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Multiple Group winner Leos Best was crowned the UBET 2017 Queensland Harness Racing Horse of the Year in Brisbane on Sunday night, with three-time winner Avonnova dethroned for the first time since 2014.   The win capped off a memorable night for Leos Best’s trainer-driver Grant Dixon, who went home with six individual awards including a sixth-straight Queensland Trainer of the Year title, and the Harness Racing Australia Trainer of the Year Award. It was also a memorable night for owners Kevin and Kay Seymour, who took home multiple awards. Mr Seymour said he got a thrill out of taking Leos Best south to win a Group 2 at Menangle in February.  "He won well there agaisnt the very top horses down south," he said.  "I think that's what leads (trainer) Grant (Dixon) to thinking he can go down and take on the major feature events as a five-year-old."   Leos Best finished ahead of stablemate Colt Thirty One, Bettorthanspecial and Avonnova to claim the coveted title, after earlier claiming the Queensland Aged Pacer of the Year Award.   The 2016/17 season was one to savour for the connections of Leos Best, which started 20 times for 13 wins and three minor placings, including three wins in Group company.   Melpark Royal Son was crowned Queensland Trotter of the Year, in a season which included eight of the horse’s nine career wins, with the highlight being the $40,000 Group 2 DJ Alexander Championship Final at Albion Park in December.   Bettorthanspecial was crowned Queensland Filly or Mare of the Year, with Colt Thirty One (2YO Pacer), Clintal Do (3YO Pacer) and Bronski Gorgeous (Broodmare) among other equine winners on the night.   Australian World Drivers Championship representative Shane Graham was recognised as Queensland Driver of the Year for a third-straight year, after guiding home 185 winners en route to winning the Queensland Drivers’ Premiership.  "I was one told the first premiership is the easiest and every one after that is hard," Graham said. "Once you win that first one you have to keep bettering yourself." Nathan Dawson was crowned Queensland Concession Driver of the Year, and received an award for winning the Redcliffe Drivers’ Premiership.   The Owner of the Year title went to Shannon Price (Raboki Pty Ltd), while Kevin and Kay Seymour’s Solid Earth Pty Ltd was recognised as Queensland Breeder of the Year. ‘Freak of the Creek’ Destreos was inducted into the Hall of Fame, alongside trainer/driver Graeme Bowyer, breeder Mark Lichtwark and associate Gary Keep.   Each of the three harness clubs also presented awards to the leading participants and horses at their respective tracks in 2016/17. All winners on the night are listed below. 2017 UBET Queensland Harness Horse of the Year Leos Best   Seelite Windows and Doors Trotter of the Year Melpark Royal Son   Trainer of the Year Grant Dixon   Driver of the Year Shane Graham   The Courier-Mail Filly/Mare of the Year Bettorthanspecial   International Animal Health Products Aged Pacer of the Year Leos Best   3YO Pacer of the Year Clintal Do   Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Pacer of the Year Colt Thirty One   QRIC Broodmare of the Year Bronski Gorgeous QRIC Breeder of the Year Solid Earth Pty Ltd (Kevin and Kay Seymour)   James Boag’s Premium Owner of the Year Raboki Pty Ltd (Shannon Price)   Radio TAB Concession Driver of the Year Nathan Dawson   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Associate Inductee Gary Keep   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Breeder Mark Lichtwark   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Horse Destreos   Sky Racing Hall of Fame Trainer/Driver Graeme Bowyer Harness Racing Australia Trainer of the Year Grant Dixon   Lin and Laurie Feehly Redcliffe Pegasus Award Chris Garrard   Kevin and Kay Seymour Queensland Young Achiever Awards Leonard Cain and Narissa McMullen   BOTRA and Yatala Harness Racing Club Rising Stars Lachie Manzelmann and Taleah McMullen   BOTRA and Yatala Harness Racing Club Centurion Medal (Drivers) Shane Graham, Grant Dixon, Mathew Neilson, Pete McMullen, Nathan Dawson, Gary Whitaker and Narissa McMullen   BOTRA and Yatala Harness Racing Club Centurion Medal (Trainers) Grant Dixon, Vicki Rasmussen, Chantal Turpin, Jack Butler, Darrel Graham.   Marburg Harness Racing Club Awards – sponsored by Garrard’s  Horse of the Year: Domestic Art Drivers’ Premiership: Gary Whitaker Trainer of the Year: Tess Neaves   Redcliffe Harness Racing Club Awards – sponsored by Garrard’s  Horse of the Year: Royal Taz Drivers’ Premiership: Nathan Dawson Trainers’ Premiership: Grant Dixon Concession Driver of the Year: Nathan Dawson Mare of the Year: Flashing Good Time (NZ) and Rockstar Rikki (NZ)   Albion Park Harness Racing Club Awards – Sponsored by Garrard’s Horse of the Year: Joys A Babe Drivers Premiership: Shane Graham Trainers Premiership: Grant Dixon Owner of the Year: Solid Earth Pty Ltd (Kevin and Kay Seymour) Mare of the Year: Joys A Babe Racing Queensland

