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Black and white photograph of bay gelding Kelly hitched to a high-wheel sulky, owner/trainer Patrick O'Connell of Warrenville, Ohio up for an exhibition display during which Kelly attempted to break the 2.06 Trotting, World's Record for a High Wheel Sulky. High-wheel sulkies were used in harness racing from about 1827 until 1892 when the "bicycle wheel" sulky was introduced. The new, lighter-weight carts were named for the smaller, wire-spoked wheels and pneumatic tires that looked like bicycle wheels. Replacement of the heavier high-wheel sulkies quickly resulted in horses beating their previous personal best times. At the time of the timed exhibition on Thursday, July 18, 1940, the high-wheel sulky was at minimally 47 years old meaning a full generation of race fans standing along the rail of the Old Orchard Beach Kite track had never seen high-wheel sulkies race.
Standardbred horses, American Standardbred racehorses, New England harness racing, Maine harness racing, horse racing, Sulky racing, Trotting races, 1940b album