Live racing returns to Fraser Downs

Live harness racing returns to Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino this Thursday and Friday.

Live harness racing returns to Cloverdale's Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino Sept. 4 and 5.

Live harness racing returns to Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino this Thursday and Friday, ushering in the fall season after the summer break.

The first race gets underway at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 – a Thursday evening. “Thursday’s a new day for us,” says Jackson Wittup, executive director of Harness Racing B.C. “Beginning in November, we go back to our regular Friday and Sunday schedule.”

The Fraser Downs backstretch opens its doors Sept. 14 for  Harness Racing B.C.’s fifth annual open house.

Visitors and fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at a live race day at Cloverdale’s historic track. There will be harness shoeing demonstrations, along with barn tours, cart rides, activities for kids, plus a barbecue.

It’s free. Everyone welcome. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 pm.

The backstretch is located at 17740 62 Avenue (Bill Reid Way).

– Cloverdale Reporter

Desert storm

The two exhibition Standardbred races went well in Osoyoos last month. Drivers and horses from Fraser Downs made the trek to Desert Park in the sunny south Okanagan tourist Mecca.

“Who knows if there is any future [in racing at Desert Park], but the day went great,” says  Jackson Wittup, executive director of Harness Racing B.C.. “The facility is awesome and we were welcomed by track management.”

The Aug. 16 event featured live thoroughbred, Standardbred and quarter horse racing, sharing one track for the first time in Canadian history and drawing between 1,500 to 2,000 spectators.

– Cloverdale Reporter

Davis Jr. fourth

Contributed

Cloverdale’s Jim Marino struggled in the final standings at the Standardbred Canada National Driving Championship in Charlottetown, PEI.

But the Fraser Downs regular driver made some of the races very interesting.

Ontario driver Jody Jamieson will be wearing the Canadian colours to Australia in February at the world championship. I wish Jody all the best.

Back in April at Fraser Downs, Alberta driver Brandon Campbell took the Western region championship and finished a very respectful third at Charlottetown Driving Park.

After a rough start, former Fraser Downs driver, Billy Davis Jr., came on strong and finished a good fourth place in the national championship. Davis Broke the 20-year-old track record for aged pacing mares when he won, with a $3,000-claimer in 1:53:4.

I would like to thank and congratulate Standardbred Canada, Red Shores Track Track and the Province of PEI for providing my wife and I with an awesome experience.

– Jackson Wittup, executive director, Harness Racing B.C.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Photo: Twitter@SurreyRCMP)
Surrey Mounties, pet owners, bracing for Halloween

Last year the Surrey RCMP received 147 fireworks complaints on Diwali and 121 on Halloween

(Delta Police Department photo)
Delta police investigating after another teen girl followed in Tsawwassen

Police say a man in a burgundy car approached teen girls on at least two, possibly three occasions

White Rock RCMP are searching for Richard John Lewis, who is wanted on warrants for assault and uttering threats. (RCMP handout)
White Rock RCMP searching for wanted man

Richard John Lewis is wanted on warrants for assault, uttering threats

partial graphic used in "Get Serious" campaign by Surrey business groups.
‘Get Serious’ message about COVID pushed by Surrey business groups fearing ‘economic shutdown’

‘Different social media messages will be sent out daily with significant messaging…’

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Never before seen painting by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr gifted to Victoria gallery

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

The B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch has issued a decision about the actions of an elementary school teacher in Langley. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley elementary teacher suspended for grabbing, shoving, yelling at kids

Roxann Rojas will lose her legal authority to teach for two weeks from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7, 2020

Most Read