Open house heralds Autumn races at Fraser Downs

Hundreds turn out for barn tours, harness demonstrations, rides around the track and more.

Dozens of spectators came to watch qualifying races during an open house at Fraser Downs Raceway on Saturday. The event was organized by Harness Racing B.C.

The hosts said they were thrilled with the turnout at last weekend’s Harness Racing BC open house at Fraser Downs.

As many as 500 visitors came by the back stretch after qualifying races Sept. 24 for barn tours, harnessing demonstrations and to meet owners, drivers, trainers and grooms.

There were lineups for free rides around the track in jog carts with drivers.

Fortunately, the racetrack runs didn’t disappoint.

“It was really fun,” an exillarated-sounding Paddy Miller said, carefully climbing down from a cart after returning to the barn with driver John Abbot. “It’s wonderful.”

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