Stratton, Bowden USHWA award winners
December 08, 2009
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Jordan Stratton and Adam Bowden, two young individuals fast making an impact at the topmost reaches of the sport of harness racing, have been honored with the Rising Star Award and the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award, respectively, in voting by active members of the United States Harness Writes Association.
Stratton, the 22-year-old son of veteran horseman David Stratton who is often known by the nickname “The Kid,” will come close to 500 wins this season (a wicked December is not out of the question), with his purse totals reaching $6 million dollars. Yonkers and Monticello are his two main ports of driving call, so it is not surprising that Stratton has worked his way to the top ranks of the lucrative New York Sire Stakes circuit, with half-a-dozen NYSS winners.
His richest victory came behind Pancleefandarpels, a fast mare who won the $229,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Finals at Yonkers. But it was two other Yonkers victories that were Stratton’s most memorable – wins in the Levy Series with King Cat Anvil N, a horse trained by his dad, whom he has called “the biggest and greatest influence on my life and my career.”
Bowden, 28, started out far from racing’s main street, graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in biology. But Bowden then picked up valuable standardbred experience working in the Bluegrass of Kentucky, and eventually he and his father Chris purchased the old ACL Farm in Paris, Kentucky and renamed it Diamond Creek Farm.
Fully in charge of the farm, Bowden has led it into a position of prominence in just a few short years. Soon to grow from 181 acres to 438, Diamond Creek has purchased such outstanding broodmares as three-time Dan Patch winner Loyal Opposition, and Breeders Crown champions She’s A Great Lady and Restive Hanover. And as would befit such a collection of equine queens, Diamond Creek is also involved in the syndicates hosting several prominent stallions.
Stratton and Bowden will both be honored at the annual awards banquet of the Harness Writers, to be held Sunday, Feb. 28, at Yonkers Raceway. Tickets for the event, and further information, are obtainable from Dave Little at 212 210 1691. (USHWA)