All Inductees by Date

  • Schuette, Ward

    1920 - 1990 Inducted 1989 Ward Schuette was a longtime member of WHHA and served many terms as a board member and president. Ward was a USTA Director for 13 years and served on numerous committees within the USTA. He initiated many changes most notably with t he drivers committee. Ward was an a ctive driver and enjoyed great success in 1953 when his pacer Lesota's Counsel won 11 of 16 starts and was never…

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  • Laird, James R.

    1940 - 1992 Inducted 1990 Jim Laird was originally from Ironwood, Michigan where he used to walk out hot horses for 25 cents and thought he was overpaid! Jim owned a horse since he was in the 7th grade. Jim was a WHHA director for 10 years and an eight term president and was instrumental in expanding the organization. Jim was named Horseman of the Year in 1983 by the WHHA and received a Special…

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  • Prairie Nancy

    1958-1988 Inducted 1991 Prairie Nancy is the first equine member of the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Just as her human counterparts have, Prairie Nancy has brought fame to Wisconsin through her ability on the track and as a broodmare. The roan mare raced in Wisconsin, winning 66 races as a three, four, five and six year old pacer. She was bred, trained, raced and kept as a producing broodmare by the Yohn's Prairie…

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  • McMahon, John M.

    1910 - 1982 Inducted 1992 John McMahon was born at Briggsville, Wisconsin in Marquette County on  the family homestead. He lived his entire life in Marquette County. John's love for horses started with ponies that were on the farm that he grew up on. This love for horses started at a very early age and continued all his life. John purchased his first team of working horses in 1931. In the early 40s  John started…

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  • Bronkhorst, Elmer

    1909 - 1996 Inducted 1993 Elmer Bronkhorst was born on February 6, 1909. His father raised and sold draft horses, so Elmer learned early in life how to break a horse gently to its owner's demands. When he quit farming in 1951, he raised all kinds of livestock for a few years, but in 1956 he returned to his first love, horses. At this time Elmer also raised and sold horses to Amish farmers looking…

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  • DeLong, William

    1928-1992 Inducted 1993 Bill acquired his love of horses early in life. One grandfather kept many draft teams for use in the grain business and road grading. Another grandfather was a true horse trader while being a mail carrier on a horse drawn wagon for many years. After serving in WWII, Bill came home and purchased his first Standardbred from Doc Marquis in the early 40s. Beginning in the 60s Bill got his family involved…

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  • Shepherd, Bernard

    Inducted 1994 Bernard "Honest Shep" Shepherd was born in Sabin, Wisconsin in 1910, and became actively involved with harness racing in 1940. Shep drove competitively through 1975 and had won the "old timers" races at Aurora Downs in 1973 & 1974. During his career Shep raced at the fairs and the pari-mutual meets. Shep trained and raced many horses over the years for scores of owners. When Shep wasn't racing he hauled horses to the…

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  • Guest Star

    Foaled in 1942 Inducted 1994 Guest Star was purchased as a yearling in Lexington, Kentucky for $200 by Albert Friess of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The bay colt came cheap as a pair of splints were enough to scare most buyers off. Friess, a cattle dealer and avid horseman, took the colt back "up north" to prep him for what was to become a history making career. Guest Star began racing as a three year old…

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  • Searle, Robert

    1902 - 1979 Inducted 1994 Robert "Bob" Searle was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin on December 12, 1902. Harness racing came naturally to Bob, as his father was a highly regarded trainer/driver in Wisconsin. Bob drove in his first race at the age of 15 and operated public and private stables through the early 60s, when he turned over the "reins" to his sons, Robert and John.  The Chicago tracks were the site of Searle's greatest…

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  • Magee, Elwood

    Inducted 1995 Elwood Magee was born May 26, 1922 in Gillette, Wisconsin. He started training horses in Angelica, Wisconsi in 1945. In 1947 he moved the stable to the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour and during the 50's and 60's he trained a public stable at the Shawano County Fairgrounds. From 1970 on he trained at the farm track in Shawano. Elwood did most of his training on the farm track and would make the…

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  • Masterson, Hiram “Doc”

