Magee, Dean

Magee

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 Badger State in Manitowoc in 1981. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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 titles ties him for 2nd in the State’s rich history. Hombre completed his racing in Wisconsin with hitting the board 61 of 65 starts (94%), coming out victorious in 23 (35%) of those races. During this span, Hombre had set three different track records. Linda Werkheiser had owned and driven him to records in 1996 at Rice Lake (2:07.2) and in 1997 at Amherst (2:08). Under the ownership of John Faust, Hombre had set the track record in Faust’s hometown of Marshfield in 2:06.2 with Pat Wolf in the sulky.

In 1997, Hombre not only raced under harness, but under saddle as well. As Racing Under Saddle (RUS) begin to re-emerge onto the harness racing scene, Hombre was chosen by Linda to be a participant. He competed at Hoosier Park as well as racing against the pacers at Westfield and Amherst. He did this all while being raced under harness the same year en route to his first Trotter of the Year title.

One Bad Hombre was also showcased at the Midwest Horse Fair, not only in the demonstration, but in the prestigious Liberty Presentation. He currently is enjoying retirement, and is still owned by John Faust.

Nominated by Gabe Wand

Magee, Gary and Donna

Magee

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 Year (Fox Valley Bunns {twice} and Get Physical), two Runner-Up Trotters of the Year (Fox Valley Bunns; Get Physical), and 14 other Top Ten Trotting finishes (Fox Valley Bunns, Speedy Alber, Miles Mirage, JustFuz, Rozzie Kay, Scream N Arsenal and Nikola Tesla). Most recently, their trotter Speedy Alber has taken a 10-2-4-3 record at Balmoral Park, including a victory in a new lifetime best 1:57.4, all after racing across the state, from the east-side (Elkhorn) to the west-side (Mineral Point) to the north (Rice Lake). Gary, a former Driver of the Year in Wisconsin, is tied for the most years in the Top Ten Driving Club (23) and has the most Runner-Up finishes of anyone (5).

Gary spent 18 consecutive years on the WHHA Board of Directors and spent 6 of those years as the Association’s President. Gary has been and continues to be a liaison between WHHA and the fair boards in the northern part of Wisconsin.

Donna and Gary have given much of their time to the WHHA and have done so without expecting anything in return. Donna has been coordinating the WHHA annual picnic (party) for many years, held after the race program at the Waupaca County Fair in Weyauwega. This huge undertaking is something that the entire Wisconsin racing community looks forward to attending. Donna and Gary have been the glue that has held the horsemen together at the Wisconsin fairs; they are usually the first to arrive at a fair and the last to leave. If anyone needs some help, equipment or advice, you just need to stop at the Magee trailer.

Without the long-standing support, participation and passion shown by Gary and Donna Magee, the WHHA and racing in the state, would not be where it is today.

Congratulations to this power couple as they are inducted into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame!

Nominated by Robert Yohn

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 (3, 2:00.2M 38,371); Ludene Scott (3, 2:05.4H $41,078) and Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Golden Miss (4, 2:02.1H, $64,471). After all of these foals were done racing, each went to the breeding shed, including Fred Scott who had 129 registered foals that made over $558,000; and Plutocrat who sired 169 foals which made over $1.48-million.Golden Miss, is the dam of $454,000 earner and stand-out sire, Strike Out, and the granddam of $2.76-million earner Riyadh. Miss Pluto Scott’s daughter Golden Miss is the namesake for the traveling trophy which is awarded to the horse pacing the fastest mile in the State of Wisconsin each year.

Nominated by Phil Langley

Schroeder, Susan Adams

SusanSchroeder

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 fairs. Susan’s stable has trained seven top ten trotters, four top ten pacers, and captured Trotter of the Year honors in 2011 with Windsong Erica. Most recently, she created the Bucket List Racing Stable and offered 2% shares of horses to encourage new owners to get involved. In 2011, she raced Do Me Bliss at the Wisconsin and Illinois Fairs and in 2012 she helped take the Bucket List to Running Aces Harness Park with a horse named Tidbit and owners Ulf Holm-Johansen and Vern Devine. She is looking forward to 2013 and will be again offering shares of Do Me Bliss (who was undefeated on the Wisconsin circuit in 2012).

Wisconsin Harness Horse Association
Susan has devoted her entire life to the harness racing industry, specifically in Wisconsin. She is currently the longest running member of the Wisconsin Harness Horse Board of Directors, being elected in 1991–present. (22 consecutive years) She spent a decade that helm of the checkbook, serving as Treasurer. Susan has initiated budgeting to the WHHA board and consistently stressed the need for balanced books. If more money was needed to cover marketing expenses, she made sure it was known and raised. Upon her duties a Director, she initiated and edited the Wisconsin Harness News, thenewsletter published by the WHHA, in the mid 1980’s until the year 2000 when she handed it off to new director Gabe Wand. If it wasn’t for Susan’s drive and publication skills, the WHHA would never have been able to publish such a professional and informational newsletter. On top of the newsletter, she represented Wisconsin racing in the Illinois Standardbred & Sulky News by submitting monthly columns. Susan was a driving force in the 1980’s pushing for the pari-mutuel Bill in Wisconsin working countless days and nights to ensure the passage for Wisconsin to get a racetrack. She even took horses to the Capital Square in Madison in demonstration. The Bill eventually passed (despite last minute language additions that allowed Greyhound racing.) Susan has worked on every committee the WHHA has had, but most recently the love for marketing became her passion. It’s this passion that has helped Wisconsin becomethe industry leader in grassroots county fair harness racing, and the nation now looks to Wisconsin with vast appreciation. Promotions such as Owner for a Day, t shirt tosses, developing Willie Win It (our association mascot) and initiating driver meet and greets have been highlights to the crowd. Her Harness the Stars concept earned the WHHA the USTA BLUE RIBBON FAIR AWARD in 2012–the first time any racing association received this honor. Her work on this project ensured the WHHA a place in national history and an eight page spread in Hoof Beats Magazine.

