The Meesngers Stakes
From Wikipedia, Messenger Stakes


The Messenger Stakes is an American harness racing event for 3-year-old pacing horses. It was organized in 1956 at the Roosevelt Raceway in New York to join with the Cane Pace and the Little Brown Jug to create the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers. The race is named in honor of Messenger, (1780-1808), a horse foaled in England and later brought to the United States. As a sire, virtually all race horses in the U.S. can be traced back to Messenger.

One of the preeminent events for harness racing horses in North America, the race was held annually at Roosevelt Raceway until the it closed down. After that, the Messenger Stakes was staged at different racetracks until 1995 when it moved permanently to The Meadows, a racetrack in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

 Previous winners:

 1956 - Belle Acton
 1957 - Meadow Lands
 1958 - O'Brien Hanover
 1959 - Adios Butler
 1960 - Countess Adios
 1961 - Adios Don
 1962 - Thor Hanover
 1963 - Overtrick
 1964 - Race Time
 1965 - Bret Hanover
 1966 - Romeo Hanover
 1967 - Romulus Hanover
 1968 - Rum Customer
 1969 - Bye Bye Sam
 1970 - Most Happy Fella
 1971 - Albatross
 1972 - Silent Majority
 1973 - Valiant Bret
 1974 - Armbro Omaha
 1975 - Bret's Champ
 1976 - Windshield Wiper
 1977 - Governor Skipper
 1978 - Abercrombie
 1979 - Hot Hitter
 1980 - Niatross
 1981 - Seahawk Hanover
 1982 - Cam Fella
 1983 - Ralph Hanover
 1984 - Troublemaker
 1985 - Pershing Square
 1986 - Amity Chef
 1987 - Redskin


 Photo Credit: The Roosevelt Raceway Memorial

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