"Ronnie Pierce and John Campbell, they're at the top of their games right now. And they're in their mid-50s. To me, they haven't lost a step. When you quit seeing your name listed on numerous horses to drive, maybe your time as passed and it's time to lay back a little bit."
So notes Dave Palone in a story in USA Today which features the top driver who is currently two wins away from eclipsing the all time win record for harness drivers. His next win will tie Herve Filion's long standing record of 15,179 and that could come today at his home track of The Meadows where Filion will be on hand.
"Yes, he's coming into town on Thursday and I'd really like to break the record on my home track on Thursday or Friday, but there are no guarantees in horse racing, that's for sure," Palone is quoted.
"I was actually thinking about it last night. I think I'm going to have mixed emotions. When I was a kid, Herve was my idol. In soccer, there's Pele. In harness racing, there's Herve. When you say Herve, everyone knows who that is.
"Since I grew up in the sport since I was 13, I've followed his career, and (15,000 wins) was a number that was unattainable. To get here, and get here as relatively quickly as I did, it really hasn't sunk in yet. I don't think I could ever replace Herve as the legend that he is."
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USA Today Story