Northfield, OH —- Driver Kurt Sugg made his 5,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Blue Speech in Northfield Park’s sixth race on Saturday (Jan. 22).
Sugg sat the pocket with Blue Speech, eventually rolling home in the passing lane and besting their competition by a half-length. The 1:57.1 clocking was the eighth career score for the 5-year-old pacer, who returned $8.80 to win.
The 52-year-old Sugg began driving in 1986. His 5,000 wins have helped him garner $29.3 million in purse earnings.
Sugg is a third-generation horseman and grew up immersed in harness racing.
“I was nine when I jogged my first horse,” recalled Sugg. “I’ve been around horses all of my life and there was never a question what my career choice was going to be.”
After graduating from Patrick Henry High School in Hamler, Ohio, Sugg began working with horses full-time. His father Ivan had an established stable and had placed the Sugg name in harness racing prominence with horses such as No Pan Intended and Glad Rags (a mare that beat Meadow Skipper) and was inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.
Kurt’s richest win was a $225,000 Ohio Sire Stakes final in 2015 at Scioto Downs aboard Count On Kami. His fastest happened last year, a 1:50 win aboard Bernie. He rates the best horses he has ever driven as world champions Dunkster and Blastaway Sahbra.
Sugg resides in Polk, Ohio, with his wife Becky and competes regularly at the Flying Turns and on the Ohio stakes scene. Becky is an Elementary School Secretary at Northwestern Elementary. When not racing the Suggs love to travel and frequent Disney multiple times a year.
Kurt loves the competition of racing and thoroughly enjoys working with horses. Commenting on his successful career Sugg commented, “I’ve never had a job.”