One of Canada’s harness racing greats is coming ‘Down Under’. Rick Zeron left Canada bound for Perth, via Dubai, last night (Tuesday). He and his wife of 34 years, Joyce, will return to Oakville in Ontario on March 4. As at Tuesday (February 4), Zeron had driven 7,711 winners ($103 million) from 46,454 starters and trained a further 2,120 ($27 million) more from 8,916 attempts. “I’m going to visit friends in Perth and then we will be heading to Sydney. There is a good chance we will attend the Inter Dominion grand final. “New Zealand is also a possibility because we know that is a very beautiful country. It would be great to see how both countries operate their racing,” Zeron said. The 57-year-old said he had never been to New Zealand and Australia. “It’s been a life-time goal. My wife and I had planned to head down there in five or six years, but I said to her, ‘what the hell’, let’s do it now. We are really excited about it,” Zeron said. Zeron shifted from Connaught Park to Blue Bonnets in 1982 and soon established himself as one of Quebec’s top driver, winning the Blue Bonnets driving premiership seven times from 1986-1994. For seven consecutive years he was also the leading stakes earner seven times and top UDR strike rate driver on five occasions. In 1995 he moved to the Woodbine and Mohawk circuits and has been one of their top reinsmen ever since. His Little Brown Jug (Michael’s Power, 2012) winning son, Scott, is now one of Canada’s best reinsman, and recently moved to New Jersey to further his name at the surrounding big tracks like the Meadowlands. On March 21 last year he became the youngest driver in history to win 2,000 races. He was just two months shy of his 24th birthday. His father explained why he believed his son was so good in the sulky: “I told him if you ever get a chance to put a good horse in the race, do exactly that, but if you are driving a poor horse I said to him to sit back and run on late and try and get a cheque for the owners. “I also told him if I ever saw him flogging a horse with his stick like a crazed monkey he would never make it in the game.” That epitomises why Zeron senior has made his name in North American harness racing circles. Last year he drove 106 winners ($3 million) and trained 43 ($959,921). Zeron has no driving assignments in Australia or New Zealand. Zeron’s major wins include (with years in brackets): CANADIAN TROT CLASSIC (96) Classic Adam CASUAL BREEZE (04) Sunshinenlollipops CHAMPLAIN STAKE (90) Prudhomme (98) Blissfull Hall (02) Moma’s Millionaire (02) Boulder Creek (03) Character Counts (05) Majestic Son (07) Intimidator (07) If And Only If (08) Hibbler COLONIAL LADY (00) Hornby Jean DYGERT MEMORIAL (95) Tak The Tuk FRANK RYAN MEMORIAL (06) Stiletto GENERAL BROCK FINAL (96) Yentls Iceman (04) Deadmans Curve HARVEST (03) Character Counts MAPLE LEAF TROT (98) Hanko Angus ROBERT STEWART MEM. (95) SOS Ninja SIMCOE STAKE (90) Osgood Hanover (96) Look Whos Cumin (99) Hawaiian Dancer (00) Ladys A President (03) EZ Past (07) Hagi By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)
If Boulder Creek can pull off the upset in the $125,000 Presidential Saturday night, driver Dan Dube will have the distinction of winning the race with the two richest male pacers of all time.
Boulder Creek emerged from the fog victorious in Saturday night's $24,000 Preferred Pace feature at the Meadowlands. Owned by Larry Baron, the eight-year-old war-horse was positioned in third early, powered to the lead as the field approached the far turn, and gamely withstood the strong late pace of Winbak Speed [$3.80] for his 41st career victory.
World champion Boulder Creek outlasted a late bid from Four Starz Sue to take this week's Open Handicap Pace at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, while My Perfect Rhyme, and Green Day were also victorious in their Open events.
Seventeen of harness racing’s greatest pacing stars – including nine millionaires - have been entered in two $50,000 eliminations for the Ben Franklin stake at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday, June 8. The first four finishers in each elimination will return for the rich $500,000 Franklin final on Sunday, June 15.
Earlier tonight (September 9) the post position draw for the 26th Des Smith Classic Pace took place and triple millionaire Boulder Creek was the winner of the draw when he drew the rail.
Joseph Alborano’s Artistic Fella put the finishing touches on a special day for trainer Steve Elliott as driving phenom Tim Tetrick drove the four-year-old son of Pacific Fella to a gate to wire winning effort in the Breeders Crown Pace in 1:49.2 in the final of the four Breeders Crown events at Mohawk Raceway.
The connections of older pacing superstars Lis Mara and Boulder Creek weighed in today, commenting on the showdown which will take place during Saturday's $540,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Mohawk Racetrack.
Although he has 20 wins and $1.4 million in earnings to his credit, Artistic Fella might be considered an unfinished work. The eager and willing pacer is still learning to race. The speed and natural talent are unquestioned. (August 26, 2007)
Several of the older pacers set to contest this Saturday's $650,000 Haughton Memorial final have Canadian connections, and Trot Insider's got a look at those contenders with their career highlights.
Allergies and other ailments might have had Lis Mara off his game earlier this month, but he resumed his winning ways with a monstrous mile in the first of two $50,000 eliminations for the William R. Haughton Memorial on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
A “Who’s Who” of older pacers makes up the list of eligibles to the 2007 Winbak Farm Pace to be raced Jug Day afternoon, Thursday, September 20th at the Delaware, OH County Fair.
John Fodera has been in harness racing since the early 1960s but oddly enough lately he has earned the nickname of 'The First Time Man.' (June 24, 2007)
Overlooked in all the racing excitement from Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup was the fact that Boulder Creek has - at least temporarily - surpassed Peaceful Way as the all-time richest Canadian-sired standardbred.
Mohawk Racetrack will play host to the four $250,000 (USD) Finals on Saturday night; part of a blockbuster card that will offer purses in excess of $3.5 million. All four of the Classic races will be contested at the route distance of a mile and three-eighths.
A mammoth Monday program is headed by two $110,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals, three $85,000 and two $60,000 Classic Series preliminaries plus an outstanding undercard on April 9 at Dover Downs.