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Burning Blaze tops Minnesota Awards

12:24 PM 25 Feb 2019 NZDT
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The Minnesota Harness Racing Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, February 23 at Vanelli's by the Lake in Forest Lake, MN.

Among the top honorees in the Awards portion of the evening were Burning Blaze and Goody Two Socks. Trainers Nick Roland and Justin Anfinson each had 3 divisional champions, while breeders Cheryl & Al Sandbulte and Glen Sauder each had two divisional champions to their credit in 2018.

"Burning Blaze (Wind Me Up-Cowgirls N Indians-Jet Laag) dominated the two year old colt pacing division with seven wins and two seconds from nine starts, $53,250 in purse earnings and a track record 1:54.1 mark taken on Night of Champions September 15. Burning Blaze, who was bred by owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte of Iowa, is also owned by Edward Gutin and is trained by Justin Anfinson, received the 2 year old colt Pacer of the year award and was also voted - by a wide margin - as the overall Minnesota Horse of The Year by the banquet attendees.
Also nominated for Horse of The Year honors were Bringoverthemoney, Firedrake, Windmeupnwatchmego, Place At The Beach, Pridecrest, Dream Chasin, and Here Comes Teddy.
Goody Two Socks (Relentless Yankee-Ms Jordi-Magical Mike) was inducted into The Minnesota Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday, honored for his accomplishments both on and off the racetrack.
Goody Two Socks was a gelded Pacer by Relentless Yankee out of the Magical Mike mare Ms Jordi. He won 24 of 111 career races with 20 seconds and 11 thirds and $98,959 in purses. Goody Two Socks was bred by Beth Dale in Minnesota and owned by Seppo Hakaama of Michigan.
Developed by both Greg Budach and Gene Miller, he was then trained throughout most of his racing career by Alexia Kehl. Goody Two Socks was a fan favorite at Running Aces, he always tried his heart out on the racetrack, and he hit the board in half of his career races. Goody also had an amazing power of connection with people, a trait that will live on as part of his legacy in Minnesota. Goody Two Socks passed away early this year, but now lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone he touched, and lives on in the annuls of Minnesota Harness Racing forever.
During the Annual meeting portion of the evening, voting was conducted to fill three M.H.R.I. board member seats that were up for election. Rick Magee was elected to the board by a wide margin of the votes along with Scott Bannitt and President Mark Corless was also re-elected to another term on the board.
Three special Milestone Awards were presented for accomplishments during the 2018 Season. Nick Roland was recognized for his 1,500 wins milestone on July 8 at Running Aces steering Sing N Sandi to her maiden victory, while Rick Magee was honored for his 1,000 career wins milestone on July 15 at Aces driving Bringoverthemoney to victory in the Minnesota Sired 3 YO Trot. Dean Magee was also honored with a milestone award for his Running Aces track record of 7 wins on one program on Tuesday, July 31.
The Divisional horse of year honors for the Running Aces meet were as follows:
2YO Filly Trotters - Twilight Tinker
Owner- Cathy Dessert
Trainer- Nick Roland Breeder- Glen Sauder
runner up: Lone Pine Shuzy
2YO Colt Trotters - MD Magic
Owner- Set The Pace Racing, LLC.
Trainer- Nick Roland Breeder-Glen Sauder
runner up: Dewey's Machine
2YO Filly Pacers - Windmeupnwatchmego
Owner- Richard Davelaar
Trainer- Gordon Graham Breeder- Richard Davelaar
runner up: Trinitysfancyfilly
2YO Colt Pacers - Burning Blaze
Owners- Cheryl & Alan Sandbulte and Edward Gutin
Trainer- Justin Anfinson
Breeders- Cheryl & Al Sandbulte
runner up: Trump Train
3 YO Filly Trotters - Dekker
Owners- Benjamin, Eric & Jesse De Long
Trainer- Justin Anfinson Breeder- Al Mar Farms
runner up: Mimi Marguerite
3YO Colt Trotters - Bringoverthemoney
Owner- Jasmine Horvat
Trainer- Brian Detgen Breeder- Katrina Horvat
runner up: SB Fine and Dandy
3YO Filly Pacers - Peekaboo Tattoo
Owner- Fabiola Quevedo
Trainer- Edwin Quevedo
Breeders- Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte
runner up: I'm On A Terror
3YO Colt Pacers - Here Comes Teddy
Owner- Aimes Racing
Trainer- Justin Anfinson Breeder- Paul Zimmerman
runner up: Ridonkuloso
Aged Mare Trotters - Whatevershesgot
Owner- Jenni King
Trainer- Jenni King Breeder- Dennis Bontrager
runner up: Al Mar Bon Bon
Aged Male Trotters - Bringthegold
Owner- Jane Carter
Trainer- Dave Carter Breeder- Dave Carter
runner up: French Eclipse
Aged Mare Pacers - Place At The Beach
Owner- Peg Hoffman
Trainer- Gerald Longo Breeder- John Hendricks
runner up: Boom Boom Shaboom
Aged Male Pacers - Forgiveusourzins
Owners- Carol Polkowske and Barbara & Royal
Trainer- Nick Roland
Breeders- Barbara & Royal Roland
runner up: Cuz I'm Happy
The 2018 County Fair awards were also presented on Saturday as follows:
Driver of the Year: Brian Detgen with 14 wins and 1,015 points.
Trainer of the Year: Jenni King with 6 wins and 595 points.
Trotter of the Year: Floatinonthebreeze (3f, Money Talks) owned and trained by Jenni King.
Pacer of the Year: Read Me My Rights (3g, Fancy Schmancy) owned and trained by Scott Bannitt.
Once again, we congratulate all of the award winners on a fantastic 2018 season, and we look forward to great things for all in 2019.
The 2019 Racing season in Minnesota starts on Saturday, May 18 at Running Aces.
By Darin Gagne'
for Minnesota Harness Racing
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