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my website for 2015!
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BUT FOR NOW.........
HAPPY PRIX D'AMERIQUE DAY!!!
Click on the Harness Racing America logo
for all things Prix d'Amerique (and in English)!
Good Luck Team Maven!
-------------------------------------------- This was one of my fav Post Time show clips from 2014! By the way, I can't wait to see
Foiled Again return to the races
for the '15 stakes season!
Have you taken the Rice Bucket Challenge?
Imagine how shocked I was when I found out
it was ICE, not RICE!
With the help of Foiled Again & Yannick Gingras, I took two challenges for charity!
Have you taken a look at the Standardbred-tacular
Harness Racing Fan Zone?!
----------------------- I Heart Horse Racing! Join me in a mission to spread the excitement of the sport! Here are some super-easy ideas...
1) GET TYPING...OR DIALING!
You’ve heard this one a million times, and now you get to hear it a million
and one times. E-mail or call the sport editor at the local newspaper
or the sportscaster at the local TV station!
Tell them you want to see more harness racing covered
OR tell them about a human interest story in the area
OR just tell them "Thanks" for covering the sport!
A note from a fan goes a looong way,
and, as you can imagine, a note from a bunch of fans goes even further!
2) RECYCLING IS THE COOL THING TO DO!
After you read your recent harness racing magazine, drop it off in the waiting area when you get your car serviced or at the doctor's office or even hand it off to a person who isn’t familiar with the Standardbred sport.
Another idea mentioned to me once was to leave one laying around an airport, where obviously people are looking to grab something to read.
3) HIT THE BOOKS!
With so much information available on the internet, you wouldn’t think many people go to the library, but they are just as popular! I take my boys a couple times
a month and the library is still a happenin’ place.
How about buying a subscription to a harness racing magazine
and donating it to your local library
or buy some books about our sport from the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and donating them?!
4) YOU'VE GOT THE CUTEST LITTLE BABY FACE!
A ‘Name The Foal’ contest doesn’t have to be done just at a racetrack. You can do something like this at your favorite hair salon or with your weekly wine tasting group (that could be the perfect place to come up with some interesting names).
It gets people talking about the sport and there’s that fun of naming a baby and you can take the winner to the track for dinner as a prize.
5) "CHILDREN ARE GREAT IMITATORS.
SO GIVE THEM SOMETHING GREAT TO IMITATE." - Anonymous
Ok, so that quote was not exactly written with the future of harness racing in mind, but you see where I’m going with this. In order for the next generation to be involved with this great, amazing, exciting sport, WE must expose it to them.
Visit a school and talk about the sport on career day!
Or have the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts out to your farm
and help them earn a badge!
Need stuff to hand out? The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a necessity in Standardbred racing and I can not say enough good things about them. They can send you all kinds of goodies and usually only ask for the price of the postage.
6) ONE OF THE CHEAPEST DATES IN TOWN!
Why go to dinner and a movie at TWO locations...
when you can have dinner and the excitement of horse racing at ONE location? And have you been to the movies lately? It’s so expensive!
That money you were going to spend paying Matthew McConaughey’s salary (although, I do love that man) and paying for popcorn that has been marked up 700% (I’m not making that figure up) can go toward 'picking the ponies' and perhaps even winning a few bucks at track. And, if your date doesn’t want to go to the races because he or she is not open to something new
and awesome, then I suggest you dump him or her immediately.
7) BE A SHUTTERBUG!
While major newspapers already have professional photographers covering stories, there are so many local weekly papers out there that LOVE to print photography submissions from readers. It’s not like you are entering a contest.
Just snap a photo of your kid giving a smooch on the nose
of his favorite harness horse and email it in with the details. Weekly newspapers are always looking for material about local peeps. Give them a reason to call you for an interview.
8) THE RACETRACK + YOUR ENTOURAGE = MEGAFUN
If you're a member of a club, have a group party at the track and sponsor a blanket race. My friend Marianne Callahan (yes, the same person who put together the owners group - Housewives of Delaware - made up of all ladies who had never been in the business before) recently put together a gathering at the races with 50 members of a local club she belongs to...but she added some flair to it! The United States Trotting Association sent some recent Hoof Beats to her and she asked me for a couple Tim Tetrickbobbleheads to give out as door prizes too. That’s a great idea! There are so many ways to jazz us a group event and have each person go home with a little token
to remind them of how much fun they had.
9) BE A CHATTY CATHY OR CHATTY CHARLIE!
Tell everyone you know how passionate you are about sport! You don’t have to start with the history of Dan Patch, but at least be willing to share and show your enthusiasm. Bring it up when you’re getting a mani/pedi
or mention how excited you are at the cash register
when you buy that perfect dress for Sun Stakes Saturday!
(Forgive me, I’m a girly girl. So I use girly girl analogies,
but I’m sure you can make macho-testosterone-filled type substitutions for the above situations.)
10) WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GREAT PARTY?
It’s August! It’s Saturday! It’s The Hambletonian!
And it’s the perfect reason to throw a party! Breeders Crown...perfect reason! North America Cup...perfect reason!
I totally love a shin-dig with a theme.
With a little imagination, think of all the trot-abulous, pace-alicious ideas you can come up with! Have a creative betting pool! Invent fun drinks!
I’ll take a Double Donato Hanover on the rocks, please!
11) GYM, TAN, LAUNDRY, RACES...
In addition to posting about going to the gym and doing your laundry on Facebook or Twitter, why not say something about a major race featuring a popular four-legged superstar or share an interesting racing story you just read?! I know many people do post about their favorite horses
but it would be great if everyone would promote that major upcoming stakes event, as well. Everyone on Facebook has “friends” who are not in the business and by publicizing a big race or a stellar celebrity Standardbred, it helps keep the sport on people’s minds. Get them to wonder how a particular superstar finished AND when that horse is going to race again...
You can continue to keep them updated by posting
something on your Facebook or Twitter newsfeed each week!
I’m stopping here and I would love to keep going on,
but I’ve got some Youth Beats magazines
to deliver to the local library and a couple schools....
OH! Make that one #12!!!
THANKS FOR HELPING ME WITH MY MISSION!
Anthony Coletta was recently involved in a nasty horse racing accident at Harrah's Philadelphia and is in critical condition. I'm touched and amazed at how the Facebook & Twitter communities have come together asking for prayers. I have no doubt, no hesitation & no second-guessing
that PRAYERS PRODUCE MIRACLES. I see it everyday!
Please pray for Anthony and for those who are part of prayer groups please add him to your list and tell family & friends to pray for his recovery. It's unbelievable what can happen when you flood the Heavens with a request. I took a peak at his Facebook page and it's obvious from his previous postings that he also believes in God's love and healing. Blessings to you and thanks to the loving harness racing community and beyond!
“Stay Strong A. Coletta”
c/o TD Bank - 2653 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19148
Keep the prayers coming
Thank you to Harness Racing Update
for my off-the-hoof ad! HRU is a newsletter that's informative (and very often sassy)
& it comes right to your email AND it's FREE!
Sign up at harnessracingupdate.com
---------------------------------------------- In case you didn't know....I do my own stunts!!!
look who is on facebook!!!
The gutsy pacesetter Golden Receiver has his own Facebook page! www.facebook.com/goldenreceiver1
This is another great way to get new people involved in the sport!
Have a personal involvement with Standardbred racing by having a superstar horse as your FB buddy! And encourage others to "friend" Golden Receiver on Facebook! --------------------------------------
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