ABBOTT AND DAVIS
Abbott and Davis.
No, it’s not a comedy
act (aka Abbott and Costello). In fact, Abbott and Davis are
Regular harness racing
patrons at Fraser Downs are familiar with the names Abbott
and Davis. But this story will go on to tell about an Abbott
and a Davis the patrons are just getting to know.
We refer of course to
John Abbott and Billy Davis, sons of highly-successful
Downs’ trainer/drivers Gord and Bill.
John and Billy, 20 and
19 years of age respectively, have recently registered their
first wins as trainers -- not long after getting their
licences to be conditioners of the equine stars.
Davis, Jr. got his
trainer’s licence in February, 2005. He got his first win
with Itsaboutthemoney and went on to get nine more in the
year. Abbott got his licence in late July and the first
victory came March 26 with Classic Socks, a horse in which
he shares ownership.
“It was good,” Abbott
said with a huge grin when asked about Socks’ win.
However, he is not
about to rest on his laurels. John and his girlfriend Alana
Main, who is also a young trainer, own Hf Percy, a
hard-campaigning filly. They are interested in getting more
horses to train – for any interested owners.
John and Billy also
want to get their racing driver’s licence.
“It’s my ultimate goal
to be a driver,” Abbott said.
“I’ve always wanted to
drive,” Davis said.
Both will have to wait
as B.C. rules say they have to have had their trainer’s
licence for two years before they can go after a driver’s
Their interest in both
training and driving, of course, comes naturally and through
hard work – from their dads. Both the elders come with
impressive statistics. Bill Sr., of course, is known as the
Dominator, leading in B.C. year after year. He had 4,447
wins as a driver and 2,425 as a trainer at the time of this
writing. Abbott, the father, is not too shabby himself with
1,466 driving wins and 727 as a trainer.
John, who was born in
Langley, raised mainly in Cloverdale and attended part of
his high school in Ontario, has helped Gord for years. Billy
was born in Victoria and went to school in Cloverdale
(including Lord Tweedsmuir where he remembers a class where
he could sit and see horses training on the Downs’ track).
He also helped dad for years on weekends, spring breaks,
summer holidays and was at the track for work the day after
Both young men say
that being sons of top competitors is good.
“I think it makes
things easier because it helps you to get opportunities and
gets you on your feet,” John said.
“I think it can be
easier,” Billy concurred. “But I have big shoes to fill and
high expectations. If I am half the trainer I’ll be real
From here it seems
both young men seem well on their way to success on their
And they are just a
few of a colony of younger offspring that could, or likely
will, turn to the harness racing life as well. There’s Mark
Abbott, John’s brother; David Hudon, Jr. son of Dave Hudon;
Justin and Chris Currie, sons of trainer Brett; and Alena
MacLeod, daughter of trainer Cal. Remember there’s even
five-year-old Jayden Knight who wants to be just like dad,
Oh, yes, there’s also
a big chance that our young guys Abbott and Davis will have
to go to their grandparents to find out who the heck Abbott
and Costello are.