stephen g. phillips
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A nephew of 1974 Immortal Steven C. Phillips, Steve Phillips revolutionized the sport by introducing the first successful mobile starting gate. He became a starting judge in 1910 and served the Grand Circuit in this capacity for twenty-six years. Phillips was the starter for the first Hambletonian in 1926 and his career spanned over 100 tracks across the country. Prior to his retirement in 1960 Phillips started an average 1,900 races per year. Elected into the Living Hall of Fame in 1961, Stephen G. Phillips died in 1973 in Xenia, Ohio.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals