George Raymond – 81 of Mason, Michigan, died in November after a short hospitalization. An owner of Standardbred racehorses since 1966, George and his wife, Dawn Scarborough, became serious trotting horse breeders until Dawn’s death in 2010. Their broodmare band, largely daughters and granddaughters of their Final Score mare Courtney Charamar 1:57.1, produced, among others, the successful trio of Keystone Nordic trotters (2003) Heart of Shovey 1:55.2 ($246,154), (2004) Bank President 1:53.3 ($393,448), and (2006) Aachoo 1:54 ($228,945).
Born December 24, 1932, George grew up among many siblings on the family farm in Leslie, Michigan. He became a football star at Leslie High School, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, worked briefly delivering milk for Heatherwood Dairies, and then landed a job selling advertising for the Mason newspaper. By the end of his working career he owned that newspaper along with several other community shopping guides, and was a well-known local businessman and philanthropist. But if you asked George, among his greatest accomplishments was that night in 1972 at Wolverine Raceway when his trotter Dearborn Star won the Open Trot defeating the great Speedy Crown.