Along the Backstretch: Frost cancels races Friday but show goes on Sunday

A cold snap followed by warmer temperatures and rain wreak havoc with the track at Fraser Downs, cancelling the races Friday.

The races were cancelled Friday night (Dec. 5) and I will try to explain why.

I am sure the “F” word is the most hated word at Fraser Downs – that word is “FROST”.  After an extended cold snap the previous week and rain before that, the race track freezes and the frost goes down.

The next step is the killer, warmer temperatures and rain bring the frost to the surface and this creates pockets that horses can punch through and get hurt.

Another terrible factor at Fraser Downs is the fact the grandstand blocks the sun where most of the action takes place during a race and takes longer for the frost to come out. You can literally have a sloppy track down the backside and a frozen track in the home stretch which is very bad for the horses as well. I hope you, the fans, will be patient. You can’t fool with Mother Nature.

Sunday morning at Fraser Downs was like being on a roller coaster with regards to racing (or not).  At 8 a.m., there was no doubt we would race. By 9:30 a.m. there seemed to be some question as the temperature rose and the final decision was “to race”.

With only a few scratches, the show went on with the horsemen doing a great job and over $60,000 in purse money was raced for.

Four drivers, Brandon Campbell, Bill Davis, Serge Masse and John Chappell all hit the winners circle with two winners.

Trainer/owner Daniel Gaboury is donating the earnings his horse, Buddys Hope, makes in December to the Surrey Food Bank.

Fraser Downs and Harness Racing BC will match these earnings as well. Buddy finished fourth on Sunday and started by contributing $1,596 to the great cause, thanks Daniel and Buddy!!!

Racing resumes Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12:45 p.m.

– Jackson Wittup is executive director of Harness Racing B.C.

Just Posted

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

Eagle tree cut down in South Surrey for ‘The Eagles’ development

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

TONIGHT: Grand finale of Concerts at the Pier

East Beach event set to begin at 7 p.m.

VIDEO: Burnouts in the Sky returns in honour of Bradley McPherson

Annual car show returns for first time since McPherson’s killer was convicted

‘Do or die’ time for Whalley, who fell in first game of Little League World Series

Team Canada goes down to powerful Panama in Williamsport, plays Spain Saturday

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

These are the highest-paid actresses of 2018

In its list released this week Forbes said all 10 earned a total of $186 million before tax

Most Read