see release here).
Accepting the President's Award for our almost 2000 member group will be a long time HANA member and Florida resident Abe Diamond. Abe is a member of the harness racing working group as well.
Abe had to give a little bit of information on himself for the presenters and he offered this synopsis:
"My first visit to a harness track was in 1956 or7 when my father took me to see Adios Harry race at Roosevelt Raceway. (Diamond Hal defeated him) I became hooked on the sport when I attended the Messenger Stakes on Memorial Day weekend in 1958 and saw O"Brien and Jimmy Arthur defeat a stellar field of 3 year olds including Thorpe Hanover and eventual Jug winner Shadow Wave. Later that year I witnessed Hugh Bell and Raider Frost ( who was coupled with Shadow Wave ) nail Clint Hodgins and Bye Bye Byrd at the wire in the Cane Pace which was races at 1 1/16th miles. Shadow Wave and Joe O'Brien were up the track at odds on after leading most of the way. Raider Frost would have been 100-1 if he were uncoupled."
We suspect Abe is a good choice; he'll fit right in!
To watch the ceremony please visit the USTA site tomorrow at 7:30.
If you'd like to participate in the silent auction at this years awards, which benefits a number of organizations you can here. Patriots tickets, racing memorabilia and much more are being auctioned.