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Hannelore Hanover Leads 2017 O'Brien Awards Ceremony
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Hannelore Hanover Leads 2017 O'Brien Awards Ceremony

It’s the buzz of the horse racing world – the Standardbred Canada has finally announced the winners of the big 2017 O’Brien Awards ceremony. The Canadian racing star Hannelore Hanover led the big ceremony, claiming the title for Canada’s top Standardbred for 2017.

The 6-year-old Hanover was named Canada’s Horse of the Year, while Hanover's connections received the newly-christened Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year Award. The annual O’Brien Awards are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The highly prestigious award honors Canada’s best performing horse in the harness racing category.

The 6-year-old racing star made some impressive racing performance, claiming wins in some of the biggest racing events, which include the Armbro Flight, Maple Leaf Trot, Breeders Crown Open Trot, and Allerage Farms. Hanover made her last big race at The Red Mile event, where she made the second-fastest trotting mare in harness racing history.

In addition to Canada’s Horse of the Year Award, Hannelore Hanover also won her second consecutive O’Brien Award for the top older trotting mare, beating her fierce rival Ariana G in the final vote.

Other Big Winners

Hannelore Hanover wasn't the only big winner in the annual O’Brien Award ceremony, which is held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in Ontario, Canada. The son and daughter of the former champion Somebeacsomewhere were also big winners. Stay Hungry (son) won the two-year-old pacing colt division, while Sandbetweenurtoes (daughter) took the Older Pacing Mare Award.

Ariana G, Hanover’s fierce rival, was also a big winner of the awarding ceremony. The Muscle Hill claimed her second consecutive O’Brien Award as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, while the Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Award went to Bettors Up, the daughter of the racing legend Bettors Delight.

Other big winners include Sintra, Classic Pro, International Moni, Odds on Amethyst, Alarm Detector and Kadabra Queen.

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