Created on Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:34
It's a busy year full of excitement and challenges for the Harness Racing Industry here in the Backstretch at Fraser Downs Racetrack. We will be working with Great Canadian on the Frontside as they create their vision for the new Elements Casino. Longtime patrons and the community are happy to hear that the track will still retain the name of Fraser Downs Racetrack.
With Fraser Downs Racetrack being the only Harness Racing track in British Columbia, it is a unique and valuable opportunity for Great Canadian to work with us to promote the excitement of Harness Racing to the Lower Mainland. Surrey is the only major city in BC to have the unique asset of the big red barns to house the Race Horses who actually live year round in the City. The Horses in the City just might be the best kept secret but it's no secret that a thriving racing economy benefits the community with a huge economic impact and a vast expanse of jobs that are close to home.
It's our privilege to promote and boast about our racing athletes - hardworking trainers, drivers and equine athletes who work 7 days a week to condition and prepare for the races that drive the economy via the gaming industry. Not to mention the investment of breeders and owners. There's no life like it, and a life with horses is a passionate one.
We are also here to educate the public about where the Community Gaming Grants come from - the horses are the foundation of the gaming community and led to the creation of the grants programs that support so many worthwhile causes in our communities throughout B.C. Now is the time to invite the public to support the horsemen as we race forward with our competitive energies to create a prosperous future for Harness Racing here in the growing community of Cloverdale, Surrey.
We need to pilot our future, making Harness Horse Racing the choice of an exciting sport and entertainment option. So, let's start with re-creating the HORSE as an exciting icon for the public and inviting them into our world - education about the economic contributions and other benfits of a strong, racing industry which also includes vast social opportunities, careers and lifestyle options.
Afterall, we are the Horsemen and it's our responsibility as the custodians of the horses to ensure their future as thanks to the contributions they've made to the building of our societies and civilization.
Harness the Passion!!
HARNESS THE VISION...At Harness Racing BC, we strive to provide quality, exciting races to increase revenue for our industry participants and the government. Harness Racing in Cloverdale contributes substantially to the BC economic sectors more than most sports and entertainment through job creation in a variety of sectors - agriculture, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and careers directly related to working with the horses in the racing industry.
HORSEMAN'S UPDATE CORNER:
****CREDIT VOUCHER ... and the LUCKY WINNER is .......
HRBC will be offering 3 credit vouchers of $2000 each to go towards the purchase of a yearling only, at the HRBC Yearling/Mixed Sale Auction, Saturday November 28th in the Showbarn. To be eligible for the credit voucher, you must register and obtain a bidding card. Draw will be made prior to the start of the auction. To view further details, click the ad named "Credit Voucher" located under "Events."
ATTENTION ALL CONSIGNORS FOR THE UPCOMING YEARLING/MIXED SALE:
This is a reminder for the Yearling or Broodmare that you have entered into our sale which takes place this Saturday evening, 6:00 pm on November 28th - You will be required to produce your Negative Coggins Test which will need to be done prior to arrival on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds and/or Fraser Downs Racetrack. Please ensure that a copy is submitted to the HRBC office.
SHOW BARN AVAILABILITY - Horses will be available to enter their designated stall in the Showbarn anytime after 9:00 am of Saturday, November 28th. ALL HORSES MUST BE IN THE SHOWBARN NO LATER THAN 1:00 PM IN ORDER TO BE CHECKED IN. Security will not be provided until 5:30 pm so you will be responsible for your horse from the time you bring it to the stall till the time Security arrives at 5:30 pm.
REGISTRATION FOR BIDDING NUMBERS - The sale will begin at 6:00 pm so if you are planning to bid on a horse you will be required to register with Diane to receive your bidding number over at the Showbarn beginning at 5:00 pm.
DINNER SPECIAL - For those of you that will not have time to go home and eat dinner, Debbie has offered to open the Backstretch Kitchen from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. She will provide Chili for $4 or a Hot Beef Sandwich with Mash Potatoes and Gravy for $6. HOT DRINk SPECIAL will be a Hot Toddy for $5. Thank you Debbie!
IMPORTANT!! Effective November 1st, 2015 any horse racing or stabled at Fraser Downs Racetrack will require a negative coggins test. The HRBC Office is working on a process with the veterinarian for compliance and affordability. In the meantime if you can obtain your tattoo number and markings off SC database it will make everything quicker.
Just a reminder that all cheques are to picked up on Fridays now and our office is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
Please note that the Horsemen's Reps for the backstretch and the track conditions are Gord Abbott, Travis Tracey and Dave Hudon. Please direct any queries or concerns to them -thank you!
For your convenience:
Remember that HRBC has set up a computer for members to use in the Boardroom so you can access the web and conduct on-line business like SC memberships. We're happy to make things easier for you to access.
Just a reminder that the new Racing Rules are coming into effect. You must wear a safety vest when driving in qualifiers or races. Note that this rule is being suspended temporarily while waiting for vests to arrive.
Please note that all pedigrees for the upcoming Yearling/Mixed Sale can be found under "EVENTS" for viewing.