DOWN THE BACKSTRETCH: State Treasurer named Dan Patch award winner

Nicholas Oakes
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State Treasurer shown winning in 2013 at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. The Island owned and trained pacer defended his Molson Pace title Friday night at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont.

This week was one to treasure for Souris horse as State Treasurer was named the Dan Patch award-winning aged pacing horse of 2015.

State Treasurer is owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris and Paul MacDonald of Toronto and trained by Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore. The six-year-old son of Real Desire was a nine-time winner from 19 seasonal starts, while putting $986,960 in his bank account. Now he will be honoured as the top aged pacing horse in the United States, after receiving the most votes from the U.S. Harness Writer’s Association that determine the Dan Patch award winners.

State Treasurer had a heaping 108 votes for the Older Horse Pacer award with Always B Miki finishing second with 18 votes. There were 136 ballots received for the awards.

State Treasurer celebrated victories in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup, the $150,000 Molson Pace Final, the $215,400 US Pacing Championship, the $138,500 Dayton Derby, the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final and the $150,000 Roll With Joe final. I stand to be corrected on this, but State Treasurer is likely the first horse owned on Prince Edward Island to win U.S. divisional honours.

Voting just closed this week for the O’Brien awards, honouring the best in Canadian harness racing, and State Treasurer is a likely favourite for the aged pacing horse award in this country. An argument can also be made for him to be named horse of the year in Canada, with the absence of any standout like the U.S. had in Wiggle It Jiggleit

Moore, his trainer, will receive some support for trainer of the year in awards voting but has also been named as a nominee for the horsemanship award. Moore had an exceptional season as a trainer with 61 trips to the winner’s circle from 198 starters and $2,145,300 earned by those horses. That shattered Moore’s previous best season of 33 wins and $1.3 million earned in 2014.


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My condolences on the passing of Miriam Simmons earlier this week. Simmons is the mother of Lee Drake, manager of marketing, brands and playwise at Red Shores.

Last Thursday at Woodbine Raceway, Arnold Dick was a winner in 1:55.2 in a $10,000 claiming event for driver Trevor Henry, trainer Paul MacKenzie and co-owner Vance Cameron of Summerside.

Nick’s Picks

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park:

Race 1 – Jamatha

Race 2 – Hurricane Hill

Race 3 – Diamond Mine

Race 4 – Timely Finesse

Race 5 – Dusty Lane Diego

Race 6 – Bazillion

Race 7 – Cabo Pan Lucas

Race 8 – Kayas Sweetheart

Race 9 – General Luckypercy

Race 10 – Miramonttogo

Race 11 – Sinners In Heaven

Race 12 – Roscoes Child

Race 13 – Capitalism

Race 14 – Idealic Life

Race 15 – All Turain

Race 16 – Lorne Valley Ricki

Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at

Geographic location: United States, Summerside, Toronto Harness Writer Canada Prince Edward Island Charlottetown

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