israel o. blake
Born in Beebee, Quebec, in 1854, Israel O. Blake was extremely successful in business. He started his Grand Circuit stable of trotters and founded Newport Stock Farm in Newport, Vermont in 1899. For many years Blake campaigned with such stars as Jeritza 2:06 1/4, Atlantic McElwyn,2:05 1/2, Brittanic 2:02 1/2, Voltaire, Lee Brewer and others. Blake's Island Wilkes and Island Wilkes, Jr. established a strong breeding line, the offspring of which still race today. Israel Blake died in 1942 at his home in North Hatley, Quebec, at age eighty-eight.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals