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Looking Back to Chicago's 1st Superstar (02/14/13)
Posted Thursday February 14, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Chicago harness racing’s first super-star was a six-time national driving champion, taking the title in 1961 and 1962 and again from 1964 through 1967.
Born in Richwood, Ohio on July 15, 1929, the now 83-year-old Farrington won 36 driving titles with 30 of them coming on Chicago area tracks, including 6 at both Sportsman’s Park and Washington Park.
Elected to the National Living Hall of Fame in 1979, Farrington was the first driver ever to win 200 races in a season (1961), first to win 300 races in a season (1964), first to win 300 races twice, and first to win 300 races three times.
During at 1963 program at Freehold in New Jersey Farrington drove six times and won all six races. Farrington retired from driving with 3,163 victories in 1992 and went on to be a high profile trainer.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s Bob drove and trained the most popular harness horse of all time on the Chicago circuit, the fabled Rambling Willie, written about as “The Horse That God Loved.”
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