New England Golf & Leisure: In The Winner's Circle

Harness racing family turns to golf with opening of GreatHorse

By Wayne Mills

The name, GreatHorse, is an allusion to the iconic Leonardo da Vinci statue, “Gran Cavallo,” a work that was not completed until five centuries after his death. According to owner Guy Antonacci, “The name evokes a spirit of innovation and excellence in design and also speaks to our family’s long and storied history in the harness racing industry.”

The Antonacci family has been in the harness racing business since 1965 and has one of the most respected breeding farms in the sport. Headquartered in Somers, Connecticut, the stable has won the Hambletonian Stakes five times, which is the harness racing equivalent to the Kentucky Derby.