Hoof Beats Magazine

DEC 2017

Official magazine of the U.S. Trotting Association, covering harness racing and the Standardbred horse.

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s Program Notes [ ] WHO'S MAKING NEWS Awards + Honors Four men instrumental in the growth and sustaining of harness racing's pre-eminent position in the state of Penn- sylvania— Walter "Boots" Dunn , Roger Hammer, Harry Harvey , and Jim Simpson— have been selected by the Keystone Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association as the second group of in- ductees into the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Along with this quartet, a veterans committee of Key- stone USHWA has selected "Judge" Joe McGraw for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Hall. These men join the Penn- sylvania Harness Hall's inau- gural class—Bowman Brown Sr., Max C. Hempt, Roger Huston, Delvin Miller, Dave Palone, Ed Ryan, Lawrence Sheppard, John Simpson Sr., and Paul E. Spears, plus vet- eran selection Mary McCune. Mr. Dunn was a positive factor in every area of the sport in which he participat- ed; as the longtime chairman of USTA District 6 represent- ing Pennsylvania; as a horse- man, breeding and training generations of champions and setting a record with 1,179 victories as an ama- teur driver; as consultant to one and all, especially on his beloved county fair circuit, where he oversaw the racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville; and as a friend, sounding board, and invaluable sharer of advice. Mr. Dunn died Feb. 3, 2016. Hammer has won the national Universal Driver Rating title eight times, tying for the all-time lead with the immortal horseman Stanley Dancer. He campaigned 2006 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo and many other fine racehorses, notably the "Key- stone" horses of his fellow Pennsylvania Hall of Famer Max Hempt, and to this day he continues as a major fac- tor on the Pennsylvania fair circuit. Mr. Harvey worked for Pennsylvania's No.1 horse- man, Delvin Miller, for many years, and drove the Miller- trained filly Helicopter to victory in the sport's premier race, the Hambletonian, in 1953. TETRICK BY WORLD WIDE RACING PHOTO • HARVEY FROM USTA FILES • ALL OTHER PHOTOS BY ED KEYS 98 HOOF BEATS DECEMBER 2017 DRIVER/TRAINER MILESTONES s TIM TETRICK , 35, became the young- est driver in history to reach 10,000 wins, guiding Earl Variera to victory Nov. 3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver VICTOR KIRBY , 45, collected his 4,000th lifetime win Oct. 17 aboard Span- ish Dream in the fifth race at Harrington Raceway. Driver CHRIS PAGE , 33, won the 4,000th race of his career Oct. 30 when he guided Scarlet Cat to a 1:54.2 victory at North- field Park. Driver VINNY GINSBURG , 28, won the 1,000th race of his career Oct. 20 when he guided Shuttletruth to a 1:57.3 victory at Freehold Raceway. Western New York veteran trainer JOHN MUNGILLO , 53, reached 1,000 lifetime wins Oct. 11 with Roll With Faith at Batavia Downs. Driver CHUCK PERRY , 52, collected his 1,000th career victory Oct. 8 at Shenan- doah Downs, driving pacer B Blissfull to a 1:57.1 win. Dunn Hammer Harvey Simpson

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