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Looking Back to Keystone Raider (01/24/13)
Posted Thursday January 24, 2013
By Mike Paradise
He was the dominant pacer in the Free For All Ranks with Walter Paisley in the sulky during the 1990 racing season at Sportsman’s Park when it was still a five-eighths oval.
As a five-year-old that season, the son of Big Townerr won over $266,092 on the year season and among his seven victories was a neck victory in this 1990 photo over Dorunrun Bluegrass in the $148,000 American National Aged Pace.
Keystone Raider also won a division of the stake in 1989 with Dave Magee at his lines when it was split into a pair of $50,000 divisions. Up until that time only Mr Dalrae ever notched back-to-back American National Aged Pacing titles, doing it in 1984 and 1985.
In his 3-year-old season Keystone Raider was a nine-time winner with $410,287 in money earned.
For his career he ended up going postward 92 times, winning 20 of those starts, and banking over $496,914.
Keystone Raider ended his racing career after the 1991 season and went on to be the top sire in the State of Michigan for over a decade and eventually was inducted into their Harness Hall of Fame.
Keystone Raider died in 2005 at the age of 20.
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