BRE X, ROCKAWAY TOP NOMINATIONS 

Bre X and Red Star Rockaway led the way with four nominations each as the finalists for the 2003 B.C. Standardbred industry awards were announced. 

Committees from both the B.C. Standardbred Association (BCSA) and the B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society (BCSBS) reviewed all of the nominations and trimmed them down to three or four finalists per category. These finalists were then passed on to the judges committee for the selection of the winners.  

Their decisions will be announced at the awards banquet on Feb.14.  

Bre X, a seven-year-old gelding, has been dominant in the Invite division at the Downs for the last year including setting a track record of 1:53.2 on Oct. 3. At the present meet alone he had eight wins in 12 starts in the Invite including a stretch of six in a row. He won 17 times in the year for more than $116,000 in earnings. 

Rockaway was a powerhouse in the three-year-old filly division in 2003. She won 11 of 16 starts for the year, including the Delta on March 29, the B.C. Breeders on Nov. 8 and the Arbutus at Sandown on July 20 in a lifetime best time of 1:54.4. She earned more than $151,000 for the year. 

Earning three nominations was Red Star Justice, who equaled Bre Xs track record, while Da Lil Dudette and Sing Mitzi For Me got two nods each. 

On the two-legged side, Bill Davis could make it six successive wins as top driver in the over-250-drive category. He is also in line for the top trainer, an award he has captured four of the last five years. 

The list of finalists includes: 

BCSBS  

B.C. bred two-year-old filly: Celtic Rayne, Ivys Wine, Da Lil Dudette.

B.C. bred two-year-old colt or gelding: Imabarontwo, Lil Dudes Starrbuck, Red Star Sammy, Seven Seas Cruiser.

B.C. bred three-year-old filly: Dal Reo Millee, Yumyum Candy, Red Star Rockaway.

B.C. bred three-year-old colt or gelding: Maxamillenium, Red Star Blaze, Red Star Emerson.

B.C. bred aged racing mare: Creative Girl, Penny Lace, Sing Mitzi For Me.

B.C. bred for outstanding performance in B.C.: Bre X, Red Star Rockaway, Red Star Justice.

B.C. bred filly or mare: Dal Reo Millee, Red Star Rockaway.

B.C. bred colt or gelding: Bre X, Haras Colta Cola, Red Star Emerson, Red Star Justice

Broodmare of the year: Blazing Sevens, Tiffisue Hanover, Timely One

Stallion of the year: Dal Reo Hop Sing, Just Camelot, Scruffy Hanover

Breeder of the year: to be announced at banquet  

BCSA  

Outstanding claimer: $7000 and under: Austin Carr, Prince Lee Gourmet, Roycetts Pride

Outstanding claimer: $8000 and over: Ferguson Road, Janstar Master IB, Red Star Allie

Outstanding performance: Bre X, Da Lil Dudette, Red Star Justice, Red Star Rockaway

Aged mare: Princess Jessica N, My Kinda Cam, Sing Mitzi For Me

Aged horse: Bre X, Haras Colta Cola, Red Star Admiral, Red Star Justice

Groom of the year: Sue Allan, Cathy Bilyk, Dave Bilyk, Shirley Hedgecoe

Driver of the year (20-100): Richard Craig, Darren Lupul, Rick Lancaster

Driver of the year (101-250): Bobby Clark, Dave Jungquist, Daniel St Amand

Driver of the year (over 250): Tim Brown, Bill Davis, Dave Hudon

Rookie driver of the year: Rick Lancaster

Trainer of the year (20-100): Jim Burke, Tom Currie, Ken Harris

Trainer of the year (101-250): John Currie, Ray Gemmill, Carol St Amand

Trainer of the year (over 250): Bill Davis, Dave Hudon, Wayne Isbister

Horseperson of the Year: to be announced at banquet.

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