Trainer Rod Hughes, best known as the trainer and co-owner of San Pail, the 2011 Horse of the Year in Canada and the US, notched his 100th training win with a pacer, The Rock, tonight at Kawartha Downs.

Hughes was also in the race bike behind the three-year-old son of Sportswriter he sent straight to the front in race five and never looked back to win by two lengths in 1:54.1 which shaved more than two seconds off his previous life best earned last month also at the Fraserville track. Hughes, of Dunsford, Ontario, also owns the winner, a $10,000 yearling purchase who now has $17,000 earned lifetime.

Earlier on the card Hoosier Lucky Lady visited the Kawartha Downs’ winner’s circle with a new life mark for the second straight week. Last week trainer and co-owner George Large guided the three-year-old filly to her first lifetime win.

Tonight he enlisted the services of Kawartha’s leading driver, Gord Brown, and the result was her second straight win in a life best 1:58.2. Large, of Puslinch, Ontario, shares ownership of the winner, a three-year-old daughter of Secrets Nephew with Michael Doersam.

American Curves, a two-year-old filly making her first lifetime start for co-owner/trainer/driver Murray Brethour finished a strong second. She is the second foal from a half-sister to $1 million winner Domethatagain.

Live harness racing returns to Kawartha Downs next Saturday night with a 7 p.m. post time. Our next special night will be September 5th when we celebrate the career of the incredible trotter Goodtimes, who began and ended his illustrious career at Kawartha Downs.

Jim Huck presents Rod Hughes with the congratulatory sign from Kawartha Downs.

Jim Huck presents Rod Hughes with the congratulatory sign from Kawartha Downs.