Kawartha Downs’ leading drivers, Gord Brown and Reg Gassien, each added three wins to their totals on the second of two memorial nights at Kawartha Downs this evening. Each of the 10 races celebrated people who have made an impact at the Fraserville track but are no longer with us.
It was a night of mixed emotions for Gassien whose wins came with Wishing Well in the Billie & Ernie Brown Memorial, Lock N Reload in the Bruce Adams Memorial and Galagher Seelster in the Bill Davis Memorial.
Gassien, along with his family, also paid tribute to his brother Gary who passed away 20 years ago and his father, a fixture at Kawartha Downs since the beginning, who died in October of 2014. The Gary and Paul Gassien Memorial was won by Brown with Shes Deadly. Brown’s hat trick also included wins with Shopsmagicwand in the Ron Luke Memorial and Salvo in the Doreen & Eric Brock Memorial.
Murray Brethour had a pair of winners with See R Chin Win in the Ruby Brown Memorial and Weatherly in the Leona and Nellie Wright Memorial.
The Jerry Robinson/Judy Brown Memorial was captured by LDL Gem and Nick Boyd. It was the third straight win for the four-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. The first memorial race of the night, which honoured the brothers Bill, Eric and Roy Given, was won by Bet Till Dawn whose trainer Dave Gibson had a pair of winners on the night.
Kawartha Downs will be dark for horse racing next weekend due to the NASCAR race. Racing resumes September 24 and October 1. Race training will be available next Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the following Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.