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Fans anywhere can participate in the USHWA/HHYF auction
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - by Steven Wolf, for the U.S. Harness Writers' Association

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL --- Interested in 50-yard line seats for the home opener for the New England Patriots 2011 football season? Maybe a rare Leroy Neiman-signed lithograph of Saratoga Harness Track, or perhaps a breeding for your broodmare to Hanover Shoe Farms’ world champion stallion Cam’s Card Shark?

These and many more items will be up for grabs in the live and silent auctions at Sunday’s 64th U.S. Harness Writers’ Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards dinner at the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel.

But you don’t have to attend to be able to bid on any of these items. It can all be done via phone.

The silent auction, which benefits both USHWA and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, will begins at 6:00 p.m., eastern on Sunday and will end at 8:45 p.m. You can view all the items by following this link, where a phone number to call to arrange to have bids placed may be found.

Included are rare artwork, jewelry, an autographed football from the 2007 Super Bowl, hand-carved wooden horse chests and more. The three items in the live auction will go up for bidding at 9:00 p.m. To advance place a bid on these items you must call (954) 654-3757.

The three items are:

  • Two 50-yard line seats, ninth row, behind the New England Patriots bench, for the home opener in 2011. The tickets also come with an autographed football by all-pro nose tackle and harness horse owner Vince Wilfork;
  • Beautifully framed and rare lithograph, autographed by Leroy Neiman, of his famous work “Saratoga harness track;” and
  • One breeding to Cam’s Card Shark, who is standing at Hanover Shoe Farms, in New Jersey, for a fee of $7,500. He was voted Horse of the Year and won the Dan Patch Award, Nova Award, O’Brien Aware, and the 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 1994. From 1,204 of his foals that have started, he has sired the winners of $110 million.

The Dan Patch Awards banquet will be webcast for the very first time this Sunday, and can be seen, starting at 7:30 p.m., on the U.S. Trotting Association’s website, www.ustrotting.com.


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