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Steve Hudon and Reg Gassien held the hot hands at Kawartha Downs on Saturday as they each recorded hat tricks. Hudon had back to back winners in races two and three as he scored with Short Reign and HP Black Shadow. The latter was an eight length winner in 1:55. Hudon's third trip to victory lane was courtesy of Bittersweet Dreams who was home with three lengths to spare in 1:57.2. Gassien's three bagger began in the fifth race when he scored a narrow win with Magic Moss. Bet Till Dawn notched his second straight win for Gassien in the seventh and he ended the card on the right note scoring in the ninth and final race with Vegas Rich. Next week marks Kawartha Downs' anniversary as the track marks 45 years of live harness racing. It's also Bring A Friend night when regular patrons are encouraged to bring someone to the track who has never been before. Post time is 7 p.m. Reprinted with permission of The Peterborough Examiner

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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