Steve Byron, who was sidelined from the racetrack since last May, captured his first victory since his layoff on Monday evening at Woodbine.
The 51 year old guided Andreios Kardia to an off-the-pace victory for trainer James Madill in the opening dash on the 12-race program in 1:55.1.
The 3-year-old son of Badlands Hanover paid $4.10 to win as the even-money favorite.
The Thornton resident suffered a fractured left knee and ligament damage in a qualifying race at Kawartha Downs on May 20, 2013. (WEG)