Known as the Poet Laureate, Walter Palmer was born in Prairie Center, Illinois in 1865. As a young man he was active in harness racing as a trainer, driver and handler on the then very prominent Illinois Valley Circuit. He wrote a great deal of poetry about the sport, including a book entitled Heart Throbs and Hoof Beats. Palmer also became a regular contributor to The Horse Review. Many of the great horsemen and horses of his day - Pop Geers, Charles Dean, Hal Pointer, to mention a few - were subjects for his sentimental verses. Walter Palmer died in 1932.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals