Frank Salive, widely acknowledged as one of the best race callers in North America, will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 250th anniversary celebration of horse racing in this country at Kawartha Downs on Saturday.
Salive, dubbed the Velvet Fog many years ago, will be guest announcing at the Fraserville oval on July 1, 8 and 22, filling in for regular announcer Evan Loucks during his holidays.
“I’m looking forward to once again being part of the KD team,” stated Salive, in a Downs press release. “They do such a great job and have wonderful crowds every race card.”
Salive and Gord Brown, the driver who won more races at Kawartha Downs than any other and now serves as the track’s race analyst, will host a live show prior to the first race and the singing of the national anthem. It should start at approximately 6:30 p.m.
“I am already certain Gord will be one of the most knowledgeable commentators I will have the privilege to work with,” noted Salive who holds Peterborough and region close to his heart after playing for the Peterborough Petes as their goalie from 1972 through 1975.
Salive played in 133 games with the Petes before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft.
“The Petes organization has served me well for the decades which followed…”
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