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Getting Racing Televised

Published: April 24, 2014 8:22 am ET

Last Comment: June 16, 2014 5:40 pm ET | 94 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

We have an opportunity in harness racing right now. As most of you know, Jeff Gural has made arrangements so that it is possible to have The Meadowlands Pace and The Little Brown Jug televised on national TV via CBS Sports network.

The cost for us is $75,000.00. Sam McKee is looking after all the details of the project.This is a great opportunity to promote our sport to a wider audience and at a very reasonable price. We can showcase our sport at our new state of the art racetrack at The Meadowlands, and our greatest spectacle in harness racing at The Little Brown Jug.

Who benefits from showing these races on national TV? It's us, the participants in harness racing -- the owners, drivers, trainers, breeders, racetracks and everyone else involved in harness racing.

Showcasing these two races on national TV throughout the US and Canada has got to help us. It sure can't do any harm. I think this is a good investment for us and our future.

Standardbred Canada has provided this excellent forum and I would like to take advantage of it to reach out to everyone in our industry. I am proposing that anyone who agrees with and wants to support this initiative can pledge $500.00 to the project on this site. Of course any amount would be wonderful as a show of support. I am hoping we can raise this $75,000.00 in a hurry but you never know.

We will keep track of the pledges on this page as they come in so that everyone can follow how things are going. You can make your pledges in the comment section here and if you have any questions contact jackdarling@rogers.com or billodonnell01@aol.com.

I made a few calls last night just to get the list started and the response was very encouraging.

John Campbell - $500
Jody Jamieson - $500
Adriano Sorella - $500
Bill O'Donnell - $500
Casie Coleman - $500
Murray Brown - $500
Myron Bell - $500
Jack Darling - $500
Bob McIntosh - $500

UPDATE: Cheques can be made out to and mailed to:

Meadowlands Racetrack TV Fund
1 Racetrack Drive
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

The views presented in Trot Blogs are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Standardbred Canada.

June 16, 2014 - 5:40 pmToo bad there is no "fan

Too bad there is no "fan Support" donation via PP for 50$ or 100$ donations. It would all add up. I would love to donate to see it on TV. Just cannot afford 500$.

May 6, 2014 - 7:38 amSeth Rosenfeld 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Seth Rosenfeld 500

May 5, 2014 - 4:43 pmEagle Soars Partners 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Eagle Soars Partners 500

May 3, 2014 - 3:43 pmJoie De Vie Stable 500 Bob

Jack Darling SAID...

Joie De Vie Stable 500 Bob Hechkoff 500 Steve Oldford 500

May 3, 2014 - 3:39 pm3 Brothers Stable 500

Jack Darling SAID...

3 Brothers Stable 500 Richard Gutnick 500 Ray Schnittker 500

May 2, 2014 - 1:36 pmDr John Cummings 500 Dr

Jack Darling SAID...

Dr John Cummings 500 Dr Barrey Danvers 500

May 1, 2014 - 3:38 pmRon Pierce 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Ron Pierce 500

May 1, 2014 - 1:40 pmWishing Stone Syndicate

Jack Darling SAID...

Wishing Stone Syndicate 2000.00

April 30, 2014 - 6:26 pmHector Clouthier $ 500

Hector Clouthier $ 500

April 30, 2014 - 4:57 pmJeff Snyder 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Jeff Snyder 500

April 30, 2014 - 4:37 pmSteve Jones 500 Lou Camara

Jack Darling SAID...

Steve Jones 500 Lou Camara 500 Tom Cunningham 500

April 30, 2014 - 4:22 pmBruce Trogdon 500 Brian

Jack Darling SAID...

Bruce Trogdon 500 Brian Brown 250 Preferred Equine 500

April 30, 2014 - 4:07 pmBruce Saunders 500 John

Jack Darling SAID...

Bruce Saunders 500 John Cancelliere 500 Al Libfeld 500

April 29, 2014 - 3:51 pmRon Potter 250 Chris Page

Jack Darling SAID...

Ron Potter 250 Chris Page 250

April 29, 2014 - 3:41 pmMark Ford 500 Joe Holloway

Jack Darling SAID...

Mark Ford 500 Joe Holloway 500 Chris Ryder 500 Jimmy Takter 500

April 29, 2014 - 3:38 pmMidland Acres 500 Hickory

Jack Darling SAID...

Midland Acres 500 Hickory Lane Farm 500 Marvin Katz 500

April 29, 2014 - 3:35 pmDavid Miller 500 Mike

Jack Darling SAID...

David Miller 500 Mike Lachance 500

April 29, 2014 - 3:33 pmDiamond Creek Farm 5000.00

Jack Darling SAID...

Diamond Creek Farm 5000.00

April 29, 2014 - 3:18 pmDave Brown in for 500

David Brown SAID...

Dave Brown in for 500

April 29, 2014 - 3:16 pmVIP Stable 500

Jack Darling SAID...

VIP Stable 500

April 29, 2014 - 2:08 pmEd Mullinax & Dragon Again -

Jack Darling SAID...

Ed Mullinax & Dragon Again - $3000.00

April 29, 2014 - 1:41 pmStephen and Marilyn Gillard

Stephen and Marilyn Gillard happy to pledge $500 - let's help ourselves!

April 29, 2014 - 1:02 pmSteve and Rebecca Titus -

Jack Darling SAID...

Steve and Rebecca Titus - $200
Ben Baillargeon - $200

April 29, 2014 - 11:29 amFollowing a vote this morning

Chris Tully SAID...

Following a vote this morning by the National officers of the United States Harness Writers Association, we are pleased to pledge US$1,000 to Jack Darling's Grassroots television initiative. We applaud Jack's courage and ability to rally an industry around this worthwhile cause. The membership of USHWA is proud to count ourselves among those who step-up to the plate.

April 29, 2014 - 9:53 amRon and Gail McLellan R G

Ron and Gail McLellan R G McGroup Ltd. in for $1000.00 Great Idea Jack.

April 29, 2014 - 12:06 amIdeal Training Centre 2000.00

Jack Darling SAID...

Ideal Training Centre 2000.00

April 28, 2014 - 6:16 pmHarnesslink.com 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Harnesslink.com 500

April 28, 2014 - 4:45 pmThanks Jack for taking the

Lynne Magee SAID...

Thanks Jack for taking the bull by the horns. I would like to donate more but please put me (PineHorse Farms Ltd) in for $300.00.

April 28, 2014 - 4:29 pmDoug Millard - $500

Jack Darling SAID...

Doug Millard - $500

April 28, 2014 - 4:27 pmTom Wright 250 Mrs Dale

Jack Darling SAID...

Tom Wright 250 Mrs Dale Walters 300

April 28, 2014 - 4:09 pmThe Grand Circuit - $2500.00

Jack Darling SAID...

The Grand Circuit - $2500.00

April 28, 2014 - 4:08 pmJohn Curtin - $500 Tom &

Jack Darling SAID...

John Curtin - $500
Tom & Kathleen Hicks - $500

April 28, 2014 - 3:43 pmGood idea, put me in for

Good idea, put me in for $1000.00.
I wish we could also start a grassroots attempt to get other big races on national TV. Put boxes in the racetracks for any size donations. Have a portion of the programs donated by the tracks. If we care to grow our business, we need to find ways to promote it. If we don't, we are on a fast tract to extinction.

April 28, 2014 - 3:30 pmFrom a former owner, still a

Arlene Medow SAID...

From a former owner, still a fan, Arlene Medow (formerly Arlene Traub) $300. Best of luck with your efforts.

April 28, 2014 - 3:27 pmTim Tetrick - $500 Linda

Jack Darling SAID...

Tim Tetrick - $500
Linda Toscano - $500
Corey Callahan - $500
Steve Stewart - $500
Sugar Valley Farm - $500
Spring Haven Farm - $500

April 28, 2014 - 3:12 pmWhite Birch Farm is in for

White Birch Farm is in for 3,000 dollars. Proud to be a part of this

April 28, 2014 - 2:56 pmIndiana Standardbred

Jack Darling SAID...

Indiana Standardbred Association 500

April 28, 2014 - 12:57 pmGregory Tarantino - $50 Big D

Jack Darling SAID...

Gregory Tarantino - $50
Big D - $500
John Fielding - $500
Ray Johnston - $500
Jim and Tracy Fielding - $500
Scott Zeron - $500

April 28, 2014 - 12:33 pmBrittany Farms $5000.00

Jack Darling SAID...

Brittany Farms $5000.00

April 28, 2014 - 9:26 amWere in for $500

mark steacy SAID...

Were in for $500

April 28, 2014 - 12:40 amBill Varney and the Grondin

BILL VARNEY SAID...

Bill Varney and the Grondin Campbell Stable in for 500

April 27, 2014 - 9:51 pmThe results thus far show

Jack Darling SAID...

The results thus far show clearly that people will support a very focused promotional initiative like spotlighting our sport to a huge viewing audience. I will happily pledge 500.00. Stu McIntosh

April 27, 2014 - 8:22 pmBernard Tobin $500

Bernard Tobin $500

April 27, 2014 - 6:23 pmJim Walker-$500

Jim Walker SAID...

Jim Walker-$500

April 27, 2014 - 2:28 pmClaudean Cone, Millstream

Claudean Cone, Millstream Farm $500 Let's do this!

April 27, 2014 - 2:07 pmSomebeachsomewhere syndicate

Jack Darling SAID...

Somebeachsomewhere syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm 5000.00

April 27, 2014 - 2:05 pmBill Odonnell received this

Jack Darling SAID...

Bill Odonnell received this email from Bill Weaver today. "Longtime since Valley Victory but I will throw in 5000.00 on his and your behalf for what you and he did for me. Great cause! Bill

April 27, 2014 - 1:45 pmDon and Brenda McNeil are in

Don McNeil SAID...

Don and Brenda McNeil are in for $500 we also support the concept of using a small portion ofthe purse pool to promote thesport

April 27, 2014 - 12:02 pmGlen Brown 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Glen Brown 500

April 26, 2014 - 7:51 pmJerry Duford Stables &

Joanne Wray SAID...

Jerry Duford Stables & Joanne's Staking Service Inc. $500

April 26, 2014 - 7:34 pmIrwin stables in for $500

Gordon Irwin SAID...

Irwin stables in for $500

April 26, 2014 - 6:17 pmRob Key 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Rob Key 500

April 26, 2014 - 4:02 pmLarry Karr $500

Larry Karr SAID...

Larry Karr $500

April 26, 2014 - 3:48 pmHelene Gregory 100 Mark

Jack Darling SAID...

Helene Gregory 100 Mark Harder 500 Paul MacDonell 500 Cam McKnight[Ballykeel Racing] 500 Teena Friebert[Bluegrass Staking] 500

April 26, 2014 - 3:31 pmCesar Kowalski,Sydney Weaver

Cesar Kowalski,Sydney Weaver and Pinky wish to contribute $500

April 26, 2014 - 11:47 amI'm in for $500. If we won't

Ursula AYd SAID...

I'm in for $500. If we won't promote ourselves, who will??

April 26, 2014 - 10:00 amGreg Luther $1,000

Greg Luther SAID...

Greg Luther $1,000

April 26, 2014 - 9:15 amClassy Lane Stables - $500.00

Barb Millier SAID...

Classy Lane Stables - $500.00

April 26, 2014 - 8:23 amPaul Van Camp $ 500

Paul Van Camp $ 500

April 26, 2014 - 8:13 amUnivet would gladly help

Univet would gladly help 500.00
(R.Bosada)

April 25, 2014 - 11:49 pmBrad Grant 1000.00

Jack Darling SAID...

Brad Grant 1000.00

April 25, 2014 - 11:23 pmMike Saftic 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Mike Saftic 500

April 25, 2014 - 6:21 pmFoulk Stables $500

Trish Foulk SAID...

Foulk Stables $500

April 25, 2014 - 5:16 pmMike Keeling and Paula

Mike Keeling SAID...

Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood are in for $500, great opportunity that should be supported by all participants.

April 25, 2014 - 5:08 pmSimon Allard 500

Jack Darling SAID...

Simon Allard 500

April 25, 2014 - 3:47 pmBlair Corbeil is in for

Blair Corbeil is in for $500.00 adn challenges all owners to help this worthy cause.

April 25, 2014 - 3:15 pmDaryl Bier and Charles

Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck pledge $500

April 25, 2014 - 3:00 pmGreat idea, Jack! Keith

Karen Hauver SAID...

Great idea, Jack!
Keith Waples - $500
Karen Hauver - $500

April 25, 2014 - 2:22 pmNunzio and Santo Vena are in

Nunzio vena SAID...

Nunzio and Santo Vena are in for $500.00

April 25, 2014 - 12:53 pmDr. John Hennessey -

Jack Darling SAID...

Dr. John Hennessey - $500
Tony Alagna - $500
Marv Chantler - $500

April 25, 2014 - 12:53 pmEllen Taylor - $100 John Bax

Jack Darling SAID...

Ellen Taylor - $100
John Bax - $500
Nick Gallucci - $500

April 25, 2014 - 12:10 pmHarness Racing Update is in

Bill Finley SAID...

Harness Racing Update is in for $500. Great idea. Keep it going

April 25, 2014 - 7:15 amJonas and Christine Czernyson

Jonas and Christine Czernyson are in for $500, as are our owner Tom Dillon $500 and Scott Dillon $500...we can do this!

April 24, 2014 - 7:13 pmI'm in for $500, and I'll

I'm in for $500, and I'll also put $500 in on behalf of my staff.
Tony O'Sullivan

April 24, 2014 - 6:55 pmSteven Head: $500

Steve Head SAID...

Steven Head: $500

April 24, 2014 - 6:43 pmEd Lohmeyer & Dr Patty Hogan

Ed Lohmeyer & Dr Patty Hogan are in for $1,000

April 24, 2014 - 6:01 pmKevin Harvey $500 The most

Kevin Harvey SAID...

Kevin Harvey $500
The most powerful weapon on Earth is the Human Soul on Fire, Great Idea!

April 24, 2014 - 5:45 pmI'm putting my money where my

I'm putting my money where my mouth is:

On behalf of the horses, Knightstalker Stable will donate:

Battle Call $100

In A Craze $100

Urgently $100

Wu Long $100

(In memory of) Cimeronmachden $100

April 25, 2014 - 10:09 amcount me and my partner Jeff

count me and my partner Jeff Rabinowitz in for $250

I wish we could do something like vote for a 1/4 of 1% fee on all purses, claims and auction sales to go towards advertising and televising our great sport

we need to all step it up and do something and the status quo is not an option anymore

April 24, 2014 - 3:20 pmMark Weaver Family: Mark -

Jack Darling SAID...

Mark Weaver Family:
Mark - $500
Dee (wife) - $500
Sydney (son) - $500
Jordan (son) - $500
$2000 total

April 24, 2014 - 2:38 pmJason Settlemoir - $500

Jack Darling SAID...

Jason Settlemoir - $500

April 24, 2014 - 2:37 pm$500.00 from M and L of

$500.00 from M and L of Delaware LLC.

April 24, 2014 - 2:22 pmI'm in for $500 as well and

gerald stay SAID...

I'm in for $500 as well and I'm proud to be part of this group. Thanks Jack!

April 24, 2014 - 2:16 pmDave and Mary Lemon will

Dave and Mary Lemon will gladly pledge $500.00.

April 24, 2014 - 1:34 pmTwinbrook Farms will also

Twinbrook Farms will also donate $500!!!
Great job Jack!!

Rob & Tammy

April 24, 2014 - 1:10 pmMark Horner - $500 James

Jack Darling SAID...

Mark Horner - $500
James Witherite - $75
Steve Calhoun -$500
Larry Todd - $1000
Bert Smith - $500

April 24, 2014 - 12:52 pmMark me down for $500 Dustin

Dustin Jones SAID...

Mark me down for $500 Dustin Jones

April 24, 2014 - 12:33 pmWell done Jack. $500 from me

mike wilson SAID...

Well done Jack. $500 from me .
Mike Wilson Warrawee Farm

April 24, 2014 - 12:11 pmJerry Glantz, in for

Jerry Glantz SAID...

Jerry Glantz, in for $500.
Gastrotec [Tri-Star Equine} also in for $500. Great idea Jack!!

April 24, 2014 - 11:43 amMac Nichol - $500 Yannick

Jack Darling SAID...

Mac Nichol - $500
Yannick Gingas - $500


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