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In The Backstretch  - Behind the Scenes


The Backstretch is the heart and hub of racetracks across Canada. It's all about the Standardbred Horses and the people who look after them.  A walk through the big red barns at Fraser Downs reveals the devotion of the hardworking horsemen of Harness Racing BC.

This column features those people and horses that drive this incredible industry. 



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The Homestretch

The Homestretch is the hub for horsemen, horse enthusiasts, and wagering at the Elements Casino in Cloverdale, BC.   Harness Racing BC invites you to bring your friends and co-workers to dine and socialize with us.  Learn about our athletes - the horses and the drivers; and experience the exciting atmosphere of watching the Harness Horses race to the finish line at

Fraser Downs Racetrack ! 

Important Announcements

Harness Racing BC is a proud member of 



Harness Racing BC is proud to be a member of the buyBC Program - Standardbreds are the first registered BCBred horse in this program!


SCHOOLING  has started on the track on Wednesday August 19th! Come on out to watch the horses learning how to come to the Starting Gate Car.


Sad News... Bill Young will be truly missed by all of his friends and fellow horsemen in the backstretch at Fraser Downs.  Bill was a true advocate, horseman, mentor and friend to all. Bill loved his Standardbred Horses and Harness Racing. Our condolences go out to his family and all who knew Bill.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the Backstretch Restaurant on Saturday September 26th, from 1-3 pm. Bring your memories and share your stories with his family and friends. 

 Bill Young


HRBC 2015 ELIGIBILITY LISTS:  Stake Payments have now been completed and horses have been staked accordingly.  To view the lists for the foals of 2012, 2013, and 2014 go to "Stakes" "Breeders" and click the PDF file named "2015 Breeders Stake Eligibility List."


HORSES HORSES HORSES!  Harness Racing BC showcased our Standardbred Horses at Horse Council BC's HORSE DAY in at the PNE on Saturday August 29th from 9am to 8:30pm. The weather was rotten but it drove the public into the barns and thousands saw our race horses and learned about our horses and industry!  Check out for details! They have a great writeup on the event.

 Horse Day at PNE HCBC


Qualifiers will be Thursday September 17th and Thursday September 24th. Remember it is a rule that you must wear safety vests for qualifiers and races.  We're planning a welcome back event for the Horsemen and their families in the Backstretch after qualifiers on September 24th! There will be a signup sheet in the barns so we can plan for food - 


Horseman's Meeting with GPEB is scheduled for Thursday September 24th, 2015 at 1:30 pm in the Backstretch Restaurant.  Please be there as details will also be discussed on testing for cobalt effective October 1st, in B.C.


HRBC BACKSTRETCH DAY FOR THE COMMUNITY is Saturday September 19th, 2015. Come visit the Backstretch and see where the Harness Racing Horses live and work.  Hours 10-3 pm.  Sign up for rides with the drivers in a Harness Cart and experience the excitement of being out on the Racetrack!!


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HARNESS RACING STARTS!! - Opening Day of Races is Thursday October 1st!!  Mark it on your calendar. In October we will be racing on Thursday and Friday evenings and in November and December Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. 


November 28th - Yearling & Mixed Sale Evening at the Showbarn in the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The Public is welcome to come and experience the excitement of purchasing horses for racing at Fraser Downs Racetrack.

 mare and foal standing 2015