Pompano Beach, FL--The United States Trotting Association directors from District 6 conducted their district's annual meeting on the morning of Saturday (Dec. 8) at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Fla.
The meeting was led by District 6 chairman, Alan Leavitt, who was joined by fellow directors Jerry Haws, Jay Sears, and John Yinger. USTA Executive Vice President, Mike Tanner, also was in attendance and spoke to the audience about several USTA initiatives currently in development or under consideration.
Central to the meeting were the discussions and subsequent votes regarding an array of rule change proposals that will be debated and resolved at the Association's upcoming annual general meeting in March. Specifically, the District 6 recommendations are as follows:
Proposal #1 (Bonus Earnings): Tabled after a deadlocked vote.
Proposal #2 (Race Numbering): Approve
Proposal #3 (Prohibition on Same Day, Multiple Fair Entries): Approve
Proposal #4 (Provisional Driver Preferences): Reject
Proposal #5 (Matinee License Minimum Age): Approve
Proposal #6 (Timing In Hundredths): Reject
Proposal #7 (Pleasure Horse Registration Language): Approve
Proposal #8 (Standard of Conduct Language): Approved with recommendation to hold trainers to same standard.
Proposal #9 (DNA Verification Requirement Before Entering Public Auction): Reject
Proposal #10 (Appeals To Full Board): Reject
Proposal #11 (Animal Cruelty Mandatory Ban) Approved
Tanner discussed the USTA's plans to develop an online entry platform that will interface with the Assocation's eTrack race office system, thus allowing horsemen to make entries electronically.
The concept, which was met with enthusiasm last week when USTA President Phil Langley introduced it at the North American Harness Racing Secretaries' meeting, will be the Association's top developmental project in 2013, Tanner said. He also provided details about ongoing meetings with a Boston advertising agency about a possible national co-op marketing campaign, an idea that was generated by the special, ad hoc marketing committee assembled by Langley at the conclusion of last year's annual meeting.
Tanner concluded by providing an overview of Harness Racing Congress VI, which will feature panels that will discuss pertinent industry issues in conjuction with the annual meetings of Harness Horsemen International (HHI), Harness Tracks of America (HTA), the United States Harness Writers Association, and the USTA. Harness Racing Congress VI will take place from Feb. 27 - March 3, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale.
Alan Leavitt was re-elected for another term as the district's chairman.