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HHANE announces Plainridge award winners

03:13 AM 04 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Quick Shot and driver Drew Campbell
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Plainville, MA --- With the 2018 Plainridge Park harness racing meet coming to a close last Thursday (Nov. 29) the Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) has announced their award winners for outstanding performances by both equine and human participants from this past year.

Horse of the Year: Quick Shot (P, 6, Art Major-Cannae Cindy)

Owner: Kathleen Brewer

Trainer: John Bowman

Plainridge meet: 28-7-7-6 $87,640 1:50.4

Lifetime: 145-28-30-27 $313,670 1:50.3

Pacer of the Year: Western Stepp (P, 5, Western Maverick-French Stepp)

Owner: Diane Dunn

Trainer: James Dunn

Plainridge meet: 19-5-5-3 $62,540 1:51.3

Lifetime: 83-26-15-12 $237,231 1:51.3

Trotter of the Year: Quicksilver Kemp (T, 3, Andover Hall-Smarty Had A Party)

Owner: Joel Wheeler

Trainer: Joel Wheeler

Plainridge meet: 26-6-10-3 $65,355 1:55.4

Lifetime: 35-6-10-5 $73,021 1:55.4

Claimer of the Year: Panhellenic (P, 11, No Pan Intended-Panne Ala Vodka)

Owner: John Sears and Alfred Lang

Trainer: James Dunn, Bryant Sears, John Sears

Plainridge meet: 22-8-4-5 $35,666 1:53

Lifetime: 276-34-32-40 $169,765 1:52.3

Iron Horse of the Year: Hailstorm Volo (T, 10, Classic Photo-Hail Mary Hanover)

Owner: Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski

Trainer: Scott Rollins

Plainridge meet: 26-3-7-8 $23,374 1:57.2

Lifetime: 226-34-45-34 $234,522 1:54.4

Senior Horse of the Year: Hopeful Artist (P, 14, Real Artist-D-Na's Hope)

Owner: Joel Wheeler

Trainer: Joel Wheeler

Plainridge meet: 20-0-1-2 $3,130

Lifetime: 346-25-33-48 $175,021 1:53.1

Driver of the Year: Drew Campbell

Plainridge meet: 807-160-169-135 $1.25M .370 UDR

Trainer of the Year: Jim Nickerson

Plainridge meet: 221-56-34-33 $601,342 .389 UTR

Joel Wheeler was selected as HHANE's Horseperson of the Year.

All the winning horses will receive a personalized cooler emblazoned with their name and award won and their connections will receive framed certificates. All human award winners will receive jackets as well as framed certificates.

The HHANE annual meeting, awards presentation, and holiday party will be held on Saturday (Dec. 15) from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Foxboro V.F.W. Post on 337 Cocasset Street. Reservations need to be made by Wednesday (Dec. 5) and a reservation form can be downloaded from HHANE's website (


By Tim Bojarski, for HHANE


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