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Delaware racehorse enters Hall of Fame

Department of Agriculture | Date Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012



DOVER – A Delaware Standardbred racehorse has been inducted into the Harness Racing “Living Horse” Hall of Fame, the first horse from Delaware to achieve this status. Adios Harry was inducted into the “Immortals Wing” at the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Rainbow Blue, now a broodmare stabled in Pennsylvania, had a remarkable career, with a lifetime record of 32 starts, 30 wins and one third-place finish. In 2004, she was named Horse of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association, winning 20 of 21 races with earnings of more than $1 million.

That same year, she won the Blossom Series, Roses Are Red Final, New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers, Ladyship Stakes, Tarport Hap (setting a stakes record), Mistletoe Shalee elimination, Fan Hanover Stakes, Nadia Lobell, Glen Garnsey Memorial, Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace and the Matron Stakes.

At her retirement in 2005, Rainbow Blue was the top single-season moneywinning pacing filly and had recorded two of the three fastest miles ever paced by a three-year-old filly.

“Rainbow Blue’s victories are a wonderful testament to the strength and success of Delaware harness racing,” said Judy Davis-Wilson, executive director of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund. “She truly deserves this recognition and honor.”

She was foaled on March 8, 2001, at Winbak in Chesapeake City, Md. Her trainer was George Teague Jr. of Harrington, and primary driver was Hall of Famer Ron Pierce.

Rainbow Blue is owned by K & R Racing (Kevin & Ron Fry) of Houston, Del., and Teague Inc. (George and Brenda) of Harrington, Del.

Another Hall of Fame inductee with a Delaware connection is Moira Fanning, publicity director for the Hambletonian Society, which administers nearly 130 stakes including the Matron Stakes, Progress Pace and the Quillen Memorial, held at Delaware tracks.

From Valley Forge, Pa., Fanning got her start in the frontside at the former Brandywine Raceway under Marv Bachrad, current public relations director at Dover Downs. She later served as president of the United States Harness Writers’ Association, and was awarded the Harness Tracks of America’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

The induction ceremonies were held Sunday, July 1, in Goshen, New York, at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.

 

Contact:

Dan Shortridge
Chief of Community Relations
Delaware Department of Agriculture
(302) 698-4520

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Delaware racehorse enters Hall of Fame

Department of Agriculture | Date Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012



DOVER – A Delaware Standardbred racehorse has been inducted into the Harness Racing “Living Horse” Hall of Fame, the first horse from Delaware to achieve this status. Adios Harry was inducted into the “Immortals Wing” at the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Rainbow Blue, now a broodmare stabled in Pennsylvania, had a remarkable career, with a lifetime record of 32 starts, 30 wins and one third-place finish. In 2004, she was named Horse of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association, winning 20 of 21 races with earnings of more than $1 million.

That same year, she won the Blossom Series, Roses Are Red Final, New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers, Ladyship Stakes, Tarport Hap (setting a stakes record), Mistletoe Shalee elimination, Fan Hanover Stakes, Nadia Lobell, Glen Garnsey Memorial, Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace and the Matron Stakes.

At her retirement in 2005, Rainbow Blue was the top single-season moneywinning pacing filly and had recorded two of the three fastest miles ever paced by a three-year-old filly.

“Rainbow Blue’s victories are a wonderful testament to the strength and success of Delaware harness racing,” said Judy Davis-Wilson, executive director of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund. “She truly deserves this recognition and honor.”

She was foaled on March 8, 2001, at Winbak in Chesapeake City, Md. Her trainer was George Teague Jr. of Harrington, and primary driver was Hall of Famer Ron Pierce.

Rainbow Blue is owned by K & R Racing (Kevin & Ron Fry) of Houston, Del., and Teague Inc. (George and Brenda) of Harrington, Del.

Another Hall of Fame inductee with a Delaware connection is Moira Fanning, publicity director for the Hambletonian Society, which administers nearly 130 stakes including the Matron Stakes, Progress Pace and the Quillen Memorial, held at Delaware tracks.

From Valley Forge, Pa., Fanning got her start in the frontside at the former Brandywine Raceway under Marv Bachrad, current public relations director at Dover Downs. She later served as president of the United States Harness Writers’ Association, and was awarded the Harness Tracks of America’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

The induction ceremonies were held Sunday, July 1, in Goshen, New York, at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.

 

Contact:

Dan Shortridge
Chief of Community Relations
Delaware Department of Agriculture
(302) 698-4520

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