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Sire Ambercrombie
Grandsire Silent Majority
Dam Miss Elvira
Damsire Albatross
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1988
Died 30 October 2006
Country USA
Colour Bay
Breeder George Segal
Owner George Segal
Brian Monieson
Trainer Gene Riegle
Robert McIntosh
Record 49: 37-7-1
Earnings $3,085,083
Major wins
Breeders Crown 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace (1990)
Metro Pace (1990)
Governor's Cup (1990)
James Dancer Memorial (1991)
Breeders Crown Open Pace (1992)
Canadian Pacing Derby (1992)
U.S. Pacing Championship (1992)
Governor Driscoll Pace (1992)
USA 2 Year Old Colt Pacer of the Year (1990)
American Harness Horse of the Year (1992)
Canadian Harness Horse of the Year (1992)
United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Leading Standardbred Sire in North America (1997-2000, 2002-03)
Last updated on 2016-01-26

Artsplace (1988–2006) was a champion harness racing horse who was the 1992 American Harness Horse of the Year.

Racing career[edit]

Artsplace was harness racing's champion two-year-old in 1990, where he notably set a world record for 2-year-old pacers by winning the Breeders Crown in the time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing and breaking the previous record by two seconds.[1] This record was not tied until 2007 and broken until 2008.[2] He won 11 of 15 starts as a 2 year old and earned $1,180,271.[3]

Artsplace's 3-year old campaign was marred by injuries, though he still earned over $900,000 and won several major stakes races including the Dancer Memorial and American National and finished second in the Meadowlands Pace[4] as he battled it out with Die Laughing and Precious Bunny, the latter of whom went on to garner horse of the year honors.[5] He won 10 of 15 starts and $972,487 in 1991.[3]

Artsplace's connections decided to return the horse to the races at age 4. Fully healthy, Artsplace had arguably the greatest season in harness racing history, going undefeated and winning such races as the Breeders Crown, US Pacing Championship, and American National, among many others. Driven throughout his career by Hall of Famer John Campbell, Artsplace paced a mile in 1:49 2/5, which was at the time the fastest race mile in harness racing history. He also won the final of the Driscoll Series at The Meadowlands.[6]In his Harness Horse of the Year season of 1992 he was undefeated in 16 starts[7] and won $932,325.[3] Artsplace entered the breeding shed with a lifetime summary of 49 37-7-1 ($3,085,083), retired as the second-richest pacer of all time, and set at least one world record in each of his three years of competition.[5]

In a poll by harness racing experts commissioned by the U.S. Trotting Association, Artsplace was voted the 10th-greatest harness horse in history. The fans voted him the 12th-greatest.[citation needed]

Stud record[edit]

At stud, Artsplace was a producer of top horses from the time his first crop raced in 1996. He regularly dominated the breeding statistics for several years, with his progeny earning $173 million including 18 having earned at least $1 million by the time of his election to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.[5] Artsplace sired numerous champion horses, including millionaires Artiscape, Art Major, Worldly Beauty, Galleria, Grinfromeartoear, Art's Conquest, Astreos, Arturo and Glowing Report, among many others. He was the leading sire in North America six times.[8] Many of Artsplace's sons and daughters have gone on to sire champions themselves, including most recently Art Major, who sired 2008 Meadowlands Pace champion Art Official, winner of the 2008 Pace in 1:47 which was, at the time, a world record time for 3 year old pacers and the second fastest race mile in harness racing history.[5]

Artsplace was euthanized at the age of 18 in 2006 due to complications of laminitis, which he had been suffering with for some time.[7]


  1. ^ Artsplace sets record for fastest Pompano mile, Sun-Sentinel, 1 December 1990, Retrieved 26 January 2016
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c Champion Pacer and Sire Artsplace dies at 18 Archived February 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., United States Trotting Association, Retrieved 26 January 2016
  4. ^ Artsplace a sire for the ages, Retrieved 26 January 2016
  5. ^ a b c d Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Retrieved 26 January 2016
  6. ^ 1992 in review AP News Archive, Retrieved 26 January 2016
  7. ^ a b Artsplace, Champion Pacer and Sire, Euthanized,
  8. ^ Artsplace 1988-2006, Brittany Farms, Retrieved 26 January 2016