On Saturday, January 28, the who’s who of the Canadian harness racing industry will assemble at the Hilton Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario to honour the national champions as Standardbred Canada presents the 2016 O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala.
The O’Brien Awards are Canada’s national harness racing awards and are named after the late great horseman, Joe O’Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Several Puslinch residents are among the finalists who will be attending in hopes their names are announced as winners.
Seven And Seven, is a finalist in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt category. The son of World Champion Chapter Seven, recorded four wins in eight races and more than $226,000 in earnings for owner-breeder June Durand, co-owner and trainer Tom Durand, both of Puslinch, and co-owner Allan Smith, of Oakville. In August he managed to score wins in an elimination and final of the Define The World Series at Mohawk Racetrack. On September 9 at Mohawk, he trotted to victory in an elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial and came back a week later to take the final in a season’s best 1:55.3 with John Campbell in the bike.