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Harness Racing's 2019 Leaders

Published: January 1, 2020 11:24 am ET

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Trot Insider has compiled a list of Canada’s 2019 leading drivers and trainers at racetracks across the country in recognition of their accomplishments.

Sylvain Filion reclaimed the spot atop the Canadian driving ranks with more than $6.08 million earned from 1,851 starts. He finished slightly better than last season’s leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who earned just under $30,000 less than Filion.

Marc St. Louis, Jr. was the nation's leading dash winner with 340 victories on the season. St. Louis also topped the driving charts at Dresden Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park, Leamington Raceway at the The Raceway at the Western Fair District.

Richard Moreau, a O'Brien Awards finalist for the seventh consecutive year, continued to lead trainers in Canada as he sits less than 100 victories away from 6,000 in his career. Moreau topped the standings in wins (285) and earnings ($4.55 million) while also leading trainers in earnings at both Woodbine Mohawk Park and Flamboro Downs.

Kelly Hoerdt posted career best numbers in 2019 and sported the best driving and training averages in the nation. As a driver, his 247-180-129 summary from 895 starts helped a sparkling 0.435 UDRS. On the training side, Hoerdt posted 167 wins, 124 second-place and 88 third-place finishes from 594 starts with a 0.446 UTRS.

All statistics include Canadian starts from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

Century Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Mike Hennessy ($484,223)
Top Driver (Wins) – Mike Hennessy (77)

Top Trainer (Money) – Rod Hennessy ($347,390)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Rod Hennessy (44)

Century Mile

Top Driver (Money) – Mike Hennessy ($515,841)
Top Driver (Wins) – Dave Kelly (53)

Top Trainer (Money) – Chris Lancaster ($310,953)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Rod Hennessy (28)

Clinton Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Colin Kelly ($75,755)
Top Driver (Wins) – Colin Kelly (22)

Top Trainer (Money) – Andrew McCabe ($82,543)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Andrew McCabe (12)

Dresden Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Tyler Borth ($99,059)
Top Driver (Wins) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. (27)

Top Trainer (Money) – Danielle St. Louis ($34,084)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Danielle St. Louis (11)

Exhibition Park Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Todd Trites ($29,195)
Top Driver (Wins) – Todd Trites (26)

Top Trainer (Money) – Ellen Stevenson ($23,332)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Ellen Stevenson (20)

Flamboro Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Robert Shepherd ($1,064,912)
Top Driver (Wins) – Robert Shepherd (176)

Top Trainer (Money) – Richard Moreau ($387,906)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Shepherd (62)

Fraser Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Kelly Hoerdt ($1,184,172)
Top Driver (Wins) – Kelly Hoerdt (180)

Top Trainer (Money) – Kelly Hoerdt ($881,879)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Kelly Hoerdt (114)

Georgian Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Travis Henry ($284,851)
Top Driver (Wins) – Travis Henry (43)

Top Trainer (Money) – Luc Blais ($162,695)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Shepherd (18)

Grand River Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Scott Coulter ($263,574)
Top Driver (Wins) – Robert Shepherd (38)

Top Trainer (Money) – Gregg McNair ($161,875)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Jodie Cullen (24)

Hanover Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Ryan Holliday ($148,045)
Top Driver (Wins) – Ryan Holliday (32)

Top Trainer (Money) – Andrew McCabe ($56,288)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Patrick Shepherd (14)

Hiawatha Horse Park

Top Driver (Money) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. ($151,113)
Top Driver (Wins) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. (48)

Top Trainer (Money) – Danielle St. Louis ($68,480)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Danielle St. Louis (25)

Hippodrome 3R

Top Driver (Money) – Stephane Gendron ($324,388)
Top Driver (Wins) – Stephane Gendron (63)

Top Trainer (Money) – Maxime Velaye ($191,477)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Francis Richard (32)

Inverness Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Redmond Doucet ($23,591)
Top Driver (Wins) – Redmond Doucet and Rod Gillis (27)

Top Trainer (Money) – Marc Campbell ($18,916)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Don Beaton (20)

Kawartha Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Reg Gassien ($153,098)
Top Driver (Wins) – Reg Gassien (47)

Top Trainer (Money) – John MacMillan ($56,348)
Top Trainer (Wins) – John MacMillan (22)

Leamington Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. ($120,306)
Top Driver (Wins) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. (38)

Top Trainer (Money) – Gordon McDonnell ($46,524)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Danielle St. Louis (13)

Northside Downs

Top Driver (Money) – Mark Pezzarello ($29,140)
Top Driver (Wins) – Mark Pezzarello (33)

Top Trainer (Money) – Brian O’Donnell ($16,638)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Brian O’Donnell (16)

The Raceway at Western Fair District

Top Driver (Money) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. ($755,244)
Top Driver (Wins) – Marc St. Louis, Jr. (143)

Top Trainer (Money) – Danielle St. Louis ($264,923)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Danielle St. Louis (61)

Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown

Top Driver (Money) – Marc Campbell ($301,154)
Top Driver (Wins) – Marc Campbell (136)

Top Trainer (Money) – Marc Campbell ($192,834)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Marc Campbell (70)

Rideau Carleton Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Guy Gagnon ($813,220)
Top Driver (Wins) – Guy Gagnon (171)

Top Trainer (Money) – Guy Gagnon ($415,313)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Guy Gagnon (83)

Summerside Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – David Dowling ($125,330)
Top Driver (Wins) – David Dowling (51)

Top Trainer (Money) – Marc Campbell ($68,021)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Jaycob Sweet (15)

The Track On 2

Top Driver (Money) – Mike Hennessy ($62,799)
Top Driver (Wins) – Mike Hennessy (17)

Top Trainer (Money) – Quentin Schneider ($30,867)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Rod Starkewski (10)

Truro Raceway

Top Driver (Money) – Clare MacDonald ($62,280)
Top Driver (Wins) – Dale Spence (44)

Top Trainer (Money) – Clare MacDonald ($63,446)
Top Trainer (Wins) – George Rennison (28)

Woodbine Mohawk Park

Top Driver (Money) – Sylvain Filion ($5,463,133)
Top Driver (Wins) – Sylvain Filion (267)

Top Trainer (Money) – Richard Moreau ($3,630,954)
Top Trainer (Wins) – Richard Moreau (181)


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