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Mark MacDonald

Full name: Mark J. MacDonald
Born: 12/09/1978
Birthplace: Charlottetown, PEI
Residence: Cambridge, ON
Height: 5-foot-11
Colors: White-Yellow-Blue
Career & Personal Highlights Multimedia
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MacDonald in the News
Sunfire Blue Chip takes Quillen Memorial
Fly Jesse Fly equals track record at Northfield Park
Obrigado is victorious at Yonkers
Great Vintage wins yet again at Yonkers
Great Vintage wins Saturday night feature at Yonkers
Saturday five-bagger for Cinco de MacDonald
SOA of NY recognizes milestone achievement for Mark MacDonald
Mark MacDonald nabs 6,000th win in NYSS at Vernon


Career

MacDonald broke into the sport as a 16-year-old trainer and was in the winner’s circle for the first time on May 13, 1995, at Charlottetown with the pacing stallion Dusty Lane Time…Two years later he took a stable of seven to Windsor Raceway and began his career as a trainer-driver. But after the 1999 season, MacDonald decided to give up his stable and concentrate on a career as a catch-driver…He won driving titles at Windsor (2000 and 2002) and Western Fair Raceway (2003) before relocating to Flamboro Downs and, eventually, the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit of Mohawk and Woodbine...In 2005 his 695 wins led to him receiving the O’Brien Award as the top driver in Canada and United States Harness Writers’ Rising Star Award…He broke his own personal best for wins with 745 in 2006, and captured his first WEG driving titles that year…At season’s end, he earned his second straight O’Brien Award as the leading reinsman in Canada…Was back in the headlines in 2009-‘10 as the regular driver of the top pacing colt Sportswriter…In 2009 the colt was the Dan Patch and O’Brien Award champion, led all 2-year-old pacing males in earnings, and set a world record with his 1:49.2 score in the Metro final…McDonald drove Sportswriter to victory in the 2010 North America Cup final…Was the top driver by earnings in 2010 at Mohawk with $3,444,440.
Personal

Mark’s favorite food is Chinese…first car was a “sparkling and shiny” 1988 Dodge Shadow…enjoys golf…greatest racing moment was winning the 2006 Little Brown Jug with Mr Feelgood…motivated by doing the best for his two young sons…plays acoustic guitar…likes watching The History Channel

 
Career Driving Statistics & Major Wins
Year Starts 1sts Rank 2nds 3rds UDR Money Won Rank
2019 412 33 49 54 .190 952,599
2018 1429 143 151 171 .199 3,456,389
2017 1743 186 206 225 .215 5,351,223 (19)
2016 1947 224 273 249 .236 5,801,197 (13)
2015 1802 173 207 224 .201 4,322,428 (24)
2014 1556 194 210 186 .240 3,674,780
2013 1610 150 181 183 .194 3,926,897
2012 1702 167 218 217 .212 4,624,593 (24)
2011 1037 110 103 100 .193 2,747,265
2010 2825 452 (17) 409 335 .280 8,554,542 (10)
2009 1850 276 222 212 .254 5,649,817 (20)
2008 1484 204 180 186 .247 5,395,262 (20)
2007 1920 310 229 223 .266 7,246,491 (15)
2006 3562 745 (2) 536 439 .334 10,183,551 (4)
2005 4237 695 (3) 578 495 .279 7,209,484 (6)
2004 3318 499 (11) 409 398 .259 3,727,867
2003 3157 477 (7) 472 403 .277 2,417,656
2002 2206 379 (23) 327 277 .296 1,476,201
2001 1537 202 201 197 .247 1,234,037
2000 1844 227 203 202 .221 1,363,383
1999 1757 239 205 217 .242 1,359,914
1998 797 105 105 105 .249 417,851
1997 72 8 4 5 .165 15,834
43804 6198 5678 5303 .000 91,109,261
 

ARMBRO FLIGHT
(08) Falls For You

BREEDERS CROWN (Mp)
(07) Moving Pictures

CONFEDERATION CUP
(05) American Ideal

FAN HANOVER
(08) Chancey Lady
(10) Western Silk

JUGETTE
(10) Western Silk

LITTLE BROWN JUG
(06) Mr Feelgood

METRO
(09) Sportswriter

MILTON
(07) Moving Pictures

NORTH AMERICA CUP
(10) Sportswriter

ROSES ARE RED
(07) Moving Pictures

TATTERSALLS
(05) American Ideal