Born in Whitby, Canada, Nat Ray first came to the U.S. in 1896. He began his career as a jockey and steeplechase rider, but in 1911 turned to the sulky. His signal accomplishment was driving Guy McKinney to victory in the first Hambletonian in 1926, when the trotter was undefeated and won $68,742, a then-record sum for a single season. Other notable horses developed by Ray were Peter The Brewer, Jimmy McKerron and Juno. Nat Ray died in Orlando, Florida in 1953.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals