Top Ten Harness Drivers of All Time

The Top Ten

1 John Campbell

I loved watching him drive...the best on any size track. Win or lose John put the horse in a position to win. As a bettor, that's all you can ever ask of the driver.

By far the best

The list is heavily east coast biased. I'm from the Midwest and you could easily put the "Wrenn's" on here, Peter and/or Ronnie Jr. Where's Eddie Morgan, Terry Tomlin, Danny Johnson, Jeff James, Chris Boring?

John Campbell is pretty good too! 1st time I saw Campbell, he was on Mack Lobell! - Outlaws

By Far The Greatest at Keeping a Horse Alive! His Talent on All sized Tracks was AMAZING!

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2 Herve Fillion

Hands of gold willed many lame horses home he was part horse.

Never really saw him drive on a regular basis but his stats are almost untouchable!

Stood the of time, if he was in the sulky back in the 60 to the late 80's your horse was odd's on

He was great tactical driver

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3 Bill O'Donnell

Bill was great, but the booze got to him and severely cut short his time. A great pity!

He could keep a horse alive parked first over better than anyone

At his peak, the best I ever saw. There's a reason they called him the "Magic Man".

Saw him come to maywood one night from the meadowlands and won all 5 race he drove with some good prices. Could drive any horse and from any post

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4 Ron Waples

I saw him Drive a lot at Woodbine and at Meadowlands. He did things that no else would attempt he was way ahead of his time when it came to racing. Didn't matter what the odds he was always dangerous. He was a magician!

A great driver/trainer who comes from a family of horsemen.Son Randy now in dads footsteps or "hoof prints" A real gentleman.

5 Dave Palone

Drivers just don't win at the clip that he has for such a long period of time. Phenomenal talent.

Dave once farted in my mouth. Yummy

Probably the best under rated driver in history. he can really get a horse around the track

Stayed true to his home track and put up incredible numbers. Would have loved to have seen him go up against the Yonkers / Roosevelt or early.Meadowlands crowd back in the day. He would have done great.

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6 Ron Pierce

He just keeps going and going. Any driver that can run at such a high standard for as many years as he has deserves be on this list. He has probably the biggest upset I have ever seen. He can never be overlooked in any race.

7 Michel Lachance

True great trot driver made lots of money betting him oon long shots

He is a Hall of Famer with some amazing stats. He held the record for winning 12 races in one day at Yonkers, he was dominate! Extremely aggressive and great with all gaits. He was money in the big races!

He was very competitive and extremely aggressive. He had was a dominate force at one time.

Great driver

8 Vernon Crank

Seen him at libertybell park set the track record with town drunk great driver

Great driver

Vern crank drove isle of wright to beat the great albatross 3 straight times

Had a bad accident at liberty bell race track he had to have a steel plate in his skull. Had bad heads aches all the time after that he made a great come back and was leading drver at Brandywine raceway in 1983. Only to be hit and killed by a drunk driver in 1984. He was a great person as well as he's driving skills

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9 Brian Sears

Extremely intelligent driver who also seems to have the horse in the best position and he doesn't overextend a horse. There are a couple of "popular drivers" currently who seem to drive every horse as though they're sitting behind the next Niatross. A class act who wins a lot of races without driving a horde of super horses for the elite owners.

Brian is a Talent. He is extremely intelligent driver and will be one of the most successful driver in a 7 year period.
He had the ability to find a spot for every horse he drove. Outstanding Driver!

No shot top 10 of all time. He can't hold David Millers jock strap

One of the best I have ever seen

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10 Yannick Gingras

He will win 2019 world driving title. He is a master and will be for a long time to come.

You are mine

Top driver all time for sure!

This Driver will be in Top five of all time. He does some amazing thing in the track. He absolutely blows me away every day with his extremely intelligent driving and he super aggressive. He doesn't have enough time on the track to be on this list but really I can't take him off. Since the first time I saw him at the Meadowlands race track he stood out. He will be a top driver for years to come. He is a just a SUPER TALENT!

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The Newcomers

? Les Givens

He was the best in my time

The Contenders

11 Walter Case Jr.

The best of all time in my opinion

The greatest driver in all of harness racing. sadly his personal demons stole his career otherwise he would have achieved numbers no one would have reached.

He has done his time

Golden hands and Walter could win with a three legged pacer or trotter. He made bad horses good, good horses better, better horses great and great horses champions!

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12 Tim Tetrick

Tim Tetrick is the best of all time period

Big race, big money, no one I'd rather see driving my horse. Simply the best!

Will be all time best ever! No doubt. You can take that to the bank, to the bank

Tim is the best driver in the world without a doubt

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13 Ted Wing

Awesome horseman

One of my favorites and always seemed to bail me out.

Ted Wing was a superstar in early years of Big M racing. He could get speed out of any horse & was lethal on the engine.

14 William Gale

One of the best!

William had many injuries in his carrier but what a master. He did some amazing things on the track. He was one of the most deceptive drivers on the track, you could never tell if his horse was done or not. He had a track timer in his head. brilliant!

Bill was one of my favorite drivers, always calm, cool, collected in behind a horse

Loved watching him at Hazel Park in Michigan!

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15 Doug Brown

When Doug was at his prime you could not beat him at the jockey club. I never questioned his integrity in the sulky. He was always trying to win! The entire time being loyal to his friends in the industry. I remember. I won't forget. You were one of the Canadian bright lights. A star when the industry was at its best.

He could keep a horse alive better than anyone.

Over David Miller...just silly

16 Anthony Morgan

In the 80's, I remember Tony was driving at Sports Creek (outside of Flint, MI) and was the leading driver. Drivers who left Michigan do very well at other tracks! - Outlaws

Was a little dirty, good driver in Chi-Town.

Tony, there are no words. You are everything our Morgan clan has put out, all in one person. Modest, talented, quiet, confident, a good person. Oh, and that red head with you...(never behind Penny), she completes your legacy. I am beyond proud to say that I not only know you, I'm related to you.

Tony morgan is the best top 5 driver of all time who never drove for the top trainers consistently in his career and you can quote me on that statement...

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17 William "Buddy" Gilmour

Great horseman and driver. One kind man.. Treated all people the same

He always was willing to help the next guy up. I loved watching him drive.Smart and fearless

Knew horses better than most
great horseman and man

correction the comment above is incorrect and slanderous
He got beat up for NOT throwing a race
I know some people like to gossip but please at least get the story straight

Knew Buddy and his brothers when I was growing up. My grandfather was Elmer Rice a blacksmith for the tracks.

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18 David Miller

He is the man at the little brown jug

I believe David Miller should be rated top 5 of all time harness racing drivers.

$220 million dollars in career earnings really tells the story of how talented
David Miller is.

I followed David's career from the very start at my home track(Lebanon Raceway). He was a natural and the amazing thing about David is that he has only gotten better as the years have passed. No matter where he has driven he has been the Driver to beat when he has a horse of comparable ability. From Lebanon Raceway to Northfield Park to Scioto Downs to The Meadows Racetrack to now driving against the top drivers at Harness Racings Mecca The Meadowlands. I have to admire a guy like David that made his mark in Harness Racing by his amazing ability to get his horses to perform at a very high level. The mark of greatness is when you can improve any horse that you have an opportunity to drive and that is what I believe describes David's entire career in the bike.

Love his jug wins

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19 Eddie Davis

Great horsemen as well and won with a lot of bad gaited horses great hands.

Was Harness racing in 70's to 90's in Delaware and PA (Liberty Bell Park).

Most underrated of all time. Won dash championships when racing one track at a time. Injuries slowed his wins down.

1,000,000 to show on Eddie D

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20 Dave Magee

Honest as the day is long. First saw him as a kid working for his uncle at Quad City Downs. He can feel a horses soul right thru the lines.

Started watching harness racing in 1975. I believe that was when I first saw Dave Magee. In Chicago along with Ron Marsh and Walter Paisley. Dave was special.

Should be in the top 2. He and John Campbell. Best ever at rating a horse. Always helped trainers with rigging a horse. Great hands.

Smart driver with great hands.

21 Stanley Franklin Dancer

Stanley Dancer was not only a great driver but a teriffic human being as well. He won three triple crowns only driver to do that. I asked him who his greatest horse was and he said Albatross, who did not win TRIPLE CROWN!

Not only the best driver, but the best driver/trainer combo, of all time

22 Jack Moiseyev

Best harness driver I've ever seen. Some drivers get better horse. The true measure is instinct and intelligence on the track, and here he beats them all.

At the races it is often said that " all you have to know is Jackie Mo"

He had was a force no matter where he drove. He won many Big Races and could do it from all positions. Great Driver!

One of the best ever. Won a lot of big races. Jug included. And still loves to win

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23 Catello Manzi

Far far better than #17. This driver has won many more races and money than many above him.

Ate the gate at Freehold..poor Cat.

Most dangerous driver out of the #1 hole in all of harness racing!

14000t wins enough said

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24 Walter Paisley

Possibly the best driver at Chicago tracks. Got as much out of a horse as any driver ever did.

Walter treated his horses like he treated the people who worked for him; with respect and fairness.

Was awesome

25 Lew Williams

A legend great driver n trainer.

His driving style was way ahead of his time!

Look at the stats...

For a short period of time Lew was super. Lew had no help being an African American driver in a sport dominated by whites. He could get almost any horse to leave the gate and he had uncanny timing.
Tired horses would give their all under Lewys left handed push. Perfected the 1/4 pole move.

26 Billy Haughton

Take Billy every time. He was the best in my opinion when it was all on the line.

27 Dale Hiteman
28 Don O'Dwyer

Loved to see Don drive in Ohio, could win with any horse first time out

Was really good with the trotters.Great hands. Leading driver for years in Ohio

Good hands could drive with everybody!

The Traveling man was complimented by the greatest of all time Billy O'Donnell,Herve Fillion,Michael lachance, Joe Obrien, and Buddy Gilmour. He could drive as good as anybody.

29 Jack Bailey

Very tactical driver, but generally aggressive, and could really crack a whip! RIP jack

Dominated vernon

"And here they are"

King of Vernon

30 Brett Miller

One of the best drivers in the world. One of very few people that makes almost every horse go a lot faster.

31 Paul McDonnell

He is an under rated driver. He drove mostly for William Wellwood and I think hurt his overall number even though Wellwood had some amazing horses. He was patient driver but knew how to get it done. Was the driver of some of the best horses I saw run. He didn't make many mistakes. a true professional!

32 Buddy Gilmour

Great driver Good man

33 George Sholty

I have a black and white picture from early 1960s signed by George with Air Record. Him and Del Insko exceptional and trade marks of RR in HAY Days

Half mile tracks greatest driver. His fakes of horses quitting at the three quarter pole left many drivers with mouths open.

Did it everywhere

34 Kevin Cumming
35 Tom Crank

Drove back in the 50s and 60s

36 Jody Jamieson

Loves the Cocaine...

Nova Scotia Proud. The man is definitely top 10 in Canada. He's an awesome all around driver. Great guy on and off the track

37 Steve Warrington

Rolled em on the front as much as he could. Loved to win.

One of the best ever

38 Dick Stillings

Great trainer and driver underrated

39 William Haughton
40 Örjan Kihlström

Cool under fire!

41 Doug Mcnair

Great driver. Better then Chris Christoforou

He is the new kid on the block.
watch out

42 Charles Lawson

Ist driver to break the 2 minute mile record.

43 Kevin Wallis

Underrated driver with a wonderful set of hands. Could get you to the winners circle and your horse would still have something left for the next week.

Can get a horse off the gate quicker than anybody..Great hands!

44 Brian Gath

Good

Versitile as they come all round Champion and could match it with any driver in the world!

45 Gavin Lang

Here in Australia Gav AKA ICE MAN, more Group One races than and other driver here in OZ and could definitely take on the best in the world.

46 Jean-Michel Bazire
47 Trevor Ritchie

Should be top ten, Trotting Master!

48 Stig H. Johansson

Has won most Gr1 race both as a trainer and as a driver, and won them quite a few times as well.

49 Wayne "Curly" Smart
50 Robert Shahan
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