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Introducing Rick Zeron


In the harness racing industry, Rick Zeron has become a legend.

Born in Ottawa, Rick is a long time resident of Oakville, Ontario. He has been a top driver and trainer on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit for over a decade.

Zeron has amassed an incredible $95 million in purse earnings as a driver, while driving more than 7,400 winners. His first victory came with ‘Oxford Mary’ in 1975 at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Some of the horseman’s greatest memories were created by ‘Hanko Angus’. The previously unknown trotter was acquired by Zeron in late 1997. The conditioner turned the horse from a $20,000 claimer into one of North Americas top “Free For All” performers, before being retired with over $1.2 million in career earnings. His biggest victory came in the 1998 Maple Leaf Trot.

More success was in store for Zeron as ‘Wild Turkey,’ a flashy Illinois-bred trotter, thrived under the Zeron banner and captured the 2000 Horsemens Trotting Series. Zeron guided the flashy gelding to 39 lifetime victories and earnings just shy of $800,000.

In July of 2007, Zeron urged ‘Spare Time Rozie’ to tie the Canadian record for aged trotting mares of 1:52.1 at Mohawk Racetrack, matching the mark set by champion trotter ‘Peaceful Way’ in 2005. Later that month, Zeron surpassed $70 million in career earnings.

Over the past few years, Zeron’s horses, ‘Peach Martini’ and ‘Lady Rainbow,’ have flourished in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and Grand Circuit. Both trotting fillies have combined earnings well over $1.2 million.

On January 15, 2010, Zeron captured his 7,000th career driving win aboard ‘On My Tab’ at Woodbine Racetrack. This is now a record number of wins by a driver, with 8,000 a realistic goal.

In 2010, Zeron received The O’Brien Award for Horsemanship, one of the highest honours that the sport presents.

Zeron’s success on the track has been passed down to his son, Scott, one of the top drivers in Canada, who is also a regular driver on the WEG circuit.

Zeron, known as a family man away from the racetrack continues to train and race horses while spending a little more time enjoying the cottage and his home in Oakville.


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