Hall of Fame

 



william a. o'donnell

Year of Induction: 
1991
Year of Birth: 
1948
DriverTrainer: 
Yes
Driver: 
Yes
Election Into Living Hall of Fame: 
1990
Biography: 

William O'Donnell is one of a legion of horsemen who have come from the sparsely populated Maritime region of Canada to star in the sport. The Springhill, Nova Scotia native has won over 5250 races and $88 million in purses. He dominated the money-won list from 1981 to 1988, winning four titles and finishing second to fellow "Gold Dust Twin" John Campbell in four other years. In 1985, O'Donnell became the sport's first "Ten Million Dollar Man," earning $10,207,372 in purses. Named Driver of the Year in '82 and '84, O'Donnell holds the distinction of winning the first sub-1:50 race mile - a 1:49.3 effort with Nihilator in 1984. Other horses he has piloted to great wins include Napoletano, Camtastic, Prakas and Valley Victory.

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