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On Monday, December 17, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2012 O'Brien Awards, which honour Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

A pair of 2011 O'Brien Award finalists were showcased Thursday morning at Mohawk in their respective harness racing qualifying sessions. Betterthancheddar, who captured 10 of 18 starts last season, came from off-the-pace to find the wire first in 1:52.4 for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Casie Coleman.

Leading Canadian harness racing trainer Casie Coleman has no idea how the allergy powder Ephedrine, a common ingredient in decongestants, was found on her 5-year-old pacer Reibercrombie early last month.

Standardbred Canada hosted the 2011 O'Brien Awards this evening to honour and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season.

For over 30 years, Dr. Mike Wilson has been doing what he loves. He's worked tirelessly and passionately to produce some of the finest standardbred race horses in the nation and for the first time ever, Wilson, a long-time harness racing breeder, is nominated for Canada's Breeder of the Year honour at the O'Brien Awards, slated for Saturday evening at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga.

After celebrating a career year in 2011, harness racing trainer Tony O'Sullivan has a much to be thankful for. The Cambridge (Ontario) resident sent out winners of $3,964,619 in purses and 123 winners from 680 starters. The native of Australia has also been nominated for an O'Brien Award as Canada's top conditioner, a first for the 35-year-old.

His career year in 2011 turned plenty of heads, a million dollar-plus campaign that could see harness racing trainer Travis Umphrey get the nod for a coveted O'Brien Award, courtesy of a fleet-footed filly.

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Race Day, a short documentary about harness racing, will be premiered at the 2011 O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, ON.

As the 2011 standardbred racing season came to a close on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis proved once again they are a force to be reckoned with.

On Wednesday, December 21, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2011 O'Brien Awards, which honour Canada's best in harness racing over the past season.

The O'Brien ballots have been cast and there was no question in any of the voters' minds who should be the recipient of the O'Brien Award as Canada's Older Trotting Horse for 2011. That harness racing honour goes to San Pail, who was the unanimous winner, taking every one of the 61 ballots that were cast.

Mark MacDonald is one tough cookie. Most harness racing drivers would give the game away after breaking every bone in their face which required eight screws and three plates and then having their nose rebuilt. That's not to mention eye and shoulder operations as well.

The German occupation of Norway's capital city of Oslo during the Second World War ultimately paved a harness racing career for the man they call the mechanic of trotting horsepower - Per Henriksen.

The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame honored one horseman and two horses during the 30th annual induction ceremonies at the museum on Tuesday night, June 14. Harness racing trainer-driver Frank Coppola Jr. and pacing mares Quick Comeonover and Bo Scott's Horn were inducted in front of a packed crowd.

If anyone ever deserved their place in the American Harness Racing Hall-of-Fame it's the man they call 'Lightning Luke'. At 45-years of age Luc Ouellette has all the credentials to follow his grandfather Gedeon Lachance and Uncle Michel (Lachance) into trotting's elite roll-call of legends.

Ever heard of that Boomtown Rats song - 'I don't like Mondays'? Well Canadian-based harness racing driver Phil Hudon doesn't mind them. In fact he's especially looking forward to this Monday (May 10). That's the day he will be reunited with his old friend and favourite horse - Big Jim.

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