Us Harness Racing

Hackett through Huttebauer inductees

Mambrino King lived almost to his twenty-eighth birthday, not dying until in December, 1899. His last public appearance was made in 1896. As previously remarked, Mr. Cicero J. Hamlin was already at that time growing feeble. The death of the horse that he idolized smote him a staggering blow. And afterward, he would totter out to the stable until he stood before the picture of Mambrino King and remain there, dumbly gazing, while the tears ran down his cheeks, until a nurse would lead him away.

Ted Hansom's father William Hansom was a son of Joseph Aloisius Hansom who was the inventor of the Hansom cab, equally famous first in England, and later in the United States. Ted worked in his father's brick kiln inventing a machine that would turn out 1,000 per hour, also moulded flower pots, similar to those seen in roadside stands in the south. His father was a horseman having twenty to thirty horses of varying ages, which were retailed to the trades people of their section of England, and as few of them were broken until three- or four-years-old, showing them suitably for prospective buyers was a man's work, but Ted and his brother were natural horsemen, Ted setting a world's record for ten miles under saddle September 12, 1876, when he rode Juggler ten miles in 27 minutes 56½ seconds

JAMES K. HACKETT 1985 [1917-1970]

Born in Madison County, OH in 1917, he entered the sport in earnest after distinguished service during World War II. For much of his career he trained and raced the private stable of Samuel F. Huttenbauer in Ohio. He won many major stakes, including The Horseman Futurity, The Fox, The American National and The Review. His best year was 1967 when, with Best of All, he won a number of top races, including The Little Brown Jug. Campaigning for 23 years, he earned more than $1 million in purses. He had begun developing a training center and boarding farm near Ocala, FL, when he died on August 24,1970, shortly after finishing a race at Latonia Raceway, Florence, KY. He was married to Mary Smart, daughter of 1978 Immortal, Wayne "Curly" Smart.

 

Robert A. Hackett 1991

 

HAL DALE p,2:02¼ 1956 [1926-1955]

Bred by William A. Thompson and foaled at his Ben Hur Farm, New Ross, IN, Hal Dale was a product of the first stud season spent by Abbedale. The colt and his dam Margaret Hal were sold a year later, in 1927, to A. A. McClamrock of Frankfort, IN. Hal Dale did not get down to competing until 1932, when he won handily at Goshen and LaPorte, IN. (Hal Dale never raced at Goshen's Historic Track, NY.) Tendon trouble ended his free-legged pacing career.
After the death of McClamrock, Hal Dale was purchased by Leo McNamara, Sr. at auction for $2,000 in 1936. He was most successful at the stud, siring such greats as Adios, 1:57½, Good Time, 1:574/5, Keystoner 1:57.4, Walter McKylo, 1:584/5, plus a long list of two-minute performers. Hal Dale's daughters produced their share of two-minute horses, too. He died on October 16, 1955 at Two Gaits Farm, Carmel, IN.

 

HAMBLETONIAN t,T2:48½ 1953 [1849-1876]

Foaled in 1849 by Abdallah I out of the Charles Kent mare, Hambletonian was purchased with his dam from breeder Jonas Seeley for $125 by William Rysdyk, a Chester, NY farmer. Raced but once, and then against the clock, Hambletonian began his stud career at age two. An increasing production of speedy offspring soon made him the top sire of what was to become known as the Standardbred horse.
In twenty-four seasons, he sired over 1,300 foals, many of them champions, earning Rysdyk in excess of $200,000 in stud fees. Hambletonian lives today in Just about every trotter and pacer racing, which is why he is known as the daddy of 'em all". He died in 1876 in Chester, where a tall monument marks his grave.

 

HAMBURG BELLE t,2:01¼ 1957 [1902-1909]

A daughter of Axworthy and Sally Simmons, Hamburg Belle was foaled in 1902, bred by E.T. Bedford of Brooklyn, NY. She was placed in the hands of W.J. Andrews and in 1908 won The Charter Oak Stake, trotting in 2:05, 2:06, and 2:04¾, a three-heat record at that time. The next year she beat Uhlan at North Randall in 2:01¼, 2:01¾, a two-heat record that stood for fifteen years. She was sold by John E. Madden to H.M. Hanna of Cleveland for $50,000. In a return match with Uhlan she was defeated and that fall, on November 10, 1909, died suddenly of pneumonia.

 

CICERO J. HAMLIN 1958 [1819-1905]

C. J. Hamlin was born in Pittsfield, MA in 1819. As a boy he was a grocery clerk and soon owned his own market. He moved to East Aurora, NY, gradually built his own successful mercantile business and made his fortune. He bought a small farm near Buffalo and established Village Farm, which soon became the top breeding farm of the east. Pop Geers, W. J. Andrews, Alonzo McDonald and Ben White all got their start as trainers working for Hamlin. His interest in good racing prompted him to originate rules for The National Trotting Association, and he helped to organize the Grand Circuit. He was also famous as an exhibitor and campaigner. He died in Buffalo in 1905.

 

Handle With Care

 

HANOVER'S BERTHA t, T1:59½ 1957 [1926-1944]

By Peter Volo-Miss Bertha Dillon, she was born In 1926 at Hanover Shoe Farm, PA. Her two-year-old record of 2:02 stood until 1944. At three she swept the Grand Circuit, winning The Hambletonian and The Kentucky Futurity. Against the clock at Lexington she trotted In 1:59½, ending her public career. As a broodmare she produced 11 foals, among them Hambletonian winner Shirley Hanover. Hanover's Bertha thereby became the first trotter to have won that prestigious race and then foal an-other winner. She died at Hanover Shoe Farms in 1944.

 

HAPPY MEDIUM t,2:20 1955 [1863-1888]

George B. Alley of New York City bred Happy Medium in Orange County, NY and placed him on the farm of Ransom Galloway in Suffern, NY. A son of Hambletonian-Princess, he was foaled in 1863. Happy Medium was trained and won his first race in 1867 in 2:54. Though his racing career was a comparatively short one, his offspring began to prove his ability as a sire and he was sold in 1871 to Robert Steel of Philadelphia for $25,000, the highest price ever paid up to that time for a trotting stallion for either stud or race purposes.Steel placed him at stud at Cedar Park, a suburb of Philadelphia. His fame as a sire spread across the nation and he ended his days as the head of the famed Fairlawn Farm in Kentucky. Happy Medium died in 1888.

 

TED HANSOM 1978 [1856-1942]

Born in Darlington, England in 1856, the son of the famed carriage maker, Ted Hansom learned handling horses as a boy. He came to this country in 1876 and soon made a name for himself as a prodigious clipper of horses, still holding the record of shearing one by hand machine in 14 minutes. During World War I he served as an aerial photographer, and soon thereafter began a career during which his lens caught more famous horses than any other photographer in his time. His famous "snapshot" at the old Brooklyn Parkway of fourteen pacers racing with every hoof off the turf was reproduced by the thousands. He died in Little Neck, L. I., NY at age 85.

 

LAMON V. HARKNESS 1958 [1850-1915]

Born in Cleveland, OH in 1850, Harkness went west as a young man and settled in the cattle business in Kansas City, MO. Upon the death of his father, he returned to Greenwich, CT to carry on the family oil business. His love for the trotter prompted him to found a breeding farm in Kentucky. In 1892 he established Walnut Hall Farm in Donerail, KY. Initially the farm consisted of 400 acres. Allie Wilkes was his first good sire and from then on it was Moko, The Harvester, Walnut Hall and San Francisco, to name a few. He retired from racing and devoted his time to the farm, where he died on January 17, 1915.

 

LEVI B. HARNER 1998 [1909-1998]

Born on May 10,1909, Levi Harner began his driving career on the Pennsylvania fair circuit at the age of eighteen. He won his first race three years later at the 1930 Washingtonville, PA fair, driving Slick Tass to a 2:17 win.
Harner topped the U.S. drivers' list three times, winning the national title in 1946, '47 and again in '52. He also won numerous driving titles at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway during the post-World War II years.
Respected as an excellent colt developer and a master driver with a keen sense of timing, Harner was patronized for many years by fellow Hall of Famer and owner Ted Zornow, president of the U.S. Trotting Association from 1970-1977. Together they campaigned such stars as 1969 Cane Pace winner, Kat Byrd p,3,1:58.4h and Tar Boy p, 7, 1:58. With their win over Bye Bye Byrd and Adios Butler in the 1960 Yonkers International Encore Pace, Levi Harner deemed Tar Boy his best horse of all time.
Levi Harner was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1986, at age seventy-seven, he recorded the last of his 2:00 victories, becoming one of the oldest drivers to do so. He retired from driving in 1988 after winning more than $4 million and 2,574 races. At that time this record placed him 66th on the all time list. Levi Harner died in his sleep on September 17, 1998 at the age of eighty-nine.

 

 

 

EDWARD H. HARRIMAN 1958 [1848-1909]

Edward Henry Harriman was born in Hempstead, NY in 1848, the son of an Episcopal minister. At the age of fourteen he went to work as a runner in a brokerage office in New York and at twenty-one he was a member of the New York Stock Exchange. He became interested in railroading and made that his life's work. He always loved the outdoors and horses, especially roadsters and trotters. In the early 1890's he gained control of Historic Track in Goshen, NY and conducted amateur races and horse shows there. He built up his own stable, with W. J. Andrews in charge. He owned and drove many good horses, including Stamboul, John R. Gentry and Elsie S. Arden Homestead Stable, which he founded, is still racing today. Harriman died in Arden, NY in 1909.

   

 

 

E. ROLAND HARRIMAN 1961 & 1978 [1895-1978]

The youngest of five children of E. H. Harriman, railroad magnate and trotting horse enthusiast, E. Roland Harriman was born in 1895 in New York City. He won his first race at fourteen and competed as an amateur driver well into his sixties. His Arden Homestead Stable produced such outstanding trotters as Titan Hanover, Florican, Florlis and Flirth, the 1973 Hambletonian winner. Harriman's greatest contribution was his prolonged effort to save the sport from extinction, climaxed by a meeting in January 1939, at which the USTA was established. Harriman died in 1978 at his home in Arden, NY. He was a founder and had been president and chairman of the board of The Trotting Horse Museum & The Hall of Fame of the Trotter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLADYS F. HARRIMAN 1985 [1895-1983]

Born in 1895 in New York City, she was the daughter of Dr. Harold Fries, a manufacturing chemist, and Catherine Cahill. Her marriage to Roland Harriman, one of the prime movers in harness racing, resulted in her becoming a skilled amateur harness driver. She set a number of world records, beginning in 1929, when she drove Highland Scott to a 1:59 1/4 mark at Good Time Park in Goshen, NY. In 1950 Mrs. Harriman reined Tassel Hanover to a 2:01.4 record at Goshen's Historic Track, which made the free-legged filly the fastest three-year-old on a half-mile track up to that time. Gladys Harriman died in 1983 at Arden Homestead, Harriman, NY.

   

James C. Harrison 1986

Jim's contribution in creating the first edition of "The Care and Training of Trotter and Pacer" in 1968 would have been a life's dream for most men. Just the skill to bring together the men of each specific chapter was an accomplishment and yet Jim organized the chapters and added his own chapter on Bloodlines and Breeding. Thisfirst edition a must for every horseman's library. Many purists believe this edition to offer more extensive explanations than the second edition in 1996. Jim's monthly column's in the 1950's and 1960's Hoof Beats offered some valuable contributions and very interesting insights.

   

 

 

Harry Harvey 2002 [ - ]

Trainer, driver, and farm manager Harry Harvey, 77, of Columbus, N.J. Harvey won the 1953 Hambletonian with Helicopter while serving as second trainer for Delvin Miller, then Harvey managed Miller’s Meadow Lands Farm when Adios was the sport's dominant pacing stallion. Harvey also wrote the farm management chapter in the original “Care and Training of the Trotter and Pacer.” Harvey started a public stable after Adios' death, and developed, trained, and drove Albatross until weeks before his three-year-old campaign. He also drove and trained Lismore, the dam of winners of $3.9 million, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

   

 

 

HAROLD M. "HAP" HASWELL 1979 [1913-1974]

An educator by profession, this native of Hoosick Falls, NY became involved in harness racing while teaching in Saratoga Springs. He became associated with Saratoga Harness in 1944 and was the track's racing secretary for twenty-three years. Some of his other contributions to the sport include the development, with Atwell Mead, of the now widely used Universal Drivers Rating System (UDRS), president of the North American Secretaries Association, and director and executive committee member of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York. Haswell passed away in 1974 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

 

PETER DELVIN HAUGHTON 1981 [1954-1980]

Son of Hall-of-Famer and 1986 Immortal Bill Haughton, Peter D. Haughton made his first competitive drive at 16. He won the race driving Dr. Dewars. In the eight year career that followed, young Peter won 571 races and more than $6 million In purses. He was especially successful in big stake races, taking The Roosevelt International twice with Cold Comfort in 1978 and with Doublemint in 1979; The Dexter Cup and The Zweig with Cold Comfort and The Prix d'Ete with Armbro Omaha. In the 1976 Kentucky Futurity, he spoiled his father Bill's Triple Crown bid with Steve Lobell by nosing him out in the fourth heat with Quick Pay. Peter Haughton lost his life in an automobile accident in 1980 at the age of 25.