It is quickly coming around to that point of the New Zealand harness racing season where we start to hand out the gongs for best performed in each age group and gait divisions. Harnesslink thought we would do a review of each of the categories with our view on where the contenders sit. This is our review of the 4 year old Colts / Geldings trotters division 1) King Denny - 2015 Season:    9 starts,    4 wins,    1 seconds,    0 thirds,    Lt $95,375 Without doubt the star four year old of the season. The Majestic Son gelding won his way through to the best grades with several outstanding runs in the intermediate grades and once in with the older and more experienced trotters, raced with distinction against the likes of Stent, Sheemon and Master Lavros. Looked to have the Harness Jewels in safe keeping half way up the straight but as he has done in the past he can knock off when clear and give his supporters a fright. Everything points to him being a big player on the grand circuit next season as a five year old. 2) Mums Pride - 2015 Season:   8 starts,    5 wins,    0 seconds,    1 thirds,    Lt $60,661 Started the season with a series of outstanding wins but health issues hindered his preparation and race performance in the latter part of the season. The Monarchy gelding faced King Denny twice during the season and finished behind him on both occasions. Raced against the top liners once in the Rowe Cup and found the step up hard as many do. With only 14 runs under his belt lifetime there should be plenty of room left for further improvement and expect to see him in all the big trot races next season. 3) Belles Son - 2015 Season:    9 starts,    6 wins,    0 seconds,    0 thirds,    Lt $53,804 The find of the season in the four year old ranks. Was still a C1 in February but then preceded to win six in a row in a style of a real topliner. The Majestic Son gelding beat some nice horses on his way through the grades such as Majestic Time but did fail the big test when he came up against King Denny and company in the Harness Jewels. If he had won that he may have been a chance of winning this award but his ringcraft let him down badly and with that went his chances here. SELECTION Only one winner here with King Denny clearly the best four year old trotter in the country. The only four year old to race consistently against the best trotters in the country such as Stent, Sheemon and Master Lavros and performed with distinction against them. Harnesslink Media

It is common practice in France, but standing a stallion at stud while pursuing an active racing career is a rarity in the United States. So when Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey decided to stand their $2.2 million trotting star Wishing Stone at stud while also continuing his track career, it sent a buzz of excitement through the industry. Keeping stars racing is a proven formula for maintaining the public interest in Europe, and of course Wishing Stone himself has already proven himself highly competitive on both sides of the ditch, even more so considering his European sojourn was conducted when he was just four and five-years-old, a mere baby in European terms. And the news that he will also be available to European breeders has been warmly received – he has been oversubscribed already in Europe for services for the upcoming season – aware as they are that many of the top sires in Europe have competed successfully as an aged horse there – with Scarlet Knight and SJ’s Photo prime examples. “Wishing Stone brings to breeders, durability and longevity.   An exceptional colt and aged performer, it is likely his offspring will inherit those qualities,” says Sue Agopian, managing partner at Deo Volente Farms. Wishing Stone certainly ticks all the boxes as a potential stallion, a world record holder with major wins in four countries, the United States, France, Sweden and Denmark – he also competed in some of the very best races in Europe –where only the elite are invited. In France they pay down to seventh, and a placing in a group one event is the equivalent of a black type credential, with many going on to successful stud careers simply with the words classique or semi-classique on their CV. It showed they were good enough to race against the very best. Take Wishing Stone’s seventh placing in the 2011 Prix de France, one of the French Triple Crowns, the absolute jewels in the sparkling European circuit where the royally-bred French, Swedish and Italian elite race The winner of the Prix de France in 2011 was none other than Ready Cash, the greatest horse of a great generation in France. A dual Prix d’Amerique winner and winner of last year’s Masters du Trot grand final, he retired last month as the richest trotter in history with earnings of 4,282,300 euros (US $5,953,675).  . Second was Maharajah, the greatest horse that Sweden has produced in decades and the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique, while third was Lana Del Rio, a multiple Group One winning Italian millionaire mare, who beat the boys in Italy’s richest race, the Italian Derby. Fifth was Olga du Bewitz who retired as the twelfth richest horse of all time in France, and the best of her generation with wins in the world championship of saddle racing, the Prix du Cornulier and under harness a win in the Prix de Bretagne and a third placing in the Prix d’Amerique. These races mean little to American breeders, but mean plenty to those in Europe and again Wishing Stone appeared in this blue ribbon event as a 4YO, which is incredibly young in European terms. Wishing Stone not only competed against the best trotters in the world on their own turf, he won several of their biggest races. When he came from an almost impossible position, with a withering sprint to win the Copenhagen Cup, he ran down Quarcio du Chene, a Group One winner (Finlandia-Ajo) and one of Sweden’s best aged performers, with Group Two victories in France, Norway and Sweden. In the process he also beat the German sensation Brioni , the winner of the Elitloppet and Olympiatravet – the two biggest open Group One races in Sweden, and French star, and popular stallion Oynonnax (who won the Prix d’Amerique) and also another brilliant French horse Rapide Lebel, the greatest gelding of the R generation who was second in the Elitloppet by a whisker and earned 2.5 million euros. When Wishing Stone won the Group One King Gustav Pokal, he beat Kadet C.D and Raja Mirchi, two of the brightest young stars in Sweden and when he won the Grand Prix de Sud-Ouest in France, he beat Premiere Steed  a multiple Group One winner, who won the prestigious French Prix Rene Balliere and Finland’s prestigious St Michel Ajo. In the USA he is a world record holder at 6 in 1:51.2f beating Uncle Peter,  Arch Madness and Market Share. As a 5YO he was winner of the Maxie Lee in 2013 (again over Uncle Peter) and before he left for his two-year-stint in Europe he was a top colt, winning the 2010 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats with a final time of 1:51.2. The same year he won the Matron, the American National and was third in the Hambletonian. Wishing Stone was also a winner as a 2YO with victories in the International Stallion Stake, the Bluegrass Stakes, and the NYSS at Monticello.  He has a super pedigree, especially for Europe, being the best son of Conway Hall, who is the brother of four successful stallions in Europe and closely related to several more. Wishing Stone is out of the super broodmare Meadowbranch Magic, a $330,000 yearling and the granddaughter of $1.1 Million winning Davidia Hanover. Wishing Stone’s full brother, Make It Happen, nearly a $1 million winner, has become a sought after stallion in Europe after producing two near Swedish  millionaires from his first crop including TravKrterium (Sweden’s top 3YO race)  second place finisher Final Oak.  Wishing Stone is also a sibling of three other $100,000 winners, which is always a great guide to prepotency. His durability says volumes for his physique and conformation and he is blessed with a perfect gait, which is a necessity for competition in France, where rough gaits lead to disqualifications. He has a wide-striding front action which will remind Swedes of the likes of Maharajah, the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique. With services to stallions in Europe heavily regulated, his popularity already is such that he is over-subscribed for his first season, for which he is in Maryland at SBS for frozen semen collection serving the non-US market.  He is to be distributed through Offspring Management in Sweden, Allevamenti Toniatti sas in Italy, ENS Snapshot in Denmark and Stallions Australasia  for Australia and New Zealand. “We plan to bring him home to New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms this week to serve the US breeding market,” says Sue Agopian.  “We will be breeding the mare Yalta Hanover dam of horse of the month Perfect Alliance to Wishing Stone this year. “He will continue breeding and start jogging and training at the training facility few miles from our farm and will be racing come summer. Breeding is part of his daily life, when we need to serve the US breeders we will bring him to the farm for collection.” Wishing Stone  will be breeding until June and his immediate racing programme is likely to  be focused on the the U.S looking towards the Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown. However, the Copenhagen Cup & TVG trot are also on the future agenda.  “Our strategy is for him to have a global career. With Ron [Burke] as his trainer we have all the confidence that he will have a well rounded global career,” says Sue Agopian.  There are no plans for how long  Wishing Stone can continue combining a race career and breeding, it is common in Europe for racing stallions to continue until nine and ten if their form holds up, Ready Cash a great example, retiring recently at nine, just as his first progeny were cleaning up group races in France.  “He will tell us how long to continue breeding and racing him.  He had an exceptional season at age 6 setting world records in the process.. As long as he is able to compete at that lofty level, we will breed and race. He has a phenomenal legacy and we want to make sure it remains that way!” By David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

