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Please be advised that effective October 28, 2020 we will be changing our post time to 7:00pm (PST) from the current 5:00pm (PST).  We feel the time change is necessary to offer us the best opportunity to improve the mutual handles in the earlier races.  In previous weeks our handle have been stronger in the later half of the program due to less competition from other tracks.

We appreciate your support in this adjustment of the post time and good luck. To view revised calendar, click the file: Revised Fall 2020 Race Calendar



Update October 23, 2020 - BC BREEDER STAKE FINALS will race on November 6th, both 2 and 3 year old stakes. 


FRASER DOWNS BACKSTRETCH ENTY : Please view document and link below regarding ACTIVE SCREENING

ACTIVE SCREENING - Please read document

https://questionnaire.simplesurvey.com/f/l/3jNQwuTFBE - click link to view for download to your device


HRBC PRESS RELEASE - HRBC announces the cancellation of the Wendell Smith and Marian Young Memorial (3 Year Old BC Bred N/W 30,000); Linton/Bath Memorial Open (foals of 2017); Fraser Miss and Dan Ingram Memorial Open (2 Year Old); Jim Vinnell Memorial and the Lady Elements Open (Aged) stakes. To view information, click file below.

October 2020 Press Release 

Entries/Draw for Breeder Stakes 3rd Leg will be done on Sunday, October 25th with deadline of 9:00 am.HRBC Office will be taking START FEES ($200) for the 3rd leg on Monday, October 26, 2020 with a deadline to have payment given to the HRBC office no later than 3:00 pm.   

Fraser Downs at Elements Casino Surrey Protocols for the 2020/2021 Live Racing Season as posted below:



Race Days Approved - Breeders Stake Schedule Approved (Sept.17, 2020)

HRBC is pleased to announce that the race dates have been approved.  To view the files, click below:

2020 Racing Calendar - Printable (Please note calendar has been revised as of October 28, 2020

2020 Breeders Stake Schedule - Printable 

Revised: Breeders Finals for 2 & 3 year olds will be on November 6th.


 With the air quality issues stemming from the wildfires south of the border, Monday’s qualifying session had to be rescheduled. Hopefully, weather will cooperate and a RULE has been enacted to be implemented accordingly.

Qualifiers have been scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 am.

The 16 qualifiers posted on Monday, September 14, 2020 remain as published but if you did not have your horse entered that day, notify Nichelle or Lacie no later than Thursday, September 17, 2020 by 9:00 am.                     

Contact information:

Nichelle Milner – Cell: 778-389-3157 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lacie Burningham – Cell: 778-229-6358 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 HRBC SALE UPDATE - If you are looking to buy a Standardbred for racing, breeding or pleasure, you cannot miss this sale. To view our quality Standardbreds that will be up for auction via virtual sale on November 24, 2020, please view pedigrees.   Hip 1A - 20  Hip 21 - 41  Hip 42 - 59

2020 Sale Update - HRBC Board of Directors made the decision to have the 2020 sale as a VIRTUAL SALE and to offer a sale stake to all yearlings that go through the ring or have paid the exception fee to be raced as a 3 year old.  If CONSIGNORS feel this is not acceptable, please notify the office so your entry fee can be refunded. Please note if you had paid by credit card the details of the card will be needed for the office to complete the refund. The breeders committee will be working diligently trying to work out the needed details to offer our breeders the best sale we can under the regulations that have been placed upon us all by the pandemic, COVID-19.  HRBC will continue updating you as  we go. 

ATTENTION MEMBERSHIP -  Effective August 13, 2020 Harness Racing BC is suspending the environmental fees until further notice.



Due to the restrictions of  Covid-19, HRBC remains unsure if a site sale will be permitted or forced to have a virtual sale. The breeders committee continues to work on all possibilities and will keep you informed as additional information is obtained.

HRBC would like all owners/breeders to know that if you are not in agreement of such terms, HRBC will refund all payments.

SALE STAKE - Several inquiries have come into the office regarding whether or not a  sale stake is to be attached to the November 24, 2020 sale.  As HRBC continues to work on the details of the sale, please be advised at this time, the Sale Stake is to be determined and will update accordingly.  The board thanks you all for your patience at this difficult time.



Harness Racing BC is  pleased to announce that the 2020 Yearling & Mixed Sale will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.  At this point, due to the restrictions of  Covid-19 we are unsure if we will be permitted to have an on site sale or be forced to have a virtual sale. To enter your horse, go to Events and click the file Sale Entry. Further info to follow. 


June 26, 2020 - ATTENTION TRAINERS - Part of the BC Health requirements, the track must have all names and contact information of those that are on the grounds of FD backstretch.  Forms are available with Security at the Guard Shack or print the file below.

