The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association
Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association
Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association
Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association
Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania
The PHRA board members
Sam A. Beegle
Sam was a driving force in developing Harrah’s® Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack and in bringing off-track wagering to Pennsylvania. Currently, Sam serves as president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and as a U.S. Trotting Association director.
Michael Ballezzi, Esq.
Current executive director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Parx Racing® Hall of Fame notable, Michael has been instrumental in furthering the future of Parx Racing®, including creating the nation’s first year-round racehorse retirement program, Turning for Home, Inc.
Kim is currently the executive director of The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. He has a long history in harness racing, having previously operated a public stable in Chicago for over 20 years, having founded the Standardbred marketing firm, Hankins Standardbred Agency, and having owned Illini Standardbred Sales, Ltd.
Todd is the executive director for Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association. A well-regarded advocate for horses and Thoroughbred racing, Todd brings to the PHRA 17 years of experience and knowledge as a horse owner in the Commonwealth.
Mike Simpson is the treasurer and assistant secretary for the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania. He serves as the human resources director at Hanover Shoe Farms and Standardbred Horse Sales Company. He is also the director and a member of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association.
Brian N. Sanfratello
Brian is currently the executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association. His 20+ years of experience in the Commonwealth’s horse racing and breeding industries make him a natural fit for championing the sport’s statewide economic, agricultural and preservation benefits.
In addition to working with the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition through Bellevue Communications, where he’s currently vice president, Pete has an extensive background in governmental, political and nonprofit communications, as well as a lifelong passion for the sport of horse racing.
Director of Marketing
Ashley’s interest in the horse racing industry started in 2009 at the Maryland Jockey Club’s Preakness ticket sales office. Her infectious love for the sport and passion for educating Pennsylvania’s next generation of horse racing fans has led her to the role of director of marketing for the PHRA.
PHRA advisory committee
Former TV reporter turned marketing executive, Jennifer currently serves as a marketing consultant for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, crafting strategic communications plans and providing guidance on media relations.
Emmy Award-winning journalist and Parx Racing® Hall of Fame member, Bruce has been working with the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association for over 25 years as producer of the show, “Let’s Go Racing.” He’s also anchored and reported for NBC Sports Philadelphia, WCAU TV and CN8 News.
Currently the communications and marketing manager for the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, and previously a member of Pennsylvania State University’s strategic communications department, Rachel brings a strong marketing perspective to the PHRA advisory committee.
Jennifer holds the position of marketing & social media manager with the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association. A Thoroughbred racehorse owner, she has many years of experience in the industry. She is dedicated to advancing the success of breeding in Pennsylvania and is a strong advocate for responsible racehorse retirement.