Owner of Newport Stock Farm, Octave Blake owned and bred many great performers such as Newport Dream, winner of the 1954 Hambletonian and Forbes Chief, winner of the 1947 Little Brown Jug. He was instrumental in gaining driver acceptance of the safety helmet. Blake was president of the Grand Circuit for more than twenty years, during a period when harness racing was emerging from a minor to a major sport. He was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in 1968 and was Chairman of the Board of the Grand Circuit at the time of his death in 1969.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals