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What a great day for the harness industry here in Massachusetts as
well as the town of Plainville. What we had worked so hard for has
finally become a reality. Great accomplishments just don’t happen by
themselves. It takes lots of co-operation along with an enormous amount
of energy and determination. That’s exactly what took place the last six
months as Penn National, Plainridge and the horsemen and women teamed up
to accomplish what many felt was next to impossible. Believe me when I
tell you it wasn’t easy, but we did it!
There were so many people who worked tirelessly to get this done
that it would take me pages upon pages to name them all but some have to
be recognized. There aren’t enough of kind words to describe the work
that Steve O’Toole and Dominic Longobardi put into this project. They
were the “warhorses” from PRC. Billy Ryan and CJ Chapman from Pilgrim
Strategies were right on the money with all the successful strategies
that they implemented. Chris Murphy , Jack Sheperdson, Donna Merrick and
of course “the chief” Ned Merrick were all instrumental as well as a
host of other Plainville residents. These people helped to get the town
behind Penn and Plainridge. Not to be overlooked were the town selectmen
as well as the town administrator, Joe Fernandez. They all contributed
greatly to the success in winning the slots license. Laurie Gasbarro
was terrific in getting the word out through her e-mails, notices and
Finally, the Penn National team. What do you say about a first
class group of individuals who personify excellence. They operated like
a fine tuned, well oiled machine, who just happened to be terrific
people. I’m sure I left someone out and for that I truly apologize.
There were just so many nice people who contributed, it’s hard to
mention all of them. For the harness racing family here at Plainridge,
it’s time to get down to what we love to do and that is race horses.
Thanks to all of you for helping to make dreams come true and the best
of luck this season. We all can’t wait to hear Lenny say “ It’s post
time, the horses are approaching the gate”.
(Mario winning with Faith Tattler
“SUPER MARIO” CAPTURES NEAHDC TITLE
MARIO MARTELLOTTA AND FAITH’S TATTLER ROLLED TO VICTORY ON THE FINAL
DAY OF RACING AT PLAINRIDGE RACECOURSE.
ALONG WITH THAT VICTORY HE BECAME THE AMATEUR LEADING DRIVER.
A POSITION HE HAD HELD FOR NEARLY THE ENTIRE SEASON.
MARTELLOTTA, A SEASONED HORSEMAN, HAD STEPPED ASIDE FOR NEARLY FOURTEEN
BEFORE MAKING HIS COMEBACK INTO THE SPORT HE LOVES.
IN 2013 HIS HORSES WERE IN THE MONEY NEARLY 50% OF THE TIME,
PRETTY GOOD FOR A MAN WHO'S BEEN AWAY FOR THAT LONG.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OWNER, DRIVER, AND TRAINER
FOR AND OUTSTANDING SEASON
AND THE NEW ENGLAND AMATEUR HARNESS DRIVING CHAMPION!
NEAHDC Officers for the 2012 season
William Abdelnour will hold the offices of President and Secretary.
Mario Martellotta will hold the offices of Vice President and Treasurer.
Board of directors will be Jeff Gulya, Ray Ahto and Francis Witkowski.