano Sorella is one of the most visible and well known owners in Harness Racing. In an attempt to attract new fans to the sport, Sorella started a Team Sorella Scratch and Win giveaway program through social media outlets. He gave away many prizes as part of the promotion, all paid for out of pocket. Additionally, Sorella has used his expertise in Internet and Social Media marketing in order to prove that there are new fans of the sport to be had, they just have to be activated to get involved (Bio by Garnet Barnsdale). Ryan Clements received numerous nominations throughout the process for his creation of the Off And Pacing Mobile App. Since its inception earlier this year, Clements and his team have worked tirelessly at making sure they continue to expand the development of their game. It has helped create new fans in the sport of harness racing in a lot of different countries. The game has over 20,000 downloads, and between 7,000 - 8,000 active users. Ryan Macedonio, creator of the Trotcast, has done a lot of work in the sport of harness racing over the past year. Towards the end of 2016 he announced his run for President of the United States Trotting Association. Though his bid was unsuccessful, he has continued to support the sport of harness racing by working with the Breeders Crown and going on multiple adventures to different tracks. He provides interviews and backstories of some of the sports individuals who may not be in the limelight on a consistent basis. Macedonio also works on the website for Allard Racing. Chris Gooden is the track photographer at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania. Gooden posts his pictures and many of his collages on Facebook so that harness racing fans and connections can see the work being done on the racetrack. Gooden has created some very impressive drone shots and helped lead the way for new technology of covering races, which includes providing a live feed of the finish line of each race at The Meadows. Anthony MacDonald is the founder of thestable.ca. A long time horseman Anthony along with his wife Amy started thestable.ca in hopes of creating new and aspiring fans in the sport of harness racing. Since its inception last year they have created many more owners and gotten many more trainers involved in what they were trying to help create. Recently they had an Open House at their farm to help show new people what The Stable is all about. Anthony regularly posts videos containing information on the horses in his care and also posts videos showing the horses abilities while training. Also nominated to this category was Ben Blum, The Landy Family, Raymond Lance, Rod Allums Jr., Jim Brown, and SOANY/Yonkers Raceway. Upset of the Year Hannelore Hanover faced the boys a lot in 2017. She made one of her attempts in the inaugural Spirit of Massachusetts stakes at Plainridge Park. Turning for home it looked like it would be down to Crazy Wow, Resolve, and Hannelore Hanover, but JL Cruz had other ideas flying up the passing lane to win at odds of 60/1. The US Pacing Championship has long been one of the classics for aged pacers and leading the way for what is to come in the 2nd half of the harness racing season. In 2017, Meadowlands track announcer Sam McKee passed away. The race name was changed to the Sam McKee Memorial. Mel Mara led the field into the stretch and it looked like he would draw off to win the race easily, but Check Six came flying on the outside late and as Ken Warkentin put it "he was charging hard" for the upset. Ice Attraction proved that rainy weather and a sloppy track did not bother her in the Kentucky Filly Futurity as she shocked Ariana G in the final strides at the Red Mile in October. Ariana G's connection made the decision to race her in the easier Filly Futurity. the 2nd heat, however, proved to be too much for her. Hannelore Hanover entered Hoosier Park for the $70,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final with a few narrow defeats, but on this night she faced easier than normal company. Hannelore led for the first ¾ of the race, but when Churita got to her turning for home she used the passing lane to move by the champion and score the victory by 4½ lengths. Beckhams Z Tam entered the Breeders Crown with the hopes and dreams of the state of Indiana on his shoulders as he faced some of the top three-year-old pacers in the country. Downbytheseaside controlled the pace of the race, but around the last turn Ricky Macomber Jr., made a very impressive move to cruise by in the final hundred yards to give trainer Jamie Macomber her first Breeders Crown victory. Snowstorm Hanover completed a weekend of upsets when he rallied by Devious Man in the 2nd heat of the Kentucky Futurity to win in 1:53.2. International Moni