Burke, Fielding and Brennan honored by harness writers
Harrisburg, PA (Sports Network) - Trainer Ron Burke, owner John Fielding and driver George Brennan have been recognized by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) as 2011 champion trainer, owner and driver, respectively. The trio will be honored at the Dan Patch Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 12 in Orlando.
Burke has earned $18,445,083 this year with 790 wins from 3,756 starts. Foiled Again earned more than $1.4 million this year under Burke's watch while winning half of his 28 starts.
Fielding sent out Breeders Crown winners Cedar Dove in the three-year-old filly trot and Uncle Peter in the two-year-old colt trot. His three-year-old filly pacer See You At Peelers won nine of 12 starts in 2011 for $916,611.
Brennan was voted Driver of the Year by the USHWA for the second straight year. He is the first driver to garner the award alone in consecutive seasons.
Based primarily at Yonkers Raceway, Brennan drove Broad Bahn to victory in the Hambletonian and Bold And Fresh in the Hambletonian Oaks. He has won 754 races in 2,725 starts for better than $14.5 million.
Dan Noble is the 2011 recipient of the Rising Star Award. Noble has banked $2.3 million from 2,711 for a leading 755 victories.
12/21 12:20:54 ET