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Harness Highlights: Retirees Leave Indelible Mark On The Sport

by Frank Carulli

December 16, 2019

Harness racing’s big stage was overloaded with talent in 2019; however, many of the horses that provided the unforgettable moments were lost to retirement by year’s end. The star-studded list included:

  • McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. He finished with a 40-110 record and $5.1 million bankroll. He took on all challengers and his whirlwind North American tour included stakes wins in the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Adios, Max Hempt Memorial, Progress Pace, William Haughton Memorial, Mohawk Gold Cup, Canadian Pacing Derby and TVG Open Pace, to name a few.

  • Hannelore Hanover, a two-time Breeders Crown trotting champion, $3 million earner and first mare ever to trot a sub-1:50 mile. She was named 2017 Horse of the Year.

  • Lather Up, who equaled the all-age world record when he won in the Graduate series at the Meadowlands in 1:46. He finished 23-37 with $1.7 million in earnings and a 2018 North America Cup victory on his resume.

  •  Emoticon Hanover, a two-time Breeders Crown winner who defeated 2018 Hambletonian winner Atlanta in the TVG Mares Trot to surpass $2 million in earnings.

  • Greenshoe, a multiple stakes-winning trotter and No.3-ranked standardbred in the most recent Breeders Crown/Hambletonian Society Top 10 poll. He topped $1 million in earnings with a 1:49.4 win in the Bluegrass eliminations at the Red Mile.

  • Six Pack, who trotted to world records in the Stanley Dancer Memorial (1:50), Kentucky Futurity (1:49.1) and Allerage Farms Open Trot (1:49.2) in addition to winning the Yonkers Trot.

  • Courtly Choice, the 2018 Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner, who became a millionaire during a 2019 season that included a Canadian Pacing Derby championship.

  • Bit Of A Legend N, a dual-hemisphere double millionaire and 2016 champion of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at his home base at Yonkers Raceway.

  • Jimmy Freight, who finished first or second in 34 of 52 starts and won the 2017 O’Brien Award as Canada’s top 3-year-old.