15YO Justin Irvine to drive at Goshen
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"Finding a horse to drive when you are not right there is tough, so I thank the Fords and the Bonomos. It will be different driving at Goshen," Irvine says of his second career start. "On a bigger scale. The Hall of Fame is right there and with all the celebrations, there may be a bit of pressure."
Justin's father, Don Irvine Jr., has over 7,000 wins and is enshrined on Northfield Park's Wall of Fame in Ohio, as is Justin's uncle, William Irvine, with over 3,000 driving wins.
"I have never felt obligated because of my family's success. It is just what I always wanted to do. That is why HHYF is so great. For me, I want to be a driver and a trainer and I can learn that at the camps. But I also enjoy listening to other people and their dreams. If they want to be a vet, whatever, you can learn all aspects of the sport. You meet people from so many different backgrounds who love harness racing," he says. "My first camp was 2014 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, and it was eye-opening. The Goshen leadership program just built on that initial experience." (HHYF)