So at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 10, where was Dave Cochrane?
“I was on my computer looking for the live video feed for Harnesslink’s Name The Foal Contest,” Dave said. “I then realized it was not really live so I decided to take a nap and an hour later when I woke up I looked on Harnesslink and there was the name I picked! Beach Showoff!I knew there were others that came up with the same name so I started to read the story and then saw I had won. I was jumping for joy!”
Dave has been a devoted Standardbred fan and an active participant in harness racing for most of his life.
“I am semi retired now,” Dave said, “I had a 40-year career as a Training Seminar Developer and Speaker. Over the years I have owned more than 50 Standardbreds and drove most of them myself. I was also the backup announcer to the late Hank Fenno at Scarbourth Downs and did a simulcasting handicapping show with him for ten years. I also hosted a horse racing radio show at Plainridge Racecourse in 2001 for an ESPN station in Rhode Island.
“I also loved competing in the CKG Billings Series for more than ten years and was a Vice President for the association,” Dave said.
So what does Dave have planned for the prize money?
“The $1,500 prize will enable me to take an immediate "extended" vacation trip to New England,” Dave explained, “and return to my love of jogging horses in the morning, and warming them up for some busy driver and trainer friends in the afternoon and evenings. My plans include Scarborough Downs, Plainridge Racecourse and Bangor Raceway. All tracks where I was very present at in the years 1995 through 2006.
“As you can imagine,” Dave added, “I am quite proud of having my name selected. I have sent out emails to many friends and acquaintances and in my email I gave them a link to Harnesslink to see the story and video.
“I want to thank Richard and Joanne Young, the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate, Hanover Shoe Farms and Harnesslink for sponsoring and coming up with this great contest,” Dave said. “I think events like this are great for promoting our sport and creating interest. I am glad that the name included both the sire and dam. Let’s now hope Beach Showoff will race as well as her parents did!”
Here are the final winners in the contest.
$1,500 Grand Prize Dave Cochrane, Mississauga, Ontario
$250 prize Melissa Keith, Halifax, Nova Scotia
$250 prize Blanche Satterfield, Wyoming, Delaware
$250 prize Wayne Stapley, Christchurch, New Zealand
$250 prize Richard Lease, Jr. Glenville, Pennsylvania
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com