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THIS WEEK IN HARNESS RACING HISTORY

11:07 PM 29 Apr 2003 NZST
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This week in harness racing history in North America.

April 28, 1997 - Gallo Blue Chip, the leading money-winning pacer of all time, is born in Wallkill, New York.

Gallo Blue Chip has won $4.1 million through until April 27, 2003. He was Horse of the Year in 2000.

April 28, 1984 - Trotting star Mack Lobell is born at Bedminster, New Jersey.

ack Lobell won $2.7 million lifetime.

Bred by Lana Lobell Farms of New Jersey, Mack Lobell was voted the third-greatest trotter of the 20th century (behind Greyhound and Nevele Pride) by a panel of harness racing experts.

Mack Lobell was Horse of the Year in 1987 and 1988.

April 29, 1896 - Legendary pacer Dan Patch is born at Oxford, Indiana.

Dan Patch, bred by Dan Messner Jr., was voted by a panel of harness racing experts as the 20th century's third-greatest pacer, behind Bret Hanover and Niatross.

April 29, 1989 - Fiorello Blue Chip wins the inaugural Berry's Creek at The Meadowlands, beating Chernobyl in 1.53.2.

Fiorello Blue Chip, driven by Serge Ouellet, pays $63 to win, still the highest win price in the event's history.

April 29, 2000 - Perfect Son, driven Ron Pierce, sets a world record for pacers in a 1ΒΌ-mile race on a half-mile track, winning the second leg of the Classic Pacing Series in 2.21.4 at Freehold Raceway.

April 30, 1999 - Delvin Miller is named harness racing's most influential person of the 20th century in a poll of industry experts.

Miller started driving in 1929 and remained active until just prior to his death in 1996.

Miller was the first man to ever win the Hambletonian and Little Brown Jug in the same year (1950).

Miller stood the noted sire Adios at his Meadow Lands Farm in Pennsylvania and bred another great sire, Meadow Skipper. He was known as harness racing's international "goodwill ambassador."

May 2, 1988 - Kingwood Tog, Jack Des Rivieres, and H F Elaine finish in a triple-dead heat to win at Hippodrome Trois Rivieres. It is the 15th triple-dead heat to win in harness racing history.

May 4, 1948 - Bill O'Donnell is born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada.

A two-time Driver of the Year and Hall of Fame member, O'Donnell is harness racing's first driver to eclipse $10 million in earnings in a single year (1985) and wins in 1.49.3 with Nihilator in 1984 - the first sub 1.50 race mile.

May 4, 1997 - Wesgate Crown equals a stakes record of 1.56.3 in winning the $520,000 Gran Premio della Lotteria, Italy's premier trot.

May 5, 1849 - Hambletonian, the most important American Standardbred sire in history and namesake of harness racing's top race for trotters, is born near Sugar Loaf, New York.

May 5, 2001 - K F Pro Sam, driven by Luc Ouellette, equals Freehold Raceway's all-age track record of 1.51 in winning the Joseph V. McLoone Freehold Cup Pace.

Courtesy Of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the United States Trotting Association

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