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Canada’s leading driver Scott Zeron to make special guest appearance at Fraser Downs


November 8, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

22-year-old superstar in BC Breeders’ Classic on Friday

At the age of just 22, Scott Zeron has blasted onto the harness racing scene as one of the world’s top drivers and clearly one of the best that Canada has ever produced.

At the invitation of local trainer Rick Lancaster, the Ontario-based Zeron will be appearing at Fraser Downs Racetrack in Surrey, B.C., on Friday afternoon as part of BC Breeders’ Classic Day, a 1:45 p.m. Remembrance Day start. A first-class young man, Scott will donate his winnings to the Royal Canadian Legion.

The son of celebrated trainer/driver Rick Zeron, Scott is currently this year’s leading driver in Canada having registered 482 wins and $6.9 million in earnings as of November 5.

“Those numbers come after an amazing 2,608 starts this year alone,” says Fraser Downs Director of Racing Jackson Wittup. “A driver back east on the busy Ontario circuit can work two tracks on the same date.”

There will be $230,000 in purse money on the line Friday at Fraser Downs for four BC Breeders’ Classic Day stakes, including $75,000 each for the Robert Murphy Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings as well the Mary Murphy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Each of the 2-year-old stake races on the undercard have $40,000 purses with total purse money for the entire card totaling $275,600.

Lancaster will have Zeron driving Stepuptotheplate in the Robert Murphy against Dan Ingram’s Gramrun Jake, winner of four in a row that has included both legs of the eliminations. Another hot contender will be Boom Shazam out of the Justin Currie barn.

Just Fiction, the 2-year-old champion last year out of the JJJ Stables/Al Anderson barn has won 14 of 17 career starts and should be the morning line favourite for the Mary Murphy. Imherefortheparty out of the Erik Neyhart barn won both eliminations and is expected to give Just Fiction some serious competition.

With the 2-year-olds, trainer Rick White has a strong three-horse entry in the colts and geldings stakes: Gotta Have Nukes, Hector Protector and Thieving Magpie. Bill Boden’s undefeated Cheyee J is the slight favourite for the 2-year-old fillies stakes but Mach Maiden Heaven, Te Anau and Slow And Easy will be provide some anxious moments.

A reminder that the action starts at 1:45 p.m. on Friday with the regular 1:45 starts applying for Saturday and Sunday at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino.