Gary Smith, who raced horses for many years at Kawartha Downs, passed away on Boxing Day. 

Some of the horses Gary raced at KD recently include Emmys Mystery (who is into go at Rideau on New Year’s Day). She was a homebred for Gary and partners. Other starters for Gary were Tough Get Going, Yawkey Way and SOS Mach Xtreme and Modern Mystery, a Modern Art son bred by Gary, is into go tonight at the Ottawa racetrack.

One of Gary’s favourite horses was the Beastmaster son Dutchmaster who earned $215,000 during his racing career which spanned 10 years and more than 200 starts, the majority of which were at Kawartha Downs. 

Trainers for Gary over the years included Jamie McEachern, Darcy Clancy, Joe Currie, Arthur Balson, John Thomson and Dagfin and Per Henriksen.

The official obituary for Gary follows:

Gary Smith of Ennismore died peacefully in his sleep at home on December 26th, 2016 in his 71st year. Farmer, Metal Merchant, past Deputy Reeve of Ennismore and former member of Peterborough County Council.

Beloved husband of Gail Murray Smith. Loved and respected father of Tim (Marina) of Ennismore, Julie, Brian (Staci) and Amy of Peterborough. Much adored ‘Pa’ to Owen, Leah, Miles and Lewis Smith.

Brother of Sheila Drain (late Vance) of Tweed, Mel (Wendy) of White Rock, Teresa (Paul) Sirman of Kenora, Gordon (Mary) of Burnaby, Bill (Janice) of Peterborough, Peter of Peterborough, Rhonda (Jeff Bond) of Pontypool, Jamie (Stephanie) of Walkerton and Pamela of Peterborough.

Missed by Gail’s sons Chris (Amy) Murray of Elora and Brent (Melissa) Murray of Peterborough. Grandpa of Ella, Charlotte and Raelyn Murray. Will also be missed by his farm dog Buster.

Predeceased by his parents John Raymond Smith and Teresa Nora McLaren, sister Donna, younger brother Stanley Raymond and two infant brothers. Gary loved Ennismore, loved being on the land, and most importantly loved his family whom he took particular interest in mentoring and instilling the life skills he held near.

Proud of his accomplishments but forever striving to move forward, always with an eye to the future. He leaves a legacy built by his work ethic, determination, intelligence and guile. ‘May the work I’ve done speak for me.’

A visitation will be held at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL on Thursday December 29, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 9:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church at 10:00 AM Friday December 30, 2016. Interment St. Martin Catholic Cemetery, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.

As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or “Raise the Barn” Fund at Lang Pioneer Village. Friends may send condolences to Gary’s family by visiting www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-652-3355.