Born in 1848 in Mercer County, Kentucky, Crit Davis began training his first horse when he was 14 years old. His career as a Standardbred trainer/driver began soon after, taking him on the county fair circuit throughout his native state. Success as a trainer/driver came to Davis many times, most notably driving Prince Wilkes 2:15 1/4, Maud Messenger 2:16, and Singerly 2:16 1/2. Davis was renowned for the care he gave his charges. His knowledge of feed, tack and the needs of his horses made him a favorite of owners. The inventor of the Crit Davis Bit, still in use today, died in 1916 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1998 Souvenir Journal