Bettor’s Wish and Six Pack—both bred, raised and sold as yearlings by Brittany Farms—have been voted 2019 Dan Patch Champions by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
The horses and their connections will be feted at USHWA’s annual Awards Dinner Banquet
on Sunday night, Feb. 23 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year will be unveiled at that time.
The year-end Dan Patch Award is considered the highest honor a harness horse can receive, and is presented to horses in each division of age, gait and gender.
Bettor’s Wish p,3,1:47.4, a career winner of $1,915,801, was named "3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year" with 98 percent of the vote. The son of Bettor’s Delight-Lifetime Star was the year’s richest Standardbred, with $1,643,745 earned in 2019. In 19 starts had 13 wins and 6 seconds.
The Chris Ryder trainee, owned by Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor’s Wish Partners, won the Tattersalls Pace, Art Rooney, Carl Milstein, Matron, Bluegrass and KYSS Final, plus elims of the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. He closed out his 2019 campaign with a second in the TVG Open Pace against older foes.
Six Pack 3,1:49.1 (Muscle Mass-Pleasing Lady) was voted "Older Trotting Horse of the Year." He was twice a World Champion as a 3-year-old, established another world mark as a 4-year-old in 2019, winning the Allerage at the Red Mile in 1:49.1. He also set a track record at The Meadowlands when he won the season finale $350,000 TVG Open Trot in 1:50.
The career winner of nearly $2-million—and like Bettor’s Wish, among the 40 millionaires
bred by Brittany Farms—is owned by trainer Ake Svanstedt and partners Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmar and Lars Berg.
We congratulate the connections of both horses, and wish each continued success. Bettor’s Wish will continue to race but will stand stud as well, and be collected at Walnridge Equine Clinic. Six Pack has been retired and will stand at Deo Volente Farms.