Hall of Fame - Art Major

p,2,1:54.3f; 3,1:50.1; 1:48.4 Earnings: $2,727,224

H, 1999 By Artsplace-Perfect Profile, by Nihilator


Background & Current Status:

Bred by: Brittany Farms

Sale history: 2000 Tattersalls yearling ($65,000)

Owned (during his racing career) by: Sampson Street Stables, TLP Stable, Deena Frost and Jerry Silva

Trained by: Chris Ryder (at 2), Bill Robinson

Current status: Stallion at Alabar (NZ)


Racing Credentials:

In 2002: "3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year" and leading money-winning Standardbred. In 2003: "Older Pacing Horse of the Year," leading money-winning Standardbred, North American Season's Champion 4YO pacer (1:48.4).


Major Stakes Victories:

Breeders Crown (at both 3 and 4), Cane Pace, Hoosier Cup, Tattersalls Pace, Confederation Cup, Canadian Pacing Derby, U.S. Pacing Championship and Bluegrass Stakes.

Art Major is the richest performer by Brittany's legendary sire Artsplace, and much like his sire, he has proven to be as successful in the stud as he was on the racetrack.

After winning four stakes races in seven starts at 2, Art Major went on to dominate his division in the ensuing years, taking 20 wins as a 3-year-old and 8 of 11 as a 4-year-old. He won Dan Patch divisional honors at both 3 and 4 and was the sport's overall leading money-winner both years.

Now a World Champion sire, he has produced the winners of more than $155-million in the U.S. and $48-million in the Southern Hemisphere. After 14 years of stud duty at Blue Chip Farms in New York, he now stands in Australia full time.

His North American offspring include a pair of "Horse of the Year" honorees: 2021 HOTY Test Of Faith and 2014 HOTY JK She'salady. He has sired 11 millionaires in North America and five in Australia/New Zealand. He has been the leading money-winning sire of 2-year-old pacers seven times in Australia and has sired the fastest pacer ever bred Down Under, Field Marshal 1:46.9 ($1,492,582 AUD).

Ar Major's daughters have produced the winners of more than $75-million with their foals including such greats as 2020 "Horse of the Year" and young Hanover stallion Tall Dark Stranger.

Art Major was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum's "Living Horse Hall Of Fame" in 2019.