Hervé Filion, harness-racing trainer and driver (b at Angers, Qué 1 Feb 1940). Filion was the sixth child of a harness-racing family and drove his first race at age 12. Adept, aggressive and horse-wise, he became a leading driver at Aylmer's Connaught Park Raceway when only 17. He soon was a popular idol on Québec, Ontario and northern New York tracks. Ten times - from 1968 to 1978 - Filion was the leading North American driver. With more than 1½ times the wins of his nearest competitor, he leads all drivers in life purse earnings. He is a member of the US Hall of Fame of the Trotter and the Canadian Horse Racing and Sports Halls of Fame, was named French-speaking athlete of the world, and won the LOU MARSH TROPHY
as outstanding Canadian sportsman.