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Celina, Ohio – The Eagle Club #1291 was host  as the Mercer County Harness Horsemen’s Association presented its 49th Awards dinner and auction on Saturday, February 8th.

MCHHA President Derek Menchofer  presented awards to the divisional winners which included Phil Belanger of Celina’s pacing gelding Big See (Big Bad John-Eagle See) who earned a time of 1:51.1 at Hollywood Dayton in the Fair Finals this past September as a three-year-old.

The filly 3-year-old pacing counterpart went to Suzanne Bates of Gibsonburg’s I M McCited (McCardle-Exciting Ideal) as she picked up $35,027 in 2019 with a mark of 1:57.3 at Eldorado Scioto in June.

Slated To Win, the Hatfield Stable-bred gelded son of Uncle Peter, was the top 3-year-old trotter posting a win in a quick 1:57.3 over at Hoosier.

Mendon’s Steve Boroff’s aged trotting gelding The Triple Lindy, a 12-year-old by Credit Winner with a standard as a 6-year-old of 1:53,was honored by adding to his lifetime earnings total of $345,072.

The gelding Don’t Say Goodby p10, 1:50.4 (Dontgetinmyway-Good by Albatross) continued his winning ways with a mile in 1:51.4 at Hollywood Dayton in December as an 11-year-old while chalking up another $51,125 in 2019 to his already impressive lifetime totals of $423,173 to get the Aged Pacer of the Year award for owner/trainer Derek Menchofer.

Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Executive Director Renee Mancino was asked to give an impromptu speech and covered the new changes in the soon-to-be-released Ohio Staking Guide as well as addressing some of the issues in our neighboring states. Reiterating that Ohio is number one in farms, owners, mares bred, foal registrations, and Fair racing for the last 6 years she also emphasized that we should all stay involved and be supportive of our legislators to help keep Ohio number one.

The action include harnesses, wheels, a sulky from Superior Sulky, buckets of grooming essentials, coolers, gift certificates from Northfield, Dayton, Delaware, Hoosier, Scioto, and Miami Valley, prize packages, and an assortment of homemade foodstuffs that included several jars of Aunt Edith’s Quick Chili sauce.