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Heather Vitale

Heather Vitale broadcasting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania during Breeders Crown in 2010.

Heather Vitale is a television journalist for Standardbred Horse Racing (harness racing).

Heather Vitale with Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred in history, at Open Space Pace at Freehold Raceway (New Jersey) in 2018.


A graduate of Monmouth University (New Jersey) in 1994, Vitale graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. She majored in public relations and had a minor in journalism.[3]


Vitale hosts POST TIME, which airs on the CBS affiliate WBOC-TV in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. She has been a part of the weekly half-hour show about harness racing since its inception (July 1998).[4] From 2008 until 2015, she co-hosted PA HARNESS WEEK, a weekly Comcast Philadelphia program.[5] Vitale has continued to host PA Harness Week when it revised the program on NBC Sports Philadelphia in 2018.[6]

Vitale has covered harness racing nationally. In 1997, she was part of the ESPN2 broadcasting team for The American Championship Harness Racing Series.[7] In 2010, Vitale was the paddock correspondent on MAV-TV during the live Breeders Crown event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.[8][9] In 2011, she was on the live Breeders Crown broadcast team for MAV-TV and The Score (a Canadian sports channel).

Vitale also covers harness racing outside of the United States. From 2014 through 2018, she was an on-air reporter for The Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway in Ireland. She also travelled to Perth, Australia, in December 2014 to report on the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park. On Inter Dominion Day, she reported from the paddock during the live national broadcast across Australia.[10][11]

She was part of the broadcast team for the national Little Brown Jug CBS Sports show in 2014 and 2015.[12]

Vitale visited New Zealand to cover the New Zealand Cup in 2018 and 2019 and the Kaikoura Trotting Cup in 2019 to report on harness racing.[13][14] She made appearances on the national television show Seven Sharp and the local news broadcast 1News for the Christchurch and Canterbury areas of New Zealand.[15][16]

Vitale also covered Standardbred racing in Paris during the 2020 Prix d’Amerique.[17]

In recent years, Vitale has been a social media correspondent for Harness Racing Update and many events, including The International Trot in New York and race meets at Shenandoah Downs in Virginia.[18]


2001 – Hervey Broadcasting Excellence Award for best Harness Racing Television Show (Post Time)

2004 – Clyde Hirt Memorial Media Award from Harness Horsemen International[19]

2014 – Double winner at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards[20]

2018 – Alan Prince United States Harness Writers Association Member of the Year Award[21][22]


  1. ^ “The Dan Patch Awards: Harness Racing’s Night Of Stars”GoodTime Nation. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  2. ^ “Irish Harness Racing Industry Profiled”StandardBred Canada.
  3. ^ “A conversation with Heather Vitale”Harness Link. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  4. ^ “Heather Vitale documentary on Delaney Memorial”HarnessLink.
  5. ^ “A conversation with Heather Vitale”HarnessLink.
  6. ^ “Harness: ‘PA HarnessWeek’ TV show rebooted for Summer 2018”www.drf.com. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  7. ^ “The Dan Patch Awards: Harness Racing’s Night Of Stars”GoodTime Nation. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  8. ^ Harness Racing Update (PDF). Harness Racing Update. July 12, 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  9. ^ “Harness: Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug to be televised”Racing Daily Form. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  10. ^ “Heather Heads Downunder”. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  11. ^ “American writer tips sole mare to fire up”The West Australian. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  12. ^ “Looney Family heading to Ireland in August”Harness Link. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  13. ^ “Heather’s headed for New Zealand – Harnesslink”. 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  14. ^ Hill, David (2019-10-28). “Trotting showpiece to be on world stage”Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  15. ^ Seven Sharp at Kaikoura Trotting Club, retrieved 2023-01-13
  16. ^ Heather Vitale on One News, retrieved 2023-01-13
  17. ^ “Harnesslink team heading to Paris – Harnesslink”. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  18. ^ “Harness: Profile of Heather Vitale”www.drf.com. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  19. ^ “HHI Concludes Annual Meeting – U.S. Trotting News”. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  20. ^ “Dover Downs 46th season highlights”HarnessLink. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  21. ^ “Harrington’s Vitale honored for harness racing coverage”Bay to Bay News. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  22. ^ Fernandes, Doug. “Former Ram Vitale an award winner”Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
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