   

 

 

 

WILLIAM R. HAUGHTON 1986 [1923-1986]

Born in Gloversville, NY in 1923, Bill Haughton began his harness driving career at upstate fairgrounds. He matured as a driver and trainer at the highly competitive meets at Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceways. In a career that spanned four decades, "Billy" rose to the top, not only as a trainer-driver, but as head of the largest harness racing stable in the country. He won 12 money winning titles and 6 dash winning crowns. Among major laurels gathered by him were four-Hambletonian's, seven Messenger Stakes and Pacing's 1968 Triple Crown with Rum Customer. It was Billy Haughton who developed Nihilator, the richest and fastest (in a race) three-year-old Standardbred to that date. (Two four-year-olds, at the time of writing, have raced faster—Staying Together, 1:48.2 and Artsplace, 1:49.2.) Bill Haughton died in July, 1986 as a result of a race accident at Yonkers Raceway, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EUGENE J HAYES 1975 [1909-1964]

Eugene J. Hayes held several important posts in harness racing. He was chairman of the board of directors of the USTA, president of The Harness Racing Institute, co-sponsor of The Hambletonian Stakes, president of the Du Quoin State Fair and co-owner of the Hayes Fair Acres Stable with his brother Don.
While the first chairman of the Illinois Harness Racing Commission, he was also a director of The Hambletonian Society and The Little Brown Jug Society. Among the great champions in his stable were Lusty Song, Darn Safe and Pronto Don. He died in 1964 in Mt. Vernon, IL.

 

John G. Hayes, Sr, 2006 [1919-1998]

John G. Hayes, Sr, was born in Oshawa, Ontario on July 17, 1919. Known throughout the harness racing industry as "the Senator," he was the rare person who achieved great success as an owner, breeder, trainer, driver, and executive. He was respected by his colleagues for his honesty and candor. A flight engineer in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Hayes retired to dairy farming after injuring his back in a training flight. From there he went on to become first an owner and then a trainer and driver of Standardbreds.
On the track, Hayes was best known for training and racing Strike Out, who set a world record 1:56.3h in winning the 1972 Little Brown Jug. Hayes, who would become the first Canadian to own and train a Little Brown Jug winner, had the wisdom to turn the reins over to 1986 Hall of Famer Keith Waples for the prestigious race. Hayes drove Alley Fighter, another colt from his stable. After the race he made his now-famous statement that he would rather win the Little Brown Jug than go to heaven.
Hayes also co-owned 1981 Meadowlands Pace winner Conquered and 1984 North America Cup winner Legal Notice, both of whom were trained and driven by his son, Dr. John Hayes. Other notable Standardbreds owned or co-owned by John G. Hayes, Sr., were Alley Fighter, Penn Hanover, League Leader, Keystone Pat, Striking Force, Buxom Beauty, Spindletop Joe, Commander Dell, Airy Way, Sharp N Smart, Speed King, Wilton Royale, Luxury, Brets Amour, Proposal, Joule, Be My Choice, Striking Sun, Tyrant, Striking Force, Oil Strike, No Hitter, Hoot Hanover, and Neros Jay;, No Standing Around, Touch of Pleasure, Memphis Flash, Little Black Book, League Leader, and Natchez Gambler.
In 1959, with partners Bob and Conrad Shapiro, Hayes formed the Beejay Stable, a major breeding and racing operation in North America. After twenty-five years of racing together they formed the Quarter Century Club for their racing stock. The partnership also had an ownership interest in Tattersalls Sales Company of Lexington, KY as well as stallion connections with Hill Farm in OH, Nettle Creek Farm, in IL, Castleton in KY, and Hanover Shoe Farms, PA., (through an ownership share in Albatross). Beejay also had stallion interests in Australia. Hayes traveled widely there and in New Zealand, where he was well-known and highly respected. Beejay sold its entire breeding stock to Walnut Hall Farm in 1987.
John Hayes, Sr. was one of the founding members of the original harness horsemen's association in Quebec in the 1950s. He was vice-chairman of the Ontario Racing Commission from 1986-91 and was also president of the Canadian Trotting Association (now Standardbred Canada) from 1980-1986. He led the drive to enhance the CTA's computer systems and fought vigorously to return the Maritime Provinces to Canadian jurisdiction. He was the first Canadian inducted into the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame. That honor came in 1990. The following year he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
John Hayes, Sr. died in Grimsby, Ontario on December 8, 1998 at age 79.

