'Loosh' With A Whoosh

Remembering Lucien Fontaine
Published: December 27, 2022 09:50 am EST

During the heyday of harness racing in New York, when crowds of over 30,000 were commonplace at Roosevelt Raceway, one of the most popular and charismatic drivers on the circuit was Quebec native Lucien ‘Loosh’ Fontaine. One of the sport’s first true catch drivers, and the pilot of 1986 U.S. Horse of the Year Forrest Skipper, Loosh was also a pioneer off the track -- a main force behind drivers getting paid straight from the purse pool. Lucien was finally voted into the U.S. Hall of Fame this past year, but sadly passed away before the induction ceremony, scheduled for the summer of 2023. 

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