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Harness Racing's 2018 Leaders

Published: January 1, 2019 11:39 am ET

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Trot Insider has compiled a list of Canada’s 2018 leading drivers and trainers at racetracks across the country in recognition of their accomplishments.

Louis-Philippe Roy, a native of Mont-Joli, Que. who now makes his home in Guelph, Ont., made his way to the top of Canada's driver standings for the first time in 2018. Roy boasted 413 wins along with $6.7 million in purses on Canadian soil, leading the country in each statistic.

Gilles Barrieau is a perennial fixture among the top UDRS drivers in Canada, and his 0.417 percentage in 2018 was the nation's best. The 'Maritime Magic Man' made 519 seasonal starts, sporting a summary of 143-92-68.

In the running for his sixth straight O'Brien Award as Canada's Trainer of the Year, Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ont. put up some incredible numbers in the 2018 season. He sent 315 winners postward and trained horses to more than $4.695 million in earnings, a new personal best. Again the leading trainer on the WEG circuit, Moreau also captured top training honours at Georgian Downs while topping the standing at Western Fair for purse earnings.

Trainer Yves Tessier of Laval, Que. captured his first training title at Rideau Carleton Raceway in 2018 while sporting the nation's best UTRS at 0.411. Tessier also reached career highs in starts (343) wins (94) and purses ($489,636) last season.

All statistics include Canadian starts from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Century Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Brandon Campbell ($515,841)
Top Driver (Wins) – Brandon Campbell (80)

Top Trainer (Money) – Kelly Hoerdt ($467,001)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Sanford Campbell (44)

Clinton Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Doug McNair ($88,901)
Top Driver (Wins) – Doug McNair (19)

Top Trainer (Money) – Jack Darling ($52,042)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Bissett (9)

Dresden Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Tyler Borth ($116,181)
Top Driver (Wins) – Tyler Borth (38)

Top Trainer (Money) – Michael Carther ($37,684)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Michael Carther (14)

Exhibition Park Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Todd Trites ($23,845)
Top Driver (Wins) – Todd Trites (17)

Top Trainer (Money) – Ellen Stevenson ($10,011)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Sifroi Melanson and Ellen Stevenson (9)

Flamboro Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Robert Shepherd ($928,680)
Top Driver (Wins) – Robert Shepherd (158)

Top Trainer (Money) – Patrick Shepherd ($398,373)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Shepherd (83)

Fraser Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Paul Davies ($535,516)
Top Driver (Wins) – Dave Hudon (73)

Top Trainer (Money) – Jim Marino ($726,445)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Jim Marino (59)

Georgian Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Alfie Carroll ($215,377)
Top Driver (Wins) – Alfie Carroll (29)

Top Trainer (Money) – Richard Moreau ($140,778)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Richard Moreau (19)

Grand River Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Colin Kelly ($292,281)
Top Driver (Wins) – Colin Kelly (55)

Top Trainer (Money) – Dave Menary ($253,183)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Shepherd (22)

Hanover Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Ryan Holliday ($153,205)
Top Driver (Wins) – Ryan Holliday (47)

Top Trainer (Money) – Keith Jones ($37,605)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Andrew McCabe and Patrick Shepherd (8)

Hiawatha Horse Park

Top Driver (Money) – Garrett Rooney ($144,431)
Top Driver (Wins) – Garrett Rooney (45)

Top Trainer (Money) – Benoit Lamarche ($56,181)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Benoit Lamarche (20)

Hippodrome 3R

Top Driver (Money) – Guy Gagnon ($266,416)
Top Driver (Wins) – Stephane Brosseau (50)

Top Trainer (Money) – Dany Fontaine ($128,320)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Francis Richard (27)

Inverness Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Redmond Doucet ($28,947)
Top Driver (Wins) – Redmond Doucet (44)

Top Trainer (Money) – Joseph Baxter ($11,770)
Top Trainer (Wins) – John Mac Donald (13)

Kawartha Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Reg Gassien ($141,846)
Top Driver (Wins) – Reg Gassien (49)

Top Trainer (Money) – Ed McHale ($43,247)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Ed McHale (16)

Leamington Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Tyler Borth ($116,298)
Top Driver (Wins) – Tyler Borth (40)

Top Trainer (Money) – William Leon ($26,833)
Top Trainer (Wins) – George Robinson (9)

Northlands Park

Top Driver (Money) – Mike Hennessy ($294,243)
Top Driver (Wins) – Mike Hennessy (35)

Top Trainer (Money) – Kelly Hoerdt ($234,579)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Rod Hennessy (22)

Northside Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Ryan Campbell ($27,134)
Top Driver (Wins) – Gerard Kennedy (29)

Top Trainer (Money) – Heather Hawkins ($18,890)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Heather Hawkins (22)

The Raceway at Western Fair District

Top Driver (Money) – Robert Shepherd ($708,997)
Top Driver (Wins) – Scott Coulter (131)

Top Trainer (Money) – Richard Moreau ($205,755)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Shepherd (37)

Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown

Top Driver (Money) – Marc Campbell ($266,090)
Top Driver (Wins) – Marc Campbell (130)

Top Trainer (Money) – Marc Campbell ($103,371)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Marc Campbell (54)

Rideau Carleton Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Guy Gagnon ($781,259)
Top Driver (Wins) – Guy Gagnon (152)

Top Trainer (Money) – Yves Tessier ($424,941)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Yves Tessier (79)

Summerside Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Gilles Barrieau ($78,001)
Top Driver (Wins) – David Dowling (42)

Top Trainer (Money) – Earl Watts ($34,513)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Earl Watts (15)

The Track On 2

Top Driver (Money) – David Kelly ($47,552)
Top Driver (Wins) – David Kelly (17)

Top Trainer (Money) – David Kelly ($40,784)
Top Trainer (Wins) – David Kelly (15)

Truro Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Darren Crowe ($61,807)
Top Driver (Wins) – Darren Crowe (50)

Top Trainer (Money) – George Rennison ($37,986)
Top Trainer (Wins) – George Rennison (36)

Woodbine Mohawk Park

Top Driver (Money) – Louis-Philippe Roy ($4,322,403)
Top Driver (Wins) – Louis-Philippe Roy (185)

Top Trainer (Money) – Richard Moreau ($2,584,865)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Richard Moreau (119)

Woodbine Racetrack

Top Driver (Money) – Louis-Philippe Roy ($1,242,775)
Top Driver (Wins) – Louis-Philippe Roy (103)

Top Trainer (Money) – Richard Moreau ($1,194,075)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Richard Moreau (91)

Follow the race for the 2019 national and track titles by clicking on the "Season Leaders," "Top Drivers at Canadian Tracks," or "Top Trainers at Canadian Tracks" links on Standardbred Canada’s statistics page.


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