Born in 1878, Charles Lacey started out as a trainer in his hometown, Peoria, Illinois and handled a public stable there for a number of years. He later transferred his stable to Cleveland and numbered Thomas and George Tipling among his patrons. In the thirties and forties, Lacey trained for Homer Biery, where he had his greatest campaigner, Little Pat 1:58 3/4. This horse set all sorts of world records, mostly on half-mile tracks, and won 73 of 104 races over a nine-year span. Charles Lacey died in 1953 in Peoria, Illinois.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals