Make Believe

Hall of Fame Inductee, 1987

Make Believe was hailed as “Queen of the Trotters” by the Canadian sporting press in 1949 following her racetrack exploits for her owner and trainer-driver Clarence (Shorty) Lockhart of Collingwood, Ont.  She won 55 of 106 heats, mostly against pacers, and registered a career mark of 2:09 on a half-mile track. That year she won the richest free-for-all event for trotters, taking two of three heats of the $2,000 Canadian Trotting Derby at Grand Valley. Sired by Lee Harvester, and from the mare Honey Locust by Mr. McElwyn, she was bred by F.S. Scott at his Manchester Stock Farm in Galt (now Cambridge) and was born the property of Dave M. Pinkney of Stratford in 1943.

She was clearly the best trotting filly in Canada in the 1940s. She often faced the great colt Van Riddell. However, there were few stakes events for 2 and 3-year-olds in Canada in the 1940s and she finished second in the Canadian Standardbred Futurity at ages two and three. As a broodmare Make Believe established a maternal trotting family which rivals the best the sport has offered over the past 50 years. If you examine the pedigree of Hall of Famer and world champion No Sex Please ($1.8 million), you will see that his great-granddam is Make Believe.

Make Believe produced 10 foals, including Helen Brooke K., the dam of Aurlene Shooter. Daughters of Helen Brooke K foaled winners Hidden Kash, Lori Song Kash, Lasting Kash, Eva Kash and Lucretias Kash. Another daughter, Gay Connie, produced six stakes winners including Ontario Sires Stakes winners Nila Herbert, Gay Ann Herbert (the dam of No Sex Please), Gayety Herbert, Mia Herbert and Connie Herbert. Daughters of Gay Connie also produced I Can Trot, Delvin Herbert, Vera Herbert and Cold Valentine.