Keith Waples was a native of Victoria Harbour, Ontario. Since driving his first race at age 12 at a local fair, he amassed over 3,000 victories and drove the winners of more than $6.4 million. His career is marked by a number of "firsts," such as his 2:00 win behind Mighty Dudley at Richelieu Park in 1959 - the first "magic mile" in Canadian harness history. Similarly, Waples' Roosevelt International Trot victory in 1962 with Tie Silk was the first by a Canadian representative in this prestigious race. 1972 proved to be one of Waples' best years as he reined Strike Out to wins in the Little Brown Jug, Prix d'Ete, Gaines Memorial and the Tattersalls Pace.
Keith Waples passed away on May 7, 2021 at the age of 97.
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