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Roger Hammer

Full name: Roger R. Hammer
Born: 02/18/1946
Birthplace: Everett, PA
Residence: Bedford, PA
Height: 5-foot-9
Colors: Blue-Red-Gold
Career & Personal Highlights Multimedia
Photos taken by award winning USTA photographers are available for purchase in our online store.

Hammer in the News
Five elected to Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame
Track and stakes records fall at Rosecroft
Hammer, All Set Lets Go, Bella Ragaza headliners at Indiana (PA) Fair
Rivalries spice up Honesdale (Pa.) Fair
Beegle, Hammer honored at Bedford (Pa.) Fair
Ginger Tree Marty just misses track record at Gratz
Racing Roundup: Silver Sierra takes the Saturday Shenandoah feature
Bloomsburg Fair rained out; PA Fair seasonal summary


Career

Hammer’s stable won a career-high 146 races in 2009, led by Pennsylvania performers Bell On Wheels and Real Espresso, who ranked among North America’s victory leaders…Hammer’s best known star, older trotter Vivid Photo, remained in action and saw his career earnings increase to $3.12 million…The son of S J’s Photo (co-owned and driven by Hammer) was the richest trotter of 2005, a Hambletonian champion and a multiple world record holder…Vivid Photo was a Dan Patch Award winner as the sport’s top 3-year-old trotting male and led to Hammer being voted the winner of the W.R. Haughton Memorial Good Guy Award by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association…Vivid Photo earned his second Dan Patch Award in 2007 when he was named the sport’s best older trotting male…Was named the 1994 Trainer of the Year by the Grand Circuit…Hammer is known as one of the top percentage driver/trainers year in and year out…He is a six-time North American UDR champion…At age 7, Roger began helping his father, Clay (himself a five-time UDR champion), around the barns…Another top horse for Hammer was the pacing colt Keystone Luther, a Little Brown Jug heat winner in 1994 and lifetime winner of $608,967.
Personal

Roger’s favorite food is steak and lobster…first car was ’53 Chevrolet…likes any movie starring Steven Seagal…favorite TV show is “NCIS”…has an Australian Shepherd named Aussie…has one daughter, Misti, 36…though he is known for his frugality, Roger said he is not “tight with money” when comes to his daughter and grandchildren…was a high school wrestling champion at the 120- and 127-pound weight class.
 
Career Training Statistics & Dan Patch Award Winners
Year Starts 1sts Rank 2nds 3rds UTR Money Won Rank
2019 330 58 45 59 .311 236,794
2018 358 54 64 53 .300 370,905
2017 515 71 70 69 .258 414,395
2016 460 60 89 85 .300 453,666
2015 478 95 75 51 .321 491,305
2014 468 67 72 67 .276 420,596
2013 408 43 62 47 .228 400,526
2012 533 106 94 78 .346 648,036
2011 490 91 85 78 .335 580,884
2010 496 106 92 56 .354 648,789
2009 542 146 71 74 .388 979,103
2008 381 88 54 45 .349 791,728
2007 277 55 38 39 .322 1,251,746
2006 257 74 51 34 .442 847,824
2005 398 82 62 47 .332 1,812,329 (24)
2004 506 108 82 58 .342 441,880
2003 480 144 66 68 .424 528,178
2002 488 117 73 57 .362 644,044
2001 466 136 85 39 .421 627,179
2000 520 113 82 64 .346 694,083
1999 409 86 81 62 .371 511,833
1998 194 44 37 21 .369 541,120
1997 421 87 69 57 .343 760,063
1996 436 79 70 60 .316 852,379
1995 334 51 51 65 .302 725,830
1994 299 74 56 49 .406 1,367,374 (10)
1993 255 39 49 39 .311 607,274
1992 319 53 61 49 .324 464,220
1991 318 58 60 41 .330 297,552
11836 2385 1946 1611 .000 19,411,635
 

DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS

3-YEAR-OLD COLT TROT
(05) Vivid Photo

OLDER HORSE TROT
(07) Vivid Photo