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2017 RACE DATES

MEADOWLANDS - Post Time 7:15pm
March 17 - August 5, 2017
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September 8 - September 16, 2017
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November 17 - December 2, 2017
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December 7 - December 30, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

FREEHOLD - Post Time 12:30pm
March 31 - May 6, 2017
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September 1 - December 9, 2017
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Special Race Day Monday September 4, 2017

December 28 - December 30, 2017
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GINGRAS GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

FREEHOLD, NJ – April 13, 2015 -- Yannick Gingras, 2014 Driver of the Year, went back to school on Monday, April 13, 2015 as guest speaker at two grade 10 French classes in an Allentown [NJ] High School.

Gingras, a native of Sorel, Quebec, is a native speaker who became fluent in English in his 20's when he moved to the United States to compete.


Yannick Gingras explains racing strategy in his native French to a 10th grade French class at Allentown High School [Photo by Ellen Harvey for USTA].


The classes were taught by standardbred breeder and owner Kathy Hock Ricci, who prepared the class with vocabulary words in advance, such as pouliche (filly) and poulain (colt).

Gingras spoke for over an hour to each class, showing his casque (helmet) and driving colors; he spoke a few sentences in French and then translated those sentences into English.

He discussed racing strategy using video from races he won with Mission Brief, Foiled Again and Limelight Beach, stopping and starting the video to show various crucial points in the race.

Gingras also wove in some life lessons, discussing that he loses more than he wins and even in times of great disappointment, such as the loss in the 2014 Hambletonian with favored Father Patrick, it is important to face difficult situations and not dwell on mistakes and misfortune.

Students had questions, in French, about his favorite horse (Foiled Again), injuries he’s had (broken collarbone and concussion), as well as whether he rides horses (absolutely not, he’s afraid and feels he has no control).

At the end of the class, students were allowed to momentarily turn on their cell phones in order to like Gingras on Facebook (Yannick Gingras) and follow him on Twitter (@Gingras3).

This was the third year Gingras shared his vocation with area high school students in his native French, providing a chance for students to practice language learning in a real life situation.

--By Ellen Harvey for Harness Racing Communications

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LONGSHOTS RULE TO TRIGGER $61,958 LATE PICK FOUR CARRYOVER

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EI EI O READY FOR DEXTER CUP ELIMINATION

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ELITE GROUP OF PACING MARES SET TO BATTLE

Mention this year’s group of older female pacers to Mark Harder and the longtime trainer can only shake his head in amazement ...

MEADOWLANDS TO RENAME US PACING CHAMPIONSHIP IN HONOR OF SAM MCKEE

The US Pacing Championship, long one of the signature events on Hambletonian Day, will be renamed The Sam McKee Memorial beginning this August in honor of the track’s Hall of Fame announcer and broadcaster who passed away March 8 at the age of 54 ...

ANDY MILLER SWEEPS FEATURES DURING FOUR-WIN NIGHT

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