Honouring Norm Picov at Ajax Downs fundraiser for Ajax-Pickering Hospital

Published August 28, 2023 at 9:20 am

A commemorative bench and plaque were unveiled at Ajax Downs, beside the walking ring, for Norman Picov, one of the founding fathers of Quarter Horse Racing in Ontario

The two things most dear to the late Norman Picov were family and horses. His Ajax Downs race track held its annual Family Fun Day in support of the Ajax-Pickering Hospital Foundation on Sunday and the event was once again a rousing success. On a picture-perfect summer Sunday, Ajax Downs was filled to the rafters with families who enjoyed fun activities and got up close to the Quarter Horses racing during the afternoon.

It was also a fitting day for the Picov family to unveil a memorial bench and plaque for Norm Picov, adjacent to the walking ring on the track apron. Picov died in February.

“Norm was a visionary horseman, who, along with our grandfather Alex and our mom Linda dared to dream and embark on a journey that turned into a reality,” said his son Barry. “In 1969, the seeds of Picov Downs were sown. It was a dream rooted in the simple idea of bringing people together to enjoy all that he believed in. Picov Downs, born from this vision, emerged where families could come together.”

“This bench stands as a symbol of his enduring presence. It is meant to be occupied just as Norman sat here and enjoyed conversations with all of you.”

Barry and Robin Picov at the memorial bench for Barry’s father Norman

On the track Sour Candy, with Alexis Sanchez aboard, won the featured third race, snapping race favourite Snow Moose’s four-race win streak. Valiant Chick Insnow finished second.

Ajax Downs has another special event Sunday, Fan Appreciation Day, coming up September 3 over the Labour Day weekend. Fans in attendance can win prizes throughout the afternoon’s card of racing. First race post time is 12:55 p.m.

Ajax Downs mascot AJ greets kids at the track on Family Fun Day

With files from Jennifer Morrison

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