A number of Kawartha Downs’ regulars, human and equine, were in action at Woodbine Racetrack tonight and performed very well.
Murray Brethour sent out three horses who responded with a win and a pair of thirds. In the second race Murray’s homebred American Sara held on to win by a neck over Alexas Luck in 1:55.2.
It was the first lifetime win and just second lifetime start for the American Ideal filly who is the third foal from Freckly Sara who earned $245,000 during her racing career for Murray. American Sara is co-owned by Murray and Dr. Reginald Westgarth of Amherstburg, Ontario.
In the third race Mighty Nicky was home first for James MacDonald. Per Henriksen of Norwood, one of KD’s horse people’s reps, trains the Deweycheatumnhowe four-year-old for Stig Westrum of Norwood and Herbert Sopenoff of N.Y. Brethour’s entry in that race, Sibson, was third.
It was the third straight win for Mighty Nickey who has yet to lose since moving to Per’s stable.
Murray’s other third place finisher was Diamond Tested who took the show prize in the race won by Nips Beach Girl in 1:53.3. It is the last race for the filly for the Brethour barn as she was claimed for $22,500. The four-year-old Bettors Delight daughter broke her maiden in her second start at Kawartha last season.
In the evening’s sixth race Kawartha regular JRs Big Buddy was second behind Talbot Romeo in the 1:52.3 mile. Nick Boyd, one of Kawartha’s top drivers, trains the four-year-old Mister Big gelding for KD veteran Junior West of Orono. Nick called upon Anthony MacDonald to drive his charge as he is still recovering from injuries sustained in a hockey game last month.
In the ninth race on the card trainer Rebecca Titus, who also races at KD, saw her charge Senior Market finish second to Bank Shot Hanover. A Blissfull Hall six-year-old gelding Senior Market also raced at KD last year.
Randy Van Meer, another KD regular, had a third in the final race of the night with Mybestolxfriendray. Confident Fella, who raced at KD last year, was fourth.