Youth in Harness Racing
Over 1,200 children have sat behind a Standardbred thanks to Susan. She began conducting one day youth camps at her farm in the mid-1980’s in conjunction with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Susan’s drive to continue these camps which were endorsed by the WHHA outlasted any other state as Wisconsin was the last state to offer these camps. In 2012, she and Ellen Taylor (executive director of HHYF) put together a Midwest Youth Camp Tour that encompassed camps in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. In 2000, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation voted to give Susan their prestigious Service to Youth Award. To give some insight on the merit of this award, some of the other recipients are industry greats, Stan Bergstein, John Campbell, Ellen Harvey and Hoosier Park. The following year, Susan had her own Harness Hero Trading Card.

Filling A Void
With Wisconsin’s aging membership, we began to see a decline in our ‘old faithful’ racing officials. Susan took it upon herself to help fill these voids. In 2003 she became  USTA licensed Clerk of the Course and took on the task of reporting entries and results for all Wisconsin race meets via the RTS Computer System provided by the USTA. In 2006, she became a licensed presiding judge and has judged all over the State of Wisconsin. Susan has brought a sense of consistency and fairness to the meets she judges and works towards improving racing’s public image. In 2007, she obtained her Charter’s license. Without her, Wisconsin would not have any charted races. She was also called upon by Prairie Meadows race track to chart their races during their 2007 race meet.

Resume
In addition to all of the above donated time and skills to harness racing, Susan has always made her living in some way in the harness racing industry. She has owned and trained a public stable for almost 40 years. Susan has worked at the prestigious Walsh Harness & Saddlery as their General Manager. She worked with Omega Alpha, a pharmaceutical company that markets all natural horse products. She was a Standardbred tack dealer, promoting JH Harness, a startup company that develops and sells Xtreme Racing tack.  Most recently, Susan has moved to neighboring Minnesota as the first ever Executive Director of Minnesota Harness Racing Inc.

As you can see, Susan’s lifelong devotion to harness racing is second to none. Yes, working in the industry has allowed her to make a living, but the time she has spent volunteering for Wisconsin racing is unmatched. She has allowed harness racing in the Badger State thrive, has taken Wisconsin county fair racing to the national level, and despite now being a resident of Minnesota, she continues to strive to take Wisconsin to new levels.

Nominated by Gabe Wand

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 to recognize, as their names frequently began with Highlawn (as in Highlawn Del, Highlawn Lady and Highlawn Myrtle).

McKinney Scott was the sire of 58 registered foals, of which 50 started on the trot and the pace. His foals earned over $245,000. Perhaps his best known offspring is Miss Pluto Scott, who took a record of 2:03 ½. Miss Pluto Scott was the dam of Golden Miss, 1 1997 inductee into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Golden Miss was the dam of the prominent stallion Strike Out, who sired 443 starters with earnings of over $24,000,000. Strike Out himself had a record of 1.56.3 and earnings of over $454,000. Frisco June sired 82 registered foals, of which 30 started on the trot and pace and earned over $89,000. When Dr. West sold Frisco June at a dispersal sale in 1936, he listed him as the sire of 20 with records under 2:10. As a racehorse, Frisco June took a record of 2.01 ¼ in 1920 at the age of three. Lulu Guy was the sire of 18 starters who compiled earnings of over $107,000 while Knight Hanover sired 15 starters with earnings over $49,000.

Nominated by O.L. “Buck” and Sara Weaver

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 the money. That careful start probably contributed to the gelding’s later durability.

Guy Crippen took over the training duties of Lord Steward in 1950 and the three year old was the nation’s leading dash winner that year, winning 23 of 38 starts. Included in those 38 starts was a 3rd place finish in the Hambletonian. Lord Steward kept right on collecting purses. His record for 10 seasons shows 299 starts, 76 wins, 55 seconds, 56 thirds. His earnings total $338,397. In 1958 Lord Steward became the top money earning trotter and on July 30th surpassed Adios Harry to become the top money earner of any gait. Before the 1958 season ended Adios Harry pushed his earnings ahead of Lord Steward but Lord retained the top money earning trotter status.

Lord Steward’s top earnings for trotters was a triumph for consistency and durability. He was a great competitor. Heart made up for lack of brilliant speed. Lord Steward never earned more than $15,000 in a race. Most of his career he went in $10,000 events, or less. But he was able to start oftener than many of the stars–and was always willing.

Perhaps no racehorse in sulky track history (in his time era) had traveled more miles, onthe tracks of the United States and Canada and between them by rail and van.

Lord Steward died at the age of 18 in 1965 and was buried at the Kroening farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Nominated by Susan Schroeder