LDL Gem, a regular at Kawartha Downs last season and a visitor to the winner’s circle on many occasions, recorded her third win in a row tonight at Flamboro Downs.
Bob McClure, leading driver in Canada for 2017 in terms of wins, was back in the bike behind the five-year-old Badlands Hanover mare owned by trainer James Boyd along with Jessica and Dustin Boyd.
Nick Boyd, who drove her regularly at KD, was injured this past weekend in a hockey game and suffered a dislocated shoulder, chipped shoulder bone, fractured rib cage and punctured lung. He reports he’s home now and taking it easy and will be ready for the 2017 season at Kawartha which gets started on May 27.
Murray Brethour had a pair of pacing mares racing tonight at Woodbine, both of which had raced last year at Kawartha Downs. American Curves and Diamond Tested both raced well and finished second in their respective races.
American Curves was competing in the second leg of the Blizzard Series and finished a very close second, a nose behind winner Kloof Street. Murray shares ownership of the four-year-old American Ideal lass with Doug Millard, Kevin McKinlay and Martin Van Beek.
Diamond Tested, a daughter of Bettors Delight, is owned by Murray, Noblock Racing and Dean Campbell. She won her second lifetime start at Kawartha last June.
In the evening’s sixth race Per Henriksen’s Man Of Destiny defeated John Bax’s South Win Bax by a neck in 1:59.3. It was the first lifetime win, and just third career start, for the four-year-old gelding by Manofmanymissions owned by Lorne Keller of Exeter, Ontario.
Dagfin Henriksen, who raced at KD for several years and served as track blacksmith before relocating to Cambridge, also visited the winner’s circle at the Toronto track. His eight-year-old mare Girl Drama, who raced often at the Fraserville track, took her race in 1:57.1.