Rambling Willie, affectionately known around the country as “The Horse That God Loved” was one of the most durable and beloved harness horses of all time. ‘Willie’ began his career at Ohio county fairs as a 2-year-old and paced his way to 128 victories in 305 career starts.
Among his wins were a record 79 races paced in two minutes or less. “Willie” had 69 second place and 43 third place finishes. His fastest effort was 1:54 3/5, made as a seven-year-old.
When Willie was retired from racing in 1983, and joined the Hall of Champions, he arrived with a special companion: his pet goat, Billy.
Foaled April 18, 1970 in Monroeville, Indiana
Died August 24, 1995 at the Kentucky Horse Park 4
By Rambling Fury, out of Meadow Belle, by Meadow Gold
Owner: V. Farrington Stables, Inc. and Estate of Paul Sebert
Trainer/Driver: Bob Farrington
Titles / Awards
Champion Aged Pacer of the Year (1975, 1976, 1977)
Inducted into the National Harness Racing Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Indiana Starndardbred Hall of Fame
Most starts by a Standardbred – 304
Most wins by a Standardbred – 128
Highest earnings by a Standardbred
Most 2-minute miles or under – 79
Richest Standardbred in history at time of retirement
Best time for 1 mile – 1:543/5
Lifetime Earnings: $2,038,219
U.S. Pacing Championship
Canadian Pacing Derby (three times)
Hall of Champion Resident