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Islanders win O'Brien awards

Marc Campbell, fourth from right, receives the O'Brien award for horsemanship from Standardbred Canada vice-chairman Jackson Wittup during a ceremony in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday night. Iron Horse Photo
Marc Campbell, fourth from right, receives the O'Brien award for horsemanship from Standardbred Canada vice-chairman Jackson Wittup during a ceremony in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday night. Iron Horse Photo - Submitted

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – Winsloe native Marc Campbell won the O’Brien award for horsemanship Saturday night in Mississauga, Ont.

Campbell had a career year in 2017, topping the charts for training and driving in both Summerside and Charlottetown. He recorded 255 wins and more than $584,000 in purse earnings as a driver. He had 13 victories and more than $376,000 in earnings on the training side.

This is his second O’Brien award, having previously won the award for his 2012 season.

The O’Brien awards honour Canada’s best in harness racing during the past year and are named for the late Joe O’Brien, of Alberton.

Brett MacDonald, son of Island native, Ron MacDonald took home the future star award.

Two horses Summerside native Dr. Ian Moore trains and co-owns also won awards.

Percy Bluechip took home the two-year-old filly pacer award while Classic Pro claimed the three-year-old pacing colt of the year honours.

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