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Racing Roundup: Laurel Park Leaders; Stronach Honors; Parx News

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Frank Stronach guides his Shaman Ghost and jockey Javier Castellano into the winner's circle after the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif. Credits: BENOIT PHOTO
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Frank Stronach To Be Honored

Frank Stronach, whose Stronach Group operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Lone Star Park and the Maryland Jockey Club tracks at Laurel Park and Pimlico; will receive an Eclipse Award of Merit at the awards banquet on Jan. 25.

Stronach will be honored for his success in Thoroughbred breeding, racing, track ownership and for his support of programs for retired race horses.

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Stronach, a native of Austria who built his fortune in auto components, entered the sport of Thoroughbred racing in 1962. Seven years later he established Adena Springs at Versailles, Ky. as his breeding and racing base.

Working with his daughter Belinda, who serves as chairman and president of the Stronach Group, they carded the first running of the $12 million Pegaus Cup at Gulfstream in 2017.

The second running is scheduled for Jan. 27 with a purse of $16 million.

Gonzalez-Toledo Top Laurel Park Fall Meeting

Claudio Gonzalez and Jevian Toledo have been named to trainer and top rider for the recently concluded Laurel Park fall meeting and for the track's annual championship.

Gonzalez won the fall training title with 33 wins and purse earnings of $1.02 million during the Sept. 8 to Dec. 30 meeting.

He took the annual trophy with 84 wins on the way to dethroning Kieron Magee, the winner of Maryland's last three annual awards.

Toledo won the fall riding title with 61 wins from 349 starts and $1.8 million in purse earnings.

His 144 wins lead mall Maryland riders in 2017.

Parx Is ON Sirius

Sirius XM Radio is now airing a segment on Parx Racing on Sirius Channel 93 and XM Radio 93.

The segment will be part of the satellite systems' “Down the Stretch” program that airs Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM (Eastern). The Parx segment is expected to be heard at approximately 11 AM.

Vince Reed Passes Away

Vince Reed, a fixture on the Bucks County, Pa. sports scene and the paddock host at Parx Racing, passed away recently.

Reed, whose real name was Anthony Iacovelli, went to work as a mutuel clerk at the South Philadelphia Turf Club in 1992 while he was broadcasting at WBCB radio station in Levittown, Pa.

Reed went on to host Philadelphia Park Live and the Phonebet account show. He also appeared in the TRN Racing Network.

He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, two sons, a daughter and their families.

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Equestrian Events January, 2018 onward

Dates listed for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, send dates to lshupe@tapinto.net

Jan. 6 — Barrel Racing, Horse Park of New Jersey, Allentown, N.J., 908-963-1989, http://horseparkofnewjersey.com

Jan.  6-13 — Pennsylvania Farm Show, Harrisburg, Pa., www.farmshow.pa.gov 

CANCELED Jan. 9 and 11 — Developing Future Leaders for the Equine Industry, 8:30 ...

2018 Stallion Breeding Auction to Benefit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

January 19, 2018

GOSHEN, N.Y. — The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is lining up its stallion roster for the 2018 season. Stallion or breeding owners are invited to put their breedings to work for the benefit of all – the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum.

For information on donating a breeding or placing a bid and would like more information, please contact ...

Tickets To 'Springsteen on Broadway' Among Auction Items

GLADSTONE, N.J. — On Friday, Jan. 19, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation will be hosting a benefit event at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Fla.

The "Triumph in Tryon" gala, co-chaired by Jim and Haity McNerney, will help raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the USET athletes as they prepare to compete at the 2018 FEI ...

Museum Presents 1920s Thoroughbred Racing-themed Murder Mystery On Jan. 20

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will play host to a 1920s thoroughbred racing-themed murder mystery event on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Tickets are $125 for Museum members and $150 for the public. They may be purchased at https://mysteryattheracingmuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling (518) 584-0400 ...

EQUUS Film Festival Announces Camden, S.C. Tour Stop

The second EQUUS Film Festival Tour Stop of 2018 will be hosted by the Marley Project and Classically Carolina.  It will be held at the Little Theater in Camden, S.C., Feb. 23 to 25 on two screens. A collection of equine films, fresh from the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City, will be screened. Films will be presented along with a mid-winter equestrian art, literary and food ...

Help Out At The Horse Park of New Jersey

The Horse Park of New Jersey hosts many equestrian events throughout the year thanks to the help of many volunteers. More help is always welcomed.

Here's the Horse Park's Winter Wish list:

Plowing and salting the park roads, even just one time
Donating a chain saw or other equipment to help with post-storm clean up
Providing snow and ground maintenance equipment, ...

BB Advises Barking Dog

BB is a lovely, intelligent Arabian mare. Life can be pretty quiet at home and she had become bored with the daily routine. She discussed this with her owner, animal communicator Anita Curtis and she decided that she would like to give advice to animals who were having problems. Due to opposable thumb problems, Curtis agreed to do the typing and computer work as long as she was allowed to give ...