The modern day Seabiscuit
Back before Googoo Gaagaa had his first race, his trainer Richard Hans tried to tell people that his young trotter was something pretty special."This horse can absolutely fly," Hans said. "I said that a long time ago and no one believed me." Of course they didn't. It was beyond unlikely that Googoo Gaagaa could be a good horse or that the sport's next big thing could belong to a smalltime guy like Hans. It was as close to impossible as close to impossible gets. Hans is part of a small family-operated stable in Maryland, harness racing's minor leagues. In 2010, when Googoo Gaagaa was still just a yearling, he won a mere six races with stable earnings of $57,001. A typical horse for him was Kora's Trotter, the dam of Googoo Gaagaa. Hans paid $1,200 for her and she won one of 11 career starts, earning $2,229.
Driver Corey Callahan said the misstep was his fault because he used a sulky that was too small for the horse.