    Inducted 1996 Hiram "Doc" Masterson's racing career began at the age of 16 and spanned the next four decades. Doc missed a few years while serving his country during WWI. His horsemanship skills were utilized by Uncle Sam even then. Doc was a caisson rider for the 117th Field Artillery in France. He won the first race he was ever in, in 1904. Racing and training horses was a family operation. His brothers, Edmund and…

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  • H. Kay Worthy

    Inducted 1996 "Doc" Masterson purchased H. Kay Worthy in 1937 from E.P. Cray of Bellows Fall, Vermont. H. Kay Worthy was shipped by rail in a large crate. He not only survived the trip, but teamed up with Doc to set numerous track records in the Midwest. H. Kay Worthy had been a world's champion on a half mile track and found the county fair tracks in the Badger state to his liking. Doc and…

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  • Jay Eye See

    Inducted 1996 Jay Eye See, at one time the most famous trotting and pacing gelding in the world, put Racine, Wisconsin on the world trotting map. The little black horse electrified the trotting circles by becoming the first 2:10 trotter ever. Jay Eye See made his trotting record at Providence, Rhode Island on August 1, 1884 to a high wheeled sulky. On August 26, 1892 Jay Eye See paced to a record of 2:06 1/4.…

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  • Larson, Allyn “Bud”

    Inducted 1997 Like most harness racing fans, Bud got his baptism "hot walking" horses as a young boy. He spent a few summers traveling with the Friess Stable. He eventually got into the business as an owner with his first horse Dusty Dynamic. Many of the Larson horses were raised and trained in Rice Lake, WI. Melody Joy raced on the fair circuit and later produced the likes of Toot's Lady, M.J. Messenger and Chad's…

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  • Larson, Kathleen “Toots”

    Inducted 1997 There are many words that describe Kathleen Larson. Energetic, tireless, dedicated, devoted, compassionate, understanding, foresight, detail, frugal, courage, the list is endless, and Kathleen's leadership is unmatched. Kathleen's attention to detail caught the eye of various fair officials. Soon "Toots" was clerking fairs in the Midwest. A Canadian track near Thunder Bay needed someone to help out for a week or two. This short stay became a summer task as she was trained…

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  • Golden Miss

    Inducted 1997 Golden Miss p,2:02.1, was bred by Dr. J. Howard young of Elkhorn, Wisconsin and trained and driven by Del Insko of South Beloit, Illinois. Her sire Ensign Hanover won the first Little Brown Jug. Her dam, Miss Pluto Scott, was owned by Gus Paseman of Manitowoc, Wisconsin and she was sired by McKinny Scott, owned by Dr. J.P. West of Madison, Wisconsin. Golden Miss is the main descendent of the Fanny Skinner maternal…

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  • Frinzi, Dominic

    Inducted 1998 Dominic Frinzi has been associated with the racing industry for decades and has been very active on the state and national scene. As President of Harness Horse International (HHI), he has campaigned hard not only for the expansion but the protection of harness racing in North America. HHI represents over 35,000 breeders, owners and trainers in the United States and Canada. HHI has enabled the horsemen to get a larger share of the …

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  • Busse, Donald

    1918 - 1970 Inducted 1999 Donald H. Busse was born in Portage, Wisconsin in 1918. His father Hugo Busse was the owner, trainer and driver of many horses who raced at the fairs throughout Wisconsin. Like many young people, Don learned about the sport of harness racing from his father. However, he did not immediately decide to pursue a career as a trainer and driver. He first went to work at a canning company. In…

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  • The Magee Family

    Inducted 2001 A horseman in the breeding business looks for families that get to the winners circle early and often, that dominate the one mile wars and can dig deep at the head of the stretch and finish strong. Bloodlines come and go, but only those with a solid foundation survive. When one draws a parallel to the domination of the Magee family in the sport/business of harness racing, those same traits can be found.…

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  • Scream N Nena

    Inducted 2001 Scream N Nena is a 1975 foal of Demon Van. She was a prodigy of the Marv Davis Stable of Marshfield, WI. Scream N Nena has proven to be a great asset to the Davis Stable. She has been a proven producer time and time again. With ten registered foals, eight have gone on to take race marks and bankroll some money while racing. Nena's most proven offspring is Bold N Sassy, Wisconsin's…

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  • Space Commander

    Inducted 2001 As a 1991 foal of Nero, Space Commander has been the pride of the Richland Center area. He began his racing career as a three year old for owner Van Nelson of Lone Rock, Wisconsin. He has worked his way up the ranks of the Wisconsin racing circuit until he was of free for all caliber. Space Commander has started one hundred and thirty seven times, returning to the winner’s circle forty three…

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  • Laurent, Leon

    Inducted 2001 Leon Laurent did whatever he could to promote the sport of harness racing and owned and trained many, many race horses. When Leon passed away at the age of 82, we not only lost a good friend, but also a mentor. Leon began racing his own horses in the 1950’s and never stopped. He had a soft spot in his heart for trotters, thus resulting in his pride and joy, Better Boy. Under…

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  • Magee, Dave

    Inducted 2001 Dave Magee got his start in the business by training and racing on the Wisconsin fair circuit. Loaded with talent, "Davey" proceeded to the top of the driving ranks at Quad City Downs and ultimately conquered the Chicago circuit with driving titles at Maywood and Sportsman's Parks and Hawthorne. Dave has been one of the best in the country for decades. He has driven for over a million dollars every season since 1979-most…

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  • Yohn, Richard

    Inducted 2002 Harness racing was never more than a hobby for Dick Yohn, who once was the biggest turkey farmer in Wisconsin. Dick bought his first horse in the 1940's and laid out a half-mile track in a field to race against his neighbor. With that start on the farm track, next came racing at the county fairs and, in 1948, Dick's first good horse Jane Ruby hit the racing circuit. During these last years…

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  • Bestdealintown

    Inducted 2002 Bestdealintown is a 1986 foal of Proud Butler. He was foaled to Charles Petrowitz of Mauston, WI. In 1990 Jerry Kaercher, a farmer, who lives near Cavalier ND saw Bestdealintown race at Assiniboia Downs in Manitoba, Canada and bought him as a 4 year old. Bestdeal would relocate to Jerry's farm where his friend Art Snell would train and race him for the balance of his career. This "duo" traveled throughout the Midwest…

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  • Kline, Roy

    Inducted 2003 Roy is one of the “good ole horsemen” of Wisconsin. He bought his first horse, Lucky Boy, in 1963 and never looked back. He raced everywhere from Quad City Downs to Maywood Park in Chicago to Raceway Park in Toledo. Roy has trained horses for many different owners over the years and trained horses into the winners circle thirty-two times. As a driver, Roy’s red and white silks could be seen all over…

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  • Marquis, William “Doc”

    Inducted 2003 Many different horsemen have left their mark in the minds of Wisconsin horsemen, and William “Doc” Marquis was known for his love of trotters. Doc loved the divine trotting gait and had many classy horses over the years. He began racing in the early 1940’s with notable horses Connie P. Gratten and Mona Patch. He loved horses so much that he was one of the last doctors to own a car because he…

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  • Weaver, O.L. “Buck”

    Inducted 2004 If any history buff needed some piece of harness racing trivia, they need to look no further than O.L. Weaver because he'll know it all. "Buck" began his long career in harness racing in 1955 and has since become a name that everyone recognizes He began working summers for Don Busse as a groom, second trainer and driver. He has raced great horses such as King's Day and Roxburgh Bob as well as…

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  • Davis, Marvin

    Inducted 2005 Marv Davis has been a valued Wisconsin owner/trainer/driver for many years. He began in the business in the early 1960’s by investing in a couple of horses. Marv took great pride in breeding his own horses. He began with his first horse, Gladah’s Pride, who produced Scream N Nena, a Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductee. Scream N Nena was injured early in her racing career, but she proved to be Marv’s…

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  • Epp, Bud

    Inducted 2007 [vimeo 146001616 w=500 h=281] About fifty years ago Bud started working with harness horses in Rice Lake. He has been an owner, trainer, driver and advisor to anyone that needs or wants his help. During this time he has had “hundreds” of winners. His first horse was named Monte Ota, which brings back many memories as well as the rest: Whiz By, Little Joker, John Allen, Bret’s Blaze, Dorset, Little Alice, Billy Brooks,…

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  • Gilbertson, Richard and Joanne

    Inducted 2008 Husband and wife combination Richard and Joanne Gilbertson have been a true asset to Wisconsin harness racing for decades. Not only have they been avid fans their entire lives, but they have given their lives to making racing special for everyone else involved. For years one could see Richard up in the grandstand one minute and then hiding behind a telephone post so as not to spook the horses and yet get some…

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  • Crafty Sailor

    Inducted 2008 Horse with the Iron Legs, Ancient Mariner and Cranky Sailor are but a few of the phrases that have been used to describe one of harness racing’s unique race horses.  Crafty Sailor and owner David Carter of Eau Claire, Wisconsin have been a dynamic duo throughout their careers. Crafty Sailor retired at the end of 2007 at the tender age of 14, but not before leaving his mark all over the United States.…

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  • DeLong Family

    Inducted 2008 Wisconsin history cannot be complete until the powerhouse family name of DeLong is somewhere in the books. Dominating three generations, the DeLong family has conquered many feats and has truly evolved with the harness racing times. Brothers William “Bill” DeLong and Del DeLong began the legacy back in the 1950’s. Bill switched his love of five gaited horses to the love of Standardbreds with the help of Hall of Famer and friend, Del…

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  • Hering, G.V. “Doc”

    1919 - 2009 Inducted 2009 George Vosburgh Hering has owned, trained and raced horses in Wisconsin since the late 1940’s. His stable has been headquartered at his farm in Denmark for well over fifty years. Many very good race horses have been developed at his training facility.  Horses such as Chief Krisite, Hot Tomato, Meadow Crush, Cool Miss, Cool McCool and Saluki Fortune were some of Doc’s finest. His prized Saluki Fortune has won more…

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  • Shaw, Art

    Inducted 2009 Art Shaw was one of the great trainers / drivers to come from Wisconsin. Most of his half century of harness racing experience came through his Elkhorn, Wisconsin based stable. He has campaigned champions across the country while still staying true to the Wisconsin roots.  It was not uncommon to see Art’s stock racing in major races throughout the country. In 1938, Art trained and drove 2 year old trotting filly, Lovely Lady,…

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  • Crippen, Guy

    1891 - 1952 Inducted 2010 Guy Crippen was born in the small town of Darlington, Wisconsin in 1891. From that time on, harness racing acquired a man who proved to be one of its most colorful figures. The Wisconsin based trainer traveled across the country racing his stable, but he always came back to his home state, training his horses on the ovals of Elkhorn and Milwaukee. In 1938 the trainer from Sudsville (Milwaukee to…

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  • Mainliner

    Inducted 2010 Winner of the 1951 Hambletonian “The Horse That Made Milwaukee Famous” A massive field of 20 went to post in two tiers in 1951 for the richest purse in harness racing history, $98,263.93. Driven by Guy Crippen, the long  strided; roman-nosed Mainliner emerged the victor for Ralph H. Kroening of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was the first Hambletonian win for a Wisconsin combination, with Mainliner hitting the headlines all over the nation the next…

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  • Miss Bertha C

    Inducted 2010 Miss Bertha C was bred and raced by D. C. Palmeter, who owned the Riverside Park Farm, a Standardbred breeding farm near Berlin, Wisconsin. Mr. Palmeter originally purchased Miss Bertha C’s dam, Marble and her grand dam Medioin Kentucky. When Marble entered the breeding ranks, she was matched with Palmeter’s stallion Baronmore that had already produced a Kentucky Futurity winner from Marble’s dam, Medio. The resulting foal was Miss Bertha C who was…

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  • The Harvester

      Inducted 2011 It was the winter of 1908; the occasion the sale of a consignment of young harness bred stock from the famed Walnut Hall Farm in Kentucky. Included in this consignment was a three year old colt sired by Walnut Hall 2:08 ¼, a young sire which had raced to his record as a member of the farm stable; his dam, Notelet, daughter of Moko, head of the stud at Walnut Hall and…

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  • Miss Gypsy Witt

    Inducted 2011 As Castleton Farms began advertising their annual fall mixed sale, Robert Wand of Shullsburg made plans to attend, in hopes of adding that one special broodmare to his increasingly growing band of mares. The pedigree reader began tooting the horn of Miss Gypsy Witt, a daughter of Gypsy Bret, as she entered the ring and a few short bids later, the mare, who was in foal to the great Falcon Seelster, was her…

