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Dan Patch Awards To Be Streamed

Published: February 20, 2014 10:33 am ET

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Video streaming of U.S. harness racing's biggest night of the year, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet, will take place this Sunday (Feb. 23) at Dover Downs.

The banquet can be seen on the United States Trotting Association's website (

Heading the awards will be the announcement of the United States’ 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, along with both the Pacer and Trotter of the Year winners. The voting was conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association membership and race secretaries throughout the country.

The cocktail party outside the Grand Ballroom will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

The video streaming of the Dan Patch Awards Banquet is being provided by Roberts Communications and is being co-sponsored by Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.

Awards will be made to the top trotters and pacers in each of their respective divisions per gait, age and gender from the 2013 race season, with the human stars of last year being honoured as well. It will also be the first introduction of the recent inductees to the Harness Racing Museum Living Hall of Fame, David Miller and Bill Weaver, and the Communicators Hall of Fame inductees, Carol Cramer and John Pawlak.

USHWA Silent Auction Items Up For Bids

Would you like to own Yannick Gingras' helmet and colours, personally autographed to you? Or perhaps Bill Haughton's trainer trophy clock from winning the $2-million Woodrow Wilson Pace with Nihilator? Maybe a Mary Lou Dondarski original painting of the trotter Bee A Magician or the pacer Captaintreacherous?

These items and many more are all up for grabs in the U.S. Harness Writers Association silent and live auction at the Dan Patch Awards dinner at Dover Downs on Sunday night (Feb. 23).

But you don't have to be there to be a winner! You can call in your bids now for all of the items in the auction. And best of all is that all proceeds go directly to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA.

All you have to do is call any of these numbers for detailed information; 954-654-3757, 732-306-6713, 317-908-0029 or 732-547-9459. You can place your bid order on any or all of the auction items. You will be able to bid via telephone up until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, so please don't delay and miss out on these great items.

Most of the items can be seen on the internet at

Here are all the items that are in the live and silent auction:

  • Yannick Gingras colours and helmet (personalized by Yannick)
  • Original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting Bee A Magician
  • Bill Haughton's engraved clock trophy as winning trainer of Nihilator in world's richest race, the $2-million Woodrow Wilson Pace
  • Original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting Captaintreacherous
  • Original Michele Hogan painting ‘Racing under the Moon’
  • Horse Motive Quilt Throw
  • Collectable silver coin with horse engraved
  • Large ‘Colts Frolic’ Bronze Statue
  • Bow River Bracelets
  • LV Harkness etched clock
  • Complete bobble head collection (23 items) in showcase
  • Breeding to Dream Away (Winbak Farm – Delaware)
  • Rock N Roll Heaven halter with Breeders Crown Casino Chips (Display case)
  • Hambletonian whiskey decanter (empty), Bank Barn collector's plate and horseshoe wall hanging
  • Hand-painted Round Barn fruit bowl (13 inches)


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