02/14/2017 9:14AM

Harness: USTA Presidential Debate set for Thursday


The first ever USTA Presidential Debate will take place this Thursday, February 16th at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. It can be heard live at posttimewithmikeandmike.com.

For more information, and a message from the moderators, visit the following link. http://www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com/inside-the-debate--message-from-the-moderators.html


The USTA Presidential Race consists of five candidates. Russell Williams, Joe Pennacchio, Freddie Hudson, Ryan Macedonio, and Jason Settlemoir. Each candidate will have up to 2 minutes for opening and closing statements, with four topics and questions relating to those topics. The topics are: The State of Harness Racing, The Function of the USTA, Rules and Regulations, and Marketing and Promotion. The questions were gathered from USTA Directors, horsemen and women, and fans of the sport. The order in which the candidates will answer, was determined by a blind draw. Each candidate will have 1:30 seconds to answer the question. If they invoke another candidates name, or refer to a candidate in any other fashion, they will be allowed a  45 second rebuttal. Time limits will be closely monitored to assure each candidate gets equal time. 


Mike Bozich has been in the industry since 2004, when he was hired as the Track Announcer at Hazel Park Raceway in Detroit, Michigan. He was promoted to Asst. Director of Racetrack Operations by long time USTA District 2 Director Ken Marshall.
Marshall passed away in early November. After brief stints at Cal-Expo and Ocean Downs, Bozich is now going on his 4th season as the Track Announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia.

Mike Carter got his start in harness racing at the Shenandoah County Fair in Virginia. From there, Carter went on to be the Track Announcer at Buffalo Raceway. He was also a Mutuel Manager at the Hamburg oval. Carter is now a part of the management team at Northfield Park, where he also serves as Announcer along with Ayers Ratliff.