Criteria for a nominee to be considered for each category:
Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year - Any harness racing fan that has shown passion or excitement for the game of harness racing in 2017. The race fan of the year can be anyone who shows a strong passion for the game.
Sam McKee Race Call of the Year - Any race call by any announcer in the world, so long as the race was held in 2017.
Horsewoman of the Year - Any female who is directly or indirectly involved with the sport of harness racing can be nominated for this award. It does not necessarily have to be a horsewomen who wins this award, any female that is involved with harness racing is eligible.
Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year - This award can be presented to any stable who has a stable of less than 15 horses total.
USTA Innovator of the Year - This is a new award that we are offering in 2017 to someone who has presented new ideas or ways to help promote the sport of harness racing. This award will be presented to someone who has a love for the game and while understanding there are problems in the sport, has helped paved the way for new ideas to help attract a new audience to the sport of harness racing.
Upset of the Year - Any race that produced an upset to a favorite or provided an upset finish will be considered.
Iron Horse of the Year - Any racehorse that is currently racing as a 13 or 14 year old with at least 200 career starts. The horse must have made at least 10 starts in 2017 to be eligible for the award.
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