In the early 1800s Maine was known for producing excellent trotting horses. These horses helped to establish a unique American breed of horse that became known as "Standardbred". In 1842 a colt was foaled in Exeter, Maine, that would become a foundation sire of trotting horses in Maine and beyond. The horse, owned by Hiram Drew, was known as "the Drew horse" or "Old Drew." This article provides a short history related to the horse, his owners, and trotting horse breeding in Maine.
Thompson, Clark P., "Old Drew" (2004). Maine History Documents. 4.