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  • Uihlein, August

    Inducted 2011 In the late 1880’s the northwest was rapidly becoming noted for its high bred trotting stock. Mammoth breeding establishments were springing up in every state, and they demanded and secured the richest-bred animals in the land. Wisconsin was rapidly advancing in this line, and new organizations of great magnitude were being formed. One of the most important among these great establishments was the stud recently started by August Uihlein of Milwaukee, Wis. The…

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  • Lord Steward

    Inducted 2012 Lord Steward was purchased as a yearling for $1,000 by trainer, Art Shaw for owner Ed Winkelman of Whitewater. That price of $1,000 made the colt one of the greatest bargains of the sulky sport. Ralph Kroening had to buy out Winkelman’s entire stable, three horses and all equipment for $15,000 –to get Lord Steward. Shaw took it easy with the 2 year old, starting 14 times in 1949, never finishing out of…

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  • West, Dr. J.P.

    Inducted 2012 Dr. J.P. West, a veterinarian from Madison, Wisconsin, was a prominent owner, trainer, driver and breeder throughout the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. Although active at county fairs throughout Wisconsin, Dr. West’s greatest impact may be as a breeder. He owned several prominent stallions that stood at stud in Wisconsin for many years. These stallions include McKinney Scott, Frisco June, Lulu Guy and Knoght Hanover, to name a few. Dr. West’s horses were easy…

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  • Schroeder, Susan Adams

    Inducted 2012 Horse(wo)manship Susan has devoted her entire lifetime to harness racing. She began training horses with her father as a teenager and has been involved ever since. In the 1970’s, she began a public training stable with her husband, Rick Schroeder whose named they trained under until 2004 when Susan obtained her own trainer’s license. Throughout the years Susan has raced at almost every pari-mutual track in the Midwest as well as many county…

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  • Miss Pluto Scott

    Inducted 2013 The Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame is set to induct Miss Pluto Scott in to the Horse Category. This 1934 foal by McKinney Scott out of the Peter Pluto mare Lu Dene Pluto, is being inducted due to her accomplishments as a broodmare. Owned by J. Howard Young of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Miss Pluto Scott had 8 foals between 1947 and 1954. Among her top earners were Plutocrat (3, 1:59.2M $51,204); Fred Scott…

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  • Magee, Gary and Donna

    Inducted 2013 The husband and wife team of Gary and Donna Magee will be inducted into the Living Category of the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Both have been Wisconsin racing’s biggest ambassadors spanning several decades; Gary and Donna always take the time to educate fans despite their busy racing schedules. This duo has had great success on the Wisconsin circuit — especially with trotters. Together they have had three WHHA Trotters of the…

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  • One Bad Hombre

    Inducted 2014 One Bad Hombre was a staple to the Wisconsin racing circuit in the late 1990’s, capturing numerous awards. He was purchased in 1996 and first campaigned in Wisconsin by Linda Werkheiser. After receiving back-to-back, Trotter of the Year honors, Linda had sold him to John Faust, who continued to race him for the next two and a half years, and continued his Trotter of the Year ways. His three Trotter of the Year…

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  • Yohn, Robert and Carol

    Inducted 2014 When a person thinks about harness racing in the Badger State, there is no doubt that the indelible mark Robert and Carol Yohn have left on the sport come to mind. Bob began his career in harness racing at the age of sixteen on the family farm in Fountain Prairie Township with his father, Richard. His immediate love for the sport and the horses made it obvious that this industry would become Bob's…

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  • Tattlers Jet

    INDUCTED 2015 The Journey and Destination of Tattler’s Jet The numbers are inconceivable, but in reality they are believable. Four hundred and sixty two lifetime starts, one hundred and twenty wins, a sub two minute win in 1:49 and 2. The endurance and stamina, coupled with blood lines, patience, preparation and opportunity were the recipe that made Jet’s career a reality. Explaining a mile in 49 and two by a twelve year old gelding with…

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  • Magee, Dean

    Inducted 2016 Dean got his start here in Wisconsin working for the great Wisconsin Hall of Famers Hugh & Elwood Magee.  Dean worked hand in hand, especially with Hugh, learning the harness racing trade and developing his horsemanship skills.   These skills would not only be used as a trainer, but also as a driver.   While being a groom and trainer apprentice, he received his driver’s license and had his very first drive here in the…

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