Tommy Riley, one of Kawartha Downs’ top trainers and Tony Kerwood, a leading driver at the Fraserville oval, combined tonight to capture the inaugural edition of the Goodtimes Invitational Trot with Rose Run Oriana.
Kerwood sent the five-year-old mare straight to the top and tripped the quarter mile marker in :27.1. Gord Brown put favourite Kyestone Wyatt on top well before the :56.1 half and still controlled the tempo at the 1:26.2three-quarters. Kerwood’s trotter loved the pocket trip and was first to the wire in 1:56.4. Excuse Me Please got up for second followed by Ramas Last Son and Keystone Wyatt.
Rolling Hills Racing Stable of Uxbridge and Dimithri Pieris of Mississauga, Ontario, share ownership of the winner who was recording her third win of the season.
A member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Goodtimes began and ended his illustrious career at Kawartha Downs. His trainer and co-owner John Bax, his driver, Hall of Famer Dave Wall, and his caretaker, Julie Morrison Kangas, were all with us this evening. All race fans were treated to posters depicting the three with Goodtimes over the years signed by Goodtimes himself.
Also of note on the racetrack tonight Nick Boyd and Justin Turcotte both has driving doubles and a horse by the name of Betterlatethannever certainly lived up to his name, winning his first lifetime start tonight at the age of six.
Racing returns to Kawartha Downs next Saturday night which will be the first of two Memorial Nights. First post is 7 p.m.