Founder and owner of Marshland Stud and a writer on trotting blood, Ben Tracy was born in Owego, Tioga County, New York on April 26, 1830. In collaboration with John Wallace he helped frame a "Trotting Standard" which established rules that led to the creation of the Standardbred horse. Wallace provided the gist of the rules, while Tracy, a distinguished jurist, contributed the language of admission. A Union general during the Civil War, he later became Secretary of the Navy under President Harrison. Ben Tracy died on August 6, 1915.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals