Horse Inductees by Name

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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