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Ron Burke

Birthplace: Washington, PAResidence: Canonsburg, PA

For trainer Ron Burke record numbers and staggering statistics have become commonplace.  The sport’s leader in both wins and earnings in North
 America for the past six seasons romped to his third Big M training title in a row with 104 wins and $3.3 million.  Burke also became harness racing’s all-time leading trainer, passing 5,000 career wins and $100 million, and was threatening to surpass his own 2013 records of 1090 wins and $22,230.175. 


In 2014, Sweet Lou became the sport’s hottest free for all pacer, reeling off ten in a row, including the Roll With Joe at Tioga Downs, the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs in a world record of 1:47, the William Haughton Memorial and the US Pacing Championship at the Big M, and the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park.  The five-year-old triple millionaire by Yankee Cruiser became the first horse in history to win six times under 1:48, all consecutively.  Clear Vision, Bettor’s Edge, Allstar Legend, Ultimate Beachboy and Aracache Hanover were also part of his Open class battalion. 


JK Endofanera gave Burke his first $1 million race win with a 12-1 upset in the North America Cup, double millionaire Rocklamation won the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty, and Mission Brief equaled a world record of 1:52.2 in the Merrie Annabelle.  Archangel trotted a mile track world record of 1:50 in an elimination for the John Cashman, Jr. Memorial and finished third in that final. 


In 2013, Burke cruised to his second straight training title at the Meadowlands.  Among his record 15 Breeders Crown finalists in 2013, Foiled Again, became the richest North America-based harness horse in history and oldest to win a Crown event at age nine.  The incomparable pacer came back stronger than ever in 2014 and passed the $6.5 million career earnings mark. 


In 2013, the Burke Stable flew past the 4,000-wins mark and $90 million, and eclipsed his 2012 record totals of 906 wins and $19,636,096.  He was also the leading money winner at all three tracks in his home state, The Meadows, Pocono Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia, as well as Hoosier Park in Indiana and Yonkers Raceway in New York. 


Burke is the head trainer for the powerful started by his father, Mickey, in western Pennsylvania.  Now a multi-state operation, the 2011 and 2013 Trainer of the Year handles the yeoman’s task of orchestrating racing schedules across the country, while also overseeing the Burke Stable at 
the Meadowlands.  


After finishing second three times, Burke won his first Big M training title in 2012.  The Burke-trained free for all star Foiled Again became the richest pacer in history by reaching $4.4 million with an upset in the Canadian Pacing Derby.  The Pacer of the Year in 2011, and Older Pacer of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013, posted his third straight million dollar season at age nine.
  Burke also won his second Jugette in 2012, finishing one-two with Darena Hanover and Bettor B Lucky.   


The Burke Stable broke into the Top 10 in the Meadowlands trainer standings for the first time in 2005 and has dominated ever since.  Their top performers include Buck I St Pat, who won her third consecutive Dan Patch Award as the sport’s top trotting mare in 2010, and Won The West, who claimed back-to-back divisional honors among older male pacers in 2009 and 2010.  The fastest Breeders Crown performer in history at 1:47, retired in 2012 at the age of eight as the richest son of Western Hanover with earnings of $3,939,836. 


Other top horses for Burke in recent years include Hugadragon, Westwardho Hanover, Blueridge Western, Maltese Artist, Fred And Ginger, Ginger And Fred, May June Character and 2007 Jugette winner Western Graduate.