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Simon Allard set for Big M debut

March 16, 2011

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Simon Allard, the young Canadian driving sensation, will make his Meadowlands debut on Saturday night.  
Allard is listed to drive three horses on the Saturday card for his brother, trainer Rene Allard, including Strand Hanover in the $100,000 Four Leaf Clover final. Allard will also be the In The Sulky guest on Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday pre-card broadcast. Fans can e-mail questions for him to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com.  The broadcast airs live beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Paddock Level television set and online at MeadowlandsRacetrack.com.
"It's a dream come true for me to drive at the Meadowlands," Allard said. "I've always wanted to drive there. The only time I've driven outside of Canada is at Pompano Park. I'm very much looking forward to it."
In addition to Strand Hanover, who will start from post six in the fifth race Four Leaf Clover, Allard will pilot Most Happy Keene in the first race and Dinner Guest in the sixth. Allard had a career season in 2010, winning 468 races, $3.6 million in purses and the Georgian Downs driving title.  The 28-year-old reinsman made a full-time move to the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit this year and has made his presence felt. Through March 14, the Quebec native ranks fourth in the Woodbine driving colony with 36 victories and just under $600,000 in purses.

"I've been driving for five years, starting in Montreal and then moving to Three Rivers, Rideau Carlton, Flamboro and now Woodbine/Mohawk," he said. "I'm thinking about giving Chester a shot next year. For my brother and I, the last year or so has been great. We're used to racing cheaper horses, and now we're getting much better ones. I can't wait to drive with all the big names at the Meadowlands." (Meadowlands)

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