 

WILLIAM R. HAYES 1976 [1877-1952]

While remembered for his many business concerns, including the presidency of the DuQuoin (IL) Coca-Cola Bottling Company, William R. Hayes was perhaps best known for his harness racing interests. He was a senior member of the Hayes Fair Acres Stable and president of the DuQuoin State Fair, until his death in 1952. Hayes' stable housed a galaxy of stars, including Lusty Song, Pronto Don, Dudley Hanover and Mighty Fine. He and his sons Gene and Don built a harness racing dynasty in southern Illinois which grandson Bill Hayes, son of Gene, carried on.

 

William R. Hayes II 2006 [1937-1998]

William R. "Bill" Hayes II came from a DuQuoin, Illinois family in which the trotter was worshipped and harness racing was part of everyday conversation.
His grandfather, William R. "Will" Hayes, who founded and developed Hayes Fair Acres Stable, has the distinction of being the only owner to win both trotting's Hambletonian Stake (Lusty Song driven by Delvin Miller) and pacing's Little Brown Jug (Dudley Hanover driven by Delvin Miller) in the same year (1950). Will also established the DuQuoin State Fair in 1923, thus bringing Grand Circuit Harness Racing to southern Illinois. Bill's father, E.J. (Gene), and uncle, Don M., were instrumental in moving the Hambletonian Stake, harness racing's premier trotting race, from Good Time Park in Goshen, NY to DuQuoin in 1957. Bill eagerly joined the team after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1958.
The Hayes family owned a Coca-Cola franchise; and upon the untimely death of Gene in 1964 and Don three years later in a plane crash, Bill Hayes stepped up to become company president. He also assumed the role of president of the DuQuoin State Fair and operator of its star event, the Hambletonian Stake.
Bill was just thirty years old. Over the years Hayes Fair Acres had many top performing Standardbreds with Bill Hayes continuing the Hayes Fair Acres' tradition of breeding and racing successful race horses. The first filly he purchased was Desert Wind, 2, 1:59.3. Desert Wind raced in the 1971 inaugural Hambletonian Filly Stake.
The race, later known as The Oaks, was one of the innovations at DuQuoin during Bill's leadership tenure. It was considered a long overdue enhancement, giving attention to trotting fillies. Hayes Fair Acres also owned Victorious Lou, second dam of Valley Victory, and Victorious Leah, dam of top trotters Camp David and Kramer Nobless.
Trainers and owners loved taking their best horses to DuQuoin each summer. Not only did they enjoy racing on the beautiful mile track, they also enjoyed the famous Hayes hospitality on the more than 1,000 acres of exquisitely landscaped fairgrounds, some of which had been reclaimed from the devastation of strip mining by Bill's grandfather.
In 1971, at the age of 35, William R. Hayes II was voted "Horseman of the Year" by the readers of The Horseman And Fair World. He was also a member of The Hambletonian Society, director of The Little Brown Jug Society, president of the Grand Circuit and a trustee of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, at that time known as The Hall of Fame of the Trotter.
Hayes served as president of the DuQuoin State Fair and Hayes Fair Acres through 1979, when both were sold. He remained director of racing at the fair through 1980, the 23rd and last year the Hambletonian was held in DuQuoin. Because the loss of the Hambletonian weakened the DuQuoin racing program, Bill worked with others to secure Illinois state legislation that provided the financing for a world-class trotting race to replace the famed stake. The World Trotting Derby was created and raced for the first time in 1981, the first year the Hambletonian Stake was held at The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. His selfless efforts to sustain premier racing at DuQuoin, a country-fair track surrounded by midwest cornfields, will long be remembered and appreciated by all who enjoyed the fine hospitality and witnessed the great racing William R. Hayes II had been so determined to provide.
Bill Hayes died April 24, 1998 in Basalt, Colorado at the age of sixty-one.

HELICOPTER 2, 2:07.2; 3,2:02.3 2005 [1950-1968]

Hoot Mon-Tronia Hanover-Lawrence Hanover
The 1953 Hambletonian at Good Time Park, in Goshen, NY, was a record breaker. It was the richest in history, at the time, with a total purse of $117,117.00. It was the largest in history, with 23 starters. It was the first time a winner was not U.S.-owned. It was the first time a Canadian owner had won. It was the first Hambletonian Stake win by Armstrong Bros. The first time a winner (Hoot Mon 1947) had sired a winner. The first of two wins as a trainer for Delvin Miller (who had won driving Lusty Song in 1950) and Harry Harvey, Miller's twenty-nine-year old assistant trainer became the youngest driver to win the prestigious event.
Helicopter was trained by Delvin Miller, however, with a three-horse entry, he elected to drive Singing Sword (who took third place in the final) and Harry Harvey piloted Helicopter. After breaking stride in the first heat and finishing 17th, the sophomore filly trotter came back to win the next two heats and the famed Hambletonian Stake trophy.
Helicopter's dam, Tronia Hanover, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Because of a winged foot, Tronia Hanover was sold privately, as a yearling, to Richard Hoke of Menges Mills, Pennsylvania for $50. Her foal, by Hoot Mon, Bell-Ard Monia was sold, as a weanling, at the Harrisburg Sale to Frances Dodge Van Lennep of Castleton Farms. Renamed Helicopter, she was then sold, at the Castleton yearling consignment at Lexington, to Delvin Miller and John Simpson, Sr., for $2,000. They subsequently sold her to J. Elgin and C. Edwin Armstrong of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, for $9,200.
Helicopter's racing career ended with total earnings of nearly $100,000. She went on to become a foundation mare for Armstrong Bros. Her most famous offspring was 1962 daughter Armbro Flight. Armbro Flight became one of the greatest trotting mares of the 20th century, posting a mark of 1:59 and earning nearly half a million dollars. As a broodmare, Armbro Flight produced the Speedy Crown colt, Armbro Goal, who won the 1988 Hambletonian Stake. Helicopter was also the dam, in 1966, of Armbro Jet (5,2:00, $224,429), also by Star's Pride. Between 1956 and 1968 Helicopter produced ten foals.
Helicopter died at Hanover Shoe Farms in 1968, of post-natal complications, a few days after delivering a filly by Star's Pride. The foal was a full sister to Armbro Flight. Named Armbro Lark, she died in December of the same year. Helicopter is buried at the Armstrong Bros. farm in Brampton, Ontario.

 

 

Bill Heller

 

MAX C. HEMPT 1999 [1919-1999]

The prefix "Keystone" in the names of many Standardbred world champions and stakes winners denotes they were bred by Max Hempt at Hempt Farms in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
George L. Hempt, Max Hempt's father, had a racing stable in the late 1930's and 1940's. His first top horse was Follow Me who later became the dam of Stenographer, the 1954 Horse of the Year. In 1942, when Max Hempt was still a young man, his father died. Max took three of his father's broodmares and began his Standardbred breeding operation. Since that time and for over half a century, Hempt Farms has sent yearlings to the sales.
In addition to being a major breeder, Max Hempt became heavily involved in many aspects of the Standardbred industry. An avid and successful amateur driver, he served as president of the Hambletonian Society for 18 years. He was a USTA director from Pennsylvania for 21 years. He also held directorships in many other harness racing organizations. A vice president and trustee of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Max Hempt was elected to the Living Hall of Fame in 1979.
Max Hempt owned two Hambletonian winners, Harlan Dean and Speed Bowl. Horse of the Year, Stenographer went on to become a foundation mare for Hempt Farms. She was the dam of Keystone Spartan and the mare Keystone Selene, whose daughters and granddaughters continue to produce top trotters. For many years Hempt Farms was the home of the outstanding sires Hickory Pride and Bye Bye Byrd. These great stallions propelled Hempt Farms onto the Leading Breeders list year after year. Later sires at Hempt Farms included Keystone Ore, Speed Bowl, Harlan Dean and Defiant Yankee. Other significant horses bred by Hempt are the $1 million winners Keystone Pioneer, Keystone Patriot, Keystone Harem and 1976 Horse of the Year, Keystone Ore. In the mid-60's Max Hempt was also in the famous partnership, with Hanover Shoe Farms and Delvin Miller, that syndicated the great stallion Adios.
Max C. Hempt passed away on Sunday, May 23rd, 1999.

 

 

   

Wally Hennessey

HER LADYSHIP p, T1:56¾ 1973[1933-1961]

Foaled in 1933, Her Ladyship became the eleventh 2:00 pacing mare. As a broodmare at Walnut Hall, she was the best of her time. Nine of her foals took records, including Phantom Lady, 1:58 2/5, Gosling, 1:59 3/5 and Goose Bay, 2:00 2/5. An Abbedale-La Paloma filly, she had a time trial mark of 1:56 3/4 at Lexington, KY in 1938, which broke the long standing world record for pacing mares, held jointly by Miss Harris M. and Margaret Dillon.