Information Release BC Health Requirements - Printable


2020 STALL APPLICATION - Printable


Message from the President - During this time of isolation and social boundaries, the board members of HRBC were happy to accept the offer from Robin Rutledge to design a template that would allow HRBC to produce  a monthly newsletter that would keep the membership updated on the many changes that have occurred and are about to occur in the next several months.

TODAY IS THE LAUNCH OF THIS NEWSLETTER, members will receive this via email this afternoon. ENJOY! 

Randy Rutledge, HRBC President


Emergency Task Force for BC Horse Racing

Summary of meeting – April 7, 2020

The Emergency Task Force for BC Horse Racing was informed today by Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (Track Operator) that it will re-open Hastings Racecourse on May 1 for stabling.

The Track Operator will be working on protocols regarding physical distancing and safeguarding the health of all racetrack personnel in advance of May 1. Details of training/exercise protocols will be finalized in conjunction with the thoroughbred horsemen’s associations.

It was also noted that standardbred horses are being permitted to return to be stabled at Fraser Downs @ Elements, with light exercise only allowed.

The Track Operator stated its position that it is not willing at this point to conduct live racing at either Hastings or Fraser Downs unless spectators can be present, should health authorities permit such gatherings to occur at some point in the future. Racing would need to have spectators present in order for the Track Operator’s business model to be potentially sustainable.

Representatives of both breed sectors expressed their appreciation to the Track Operator for its flexibility in allowing an easing of earlier restrictions that led to the almost total removal of horses from the Hastings backstretch and a significant reduction in the number of horses stabled at Fraser Downs. The intention is for representatives of both breeds to continue to work with the Track Operator in order to resolve concerns and have the industry be as ready as it can be for a potential resumption of the racing seasons.

Breed sector representatives indicated their breed associations are working to increase awareness of federal and provincial emergency aid programs for people throughout the industry. This includes backstretch workers who can apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program, as well as owners, trainers and other employers who may be eligible for wage subsidy programs put in place as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The associations are gathering information about these benefit programs, posting it on their websites and working one-on-one with individuals to ensure benefits can flow to those who need them.


Update - April 4, 2020

Great Canadian and the horsemen at Fraser Downs have reached an agreement whereby horses currently stabled at Fraser Downs will be permitted to jog on the track, subject to the conditions that had been laid out previously.  This will commence Saturday, April 4, 2020.


In addition, the BC Horse Racing Industry Management Committee has agreed to create an Emergency Task Force for BC Horse Racing. The purpose of the task force is to provide a communications capability by which the BC horse racing industry and its stakeholders can be kept informed about industry developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely and accurate way. The membership of the task force will include members of GC, Thoroughbred Sector, Standardbred Sector, Brian Butters (HRIMC Chair) and Bill McNeill, GPEB (non-voting member of HRIMC).  First meeting to take place next week.


 HRBC Board of Directors March 26, 2020 Meeting- Please note important announcement from the HRBC board as follows:

1. Due to the financial restraints due to COVID-19, Environmental fees will be waived beginning April 1, 2020 to September 1, 2020

2.Stake Payments for the BC Bred, Linton/Bath Open and Sales Stake payments to Standardbred Canada that are due on May 1, 2020 has been extended to July 2, 2020.  Please remember to send full payment to Standardbred Canada per your stake forms that you received from Standardbred Canada  

3.Wendell Smith/ Marian Young Memorial, 3 year old BC Bred stakes that had a final to be raced in March will be postponed until racing remsumes.  Date will be announced to those owners/trainers who had  paid the start fee to enter.

4. Keith Linton/Penny Bath 3 year olds that were to race in April 2020 will be postponed until racing resumes.  The horses that will be eligible to pay a start fee will be the horses that were paid up the sustaining fee in February of 2020 with Standardbred Canada

5. AGM scheduled for  April 8, 2020 has been postponed to a later date. 

6.Ballot deadline was marked for March 23, 2020 but due to mail issues and difficulty on entering the backstretch to drop off ballots, deadline has been extended to April 15, 2020.


HRBC thanks all members for the cooperation during this difficult time.




To help you with understanding what financial help is available from the government due to COVID-19, please find attached files that offer the information you will need to apply.

COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information - Printable

COVID-19 Provincial Action Plan, Tax Changes - Printable




Great Canadian Gaming Corp. will allow the facilities to stay open, but no training will be allowed. Access to the track itself will be allowed for walking their horses, but no exercising/training.



BREAKING NEWS: B.C. premier announces $1,000 payment for those unable to work due to COVID-19

Please see story posted on the HRBC facebook page.




Please view update of March 23, 2020 regarding the issues of stabling due to COVID 19 as listed below.


