Tommy Riley, a regular trainer at Kawartha Downs, saw his pacer Loves A Challenge capture the final race on the card at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night. Travis Henry was in the bike for the win.
It was the first victory for the seven-year-old gelding since being claimed by Riley on February 1. Riley’s wife Amanda shared ownership with Brent Riley and Brenda Lane. However, it would also prove to be his last win for those owners as the horse was claimed from the Rileys for $8,000 by Jonah Moase of PEI.
Kawartha regulars would recognize Loves A Challenge who won twice at KD last season.
Tomorrow at Flamboro Tommy will start Stonebridge Peace, a three-year-old Kadabra filly owned by Amanda. She is the second foal from a full sister to $3.2 million winner Peaceful Way.
Zambuca Gass, a favourite of Kawartha race fans, was also claimed in the same race at Woodbine by Ronald MacDonald of Embrun, Ontario. A winner of $333,000 in his career the grey pacer raced for his breeder and trainer Reg Gassien up for many years before being claimed late last year.