Longtime local horseman Ross Battin and pacing mare Nadia Can Go were the headliners at Saturday's (Feb. 11) awards banquet at The Raceway at Western Fair District, which celebrated the best on and off the track over the past racing season.
Ross Battin has had many honors over the years at the London, Ont., racetrack. He topped the drivers’ standings on four occasions, was named Horseman of the Year in 1992 and was inducted to the track’s Wall of Fame in 2010.
Ross has won the Lampman Cup, which recognizes the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, a record seven times. Tonight he added another honor as he was presented with the Walltyme award which is given annually by Dave Wall’s stable and recognizes outstanding service to the industry.
Nadia Can Go was crowned the 2016 Horse of the Year. The now 5-year-old daughter of Major In Art put together an impressive winning streak at The Raceway from Feb. 17 to April 20 during which time she was undefeated through eight races. Heather Toll trains Nadia Can Go for owner Brydown Farms of Clinton, Ont.
The other award winners who were revealed this evening were caretaker of the year, which was won by Laurie Hicks, and the Ruth Herbert Horsewoman of the Year which went to Sue McNeight. (Western Fair$