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MacDonald To Drive In US

Published: February 21, 2012 1:54 pm ET

Last Comment: February 25, 2012 6:33 pm ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Mark MacDonald has not been in the bike for a charted race since November 7 of last year, but all of that will change this Thursday (February 23)


MacDonald, a two-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year, is scheduled to steer a pair of Mark Ford-trained horses at Yonkers Raceway.

"I've got a few in on Thursday there. I'm going to head down to New York and I'm hoping to pick up some more on the weekend," MacDonald told Trot Insider. "I really love racing at WEG but I always wanted to try it out down there just for a change to try something new."

The career winner of 4,928 races has driven his mounts to over $66-million in purse earnings. He is scheduled to drive Heaven And Hall (Race 2, PP7, 6-1) and Tongue Twister (Race 10, PP4, 5-1) on Yonkers' 12-dash Thursday docket.

MacDonald, 33, drove in 1,037 pari-mutuel races in 2011. He recorded 110 wins, 103 seconds and 100 thirds while steering his mounts to over $2.7-million in purse earnings.

The fact that MacDonald was able to start in as many races as he did in 2011 came as a surprise to some, as the resident of Cambridge, Ont. was involved in a serious racing accident at Mohawk Racetrack on May 26. He returned to the bike much faster than anyone anticipated on June 25 when he steered Western Silk in Flamboro Downs' Ellamony Stakes.

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February 25, 2012 - 6:33 pmGood luck wherever you drive

david watts SAID...

Good luck wherever you drive Mark. You are as good as any driver anywhere in the world.I hope you can still manage to come home for Old Home Week and show your stuff here. Possibly win another Gold Cup ,four would be nice.

February 21, 2012 - 7:53 pmGood luck JR. You are as

alan guthrie SAID...

Good luck JR. You are as good as anyone there.

February 21, 2012 - 7:21 pmgood luck mark

good luck mark

February 21, 2012 - 7:13 pmmike pennington Good

mike pennington Good to see u back marcus Ive missed watchin u drive, all the best

February 21, 2012 - 4:24 pmGood Luck at Yonkers and all

James Carr SAID...

Good Luck at Yonkers and all other US tracks in the area.

February 21, 2012 - 3:49 pmGood to see you climbing

Good to see you climbing back aboard Mark Good Luck to you in 2012 and beyond

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