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Harness racing legend, Billy Direct

by bill - 2020-10-07 - ( culture / sports / horseracing )

I just learned that a harness racing legend, Billy Direct, was born near where I live. See HistoricMarkersTN/MarkerDetail?markerID=058-047. It says his time was "1:44" but in fact it was 1:55. This was in 1938, I guess before they could use fractions of seconds. I just thought that was pretty cool.

I don't know if it's a typo on that website or the marker itself, but I emailed the Tennessee Historical Commission notifying them of the correct time (just in case). I won't hold my breath. :)

The world record, even today, is "only" 1:46.

Here's a YouTube video about Billy Direct.

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