The Australian trio of Nigel, Norm, and Dave discovered Digitaldowns in 2005 and began their own separate journeys as trainers. Nigel, a real life thoroughbred trainer and shift worker in Alice Springs Australia started Getting Lucky Lodge "The stable was named after the greatest real life horse I have ever had, Getting Lucky won 13 of her 30 starts, still holds the 5F Track Record here in Alice at 55.84, was the first horse to break 1:08 for 6F in Darwin, and also won in Melbourne at Caulfield racecourse."
Several years later, Nigel and Norm combined forces to be run as a partnership and worked well together, "The early days were a tough learning experience, but we slowly became better and better at placing our horses in their right class, and improved our breeding stock." They added the legendary racehorse and sire PENSION PLAN via private purchase to breed many of the great champions they conditioned over the years. "My favorite memory would be when Norm and I purchased Pension Plan from Gunner stables, at the time, it was the most expensive purchase in the game’s history, and Pension Plan is undoubtedly the greatest horse/sire the game has seen."
The success GLL enjoyed through the years as a solo act and partnership is staggering. As of this writing, GLL has the record for all-time wins with a jaw-dropping 4,213 wins with a superb win percentage of 16.78%. They currently sit in 2nd in all-time earnings with 59 Million plus (in credits) They went on to win a record 9 Trainer of the Year awards, including 5 in a row in seasons 14-18 and a dominating run 7 of 8 during that time.
Off the track they were both influential in shaping and improving how the game is played. Authoring the invaluable Inside Edge, Jockey Instruction, and Claiming articles in the Help for New Members section. They've run countless fun contests for free breeds or sponsored added money races for the benefit of the community. Norm's advice and mentoring can be referenced by new and veteran stables alike and was how this writer got his "leg up" on his own journey on the track.
"Being inducted into the Hall of fame is a great honor, I have been to Churchill Downs 3 times to attend a DD get together, i can honestly say each time has been great, and the people who play this game are a great bunch. Some lifelong friends have been made out of an online game and that's pretty cool I think.”
Thank you DigitalDowns, all the best! Nigel (Trainer) Boris (game’s greatest ladies’ man!) Norm (great ideas man and legendary DD trainer) Kelly (the fog is in the house!
Congratulations to Getting Lucky Lodge on this momentous achievement!