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AMHERST? It looks like there could be a major celebration by Maritime horsemen at the OBrien awards in Toronto this weekend when Standardbred Canada honours the top performers of the 2007 harness racing season.

AMHERST? It looks like there could be a major celebration by Maritime horsemen at the OBrien awards in Toronto this weekend when Standardbred Canada honours the top performers of the 2007 harness racing season.

Bible Hill native Jody Jamieson looks like a lock to win the OBrien award as Canadas Driver of the Year, dethroning Kingstons Mark MacDonald, who captured the honours in both 2005 and 2006.

Jamieson led Canadian drivers in money earnings with more than $9 million, scoring victories in such major races as the North America Cup, the Little Brown Jug, the Breeders Crown and the Confederation Cup.

Veteran trainer-driver Phil Pinkney is among the finalists for the OBrien Horsemanship award.

The 70-year-old Nova Scotia horseman enjoyed a great season on the Maritime invitational and stakes circuit, compiling a driving and training average of more than .700.

Phil is facing Ontario trainer Marc Steacey, who Phil outpolled in a recent Standardbred Canada online poll.

The Horse of the Year race looks like a battle between Little Brown Jug and North America Cup winner Tell All and world champion two-year-old pacing colt Somebeachsomewhere, owned by the Schooner Stables of Truro.

Tell All, driven by Jamieson, is favored to win three-year-old pacing colt of the year honors while Somebeachsomewhere is favored to win the two-year-old pacing colt division.

Somebeachsomewhere has already collected some silverware. He was selected as winner of the Dan Patch award for two-year-old pacing colt by the United States Harness writers and just this week topped the poll by readers of the Canadian Sportsman as Horse Of the Year.

Brent MacGrath, who manages the horse for the Schooner Stable, was at Dover, Del. last weekend to accept the Dan Patch Award.



dharkness@amherstdaily.com



Organizations: Standardbred Canada, Old pacing colt division, Canadian Sportsman

Geographic location: North America, Toronto, Nova Scotia Ontario Dover, Del.

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