1992 in Review
Undated (AP) _ Artsplace was harness racing’s perfect horse while Treboh Joe set a high standard for futility in 1992.
After a disappointing 3-year-old campaign, Artsplace lived up to super pacer promise by winning all 16 of his starts.
Treboh Joe set a world record Aug. 28 at Pocono Downs when he lost his 167th straight race. The record was held by New Express of Australia.
The 9-year-old pacer, whose only win was on June 4, 1986, set the American record of 162 straight losses July 10 at Pocono Downs.
Treboh Joe, owned, trained, driven and groomed by Willie Mitchell Jr., was 0-for-35 this year and his losing streak had reached 179 through Dec. 14, but Mitchell said the gelding will race next year.
A previous owner became disgruntled and gave Treboh Joe to Mitchell, only a groom at the time, as a Christmas present in 1990.
Artsplace, a 4-year-old horse, paced the fastest mile in the history when he won the a leg of the Driscoll series in 1:49 2-5 June 20 on a 1-mile track at the Meadowlands. His other wins included the Driscoll series final, the U.S. Pacing Championship final and the Breeders Crown for older pacers.
Immortality, a 2-year-old pacing filly, and Peace Corps, a 6-year-old trotting mare, also made their presence felt in 1992.
Immortality started 15 times, won her last 13 and joined Miss Easy as the only juvenile filly ever to win $1 million.
Peace Corps, Swedish-owned and based, raced only twice in her native United States, but she reminded U.S. fans that she is the greatest distaff trotter ever. She won an elimination for the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, then won the final. It was her fourth victory in a Breeders Crown race.
The drought of trotting and pacing Triple Crown winners continued.
In the trotting triple, Magic Lobell won the Yonkers Trot, Alf Palema won the Hambletonian, and the filly Armbro Keepsake won the Kentucky Futurity.
In the pacing triple, Western Hanover won the Cane Pace and Messenger, but Fake Left won the Little Brown Jug.
The last Triple Crown of Pacing winner was Ralph Hanover in 1983. There hasn’t been a winner of the Triple Crown of Trotting since Super Bowl in 1972.
One of the pacing triple winners was Bret Hanover (1965), who was humanely destroyed Nov. 21 at age 30 at Castleton Farm in Lexington, Ky. He won 62 of 68 career races and sired winners of more than $61 milliion.
On the night of Dec. 12 at Yonkers Raceway, 31-year-old Water Case Jr. set a record for the most wins by a driver in a single year. He tied Herve Fillion’s record of 814 set in 1989 when he won with Down The Pike, then he broke the record with Radar Hanover.
Case also equalled the North American record for most wins on a single program with eight on March 8.
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