With the advent of the new sulky a mile became as common as eyebrows.
The ”modified” sulky broke the barrier when the incomparable Niatross’ time trialed in .1m at Lexington’s Red Mile in October of 1980.
As another Hall-of-Famer once put it: “I don’t have any friends or relatives when I’m on the racetrack.” To see them in competition against each other was a lesson in the Mastery of the Sport.
Both were in their early twenties and both were exceptional talents: Fred Lynn and Jim Rice.
The pair were the projected successors of Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor, future hall of famers in their final season with Green Bay.