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Haughton, Billy (02 November 1923–15 July 1986), harness driver and horse trainer, was born William Robert Haughton in Gloversville, New York, the son of William F. Haughton, a silk mill proprietor, and Edith Greene. Haughton’s interest in horses and harness driving began early. He was five when his father bought him a pony with a standard basket cart. Some years later, mimicking the harness drivers at a nearby track, the boy converted the cart into a makeshift sulky. His father rewarded him by purchasing a standard sulky for him....

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White, Benjamin Franklin (03 February 1873–20 May 1958), harness horse racing driver, trainer, and owner, was born in Whitevale, Ontario, Canada, the son of a gristmill owner. Though expected to take over his father’s business, White never finished high school. In 1888 he traveled to Markham, Ontario, where he drove his first race behind a mare belonging to his sister. In 1893 White took a job in East Aurora, New York, at C. J. Hamlin’s famed Village Farm stable, a leading breeder of harness horses. Tutored by the noted trainer Edward “Pop” Geers, White served successively as a groom, rider, assistant trainer, and, finally, upon Geers’s departure in 1903, head trainer. In 1906, in the final heat of the Futurity at Columbus, Ohio, White finished with The Abbe in 2 minutes, 10½ seconds, the first time a three-year-old stallion had beaten 2:11. White rode winners every single season for the next 37 years....

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Woodruff, Hiram Washington (22 February 1817–15 March 1867), trotting driver, was born in Birmingham, New Jersey, the son of John Woodruff. His mother’s name is unknown. Hiram’s father was a successful horse trainer, who built up a stable of horses and was moderately prosperous as the proprietor of several race tracks; his uncle George Woodruff was a notable rider and trainer of trotters. The second of four children, Hiram’s three brothers also were horsemen. He had virtually no formal education. In 1836 he married Sarah Ann Howe; there were no children....