Day At The Track

Peter Gerry's first drive at Paris-Vincennes

06:32 PM 23 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Peter G. Gerry, well regarded amateur/gentleman USA harness racing driver and venture capitalist will participate in the prestigious international amateur trot (Prix de Saint-Claude) on January 26 at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes.

The 1-5/16 mile event attracts some of the best international amateur competitors. Thanks to legendary Swedish trainer Anders Lindqvist, now stabled in France at Grobois Training Center, and Anders Lindfors of Offspring Management AB, a respected stallion management firm, for organizing Peter’s participation. This will be Peter’s first drive at Paris-Vincennes although he drove at several tracks in France in 1990 and at European venues in Italy, Sweden and Hungary.

Profiles of Messrs. Lindqvist and Lindfors are shown below. Gerry will drive Lindqvist’s veteran FR-bred trotter Quoriace Stop (a winner of over 140,000 euros with a mile rate best time of 1:55.69) in the 8th race on Saturday’s card.

Gerry is Trustee/Treasurer of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Treasurer/Director of the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association, administrators of the C.K.G. Billings Series, and Vice President/Trustee of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.

Peter Gerry has competed passionately in each of the 31 editions of the Billings Series since its founding in 1982. From 1991 until 2010, Peter served as President of the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association. During that period he grew the Billings Series membership from 10 members to a high of 150 members in 2006.

In addition he instituted the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Championship Gold and Silver Cup races contested annually for purses of $25,000 and $15,000 respectively.

Formerly Mr. Gerry served as Treasurer and Director of the Hambletonian Society, as Chairman of the New Jersey Sires Stakes and as a trustee of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation.

Peter’s exploits in harness racing are many. He has been driving competitively since 1973 and before that competed in matinees contested at the old training track at Pompano Park. He has directly owned horses since 1971. In 1985, Gerry became a partner in the Arden Homestead Stable that was the sole owner of Kick Tail (3rd in the 1998 Hambletonian) and was an owner of Deweycheatumnhowe as a two and three year old (when he won the 2008 Hambletonian).

Arden Homestead also owned The Chancellor (4th in the 2009 Hambletonian) and Cassis, winner of the fastest elimination of the 2010 Hambletonian. Arden Homestead is purist; it campaigns only trotters.

As a driver Gerry won the first edition of the Delvin Miller Memorial Driving Championship Gold Cup, contested at Freehold Raceway in November 1993, driving Crown Roast. The Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association was created in 1985 to steward and sponsor the Billings Series. Peter served as President of the DMHDA from 1991 to 2010 when he retired from that post, and remains Treasurer.

The Billings Series has contributed more than $600,000 to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall Of Fame since its founding, $500,000 during Gerry’s tenure as President.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School, Peter is the Managing Partner of Sycamore Ventures, a Princeton, New Jersey based private equity and venture capital investment firm he co-founded in 1995. Prior to starting Sycamore, he served for eleven years as President of Citicorp Venture Capital, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup where he had been employed for 23 years.

Anders Lindqvist

Anders started his career as a trainer in Umeå (northern part of Sweden). In 1987 he won the Swedish Trotting Derby with Atom Knight and was the 35th driver to enter the “1.000 Winners Club” in Sweden. In 1995 he moved to France and in one year at the end of the 90’s his earnings as a trainer was over 3.000.000 euros, the leading trainer in France and second to Stig H Johansson in Europe.

He has competed and driven races in 19 different countries and owned horses in six countries. Mr. Lindqvist believes that he has raced at 300 to 400 racetracks. Currently, he runs a smaller training operation at Groisbois with 20 horses, but is still determined to win the Elitlopp and the Prix d’Amerique before he retires.

Anders Lindfors

In the mid-80’s Mr. Lindfors was employed by KG Bertmarks Hingstdepa AB, at that time one of Europe’s largest stallion owners which had, and still maintains close co-operation with Continental Farms in the US. Anders was one of the first agents for frozen semen in Europe, under the name Offspring Management, a division of KG Bertmarks Hingstdepa AB, and has today built an operation that works with most of the major stud farms in northern America and with a large net of breeding stations in Europe.

Anders is a partner in that company, together with Tomas Bertmark, and he is a board member at the Jägersro racetrack in Malmö, Sweden and also of the Swedish Breeders’ Crown committee.

by Thomas HICKS

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