Clinton Raceway has added one of the most legendary Canadian drivers of all time, Herve Filion, to their Legends Day line-up on Sunday, August 18.
He will be driving for Dave Wall, who injured his shoulder in a training accident last week.
A member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for more than three decades, Filion will come out of retirement to join a stellar line-up of harness racing Hall of Famers: Steve Condren, Ray Remmen, Doug Brown, Bill O’Donnell, Ron Waples, John Campbell, Dave Wall, Clint Galbraith, Keith Waples, Bud Fritz and Jim Doherty at Clinton.
For many years Filion held the record for the most races won by any driver in North America, a total of 15,180. That number was surpassed last year by Dave Palone, who idolized Filion in his youth. Filion was the youngest driver to ever be inducted into both the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1976) and its US counterpart (1975). As the great Billy Haughton once said: “There are a lot of good harness drivers, a few great ones … and then there is Filion.”
A recipient of numerous awards on both sides of the border, including the prestigious Lou Marsh as Canada’s Professional Athlete of the Year in 1971, Herve Filion hung up his silks last year with a total of 15,183 wins to his credit. He has graciously agreed to dust them off to compete in the always popular Legends Day Trot.
(with files from Clinton)