Curtis Stock

Communicator If there was ever a time to dedicate an award to a reporter for the most creative, passionate and dedicated pursuit of Thoroughbred horse racing it should perhaps be simply called “The Stock Trophy”. No reporter of horse racing … Read more

Bruce Johnston

Communicator In 1976, Bruce Johnston of Aylmer, Ontario, acquired The Canadian Sportsman, ‘the oldest turf journal in America’ and devoted it to the betterment of harness racing.  His editorial policy was to promote harness racing and to suggest proposals, such … Read more

Daryl Wells, Sr.

Thoroughbred On June 12, 1956, race announcer Daryl Wells focused his binoculars on the starting gate to call his first ever thoroughbred race at the New Woodbine in Rexdale, a northern suburb of Toronto. “They’re off,” said Wells in his … Read more

James E. Bannon

Thoroughbred Communicator   During an charismatic career, which has accorded him induction into two Halls of Fame, a Gemini Award in 2010 as Canada’s best sports analyst, numerous accolades for his work as an educator and humanitarian, one of North America’s … Read more

Harry Eisen

Standardbred Communicator   Harry Eisen covered harness racing on a full time basis for the London Free Press for 22 of his 40 years at the Southwestern Ontario newspaper. He was the recipient of the Canadian Trotting Association’s first winner for … Read more

E. King Dodds

Standardbred Legend   In 1870, E. King Dodds, a prominent Toronto politician with a proclivity for horse racing, founded harness racing’s The Canadian Sportsman magazine. That same year, just five years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the … Read more

Bruce Walker

It is debatable that any publicist ever enjoyed the tenure in office that Bruce Walker did during a laudatory career that began in 1960 and concluded following his retirement in 1997. He pioneered events and promotions that enhanced the sport … Read more

Doug Harkness

That the late Doug Harkness was a rascal from an era when journalists were more colourful won’t surprise anyone who encountered him on the harness racing trail in the Maritimes. He wore that reputation unapologetically. That his passion for harness … Read more