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Outstanding standardbreds, harness racing trainers, drivers and owners were honoured last Tuesday (Feb. 27) at the 2017 BC Standardbred Industry Awards. The evening was held at Cloverdale’s Fraser Downs racetrack — the only remaining standardbred racetrack in B.C. The awards are hosted annually by Harness Racing BC, an organization that represents trainers, drivers, owners, breeders and grooms in the industry. More than 100 people came out to recognize the hard work that each and every person — and horse — puts in at Fraser Downs. Trainers, drivers, grooms, standardbreds and more were honoured, highlighting the range of talents needed to make the track successful. Awards were given to both racing veterans with decades of experience and promising up-and-comers, a nod to the industry’s past, present and future in B.C. Horseperson of the Year, awarded for horsemanship, success on the track, integrity, and an outstanding dedication to community involvement, went to Gordon Abbott. Breeder of the Year was given to the team of Douglas Neyhart, Erik Neyhart and Donna Scrannage. Douglas Neyhart went on to win Owner of the Year as well, and Donna Scrannage was awarded the Pat Brennan Memorial Award for her years of exemplary service to the BC standardbred racing industry. Shirley Waite took home the Doug Gillespie Award, given in recognition of the original food services manager at the Cloverdale and Sandown Raceway and awarded to a person who demonstrates superior leadership and service excellence. Wayne Pinette won the Hy Class Award, for his significant contributions to the racing industry. The driver and trainer awards went to the following: Driver of the Year (20–100 starts): Kelly Hoerdt Driver of the Year (101–250 starts): Serge Masse Driver of the Year (over 250 starts): Jim Marino Driver Dash Winner: Jim Marino Rookie Driver of the Year: Robert E. Scrannage Trainer of the Year (20–100 starts): Serge Masse Trainer of the Year (101–250 starts): Rod Therres Trainer of the Year (over 250 starts): Jim Marino Trainer Dash Winner: Jim Marino Rookie Trainer of the Year: Blaine Chappell Groom of the Year: Annie Chappell Backstretch Award: Debra Dalton For the full results of the evening, including the awards given to the standardbreds themselves, visit By Samantha Anderson Reprinted with permission of The Surrey Now-Leader

Former Langley resident Nigel Holmes, secretary treasurer of Harness Racing BC (HRBC) and long-time Standardbred owner, says the beleaguered harness racing industry is slowly winning the race to survive, despite the odds.

The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association honoured the best of 2009 at an awards ceremony and auction at the Delta Hotel in Guelph, Ontario last Saturday night (January 23). The harness racing winners with the video tributes that were shown at last the awards are all listed below.

In Ontario the horse racing industry, be it Thoroughbred or Standardbred are fueled by an enormous amount of cash siphoned from the Slots Parlours at the racetracks. Approximately four hundred million dollars per year is stripped off the backs of the patrons, then redistributed back to the horse racing industry by means of purse structure. Nothing for the breeders!

It is with great pleasure that the management of West Meadows Raceway Inc. reports that the B.C. Standardbred Association has purchased shares in support of the new track in Regina.

Seventy racing industry leaders, government representatives and horse owners and trainers attended a presentation by racing industry consultants IER at Fraser Downs racetrack & casino, Monday night (April 21).

Sam Hawkins, the Director of Racing, GPEB has approved the race dates for the Sandown Park 2008 summer meet. Three days of 'live' standardbred racing will be held at the Vancouver Island track.

British Columbia bred and owned four-year-old Tessters Odd Sock paced a 1:54.4 mile to score a stunning win at Woodbine on Monday, providing an early wedding gift for owners Rick White and Jan Dryden.

Former Fraser Downs trainer/driver Sandra Cherry passed away at B.C's Langley Hospital last night (April 14) after a brief battle with Cancer. Sandra who had her 59th birthday last month was first diagnosed with Cancer just six weeks ago.

"It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true, now I'm just rolling home." - Those lyrics are from the Rascal Flatts song Bless The Broken Road and they could well describe the Stake race, Saturday afternoon at Fraser Downs.

Royal Morn has been posted the favourite to win Saturday's (April 12) $31,500 Sandown Plate, Stake Final at Fraser Downs.

One of British Columbia's top 3YO performers in 2007 Nazko Summer has been struggling to hit the winners board this year at Fraser Downs but that could all change on Friday night (March 28).

The BC Standardbred Association Board elected its Executive Directors after Tuesday night's (March 25) Annual General Meeting at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino.

BC Standardbred Association (BCSA) president Jim Vinnell invites all members of the BCSA to attend the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Please make yourself available to be part of the decision making of the BCSA. Your input and comments are both valued and welcome.

At just 23 years of age, Fraser Downs latest young gun Thomas Miller is the rising star of racing in British Columbia. Still in his debut year as a trainer, Miller, originally from Nova Scotia, is already attracting big name owners to his stable and seems to have the midas touch when it comes to making horses go.

Friday nights $13,800 Condition Pace at Fraser Downs is one of the most interesting races carded this year.

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