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Lachance, Brown, Kopas Honored By Harness Racing Writers

February 26, 1996

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Harness racing’s second-winningest rider was honored Sunday along with two other greats who will be inducted this year into the sport’s hall of fame.

Michel Lachance, breeder J. Glen Brown and veteran trainer Jack Kopas were saluted at the 48th annual U.S. Harness Writers Association banquet.

They will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., on July 7.

Lachance, 45, of Wyckoff, N.J., has ridden more than 7,400 winners for purses totaling more than $80 million in a 28-year career in the sulky. He is the sport’s second-winningest driver, behind Herve Fillion, and the second-biggest earner, behind John Campbell.

``In my career, a lot of great things happened to me,″ he told 370 people attending Sunday’s dinner at Bally’s Park Place Casino Hotel. ``But the Hall of Fame is the greatest of all.″

Brown, 62, of Brampton, Ontario, has managed the Armstrong Brothers breeding operation _ producer of the famed Armbro trotters _ for 38 years.

Kopas, 67, of Orlando, Fla., a rider and trainer for more than 40 years, is most well known for his work with colts Jade Prince and Super Wave and the filly Roses are Red.

Also honored Sunday was former writer and publicist Sam Anzalone, who will be inducted into the writer’s corner of the Hall of Fame. Anzalone, 62, of Wesley Hills, N.Y., covered harness racing for newspapers in Middletown, Kingston and Albany and was later general manager of racing at the Meadowlands.

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