Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician made a big impression at the 2013 Dan Patch Awards banquet at Dover Downs on Sunday February 23, where she was named 2013 Horse of the Year by the US Harness Writers Association, as well as being awarded Trotter of the Year and Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter for 2013. With 94 votes, Bee A Magician is the first three-year-old trotting filly to earn the top honor in harness racing since 1996 when it was awarded to Continentalvictory. Unbeaten in 17 races and notching up earnings of $1.54 million last season, the filly has done trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman, owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, and driver Brian Sears, proud. Bee A Magician’s top wins of the season included the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown, both of which carried a $500,000 purse.
Three-Year-Old Male Pacer of the Year was awarded to Captaintreacherous, trained by Tony Alagna. His winnings for the season totaled more than $2 million, with his top wins being the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace and $500,000 Breeders Crown. Three-Year-Old Filly Pace went to I Luv The Nitelife, winner of the $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover, and $350,000 Valley Forge. Two-Year-Old Male pacer went to He’s Watching, while the Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer was awarded to Precocious Beauty. Older Male Pacer was awarded to Foiled Again, with Anndrovette taking honors for Older Female Pacer. Last season Foiled Again became the oldest horse (9 years old) in history to win a Breeders Crown. He is also the richest North American harness racing horse in history. This is the third consecutive year that Foiled Again has won harness racing’s best older male pacer. The only other horse to be awarded this honor three seasons in a row was Rambling Willie (1975-1977).
Three-Year-Old Male Trotter was awarded to Royalty For Life, winner of the $1 million Hambletonian, $294,000 Dancer Memorial; and $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic. Two-Year-Old Male Trotter was awarded to Father Patrick, with Shake It Cerry taking the Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter honors. Older Male Trotter went to Market Share, with Older Female Trotter being awarded to Maven.