If you are of my generation, who didn't recall Green With Envy racing every week in the F&M Open Paces at the Meadowlands? Later, who didn't remember Fools Goal, a horse he trained and let others drive?
Doherty was an unassuming man, yet one of the greats in harness racing. He probably wasn't appreciated as much as he should have in his racing days but the loss was ours, not his. This man from Atlantic Canada followed the path of many great drivers who cut their teeth racing in Atlantic Canada and then moving down to New England before heading to the big time. Whether racing in New York or New Jersey, he was a force to be reckoned with.
I was going to write about something else today, but it doesn't seem right to do so. We lost one of the great ones and the harness racing world seems to be poorer for it. They don't make driver/trainers like James Doherty anymore. May he rest in peace.