Tonight at Kawartha Downs driver Steve Hudon made his first appearance since the track’s opening night last month a worthwhile one with three wins on the nine race card.

He started the ball rolling in the second race when he won with Sierra Madra in 1:55.2. It was the first win in 23 starts this year for the five-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding owned and trained by Scott West of Rockwood.

Two races later Hudon was back in the winner’s circle with Short Reign who won her event with eight lengths to spare. Gerald Lilley trains the Majestic Son four-year-old he co-owns with Bill Manes and Steve Papillon.

Vinnie Bobarino completed the hat trick for Hudon as he won an exciting stretch drive to defeat Bet Till Dawn by a head in 1:56.1. Mike Weller trains and owns the winner, a three-year-old gelding by Skydancer Hanover.

Racing returns to the Fraserville oval next Saturday night with free programs and hat and t-shirt giveaways throughout the night in honour of Canada Day and the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in this country. Post time is 7 p.m.