Top Ten Harness Drivers of All Time

The Top Ten

1 John Campbell

His money winnings speak for volumes. He is consistent and patient! His strength is his dedication and professionalism second to no one!

Not allowed to win anymore

Just count the money and the types of races he won with all gaits.

Played football with him at nmdhs. First time I saw a fifty yard field goal.

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2 Herve Fillion

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

Gentleman. And King of the 1/2 track at Yonkers
And Roosevelt Raceway. Cheyenne Tomahawk
was my favorite horse, but I believe he lost him at
a fire " at Capitol Hill Farms...

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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!

The best driver I ever saw and I've seen them all since 1950

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

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

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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

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

Dave once farted in my mouth. Yummy

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.

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

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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

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

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

8 Vernon Crank

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

Was leading driver at dover downs the 1st year they had racing and at brandywine in 71 and 83 had great hands

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

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

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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

The best!

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10 Yannick Gingras

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!

He has raced all over the world and has been an ambassador for the sport while wining at an incredible rate.

He won another 4 on breeders crown night when most of the favorites fell and in the brutal slop. He is the best!

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

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The Contenders

11 Walter Case Jr.

I was lucky enough to see Walter Case drive mostly it was at Yonkers Raceway. Now I've seen many drivers since that time but to me Walter Case was and always be the best driver that I'd ever seen

I too was lucky to see Walter drive and unless you've had the pleasure of seeing him drive night after night. There are no words that I could write in this forum that would do him any justice

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!

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.

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12 Tim Tetrick

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

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

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!

Always dangerous he knew how to rate his horses.

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

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...

Tony is number 3 in the world in all time wins and number 2 in the country for lifetime wins! Why he is only number 17 on this list is beyond ridiculous! He has 16000 wins lifetime come on! He is one of the best of the best ever! I watched him drive my whole life and have seen him win 9 races in one day! Tony is Ledgendary!

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

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17 Eddie Davis

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

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).

1,000,000 to show on Eddie D

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18 William "Buddy" Gilmour

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

Among the best ever

Got beat up once for not throwing a race

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

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19 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

20 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.

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

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

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21 David Miller

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.

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.

He came from a small circuit here in Ohio where he was dominate and has fine nothing to disappoint on the big stage. Definitely top 10.

He is the man at the little brown jug

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22 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!

Much better than 16

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23 Dave Magee

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.

24 Lew Williams

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.

His driving style was way ahead of his time!

Look at the stats...

25 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

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 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!

29 Kevin Cumming
30 Tom Crank

Drove back in the 50s and 60s

31 Jody Jamieson

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

32 George Sholty

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

Did it everywhere

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

33 Jack Bailey

King of Vernon

"And here they are"

34 Brett Miller

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

35 Buddy Gilmour

Great driver Good man

36 Steve Warrington

One of the best ever

37 Örjan Kihlström

Cool under fire!

38 William Haughton
39 Don O'Dwyer

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

Good hands could drive with everybody!

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

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.

40 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.

41 Dick Stillings

Great trainer and driver underrated

42 Doug Mcnair

Great driver. Better then Chris Christoforou

He is the new kid on the block.
watch out

43 Charles Lawson

Ist driver to break the 2 minute mile record.

44 Kevin Wallis

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

45 Robert Shahan
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 Brian Gath

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


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