Trot Insider has learned that popular longtime horse owner James 'Jim' Carr passed away on Sunday, April 27. He was in his 70th year.
Carr, a native of Hamilton, Ont. made his living as a process server, delivering court documents in Hamilton and Toronto. But it was arguably in the harness racing industry where his deliveries made the most impact.
In 2010, a pacing colt by the name of Big Jim turned heads with his 1:51.1. win in the final of the Dream Maker. Carr turned down all of the offers that came in for the James 'Friday' Dean-trained colt. Big Jim didn't win the Metro that year, but he atoned for that loss with wins in the Breeders Crown and world record score in the Governor's Cup to conclude his award-winning season. With every win, Carr would invite anyone interested out to the winner's circle to have their picture taken. Carr could even lift kids up to pet the young stallion, and Big Jim would stand with perfect manners.
“We have lots of pictures of five or six kids standing there in front of his front feet," said Carr in a 2010 Trot Magazine interview. "He’s not going anywhere.”
“Racing needs all the help it can get,” said his owner on why he invited strangers out for the win photo. “It’s something you can do that doesn’t cost anything.”
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