Don Howlett

How did you get into harness racing?

There was a track in our hometown so I just stumbled upon it.

How long have you been a driver/trainer?

31 years

In your opinion what is the biggest innovation the sport has seen since you began racing?

Race bikes

Other than Manitoba where have you trained/driven?

Ontario, Edmonton, BC, PEI, Nova Scotia and Minnesota

Favorite horse you have trained/driven?

Trained – My Gosh Hanover he was a consistent money earner that paid a lot of the bills during some lean times. Driven – Caress of Steel he was a lot of fun to sit behind he had a big heart

Favorite horse you haven’t trained/driven?

Somebeachsomewhere, he came along when the sport in Canada needed a champion

Biggest Harness Racing inspiration?

The challenges of working with the horse, especially young horses, and watching them develop

Best memory of your harness racing career?

Setting the track record in Glenboro with Caress of Steel

Goals for 2016 racing season?

Win as many as I can

Long term racing goals?

Racing is part time so one goal is to retire and race horses and ride off into the sunset as they say

Aside from harness racing what do you enjoy doing?

Watching hockey, spending time with my family