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Bee A Magician named Horse of the Year
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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Dover, DE --- It was the perfect ending to a perfect season for Bee A Magician.

The female trotter on Sunday night was named 2013 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the Dan Patch Awards banquet at Dover Downs. Bee A Magician, who was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age 3 and earned a divisional record $1.54 million, bested pacers Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous for the honor.

Bee A Magician became the first 3-year-old filly trotter to receive the Horse of the Year Award since Continentalvictory in 1996. She got 94 votes, followed by Foiled Again with 19 and Captaintreacherous with 16.

USTA/Mark Hall Photo
David McDuffee (left) and Herb Liverman partnered with Melvin Hartman on Bee A Magician, winner of the E. Roland Harriman Horse of the Year trophy.

In addition, Bee A Magician was named Trotter of the Year by a 120-vote margin over both Market Share and Royalty For Life, who received three votes apiece.

Although Foiled Again received more support for Horse of the Year, Captaintreacherous got the nod for Pacer of the Year, 68-57. Captaintreacherous, who won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million last season as a 3-year-old, became the first horse to win back-to-back Pacer of the Year honors since Jenna's Beach Boy in 1995-96. He joined Niatross as the only horses to accomplish the feat at ages 2 and 3.

Winners of divisional honors also were recognized at the banquet: Father Patrick (2-year-old male trotter), Shake It Cerry (2-year-old female trotter), He’s Watching (2-year-old male pacer), Precocious Beauty (2-year-old female pacer), Royalty For Life (3-year-old male trotter), Bee A Magician (3-year-old female trotter), Captaintreacherous (3-year-old male pacer), I Luv The Nitelife (3-year-old female pacer), Market Share (older male trotter), Maven (older female trotter), Foiled Again (older male pacer) and Anndrovette (older female pacer).

Bee A Magician, Father Patrick and Maven were unanimous picks for divisional titles. Anndrovette, Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share were repeat winners.

Trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician’s wins included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial.

Her $1.54 million in purses were the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter.

Bee A Magician joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive divisional honors dating back to 1975.

Captaintreacherous’ wins last year included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes.

Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group, he joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only horses to win the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season.

Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial.

He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig’s Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle.

He’s Watching was undefeated in eight starts last year, including the New York Sire Stakes championship, and equaled the world record of 1:52.2 for 2-year-old colt pacers on a half-mile track. He is owned by trainer David Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero and was driven primarily by Jim Morrill, Jr.

Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She’s A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt, Sr.

Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life won seven of 14 starts and $1.27 million for trainer George Ducharme, driver Brian Sears, and owners Al Ross, Ray “Chip” Campbell, Jr. and Paul Fontaine. He also won the Canadian Trotting Classic.

I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile).

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The connections of Captaintreacherous celebrate his 2013 Pacer of the Year title.

Market Share, who was a 4-year-old in 2013, also took divisional honors at age 3. Last year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship.

Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio.

Foiled Again, who last season at age 9 became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport’s best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joined Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division’s top honor three straight seasons.

Trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, Foiled Again won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season.

Anndrovette also became a three-time divisional champion. She joined Eternal Camnation (2001-03) and Shady Daisy (1992-94) as the only older female pacers to accomplish the feat. Anndrovette won seven of 21 races and $558,201 for trainer P.J. Fraley, driver Tetrick and owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino. Her victories included the Roses Are Red Stakes.






Bee A Magician

Kadabra – Beehive – Balanced Image

Breeder: White Birch Farm

Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee
Trainer: Richard “Nifty” Norman Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears
Races: 17-17-0-0 Purses: $1.54 million Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record)
Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage





Somebeachsomewhere – Worldly Treasure – Artsplace

Breeder: White Birch Farm

Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing
Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Tim Tetrick
Races: 16-13-2-0 Purses: $2.05 million Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile
Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown



Father Patrick

Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec

Breeder: Brittany Farms

Owner: Father Patrick Stable
Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras
Races: 11-10-1-0 Purses: $744,057 Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record)
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial



Shake It Cerry

Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide

Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders

Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners
Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Ron Pierce
Races: 11-8-2-0 Purses: $827,769 Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle



He’s Watching
American Ideal – Baberhood – Real Desire
Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess
Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero
Trainer: David Menary Driver: Jim Morrill, Jr.
Races: 8-8-0-0 Purses: $291,722 Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs
Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final



Precocious Beauty

Art Major – Precious Beauty – Jate Lobell

Breeder: James Avritt, Sr.

Owner: James Avritt, Sr.

Trainer: Gregg McNair Driver: Doug McNair
Races: 11-7-3-0 Purses: $446,692 Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record)
Top win: $428,450 She’s A Great Lady



Royalty For Life

RC Royalty – Bourbon ’N Grits – Donerail

Breeder: Al Ross

Owners: Al Ross, Ray “Chip” Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine
Trainer: George Ducharme Driver: Brian Sears
Races: 14-7-2-0 Purses: $1.27 million Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands
Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial



I Luv The Nitelife

Rocknroll Hanover – Lisjune – Camluck

Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis “Andy” Willinger

Owners: Richard and Joanne Young
Trainer: Chris Ryde. Driver: Tim Tetrick
Races: 15-13-1-1 Purses: $1.25 million Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record)
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge



Market Share

Revenue S – Classical Flirt – Yankee Glide

Breeder: Hayley Moore

Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine
Trainer: Linda Toscano Driver: Tim Tetrick
Races: 14-6-1-5 Purses: $1.07 million Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands
Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship




Glidemaster – M Stewart – American Winner

Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl.

Owner: Bill Donovan
Trainer: Jonas Czernyson Driver: Yannick Gingras
Races: 14-10-2-0 Purses: $509,220 Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record)
Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown



Foiled Again

Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace

Breeder: Barbara Matthews

Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables
Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras
Races: 29-11-6-7 Purses: $1.40 million Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record)
Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin



Riverboat King – Easy Miss – Big Towner

Breeder: Golden Touch Stable

Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino
Trainer: P.J. Fraley Driver: Tim Tetrick
Races: 21-7-7-4 Purses: $558,201 Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk
Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red

Complete vote totals can be found at this link.

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