We are visiting today with Floridian veteran trainer and horseman Michael Deters. Michael Deters is currently having incredible success with the best pacing colt he has ever trained and owned in Prairie Jaguar.  During his current streak, Prairie Jaguar has posted four winning miles in 1:50 or faster at Pompano Park, the most ever by any Standardbred in the track's fifty year history.  Michael ranks annually in the top five trainers at Pompano Park in wins and UDRS training ratings. The lightly raced Prairie Jaguar will be shipping up north soon to take on the some best pacers in harness racing.  His first test will be the Whata Baron stakes at the Meadowlands beginning on April 5th. One-On-One is done exclusively for Harnesslink.com by Brian McEvoy HLINK: Congratulations on having Prairie Jaguar being named Horse of the Month by the USTA for the month of January.  He has won his last 7 starts including a pair of Pompano Park Open victories in January.  How is he holding up? MD: It is the first time this has ever happened for me and I am pretty tickled.  It would be better if he got a chance to race more often.  For a horse to be real sharp they need to race every week. He is racing every other week. He has been good every start. Prairie is real sharp now. Since he came back from Canada every race has been great. HLINK: You have now won seven races in a row including four races under 1:50 or less. Last summer Prairie Jaguar was racing in Canada for non-winners of $1,000 in last three starts. That is quite an improvement.  What happened to improve his form so drastically? MD: When I had the horse a couple of years ago he went in 1:51.2 at Pompano. He came home in :27.1.  It was only his sixth or seven lifetime start. They wanted me to race in the Open Pace.  I didn't think he was ready with only a handful of starts to race in the Open Pace. We sent him to Canada to Laurie Poulin's brother.  He just didn't have any luck racing with the horse. I don't know what to tell you as to what happened to the horse. There is no big secret with this horse.  He is really good.  In all the races in Canada he was never involved in the race. Since he has been back he has really stepped up. Jason Dillander has done a tremendous job driving the horse.  We have fattened him up and made him a happy horse again. A horse has to be happy or they don't want to go. If a horse is happy they will perform for you. HLINK: Prairie Jaguar has been handicapped with the eight post in the Open Pace. Has Pompano Park limited you to the amount of times you can race and whether you can continue to race in the Open Pace? MD: I certainly hope I can race twice a month. They have led me to believe I can race twice a month for the time being. HLINK: A couple of races back Prairie Jaguar won in dominating fashion from the 8 post, near the finish line the track announcer screamed "how good is this horse". Please tell us how good is Prairie Jaguar? MD: I think he is an uncapped talent.  He has not been challenged yet. I am sure when I get up north he will be tested. As of now, we have not found the bottom. I would be surprised if he can't pace in 1:48.  If I could race him two weeks in a row at Pompano, he would go in 1:48 and change.  I believe the track record is 1:48.4.  If we paced him two weeks in a row, we would own the track record! HLINK: I understand you are planning to ship the horse up north soon. Are you going to put him in Levy Series at Yonkers, or do you have other plans? MD: He raced up north last year on a 1/2 mile track and didn't have a lot of success.  He is not going to race on a 1/2 mile track unless I go with him.  I would hate to put him in against the best horses in North American until he can get his feet wet.  The plan right now is to go in a new series at the Meadowlands called the Whata Baron.  It is a series for non-winners of $100,000 lifetime. HLINK: You will be going up against Wake Up Peter and some other quality pacers.  What do you think of his chances? MD: My horse is a proven winner.  He has won seven in a row and has the ability to do well.  We will find out when he puts his nose up against the starting gate against the better horses.  He has just been tremendous since he came back from Canada. Every race has been great.  HLINK: What are you plans after the Whata Baron? MD: Hopefully he can race against the upper echelon. When you are in the northeast there are plenty of places to race. In Florida there is only one place to race.  As far as other stake races, I really don't know yet. To be in the higher up stake races you have to dominate right away. If he is that good, we will educate him this year and next year go in the big stakes. He has minimum starts for a six-year-old horse.  The sky is the limit for him. The horses are going so fast as two or three-year-olds that they don't hold up. HLINK: Are you going north with Prairie Jaguar or do you plan to put him with another trainer? MD: That is very much up in the air at the moment. If I don't go now I will be up later to race him in the northeast circuit. HLINK: You seem to have an attraction to horses sired by Spy Hard.  Your partner Laurie Poulin had Spy Hard as a stallion in Florida.  Spy Hard is a full brother to the great Riyadh.  Do you think that is where Prairie Jaguar gets his speed? MD: He only sired a handful of horses.  I had two of them.  I had a Spy Hard filly named Prairie Lee.  She made over $45,000 in the Florida Sire Stakes at three.  She won twice at Tioga in 1:51. I sold her as she did not get around Pompano that well.  Prairie Jaguar is a full brother to Riyadh.  I think that helps a lot.  The key to a good horse is a good mare.  The mother is an unraced Auturo horse named Cat Lady.  She only had one other foal named Three Putt Again.  He was a Florida Champion and won in 1:51 as a three-year-old.  HLINK: You have an outstanding mare in Winbak Heavenly.  Unfortunately you had to chase Summertime Lea all summer.  She was able to win close to $150,000 last year racing in the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old fillies. MD: She is not too far off from racing this year.  I trained her in 2:18 the other day.  She should be racing at Pompano by March for a short time.  I will look to send her up to race at Yonkers.  HLINK: Have you given up the driving part of the business? MD: I am old and fat (laughter).  I usually only drive the problem children. I will qualify the ones who have trouble getting around.  I leave the driving for the skinny guys who can go fast. HLINK: Tell us about your partnership with Laurie Poulin. MD: We have had horses together for about five years. She has a small breeding farm.  The last two years we have done well. We had a few shaky years. The horses have raced well. We have had a couple of nice colts. It is a descent partnership. HLINK: Do you have any future stars coming up in your stable? MD: I have a two-year-old brother to Prairie Lee and a two-year-old sister to Prairie Jaguar.  I like them both a lot. They seem like real nice babies. They are both Florida bred's and are doing everything right.  I have two-year-old trotting colt by Conway Hall that has been in 2:18.  I am looking to race him in the New York Sire Stakes. HLINK: How did you get your start in the business?  Your dad was in the business. MD: My dad raced at Pompano Park in the late sixties and early seventies.  I went to high school and college in Michigan.  When my father died I decided I could starve better in warm weather than cold weather.  My dad had thirty head at Hillcrest Farm in Florida.  When my dad died I went to work there.  I never had another job other than the horses. HLINK: You seem to have a lot of great help working for you.  One of your caretakers, Tracey O'Leary, was recently honored by the Florida Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association as "Caretaker of the Month".  MD: Tracey has been with me for about twenty-five-years.  He does an outstanding job along with Bernie Germain.  My wife Shelly is the nuts and bolts of the operation.  My son Michael is my biggest supporter and helps out also. HLINK:  You were the President of the Florida Breeders Association around the time Pompano Park got the slots. What happened that they never got any of the slot revenue? MD: We were assured twelve million dollars a year.  That didn't happen for one year.  The first year we got ten million.  Since then it has gone backward.  The Florida Horsemen got the royal shaft.  They got the goldmine and we got the shaft.  Hopefully something positive will happen with this next legislation session.  If it doesn't the future of harness racing in Florida will be in jeopardy.  We were told for years it was going to happen. We were on the bill to be included in the slot revenue.  Then all of a sudden we were not on the bill.  All of the rest of the racing entities in horse racing in Florida were included and get a percentage of the slot revenue. I am not actively involved any more.  Hopefully things will go our way in Tallahassee starting in March. HLINK: Regardless of the situation developing in Tallahassee, Mike Deters has an exciting future awaiting him every time that Prairie Jaguar steps on the racetrack. By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com

Apprentic Hanover made a triumphant four-year-old seasonal debut Saturday at Woodbine, posting his fifth straight victory, this time after a three-week layoff in winning the $34,000 Preferred Pace. After ending his three-year-old season with four consecutive wins, including victories in Northfield Park's Cleveland Classic and a Preferred pace on December 28 at Woodbine, Apprentice Hanover made it five in a row with a 1:52 effort. Driven by Jody Jamieson, the heavy 4-5 favourite left from post one and settled away third as Casimir Jitterbug (Doug McNair) and then outsider Modern Legend (Jack Moiseyev) sprinted by into a :27.1 opening quarter. Modern Legend continued to control the pace past the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24 while Mystician (Billy Davis Jr.) moved underway from the backfield and up to apply pressure around the final turn and into the stretch. However, Jamieson tipped Apprentice Hanover wide down the stretch and soared by to steal the spotlight. Mystician edged out Modern Legend for the runner-up honours two lengths behind.   The son of Somebeachsomewhere, who was named United States Trotting Association's Horse of the Month in December 2013, is trained by Ben Wallace and owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ont. The win was his 12th in 30 career starts and boosted his bankroll to $529,474. Apprentice Hanover paid $3.80 to win. Trainers Carmen Auciello and Corey Johnson and driver Randy Waples led all winners on Saturday's 13-race card with three wins each. From WEG publicity department

Columbus, OH --- Top free for all pacer A Rocknroll Dance, who won three straight starts in August, all in sub-1:48 clockings (the first time any horse has won with three consecutive sub-1:48 miles), has been named Horse of the Month by the United States Trotting Association. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Wichita Hanover is owned by the A Rocknroll Dance Stable and is trained by Jim Mulinix. He has won five of 12 starts this year and banked $448,675. After a disappointing seventh-place finish in his first start of the month, the U.S. Pacing Championship on Hambletonian Day at Meadowlands Racetrack, A Rocknroll Dance rebounded by scoring in 1:47.4 in a $50,000 Invitational Pace on Aug. 17 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. That clocking equaled the all-age world record for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Next up was a $38,000 Canadian Pacing Derby elimination on Aug. 24 at Mohawk. Driver Tim Tetrick sent A Rocknroll Dance to the front at the half-mile marker and he went on to score in a time of 1:47.3, edging Clear Vision by a neck. Those two dueled again a week later in the $618,450 Canadian Pacing Derby final, with A Rocknroll Dance again coming out on top by a nose in a personal-best clocking of 1:47.2, which was a new stakes record and also equaled the Mohawk and Canadian records. “It was very, very tight,” Tetrick said after the final, in discussing A Rocknroll Dance's head-to-head battle with his rival. “He had me by a head, a good head, and my horse fought back and his horse never gave up. It was a nice race all the way to the wire. “The Mulinix crew has got him on his toes and he feels good and he’s brave,” Tetrick continued. “He’s showing how good of a horse he really is in his last couple of starts.” A Rocknroll Dance will be back in action this Saturday at Scioto Downs in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. USTA Communications Department

A rousing victory by Captaintreacherous in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial final this past Saturday was the exclamation point on a perfect month and clinched harness racing honors as U.S. Trotting Association Horse of the Month for June.

Cowboyland Aalborg, TLP Stable, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms’ Wishing Stone has been touring Europe for much of the past two years, and as a result the winner of the 2010 Kentucky Futurity has been “off the radar” and seeming off form for quite some time.

Burke harness Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi’s Oil Magnet has certainly enjoyed his new surroundings. Since moving to the Ron Burke barn in December, the 9-year-old son of Western Hanover has been unbeaten in seven starts; four of those wins came in February and earned him Horse of the Month honors from the U.S. Trotting Association.

Avis Rent-A-Car was famous for 'trying harder,' and it seems as if Nina Simmonds and Our Horse Cents Stables' Golden Receiver, who finished second to Foiled Again in the 2012 Dan Patch Awards divisional voting, has taken to that philosophy.

Joseph Hemingway, Valarie Sutton and Sandbur Farms' JJ Shark was an apparent late-bloomer, but hit his stride in an undefeated December to earn harness racing 'Horse of the Month' honors from the U.S. Trotting Association.

Northern Companion, a rags-to-riches harness racing star in 2012, will be honored by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association on Wednesday (Dec. 12) as the November Horse of the Month at the Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park.

The 3-year-old colt pacing division has been up in the air for much of the year, with different horses seemingly taking turns winning the various major stakes, but Ken Jacobs' Heston Blue Chip has hit a hot streak at just the right time -- when harness racing electors are poised to mark their Horse of the Year ballots.

Mufasa's being crowned New Zealand Horse of the Year capped off a very satisfying year for FLAIR equine nasal strips & it's Asia/Pacific master distributor, Karaka based, Brian McMath.

Freshman pacing colt Captaintreacherous, who was three for three during the month of August, including a harness racing stakes record performance in the Woodrow Wilson, has been named Horse of the Month by the United States Trotting Association.

The ICE Bloodstock New Zealand Harness Racing Awards held at in Christchurch tonight (Saturday July 28) were a Ken and Karen Breckon benefit.

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