Ohio set to hand out awards for 2019
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The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott University Area Hotel in Columbus.
The Ohio Chapter will honor Chris Page as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Pierce Henry as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and-coming” star among harness horsemen; Ed Mullinax into the Immortal Hall of Fame; Golly Too into the Standardbred Hall of Fame; and Scott Mogan as the winner of the Rambling Willie Award for the Ohioan who has done the most for harness racing over the past two decades.
Page recorded 435 seasonal wins and $5.9 million in seasonal earnings. He captured the Ohio Sire Stake’s Kaltenbach title for the fourth time in six years, piloting 23 winners and earners of $1 million in OSS earnings. He was the regular pilot behind divisional champions, Elver Hanover and Looksgoodinaromper.
Henry is a 23-year-old resident of Lipsec, Ohio. He enjoyed a tremendous early career success with 238 driving wins and earnings approaching $1 million in purse money.
Mullinax was one of the largest Ford car dealers in the United States. In 1993, he started buying harness horses. His P Forty Seven won the Little Brown Jug in 2005 and he campaigned Dragon Again, who left his mark on the track and in the breeding shed. He also raced horses under the Up Front Racing banner as a tribute to his dealerships ‘up front’ pricing. He passed away in August 2018 at the age of 85.
Golly Too was a four-time Ohio Sire Stakes Champion. The Final Score gelding went undefeated in his two-year-old season. As a sophomore, he captured the American-National at Sportsman’s Park and was third in the Breeders Crown Final. He finished his four year career with $694 thousand in earnings thanks to 29 wins in 49 career starts.
Trainer Scott Mogan was born and raised in Circleville, OH. He began working in the business in 1974 at the age of 15 and opened his public stable in 1983. He conditioned two Ohio Horses of the Year – KF Pro Sam and J J Hall. He trained the winners of six Ohio Sire Stakes Champions. Mogan has been a director of the OHHA for the past six years. (Ohio USHWA)