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It has been reported that former top horseman, Charles Thomas "Tom" Sells, passed away peacefully from a long illness on Friday, June 1 in West Alexander, PA. He was 72. Formally of Margate, FL, Sells was born in 1945 at Urbana, OH and entered the equine arena while in high school, first as a Thoroughbred exercise rider, and then as a groom for legendary Standardbred horseman Dick Buxton on weekends and summers at the Urbana Fairgrounds during his two remaining school years. Sells stayed with Buxton as a groom and graduated to third and then second trainer for three years traveling with the Buxton Stable, having the opportunity to handle especially trotters for Max Hempt, Gene Riegle and Hanover Shoe Farms. He recorded his initial driving win at age 20 at Scioto Downs with the Curly Smart trainee Flicking Star (1964 filly Star's Pride-Flicka Frost-Victory Song) that was bred and owned by Don Millar's Bonnie Keek Farm. This may have begun Sell's affiliation with classy trotters as Flicka produced Hambletonian winners Timothy T and Christopher T plus Hambo Oaks winner Cora T. Sells' went to Chicago initially with two of his own trainees and four trotters and one pacer from Buxton, and then moved to the Meadows at age 30 where he began working with owners Steve Brown (Dunrovan Farm, Lexington KY) and a former Riegle client David Creighton of Hamilton, OH., while becoming well known as an effective catch-driver. When asked about the best horses he developed and trained and also catch-drove, Sells cited the pacer Lacrosse Hanover that he and Creighton acquired at Harrisburg as a yearling; and the fast-class trotters Go Get Lost (owned by Wayne Lynch and trained by Art Wirching) and the good trotter, Hellava Hush. Lacrosse Hanover (by Gamecock) raced at ages 3-5 for Sells earning over $118,000 with 26 victories in 83 starts. Tom was an effective catch driver of Go Get Lost (from a half-sister to Super Bowl) where he also campaigned that veteran in several European countries and Hellava Hush, both US$1 million plus winners. Go Get Lost defeated Mack Lobell in the 1988 leg of the Statue of Liberty and was second to Mack Lobell in the Breeders Crown. Tom also won the 2007 American-National for three-year-old colts with Prayer I Am. Go Get Lost (US) h, 1984 1:54.3 $ 1,197,467 at 3, was third in the Yonkers Trot. At 4, won the Su Mac Lad, second in Breeders' Crown, Nat Ray Trot, Maple Leaf Trotting Classic, third in International Trot. At 5, won the Horsemen's Series/Glory's Comet Series, Su Mac Lad, second in Grosser Preis von Bayern, third in Oslo Grand Prix. At 6, second in Horsemen's Series/Glory's Comet Series. Hellava Hush (US) g, 2000 1:51 $ 1,140,974 80 29-18-12 at 2 was third in Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, second in Transylvania Trot. At 5, Winner of Nat Ray Trot, second in Trotting Classic Final, third in American-National Open Trot, Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. At 6, second in Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 2001 for 20,000 USD. Tom's career statistics are impressive, totaling 2,635 driving wins for purse earnings of $15.4 million and 184 training wins good for $972,700 purse earnings. His career UDRS is .264 (over 1977-2015) with a peak year of .377 in 1977. Tom posted 115 driving wins in 1991 with a .291 UDRS and 111 wins in 2012 with a .313 UDRS. As a trainer Sells posted a career .290 UTRS with a .367 peak in 1994. The later part of his career was spent as one of the top drivers at Pompano Park, where many seasons he was in the top ten standings. He was inducted into the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2015 by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. He was also a member of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association and the United States Trotting Association. He was the loving husband of Cheryl K. Andy Sells; father of Michael Sells, Brian Sells, Shelly (Sells) Deters, Carrie Sells and the late Todd Sells; and grandfather of Thomas, Savannah, Michael Jr., Michael Deters Jr., Dylan McIntosh, Wyatt and Levi. Sells wished to be creamated with a private service. By Thomas H.Hicks and Steve Wolf for the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

Rarely has one creature labored for another as a horse for a human. From the Crusades to World War I, battles were fought and won on the backs of horses. Frontiers were explored, homes built and communities created from the labor of horses at the will, and for the benefit, of humans.

A new world record was the highlight at the Ocean Oval in the Maryland Sire Stakes Showcase of harness racing Champions, with eight Sire Stakes finals held Thursday night (August 25) with purses totaling $200,000.

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