Goshen Historic Track Auxilliary
On Wednesday evening, October 21 at their Annual Dinner Meeting, the Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track made a $7,000 donation to the members of the Historic Track’s Board of Directors..
Accepting the check from co-president Judy Green and Auxiliary member Geri Rosina were Board members, Bernie White, president; Steve Jones, VP; and Frank Baldasarre, treasurer.
“The ladies do an outstanding job and work tirelessly to raise money for Historic Track,” White told the assembled group upon the receipt of the check. “We are always so very appreciative of the Auxiliary’s dedicated efforts and we can’t thank them enough.”
The money is raised annually through the efforts of members of the Track ‘s Auxiliary with an array of fundraisers, dinners and raffles. In years past their efforts raised as much as $10,000 and over the past few decades the amount of the Auxiliary’s donations is well into six figures .
“We apologize that our donation is less than previous years but these are tough times. Still we are always very pleased to be able to provide a $7000 donation to the track from the efforts of our very dedicated volunteers,.” co-president Eveline White added.
Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA
Again Donates to Historic Track
MONTICELLO, NY — After again running another successful awards banquet in late November the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers donated $3000 to Historic Track at their monthly Board Meeting on November 19. The presentation of the check was made to Bernie White, President of Historic Track’s Board of Directors by John Manzi, the chapter’s banquet chairman and longtime Historic Track Board member.
Moreover, Historic Track gained another $600 as a result of the Monticello-Goshen USHWA Chapter Banquet.
At the chapter’s awards banquet on November 17, Wanda Polisseni, one of the main honorees, gave Manzi a $500 donation for Historic Track and in lieu of a trophy Gerry Fielding, the Amy Bull Crist Award winner, donated the trophy cost ($100) to Historic Track, also. That donation will be matched and the National Historic Landmark will actually end-up with $7,200.
For the 30th consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has donated to Historic Track the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.
Last summer the organization presented a $3000 check to Museum President Ebby Gerry, Jr. prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Goshen, NY on July 7.
Since the early 1980’s the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has donated money to Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Money raised for the donations is made possible from successful chapter banquets and the continued support of the chapter’s charity journals.
“We thank all who participate in our annual awards banquets and charity journals and we are very fortunate to be able to raise the money….. and when we do…. it is our pleasure to donate the profits back to the industry; especially to Historic Track and to the Harness Racing Museum, which are not only in our own back yard but very dear to us and to the hearts of everyone in harness racing,” noted Chris Tully, president of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA and first VP National.
“In addition, we will also be making our annual $3000 donation to the Harness Racing Museum next July. A special thanks goes to John Manzi whose dedicated efforts make the banquets successful.” In the early 1980’s annual donations by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA were used to support a college scholarship but the members decided back then that when the chapter donates it should be to Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum--both separate not-for profit entities—although over the years the chapter has also donated to many other harness racing industry causes.
Monticello-Goshen Chapter to Honor Mike Kimelman
When it comes to harness racing Mike Kimelman is a man for all seasons. He’s the president of Blue Chip Farms, a member of the Goshen Historic Track Board of Directors as well as a member of the Standardbred Owners Association of NY and a U.S.T.A. District Director since 2002. He has also trained and driven harness horses and occasionally still does.
Recently Kimelman has been appointed to the Board of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund, also referred to as the Sires Stakes Fund. He was appointed to that position by the New York State Senator, John Bonacic.
For all that he does and has done for the Standardbred sport, especially in the breeding business in New York State, Mike is this year’s recipient of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA’s prestigious Excelsior Award. He will receive that honor on Sunday night, November 17 when the scribes hold their 55th Annual Awards Banquet at the Fountains in Middletown, NY.
For Mike Kimelman, a profession in anything other than harness racing was out of the question. After all, his grandfather Oscar Kimelman had established the world renowned Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill NY in 1969 when young Michael was in the fifth grade. His family moved there and harness horses became a way of life for him. So much so that he opted not to go to college to pursue his career with Standardbreds. (Read more...).
Steve Jones, VP of Historic Track Board,
Gains Industry Honors
Steve Jones, son of Hall of Famer Hal Jones, has recently gained industry honors. A 1982 Graduate of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. Jones earned a degree in Animal Husbandry.
As owner of Cameo Hills Farm, a 300 acre standardbred breeding farm in Montgomery, NY and longtime breeder of standardbreds, Steve been honored this past summer by being elected to the Board of Trustees at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and then on Hambletonian Day Jones was elected to the Hambletonian Society.
“I grew up in then horse business and it’s been my life and my enjoyment. I’ve had some success in the industry and I am thrilled and honored to now be a member of those two prestigious organizations,” Jones said. (Story continues...)
As a youngster Mike worked on the farm and learned a great deal about the horse breeding industry from Hall of Famer, Bill Brown who was the Farm Manager.
“I was only a kid and at first I did menial jobs like stapling arrows all over to direct people to the Farm, but as I grew older and spent more time with Mr. Brown I began to realize what it took to run such a magnificent establishment,” Kimelman said.
In the 1970’s Kimelman spent a lot of time around the training farms, too, and at Goshen Historic Track learning the ropes of training and driving harness horses from some exceptional horsemen.
“Del Cameron used to train our (Blue Chip Farms) horses and I was often with him in Pinehurst (Training Center) and at many racetracks in the northeast,” Kimelman noted. “And I always loved going to Goshen Historic Track to spend time with Harry Pownall, Sr. I was always trying to learn from the great ones.”
Out of school Kimelman worked for top horsemen like Billy Popfinger, Steve Demas and Billy Herman and in 1984 he opened a public stable which was a realization of a lifelong dream of becoming a professional trainer/driver.
And Michael was good at his chosen profession, too. Over the years, with a small stable and a limited amount of starts he won over 500 races and handled some very nice horses.
But it was a connection with a childhood friend and schoolmate that redirected Kimelman’s life. “I went to the 11th grade at Wallkill (NY) High School and then my brother Scott and I went to Hackley Prep School in Tarrytown, NY where we both graduated,” Kimelman explained. “It was there that my brother and I met and befriended Tom Grossman who, as fate would have it, purchased Blue Chip Farms a few years ago.”
According to Kimelman restructuring was taking place at Blue Chip Farms and Grossman not only bought the establishment but offered Mike a job.
The offer from Grossman was not only a chance for an outstanding career move but it also gave Kimelman an opportunity to raise his family in a spectacular rural setting where he now lives with wife Sally and children, Oscar and Olivia.
“I am so appreciative that Tom gave me such a tremendous opportunity and I have been president of Blue Chip Farms since 2001,” Kimelman added.
Steve Jones (Continued)
Steve bred the great Deweycheatumnhowe, the 2008 trotter of the year, who retired as the richest 2 and 3 year old trotter in the history of harness racing.
He followed the success of Deweycheatumnhowe with another blockbuster in 2009. He bred the 2009 pacer of the year, Well Said ,winner of the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, North American Cup and over 2.5 million in earnings.
Steve raised and sold the great Check Me Out – the richest trotting filly in history, with earnings over $1,800,000 at 2 & 3. She was the 2011 2 year old trotting filly of the year and the 2012 3 year old trotting filly of the year.
In the past 6 years, Jones has bred the winners of four one million dollar races; The Hambletonian,the Canadian Trotting Classic, the North American Cup and The Meadowlands Pace.
He also bred the winners of the Kentucky Futurity, The Little Brown Jug, The Valley Victory, two Breeders Crowns, the Sweetheart, Battle Of Brandywine, Countess Adios, the Simcoe,a Woodrow Wilson Elimination and Adios Elimination winner, among others.
Jones’ Cameo Hills Farm also raised and sold the 2004 3 year old trotting filly of the year – Housethatruthbuilt and 2008 Sweetheart Pace winner, Pedigree Snob. Both fillies are now part of the Cameo Hills broodmare band which also includes the 2009 3 year old filly pacer of the year, Yellow Diamond, and La Riviera Lindy - the dam of 2012 horse of the year – Chapter Seven and Must See – the dam of Well Said.
Steve and his wife Kathy have two boys – Tyler – a junior studying business at the University of Vermont, and Jake, a senior at Burke Catholic High School in Goshen.
Stay With Us in 2014!
This has been an eventful year at GHT. 2014 promises to be even more exciting!