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Bret Hanover was an American harness racing horse, specidically a pacer. The son of the great sire, Adios, by the mare Brenna Hanover, Bret Hanover was born in 1962. He would become one of only nine horses in history to win harness racing’s honor by capturing the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers. Driven by Frank Ervin, in his 1964 debut season in racing, two-year-old Bret Hanover was undefeated, winning all 24 races he entered and would continue undeafeated for 35 races. In his second season of racing, he was 21-for-24 and in his last year of racing at age four, he was 17-for-20 for a career total of 62 wins in 68 races. He was voted Horse of the Year for all three years by the US Trotting Association and the US Harness Writers Association, the only pacer ever to accomplish that. Bret Hanover was retired to stud at Castleton Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he immediately became one of the most in-demand breeding stallions in harness racing. Among his many successful offspring were Little Brown Jug winners Melvin’s Woe and Strike Out. Photo Credit: Wilkipedia, Jacques Delson
Niatross (1977-1999) was a champion standardbred race horse Niatross, The son of Albatross out of the mare Niagara Dream, Niatross was born on March 30, 1977. He was trained by co-owner Clint Galbraith and was unbeaten in 13 starts in his 2-year-old season, winning so impressively that he was named “Horse of the Year.” In 1980, Niatross won of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers and in the harness racing world where records are broken by fifths of a second, Niatross obliterated the world record by three full seconds, setting an astonishing mark of 1:49.1 at Lexington, Kentucky’s “Red Mile.” During his racing career, Niatross won 37 of 39 races; in one of his losses he broke stride and in the other the horse, sulky, and driver all flipped over the racetrack’s inside rail. Fortunately no one was hurt. He recovered and went on to beat all of his competition easily, frequently setting track records including a new race and track record during the prestigious Prix d’Été at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal, Quebec. By the time Niatross retired to stud at Castleton Farm in 1981, he had earned more prize money than any standardbred horse in history. He had been named Harness Horse of the Year in 1979 and 1980, the New York Post Athlete of the Year in 1980, and Harness Horse of the Decade for the 1980s. In stud, he commanded a top price for his services which proved worthwhile with great offspring winning the Little Brown Jug and one, Nihilator who would go on to win Horse of the Year honors. In 1996, when he was 19 years old, Niatross made a 20-city tour for his fans in Canada and the United States. In 1997, Niatross was inducted as a member of the Living Horse Hall of Fame. Photo Credit: Wilkipedia, Jacques Delson
Albatross, Trained and driven by Stanley Dancer, he won 25 of his 28 races as a three-year-old, including the Adios Stakes, the Cane Pace, and the Messenger Stakes. As a three-year-old he also set a record for fastest race mile with two races in 1:54.4 at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. He broke this record as a four-year-old with a race in 1:54.3 at Sportsman’s Park in Chicago. After his four-year-old season he retired to stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He is the sire of Niatross (winner of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers in 1980 and also a world champion with a mark of 1:49.1), and of Fan Hanover, Merger, Colt Fortysix, and Jaguar Spur, all, like Niatross, winners of the Little Brown Jug. He was also an outstanding broodmare sire. Photo Credit: Wilkipedia, Jacques Delson
Strike Out, (1969-1998), North American Harness racing champion Strike Out was born in 1969 at Castleton Farm in Lexington, Kentucky a chestnut standardbred colt by Bret Hanover out of the mare Golden Miss. He was purchased at the yearling auction for the low price of $15,000 by Beejay Stables of Oshawa, Ontario, a partnership between harness-racing trainer/driver John Hayes and Montreal, Quebec textile executives, the Shapiro brothers, Robert, Conrad, and Leo. For Hayes, who recognized the horse was special, it was an opportunity he had been waiting a long time for. As a two-year-old pacer, Strike Out earned more money than any horse in his age group and was named by Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and the United States Trotting Association (USTA) as the top harness horse of his age in North America. In 1972 he won the important Adios Stakes named after his grandfather, the Fox Stake, the Roosevelt Futurity, the Beaver Pace and other major races all over North America, including the Prix D’Été at Montreal’s Blue Bonnets Raceway (now known as Hippodrome de Montréal). By the end of the summer, his owners had set their sights on the most prestigious race of all, the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio. On September 21, 1972, Strike Out became the first Canadian owned horse to win the Little Brown Jug. Not only did he do it in straight heats, but he won setting a world record over a half-mile track for a 3 year old pacer in a time of 1:56 3/5. Once again, Strike Out was named by the HTA and USTA as top three-year-old. After compiling a 29-9-1 record in 44 races, Strike Out was retired to stud at the end of the 1972 season. While retaining a half interest in him, Beejay Stables sold the $15,000 bargain-basement colt for $1.5 million. His son, Striking Image became the first 2 year old standardbred ever to run a mile in the time of 1:55. Strike Out also went on to sire 1979 Jug winner Hot Hitter. Photo Credit: Wilkipedia, Jacques Delson
Cam Fella (1979 – 2001) was a bay pacing horse by Most Happy Fella out of Nan Cam by Bret Hanover. He was trained and driven by Pat Crowe. His best time for the mile was 1:53.1. In 1982, Cam Fella won the Cane Pace and Messenger Pace. During his career he also won the Prix d’Été, the Provincial Cup, the Canadian Pacing Derby, and the United States Pacing Championship, among other important races. He was voted North American harness horse of the year in 1982 and 1983. He was retired to stud in 1984 with over two million dollars in earnings. His stud career was exceptionally successful. Among his get are Presidential Ball, Cams Card Shark, Precious Bunny, Camtastic, and Goalie Jeff, all winners of more than two million dollars.
Abercrombie (1975 – 2000) was a bay harness racing horse by Silent Majority out of Bergdorf by Duane Hanover. He won the E. Roland Harriman Award for harness horse of the year in 1978. He won 22 of his 33 races in 1978, including the Messenger Stakes, the Prix d’Ete, and the Adios Stakes. His best time for the mile was 1:53, achieved when he was four years old. He was trained and driven by Glen Garnsey. He retired to become a major sire at Castleton Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, helping to return the Adios line to prominence. Among his get are Artsplace (Harness Horse of the Year in 1992), Life Sign, Armbro Emerson, Anniecrombie, and Armbro Dallas. Photo Credit: Wilkipedia, Jacques Delson