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Sam McKee Memorial Barrel Race holds first event
Monday, August 28, 2017 - by Ashley Tetrick

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This past Saturday (Aug. 26) marked the first-ever Sam McKee Memorial Standardbred Barrel Race at the DREAM Park of Gloucester County N.J.

Congratulations to Whitney Richards of Vincentown, N.J., for winning the first event with her mare Luckbtoladystonight. “Patches” is an unraced 2011 bay mare by SJ’s Caviar.

Mr. McKee, who died March 8 at age 54, was the Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and a Communicators Hall of Fame member. This event was inspired by his passion for both barrel racing and the Standardbred breed.

Vicki Wright photo
Whitney Richards and Luckbtoladystonight won the first Sam McKee Memorial Barrel Race.

“My dad would be so excited to see this idea flourish; I know he will be there cheering everyone on,” said Lindsey McKee, Mr. McKee’s daughter and competitive barrel racer, before the event.

This event was organized by Jen Oberg, outrider at Harrah’s Philadelphia, who recognized the athleticism of this breed and wanted to find a way for them to shine beyond the racetrack. Oberg’s goal is to introduce and invite competitors from all levels of ability to come and learn with their Standardbreds. Ultimately she would like to see the Sam McKee Memorial Barrel Race become a staple throughout all barrel-racing competitions.

The generosity of our horseman has been overwhelming and because of them, Oberg said she will be hosting another event Oct. 21-22 at the DREAM Park.

Sponsors included Christine and Jonas Czernyson of Millstream Farm, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Brett Bittle Stable, Kevin McDermott Stable, and Norton Shoemaker.  


Helene Gregory – Jambalayabar Man
 2002 Bay Gelding (Malabar Man - Langouste) Unraced

Kate Kennedy – Leron Hanover
 2009 Bay Gelding (Andover Hall - Lady Luck Hanover) Unraced

Whitney Richards- Luckbtoladystonight
2011 Bay Mare (SJ’s Caviar - Mountain Missy) Unraced

Mary McDermott – Night Train
 2004 Gray Gelding (Noble Return - Profilo Macho) Earned $105,462

Leslie McLaren- Chips Angler
 1999 Bay Gelding (Pine Chip - Bassing) Earned $51,683

Helene Gregory – Shift Into Glide
 2011 Bay Gelding (Yankee Glide - Arbor Hanover) Earned $94,327

We are still looking for sponsors. If you would like to sponsor this event or host your own please contact Ashley Tetrick at

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