A strawberry roan filly by Rodney out of Annabella, Merrie Annabelle was foaled in 1956 at Castleton Farm. She was owned by Byron D. Kuth of Chesterfield, Ohio and trained by Johnny Patterson, who drove her on September 26, 1958 in Lexington, Kentucky to four world records in one race; the most significant record being that she became the first two-year-old filly to race at 2:00. Merrie Annabelle showed phenomenal speed at the beginning of her career and during the season of 1958 won thirteen of twenty-three heats. Her winnings were $39,608. On October 3, 1958, while training at Lexington, she reared on the track and fell over, paralyzed. All efforts to save her were made, but she eventually died November 30, 1958 at the Veterinary Clinic, Ohio State University in Columbus.
Castleton Farm, Lexington, KY
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals