Many Owners of Standardbreds Still Drive Their Own Horses in Competition: Ten Such Skilled Novices Now in Action at Arcadia; Sheppard Was Noted Driver, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-09


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Many Owners of Standardbreds Still Drive Their Own Horses in Competition Ten Such Skilled Novices Now in Action at Arcadia Sheppard Was Noted Driver DriverARCADIA ARCADIA Calif May 8 Unlike Jthe thoroughbred sport where the owners of horses are very rarely seen riding them in organized racing the standardbreds are often trained and driven by then owners One of the charms of the sulky game is that it may be and very often is indulged in by men who handle their own horses from the time of mating of mare with stal ¬ lion down to the actual racing of the off ¬ spring Mostof these drivers zealously hold to their status of amateurs ten such skilled novices are presently driving here hereHistory History of harness racing abounds with the names and deeds of notable amateur drivers Lawrence Sheppard president of the United State Trotting Association and a millionaire many times over is a skillful man in the sulky and his daughter Alma while in her teens drove Dean Hanover to a world record Sheppard himself often drove his Hanover Shoe horses in impor ¬ tant races and won many contests though in recent years his age has kept him out of competition though hes always ready to take a horse around the track and often does it at the Hanover training course courseEllis Ellis Gilmore of Saratoga Springs wealthy cousin of Gage Ellis drives his own Senator Abbe and Curly Smart W E Miller furniture dealer of Washington D C who owns Rosecfoft Raceway and Rosecroft Stock Farm long has been an enthusiastic reinsman reinsmanE E Roland Harriman and his wife Gladys are rated more than competent in the sulky Mrs Harriman drove one of the couples horses to a worlds record against time Harrison Hoyt Connecticut manufac ¬ tured drove Demon Hanover to victory in a Hambletonian Hoyt is the only nonpro ¬ fessional driver ever to win the coveted prize prizeWalter Walter Candler of Atlantas Coca Cola family was a superior driver in his youth and middle age He owns the crack Duke of Lullwater and when at the track though at an advanced age he likes nothing better than to jog the horse during the morning training hours hoursJoe Joe Dodge of New York and Lexington W K Devereaux of Cleveland and C K G Billings of Santa Barbara were other fa ¬ mous drivers of the past pastHere Here at Santa Anita are several wealthy sportsmen who get a thrill out of driving their own horses training laps as well as in actual races Those licensed here to drive as amateurs include Ed Shafer wealthy lumberman of Coos Bay Wash who won a race early in the meeting with Lumber Lady Fred Simpson former mayor of San Diego Bert Sheppard Oklahoma oil man Ernest Tassi harnesshorse breeder of Oak dale near Stockton Orris Foster Marion Coronado Frank Entrekin James Hackler David I asnoyer Floyd Page and Clyde Pennington Hackler and Page drive their own horses but it would not surprise their friends if they branched out and became professional drivers

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