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Fielding, Katzes Owners Of The Year

Published: December 30, 2014 12:36 pm ET

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As members of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) considered choices for the Dan Patch Owner of the Year, Breeder of the Year, Pacing Broodmare of the Year, and Trotting Broodmare of the Year awards, two names surfaced frequently – the 3 Brothers Stables and John Fielding.

Fielding, a resident of Toronto, Ont. who has graduated from riding the streetcar to the old Greenwood Raceway to serving on the Board of Directors of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, owned two seasonal million-dollar-winners in three-year-old trotting colt Father Patrick and three-year-old trotting filly Shake It Cerry while the 3 Brothers Stables of Alan, Ronald, and Steven Katz, who got their schooling on the New York City circuit, owned millionaire three-year-old pacing colt JK Endofanera and two-year-old pacing filly JK Shesalady, the first freshman filly to be named harness racing’s Horse of the Year in the U.S.

Both of the “JK” horses, with the prefix honoring the Katzes’ late father and mentor Jack, are offspring of Art Major out of a Presidential Ball-Mardis Crown mare named Presidential Lady, who was a “walkover” for Pacing Broodmare of the Year –- USHWA’s Breeder/Broodmare nominating committee thought no other candidate viable. They will be the last “JK”s for the Katzes out of Presidential Lady, who was sold last year to Melissa Orlando of Ohio – but this “1-2 punch” was thought so potent, with both horses at the very top level of their divisions all year, that the Katzes/3 Brothers Stables were named Breeders of the Year by USHWA.

On the trotting broodmare side, Solveig got the most votes of any candidate in their category, two- or four-legged, with 100 out of 140 voters picking her for Trotting Broodmare of the Year. The winner is a daughter of Yankee Glide-Exquisite Amanda owned by, straightforwardly enough, Solveig’s Breeders, of which Fielding is a member. Solveig, from matings with Donato Hanover, was represented in 2014 by Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and by the two-year-old trotting colt Uncle Lasse, who himself earned $351,297. Fielding is also among the owners of Uncle Lasse and no fewer than three Breeders Crown (and Dan Patch divisional) winners: Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick, and two-year-old gelding trotter Pinkman.

So with credentials such as these, the voters must have had a hard time deciding between 3 Brothers and Fielding for the honor of Owner of the Year, right? Right.

Whom did they choose? Both –- it was a dead heat, with each receiving 50 votes. And it’s hard to argue with that result because it’s hard to argue with excellence, which both 3 Brothers and Fielding showed in spades during 2014.

The Katzes and Fielding will be presented these awards and others, as will the rest of 2014’s stars, both human and equine, on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida, at USHWA’s annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet -- Night of Champions.

Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: [email protected] or Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: [email protected].

Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch.

(USHWA; photos courtesy New Image Media)

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