Renee Eck Memorial RUS Trot Kicks off 2019’s Trotting 4 Charity

East Rutherford, NJ - RUS Mid-Atlantic’s trotting series makes its 2019 debut at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on Friday, May 3, as a compact field of five will face the starter in the Renee Eck Memorial, a non-wagering event taking place after the first race on the evening’s program.  The $3,000 race kicks off this year’s Trotting 4 Charity event as three riders are participating in the charity event which will take place over a period of ten days.

The Renee Eck Memorial is named after “Renee from PA”, who was one of the world’s most beloved horse lovers who had several positions in the equine field.  Since Renee was an animal lover her family, since her passing in 2013, has supported animal and equine causes in her name.  Renee was a strong proponent of women in the equine industry so sponsoring the RUS Mid-Atlantic Trot at the Meadowlands was a perfect fit.  Through this race, RUS Mid-Atlantic honors the life of “Renee from PA”.

As part of the Trotting 4 Charity event, fans can win special jerseys worn by their favorite participating riders in the May 3 event.  Riders participating this week are Vanessa Karlewicz (American Cancer Society), Sofia Zingale (#PaisleeStrong), and Sietske Dijhkof (Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame).  Fans wishing the chance to own a rider’s specially designed T4C jersey worn in this race needs to make a $20 donation to the rider’s charity of choice and send a copy of the receipt to, specifying which rider’s jersey they are trying to win.  Drawings will be held May 13 and 14.  Fans can enter multiple times and/or for multiple rider’s jerseys by making additional donations.  For further information about Trotting 4 Charity, visit

Here are the horses and riders in the first leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series:

1st Non-Wagering - $3,000 RUS Trot - Renee Eck Memorial (Post Time 7:25)

1  Akhenaton       Vanessa Karlewicz        Sofia Zingale

2  RCs Ready          Hillary Hartnett          Sofia Zingale

3  Hyway Marcus  Sasha Moczulski            Sasha Moczulski

4  Egosnattitudes  Sofia Zingale                  Sofia Zingale

5  No Recess           Sietske Dijhkof              Kyle Spagnola