The weather co-operated for race fans and horse people at Kawartha Downs on Canada’s 150th birthday and the 250th anniversary of horse racing in this country.
Despite the gloomy forecasts all day, the rain and thunderstorms stayed away from the Fraserville oval which was giving away t-shirts to commemorate both anniversaries throughout the race night.
On the racetrack trainer Tommy Riley and driver Nick Boyd scored back to back victories winning the seventh and eighth races. Millers Song gave Nick a 2:01.1 ride to score her win. The three-year-old Windsong Espoir filly is owned by Tommy’s wife Amanda who brought the family’s pony Kokanee to the track as the night’s Meet & Greet horse and Amanda had Kokanee sporting Canada’s colours very stylishly. This was the third win in five lifetime starts for Millers Song who was unraced last year at two.
The connections were back in the winners’ circle following the eighth race as Royal Engagement surprised no one by winning in 1:58.2 for Boyd. The seven-year-old Stonebridge Regal mare is undefeated at KD so far this year with four wins to date. She is owned by Brett Riley.
Legendary announcer Frank Salive was filling in for Evan Loucks and will be back again next Saturday night when racing once again starts at 7 p.m.