preston h. jenuine
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, Pres, as he was known, was associated with the sport for more than six decades. The Illinois native helped form the Topline Circuit and Illinois Colt Stakes in 1932. After World War II he advanced through executive positions at racetracks from coast to coast. As a top official of Western Harness Racing, Jenuine brought top-class harness racing to the West Coast by establishing the American Classics and L. K. Shapiro Stakes. He introduced new systems of race classification and payment schedules and was an innovator in the introduction of the plastic wheel disk, a significant safety advancement for the sport. Jenuine served on the Board of Directors of the United States Trotting Association from 1972 through 1984. For four of those years he was the USTA Treasurer. Pres Jenuine received the prestigious Messenger Award from Harness Tracks of America in 1986. He was a trustee of the Trotting Horse Museum (now known as the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame) from 1972 to 1984 and a trustee emeritus until his death on August 14, 1995, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1995 book, The 1995 Immortals
Museum statuette sculpted by Bev Lopez (1922-2014)