Scott 'The Answer' Young enjoys summer racing

11:04 PM 19 Aug 2014 NZST
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Scott Young, harness racing
Scott Young is loving summer racing
Harness racing driver Scott Young aka 'The Answer' was kind enough to take a few moments to chat between races at Georgian Downs, (Innisfil, ON).

Driving horses at Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs, Scott acknowledges that a lot of strategy comes in to play when racing at the two tracks. Georgian Downs is a 5/8 mile track while Grand River Raceway is a ½ mile track.

"This track, Georgian Downs, is known as a speed track" says Scott. "If you lead with your horse from the start off the gate, you're better for it. It's really hard to make up ground on this track if they don't go any fractions up front. You really try to get yourself well positioned here."

Scott confirms the same type of strategy works well at Grand River Raceway.

One thing Scott enjoys about driving at Georgian Downs is getting the opportunity to drive better horses. "I find there are better horses and the trainers you drive for are a lot of Mohawk Raceway trainers and they're bringing young horses here.... You get a chance to drive for some class stables and some decent horses."

Scott has driven some horses for his dad, Bob Young. Scott admits his dad's horses make him look good! "He gives me a shot to win every time." Scott says.

"My dad has a really nice filly named Wicked Speed and she's 3 for 3 this year with 2 Grass Roots (Ontario Sire Stakes)." Scott continues, "I drive a horse for my dad named Mitt Jagger and he's a pretty nice horse."

When he isn't racing, Scott works for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. Well, why not his dad 'Bob Knowledge'?

"We are the same person" Scott confirms, "I can work for him for about three weeks. We are too much alike. We always want to change stuff all the time... so I drive for him at night and this way when I see him, I am just driving."

With that being said, Scott knows his dad is his biggest fan and Bob always does his best to watch all of Scott's drives.

So what does Scott and his fellow horsemen do when they are in between races and have a few minutes? Play practical jokes of course.

Scott speaks about times where he has found his gloves stuffed with candy wrappers or even stones. It seems to always take place when he's trying to rush onto the track. "There I am looking for my gloves with one minute before the post parade" says Scott. "And I am trying to empty them out. Or I will find my gloves pulled inside out."

"Sometimes someone will switch whips with you. They'll leave you with a broken whip and they go and take your good one." Scott says with a laugh. "There's always something going on."

Pranksters being called out are J Harris, Bob McClure and James MacDonald!

It's safe to say Scott doesn't play any pranks as he admits the favor will be returned twice as harsh. "I try and stay clear of that" Scott says.

Coming to the track is a delight for Scott, "I am friends with everybody and there's nothing like doing what you love with your friends."

As mentioned before, 'The Answer' is a big Bruins fans and he's ready for the NHL season to kick off. In the mean time, Scotty is enjoying cheering on the Blue Jays as they fight for a wild card ticket to the post season. "The last five games I've been to the Blue Jays won each time" says Scott. If that's the case, I say we make sure Scott goes to every remaining home game!

Third baseman Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays is Scott's favorite player. "My dad says we are a lot alike. When something goes bad for Brett, he has a little freak out." Scott explains. "When I was younger and I got beat with a favorite, I would throw a fit and my dad would say 'Easy Brett, easy'..."

 
by Roderick Balgobin, www.supernovasportsclub.com
 
 
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