David McClary was born in London, Canada circa 1877. He is best known as the trainer-driver of Star Pointer, who became the first two-minute harness horse in 1897, pacing the mile in 1:59 1/4 at Readville, Massachusetts. Star Pointer had been a big, clumsy, knee-knocking pacer until McClary began training him. He also drove Guinette 2:02 1/4, considered by some a better racehorse than Star Pointer. Upon retirement, this "horseman of the old school" lived for several years in Clinton, Connecticut, finally moving to Hartford, where he died in 1940.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals