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Happy The Great575 viewsHappy the Great 2:041/4, also recruited to the stable, made a highly creditable showing, even though he was meeting the sensational Hollyrood Dick 2:001/4 almost every week. Happy raced all through the Bay State and Orange County meetings, also made a side journey to Trenton, N. J., winning four races, six second places, and in excess of $6,385. One of the highlights in his campaign was the winning of the third heat in the $10,000 trot at Avon, Conn., in 2:06, a new track record for trotters. In three starts in the Orange County he was twice second and once first. He also won a handicap race at Goshen's mile track Grand Circuit meeting, trotting in 2:101/2, 2:09, with a 120-foot handicap. He took another handicap at Reading, Pa., in 2:113/4, 2:113/4, 2:12, and at Trenton, over the very sandy track at the InterState Fair grounds, won a sparkling race in 2:083/4, 2:08, 2:09.

Very shortly afterwards he (Happy the Great) was returned to the Weequahic Park, Newark, track to begin a series of remarkable races and exhibitions in the matinees. He won the free-for-all trots on both Oct. 4 and 11, and must be credited with a great performance when he first won the same class on Newark's Gala Day, Oct. 18, and an hour later was driven by Mr. Smith in the double team exhibition with the three-year-old filly Laurel Leaf (mat. 2:101/2), the pair lowering the halfmile track double-team record from 2:121/4 to 2:101/4 in one of the finest exhibitions seen in many years.. They were carefully rated to the quarter in :34, trotted the next quarter in :311/4, to the half in 1:051/4, stepping the last half in 1:05, for a magnificent mile in 2:101/4. The owner, a 220-pound amateur, received hearty congratulations from many friends fortunate in seeing his splendid work in driving and rating the mile. This exhibition mile made Happy the Great's twentieth appearance of the year, a tribute to good handling, with a full measure of credit to the game gelding.

Image from the Dec 10, 1930 Horse Review
Courtesy of Don Daniels
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Bright Spot765 viewsBright Spot (Cliff Hennion) wins first heat Class C Trot from Hollyrood Jasper (Joe Dodge) Newark, N. J. Matinee.

Photo from the June 1930 issue of Harness Horse
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Gala Day Collage855 views1.—Walter R. Cox, W. H. Cane and J. M. Beldon after Mr. Cane had accepted the trophy which went to the Good Time Stable.
2.—Guy Ozark, Dickerson up, after the Arden Homestead Stable champion had trotted an exhibition mile.
3.—Barney Fralick and W. H. Dickinson of the Connecticut River Stock Farm, Hatfield, Mass., could not resist going over for the big day.
4.—After Dorwood Farm's mare, The Ripples, had won an event, with J. M. Beldon presenting the trophy to Driver Robley while Theo. Maxfield held the mare.
5.—When W. J. McDonald of Boston won an event with Albia Maxey he delegated Dr. J. T. McGlynn of the "Mets" to accept the trophy which George T. James presented.
6.—George T. James, Thomas Berry, J. M. Beldon, L. B. Sheppard and W. K. Dickerson lined up for THE TROTTER AND PACER photographer.
7.—The original Sam Williams, L. B. Sheppard and W. H. Cane can be clearly seen in this picture, but some cravenetted gentleman is trying to hide Walter Cox.
8.—Hazleton 2:013/4, the new champion four-year-old, doing his turn for the big crowd.
9.—Frank D. Phillips of Goshen and Job G. Sherman.
10.—Fireglow, the new champion racing two-year-old.

Image from the Oct 27, 1927 Trotter and Pacer magazine courtesy of Don Daniels
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Weequahic Park500 viewsPhoto from Mary Lou Dondarski
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ShirleyTemple (Carpenter), StraightShot (Caton)602 viewsImage from the Dec 16, 1942 Harness Horse magazine (defunct).
"Road Horse Association of NJ" (aka Gentleman's Driving Club).

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Happy The Great & Great Laurel Lady528 viewsImage from the Dec 10, 1930 Horse Review
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Putting the Cart before the Horse432 viewsAn unusual harness race, with the driver facing backwards, takes place at Weequahic Park, Newark, New Jersey, 17th October 1928.

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