Couple’s Hall of Fame gong
FRED and Pauline Barker were last night rewarded for their dedication and contribution to the harness racing industry by being inducted into the associates category of the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
The husband and wife duo have been involved in the Tasmanian harness racing industry for more than five decades and, during that time, they have enjoyed great success as trainers, drivers and breeders.
In and out of the sulky, the Barkers have become icons in an industry that has benefited greatly from their involvement.
Fred trained about 220 winners and drove close to 140 winners from 1962 to 2016 but it was Pauline who was the trailblazer in the sulky.
Pauline matched it with the male drivers and, when she guided Swift Rio to victory in Hobart in 1978, it was the first time a female driver had won a race in Tasmania for more than 50 years which was the starting point for many subsequent women being granted licences to drive in races.
For her service to the industry, Pauline was awarded the Edgar Tatlow Medal in 2004.
It was, however, on the breeding front where the Barkers excelled.
One of their best homegrown pacers was Nellie Robins who won the 1992 Tasmanian and South Australian Oaks before going on to become a star in the breeding barn.
Fred and Pauline bred numerous feature race winners from their outstanding broodmares.
Also inducted as an associate was former Examiner journalist John Vranisan who not only delivered quality editorial to promote harness racing in the early 1900s but he later became a handicapper and was involved in harness administration.
Bob Kernan, Tom Terry and Don Peck were inducted in the trainerdriver category, and horses Karalta Gift, Jean Logan, Globe Dorell, Prancing Ruby and Stanley Rio were popular inclusions into the elite club.
Noel Salter was a popular induction which follows on from him being last year’s recipient of the Edgar Tatlow Medal.
Salter has proven to be a dab hand in all facets of the harness racing industry.
As a horseman he has no peer and his breeding enterprise with his wife and business partner Marlene, or Tiny as she is affectionately known, has produced many pacing stars that excelled both in Tasmania and interstate.
Arguably his best was On Parade who won multiple feature races in Tasmania and Western Australia and ended with 20 career wins that helped him net career prizemoney of $177,204.
Other Salter-bred talents were Foxfighter that won 18 times for career prizemoney of more than $155,000 with the 2002 2YO Dandy Patch Stakes, a Metropolitan Cup, 2006 Danbury Park Cup and New Norfolk Cup among his feature race triumphs.
Vinokourov was another star that emanated from their breeding property at Brighton, with a Raider Stakes and the 2007 Carrick Cup among his 17 wins for more than $100,000 in stakes.
Add to the list De Galdearno that accrued $189,628 from his 19 wins and multiple minor placings, and Chippolini that was raced by Salter as a two-year-old in Tasmania before being sold to Western Australia where he finished his racing career with 32 wins for more than $156,000 in stakes.
Other notable members of the Salter family of stars were Boasson Hagen, Ogrady and Cloudy Delight.
Noel also delivered as a racing administrator both in Tasmania and nationally.
HARNESS HEROES: Husband and wife trainer-driver team Fred and Pauline Barker have been inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of fame.