Joe O'Brien

​Joe O'Brien
​By Peter Lawrence

Trainer-driver Joe O'Brien, a Hall of Fame great and a Canadian native of Prince Edward Island in the Maritimes, was a Roosevelt Raceway regular in the track's early days.

Joe won most of harness racing's classics among his 4,284 official victories; at least that's how many wins were tallied by the U.S. Trotting Association, though many others probably were never recorded.

Joe's resume includes two Hambletonians (Scott Frost in 1955 and Blaze Hanover in 1960), two Little Brown Jugs (Shadow Wave in 1958 and Melvin's Woe in 1973), four Kentucky Futurities, and many other stakes from coast to coast. But he's best-remembered in Roosevelt Raceway lore for winning two International Trots, with two great mares, first with Armbro Flight in 1966, then with Fresh Yankee in 1970.

O'Brien's great horses over the years also included Horton Hanover, Flower Child, Armbro Nesbit, Nero, Armbro Ranger, Dream Of Glory, Ima Lula and Flight Director

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1955 Hambletonian - Scott Frost

​1976 International Dream of Glory

​1970 International Fresh Yankee