Last Friday the harness racing lost a great, two time Horse of the Year (1998 and 1999) Moni Maker. With a record of 67 wins in 109 starts, this trotting mare ended her career as the richest in the history of the sport with a total purse of $5.58 million.
Born February 23, 1993 at Cane Run Farm in Kentucky, her original name was Nursery Rhyme but she was a leading lady in the horse world. In her prime she set world records at the Elitlopp, Copenhagen Cup and Breeder’s Crown. She conquered some of the most prestigious harness races in the world, including the 1996 Hambletonian Oaks and the Prix d’Amerique in France in 1999. She had been in retirement since 2000 at the Connecticut farm of one of her owners, Lindy Farms, owned by the Antonacci family was and was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.
“It’s a sad and emotional day for all of us,” David Reid said, a partner in the Moni Maker stable.