Frank Woodland was born in 1890 in the trotting-minded Ohio community of Washington Courthouse. He began his career at Southern Trotting Park in Youngstown, Ohio in 1916. During his lifelong association with the sport he was active, at various times, as owner, driver, writer for turf journals, starter and announcer. But Woodland made his mark as an innovative race secretary, who introduced dash racing to Cleveland in the 1920s, and was a master at arranging early closing events during his long tenure at Saratoga Harness, a track he served from its opening season in 1941 to his death ten years later.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals