Ellamony

Standardbred
Hall of Fame Inductee, 1998

Ellamony

The dynamic pacing mare Ellamony dominated the female ranks during an illustrious career that was highlighted with her multiple achievements – twice named a divisional champion by the USTA, three O’Brien Awards, Canada’s harness horse of the year in 1995 and a Breeders Crown triumph. During her career she won 53 races and over $1.4 million in purses. However, while still in her prime, her career came to an abrupt end in 1996. After being sidelined following an impressive winning performance in a stakes series event at Woodbine, Ellamony seemed to be recovering fully from surgery on her ankle. But, infection developed and after several radical procedures aimed at correcting the problem failed, her life was humanely ended.

Ellamony was bred by owner Charles Juravinksi of Dundas, Ont., and was a daughter of Cam Fella out of the Race Time mare Ceremony. Respiratory problems restricted her to two qualifying races at two. Trained and developed by Steve Doyle, Ellamony was turned over to trainer Bill Robinson for part of her 3-year-old season and won 16 times, including 10 consecutive wins, in 20 starts. She won the Mistletoe Shalee Pace in world-record time of 1:51 at The Meadowlands, the Miss New Jersey Classic, Historic Lady, Tarport Hap Pace, the Nadia Lobell, New Jersey Sires events at Freehold, Garden State nd The Meadowlands, and a New Jersey Sires Championship. She was voted USTA Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of 1993.

Mike Saftic became her regular driver in 1994 and she added 12 wins in 19 starts, including the Roses Are Red Series at Woodbine. She was acclaimed Older Pacing Mare in the O’Brien Awards poll. In 1995 she continued to dominate her female adversaries with wins in the final and two legs of the Overbid Series, which stretched her unbeaten  streak at The Meadowlands to an unparalleled 16 races, and the final and two legs of The Roses Are Red Series at Woodbine before facing the best aged male pacers in America. In an elimination of the Canadian Pacing Derby she was second to Ball and Chain when he recorded the first sub-1:50 race time (1:49.4) in Canada. A week later Ellamony came from more than six lengths back in the stretch to finish a fast-closing third to Pacific Rocket and Ball and Chain. She closed out the season with wins in the Breeders Crown at Northfield Park and the Milton Stakes. Her season concluded with 18 wins in 22 starts. When she won in 1:50.3 at The Meadowlands she became the fastest pacing mare in history. In addition to Horse of the Year honors, she was voted champion older pacing mare of 1995 by the USTA and an O’Brien Award in Canada.