The Standardbred Owners Association of New York takes great pleasure in extending heartfelt birthday wishes to legendary Hall of Fame horseman Doug Ackerman. At the young age of 85, Doug can look back with tremendous pride at a harness racing career dotted with significant achievements, both as a trainer and in the sulky.
Not the least of these triumphs was as the owner/trainer ofwho retired as the fastest 2-year-old of all time on a mile track (1:54.4).
The son ofwas overwhelmingly voted the "2-year-old Trotter of the Year", capturing both the Breeders Crown and the World Trotting Derby, with winnings over $1.3 million.
Another significant Ackerman achievement was in the successful tutoring of his son, Doug "D.R." Ackerman, an accomplished and respected horseman in his own right.
To say that they don't make gentlemen like Doug Ackerman anymore would be an understatement.
Here's hoping that Doug will continue to be to the standard by which true horsemen should be measured for years to come.
Dan Patch Award Winners - TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT (79); Noble Hustle (81); Self Confident (05);
AMERICAN-NATIONAL (86) Crown Starlet
EACON COURSE TROT (82) Self Confident
OLONIAL TROT (80) Noble Hustle
ISTORIC-DEBUTANTE (88) Terri S
ISTORIC-HARRIMAN (87) Yankee Yankee (90)
NTER. STALLION STAKE (88) Hostile Takeover
ADY SUFFOLK (85) Super Samantha
AT RAY (85) Crowning Point
ARPORT HAP PACE (82) Albaquel.
(Joseph FARALDO, President Standardbred Owners Association of New York)