Young Quinn

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Young Quinn
Breed Standardbred
Sire Young Charles (NZ)
Grandsire U Scott (USA)
Dam Loyal Trick (NZ)
Maternal grandsire Hal Tryax (USA)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1969
Country New Zealand
Colour Bay
Breeder R.O. Baynes (NZ)
Owner R.O. & D.J. Baynes (NZ)
Trainer Charlie Hunter (NZ)
Record
133 starts, 59 wins and 36 places
Earnings
NZ$752,587
Major wins
1974 Auckland Trotting Cup
1975 Miracle Mile
1975 Inter Dominion
Honours
Best mile rate, 1:55.0
Last updated on: 29 July 2011.

Young Quinn, a New Zealand standardbred racehorse, was successful in period where his competition in the sport of trotting was particularly strong. Foaled in 1969, he was by Young Charles out of Loyal Trick by Hal Tryax (USA). Named after Brian "Snow" Quinn, a champion New Zealand sheep shearer, he was trained and driven by the great Charles Stewart Hunter (Charlie). He was nicknamed 'Garbage' as a result of his habit of eating anything in sight, as a young horse. It was later revealed by cardiograph tests that Young Quinn's heart weighed 13 lb, only 1 lb less than that of the great racehorse Phar Lap.

Racing career[edit]

Young Quinn made 133 starts for 59 wins and 36 placings for NZ$752,587 in stakemoney. His record of beating off strong rivals and big names was noticed by the public, and thus he was sometimes sent out odds on. He raced against many good horses of the time like Arapaho and Robalan. He was, however, defeated by Robalan in the New Zealand Trotting Cup in 1974, when Robalan was at the peak of his career. Earlier that year, he had won the Auckland Trotting Cup.

International racing[edit]

In the 1975 Miracle Mile, Australia's premier mile, at Harold Park, Young Quinn won from barrier six, the outside draw on a very tight track, beating the two acknowledged Australian champions of the time, Paleface Adios and Hondo Grattan. The Inter Dominion was held in Auckland, New Zealand, that year and although a strong team of Australian pacers, including Hondo Grattan, Paleface Adios, Just Too Good, and Royal Gaze, made the trip across the Tasman, they were again beaten by Young Quinn. He won the three heats and the Pacer's final, beating locals Hi Foyle and Speedy Guest. Starting as a short-priced favourite in the final, he was driven by John Langdon, following the injury to his regular driver and trainer Charlie Hunter. Ironically, Langdon also won the Trotter's section of the Inter Dominion driving the Hunter-trained Castleton's Pride. These two wins gained Langdon a spot on the Inter Dominion Hall of Fame. Young Quinn later raced in the United States and Canada with considerable success which included at least one victory over the USA champion of the day, Rambling Willie, until returning to New Zealand in 1980 for a few starts prior to being retired.

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