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Del Insko

Del Insko (Harness racing.  Born, Amboy, MN, July 10, 1931.)  Del Insko was the dominant harness driver in the New York area in the 1960s and early 1970s, when Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways were the dominant tracks in the sport.  Delmer M. Insko shifted to the New York circuit in 1962.  For a dozen years before that, he had been a major driver in the Chicago area.  But much of what Insko achieved was accomplished during his great years in New York, including the night in 1966 when he steered Speedy Rodney through a 1:58.3 mile at Yonkers to set a track record that stood for 18 years.  In 1975, Insko achieved an unparalled feat when he swept through Roosevelt’s International Trotting Series, winning all three races with Savoir.  No other driver had ever accomplished this triple.  Five years later, he turned in what he later called his biggest thrill in racing, his win in the $2 million Woodrow Wilson Pace at the Meadowlands with Land Grant.  Insko started driving in 1950 in the Chicago area and by 1960 became the youngest driver ever to win a North American Dash-winning championship.  From 1960-69, Insko placed first or second in victories six times.  He was an extremely active driver during his New York years, making 1,370 starts in 1965 and more than 1,400 in 11 of the next 12 years.  He started 1,707 times in 1971 with 234 wins. In 1969, Insko had a career-best 306 wins (second in the country) and had 200 or more victories nine straight years through 1973.

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2 Comments to Del Insko

  1. Joel buckstein's Gravatar Joel buckstein
    November 9, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Hi,
    As a regular attendee at Roosevelt and Yonkers raceway from the late 50′s to the late 70′s I have many nod memories
    We all had favorite trotters and pacers we bet on and I would like to ind out what happened to hem before they died. All of a sudden horse disappears from print. How can I mind out more? Book? Archives, etc.

    I have become very nostalgic. Interested in old programs, specific horses,memorabilia etc. any ideas are appreciated
    Thanks
    J.B.

    • Jordan Sprechman's Gravatar Jordan Sprechman
      January 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      Mr. Buckstein – I recommend that you get in touch with the librarian (or historian, or curator) of the Hall of Fame of the Trotter, located in Goshen, New York. I am sure they would be able to help you with your searches. Best regards, and good luck. Jordan Sprechman

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