By GT Staff | Years ago, the Hambletonian, harness racing’s version of the Kentucky Derby, was raced at the Du Quoin (Illinois) State Fairgrounds. But in recent years the Hambo has been raced at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
For the current three-year-old trotting champion, Deweycheatumnhowe, the scenery didn’t matter. He won the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands last month and on Saturday won the $565,000 World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin.
Because little is written in America’s largest newspapers about horse racing nowadays – little of thoroughbred racing and almost nothing of harness racing – most people have never heard of Deweycheatumnhowe. Yet, the colt has won 17 straight races, including the World Trotting Derby which was timed in l:50.4, fastest mile trotted by any Standardbred in 2008.
"He’s just unbelievable," said trainer and co-owner Ray Schnittker, adding that "he’s probably one of the top five of all time right now."
There won’t be many harness racing fans that will argue that point.
Yet, regardless of his ability and accomplishments, Deweycheatumnhowe will remain one of the best kept secrets in sports.
Maybe we do "cheat’em, ‘n how."