charles 'valley' valentine
From boyhood in Chillicothe, Ohio to shortly before his passing, Charley Valentine was involved with horses of some kind. For many years he was one of the top drivers on the Grand Circuit, reining outstanding horses such as High Noon 2:02 3/4, Independence Boy 2:01 1/2, Judge Ormonde 2:01 1/2 and Little Frank D. 2:02 1/4. In 1945, at age 77, Valentine was called upon to replace the hospitalized Vic Fleming behind Direct Brewer and drove the pacer to a brace of wins at Lexington. He died two years later in Grove City, Ohio.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals