2010-01-13   20:14
Miss Bertha C to be inducted into Wisconsin Hall of Fame
Miss Bertha C, a top trotter in the early part of the 20th century, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

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Miss Bertha C was bred and raced by D. C. Palmeter, who owned the Riverside Park Farm, a Standardbred breeding farm near Berlin, Wis. Mr. Palmeter originally purchased Miss Bertha C’s dam, Marble, and her grand dam, Medio, in Kentucky. When Marble entered the breeding ranks, she was matched with Palmeter's stallion Baronmore that had already produced a Kentucky Futurity winner from Marble’s dam, Medio. The resulting foal was Miss Bertha C who was named after a daughter of Palmeter’s trainer, J.B. Chandler.

Miss Bertha C was foaled in 1906 and took a record of 2:10-1/4, winning the fifth heat of the Kentucky Futurity. Miss Bertha C was high strung, like her mother, and it is believed that her manners cost her the 1909 Kentucky Futurity. After finishing well back in the first four heats, Miss Bertha C decided to trot and easily won the fifth heat.

While she had civilized manners on the track, it was a different proposition in the stall. Miss Bertha C carried her ears back and this became one of her trademarks. It was especially prominent when her driver had to go into the stall. Bertha allowed no strangers in her stall without a strong protest.

Miss Bertha C could trot all day. Her trainer, J.B. Chandler, was quite a wit and he always allowed that the mare was just too darn mean to get tired. She was one of the greatest 3-year-olds in 1909 and was taken to Memphis, Tenn. for winter training where it appeared she was ready to trot in 2:07. Unfortunately the entire stable was taken sick with a virulent form of distemper and Mr. Palmeter decided to disperse of his stable. The horses were sent to the Old Glory auction in New York and Miss Bertha C was purchased and sent to Pennsylvania.

Horses that descend directly in maternal line to Miss Bertha C are among the greatest in the sport. They include Bret Hanover, Artsplace, Peace Corps, Cambest, Mack Lobell, American Winner, Green Speed, Arndon, Best Of All, Blaze Hanover and Sir Dalrae.

At various times the fastest trotter and pacer in the sport have both descended from Miss Bertha C. Hanover Shoe Farms has the best group of broodmares in the sport and the most important building block of that group is Miss Bertha Dillon -- a daughter of Wisconsin bred, trained and raced Miss Bertha C.

Miss Bertha C joins Mainliner, Lord Steward, and Guy Crippen as the Class of 2010 inductees. The ceremony will take place at the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association’s annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Howard Johnson in Madison, Wis. Tickets are going fast for this honorable and fun filled event. If you are interested in attending the banquet and fund raising auction, please contact WHHA President Gabe Wand at [email protected] or call 608.574.5468