The Indiana Standardbred family came together Saturday, Jan. 25 for the annual banquet to celebrate the successes of the state for 2019. “A Night of Champions” drew a full crowd at the Indiana Roof Ballroom as the top performers of 2019 were honored.
The evening, hosted by emcee Kevin Mack, began with dinner followed by the awards ceremony. Included on the night were awards to the top performers in the Indiana Sires Stakes, Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC), Elite Series and top driver and trainer from both the pari-mutuel and fair circuit.
Trace Tetrick and Jeff Cullipher took home top honors as the year’s top driver and trainer, respectively, on the pari-mutuel circuit. Joey Putnam was named the top driver with Don Eash taking home top honors as trainer on the ISFC circuit.
In addition to the top performers, four were inducted into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame. Lynn Wilfong and Harold Barnes (Posthumously) were added to the elite list of individuals in the Hall of Fame while Freaky Feet Pete and Hannelore Hanover were added to the equine division.
The ISA Special Recognition Award was presented to two state representatives that have supported horse racing. Mark Messmer and Terri Austin. Also, the ISA Director Recognition Award was presented to Ross Leonard, Nat Hill and Alvin Miller.
The ISA Youth of the Year award was presented to Vanessa Miller and Matt Graber. Also, ISA Scholarship Award winners were recognized during the event.
Top breeders of the year included Larry Miller Jr. (Small Breeder) and Victory Hill Farm (Large Breeder) while the top pacing stallion was Rockin Image and the top trotting stud was Swan for All.
2019 Pacer of the Year was Odds on Osiris while 2019 Aged Pacer of the Year was Glorious Night. In the trotting category, Grand Swan was Trotter of the Year with Bridge to Jesse’s picking up Aged Trotter of the Year.
The evening was capped off with drawings for 48 door prizes.
A full list of winners will be provided in the March issue of the Indiana Standardbred Magazine, which will arrive in homes the first week of March.