Two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker, certainly one of the greatest trotters of all-time, has died as a result of colic, according to Jimmy Takter, her former trainer. Bred by David Caldwell and Fredericka Caldwell of Georgetown, Ky., and residing at Lindy Farms of Connecticut in recent years, Moni Maker was 21.
Voted Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999, Moni Maker was the Older Trotting Mare of the Year in 1997-2000, and was voted the Trotter of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000. When she retired she was the richest Standardbred in history with $5,589,256 in purse earnings for the Moni Maker Stable which consisted of Frank Antonacci, Gerald Antonacci, David Reid, the late Geoff Stein, the late Paul Nigito, and K & R Breeding.
"It was just an honor to have been a part of who I believe the best horse that ever lived,” said Takter. "She meant everything to me. I would say that she defined my career, at least internationally. To win the Elitlopp and the Prix d'Amerique, that was special.”
Moni Maker won 67 of 105 career starts in both North America and Europe. Her international victories include the Elitlopp, the Prix d'Amerique, the Prix de France, the Copenhagen Cup and the Grand Citerium de Vitesse, while her North American wins include the Breeders Crown, Nat Ray, Classic Trotting Series and American National.
Moni Maker was inducted into harness racing's Hall of Fame in 2006. Moni Maker also achieved fame in 2000 when she trotted a mile under saddle in 1:54 with Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone riding at The Red Mile.
Moni Maker (Speedy Crown-Nan's Catch, by Bonefish) began a second career as a broodmare for the ownership of Moni Market Stable and has eight foals, with seven daughters. Her youngest foal, Moni From Heaven (by Cantab Hall), is a 2 year old in 2014 and is still owned by the Moni Market Stable.
Moni Maker averted tragedy on Jan. 27, 2011, when a barn collapsed at Lindy Farms due to heavy snow that had built up on the roof. She dug herself out of the snow and wreckage virtually unscathed.
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