Award nominees named

Samantha Square and Nazko Promise each picked up five nominations to lead the way as finalists for the B.C. Standardbred Industry Awards.

The B.C. Standardbred Association (BCSA) and the B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society (BCSBS) recently announced the finalists for the 2001 awards which will be presented at a banquet Feb. 16 at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley.

Horses nominated on the BCSA side of the awards must have had the majority of their starts in the province to qualify and are judged only on their B.C. performances. The BCSBS awards are for horses that are B.C. bred according to the traditional definition, which is owner at time of service. The B.C. breds are judged on the basis of their performance regardless of where they are racing.

Samantha Square, a three-year-old filly and Nazko Promise, a three-year-old colt, each were nominated by both bodies in their age category. They each were nominated in the outstanding performance category by each body and in the BCSBS's horse of the year category.

The Industry Awards will also honour horsemen and breeders. Awards will be made to trainers and drivers based on their averages for the year and the BCSA Horseman of the Year will be announced at the awards event.

Several other awards will be made in addition to the BCSA and BCSBS honours. Teletheatre BC will present its Rising Star Award to a horse and a horseman based on voting by their patrons. Fraser Downs fans have also voted for a Horse and Driver of the Year in the People's Choice Awards.

Dan Jukich, the usual master of ceremonies will share duties with Woodbine/Mohawk track announcer Frank Salive who will be at Fraser Downs for the Drivers Challenge on the same weekend. The BCSBS will be staging their popular live stallion service auction during the evening, with all proceeds going to their Education Fund.

Tickets cost $40 per person and are available at the BCSA/SBS office. While it is an industry event, race fans are most welcome to attend. More information is available at the office, 604-574-3633.

The BCSA list of nominees includes:

  • Two-year-old colts: Just Invincible, Red Star Gramps, El Rosal
  • Two-year-old fillies: Dal Reo Damsel, Papas Reflection, Red Star Sal
  • Three-year-old colts: Meant To Do That, Nazko Promise, Red Star Executive
  • Three-year-old fillies: Dal Reo Jewel, Red Star Sunshine, Samantha Square
  • Aged Mare: Clover Camella, Millbanks Award, Cabo Girl
  • Outstanding Performance: Nazko Promise, Samantha Square
  • Aged Horse: Bre X, CVs Fella, Woodmere Windrop
  • Outstanding Claimer: Ferguson Road, Manatoga, Mornas Big Boy

The Breeders list includes:

  • Two-year-old colts: Just Invincible, Red Star Gramps, Broadway Time
  • Two-year-old fillies: Dal Reo Damsel, Papas Reflection, Red Star Sal
  • Three-year-old colts: Meant To Do That, Nazko Promise, Red Star Executive
  • Three-year-old fillies: Dal Reo Jewel, Red Star Sunshine, Samantha Square, Strengthandhonour
  • Aged Mare: Clover Camella, Millbanks Award, Fast Lane Cruizin, Red Star Kelsey
  • Outstanding Performance: Nazko Promise, Samantha Square, Fast Lane Cruizin, Red Star Admiral
  • Horse of the Year: Fast Lane Cruizin, Nazko Promise, Red Star Admiral, Samantha Square
  • Brood Mare of the Year: Bawita, Gracie Square, Stahaken
  • Stallion of the Year: Dancing Puddles, Legal Notice, Safe N Rich

Other awards:

  • People's Choice Driver of the Year: Dave Hudon
  • People's Choice Horse of the Year: Fast Lane Cruizin
  • Fastest Mile: Hot Steam, Red Star Admiral
  • Breeder of the Year: Robert Murphy, Deborah Phillips, Rick White and John and June Kauffman
  • Groom of the Year: Joe Gray, Duane Manary, Alana Main

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