Getting to Know You with driver Scott Young

12:34 AM 15 May 2014 NZST
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Scott Young was always destined to pursue a harness racing career
The Young Family, Bob, Heather, Gail and Scott
Drivers Tyler Borth (left) and Scott Young on Molson Pace Night at Western Fair

At the age of ten, harness racing driver Scott Young knew he wanted to be a catch driver.

As a ten-year-old, Scott helped his dad, Bob, jogging and training horses. "I always knew I wanted to be a catch driver" says Scott. "It was always a dream to win the big races and my favorite race was the Little Brown Jug. I always wanted win that race as well as the Breeders Crown, North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace."

When Scott, now 22, graduated from high school he was 17 and his dad wanted Scott to continue on with furthering his education as Bob felt Scott was too young to be out of school.

"He made me enroll in a college," says Scott. "I ended up going to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and I studied two years of Broadcast Journalism. Once I graduated from there I was 19 and already driving horses. My dad said at least 'you have an education to fall back on just in case'. I am happy he made me go, because it's always going to be there in case I need it."

Scott sees himself racing in Ontario for the next five years. If the opportunity arose where he could drive for a strong stable in the USA, Scott would consider making the move. "That's what you need to become a top driver; you need a barn and one good horse that will get your name out there. If I ever had a barn from the States that would put me down to drive everything, I would consider that for sure."

If Scott had to pick any trainer to drive for, hands down it would be his dad! "I love winning races for other people, I love winning in general but when I win for my dad it's something special." Scott says. "I have a lot of respect for my dad."

Since Scott started driving, he's grown and matured. Scott can reflect on races he's driven where he recognizes mistakes he's made and knows how he can learn from it. Not many young adults can do this, so that is a testament to his character.

Secret Weapon, (trained by Wayne Prescator) is a horse that helped Scott make his name. "I owe a lot of my career to Secret Weapon." Scott states. "He was my first ever track record holder. I set the track record at Hanover Raceway with him. I was lucky enough to race him at Woodbine Racetrack in the winter. He won a Preferred and an Open Pace at Woodbine. That was my first ever Open Pace and Preferred and I drove him in the Gold Cup and Saucer eliminations in 2012 and we won the Consolation."

When it comes to interacting with fellow drivers, Scott considers himself a social butterfly of the drivers' room.

"I'm buddies with everyone whether it's the Woodbine drivers' room or the Flamboro drivers' room" says Scott. "Ryan Holiday is somebody who I consider one my best friends but I'm friends with everyone. Billy Davis and James MacDonald are close friends too."

With Scott's dad being in the industry for over thirty five years, he's known fellow drivers Scott Zeron and Jonathon Drury since he was ten. "I knew Chris Christoforou and Sylvain Filion since I was five years old" Scott explains. "I grew up around them."

In the mornings Scott works for Tony O'Sullivan. "I jog and train with him. Tony has a forty horse barn" says Scott. When he's finished, Scott heads some to clean up his colors, grab a nap and then it's off to the races. "I always have a full day."

Scott's nickname is 'the Answer' and it was given to him by veteran drivers Chris Christoforou and Jody Jamieson and Woodbine analyst Ken Middleton. The nickname stemmed from Scott's dad because Bob Young was known as Bob Knowledge. "Everyone would say Bob knows everything" explains Scott. "People would say I have an answer for everything anytime I was asked something. I got the nickname during my second year of driving."

"It took off after other announcers starting using it and I even put (the nickname) on my race bike." Scott says.

Driver's having nicknames is awesome; it's something fans can gravitate towards just like fans do with baseball, hockey, football and basketball players.

Tim Tetrick is known as the Bionic Man, Brian Sears is the White Knight, George Brennan is the Minister of Speed, Andy Miller is the Orange Crush, David Miller is the Buckeye and John Campbell is JC for Jesus Christ.

Away from the track Scott goes golfing when he can but admits he'd rather not have any time off during the peak season so he can drive as much as possible. Scott also plays baseball and during the winter months he plays in a men's hockey league.

"Being so young, I might as well keep doing as much as I can while I can still do it" says Scott.

Scott is a Toronto Blue Jays fan and hopes the Blue Jays can make the playoff this season, the first time since 1993. Scott is a diehard Boston Bruins fan! Scott is confident the Bruins will win game seven against the Montreal Canadiens and the Stanley Cup.

A side note is Scott hates the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Roderick Balgobin's column will appear weekly on Harnesslink. You can contact him at rod.balgobin
@supernovasportsclub.com or Twitter: ScSupernova
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