Former Langley resident Nigel Holmes, secretary treasurer of Harness Racing BC (HRBC) and long-time Standardbred owner, says the beleaguered harness racing industry is slowly winning the race to survive, despite the odds.
The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association honoured the best of 2009 at an awards ceremony and auction at the Delta Hotel in Guelph, Ontario last Saturday night (January 23). The harness racing winners with the video tributes that were shown at last the awards are all listed below.
In Ontario the horse racing industry, be it Thoroughbred or Standardbred are fueled by an enormous amount of cash siphoned from the Slots Parlours at the racetracks. Approximately four hundred million dollars per year is stripped off the backs of the patrons, then redistributed back to the horse racing industry by means of purse structure. Nothing for the breeders!
It is with great pleasure that the management of West Meadows Raceway Inc. reports that the B.C. Standardbred Association has purchased shares in support of the new track in Regina.
Seventy racing industry leaders, government representatives and horse owners and trainers attended a presentation by racing industry consultants IER at Fraser Downs racetrack & casino, Monday night (April 21).
Sam Hawkins, the Director of Racing, GPEB has approved the race dates for the Sandown Park 2008 summer meet. Three days of 'live' standardbred racing will be held at the Vancouver Island track.
British Columbia bred and owned four-year-old Tessters Odd Sock paced a 1:54.4 mile to score a stunning win at Woodbine on Monday, providing an early wedding gift for owners Rick White and Jan Dryden.
Former Fraser Downs trainer/driver Sandra Cherry passed away at B.C's Langley Hospital last night (April 14) after a brief battle with Cancer. Sandra who had her 59th birthday last month was first diagnosed with Cancer just six weeks ago.
"It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true, now I'm just rolling home." - Those lyrics are from the Rascal Flatts song Bless The Broken Road and they could well describe the Stake race, Saturday afternoon at Fraser Downs.
Royal Morn has been posted the favourite to win Saturday's (April 12) $31,500 Sandown Plate, Stake Final at Fraser Downs.
One of British Columbia's top 3YO performers in 2007 Nazko Summer has been struggling to hit the winners board this year at Fraser Downs but that could all change on Friday night (March 28).
The BC Standardbred Association Board elected its Executive Directors after Tuesday night's (March 25) Annual General Meeting at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino.
BC Standardbred Association (BCSA) president Jim Vinnell invites all members of the BCSA to attend the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Please make yourself available to be part of the decision making of the BCSA. Your input and comments are both valued and welcome.
At just 23 years of age, Fraser Downs latest young gun Thomas Miller is the rising star of racing in British Columbia. Still in his debut year as a trainer, Miller, originally from Nova Scotia, is already attracting big name owners to his stable and seems to have the midas touch when it comes to making horses go.
Friday nights $13,800 Condition Pace at Fraser Downs is one of the most interesting races carded this year.
The BC Standardbred Industry Awards Gala was held on Saturday night, honouring the province's best for 2007.