Standard breeders & owners association of New Jersey

Representing the drivers, trainers, caretakers, breeders and owners of New Jersey

64 Business Route 33

Manalapan, NJ 07726

Phone: 732-462-2357

Fax: 732-409-0741

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2018 RACE DATES

MEADOWLANDS

October 12 - December 1

Fridays & Saturdays

7:15pm Post Time

December 6 - December 29

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August 24 - December 29

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Thursday December 27

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TWO NJ BASED TRAINERS AND AN ORIGINAL MEADOWLANDS DRIVER INDUCTED TO HALL OF FAME
 
GOSHEN, NY — August 26, 2018 — Results from the balloting for harness racing’s highest honor, membership in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, are in, and at the July 7, 2019, Hall of Fame induction dinner, a record number of six people will be feted as Hall of Fame inductees. New Jersey based trainers Joe Holloway and Linda Toscano, along with frequent Meadowlands driver Ted Wing were among the inductees.

Joe Holloway started in the sport as a caretaker in his native Delaware when he was in grade school. Holloway connected with the uppermost level of the sport with his masterful handling of Jenna's Beach Boy, three-time Breeders Crown winner, twice Pacer of the Year, and a horse whose record for a race mile of 1:47.3 stood for a decade. Holloway, voted the sport’s top trainer in 1995, has since buffed up his resume by developing She’s A Great Lady, Shebestingin, and Somwherovrarainbow, as well as the handling of 1:46 pacer Always B Miki at two and three.

Linda Toscano has long had a harness background association, dating back to her driving ponies in races when her age was in single digits. She served an apprenticeship with legendary New York City horseman Buddy Regan, then went out on her own in 1985. Toscano has attracted widespread attention throughout much of the current decade, including being named 2012 Trainer of the Year by USHWA; in that year alone she had the Hambletonian winner Market Share, but he was a (high-class) second fiddle that year to Horse of the Year winner Chapter Seven. The ill-fated Walner, champion 3-year-old Heston Blue Chip, and half-mile track world champion Jet Laag have also benefited from her care and tutelage.

Ted Wing was an Olympic-caliber skier before suffering an injury, and the loss of the downhill sport was harness racing’s gain, as the native of Maine captured titles in New England in his early years of the sport, then emerged as one of the leading horsemen in the founding days of The Meadowlands, balancing his racing at that track with regular duty at Roosevelt/Yonkers. Inducted into the New England Harness Racing Hall of Fame the same year as Bill O’Donnell and Jim Doherty, who would later go on to the national Hall, Wing has been an important part in the success of such stars as Skip By Night, Gallo Blue Chip, Butler BG, and Calvert.

The group will first be publicly honored at the USHWA Dan Patch Banquet, to be held on Feb. 24, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando Fla., where the Hall of Famers will take their first ensemble bow during the banquet honoring the top humans and equines of the previous year’s racing. Then comes the July 7 formal induction to the Hall of Fame, at a dinner set just outside the building in which their likeness will be placed to immortalize their selection as harness racing’s best of the best.

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