Inducted in 1982
George Reed
Born on December 27, 1901 in
Bucksport School System

George "Buddy" Reed amassed an immense pile of harness racing accomplishments in more than six decades. Winner of more than 1,500 races in a career that started at age 15, he was three times top driver in New England, was ranked nationally nine times and gained the number 4 position in the country with 128 victories and $74,000 in purses in 1959.

Inducted into the New England Harness Hall of Fame as Maine's first entry in 1977, many of "Buddy's" victories came after age 70. He won his 1,000th victory at age 63. In 1959 he became the first New England driver to gain 100 victories in a season, adding 28 more that year.

In 1960, while driving Hot Patch at Foxboro, his horse fell in a jam, throwing Reed. But Reed bounced right back to win the next race with pacer Ed in a $24.60 payoff.

George Reed is the first harness driver-trainer to be honored by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by the former Doris Roberts of Malden, MA, a son John, and two daughters, Marcia and Barbara.

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