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Roy Open To The Grand Circuit

Published: February 18, 2020 1:38 pm ET

Last Comment: February 19, 2020 4:48 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Louis-Philippe Roy recently received his second consecutive Canadian driver of the year award, but it was his success with two other 2019 O’Brien Award winners that most pleased him.

The 30-year-old Roy was the regular driver of two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn and two-year-old male trotter HP Royal Theo, who each received divisional O’Brien honours earlier this month.

“I’m proud of my season with the young horses,” said Roy, who was a standout in Quebec before moving to Ontario’s Woodbine-Mohawk circuit in 2017. “I never raced on a big track until I came here, so that was the first adaptation for me. Then after, driving a lot of young horses in the summer, stakes horses, two-year-olds. That was something I didn’t do a lot in my early years.

“I learned a lot of it by moving here when I started driving more two-year-olds and three-year-olds and teaching them how to race. I feel like I’ve learned a lot and improved a lot in my last two years with stakes horses. I’m proud of that.”

Louis-Philippe Roy, pictured accepting his O’Brien Award as Canada’s driver of the year for the 2019 racing season.

Roy has driven four O’Brien winners in the past two seasons, with female pacer Shower Play and male pacer Jimmy Freight both receiving honours in 2018 at age three. He was the leading driver on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit in 2018.

“You need to get those special horses to drive to step up to the Grand Circuit,” Roy said. “Any type of competitive guy would tell you that he wants to compete at the highest level. That’s for sure something I would like to do. To get there, you need the opportunities. I just want to keep doing [well] and take any of the opportunities I can get.”

Roy, who received Canada’s Rising Star Award in 2016, won four times on the Grand Circuit in 2019, with four different horses: HP Royal Theo in the William Wellwood Memorial, Lindy The Great in the Caesars Trotting Classic, Alicorn in a division of the Eternal Camnation, and YS Mathis in a division of the Champlain.

He finished second in purses among Canadian drivers and third in wins.

In 2018, Roy led both categories.

Roy is a graduate of the University of Quebec at Rimouski. For the first two years of his driving career, he also worked as a financial analyst for a telecommunications company. For the past three seasons, he has donated a full card’s earnings to a food bank in his hometown.

For his career, Roy has won 1,467 races and $16.4 million in purses. He is the fourth driver this century to receive Canada’s Driver of the Year Award in consecutive years, joining Chris Christoforou, Mark MacDonald, and Sylvain Filion (who did it twice).

“It’s something I didn’t expect to achieve yet, but I’m very happy with it,” Roy said. “I feel like I realize it more on those kinds of nights, when the awards happen, because in your everyday life you don’t realize all the roads you’ve travelled to get where you’re at now. When I look back to where I was five years ago, I’m pretty proud of all the travelling I did.”


February 19, 2020 - 4:48 pmCredit due. May his

Credit due. May his charismatic personality continue to help the food bank and charities!!! Understanding one's personality is a gift. He is gifted to give away money...I must shake his hand next time I see him.

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