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Julia Zenker Receives Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship

Saturday, January 12, 2013

By Keith Gisser -

 Martin Scharf presented the 7th Annual Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship to Julia Zenker at the Meadowlands Racetrack Saturday night. Julia is currently studying at Wagner College on Staten Island, where she is majoring in Philosophy and Spanish, in pursuit of a law degree. She has maintained a 3.9 GPA at Wagner. 


The $15,000 award, sponsored by Scharf in honor of his pacing gelding who won over $4.2 million in his career, retiring as the richest pacer of all-time, pushes overall Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship educational benefits over $115,000. For additional information on the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship and other Harness Horse Youth Foundation scholarships, go to 


Zenker, 20, has a wide array of volunteerism in her resume. Over the past few summers she has divided her summer days between being a full time exercise rider at the Schnittker Stable and parade marshal at Goshen Historic Track.  She has worked with several other trainers at Goshen since she was young. 

“I would like to thank Mr. Scharf on behalf of my entire family for offering this incredibly generous scholarship in the name of an equally incredible horse,” said Zenker of the award. 


The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials.  


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