Known as “Stanley” by those who worked with the Standardbred pacer, Staying Together retired from racing with remarkable credentials.
He was very sweet and was known as a teddy bear. He loved to be scratched and made funny faces if you hit the right spot. He also gave hugs. If his handler hugged him around the neck, he brought his head down on their back to return the gesture. Stanley was very trusting. He only had one eye and was completely blind, so he relied solely on his handler to guide him. Because of this, he wasn’t presented in the Hall of Champions shows, but was found in his paddock where guests could visit with him.
Staying Together packed a lifetime of achievements into the 1993 racing season. He won five races in a row, defeating the best older pacers on the continent. In the Driscoll Series at the Meadowlands, Stanley paced the fastest race mile in history, stopping the clock in 148.2.
He was voted harness racing’s Horse of the Year, as well as Aged Pacing Horse of the Year in 1993, and is a member of the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame.
Foaled April 16, 1989 at Kentuckiana Farm in Kentucky
Died October 28, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park
By Panorama out of Happily Involved by Armbro Alert
Owner: Robert Hamather
Trainers: Jack Parsons (as a three-year-old) & Bob McIntosh (as a four-, five-, and six-year-old)
Titles / Awards
U.S. Harness Horse of the Year (1993)
Canadian Harness Horse of the Year (1993)
U.S. Pacer of the Year (1993)
Canadian Pacer of the Year (1993)
U.S. Champion Aged Pacer (1993)
Canadian Champion Aged Pacer (1993)
Paced the world’s fastest race time on a one-mile track (1:48.2) (1993)
Paced the world’s fastest race time on a 5/8 mile track
Paced the world’s fastest race time on a 1/2 mile track (1:49.1) (1993)
First Standardbred to pace two sub-1:50 miles (he did it twice within 8 days)
Canadian Pacing Derby
U.S. Pacing Championship
American-National Maturity (twice)
Breeders’ Crown Open Pace
Des Smith Classic
Stewart Fraser Memorial
Frank Ryan Memorial
Mohawk Gold Cup
Hall of Champion Resident