The fastest trotter of all time, Sebastian K. was among the six trotters to receive divisional honors in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The winners are Sebastian K, Classic Martine, Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry, Pinkman and Mission Brief, giving trainer Jimmy Takter three of the six trotting honorees.
Divisional honors for pacers will be revealed Wednesday, followed by the live announcements of Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Victory Sports Bar. Thursday’s announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack’s website, http://www.playmeadowlands.com/.
Sebastian K, an 8-year-old who won in 1:49 flat in June to become the fastest trotter in history, was voted harness racing’s best older male trotter of 2014. Father Patrick, who earned $1.69 million this season to lead all Standardbreds, was named the sport’s best 3-year-old male trotter.
All the winners:
2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER
PINKMAN (144 of 157 votes)
Explosive Matter – Margie Seelster – Angus Hall
Yearling Price: $77,000 under name Traffic Jam at Lexington Selected Sale.
Breeder: O Narutac Equine Nursery.
Owners: Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, Herb Liverman.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras, Sylvain Filion.
Races: 8-6-1-0. Purses: $566,960. Mark: 1:53.2 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $463,690 Valley Victory.
2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER
MISSION BRIEF (150 votes)
Muscle Hill – Southwind Serena – Varenne
Yearling Price: $150,000 at Lexington Selected Sale.
Breeders: Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc.
Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 13-9-0-0. Purses: $591,070. Mark: 1:50.3 at The Red Mile (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $352,050 Merrie Annabelle.
3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER
FATHER PATRICK (94 votes)
Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec
Yearling Price: $105,000 under name Royal Press at Lexington Selected Sale.
Breeder: Brittany Farms.
Owner: Father Patrick Stable.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 17-12-3-0. Purses: $1.69 million. Mark: 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Beal Memorial.
3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER
SHAKE IT CERRY (156 votes)
Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide
Yearling Price: Homebred.
Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders.
Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce.
Races: 17-15-0-1. Purses: $1.23 million. Mark: 1:51.2 at The Red Mile.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $368,100 Elegantimage; $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity.
OLDER MALE TROTTER
SEBASTIAN K. (141 votes)
Korean – Gabriella K – Probe
Yearling Price: Homebred.
Breeder: Knutsson Trotting AB.
Owner: Knutsson Trotting Inc.
Trainer: Ake Svanstedt. Driver: Ake Svanstedt.
Races: 13-8-2-0. Purses: $663,853. Mark: 1:49 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $300,650 Cashman Memorial; $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot; $175,000 Cutler Memorial.
OLDER FEMALE TROTTER
CLASSIC MARTINE (91 votes)
Classic Photo – Drinking Days – Andover Hall
Yearling Price: None (sold privately at age 3).
Breeders: Todd Schadel, Christine Schadel.
Owners: Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Edwin Gold.
Trainer: Chris Oakes. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 18-9-5-2. Purses: $438,912. Mark: 1:51.1 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $244,720 Armbro Flight; $121,500 Miss Versatility.