Artie Bier, 74, top horseman passed away

02:01 AM 24 Aug 2014 NZST
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Arthur Bier, harness racing
Arthur and Esther Bier

Lexington, KY --- Arthur "Artie” Lance Bier, 74, the father of Delaware-based horsemen Daryl and Sean Bier, died Aug. 21, 2014.

A top horseman of the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Bier's last drive came in 2002, although he continued to train horses through 2011. One of Mr. Bier's greatest days as a driver came on Valentine's Day 1981 at Northfield Park when scored six wins in six drives, equaling the track mark for single-day wins at the time with Herve Filion and Lew Williams. Because of thawing, the racetrack was listed as "slow” that afternoon, and the times for his wins -- all in pacing events -- ranged between 2:08.3 and 2:21.3.

Following his sixth win that day with Labet's Buddy in the $4,500 Open Pace in 2:12, Mr. Bier quipped, "I weigh only 130 pounds and my tires don't sink down as much as some of the other guys'.”

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