woodford 'woody' lawlis
From an early age, Woody Lawlis, a native of Mt. Auburn, Indiana, expressed interest in harness racing and Standardbred bloodlines. He began his association with the sport in 1948 as associate editor of The Horseman And Fair World. In 1955 he continued at a bloodline research agency, then worked for tracks such as Sportsman's Park, Roosevelt and Yonkers in various capacities. Lawlis was breeding consultant at Castleton Farms for a decade and is credited with having chosen many very successful matings. He became involved with Pompano Park in Florida at that track's inception and was its president at the time of his death in 1974.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals