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O'Brien Award finalists announced

December 22, 2009

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Standardbred Canada has announced the finalists for its 2009 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010.

2009 O’Brien Award Nominees

Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer

Fancy Filly owned by George Teague Jr Inc., Harrington, DE, Theodore Gewertz, New York, NY &  Only Money Inc., Hartly DE

Put On A Show owned by Richard Young, Coconut Creek, FL & Craig Henderson, Chicago, IL

Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer

Sportswriter owned by Steve Calhoun, Chatham, ON & West Wins Stable, Cambridge, ON

Wellthereyougo owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Charlottetown, PE, R.G. McGroup Ltd, Bathurst, NB, & Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno QC

Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer

Not Enough owned by Bulletproof Enterprises, Boca Raton, FL

Yellow Diamond owned by Bulletproof Enterprises, Boca Raton, FL

Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer

If I Can Dream owned by Bulletproof Enterprises, Boca Raton, FL

Well Said owned by Jeffrey Snyder, New York, NY & Lothlorien, Cheltenham, ON

Older Pacing Mare

Dreamfair Eternal owned by John & Mary Lamers, Ingersoll, ON

Darlins Delight owned by White Birch Farm, Allentown, NJ

Older Pacing Horse

Bigtime Ball owned by Irwin Stables, Inc., Cobourg, ON

Shark Gesture owned by Norman Smiley, Boca Raton, FL, Gerald Smiley, Cote Saint-Luc, QE, & T L P Stable, Kearny, NJ


Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter

Costa Ricaowned by Christina Takter, East Windsor, NJ, John Fielding, Toronto, ON & Jim Fielding, Toronto, ON

Poof Shes Gone owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman, Miami Beach, FL,          David Mc Duffee, Nashua, NH & John Fielding, Toronto, ON

Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter

Il Villaggio owned by Brittany Farms, Versailles, KY, Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Walkill, NY and            Il Villaggio Partners, Versailles, KY

Text Me owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON, C S X Stables, Liberty Center, OH & Dave Boyle, Bowmanville, ON

Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter

Elusive Desire owned by P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc., Cambridge, ON,

H  Charles Armstrong, Brampton, ON & Robert Fasken, Oakville, ON

Yursa Hanover owned by Richard Berthiaume, Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QE

Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter

Equity owned by Charalambos Christoforou, Campbellville, ON & Banjo Farms, Toronto, ON

Muscle Hill owned by Jerry Silva, Long Beach, NY, T L P Stable, Kearny, NJ, Southwind Farm, Penningston, NJ, & Muscle Hill Racing LLC, Long Beach, NY

Older Trotting Mare

Classic Lane owned by Robert & Lauren Tucker, Glen Gardner, NJ

Gostreet owned by Linda Wellwood, St George Brant, ON & Tammy Aspden, Caistor Centre, ON

Older Trotting Horse

Armbro Chronicle owned by Kent Baker, Coldwater, ON, Cal R Patterson, Wasaga Beach, ON,         Jo Anne K. Smith, Coldwater, ON and Randy Fielder, Coldwater, ON
San Pail owned by Glenn Van Camp, Port Perry, ON & Rodney Hughes, Dunsford, ON

People Awards

O’Brien Award of Horsemanship

Per Henriksen, 63, Norwood, ON

Rick Zeron, 53, Oakville, ON

Armstrong Breeder of the Year

Charalambos Christoforou, Campbellville, ON

Diane Ingham & Harry Rutherford, Mount Pleasant, ON

Driver of the Year

Brad Forward, 38, Woodstock, ON

Jody Jamieson, 33, Cambridge, ON

Trainer of the Year

Tracy Brainard, 33, De Leon Springs, FL

Casie Coleman, 29, Cambridge, ON


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