Driver Bio

Sylvain
 Filion
Born: 2/7/1969 in
Resides: Milton, Ontario
Colors: Blue-White-Red
Statistics
Woodbine Mohawk Stakes Wins
SERIES HORSE (YEAR)
Beat The Heat Series Frankies Dragon (2013)​
Blizzard Hustleonhome (2011)
Breeders Crown Wheeling N Dealin (2012, 2YOCT)​
Bridger Wheeling N Dealin (2012)
Brandon Cs (2011)
Burlington Goliath Bayama (1999)
Canadian Breeders Harper Blue Chip (2014)​
Casual Breeze Smarty Pants (2012)​
Champlain (Pace) Lyons Levi Lewis (2014)
Camystic (2001)
Champlain (Trot) Habitat (2014)
Harper Blue Chip (2013)
Wheeling N Dealin (2012)
Toocool Forschool (2012)
Martiniontherocks (2010)
Dream Maker Evenin Of Pleasure (2012)​
Girls Night Out Series Ferrari Sena (2013)​
In Free Gliding Fashion (2009)
Lifetime Dream Afternoon Dreams (2009)
Maple Leaf Trot ​Intimidate (2014)
Metro Pace Boomboom Ballykeel (2013)​
Mohawk Gold Cup  Evenin Of Pleasure (2014)​
Ontario Sires Autumn Series Artistic Fusion (2014)
Dontcheatonmenow (2014)
Aventure (2013)
Popeda (2013)
Marquis Player (2008)
Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals
Kremlin (2014, 3YOCT)
Legzy (2013, 3YOFT)
Northern Victory (2011, 2YOCT)
Eat Me Up (2011, 2YOFP)
Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals Harper Blue Chip (2014, 3YOCT)
Duc Dorleans (2013, 3YOCP)
Prestidigitator (2012, 3YOCT)
Smarty Pants (2012, 3YOFT)
Prestidigitator (2011, 2YOCT)
Simcoe Stakes Designed To Be (2014)
Panther Hanover (2012)
Barn Art (2009)
The Count B Luckcamotion (2010)
Tie Silk Lorenzo Dream (2010)
Town Pro Rebeka Bayama (2010)
Valley Victory Pinkman​
William Wellwood Memorial Wheeling N Dealin (2012)​
Youthful Piston Broke (2012)​
WDB/MOH Driving Record

Career Wins

7,700 Wins (through December 31, 2014)

2014 Driving Record

STARTS 1ST 2ND 3RD EARNINGS UDRS
1,814 217 221 231 $5,695,305 0.229

 

2014 WEG Driving Record

STARTS 1ST 2ND 3RD EARNINGS UDRS
1,720 201 208 212 $5,362,444 0.225

 

2014 WEG Stakes Wins

SERIES HORSE
Autumn Series - 3FP
Autumn Series - 3CT
Artistic Fusion
Dontcheatonmenow
Canadian Breeders - 3CT Harper Blue Chip
Champlain - 2CT
Champlain - 2CP
Habitat
Lyons Levi Lewis​
Maple Leaf Trot
Intimidate 
Mohawk Gold Cup Evenin Of Pleasure
OSS Grassroots Final - 3CT Kremlin
OSS Super Final - 3CT Harper Blue Chip
Simcoe Stakes- 3FT Designed To Be
Valley Victory Pinkman

Career
  • In 2014, Filion won his first Maple Leaf Trot with 80-1 longshot Intimidate.​
  • Filion was once again named O'Brien Award winner for top driver in Canada for 2013.
  • In 2013, Filion pulled off an upset victory with Boomboom Ballykeel to win his first Metro Pace.
  • Filion won the O’Brien Award as Canada’s top driver for the first time in 2012.
  • In 2012, Filion won his first WEG driving title when he tied Jody Jamieson for the most wins on the circuit.
  • The veteran driver has earned over $2 million consecutively since 1998.
  • The year 2011 proved to be a successful one as the Milton resident celebrated a career year in the earnings column as he amassed $6,343,341 in purse earnings. He also finished second on the WEG circuit behind Jody Jamieson with 234 wins.
  • In the closing months of 2011, Filion became the regular pilot behind Sparky Mark who earned $216,250 that season. The son of Astreos closed out his season with seven-straight victories including five in the $38,000 Preferred event.
  • On November 12, 2011, Filion guided Prestidigitator to victory in the $300,000 OSS Super Final for trainer Dustin Jones. The son of Kadabra banked $320,672 that season including a fourth-place finish in the Breeders Crown.
  • In 2011, Filion was the regular pilot behind Rebeka Bayama who captured multiple Fillies & Mares Open events on the WEG circuit and earned $188,400 that year. The bay mare is trained by Filion’s brother, Justin, and owns by his father, Yves.
  • A major highlight in Filion's career came in the 2001 Breeders Crown aboard Goliath Bayama. That son of Abercrombie retired with career earnings over $1.6 million with a 1:48.1 record. Trained by his father Yves, Goliath Bayama captured multiple stakes events, including the $400,000 Free For All Stakes at Mohawk, $250,000 Prix D’Automne, $100,000 Burlington Stakes and North America Cup elimination.
  • In 2001, what was then a career year, Filion steered Ring Of Life to a $531,000 Confederation Cup victory and Goliath Bayama to the aforementioned $500,000 Breeders Crown score. He earned more than $5.8 million in purses that year with 463 winners.
  • Another notable moment in Filion's career came in the 1999 World Driving Championship in Australia. Filion followed in his uncle Herve's footsteps and became the second Canadian-born driver to win the event. Herve won the inaugural event in 1970.
  • Filion, a native of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, Quebec, had a brief stint in Ontario when he relocated in the summer of 1998, but then returned home in 2000.
  • Sylvain Filion hails from one of the most decorated harness racing families in the sport. His father, Yves, trained and drove 1988 North America Cup winner, Runnymede Lobell, while his uncle, Herve, is a Hall of Fame horseman.