On The Road Again. And again, and again, and again.
On The Road Again, harness racing's richest pacer, will be making his 53rd career start at Freestate Friday night in the $309,553 Breeders Crown for aged pacers.
On The Road Again races -- and wins -- nearly every week.
He is a wondrous example of his breed, the standardbred. According to Gordon Rumpel, On The Road Again's principal owner, "There isn't a breed of horse that is as tough as the standardbred."
Since March, On The Road Again, last year's pacer of the year as a 3-year-old, has raced at nine tracks with usually no more than a week between races. He has won 16 of 22 starts and has career earnings of almost $2.5 million.
In two starts in Maryland this year, On The Road Again set the track records at Rosecroft (1:54 4/5 in the Graduate Series, tied with George S.) and Freestate (1:53 4/5 in the Chesapeake Stakes).
All of On The Road Again's mile races this season have been run in 1:57 3/5 or better, with the best in 1:51 4/5. "I can't think of another kind of horse that can do that," said Rumpel, a native of Calgary, Alberta.
Syndicated for $8 million, On The Road Again will retire from racing at the end of this year to stand stud at Blue Chip Farms in New York.