Mike Wade, who has raced horses at Kawartha Downs for many years, celebrated his hometown track’s 44th anniversary with a milestone of his own, his 500th victory as a trainer.

In the fifth race on the card Rick Webb drove Wade’s three-year-old pacing filly Elegant Gift to a two length 1:59 score to record the milestone. Mike, who is best known for such standout performers as Billyjojimbob, Corn Cob Conch, Winning Breed, Im No Walton, etc., conditions the Shadow Play daughter for Hutt Racing Stable, Pa.

It was the first of three wins for Webb who won the following race with Tough Get Going and also visited the winner’s circle with Cougar Gal. Reg Gassien and Tony Kerwood each notched driving doubles.

A great crowd was on hand to celebrate the Fraserville oval’s birthday. The Hie family, who have raced in this area since well before Kawartha Downs introduced live harness racing in 1972, provided a myriad of items for KD fans to enjoy tonight including the colours of patriarch Cliff, his sons Roger, Carman and Doug and granddaughter Krissy, photos, newspaper stories, etc.

Racing returns to Kawartha next Saturday night with a 7 p.m. post time.