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The O’Briens: Harness Racing’s Version Of The Academy Awards

Published: January 8, 2018 1:59 pm ET

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The 90th edition of the Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 4 but Canadian harness racing will feature our own version on Saturday, February 3 at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala.

Canada’s harness racing champions will be announced at the Black Tie Gala which will feature an “Oscars” theme, red carpet and all!

Presented by Standardbred Canada, the O'Brien Awards celebrate the absolute best in harness racing over a given year. They are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its heroes in this country.

Winners receive the “coveted” O’Brien bronze trophy, a replica of the late great horseman, Joe O’Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a native of Prince Edward Island.

Tickets and program ads are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting the Industry Marketing Department at 905-858-3060. The deadline to reserve space in the program is Wednesday, January 10.

Finalists in each of the 17 categories (click here for the release) were announced on December 20.

Follow the latest updates on the O’Brien Awards on Standardbred Canada’s Facebook Event page and website.

Here’s some important information on the 2017 O’Brien Awards:

Attire - Black Tie Gala

Tickets - Tickets are $200 each and may be purchased by contacting SC’s Industry Marketing Department at 905-858-3060. Deadline to purchase tickets is January 23.

Program Ads - Each year Standardbred Canada produces a four-colour souvenir program for the O’Brien Awards. Full-page, four-colour ads are available for purchase in the program at a cost of $600 plus HST.

The deadline for reserving space in the O’Brien program is Wednesday, January 10. To book an ad, please contact the Industry Marketing Department at SC at 905-858-3060 x 243.

Hotel Reservations - There is a special O’Brien room rate of $125 available at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale for a limited number of rooms. The deadline to receive the special rate at the Hilton Missisauga / Meadowvale is January 11.

Click here to make a reservation for the Hilton. Or you can call (905) 821-1981 or toll free 1 (855) 757-4862. Use the promo code STC for the special rate of $125.

Rent A Dress - Ladies, if you’re thinking about making a new dress purchase for the O’Brien Awards, why not consider renting? Rent Frock Repeat is proud to support the O’Brien Awards by giving a 15% discount on their rentals. Simply use promo code OBRIEN18 when processing your order! It's that easy! Live in the GTA and want try a frock on before renting? Call them at 1-855-376-2548 or email them at and set up your own private fitting -- for FREE! Visit for more details.

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