Surrey, B.C. (May 6, 2016): In honour of Bill Davis, a longtime horseman, harness racing trainer and driver, who recently passed away at the age of 54, Elements Casino will host a special commemorative ceremony in early October when the new racing season begins.
“We want to take the opportunity to honour and show our respect for a man who has done so much for harness racing in British Columbia during his lifetime. He was a remarkable trainer and driver known for being one of the hardest workers in the game,” said Chuck Keeling, Vice President for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and former General Manager of Fraser Downs.
“I’m relatively new to the industry, but the name Bill Davis was one I learned about quickly. We were all shocked to hear the news of his passing,” said Michael Kim, General Manager, Elements Casino.
Davis earned the nickname ‘The Dominator’ for his outstanding driving and training records which resulted in him receiving numerous designations. He was a two-time O’Brien Award winner who had 5,477 wins during his driving career and netted more than $22 million in purses. As a trainer, Davis won 3,466 races which translated into earnings in excess of $16 million.
His greatest success was his ability to guide and train his son Billy, who is currently a top driver on the elite Ontario racing circuit.
Details regarding the commemorative ceremony at Elements Casino will be shared closer to the opening date of the upcoming racing season scheduled for October 6, 2016.
Director, Media Relations and Social Responsibility