Kawartha Downs fans should be watching tomorrow night at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto where several of our regular competitors, equine and human, will be competing.
The fourth race features three horses who competed most of the 2016 season at the Fraserville oval: Lyons Delight, Sedona Seelster and JRs Big Buddy. The latter horse, a three-year-old son of Mister Big, will be driven by one of the most popular and successful drivers at Kawartha, Nick Boyd, who has also taken over the training duties for owner Junior West of Orono.
JRs Big Buddy raced at Kawartha throughout this past season, winning on June 25 and again on closing night, October 1. He’s drawn post five in tomorrow night’s contest.
Leaving alongside in post four is another KD regular Sedona Seelster who is owned and trained by Kawartha’s track superintendent Doug Hie of Fraserville. A three-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella, Sedona was second last week at the Toronto track, his second start there this year. Randy Waples was at the lines behind the Seelster Farms-bred and will be back in the sulky Thursday.
Lyons Delight, another sophomore who spent most of the 2016 season at KD, has the rail in the race. A gelding by Bettors Delight, Lyons Delight is owned by Betty Dunbar and trained by Bernard Wills.
Another horse competing in the race which ties to KD is Wildcat Jet who began his career last year at the five-eighths mile oval and raced there several times through 2015. This is just the second start this year for the four-year-old son of Jeremes Jet.
Kawartha fans will recognize several other performers tomorrow night. In the first race Russell Bax has Innovative Force from post two, the next race sees Murray Brethour send out Bonnies Gem, a sophomore daughter of Mach Three who had three straight wins at KD at the start of the 2016 season.
In race six Dagfin Henriksen, who trained and drove at KD for several years in addition to serving as the track’s farrier, will start Jagersro, a three-year-old daughter of Johnny William who is co-owned by two Peterborough residents, Barry McClennan and Paul Mattucci.