So Rambling Willie Did Race At Two... Matinee Style

Posted Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2020

This week I noticed - what appeared to be - a rare piece of Rambling Willie racing memorabilia online. From a Twitter post, belonging to Allan Rusty Vorhees @RustyVorhees, a photo reveals a program page that shows Rambling Willie was involved in an uncharted race, as a two-year-old, at the Mercer County Harness Horsemen’s Association Matinee, in Ohio, on Mother’s Day of 1972.

He’d finish last, in a field of five, with the race won by another two-year-old colt in Quick N Steady. The winning mile time was 2:23.1 with two-year-old filly’s Winter Green, Abbey Rose Bud and Monte Cristo finishing second, third and fourth respectively.

Rambling Willie would go on to win 128 races and $2,038,219 in his career - while his competition, on that day, went on to win just 51 races and $88,156 combined lifetime.

Rambling Willie aka ‘The Horse That God Loved’ had four full siblings - a brother Rambling Chippewa (10-0-1-0 - $246) and three non-starting sisters Rambling Maggie, Rambling Willieta and Rambling Wildfire - as broodmares they would not produce a winner. 

It was recently announced that Rambling Willie will enter the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, this year, along with horses Mcwicked, Amour Angus, Play The King and Tepin. People inductees include Ben Wallace, Paul MacDonell, Sue Leslie, Gary Boulanger and Michael Keogh. Congratulations to all! 

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