This Week in Harness Racing History June 10-16

June 10, 1806 — Harness racing is covered for the first time by a newspaper in the United States. New York’s “Commercial Advertiser” reports a pacer named Yankee won the mile at Harlem Race Track.

June 10, 2000 — Walter Case Jr. wins nine races at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.

June 10, 2000 — Big Tom, driven by Joe Anderson, wins in 1:49.1 to set the track record for pacers at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinios.

June 12, 1987 — Mr Heckle, a two-year-old pacing colt, and Mrs Jeckle, a two-year-old pacing filly, become the first twin foals to face each other in a pari-mutuel race, meeting at Fairplex Park in California. Mr Heckles finishes third while Mrs Jeckle is sixth. The twins are by Skippers Subject out of Waltzing Breta.

June 13, 1980 — James H Tup, driven by Don Irvine Jr., sets the world record for four-year-old geldings pacing on a half-mile track by winning in 1:57.2 at Northfield Park in Ohio.

June 14, 1989 — Scott Robbins drives two horses that finish in dead heats for wins at Quad City Downs in East Moline, Illinois.

June 15, 1996 — Walter Case Jr. wins nine races at Yonkers Raceway in New York. Case’s winners go off at average odds of 4-1.

June 15, 1999 — The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, which finds new homes and careers for trotters and pacers, places its 1,000th horse, Blue Misty.

June 16, 1998 — Mac Action, driven by Steven Warrington, wins in 1:56.1 to set the track record for trotters at Harrington Raceway in Delaware.

June 16, 1998 — Walter Case Jr. wins nine races at Yonkers Raceway in New York.

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