This Month In Harness Racing History: JULY
July 1, 1950 – Scarborough Downs opens near Portland, Maine.
July 1, 1953 – Vernon Downs opens near Utica, New York.
July 1, 1995 – David's Pass wins the Messenger in 1:52.4 at the Meadows.
July 9, 1999 – Lovelytobehold wins the Delvin Miller Memorial Trot in 1:54.3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.
July 10, 1992 – Carlsbad Cam wins the Meadowlands Pace by a length over Driven By Design in 1:51 at the Meadowlands.
July 11, 1976 – Meadow Blue Chip sets the world record for female pacers on a 5/8 of a mile track by winning in 1:55.1 at Brandywine Raceway in Delaware.
July 12, 1977 – Escort wins the inaugural Meadowlands Pace in 1:54.4 at the Meadowlands.
July 13, 1991 – Crown's Invitation wins the Yonkers Trot in 1:59.3 at Yonkers Raceway in New York.
July 14, 2000 – Sammie's Girl wins the Delvin Miller Memorial Trot in 1:56 at the Meadowlands and pays a stakes record $80.20 to win.
July 15, 1965 – Pocono Downs opens near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with more than 12,000 fans in attendance.
July 15, 1966 – Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, New York, sets its all-time attendance record of 12,779 as Bret Hanover wins a stakes race there.
July 16, 1874 – Goldsmith Maid lowers the trotting world record to 2:16½ at East Saginaw, Michigan, then drops the mark to 2:16 in the following heat of the day.
July 16, 1955 – Adios Harry equals Billy Direct’s pacing world record of 1:55 at Vernon Downs in New York.
July 16, 2002 – John Campbell wins his 9,000th race by driving Scandalous Affair to victory at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
July 17, 1993 – Staying Together wins the American-National open pace in 1:50.2 at Sportsman’s Park in Illinois.
July 18, 1992 – Presidential Ball wins the Sheppard final in 1:54.3 at Yonkers Raceway.
July 19, 1979 – Sonsom wins the Meadowlands Pace in a world record 1:53.2.
July 20, 1984 – Bobbo sets the world record for gelding trotters on a half-mile track, winning in 1:58.2 at Yonkers Raceway in New York.
July 21, 1978 – Passing Glance sets the world record for 3-year-old fillies pacing on a 5/8 of a mile track by winning in 1:56.2 at the Meadows near Pittsburgh.
July 22, 1995 – Luc Ouellette wins nine races at Yonkers Raceway.
July 23, 1994 – Duke Duke equals the world record for 3-year-old gelding pacers on a 5/8-mile track by winning in 1:52 at Scioto Downs in Ohio.
July 24, 1993 – Red B wins the Motor City Pace in 1:52.4 at Hazel Park near Detroit.
July 25, 1927 – Hall of Fame trainer/driver Stanley Dancer is born in Edinburg, New Jersey.
July 25, 1977 – No No Yankee wins the inaugural Woodrow Wilson Pace in 1:57.4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.
July 26, 1959 – Pat Kuno wins at Laviolette Raceway in Quebec and pays a then-record $1,120 to win.
July 27, 1980 – Lindy’s Crown sets the world record for trotting on a 5/8-mile track by winning in 1:57.1 at Brandywine Raceway in Delaware.
July 27, 1986 – HH Shadow equals the world record for female pacers on a half-mile track, winning in 1:54.4 at Yonkers Raceway in New York.
July 28, 1990 – Jake And Elwood wins the Art Rooney Pace in 1:55 at Yonkers. July 29, 1990 – Kit Lobell sets the world record for older trotters on a half-mile track, winning in 1:57.2 at Yonkers.
July 29, 1992 – Lady Starlet wins the Merrie Annabelle in 1:59.2 at the Meadowlands.
July 30, 1867 – Dexter beats Brown George in a trotting world record 2:19 at the Riverside half-mile track in Boston.
July 31, 1881 – Maud S. trots a world record 2:10¼ at Pittsburgh.