Direct was sired by Director out of Echora and foaled in 1885 in California. As a yearling he was bought by Monroe Salisbury, "The Kingmaker." Direct raced his first campaign at four and was a winner until late in the season, when he became lame and was returned to California and the trainer George Starr. In 1891 he raced throughout the country, continuously lowering records and beating "the stars" until he broke down. The next season, still in pain from lameness, he was made to race. At Nashville in 1894, he went against time and paced in 2:05 1/2. Direct was retired to stud and in 1895 was sent to Tennessee, where he sired such greats as Directly, Directum Kelly, Direct Hal and many others. In 1895 Direct was shipped to New York and sold to James Butler at the East View Farm in East View, New York where he died on March 13, 1905.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals