2021 – SPECIAL HONOREES – HARNESS RACING
Mr. Harvey was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in July 2002
He excelled as a trainer, driver and farm manager for the finest Standardbreds.
Mr. Harvey was born in Duxbury, Vermont in 1923.
While second trainer for Hall of Famer, Delvin Miller, Mr. Harvey won the 1953 Hambletonian with Helicopter.
He went on to manage Miller’s Meadow Lands Farm from 1954 to the late 1960s. Mr. Harvey was the architect of the union between the mare Countess Vivian and Dale Frost. The subsequent foal, which was born on the farm, was the great pacing stallion Meadow Skipper.
Following the death of Adios, he returned to driving and training. In 1969 his UDRS was the best in the country at .508 for 200299 starts. The following year, he led the UDRS with .462 points for 300 or more starts, all with horses he trained.
Mr. Harvey also drove horses to wins in the Old Oaken Bucket, Prix d’Ete, the Harriman Cup, La Paloma, the Fox and Sheppard Stake, the Mistletoe Shalee, the Roosevelt Pace, Geers, Debutante and the AmericanNational.
He started his own breeding farm, Arden Hills, named after a nearby village. It had been an annex of Meadow Lands Farm ,where he had spent the previous 12 as manager. It was at nearby Arden Downs that he developed, trained and drove Albatross, twotime Horse of the Year and 1996 Hall of Famer.
Mr. Harvey was also vice president of the Western Pennsylvania (The Meadows) Harness Horsemen’s Association from 19621966. He served on the boards of both the Washington Trotting Association and the William Penn at Liberty Bell .