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Masterofhisdomain enters Hall of Fame

05:29 AM 07 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Masterofhisdomain (inside)
Masterofhisdomain (inside) - Took his mark of 1:50.1 at Springfield in 1999

Masterofhisdomain Sunday evening follows a trio of past stable-mates and his harness racing trainer Joe Anderson into the Illinois Harness Hall of Fame at the IHHA's Award Banquet in Alsip, IL.

Like earlier inductees Big Tom, Ohyouprettything and Milliondollarbye, Masterofhisdomain began his career in the late 1990s for "Little Joe" and went on to become a million dollar earner with a string of notable stake race victories among his many accomplishments.

The son of Sportsmaster, out of the Landslide dam Lady Nelson, only made a pair of pari-mutuels starts as a two-year-old in 1998 but became the dominant pacer a year later in the ICF sophomore colt pacing division for Illinois owners Michael Neal, John Leahy and Anderson Racing Inc.

Among Masterofhisdomain's 13 triumphs in 20 season starts was the $100,000 Maywood Pace Championship, the $55,000 State Fair Final at Springfield, and Balmoral's $55,100 Cardinal and $178,750 Pete Langley Super Night crowns.

Masterofhisdomain also won a trio of $20,000-plus Illinois bred 3-year-old stakes, beat older horses in an ICF Open Pace, and was second to Looking To Art in Maywood's $250,000 Windy City Pace Final.

He took his lifetime mark of 1:50 flat as a three-year-old in his Illinois State Colt Fair Stake elimination at Springfield. Masterofhisdomain ended up with earnings of $532,279 in his second season with $200,135 of it coming in "bonus money."

Masterofhisdomian was sold and went on to race in 2001 out east for trainer Mark Ford but came back to Illinois and won the $125,000 Dan Patch on Super Night that year for driver Dave Magee under the care of trainer Jim Meade. The horse raced until his 10-year-old season and finished with 46 lifetime wins.

Masterofhisdomain was bred by Alan Kirschenbaum, a long-time television producer and writer who also was a past president of the California Horseman Horseman's Association. Mr. Kirschenbaum was the creator of the long-running sitcom Yes Dear and worked on such TV comedy shows as Everybody Loves Raymond and Raising Hope.

The late Kirschenbaum named the horse Masterofhisdomain after one of his favorite episodes on the old Jerry Seinfeld Show.

"Like many other owners, Alan Kirschenbaum had very high hopes on the horse and in this case he was right," said driver Ryan Anderson.

"My dad drove Masterofhisdomain most of the time but I did win a Super Night (Dan Patch) Consolation with him. He was just a very, very, nice horse.

"And the horse was very versatile," continued Ryan. "He could come off the pace or you could put him on the front. While I didn't get to drive him a lot I'll always remember him as a horse that tried hard and one that could handle any size track.

"After he left us and went out east the horse continued to be very successful and won a lot of races and a lot of money."

Of Masterofhisdomain's $1,029,907 lifetime earnings, $663,919 of it came when he campaigned for the Anderson's from 1998 through January of 2001.

This Sunday he rightly joins some of his past distinguished stable-mates and his primary trainer and driver "Little Joe" in our Hall of Fame.

By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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