Harkness gets post call to Harness Racing Hall of Fame
AMHERST â€“ The co-founder and editor of Atlantic Post Calls will be inducted posthumously into the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame in August.
Doug Harkness is one of two people being inducted in the new communications category. Bruce Walker is being inducted representing thoroughbreds.
Harkness, who ran Atlantic Post Calls from 1979 to his death in 2010, made unparalleled contributions to the harness racing industry in the Maritimes. He was involved in lobbying efforts with the government, and was a passionate spokesman for harness racing on a regional, national and international level.
Harkness, who also wrote a weekly column for several publications including The Guardian, received the City of Charlottetown award for his promotional work in harness racing, and also received the Presidentâ€™s Award from the United States Harness Writers Association, the only Canadian journalist to receive the honour.
Carl Jamieson was selected in the trainer-driver category, which also included 56-year-old Wally Hennessey.
Jamieson, 62, of Rockwood, Ont. and a Nova Scotia native, established a reputation for selecting and developing young horses. Heâ€™s enjoyed considerable success, having trained 950 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $22 million. In 2011, Jamieson trained two Canadian champions â€“ Up The Credit, Canadaâ€™s Three-Year- Old Pacing Colt of the Year and Warrawee Needy, Canadaâ€™s Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. The other 10 inductees include, Niatross and Secretariat (veteran horse category), Admirals Express and Soaring Free (male horse category), Eternal Camnation and Sealy Hill (female horse category), Sid Attard and Phil England (jockey/trainer category), William Rowe and John Sikura Jr. (builder category).
The induction ceremony will take place Aug. 13 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.