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Author Topic: Saturday Coffee Break #07  (Read 460 times)
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« on: March 29, 2008, 07:13:21 AM »

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Horse and Driver

Horse and Driver

Horse and Driver


Horse and Driver

Horse and Driver
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2008, 08:42:25 AM »

from another forum

Does anyone ever figure these out?  Some of the drivers might be recognizable but the horses?  Except for "xxx xxxxxx" none of us were around in the early 1900's.

               All of these (at least today) are from the 1970's.

One a Canadian HOF inductee and the horse quite famous.

Two of the other horses were quite famous.

One other reinsman altough know nationally, raced primarily in the east.

Two other are regional horses and reinsman (although even both of those reinsmen are know nationally).

 These photo's are offered to five different web forums and a variety is necessary.

 And yes, some are identified.

 One person has already identified the drivers of the first three, although not in this forum.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2008, 01:05:10 PM »

HT Luca and Del Insko

Super Wave and Jack Kopas

Fron Aug 5, 1970 Harness Horse.
Jack Kopas, Super Wave and the Connaught Cup after Kopas guided Super Wave to a track record 2:002/5 in the $7,500 Connaught up Invitation Pace Sunday afternoon, July 19 at the Ottawa, Ont. area raceway. The race attracted a record 4,870 fans.
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Banner Ranger and Joe Marsh Jr
Banner Ranger raced nationally as a young horse and in the lower ranks until he was quite aged.
Cori Flis provided to me at one time that after retirement from racing that Banner Ranger had served as buggy horse on Michigan's Mackinaw Island.

Jack Ackerman
1974 USTA Handbook
ACKERMAN, John M. (Jack) BIRTHPLACE: LaPorte, Indiana
Pompano Beach, Fla. BIRTHDATE: 1-18-26

 A graduate of Three Oaks (Mich.) High in 1943; class president, junior year; member Student Council, basketball and baseball letterman, Jack Ackerman and his brother Doug, were both headed for harness racing from birth.
 Drove first race in 1938, winning with Lady Three Oaks, at Ludington (Mich.) Fair. His dad told him to warm the mare up "pretty good" as there were some tough ones in the race. "I went the last mile in 2:12" Jack recalls, "then won it in 2:28." Jack has raced such 2:00 stars as Arcadia Jake, Scotch Valley, Russet Hal, Royal Melody, Dorman Creed, Record Time, Poplar Mark, Time Honored and Gay Skipper in 1973.
 A cryptographer with the Air Corps in WW 11 (1943-46) he served in Africa and Italy, discharged as Cpl. Through mix-up in papers was sent to front lines, saw two days action and says, "didn't miss many drills, or Church services after that."
 Married Naomi Kaufman, of New Castle, Ind., in 1947; two children, Jacqueline Lee and Beth Joan.
 Gay Skipper, broken, trained and driven by Ackerman, was sensational in 1973. With Jack always in the sulky, Gay Skipper won $114,124 in 34 starts with 7 wins, 3 of them in sub-2:00, 8 seconds and 7 thirds. He was timed in better than 2:00 on 17 occasions and took his mark of 1:58.3 in winning $31,000 American-National at Sportsman's Park over Ricci Reenie Time, Keystone Smartie, Otaro Hanover and others. He also won for Ackerman in 1:58.4-2:00.1 at Indianapolis and 2:00.2-1:59.4 at Du Quoin, Ill. Not always completely sound, much credit goes to Gay Skipper's trainer for keeping him near top form over a gruelling Grand Circuit schedule.

Year Starts 1sts2nds 3rds UDRS Money Won
(a) 259 52 ---- ---------
1952 99 6 18 18 .222 6,869
1953 122 24 30 16 .377 28,294
1954 129 30 23 16 .373 32,220
1955 139 22 24 28 .321 52,902
1956 101 36 17 16 .503 54,692
1957 204 69 36 27 .480 99,654
1958 157 23 26 29 .300 589557
1959 139 24 19 is .285 43,334
1960 160 21 28 31 .293 45,496
1961 183 26 20 26 .25O 45,842
1962 190 26 26 22 .251 22,107
1963 160 16 25 26 .241 26,335
1964 159 18 24 25 .249 31,288
1965 336 51 39 54 .270 43,096
1966 304 51 39 46 .289 54,031
1967 364 77 59 54 .351 119,277
1968 326 57 42 43 .290 172,287
1969 359 45 49 40 .238 149,034
1970 352 45 39 43 .230 168,787
1971 351 47 42 33 .232 1549657
1972 373 50 38 39 .225 144,217
1973 304 34 44 32 .227 187,908
850 1,740,884

(a) total recorded prior to 1952 2:00 Miles (16)

Tar Adios and Billy Myer

Miss Cona Adios and Frank Milby
(from June 1982 Hoof Beats and John Berry's, Famous Females [NA-Back Issues])
 Miss Conna Adios
 Completing the first team of best mares in the past 20 years was Miss Conna Adios.
 Rags to riches would be the best way to describe Miss Conna Adios.
 This Adios Senator gal was kinda tall and skinny and earned only $896 as a 1967 two-year-old. She took a mark as a juvenile of 2:074/5f ... but the best was yet to come.
 At three, she lowered her mark to 2:01f and earned over $30,000 on the strength of 15 wins in 30 trips to the post.
 And while these stats aren't nearly good enough to earn a horse a spot on a select listing such as this, her performances as an "aged" mare were.
 At four, Miss Conna earned a dozen more wins, banked $144,950, was the leading money winning aged pacing mare, was the USTA-USHWA four-year-old pacer of the year and set a world record of 1:574/5 on a fiveeighths mile racetrack.
 She also was a season's champ (2:004/5) on a half-mile track.
 In '70, she was also a season's champion on a mile track with a 1:58 score and earned just about $44,000.
 It was in 1971 that Miss Conna Adios really stamped her name in the hearts of all--and on the select "best mares" listing.
 Recording eight wins and over $90,000 in earnings, she assaulted the two-minute mile with ferocity-five of 'em in six weeks and six for the year.
 Highlighting those performances of speed-against the best pacers in the sport at the time--was a 1:573/5 season's mark at Brandywine. Six days later, it was a world record 1:59 performance at Yonkers Raceway that put her name in the world record books.
 She closed out her career in 1972 with seasonal earnings of $59,080, which brought her lifetime total to $370,849.
 Throughout her "aged" career, she was always the legitimate contender for "aged pacing honors" and her adaptability in rain or shine and on any size racing oval was a sight to behold.
 As one horseman put it, "She had two great racing trademarks ... she had great early speedalmost unbelievable --and, if another horse did manage to get past her, her second brush was as good as any horse could have.
 "She could handle the turns about as good as any four-legged animal could and her determination was the thing that made her a champion."

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