Fraser Downs driver makes racing debut

Surrey’s own Michael Munoz is the newest driver to qualify for racing at Fraser Downs.

MIchael Munoz makes his driving debut at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Surrey’s own Michael Munoz is the newest driver to qualify for racing at Fraser Downs.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the 26-year-old had his first official drive at the landmark Cloverdale raceway.

He drove his own horse, Dirt Roads Scholar, in the eighth race at last Saturday’s harness races.

He drew an outside post, so the odds weren’t in his favour for his debut.

“Well, it was good to get my feet wet,” he was heard saying. “Finished seventh from the seven hole, but didn’t expect much different. I’ll tighten things up and am looking forward to better luck next week.”

The same race went more successfully for a horse named Mmmmh, the standardbred featured in last week’s edition (A-Mmmmh-azing turnaround,” Aug. 23). He placed second.

Opening weekend (Aug. 18-19), veteran driver Jim Marino won six races, including the first leg of the B.C. Breeders Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, landing him in the winner’s circle with I Hear Voices.

Marino was already leading with 61 wins and $417,698 in earnings when the first half of the 2012 racing season at Fraser Downs ended in mid-May.

There’s live racing this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, with cards starting at 12:45 p.m.

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