In 1980 the now three-year old Niatross campaigned from May thru December. His rigorous schedule carried him from New Jersey to California to Canada to Florida and all points in between.
He did not disappoint the record crowds that turned out to catch a glimpse of the "Greatest Horse Our Sport Has Ever Seen" quoting Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer.
The vaunted pacer never chased records for the sake of a record but still established 10 track records on his journey across North America.
• October 1, 1980 Lexington 1:49.1 (mile track) Shattered 1:52 record of Steady Star - 1st horse to break 1:50 Barrier - Forget about 1:52 or 1:51!
• August 2, 1980 Meadowlands 1:53 (mile track) Equalled 1:53 mark of Abercrombie - Parked mile from post 13, Niatross unleashed vicious 3 wide move to win going away.
• November 15, 1980 Hollywood Park 1:52.1 (mile track) Bested 1:54 mark of Direct Scooter - Fastest race mile breaking Niatross's own mark at Syracuse.
August 16, 1980 Syracuse Mile 1:52.4 (mile track) bettering 1:54.1 mark set by Whata Baron - Fastest race mile ever in daytime. Set against very strong winds.
July 26, 1980 Vernon Downs 1:53.3 (three-quarter mile track) edging past 1:54 mark of Sonsam - Fastest combined heats ever - 1:53.3 & 1:54
August 24,1980 Blue-Bonnets 1:53.4 (five-eighths mile track) knocking off 1:54 mark of Hot Hitter - Fastest mile ever in Canada.
December 27, 1980 Pompano Park 1:54.3 (five-eighths mile track) smashing 1:56.2 record of Baron Lancer Niatross's final race on a cool evening before an overflow crowd of 18,000.
June 21, 1980 Buffalo Raceway 1:56.2 (half mile track)Niatross broke daddy's record of 1:57.4 (Albatross).
September 6, 1980 Batavia Downs 1:55.0 (half mile track) Demolished 1966 record of 1:58.1 set by Bret Hanover. Fastest mile ever on 1/2 mile track and according to Clint probably the best mile Niatross ever paced - (Batavia did hold record 12 days)
September 18, 1980 Delaware, Ohio 1:54.4 (half mile track) Lowering 1:55.2 mark of Falcon Almahurst - Fastest combined heats on 1/2 mile track.