Day At The Track

Gassien, Brown record hat tricks

04:35 PM 11 Sep 2016 NZST
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The Gassien family gathers in the winner's circle
The Gassien family gathers in the winner's circle with winning driver Gord Brown following the Gary and Paul Gassien Memorial Race during Kawartha Downs' second Memorial Night of the 2016 season Saturday, Sept. 10. Submitted Photo.

FRASERVILLE – Kawartha Downs’ leading harness racing drivers, Gord Brown and Reg Gassien, added three wins to their totals on the second of two memorial nights at Kawartha Downs Saturday evening.

Each of the 10 races celebrated people who have made an impact at the Fraserville track but are no longer with us.

It was a night of mixed emotions for Gassien whose wins came with Wishing Well in the Billie & Ernie Brown Memorial, Lock N Reload in the Bruce Adams Memorial and Galagher Seelster in the Bill Davis Memorial.

Gassien, along with his family, also paid tribute to his brother Gary who passed away 20 years ago and his father Paul, a fixture at Kawartha Downs since the beginning, who died in October of 2014. The Gary and Paul Gassien Memorial was won by Brown with Shes Deadly. Brown’s hat trick also included wins with Shopsmagicwand in the Ron Luke Memorial and Salvo in the Doreen & Eric Brock Memorial.

Murray Brethour had a pair of winners with See R Chin Win in the Ruby Brown Memorial and Weatherly in the Leona and Nellie Wright Memorial. The Jerry Robinson/Judy Brown Memorial was captured by LDL Gem and Nick Boyd. It was the third straight win for the four-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. The first memorial race of the night, which honoured the brothers Bill, Eric and Roy Given, was won by Bet Till Dawn whose trainer Dave Gibson had a pair of winners on the night.

Kawartha Downs will be dark for horse racing next weekend due to the NASCAR Pinty's Series finale race Saturday at Kawartha Speedway. Harness racing resumes Sept. 24 and October 1. Race training will be available Monday and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reprinted with permission of the Peterborough Examiner


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