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Sylvain Filion Coming Off Career Year


Published: January 17, 2012 1:15 pm ET

Last Comment: January 17, 2012 11:03 pm ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

It’s no secret that Sylvain Filion has made a name for himself while driving on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit.

The native of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, Quebec has consecutively earned over $1 million each year since 1993. Filion, who now resides in Milton, Ont., also finished second to Jody Jamieson with 234 victories on the WEG circuit last season and has reached a career high with over $6.3 million in purse earnings.

When reflecting on the 2011 racing season, three horses come to Filion’s mind.

"Prestidigitator, Sparky Mark and Rebeka Bayama were my highlight horses of 2011, but don’t get me wrong, I drove a lot of good horses for good trainers and that really helped out,” he said. “I wouldn’t have had such a great year without the overnight horses, as well."

Filion hails from one of the most decorated harness racing families in the sport. His father, Yves, trained and drove 1988 North America Cup winner Runnymede Lobell, while his uncle, Herve, is arguably one of the greatest drivers in the game.

Major highlights in Sylvain’s career include a Breeders Crown triumph in 2001 aboard Goliath Bayama and capturing the 1999 World Driving Championship in Australia.

The reinsman, who currently sits atop the WEG leaderboard with 15 victories this season, says he looks forward to suiting up in his driving colours.

"I don't just like my job, I love it. I love being here every night. I took a little time off around Christmas, so now, I’m ready to go," he said. "I have the love of horses. I was raised on a farm and I was brought up with horses, so it's just natural for me to be around them on a daily basis."

Filion, who emerged onto the WEG scene in 2008, also enjoys working with his fellow driving colleagues.

"We are at work together pretty much every night, so we all know each other very well, Filion said. “There is a lot of competition, don't get me wrong, but there is a great group of guys in the drivers room. There are also a lot of young drivers coming in which makes the competition that much tougher."

Filion has his sights set on winning a particular race in 2012.

"I would like to win the Breeders Crown right here at Woodbine next year, which is a big goal of mine. I won a Breeders Crown before with ‘Goliath,’ but to do it right here at Woodbine would be something special. Also, if I stay healthy, good things are bound to happen."


January 17, 2012 - 11:03 pmAs an American now

As an American now passionate about the quality of Woodbine and Mohawk racing, it is a delight to watch Sylvain Filion drive from week to week with consistency and determination. Sylvain, please consider a trip to the Meadowlands with hope that Simon Allard will return too. What a pleasure it would be to have a Canadian/American driver championship contested at Woodbine and the Meadowlands with an open/random assignment of drivers!

January 17, 2012 - 4:11 pmCongratulations Sylvain, you

Congratulations Sylvain, you have proven you can drive with the best. In Mtl during your reign, they said it was because you had your Dad's and Lorraine Auger's horses and that you got the cream of the crop to drive. You don't get the cream of the crop on the WEG and look what you have accomplished. Once again congradulations and the best to you and your family for 2012. Ron.

January 17, 2012 - 4:08 pmSylvain dominated the racing

Rick Karper SAID...

Sylvain dominated the racing scene in Montreal, not to mention Rideau Carleton, up till the last day of racing in Montreal. We knew that he could do well on the WEG circuit and he has more than proved us right. Sylvain, we are very proud of you.

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