r. horace johnston
Born in Cornelius, North Carolina in 1890, R. Horace Johnston enjoyed great success as a breeder and owner of trotters. His most famous horse was Bill Gallon, who swept the field as a two-year-old, then won the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity the following year. Johnston also owned Rodney, holder of numerous world records. One of his home-bred mares, The Colonel's Lady, trotted in 2:00 at Lexington and later scored a stunning upset in the Transylvania, when she beat Doctor Spencer in 1:59 1/2. R. Horace Johnston died suddenly in 1949 at his Whitehall Farm in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals