Kawartha Downs fans are quite familiar with the driving talents of Clark Steacy who was one of our top drivers this past racing season.

Clarke’s abilities haven’t gone unnoticed as he has been nominated for a Future Star O’Brien Award it was announced yesterday. The winner will be announced on February 13.

Clarke, 25, of Lansdowne, Ontario, competes primarily at Rideau Carleton and Kawartha but he also drives at many other Ontario tracks during stakes season. He started his career in the sulky in 2010 and his numbers have steadily improved. This season has been his best to date career wise with 79 trips to the winners’ circle and $424,000 in purses.

On Kawartha’s closing night this meet, October 24, Clarke competed against the other top drivers of the season – Gord Brown, Nick Boyd, Tony Kerwood, Dagfin Henriksen, Reg Gassien, Doug Hie and Justin Turcotte – in a drivers’ championship. He won one of the six races in the competition and ended up fifth.

If Clarke wins the Future Star award it won’t be the first O’Brien award for his family. His father Mark was awarded the Horseman of the Year award in 2007, the year after his outstanding trotter, Majestic Son, was named Horse of the Year in Canada.

Clarke Steacy signs an autograph for a fan on Kawartha's closing night alongside fellow drivers Nick Boyd and Justin Turcotte.

Clarke Steacy signs an autograph for a fan on Kawartha’s closing night alongside fellow drivers Nick Boyd and Justin Turcotte.