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District 8-A

Robert C. 'Cammie' Haughton
Biography
Robert C. 'Cammie' Haughton
Robert C. 'Cammie' Haughton
Robert (“Cammie”) Haughton is director of racing at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway and began serving as a USTA director in May 2018. Prior to assuming his duties of supervising all racing operations at Yonkers in November 2017, he spent several years as a consultant for that track. Haughton, who completed his USTA judge’s training and requirements in 1988, has held numerous positions as a racing official in New York and New Jersey since then after starting his career as a patrol judge at Yonkers. He also held associate or presiding judge positions at Monticello Raceway, Syracuse Mile, Yonkers, Goshen Historic track, Saratoga Raceway, Buffalo Raceway, Batavia Downs and Vernon Downs from 1988-2000. In New Jersey from 2000 through 2006, he was a presiding judge at both Meadowlands Racetrack and Freehold Raceway. The son of Hall of Famer Billy Haughton, he also worked as assistant racing secretary at Saratoga Raceway after a career in training and driving. He enjoys spending time with his family, snowmobiling and boating.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
2106 Crossing Way
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: 201-895-9061 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Track Director)

Mike P Kimelman
Biography
Mike P Kimelman
Mike P Kimelman
For Mike Kimelman, a profession in anything other than harness racing was out of the question. His grandfather, Oscar Kimelman, established the world-renowned Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., and when Mike was in the fifth grade his family moved there, and harness horses became his way of life. So much so, that he opted not to go to college in order to pursue a career with Standardbreds. Out of school, Kimelman worked for top horsemen such as Billy Popfinger, Steve Demas and Billy Herman, and in 1984 he opened a public stable, which was the realization of a life-long dream of becoming a professional trainer-driver. Over the years, with a small stable and a limited amount of starts, he drove winners of nearly 500 races and handled some very nice horses. After childhood friend and schoolmate Tom Grossman purchased Blue Chip Farms in 2001, Kimelman gave up his full-time stable to become president of the farm and served in that capacity through 2014. Kimelman has been involved in all aspects of the Standardbred business for more than three decades, and he has become a force in harness racing, especially in the breeding business in New York. At times he still dons his colors and can get around the racetrack with the best of them. For many years Kimelman has also been a valued member of the board of directors of Goshen Historic Track, where he serves on many committees. He is always on call, and he has been dedicated to the preservation of Goshen Historic Track. He and his wife, Sally, have two children, Oscar and Olivia.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
800 Third Avenue Suite 2300
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 845-895-3930 - Fax: 845-895-2110 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Tim Rooney , Jr
Biography
Tim Rooney , Jr
Tim Rooney , Jr
Timothy Rooney Jr. is the general counsel of Yonkers Racing Corporation and is responsible for legal and regulatory matters, as well as the government affairs strategy for Yonkers Raceway and its video gaming operation. He previously was the assistant general manager at Yonkers Racing Corporation from 1988-1994. Rooney graduated from Stonehill College in 1989 and from the Fordham University School of Law in 1994. He is a member of the Bars of New York, Connecticut, United States Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the Winged Foot Golf Club; and the Mashomack Preserve Club.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
810 Yonkers Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone: 914-457-2413 - Fax: 914-968-4479 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2020 (Track Director)

Jordan Stratton
Biography
Jordan Stratton
Jordan Stratton
Jordan Stratton is one of the top young catch drivers in the sport of harness racing. He began driving at the age of 18 and four years later became one of the youngest drivers to ever record 1,000 career wins. In 2008 the young reinsman led Monticello Raceway in both wins (362) and purses ($1,203,773). Jordan is the son of longtime horseman David Stratton. He calls his father “the biggest and greatest influence on my life and my career” while crediting Claude Huckabone III and Bruce Aldrich Jr. as trainers that also helped him.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
617 E. Kaisertown Rd.
Montgomery, NY 12549
Phone: 845-701-2914  [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2021 (Membership Director)

Joseph A. Faraldo
Biography
Joseph A. Faraldo
Joseph A. Faraldo
Joseph Faraldo is chairman of USTA District 8A and of the Association’s Harness Racing Medication Collaborative. He is a 30-plus-year member of the USTA board and has also been president and chief executive officer of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York since 1980. He started in harness racing in 1966 as an owner. A graduate of St. John’s school of law and a practicing attorney, he has long been an advocate of horsemen’s rights in the courts, and argued the only harness racing case ever heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice honored as SOA “Man of the Year.” He helped the passage of slot legislation in New York which created a renaissance in New York racing. He helped organize and coordinate the first regularly scheduled simulcasting to Europe with the cooperation of Yonkers Raceway and assisted with the return of the Inter-national Trot after a 20-year hiatus. He was the founder and is a director of the North American Amateur Driver’s Association. National Amateur Driver in 1997, he was the U.S. representative to the World Amateur Driver’s Championships in 1998. He is a two-time Billings amateur driving champ. He successfully conducted the World Cup for Amateurs once again in the U.S. in 2008, with the cooperation of track managements at Balmoral, Maywood, Free-hold, Yonkers, Monticello and the Meadowlands. In 1994, he was selected as HHI’s “Man of the Year,” and in 2001 received that organization’s Appreciation Award. He received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Excelsior Award, presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Was nominated for USHWA’s Proximity Award and received that organization’s 2007 President’s Award. Served as USTA chairman of the board from 2003-2007. Recipient of 2015 USTA President’s Award.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
125-10 Queens Blvd, Suite #12
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: 718-544-6800 - Fax: 718-544-0033 [Email]
TERM EXPIRES: 2022 (Membership Director)