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David  Palone

Full name: David  M. Palone
Born: 02/13/1962
Birthplace: Waynesburg, PA
Residence: Washington, PA
Height: 5-foot-9
Colors: White-Red-Black
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Palone in the News
Peter Wrenn posts 10,000th career win


Career

Palone was bitten by the harness bug at age 15, when trainer Herman Hylkema allowed him to jog a horse owned by the youngster’s father…Going right to the harness world after high school, Palone worked his way up to Hylkema’s second trainer, then moved on to The Meadows…Continued his driving crusade at The Meadows in 2010, finishing atop the western Pennsylvania oval’s standings in all three categories for the 21st consecutive campaign with 644 wins, $7,162,674 in earnings, and a .381 UDR…On the national scene last year, Dave’s total of 674 victories placed him third among all drivers in North America and was his 21st consecutive top-10 finish…Biggest wins in 2010 came with Fashion Feline in the Kentucky Filly Futurity and Fred And Ginger in the Max Hempt Memorial..Although he was the top driver on the continent in victories during the 1990s with 5,862, the 1999 campaign marked the first time that Palone ever won a single-season North American dash title when he piloted 725 winners…He followed up with 739 victories in 2000 and captured his second straight dash title…Also won the dash title in 2004 with 669 winners…Received the Driver of the Year Award from Harness Tracks of America six times (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009)…Driver of the Year on the Grand Circuit in 2007...Was inducted in the summer of 2010 into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen.
Personal

Favorite food is sushi…first car was a 1976 Pontiac LeMans…first job was setting pins at a bowling alley…favorite sport is golf…has a blue heeler named Josey…greatest racing moment was winning the 2005 Little Brown Jug with P-Forty-Seven…greatest moment was marrying his wife, Bethann…played  guitar in a rock band in high school…favorite TV show is “Good Morning America.”
 
Career Driving Statistics & Major Wins
Year Starts 1sts Rank 2nds 3rds UDR Money Won Rank
2020 1207 290 (10) 177 127 .357 2,456,825
2019 1857 400 (14) 270 226 .337 3,775,693
2018 1862 455 (10) 305 222 .375 4,050,835
2017 1920 420 (13) 306 208 .343 4,100,972
2016 2036 466 (12) 300 232 .349 4,669,748 (22)
2015 2025 498 (8) 309 244 .371 5,515,328 (14)
2014 2577 640 (4) 415 299 .376 6,549,773 (13)
2013 2388 645 (2) 346 244 .385 6,129,669 (12)
2012 2616 675 (1) 397 274 .377 8,903,948 (8)
2011 2663 698 (4) 411 310 .387 10,494,693 (8)
2010 2777 673 (3) 438 319 .368 9,813,188 (7)
2009 2775 697 (4) 457 327 .382 10,719,237 (6)
2008 2827 885 (3) 484 324 .446 10,094,570 (6)
2007 2173 650 (4) 375 241 .432 5,626,893 (19)
2006 2065 560 (8) 337 263 .404 4,357,270 (20)
2005 2136 630 (4) 321 249 .417 4,538,798 (19)
2004 2251 669 (1) 371 246 .425 4,671,119 (13)
2003 2041 532 (4) 310 280 .391 4,037,910 (20)
2002 2280 620 (3) 385 284 .407 3,142,655
2001 2514 642 (3) 419 307 .389 3,493,971 (25)
2000 2640 739 (1) 473 324 .420 3,865,999 (19)
1999 2404 725 (1) 429 281 .440 4,056,827 (13)
1998 2287 626 (4) 373 297 .408 2,899,292 (22)
1997 2350 677 (3) 398 264 .420 3,232,599 (18)
1996 2449 639 (3) 397 326 .395 2,696,818 (19)
1995 2299 543 (3) 427 330 .387 2,645,110 (22)
1994 2290 581 (2) 406 298 .396 2,218,874 (22)
1993 2077 574 (2) 377 282 .422 1,968,386 (25)
1992 2093 615 (3) 362 271 .433 1,931,779
1991 1732 453 (6) 315 234 .408 1,727,484
1990 1764 428 (7) 297 236 .381 1,048,423
1989 1427 319 (15) 240 183 .360 709,661
1988 695 137 113 94 .333 340,918
1987 782 157 113 98 .323 296,727
1986 383 83 50 48 .331 147,295
1985 1054 181 169 141 .305 339,720
1984 610 81 87 89 .261 162,524
1983 158 33 19 16 .309 46,936
1982 14 0 4 1 .183 1,955
1981 0 0 0 0 .000 0
74498 19336 (1) 12182 9039 .000 147,480,422 (10)
 

ADIOS
(99) Washington VC

BEACON COURSE
(91) Dontellmenomore

BREEDERS CROWN (3ct)
(08) In Focus

JUGETTE
(99) Maudlin Hanover
(03) Numeric Hanover

KENTUCKY FILLY FUTURITY
(10) Fashion Feline

LITTLE BROWN JUG
(05) P-Forty-Seven

MAX HEMPT MEMORIAL
(10) Fred And Ginger

MESSENGER
(96) Go For Grins

ROSES ARE RED
(08) Tidewaterdragonfly

TATTERSALLS PACE
(07) Yankee Skyscraper

WINDY CITY PACE
(97) Arturo