Local harness racing professionals honoured at O'Brien awards gala

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Driver Mark MacDonald added another feather to his cap last weekend.

The Prince Edward Island native, who in December eclipsed the national dash winning title with more than 692 wins in Canada, claimed the O'Brien trophy as Canada's Driver of the Year. MacDonald also drove to earnings in excess of $8.2 million, and handled the driving assignment for O'Brien Award nominee American Ideal.

Casie Coleman of Dundas made history at this year's O'Brien Awards, as the first female to bring home the O'Brien Award as Trainer of the Year. The 25-year-old, who works with American Ideal, celebrated a career year in 2005, training 196 winners and horses to $2.4 million in earnings.

The 2005 O'Brien Awards were held last Saturday in Mississauga. Fan favourite Admirals Express collected two trophies, Canada's Older Pacer of the Year and 2005 Horse of he Year. Admirals Express is owned by Laurel and Gary Gust and Cheryl and Ed Sayfie of Michigan; he's the sport's leading sub-1:50 winner of all time and the world's fastest grey standardbred, with a mark of 1:48.2 and had earnings of more than $491,000.

Admirals Express is trained by Mike Hales and was driven by O'Brien Award nominee Paul MacDonnell regularly in 2005.

Other local O'Brien winners include Style, a pacer (Two-year-old Filly) owned by George Hempt of Camp Hill, PA and Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Lady Dillinger, a three-year-old filly owned by Gaetan Hebert of Waterdown, Loyal Opposition (Older Mares), owned by Daniel Waxman of Ancaster,

The O'Brien Awards are Canada's national harness racing awards and are named for the late Joe O'Brien.

Local harness racing professionals honoured at O'Brien awards gala

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Driver Mark MacDonald added another feather to his cap last weekend.

The Prince Edward Island native, who in December eclipsed the national dash winning title with more than 692 wins in Canada, claimed the O'Brien trophy as Canada's Driver of the Year. MacDonald also drove to earnings in excess of $8.2 million, and handled the driving assignment for O'Brien Award nominee American Ideal.

Casie Coleman of Dundas made history at this year's O'Brien Awards, as the first female to bring home the O'Brien Award as Trainer of the Year. The 25-year-old, who works with American Ideal, celebrated a career year in 2005, training 196 winners and horses to $2.4 million in earnings.

The 2005 O'Brien Awards were held last Saturday in Mississauga. Fan favourite Admirals Express collected two trophies, Canada's Older Pacer of the Year and 2005 Horse of he Year. Admirals Express is owned by Laurel and Gary Gust and Cheryl and Ed Sayfie of Michigan; he's the sport's leading sub-1:50 winner of all time and the world's fastest grey standardbred, with a mark of 1:48.2 and had earnings of more than $491,000.

Admirals Express is trained by Mike Hales and was driven by O'Brien Award nominee Paul MacDonnell regularly in 2005.

Other local O'Brien winners include Style, a pacer (Two-year-old Filly) owned by George Hempt of Camp Hill, PA and Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Lady Dillinger, a three-year-old filly owned by Gaetan Hebert of Waterdown, Loyal Opposition (Older Mares), owned by Daniel Waxman of Ancaster,

The O'Brien Awards are Canada's national harness racing awards and are named for the late Joe O'Brien.

Local harness racing professionals honoured at O'Brien awards gala

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Driver Mark MacDonald added another feather to his cap last weekend.

The Prince Edward Island native, who in December eclipsed the national dash winning title with more than 692 wins in Canada, claimed the O'Brien trophy as Canada's Driver of the Year. MacDonald also drove to earnings in excess of $8.2 million, and handled the driving assignment for O'Brien Award nominee American Ideal.

Casie Coleman of Dundas made history at this year's O'Brien Awards, as the first female to bring home the O'Brien Award as Trainer of the Year. The 25-year-old, who works with American Ideal, celebrated a career year in 2005, training 196 winners and horses to $2.4 million in earnings.

The 2005 O'Brien Awards were held last Saturday in Mississauga. Fan favourite Admirals Express collected two trophies, Canada's Older Pacer of the Year and 2005 Horse of he Year. Admirals Express is owned by Laurel and Gary Gust and Cheryl and Ed Sayfie of Michigan; he's the sport's leading sub-1:50 winner of all time and the world's fastest grey standardbred, with a mark of 1:48.2 and had earnings of more than $491,000.

Admirals Express is trained by Mike Hales and was driven by O'Brien Award nominee Paul MacDonnell regularly in 2005.

Other local O'Brien winners include Style, a pacer (Two-year-old Filly) owned by George Hempt of Camp Hill, PA and Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Lady Dillinger, a three-year-old filly owned by Gaetan Hebert of Waterdown, Loyal Opposition (Older Mares), owned by Daniel Waxman of Ancaster,

The O'Brien Awards are Canada's national harness racing awards and are named for the late Joe O'Brien.