Foaled in 1879, Brown Hal was a son of Tom Hal and Lizzie and a full brother to the famous pacer Little Brown Jug. Brown Hal was purchased by Major Campbell Brown and Capt. M. C. Campbell in 1881 for $700 on the chance he would be as good as Little Brown Jug. At two Brown Hal was trained under saddle until he began to show some speed. When three years old he paced in 2:13. In 1889 he was placed in the stable of Pop Geers. Due to an injury to his leg, he was retired to stud in Tennessee in 1890. He became a popular stallion there and among the champions he sired was Star Pointer, the first 2:00 harness horse. Brown Hal died at Cleburne Farm in Spring Hill, Tennessee on February 19, 1908.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals