Real Desire was named Canada's Horse of the Year as Standardbred Canada hosted the annual O'Brien Awards which recognize 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.
Real Desire winning the Canadian Pacing Derby.
O'Brien Award winning trainer Bill Robinson.
Sir Luck winning the Metro Pace.
Eternal Camnation, a winner of seven of 17 and $763,315 for the Eternal Camnation Stable of Indiana, collected her third O'Brien award. For the second consecutive year, the Cam Fella daughter took divisional honors in the Older Pacing Mare category following an impressive campaign which saw her win the Milton and Roses Are Red Stakes.
Kadabra winning the Breeders' Crown 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot.
Cameron Hall was honoured with an O'Brien as top Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly. The talented miss was a model of consistency, hitting for 11 wins in 15 starts and netting over $1.3 million in purse money for her owner Erkki Laakkonen of Georgetown, Ontario.
Precious Delight was a surprising winner over Worldly Beauty as Canada's Three-Year-Old Pacing filly for 2002. The daughter of Precious Bunny won nine 9 of 18, and over $755,000 last year for owner/breeder Peter Heffering of Port Perry, Ontario.
Armbro Amoretto winning the Breeders' Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace.
Filly At Bigs, owned by John Fielding of Toronto and Irving Liverman, of Hampstead, Quebec, was named Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year. The Donerail filly hit the board 11 times in 18 races and was a consistent stakes performer.
Ontario Sires Stakes star Meadowview Sunny took divisional honors in the two-year-old trotting colt category for owner Charles Reid's Meadowview Farms of Orono, Ontario and co-owner, trainer Paul Shakes of Stayner. The Classic Adam colt scored all of his six victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events and earned a healthy $284,966.
The competitive Dresden Dolly earned the Trotting Mare title following a season that saw her record eight wins and over $256,000 for C.A. Burns of Toronto. She was one of those unique equine females who could successfully compete against her male rivals.
At age eight, the dominant free for all performer Springtop, was voted Trotting Horse of the Year. Owned by Richard Beinhauer of Venetia, Pennsylvania, the talented son of Sierra Kosmos was a regular free-for all campaigner on the Woodbine- Mohawk circuit.
Next Victom, owned by Stephen Finucane of St. George, Ontario, was voted Broodmare of the Year. Her 2002 performers included Pepi Lavec, a winner of $434,000 and Wanabeamillionaire, a winner of over $169,000.
From Woodbine and Standardbred Canada press releases
Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer
Armbro Amoretto (owned by Big Als Stables Inc., Thornhill, ON)
Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer
Sir Luck (owned by C & I Siegal Racing STB Ltd., Brooklyn, NY)
Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter
Filly At Bigs (owned by John Fielding, Toronto, ON & Irving Liverman, Hampstead, QC)
Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter
Meadowview Sunny (Meadowview Farms Inc., Orono, ON)
Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer
Precious Delight (owned by R. Peter Heffering, Port Perry, ON)
Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter
Cameron Hall (owned by Erkki Laakkonen, Georgetown, ON)
Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer
Art Major (Owned by Deena Rachel Frost, Delray Beach, FL, Jerry Silva, Bellmore, NY, TLP Stable, Kearny, NJ, & Sampson Street Stables, Old Forge, PA)
Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter
Kadabra (owned by Abra Kadabra Stable, Port Perry, ON)
Older Pacing Mare
Eternal Camnation (owned by Eternal Camnation Stable, Fort Wayne, IN)
Older Trotting Mare
Dresden Dolly (owned by C A Burns Ltd., Toronto, ON)
Older Pacing Horse
Real Desire (owned by Brittany Farms, Versailles, KY, Karin Olsson Burgess, Milton, ON, Robert Burgess, Campbellville, ON & Perretti Farms Inc., Cream Ridge, NJ)
Older Trotting Horse
Springtop (owned by Richard Beinhauer, Venetia, PA)
Broodmare of the Year
Next Victom (owned by Stephen Finucane, St. George Brant, ON)
Trainer of the Year
Bill Robinson, Hagersville, ON
Driver of the Year
Chris Christoforou, Milton, ON
Horse of the Year
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