made a break before the start and proved never to be a factor in the race. When the field turned for home Yes Mickey was in front, but he dealt with pressure from What The Hill and a covered up Snowstorm Hanover who stormed to victory providing a 5/1 upset after finishing 2nd at 82-1 in his elimination. Also nominated for this award was Pure Country's victory in the 2017 Breeders Crown. "Foiled Again" Iron Horse of the Year, presented by Off and Pacing Tough Love has raced throughout Ohio and Kentucky during his short 14-year-old campaign. He was purchased for $9,000 on October 2, 2004 at the KY Standardbred sale. He has raced over many racetracks throughout his long career and was a Virginia Bred Champion at age 2 winning the final in 1:53. Tough Love set his life time mark of 1:50.4 on November 18, 2009 against claiming company at Pocono Downs and tied the mark at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 18, 2010. He has won 57 lifetime races with 59 seconds and 59 thirds out of 434 starts and has earned just under $600,000. Tough Love is owned by Wesley E. Davis of Piqua, Ohio and is trained by the owner. Quicksilvercandy A was purchased in May 2009 by her current owner Larry Stalbaum from Australia. She began her winning ways by capturing a matinee race in the Cradle of the Trotter at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, NY. Quicksilvercandy A successfully raced against Open mares at Pocono and Yonkers. She set her lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In 2017, Quicksilvercandy A set Western New York on fire as she has climbed up and down the class ladder winning 20 races in 44 starts while banking just over $108,000. She has won 61 lifetime races with 38 seconds and 38 thirds out of 238 starts and has earned $675,228 in purse earnings. Quicksilvercandy A is trained by Kimberly Asher and owned by Larry Stalbaum of Matamoras, PA. (Bio by USHWA President Tim Bojarski). Weskey is a fourteen-year-old trotting gelding that seems to keep getting better with age. He has raced exclusively in claimers on the Ontario "B" circuit this year, and has amassed an impressive record for any horse, let alone a senior citizen who is competing in his final year of racing. Weskey has compiled a record of 8-6-6 from 36 starts for earnings of $28,067 for trainer/driver Tyler Borth of Ingersoll, Ontario, who also owns the gelding in partnership with his father Bill Borth. Weskey has earned more than $323,000 the hard way, he has made 290 starts exclusively on the B tracks and didn't earn a dime of his money in stakes. He has amassed an impressive record of 59-57-37 in those 290 starts behind the gate, for a 20% win percentage and a 53% rate of finishing in the top three (Bio by Garnet Barnsdale.) Spunky Vic is a 13-year-old trotter who was purchased for the small price of $3,500 at the Windy City sale in Illinois on August 20, 2005. He is currently owned and trained by Arty Foster of Harrington, Delaware. Spunky Vic starts his career on the Illinois circuit under the care of Roger Welch. He raced against some very good company in the Su Mac Lad at Balmoral Park, where he finished fifth in both the elimination and the final. Shortly after he was transferred to his current connections. He has faced Open company and strong conditioned company on the Delaware and Pennsylvania circuits throughout his career. He has 322 starts with 42 victories, 65 seconds, and 53 thirds and has $682,925 in purse earnings. Hello Carlo was purchased at 2-year-old and sent to trainer Larry Clabaugh where he spent his entire racing career. He raced on the Ohio circuit, and had a few starts in Western New York during his career. Hello Carlo set his career mark of 1:55.4 at Scioto Downs during a late closing event on August 1, 2009. During his career he won against Open company and scored his final win of his career on February 7, 2017 against conditioned horses at Northfield Park. He concluded his career with 377 starts, 70 firsts, 47 seconds, and 40 third place finishes with purse earnings of $348,363. He is owned by Mario Caponi, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and was trained by Larry Clabaugh. Captain Primeau is a 13-year-old trotter currently racing on the Freehold circuit in New Jersey. Captain Priemau started his career at Hippodrome 3R and Rideau Carlton Raceway in Canada. He was sold in 2007 to his current owner/trainer Conny Svensson, where he began racing on the New York and New Jersey circuit. Captain Primeau has currently made $397,347, with 47 wins, 30 seconds, and 30 thirds in 271 starts. He set his lifetime mark of 1:53.1 on June 4, 2010 at the Meadowlands at age six. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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