CHRHF Receives Media Excellence Honour at O’Brien Awards

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame was honoured with the Outstanding Broadcast award in the Media Excellence Category for our Cam Fella Feature !!

The feature was a joint effort by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Woodbine Entertainment Group, congratulations to Producers Linda Rainey and Paul Salvalaggio.

The video tribute to the “People’s Horse” Cam Fella, was produced to celebrate and honour the 30th Anniversary of the “Pacing Machine’s” sophomore season and aired on The Score as part of the Canadian Pacing Derby/Metro Pace broadcast on September 1, 2012. The tribute was originally produced as part of the 2012 CHRHF Induction Ceremony and Gala.  Details will be announced shortly about plans to make a DVD of the award winning video available for purchase.

The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

The Media Excellence Awards program, established by Standardbred Canada in 2008, is aimed at honouring exceptional work that covers Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal.

Other winners with direct connections to CHRHF included:

Bee a Magician, the daughter of 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Kadabra, was named the two year old trotting filly of the year.

Captaintreacherous, a first crop son of Somebeachsomewhere, was awarded two year old pacing colt honours.

Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. and Hall of Fame member Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. received the Armstrong Breeder of the Year award.

Michael’s Power, son of 2003 inductee Camluck not only got the nod as three year old pacing colt of the year, but also was named Horse of the Year as a result of a 2012 campaign that included wins in the Upper Canada Cup, Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Canadian Breeders Championship, a pair of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Finals, and the Confederation Cup.  That record was enough to urge his connection to enter him in the Little Brown Jug which he also conquered with a solid two-heat win.  His phenomenal season concluded with a victory in the OSS Super Final.

The CHRHF would like to congratulate all O’Brien Award finalists and winners, and would also like to thank Standardbred Canada for continuing the wonderful tradition of honouring the best that Canadian harness racing has to offer.