Harness racing kids throughout the world would have been envious of Sean Bier's childhood. 'The Meadowlands was my backyard,' said Bier who grew up behind the back stretch of the world famous trotting track in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“It’s a bit sad; it’s just not the same as it used to be. No-one lives there any more. I’ll never forget my childhood – great days,” he added.
Bier’s father Art was one of the leading drivers in the United States during the 1970s. Bier and his brother Daryl, who is also based in Delaware, were always destined to become horsemen.
“There were four of us (one sister) and we all grew up around horses. Dad had a stable and drove at the track.
“Sadly they closed it down a couple of years ago. There were a few of us who lived on-site. Great memories. There was Larry Remmen, and of course Bruce Saunders broke in and trained(1:47.3 – 20 wins and $2.77m) on the track,” Bier told Harnesslink.
Even though those days are mere memories now, Bier said he was grateful to people like Jeff Gural who were doing their best to promote harness racing.
“Jeff is great for the job and doing a great job at the Meadowlands. He’s trying his best to fix an industry which relies on gambling to survive,” said Bier.
Bier started his career with his father at the age of 17 and then four years later relocated to Pocono Downs.
“Dad was driving at the Meadowlands and there weren’t too many opportunities for me, so in 1996 I went to Pocono Downs”, said Bier who today resides in Delaware.
Bier has been in Delaware for the last 10 years and together with his wife Chrissy (Crissman-Bier) they train a team of 30 at Camden.
He said he enjoyed driving at the Dover Downs and Harrington meetings year-round.
“It’s been really good but we have to be mindful that nearby states like Maryland and Ohio are getting slots.
“This could take its toll on Delaware, but it’s such a good place to race. In the summer I might trek to other tracks like New Jersey but Delaware has a good circuit and we have no intention of moving,” Bier said.
This July year Bier notched up his 2,000th winner at Tioga Downs. Since then he has added a further 30 wins to his career tally. He’s also won $12.9 million since 1992.
Bier’s most recent success came via one of his favourite horses – the 8-year-oldgelding his wife trains called Jeremy’s Successor.
Jeremy’s Successor (1:48.3) has won 35 races and $805,045. He’s raced against the best and his most recent win came on Wednesday (November 21) in an $11,000 mile at Dover Downs in 1:50.4.
“He and Riley Rose would probably be the best. Dad trained the latter and she was the fastest ever daughter Ofwho won 28 races and more than half a million dollars.
Bier said he loved claiming horses.
“I love the claiming game. I like to keep fresh horses in the barn all the time. I enjoy playing with new faces,” Bier said.
He also said another barn favourite was his 8-year-oldmare Chausettes Blanche.
“If anyone down your way wants her for breeding they can have her. She’s a lovely mare who hasn’t raced since July. She last won in May,” Bier said.
Chausettes Blanche has raced 160 times for 32 wins and 38 placings. Her fastest mile was 1:52.3 and she has banked $329,250.
Footnote: Bier has two children – step-son Tyler (15) and daughter, Chloe Grace (1).
By Duane RANGER (editor)
(1) Sean Bier's pride and joy - Jeremy's Successor feature in this video:
(2) Sean Bier and his mare (whom he wants to return 'Down Under' ) Chausettes Blanche wining at Harrington Raceway:
(3) Sean Bier's and Jeremy's Successor winning at Dover Downs: