Heather Vitale is a third-generation in the harness racing business. Although she grew up in a enjoying the hands-on experience of working with horses, the licensed trainer found her forte in the sport to be through the avenue of publicity.
The charismatic personality is currently the host of two popular television shows for the Standardbred sport - Post Time and PA Harness Week. Post Time airs on the local CBS affiliate, WBOC-TV on the Delmarva Peninsula and covers racing at Bally's Dover, Harrington Raceway and Ocean Downs. PA Harness Week can be seen on NBC Sports Philadelphia and covers racing at Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
In addition to her local weekly productions, Vitale has covered racing nationally on CBS sports, espn2 and MAV-TV. With popular social media platforms, the Delaware native has traveled to tracks all over the country bringing exposure to signature events and race meets. The Hambletonian, Breeders Crown, International Trot, Running Aces, Shenandoah Downs, Pinehurst Training Center Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and the Harrisburg Sale are just some of the races and tracks Vitale has been to recently. Harness Racing Update's Twos In Training is an annual series Vitale hosts as she gets reports from top trainers so see how their horses are conditioning for the new stakes season. She has also traveled internationally to Australia, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand to report on harness horses.
Vitale has also covered the sport of Thoroughbred racing. She appeared on Fox Sports West at Hollywood Park in the late 90's. And, in more recent years she's used social media to report on The Bluegrass at Keeneland, as well as, the first two Pegasus World Cups from Gulfstream Park.
The energetic mom of two sons, Wyatt (21) & Trey (15), has been called "Harness Racing's Firework" for her unconventional interviews and “when in doubt add glitter” attitude bringing a unique sparkle to the sport and grabbing the attention of new fans. She not only brings a behind-the-scenes and fresh look at horse racing to the fans, but also a candid look at her life in the sport.
Heather considers one of her greatest accomplishments to be the driving force behind getting the richest harness horse in history, Foiled Again, made into a collectible model horse for the famous Breyer company.
Her work promoting the sport of harness racing has earned her two Broadcasting Excellence Awards from the United States Harness Writers Association, a Clyde Hirt Media Award, 2018 United States Harness Writers Association's Member of the Year and Best Media video feature by Harness Racing Victoria (Australia) when she spotlighted champion pacer Lennytheshark.