Saturday, February 26, 2011

USHWA Dan Patch Awards Live-Streamed

Tomorrow evening in Fort Lauderdale the Dan Patch Awards for harness racing are being live-streamed. During the first section of the dinner, the USHWA are giving out the "human" awards, of which HANA has been honored (see release here).

Accepting the President's Award for our almost 2000 member group will be a long time HANA member and Florida resident Abe Diamond. Abe is a member of the harness racing working group as well.

Abe had to give a little bit of information on himself for the presenters and he offered this synopsis:

"My first visit to a harness track was in 1956 or7 when my father took me to see Adios Harry race at Roosevelt Raceway. (Diamond Hal defeated him) I became hooked on the sport when I attended the Messenger Stakes on Memorial Day weekend in 1958 and saw O"Brien and Jimmy Arthur defeat a stellar field of 3 year olds including Thorpe Hanover and eventual Jug winner Shadow Wave. Later that year I witnessed Hugh Bell and Raider Frost ( who was coupled with Shadow Wave ) nail Clint Hodgins and Bye Bye Byrd at the wire in the Cane Pace which was races at 1 1/16th miles. Shadow Wave and Joe O'Brien were up the track at odds on after leading most of the way. Raider Frost would have been 100-1 if he were uncoupled."

We suspect Abe is a good choice; he'll fit right in!

To watch the ceremony please visit the USTA site tomorrow at 7:30.

If you'd like to participate in the silent auction at this years awards, which benefits a number of organizations you can here. Patriots tickets, racing memorabilia and much more are being auctioned.

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