Niatross set 15 World Records racing as a two and three year old. Niatross retired as the World-Record holder on half mile and mile racetracks. The elegant, ever-cool pacing superstar paced the fastest race mile of all-time on half-mile (Delaware) and mile (Hollywood Park) tracks, both times breaking his own record set earlier in the year.
In addition, Niatross set World Records at Vernon Downs and Hollywood Park. At Vernon he paced the fastest two heats (in some harness races a horse must win 2 heats to win the race) ever (regardless of age), 1:53.3 & 1:54. At Hollywood Park (against aged horses) Niatross shattered the 14 year old record of True Duane (2:09.1) and driver Chris Boring by pacing a mile and an eighth in 2:07.3.
Niatross, expertly managed and raced by Galbraith, usually responded whenever asked. Galbraith never gutted his coltneedlessly chasing records and as a result Niatross was usually well within himself at the finish. In fact, in all 37 of his victories, Niatross was never involved in a photo finish!
That scenario set the stage at Lexington for the event that would place Niatross at the top of the list of greatest standardbreds ever. Everyone knew that despite all the kudos and records the conservative Galbraith had yet to unleash his powerful colt. Niatross would get that chance against his only true foe, the clock.
It was not a question of would Niatross break Steady Star's Time Trial record of 1:52 but by how much. A few experts had mentioned 1:51 but Niatross (taking care of business as usual) shocked everyone in the horse world by pacing his mile in an incredible 1:49.1,with the 27.3 opening quarter the slowest of the mile.
Forget about 1:51 or even 1:50!
Is there any doubt this generation-skipping champion would have lowered that standard if he had raced at four? It's scary to even think about!
Niatross World Records on a Mile Racetrack
Niatross World Records on a Half-Mile Racetrack