Rene Sheward is still buzzing from creating her own slice of Little Brown Jug harness racing history at the Delaware County Fairgrounds last Thursday (September 20). That's the day the Indiana native became the first woman in the 67-year history of the coveted Ohio race to become an associate judge.
Their rivalry preceded Affirmed and Alydar's by two years. Silk Stockings, linked forever to autistic children, and Tarport Hap, who had a tragic ending for a legendary horseman , were two of the greatest harness racing pacing mares of the last 40 years. They went head-to-head 20 times in the mid-'70s, and, frequently, their traveling battlefield was the New York Sire Stakes.