The Ontario Sires Stakes will make their one and only appearance at Kawartha Downs this Saturday night and there’s a lot of local connections among those competing in the five $18,000 divisions.
Local trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood, Ontario, will start one colt in each of the five splits starting with Macho Mass in the first, In Secret in the second division, race five, Rebel Rebel in the third split, race seven, Top Dollar in the fourth OSS, race eight and Ballykeel Bomber in the final test, race nine.
The division with the most local colour is race eight. What A Peach has drawn the rail with Kawartha’s leading driver Gord Brown at the lines. The gelding is owned and trained by Karel Laarakkers of nearby Sunderland, Ontario.
Dave Boyle of Bowmanille, Ontario, shares ownership of A Little More Love who will leave alongside in post two. Alfie Carroll is down to drive for Boyle and his partner and trainer Bob McIntosh, Canada’s most decorated trainer of all time.
Leaving from post eight is Featured Illusion, a Kadabra gelding owned and bred by Denise Ball of Ballieboro and trained and driven by Mark Johnson.
In the second division trainer Tommy Riley and driver Nick Boyd are hoping At The Disco will make it two for two. The Kadabra colt captured his race last week at the Fraserville oval with ease in 2:01.2. Riley’s wife Amanda owns the colt whose second dam is a full sister to $766,000 winner Dr Ronerail.
In the first division Dagfin Henriksen will guide his own Tswalu from post five. Henriksen, of Peterborough, co-owns the Angus Hall colt with Kevin Isaac of Bridgenorth and Sam Mulholland of Picton, Ontario. Trainer Robert McMillan of Beaverton will start PL Intimidator from the rail in the same division.
Racing gets underway at 7 pm. In addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes Kawartha Downs are also celebrating their 43rd anniversary on Saturday, their richest night of racing this season which will feature numerous giveaways and prize draws.