COSA TV recently caught up with horsemen Jack and Scott Wray, both of whom have entered the 2020 campaign of racing off of career-best seasons in 2019.
Jack, who has more than 1,500 combined wins as a trainer/driver, is coming off of career-best training totals for wins (37) and purse earnings ($285,253) in 2019. Scott had his best year as a driver in 2019, as he raced to 118 wins and $739,000 in purses.
Seeing as though his dad, Jack, has been a career Standardbred horseman, the harness game is part of Scott’s DNA. Although a career in the sulky wasn’t necessarily what Scott had initially envisioned for himself, the London, Ontario-based reinsman is glad that he has followed in his dad’s footsteps.
“We played competitive baseball and my dad was the coach,” Scott said. “We had a lot of experience competing together like that. Mostly I was involved with baseball and hockey and football when I was younger. As those dreams faded, I thought, ‘If could still be an athlete, of some sort, maybe horse racing?’ And then my dad, he was still driving in his late fifties, so I thought ‘I’d better try this before he gets hurt,’ so that’s how I got into it.”
“I kind of got into it late,” Scott explained. “I didn’t start driving until, I think, I was about 29 years old. So that was one of my biggest regrets that I have in this – those are, a lot of times, your best years (your twenties, as a driver). But, still, when you’re a little older you make better decisions.”
Scott’s outlook on the Ontario racing industry is a positive one. He sees potential in every new individual that makes their way to the track.
“To me, I think that every new person that we can get to come (to the races) is another possible fan, another possible person who will come and bet, and a possible owner.
“A lot of the guys that I know from high school and whatnot… they’ll come and say ‘I really like that’ or ‘maybe I want to get in with a horse’ and things like that – or maybe they just want to come and drink beer, which is also good for us.”
One of my favourite 'COSA TV'
One of my favourite 'COSA TV' videos thus far... A pleasure to see a portion of it played at The Raceway's Annual Awards Banquet this past weekend - where Jack would pick up the Wall Tyme Outstanding Service Award. Well done all around Team Wray!
I remember Jack at Barrie
I remember Jack at Barrie Raceway......Teddy Bearcat, R U Ready, Eyre Pal........well done Jack!!!
Great job Jack and Scott.
Great job Jack and Scott. Super interview.
Scott keep your head up hands
Scott keep your head up hands on lines,and make your footsteps. See you in the winners circle by James Brown.
Great video gentlemen. Jack
Great video gentlemen. Jack you're selling yourself short on your driving skills. I can still remember those old Leamington and Dresden days and introducing you in the winners circle on route to your over 900 victories. May 2020 be Team Wray's best year. Once again this is a great piece for Ontario racing. Good Luck.
I remember betting on a horse
I remember betting on a horse Jack drove in Dresden.He had to have been 10 lengths back at the 3 quarter pole and he got up to win right at the wire. Kings Flag owned by Nick Szabo. Paid real well too and that was 40 years ago.