Trites, Sealcrest Lakota earn January awards

Diane Daniels
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Simulcast programming from various thoroughbred and harness racing tracks are set to go this weekend at Truro Raceway. Events from Tampa, Freehold, Flamboro, Gulfstream along with Windsor, Woodbine are on the docket.

One of Atlantic Canada's most prominent horsemen, Danny Romo, is currently operating a key outfit in Truro with a public stable of approximately 16 head, consisting primarily of two- and three-year-olds. The lineup includes the two-year-old black colt, Charlottes Art, consigned by Andre Moeller, to the 2009 select sale and purchased by longtime horse owner Wathan Piers.

Jimmy Davis' three-year-old son of Western Maverick and half-brother to West Hants Warrior, Rawdon Gold Digger, wheeled off a 2:00.4 victory at Ontario's Windsor Raceway in his first lifetime trip post ward on Feb. 7.

January results have been confirmed with New Brunswick teamster Todd Trites earning recognition as Cool Driver for the month. He accumulated 99 points, finishing in the money in 30 out of 39 starts. Putting up the numbers to pick up the Hot Horse Award was Hugh MacKay's $2,000 claimer, Sealcrest Lakota, registering 16 points, spearheaded by two wins, one second and one fourth. Nick White, 26, claimed top honours for trainer for the first month in 2010, sending out 33 starters to collect 60 points.

Feb. 26 and 27 has been ear-marked for the 2010 P.E.I. Horse Industry Symposium. The event, being held at the Howard Johnson Dutch Inn in Cornwall, P.E.I., is organized by the Island's Horse Industry Association. It encompasses most breeds and will feature keynote speakers covering such topics as farm management and lameness and conformation. The standardbred segments include presentations from the 2009 leading driver in North America, Jody Jamieson, along with internationally acclaimed Nova Scotia-based horsemen Phil Pinkney and Brent MacGrath.

Prominent harness racing personality and general manager of Harness Racing P.E.I., Jeremy Pierce, recently announced his resignation from the association. Pierce is looking forward to taking on a new post with the City of Charlottetown's Parks and Recreation Department in the near future.

Although still a patient in the intensive care unit of the Cumberland County Regional Hospital in Amherst, family and friends report that well known harness racing journalist, Doug Harkness, has made significant progress during the last week in his recuperation from his Dec. 1 heart surgery. A fundraising benefit originally planned for Harkness on Feb. 27 at the Amherst Legion has been rescheduled for a later date.

Organizations: Hugh MacKay, 2010 P.E.I. Horse Industry Symposium, Howard Johnson Dutch Inn Horse Industry Association Parks and Recreation Department Cumberland County Regional Hospital Amherst Legion

Geographic location: Tampa, Atlantic Canada, Truro Ontario New Brunswick Cornwall North America Charlottetown Amherst

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