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.