Hall of Fame

 



ronald w. waples

Year of Induction: 
1994
Year of Birth: 
1944
DriverTrainer: 
Yes
Driver: 
Yes
Election Into Living Hall of Fame: 
1993
Biography: 

A member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Ron Waples is among the top ten drivers of all time in wins and the top five in earnings. Born in Toronto but growing up in a small town, he groomed for his cousin, Keith Waples (elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985). Later, on his own, Ron Waples co-owned and drove Ralph Hanover, the last horse to win the Pacing Triple Crown (1983). The colt also won the Meadowlands Pace, the Adios, the Prix d'Ete and the Tattersalls Pace. One of the many top performers he has driven was Park Avenue Joe, who finished in a dead-heat with Probe in the race-off of the 1989 Hambletonian. Park Avenue Joe was awarded first-place money because of a better summary standing. Ron Waples is one of the top drivers in Breeders Crown history. This includes his victory with No Sex Please in 1990 in the world record time of 1:55. In a four-horse race-off, he also won the 1992 Little Brown Jug with Fake Left.

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