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Ernie Martinez will never ever forget the time he suggested to his friend Stephanie Smith-Rothaug that she have a look at a Beach Towel mare who was in foal to Astreos. They were at the Harrisburg Sales at the time and the well known American harness racing owner and breeder said if the sale didn't work out he would even buy it off her.

The 2010 O'Brien Award's took place this past Saturday night featuring the best in Canadian harness racing. Greg Gangle, from WEG's media department, was on-hand to offer post-award ceremony interviews with many winning connections including Casie Coleman, Bob McIntosh, Bruce Saunders and many more.

On Saturday (Jan. 29), Standardbred Canada hosted the 2010 O'Brien Awards to honor and recognize the horses and people that have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season. The awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Winning a fantasy sports contest gave Joe LaCova the thrill of a lifetime. Now, he'll look for another thrill ride in the form of Idyllic, the first horse he has ever owned and one who could pace away with a harness racing prestigious award.

Randy Waples will be looking to add one final victory before closing the books on 2010. Enjoying a thoroughly prosperous harness racing season yet flying under the radar - with the spotlight shone more prominently on Mark MacDonald's big comeback and the emergence of young bucks Doug McNair and Scott Zeron - the 45-year-old Miltonian has been named a finalist for Standardbred Canada's Driver of the Year.

The connections of Admirals Express will be presented their Cam Fella Award at the annual O'Brien Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 29, 2011. The wonder pacer, affectionately known as the 'The Grey Gladiator,' won his award for meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry.

A super article here about how Canadian harness racing driver Mark MacDonald who won more major races last year than anyone else in Canada, isn't even a nominee for driver of the year. To say that he was snubbed is putting it mildly, I'd say he was robbed, says his Dad.

Standardbred Canada today announced the finalists for the 2010 O'Brien Awards, which honour Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 29, 2011.

Once again it's party time in Toronto. But this year, there's been some confusion as to who is invited. The occasion: the O'Brien Awards, honoring the finest efforts in Canadian harness racing over the previous year.

The O'Brien Awards Committee met earlier today to make a decision on the eligibility of harness racing horses owned by Bulletproof Enterprises for the O'Brien Awards, following a ruling released by the Ontario Racing Commission yesterday resulting in the immediate suspension of Bulletproof Enterprises.

Further to the Ontario Racing Commission's announcement today (Thursday) of the suspension of Bulletproof Enterprises, Standardbred Canada's O'Brien Awards Committee will meet on Friday to determine whether or not the three O'Brien finalists owned by Bulletproof Enterprises are eligible for O'Brien Award consideration.

Standardbred Canada has announced the finalists for the 2009 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honor of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

It was one big 'beach' party at the O'Brien Awards, Canada's national harness racing awards on Saturday night as world champion pacer, Somebeachsomewhere and his connections took home four of the evening's trophies. The O'Brien Awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season.

Further to yesterday's announcement of finalists for the 2008 O'Brien Awards, Standardbred Canada has today announced that Secrets Nephew is the winner of the O'Brien Award in the Older Pacing Horse category.

Standardbred Canada today announced the finalists for the 2008 O'Brien Awards, which honour Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O'Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the O'Brien Awards banquet on Saturday, January 31, 2009.

No matter the size of the racetrack, Mister Big has been coming up huge. On Columbus Day, this season's richest older pacer, with nearly $1.4 million to his credit, won his elimination race for next Monday's (October 20) $317,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway by three-quarters of a length over Won The West in 1:51.1. The time was two-fifths off the track record.

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