It seems that every year harness racing horse owner, breeder and former groom, trainer and driver, Howard Taylor, is talking about what a great year it was and that he hopes next year will be just as good.
Three-time Trotting Mare of the Year Buck I St Pat, who retired in 2011, gave birth Thursday morning (Jan. 24) to her first foal, a filly by 2007 Harness Racing Horse of the Year 'Donato Hanover', co-owner Howard Taylor said.
Buck I St Pat, three-time defending Trotting Mare of the Year, has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor. Buck I St Pat, three-time defending Trotting Mare of the Year, has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor.
Buck I St Pat, three-time defending harness racing 'Trotting Mare of the Year', has been retired, according to co-owner Howard Taylor.
On Tuesday, the harness racing connections of Buck I St Pat launched an appeal regarding the rejection of their entry for this year's Breeders Crown for Aged Trotting Mares. The appeal was denied this morning at the Toronto office of the Ontario Racing Commission.
The $164,000 Muscle Hill Open Mare trot and its counterpart, the $218,000 Credit Winner open trot lead a nine race harness racing card set to go to the post at Vernon Downs on Friday, September 2nd at 6:55 pm. San Pail, fresh off back to back victories in the Maple Leaf Trot and Nat Ray has drawn post position number two against a field of eight set to go post ward in race number eight.
Ron Burke believes less is more when it comes to Buck I St Pat. So after watching the 8-year-old trotting mare knock heads with the harness racing boys through the early part of this season, the trainer plans to point Buck I St Pat toward stakes races against the ladies the rest of the way.
Older female trotter Buck I St Pat will try to upend the harness racing boys -- again -- in Sunday's (June 12) $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Chester. Buck I St Pat won last year' race and is going for her third trophy in the four-year history of the event. She will start from post four with driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke.
Enough Talk and Buck I St Pat, the 2010 Dan Patch Award winners for best harness racing older male and female trotters, headline the field for the $220,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters on May 14 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Ten horses were entered, so eliminations this weekend were unnecessary.
When it comes to training and conditioning standardbreds Ron Burke is the Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi and Tiger Woods equivalent in harness racing. Burke's not a giant in the sport he's a colossus.
Many harness racing trainers go through their entire careers without ever harnessing a Dan Patch Award victor, but for the second consecutive year, Ron Burke has been blessed with Buck I St Pat and Won The West.
For the second time, Buck I St Pat 7,1:51 ($2,117,087) has been crowned Ohio Horse of the Year, an accolade she won for the first time in 2008. As well, for the third straight year the Buckeye State's finest daughter has also been named the Ohio Older Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Mare Trotter of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association.
A pair of Allerage Farms races for older trotters were among the featured races on Saturday (Oct. 23) at The Red Mile. The $143,600 race for harness racing open trotters was captured by Lucky Jim and driver Andy Miller in a time of 1:51.1.
Breeders Crown champs fared well in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 Harness Racing Poll. Rock N Roll Heaven solidified his hold on the No. 1 spot thanks to his victory in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace. He garnered all but one first-place vote.
The Ron Burke trained Buck I St Pat defended her Breeders Crown title at Pocono Downs today October 9th when creating a new Breeders Crown harness racing record of 1:52.3. her time was just 0.2 of a second outside the track record.
Ron Burke won two Breeders Crown trophies last year and is poised to add to his total Saturday night (Oct. 9) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Burke leads all harness racing trainers with nine finalists, two more than Jimmy Takter and four more than Jim Campbell. Jonas Czernyson, Steve Elliott, Bob McIntosh, and Erv Miller each have four finalists.