After six long months, Fraser Downs racetrack is excited to announce the start of their Fall/Winter season! Located in Cloverdale, Fraser Downs racetrack is home to some of the fastest and most promising harness racing teams in the country. After having to close the racetrack back in March, the Harness Racing community was forced to put their lives on hold and wait for an update on the COVID-19 situation.
Fortunately for the fans, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and the horsemen at Fraser Downs were able to reach an agreement that allowed stabled horses to practice on the track starting April, which meant less time lost for training. The practice sessions were to follow strict COVID-19 precautions, which remain in place today and limit the capacity and regulate the standards of the Elements Casino and the racing facility.
Abiding by these limitations, the local Harness Racing community has been able to practice and stay in shape leading up their competitive debut. The training has allowed some peace of mind for the owners, trainers, and horses who have been eager to get an actual race in motion. After many months of practice, the Fraser Downs racing community participated in their first official race of the Fall/Winter season – taking place on September 30th.
The nine-race card took place at 5:00 pm and was the sole Harness race across Canada – shining a spotlight on the Fraser Downs community. Following this kick-off race, Fraser Down continues to host two races per week – Wednesday nights at 5:00 pm PST and Friday nights at 8:00 pm PST. The races are running every week, from September through to late December, weather permitting.
Much like many racetracks across Canada, Fraser Downs will start its Fall-Winter without an audience, but they will be allowing one owner per racehorse to attend.
Fans who are eager to make their bets can watch the races online through streaming services and race apps HPI Bet and Dark Horse. These apps offer a safe solution so that viewers may watch, wager, and win – all from the safety of their own home!
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