Larry Rheinheimer was a mainstay on the Indiana Racing scene. He broke through with champion pacer Freaky Feet Pete. Larry passed away in 2016. The Small Stable Award is named in his honor.
Emily Gaskin is the media analyst and a representative at Hoosier Park. Gaskin owns her share of horses and helps to actively promote the sport of harness racing on Twitter and Facebook. She has worked very hard to help promote the Hoosier Park brand and also helps the interns that work at the track to learn to be professionals. Gaskin is a two-time Post Time award nominee.
Sydney Weaver, from Canada, is the owner of Sydney Seelster who raced in Canada. Weaver helps to market the sport by showing up at racetracks with her family, cheering horses and horse people on, and helping to create a positive attitude towards the sport on social media.
At the time of the Award presentation, Casanova Lindy had 40 wins of 313 starts, with earnings over $440,000, and was trained by Nick Surick.
Jim and Jo Ann Looney-King have become fan favorites and are also two-time Post Time award nominees. Jo Ann is the mother of Heather Vitale, and is the trainer of Wakizashi Hanover. She led Newborn Sassy to the Breeders' Crown final at the Meadowlands in October. She currently has just over $1 million dollars in the bank and has won 52 times in 223 starts.
Sam McKee was the announcer at the Meadowlands Racetrack and Red Mile before he passed away in 2017. McKee called Always B Miki in his world record performance of 1:46. The Race Call of the Year is now named in his honor.
Hannah Miller is a two-time Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Amateur Driving Champion, as well as a two-time Post Time Award nominee. In 2015 Hannah Miller drove at 21 different racetracks in the United States and Canada and represented the U.S. in an international amateur driving competition in Majorca, Spain. Her 32 driving victories are the most ever in a single season in recorded amateur racing.
Throughout 2016, the main battle has been between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki, but in August another horse showed that he could throw down with the big dogs scoring a shocking victory in the US Pacing Championship.
Wakizashi Hanover - Upset of the Year
Trainer: Jim King Jr
Driver: Tim Tetrick
With Wiggle It Jiggleit going off the heavy favorite, the prospects looked dim for the eight other combatants. However, team King had other ideas.
Albert Nash is one of harness racing's most devout fans. Nash is usually the first to congratulate horsemen and women on their successes on the race track via social media.
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Shamballa - Upset of the Year
Trainer: Rick Zeron
Driver: Scott Zeron
Roger Huston is known as "The Voice" of harness racing. He has announced over 167,000 races in his career, covering at least 126 different tracks in 17 states and 7 countries. His call of the 2015 Little Brown Jug will go down as one of the greatest races, and race calls, of all time.
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Nadia B Fella has been racing on the New York and New Jersey circuit for most of her 14-year-old life. She has a mark of 1:58, which she set at Freehold during the 2016 season and has 22 wins in 381 career starts. While she doesn't win a ton of races, she hits the board 34 percent of the time. She was bred in Somerville, N.J. by Gary Ihling, is owned by Colleen Posner and is trained by Michael Posner.