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Bill O’Donnell

Bill O’Donnell (Harness racing.  Born, Spring Hill, Nova Scotia, May 4, 1948.)  Honing his talent as a harness driver in New England and at the Saratoga (N.Y.) harness track, William A. O’Donnell came into national prominence at the Meadowlands racetrack.  O’Donnell vied with John Campbell to dominate the Big M in the 1980s with three driving […]

Lucien Fontaine

Lucien Fontaine (Harness racing.  Born, Pointe aux Trembles, P.Q., Apr. 12, 1939.)  In 1959, Lucien Paul Fontaine made what could hardly be called an auspicious start in harness driving.  He drove twice and failed to finsh in the money either time. But in the  intervening years, his next 6,613 drives produced 3,458 wins and 1,634 […]

Herve Filion

Herve Filion (Harness racing.  Born, Angers, P.Q., Feb. 1, 1940.)  Herve Filion’s story began in the farm country of Quebec, where his father began racing harness horses as a hobby when Herve was nine. Herve entered his first race when he was 12 (finishing second) and at age 13 won his first race at Riguard, […]

Eamonn Coghlan

Eamonn Coghlan (Track and field.  Born, Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 21, 1952.)  A friendly, engaging personality and an N.C.A.A. mile champion both indoors and outdoors while running for Villanova, Eamonn Coghlan became the dominant indoor miler of the 1980s, setting both the world indoor record at the Meadowlands Arena in 1983 and the Millrose Games meet […]

John Campbell

John Campbell (Harness racing.  Born, Ailsa Craig, Ont., Apr. 8, 1955.)  Coming originally to The Meadowlands as a trainer-driver with a small stable, John D. Campbell emerged as one of the most successful drivers in the history of harness racing.  Campbell holds the sport’s record for purse earnings with just under $220 million, more than half […]

Carmine Abbatiello

Carmine Abbatiello (Harness racing.  Born, Staten Island, NY, May 23, 1936.)  Harness racing’s second winningest all-time driver, Carmine Abbatiello won his 7,000th race on October 23, 1990, at Yonkers Raceway with a horse appropriately named “Right on Course.”  Abbatiello, a graduate of Staten Island’s Port Richmond High, went directly from high school into harness racing […]

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