Inverness racing family of year gets early start to season
The Financial Group award for the 2017 Racing Family of the Year at Inverness Raceway was presented to the Fraser family. From left: Frank Fraser, his granddaughter Avery Fraser, and presenter Gerard Kennedy.
-by Bill Dunphy
There were 18 horses in the box for the first set of qualifying races at Inverness Raceway on Sunday, but a heavy rainfall earlier that morning forced the judges to postpone those races until this evening (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.
However, some local horses got an earlier start to the season by qualifying at Northside Downs, which started its season on May 12.
Not surprisingly, it was Inverness Raceway’s 2017 Racing Family of the Year who were first off the gate.
This Old Millie, a three-year-old filly owned by Charles Fraser and trained by his dad Frank, has picked up two second-place cheques at Northside in back-to-back weeks.
Frank Fraser, who along with his granddaughter Avery accepted the Financial Group Racing Family of the Year trophy at last month’s awards banquet, said the recognition came as a surprise.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I had no idea whatsoever that we were nominated for the award. It was nice to be recognized.”
Frank’s two sons, Charles and Al, are both in the business, as are Charles and Deborah’s children: Avery, Ainslie, Owen, and Jillian; and Al and Stacey’s children: Jessie and Hayley.
“We’ve had horses for about 30 years now,” said Frank. “My brother Charlie, before he died, and I got our first horse from Lloyd Salters and John Wayne MacInnis for $800. That was expensive back then.”