An Ohio native, Harry Stokes began driving and racing trotters on half-mile tracks throughout the state. His first "good drive" was in 1920, when he substituted for Tom Murphy who, due to injury, could not take his seat that day behind Arion Guy and Peter Manning. Stokes judgement of driving was excellent. Because of this he earned a good reputation as one of the ablest, most lighthanded and clever race drivers on the Grand Circuit. Active on the nation's racetracks for over four decades, Stokes was associated with the Good Time Stable in Goshen, New York for a number of years, as well as with other stables. He died in 1939 in Springfield, Ohio.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals