Niatross tops five Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductees
GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) _ Niatross, a pacing Triple Crown winner selected horse of the year in 1979 and 1980, became the first horse to attend induction ceremonies for the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
The 20-year-old horse was led through the crowd assembled on the lawn outside the Hall of Fame by Clint Galbraith, a Hall of Famer who co-owns Niatross and also served as trainer and driver.
``I know if Elsie Berger _ who bred the horse _ were here now, she would be so proud,″ Galbraith said. ``Elsie said it best when she said, ``God is the creator of life, beauty and perfection and he put it all in Niatross.‴
Niatross is based at Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J.
Super Bowl, a 28-year-old trotter who won the Triple Crown in 1972, also was inducted along with former Harness Horseman International president Dominic Frinzi and owner-breeder George Segal. Bowman Brown Jr., editor and publisher of Harness Horse magazine, was inducted into the Writer’s Corner.