by Frank Carulli
July 11, 2017
Brian Sears' numbers don't lie.
His resume includes three Hambletonian victories, 26 Breeders Crown wins, five consecutive driving titles at the Meadowlands from 2005-09 and North America Driver of the Year honors in 2009. The 49-year-old has more than 9,700 wins in a career that began when he was in high school and his drives have earned more than $178 million in purses.
Sears is the only driver to win the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks on the same day -- and he did it twice -- with Muscle Hill and Broadway Schooner in 2009 and Royalty For Life and Bee A Magician in 2013. He also piloted 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover.
This Saturday, Sears will seek his third Meadowlands Pace victory when he gets behind Downbytheseaside, the 4-to-1 second choice in the $738,500 race set for 9:34 p.m. EST.
It all adds up to a worthy induction into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame earlier this month in Goshen, N.Y.
"I never imagined I'd be amongst all the greats in the harness racing Hall of Fame," Sears said. "It's truly an honor."
Sears was the only driver to join the Hall of Fame ranks this year, but he wasn't the only inductee.
Mr. Muscleman, a $3.6 million earner and three-time division trotting champion, gained the necessary votes by the U.S. Harness Writers' Association, as did 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven.
The Communications Hall of Fame welcomed racing writer Gordon Waterstone and publicist Steve Wolf.