The French Canadian horseman ranks #8 in North American earnings for 2008. From Harnessracing.com-
A charitable pledge proved to be good luck for driver Yannick Gingras on Friday night at the Meadowlands as he landed in the winnerâ€™s circle twice after announcing he would donate his earnings for the night to the trackâ€™s annual Toys For Tots drive for the United States Marine Corps.
By the end of the 12-race card, Gingras had picked up checks in seven races and earned $1,436 for the charity. Purse money is paid out to the top five finishers in a race; harness drivers receive five percent of a horseâ€™s earnings.
Gingras netted $600 as he piloted Go On BB to a 1:52.4 victory in the $24,000 preferred mare pace, race three, for trainer Ronnie Burke and owner Frank Baldachino of Clarksburg, N.J. He was back in the winnerâ€™s circle a race later with longshot Levitys Pride in a $14,000 conditioned trot, adding another $350 to the donation. Gingras also picked up checks in five other races with Crystal Bliss (second, $175) in the first, Rusty Again (third, $68) in the fifth, Victors Vicky (fourth, $96) in the ninth, No Money No Fun (fifth, $35) in the 11th and The Maniac (third, $78) in the 12th.
â€œI read on the web site earlier this week that they were having Toys for Tots Night and that you could also give money (in addition to toys),â€ Gingras said, â€œso I decided to donate my five percent earnings tonight just for the kids. Iâ€™ve been really lucky with my children. They are both healthy. Weâ€™re lucky in life, my wife and I, so I decided to give something back.â€
Gingras and his wife, trainer Vicki Mosher, have a 3-year-old son, Jaiden, and 11-month-old daughter, Addison. The 29-year-old Quebec native is a third generation horsemen who now resides in Freehold, N.J. He has ranked among the Top 10 drivers since he began driving full-time at the Meadowlands in 2004. Gingras currently ranks eighth in earnings among all drivers in North America with $9.5 million through Dec. 12.
Thank you for generosity Yannick. I am sure you made some children very happy.
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