Toth & Hanning earn Caretaker of the Month awards

03:10 AM 08 Apr 2014 NZST
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Steve Toth (third from left) and Irwin Lubar being interviewed by John Berry
Photo by Ronnie Huff
John Hanning (second from right) with trainer Jim McDonald for the presentation
Photo by Ronnie Huff

The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association presented its Caretaker of the Month award to Steve Toth for March and John Hanning for February at Pompano Park Sunday.

Toth and trainer/owner Irwin Lubar handled the turnaround of Canadian Touch (5gp Camotion-Little Wild Thing-Apaches Fame) as he recorded three wins, a second and third in March as he moved from the $4k claiming level to $15k and lowered his lifetime record to 1:51f. The Canadian bred pacing speedster has a 2014 slate of 5-3-1 in 12 starts for $17,758, most under the professional care of Steve Toth.

Etruscan Hanover (4gt Donato Hanover-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) earned three wins in February for veteran caretaker John Hanning and trainer/driver Jim McDonald.

Under their patient management (Etruscan is reportedly a head-case of sorts that the reserved caretaker's patience matches effectively, according to trainer McDonald) the lightly raced trotter recorded a career win of 1:55.4f. Etruscan Hanover is owned by the Estate of Angelo Fresetto, Kenneth Klein, Old Block Stables, and Team S Racing.

Both caretakers received a plaque and a check for $100 from the Florida USHWA Chapter.

by Thomas H. Hicks, president of the Florida Chapter of USHWA

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