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“I’d Absolutely Love To Win One”


Published: October 27, 2011 1:23 pm ET

Last Comment: October 27, 2011 7:41 pm ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Scott Zeron has already stamped himself as a genuine top driving talent, a young gun with veteran savvy on a quest for his Breeders Crown coronation.

Success, and plenty of it, has already come for the 22-year-old Zeron. And there’s every reason to believe more success is in the cards.

But for all he has accomplished since he started his career in the sulky in 2007, the son of veteran trainer/driver Rick Zeron is hoping the night of October 29 yields a first, namely a triumph in a Breeders Crown race.

“I’d absolutely love to win one,” said Zeron, who has six drives in Saturday evening’s stakes-stacked card of racing at Woodbine Racetrack, including John Fielding’s Alsace Hanover in the $500,000 three-year-old colt pace. “It’s something everyone dreams of.”

In spite of his eye-catching numbers --- he’s currently leading all Canadian drivers in wins on the season with 470 through October 26 --- Zeron is decidedly uncomfortable dwelling on past performances.

Instead, the native of Oakville, Ont., who chalked up over $1-million in purse earnings in his sophomore year (2008) at the races, is always firmly focused on the next quest.

Enter October 29. Specifically, a $6-million card of racing and an opportunity at a cherished first.

“I only think about the past to build myself up for the future,” said Zeron, who in 2009 was aboard FBS Terror in the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Woodbine. “People will say you’re only as good as the last race you were in.”

Which is why Zeron is, quite literally, a student of the game.

Pre-race preparations include diligent homework by the man who became the first Canadian driver to win 1,000 career races before the age of 22.

“I read that program in and out,” said Zeron, whose top 2010 moment was when he steered Part Shark to a track record performance in the prestigious Gold Cup & Saucer at the Charlottetown Driving Park in PEI. “Until you get behind the gate, you never know what will happen, but I want to know what horses are prone to leaving strong and who comes off from the pace. I think I do a good job at situating myself in a race in order to give myself the best chance to win. I watch a lot of replays.”

On most occasions, however, Zeron zeroes in on the ones that have a happy ending.

“I usually like to watch the races that I win to see what I did right,” he quipped. “I don’t like to look at the things I did wrong. I know what I did wrong.”

Zeron, who was invited to represent Canada at an international driving competition in France in 2010, where he finished second in the Prix des Rencontres Internationales du Trotteur Français at Paris-Vincennes, exudes confidence whenever he takes the reins.

But he acknowledges he gives in to a nervous energy, akin to a hockey player just before the drop of the puck, before the gate unfolds.

“I’m really good that way,” he said. “I get nervous just before the first race. Once I get one race out of my system, I’m good to go. The adrenaline is pumping and I’m feeling good. Even going up to the gate, especially in these big races, you might have those jitters, but once the race starts, it’s all focus.”

Zeron, who was a finalist for an O’Brien Award for Driver of the Year, was edged out by Randy Waples, winning 606 races with $4,435,293 in purse earnings in 2010. In his best season yet, he led all drivers in wins.

And though the lure to dwell on his past successes might be understandable, Zeron’s focus never strays beyond the next call to post.

In his world, it’s all about looking forward.

“I’d like to think I’ve completed five per cent of things I want to do,” offered Zeron. “There’s so much to look forward to. We’ll say that when I win a few Breeders Crown races this weekend, I’ll want to win them again next year. That’s how it is for me.”

He’ll have a six-pack of chances on Saturday to rein in a Breeders victory, triumph or perhaps triumphs, that would mean the world to Scott Zeron.


October 27, 2011 - 7:41 pmI truly believe that he is

Danny Maue SAID...

I truly believe that he is well on his way to being the next "Tim Tetrick" of the WEG circuit, sooner than later!

Scott, all the best this Saturday and in the future...

October 27, 2011 - 7:06 pmI have been in the business

I have been in the business for 35 years and Scott is one of the nicest human beings that has ever driven for me. He is also great young driver and will drive for me in the Breeders Crown Saturday.

October 27, 2011 - 4:47 pmScott is with no doubt one

Scott is with no doubt one of the top driver(with no emphasis on young)out there. You can see he not only thinks while he is driving but with all his accomplishments does NOT have a big ego...Thats something you like to see, someone who does not think he is better then his piers and is just thrilled as he meets his goals. I am sure we will see Scott in a few pictures Saturday night..BOL

October 27, 2011 - 2:49 pmgo get them Scott, you can

go get them Scott, you can do it.

October 27, 2011 - 2:11 pmBest Wishes, all the best

Jack Warner SAID...

Best Wishes, all the best Sat. night, Scott, you will do very well, l am very sure of that! I'll be watch watching and Cheering you on! Jack

October 27, 2011 - 2:01 pmScott Zeron is the best

John Carter SAID...

Scott Zeron is the best young driver in north america and has accomplished a lot by age 22. I will go as far as to predict that if he stays healthy he will lead the WEG circuit in wins next year. I will be sitting back having a few cold ones cheering the canadian based drivers on, so here is hoping that Scott gets his first breeders crown win.

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