Eddy Freundt, who lives and world in West Germany, is the most successful harness racer of all time.
CU Eddy Freundt in riding helmet rounding track and through the county. (4 SHOTS) (Music overlay
SV Freundt holding long reins on horse during training.
CU INT ZOOM OUT FROM Wining trophies TO Freundt speaking in German.
GV People in grandstand at race meeting.
CU People placing bets. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM TO Television screen showing race in progress.
GV Race in progress TRACKING SHOT ZOOM IN TO Freundt.
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Freundt TO other riders in SLOW MOTION.
GV Finish of race with Freundt finishing fourth.(2 SHOTS)
SV Freundt dismounts ZOOM INTO CU OF his face.
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Background: Eddy Freundt, who lives and world in West Germany, is the most successful harness racer of all time. In his 36-year career as a trainer and driver, Freundt had won prize money totalling well over 10-million (US) dollars. Recently, the 50-year-old harness racer achieved another first when he won his six-thousandth trotting race.
SYNOPSIS: To his fans and fellow competitors, Eddy Freundt is known as the "philosopher of the sulky". He earned this nickname because of the superior and calm racing style he has used during his 36-year career.Since 1944, Freundt has competed in nearly 25,000 races,
Between 1956 and 1972, Eddy Freundt was West German champion eleven times. He is also one of the world's most successful harness trainers. He has handled several thousand horses -- and the owners are more than satisfied.
The Ruhr region -- with its 17 million people -- is the most densely populated industrial area in Europe. There are four harness trac???s and the enthusiasm for racing an betting is immense. Harness races are held six days a week -- winter and summer.
Although Freundt races less frequently nowadays, he is still a familiar sight at the track. His 6,000 wins are even more remarkable as he usually races only trotters in Europe. He is not only a good driver and trainer, but an excellent teacher as well. It is to him that many of Europe's top drivers owe their success.
Freundt plans to continue racing until 1984. Then, he hopes to go to the United States as a trainer at a large stud farm. Eventually, the world's most successful harness racer plans to write a book about his life in the sulky.