Horses and jockeys kick up dust for the second and final Vernon Racing Days event of the year Sunday afternoon at Kin Race Track.

Horses and jockeys kick up dust for the second and final Vernon Racing Days event of the year Sunday afternoon at Kin Race Track.

Crowds back Racing Days, but future muddy

A full house was on hand Sunday to catch the final day of Vernon Racing Days for 2011 at Kin Race Track.

A full house was on hand Sunday to catch the final day of Vernon Racing Days for 2011 at Kin Race Track.

There were five races in total with the final race of the year being won by Lukin Awesome, ridden by jockey Antonio Ramirez, who edged out Bright Hero by a neck in the feature race of the day.

Bright Hero was ridden by Ron Larue.

Organizers remain hopeful that the race wasn’t the last at Kin Race Track which, at 118 years of age, is the oldest racetrack in Canada.

The track’s future is on hold as the City of Vernon and Regional District of North Okanagan announced plans to redevelop the current site with sports fields.

The matter remains before the courts and, five years after litigation began, a trial will begin in the spring of 2012.

The Okanagan Equestrian Society, which runs Vernon Racing Days, has said if the city and regional district are victorious, Sunday’s races will have been the last run at the historic racetrack.