Salive Celebrates His 150,000th Race Call

Published: July 23, 2017 12:21 am EDT

It was a historic night at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening (July 22) when legendary race announcer Frank Salive called his 150,000th race in front of a packed house.

Another incredible crowd was on hand and watched as Jetset Charmer won the fourth race for Justin Turcotte, who joined his fellow horse people in the winner’s circle to congratulate Salive on his remarkable accomplishment.

Following the presentation, Kawartha’s Gord Brown interviewed Salive, who was touched by the ceremony attached to the milestone.

“I want to thank everyone here at Kawartha Downs for this privilege," he said. "I hope I have thousands more races left.

“This is so special for me to be here as one of my first broadcasting assignments was right here at Kawartha Downs. These milestones put things in perspective, but none of it would be possible without the breeders, owners, pari-mutuel tellers, wait staff, horse people, everyone who makes it all come together.

“I thank God for this career and all of you for your support and encouragement for so many years.”

Frank Salive is joined in the winner’s circle by a number of Kawartha Downs' horse people wishing to mark his
special milestone with him on July 22. (

Racing returns to Kawartha next Saturday for the track's annual Family Fun Night with bouncy castle, balloon animals, face painting and draws throughout the night for the youngsters and young at heart. Post time is 7 p.m.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Kawartha Downs.

(With files from Kawartha Downs)