On October 9, 1893, excitement was building among the crowd gathered at the Lexington’s Red Mile. The occasion was the inaugural of the Kentucky Futurity, which today is one of the oldest and one of the richest horse races in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ranks as the oldest classic race in the world of harness racing. That day the crowd watched a shiny black colt named Oro Wilkes score a grueling five-heat victory for driver J.A. Goldsmith. Oro Wilkes fastest Futurity heat was 2:14 ½ and the purse for the inaugural was only $11,880.
Manyofmanymissions took home the coveted 119th Kentucky Futurity trophy. David Miller and Erv Miller shared the floral chair, after Manofmanymissions bested Dejarmbro in a stunning Race Off, the first in the Futurity since 2008. "He's got a lot of heart and is a very fast horse," said a happy winning trainer Erv Miller, who raced the Kentuckiana Farms-bred son of Yankee Glide barefoot behind in the Futurity and made a shoeing change in front after the colt made a break in the last turn.