Day At The Track

Tattler's Jet scores his 100th career victory

05:34 PM 22 Mar 2011 NZDT
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The drought has ended. In November, 2010, the then 12 year-old gelding, Tattler's Jet, visited the harness racing winner's circle at Windsor Raceway after winning for the 99th time in his career.

Nearly four months later, at the ripe old age of 13, the fastest horse ever bred in the State of Wisconsin stormed from 10 lengths back at the half mile marker to sweep past the field of pacers at Northville Downs to join that select group of horses that have won 100 times. Overlooked by the betting public, Jet paid $35 for a winning $2 ticket.

Keeping the old-timer alive throughout the race was one of the youngest drivers competing at the Ville, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The Jet is trained by veteran horseman, Gene Miller of Charlotte, Michigan and is owned by Dave Carter, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Jet’s path to 100 wins is a colorful one that started out without much to be excited about, having gone postward in 2001 some twenty times, and the best he could muster was a pair of third place finishes. In 2003, the Jet came under the guidance of Miller and the two became a winning combination. In the years that followed, Tattler’s Jet recorded 6 seasons in a row in which he recorded 11 wins or more. At the age of 12, the ‘senior citizen’ pacer caught a lot of attention at Colonial Downs as he followed a hot pace, tipped out in the stretch to win and stop the timer in a blistering 1.49.2.

After Saturday’s Northville victory, the Jet’s record stands at 381 – 100 – 62 – 66 and earnings are $271, 545.

As if 100 wins isn’t enough, there’s more to this story of Jet, Miller and Carter. Tattler’s Jet was the stablemate for many years of the trotter Crafty Sailor, another horse owned by Dave Carter and trained by Gene Miller, that recorded 100+ wins!

But the story still isn’t over……for Miller, he now has trained three horses that ended their illustrious careers with over 100 wins.

Fan favorite, and raised right off his fathers farm, Bingham was a Miller owned and trained pacer turned trotter that also hit the century mark in wins and banked over $300,000.

Gene has been heard to say, “Jet is somewhat stepping on his birth certificate (getting old) and isn’t the easiest horse to drive.” Yet, he still has some spark left and from the way things looked in winning for the 100th time, one still has to believe there may be more win’s left in the tank.

Dale P. Zahn, Member, USHWA

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