   

Dave Herman* 1983

 

Col. Dave Herman* 1991

 

DR. LEVI HERR 1976 [1818-1890]

Dr. Levi Herr, well-known in the nineteenth-century for his theories on colt development and training, revolutionized the system of developing young horses. When he went to Kentucky in 1852, Herr took up the study of medicine and became a veterinarian. After establishing Forest Park Farms near Lexington, where he experimented with his theories, Herr became well-known as a vet, writer, and a breeder of trotters. Among the many champions he developed were Pirate Jr., Mambrino Chief and Lady Thorn. He died in 1890 in Kentucky.

 

HARRY C. HERSEY 1979[1867-1940]

Born in Elmira, NY in 1867, he rose to fame quickly after being engaged as trainer for the International Stock Food Farm Stables in 1904. The following year he drove the stable's star, Dan Patch, to his record 1:55¼. For many years he managed Dan Patch's exhibition tours across the country and those of four pacing stars— Minor Heir, Lady Maud C, Hedgewood Boy and George Gano, with prices well into five figures being paid for these exhibitions. Hersey also drove Minor Heir to his record 1:58 1/2. He died in 1940 in Newark, NJ.

 

JOHN HERVEY 1962[1869-1947]

Born in 1869 in Jefferson, OH, Hervey was raised in a horseman's family. As a young man his knowledge of horse breeding and his personality led him to his profession of writing. William Fasig hired him to work in his sales organization and soon he was writing articles for the turf Journals. He Joined the staff of the Horse Review and remained with it to its end in 1932, writing under the name of "Volunteer". His writings on all aspects of the horses were masterpieces. He was also an authority on the English and American Thoroughbred. His book, THE AMERICAN TROTTER, is still the "bible" of reference for horsemen. He died in Chicago in December 1947.

   

ORRIN A. HICKOK 1959[c1830-1903]

Orrin Hickok was born near Ashtabula, OH around 1830. As a boy he rode Thoroughbreds until he became too heavy, then turned to trotters. In 1855 he relocated in Fond du Lac, WI, where he made a name for himself with a winning stable. Around 1870 he moved to New York, where he purchased Lucy and campaigned her against Goldsmith Maid around the country. Next came Judge Fullerton, and in 1874 he won all his starts to high wheel sulky and wagon. He next purchased St. Julien and made trotting history with a horse that had previously been pulling a milk wagon. In 1879 he drove him to a record of 2:12 3/4 in Oakland, CA. Some of the "Talleyrand's" (his nickname was "the Talleyrand of the Turf") other champions were Santa Claus, Hulda, Azote and Directum. Hickok died in 1903 in Cleveland, OH.

   

HICKORY PRIDE t,1:59.2 1982 [1956-1981]

A foal of 1956 by Star's Pride-Misty Hanover, he was a stakes winner at two and three under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Bill Haughton. Hickory Pride retired with $166,666 in earnings, which established him as one of the top trotters of that era. But his main claim to fame was at the stud. Standing at Hempt Farms in Mechanicsburg, PA, he sired many world champions and top stakes winners. Two of his offspring, Fresh Yankee and Keystone Pioneer, earned more than $1 million in purses. Four others, including Carlisle and Cold Comfort, won over $112 million. Hickory Pride died in May, 1981.

 

HICKORY SMOKE t,1:58.2 1982 [1954-1981]

Foaled in 1954, by Titan Hanover-Misty Hanover, Hickory Smoke's distinguished racing career as a two and three-year-old was crowned by his victory in 1957 in the first Hambletonian raced at Du Quoin, IL. He achieved the fastest two heats up to that time in that race. Equally successful at the stud, he produced many top trotters and pacers. His first crop of 1960 starred Elma, an outstanding racing filly and broodmare. Also among Hickory Smoke's progeny is Chiola Hanover, voted Trotter of the Year in 1979. Hickory Smoke died in September, 1981.

   

 

 

HIGHLAND SCOTT p, 1:59¼ 1966 [1923-1944]

Highland Scott was a brown horse by Peter Scott-Roya McKinney. Owned by Henry Oliver of Pittsburgh, PA, he was foaled in 1923. As a three-year-old, he was driven by T. W. Murphy to a world record time of 1:59½. A year later, he was purchased by E. R. Harriman and in 1929 was driven to his record mile of 1:59 ¼ at Goshen. He was retired to stud and died in 1944.

 

CHARLES D. HILL 1995 (1903-1991)

Born in 1903 in Pickaway County, Ohio, Charles Hill began his harness career in 1950 when he assumed the reigns of the Columbus Trotting Association. It did not take long for Hill to recognize the need for a centrally located track in Ohio. His dream came true on October 9, 1959 when Scioto Downs, "Ohio's Showplace of Racing" opened. In addition to Hill's association with Scioto Downs, he was an accomplished Standardbred farm owner. The Hill Farm, located in Hilliard, Ohio ranks as one of the largest Standardbred farms in the state. As a Standardbred owner, Hill may be best known for his success with B.F. Coaltown and Falcon Almahurst. Always known for living by the Golden Rule, Hill, was one of Ohio's best loved horsemen. He was the recipient of many of harness racing's most prestigious awards including being named the "1975 Horseman of the Year." He died on August 11, 1991.

 

Clyde Hirt* 1987

 

CLINT HODGINS 1979 [1907-1979]

A farm boy born in Clandeboyc, Ontario in 1907, he literally grew up with reins in his hands. His father and uncle were both harness drivers. He came in demand as a catch driver and his local fame grew, until he led all Canadian drivers in 1936. When he came to the U.S., he soon made headlines with such outstanding horses as Proximity, Bye Bye Byrd and Adios Butler. He had more than 1,800 wins and his horses earned $6.2 million in purse money. He died in 1979 in London, Ontario.

 

 

 

TOM HOGAN 1993 [1879-1957]

Hogan began his career as a groom, caring for horses in the Chicago area. Later he drove a horse cab, until the advent of motorized cabs and then became one of the city's first cab drivers, rising to the presidency of Chicago's Yellow Cab Company in 1932 He owned and raced a stable of horses1 competing at New York tracks and on the Grand Circuit. Among some of his drivers were Immortals of the sport Tom Berry, Henry Thomas and Clint Hodgins. Tom Hogan had a training track at Homestead, FE, south of Miami. He died in 1957 in New York City.

 

HOOT MON t,2:00 1959 [1944-1965]

Foaled in 1944, Hoot Mon was by Scotland out of the unraced broodmare Missey. He was bred by Charles W. Phellis and developed by Fred Egan. Early in his two-year-old form, he was sold by Phellis for $50,000. Racing in the colors of Mrs. Frederick L. Van Lennep, he won $74,950 as a two and three-year-old. Included in his long list of stake victories are The Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity. He was purchased in the late spring of 1948 by Hanover Shoe Farm, spending his entire stud career at the Pennsylvania nursery. Hoot Mon is known as the "Hambletonian Sire", having produced four Hambletonian winners: Helicopter, Scott Frost, Blaze Hanover and A. C.'s Viking. His daughter Arpege's foal was Ayres, who won the 1964 Hambletonian. Hoot Mon died August 2, 1965 at Hanover.

     

MURRAY HOWE 1994 [1869-1941]

Murray Howe wrote for The Horse Review for several years, reporting race meetings.He also transcribed his own personal department of news and gossip under the tide "A Tramp's Observations". He also developed a special column devoted to training, shoeing and balancing methods and other problems, which became one of the outstanding features of the magazine. He also wrote the very popular "Stable Conversations". He later served as race secretary at Billings Park in Memphis, Tn, a position he held for a half-dozen years. He died in 1941.
Murray's "The Excuse Book for Horse Owners"has remained popular.

   

SCOTT HUDSON 1979 [1871-1962]

Born in 1871, Scott Hudson was one of the top driver-trainers of the early 20th Century. His best year was 1902, when he won the M&M Stakes at Detroit with the blind stallion Rhythmic, and then swept the four-race card at Glenville with trotters Alice Russell and Chase and pacers Twinkle and Audubon Boy. His winnings that day, of about $40,000, were rated the greatest coup in the history of the Grand Circuit at the time. At the height of his career, at about the age of 40, he retired. Scott Hudson died in Atlanta, GA on July 9, 1962.

 

John J. Hugerich Jr. 1988

 

Roger Huston 2000

 

SAMUEL HUTTENBAUER 1989 [1888-1987]

Samuel Huttenbauer's love of horses began at an early age in his native Cincinnati. As a young man he rode hunters, saddle horses and played polo. He got into harness racing in the 1950's, both as a breeder and an owner. His stable produced outstanding performers such as Flower Child, Lang Hanover, Prince Victor, Wonder Child and The Little Brown Jug winner Best of All. Huttenbauer enjoyed jogging and training his own stock and drove in amateur races past the age of eighty. The president of the family meat packing firm founded in the 1880's, he died in 1987, a few months short of his 100th birthday.