Gord Brown retired from driving horses last fall and will start his new job as Kawartha Downs’ race analyst when that track’s 2017 season gets underway next Saturday.

However, he did make one last foray back to the sulky tonight at Rideau Carleton which honoured his racing career with a special night which also featured his brother Doug, the driver who has been named Canada’s Driver of the Year more times than any other driver.

“They went to a lot of work to put on a special night and I’m very appreciative,” said Gord who was a regular pilot at the Ottawa oval for many years.

“When I announced my retirement John McMillan said I didn’t give them enough time to have a special night to commemorate it so they decided to do it tonight.”

The evening got off to a bumpy start for Doug whose first mount broke and then took off and did not finish. It improved, though, as he scored three wins. Gord wasn’t quite as fortunate but he did grab a pair of seconds.

Opening night at Kawartha will take place next Saturday night which will also celebrate Gord’s career and kick off his new pre race show with announcer Evan Loucks, Tonight At KD. Racing begins at 7 p.m.