HRBC UPDATE AS OF MARCH 23, 2020 - Click file to view




Update for Members - March 23, 2020

Considering the current concerns with the developing COVID-19 situation, Elements Casino announced effective Saturday, March 28th, training will no longer be allowed at Fraser Downs Racetrack. Stabling will continue to be allowed until Wednesday, April 1st, per original agreement, and on the assumption that circumstances related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus do not change significantly.




Please be advised that  Elements Casino will temporarily suspend all operations as of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm. With regards to whether or not racing has been cancelled has not as yet been determined but will offer an update once we have confirmation.

We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented situation.




Attention 2020 HRBC Members:

The Board of Directors of Harness Racing BC Society hereby gives notice of the Annual General Meeting for 2020.  AGM to be held on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the Backstretch Restaurant. Please note that nominations for the vacant Director positions close on March 2nd. Nomination form can be printed from the file listed below.




IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to poor track conditions, Friday evening's (Jan. 24th) race card has been cancelled.  Track crew will continue to work deligently to prepare the racing surface for Sunday's race card.


HRBC 2020 STAKE SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE - Click Stakes and go to Stake Schedule/Forms






To nominate your favourite horse or person please give your written nominations by filling out the BC Standardbred Industry Awards Banquet Criteria as shown below.

Nominate Your Horse or Person for an Award -  Printable and return to the HRBC office



2020 Memberships are due December 31, 2019


On behalf of HRBC Board of Directors, staff and membership we would like to Congratulate Heather on the newly elected position to represent the Western Region for a 3 year term  as a Breeder Director on the SC Board of Directors.  Please see results below:


As a result of Director Nominations by the Standardbred Canada membership, five of the 15 seats on the SC Board of Directors were acclaimed. Ten seats were voted on by eligible Standardbred Canada members with 22 percent voter turnout.

Following is a list of the 15 Directors that were acclaimed or elected by the membership. This Board will serve a three-year term from 2020 to 2022.

Please join the Standardbred Canada staff in welcoming the new Board of Directors and in thanking the Directors that will not be returning.

The first meeting of the new Board will take place on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Mississauga, Ontario.



  • Active Director: Blair Corbeil
  • Breeder Director: Heather Davies
  • Track Director: Paul Ryneveld (Acclaimed)


  • Director: Blair Burgess, Jim Whelan
  • Breeder Director: Gerry Belore, Ann Straatman
  • Track Director: Ian Fleming, Bill McLinchey


  • Active Director: Richard Veilleux (Acclaimed)
  • Breeder Director: Denitza Petrova (Acclaimed)
  • Track Director: Murielle Thomassin (Acclaimed)


  • Active Director: Andrea Rennison
  • Breeder Director: Tony Zuethoff
  • Track Director: Lee Drake (Acclaimed)


Standardbred Canada (SC) is pleased to announce that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) will continue its partnership with SC on the Outstanding Groom Award for the fifth consecutive year. The award was introduced in 2015, and for the past four years has been presented at the O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala.
Standardbred Canada is now accepting submissions for the award and the deadline to nominate an Outstanding Groom is January 3, 2020.

Do you know someone who puts their horses first; has worked in the industry for over five years, treats their horses with kindness and outstanding care, regardless of the horse or its ability? The candidate should have a strong work ethic, be dependable, a good sportsman and be based in Canada. Candidates must be over the age of 19. If you know or work with someone with these qualities, consider nominating him / her for this award.

Grooms are often the unsung heroes of harness racing and are critical to the success of any horse in any stable. Their relationship with the horse is by far the closest. Grooms provide the daily care and attention to the equine athletes. They keep the horses physically healthy and mentally happy, sometimes working seven days a week to make sure their horses are properly cared for.

Deadline for submissions is January 3, 2020. Please see nomination form below.


2 YO Open Stakes STARTING FEES DUE: Dan Ingram Memorial 2 YO Open C&G & The Fraser Miss 2 YO Open Fillies are due Tuesday, November 19th 

 ATTENTION MEMBERS: During our recent sale on October 2nd, the BC Bred yearling "OLD BROWN TRUCK" was purchased for $20,000; bidder did not complete the sale transaction which led HRBC to place the BC & Ontario eligible colt up for auction on the auction site, Ongait.  Please visit ongait.com to place your bid.

 What a success! Last night during the 2019 HRBC Yearling Sale, we had 21 yearlings sold out of the 37 entered and hip # 20 Codename Cigar Box dominated the ring giving owner/breeder Surdale Farms Ltd.,sold to Kelly Hoerdt for  a whopping bid price of $47,000, second in row was hip #16, If Only Id Known owned and bred by Surdale Farms sold to JJJ Stables for a price of $35,000, third in line was hip #27, Exotic Dragon owned and bred by Surdale Farms sold to Keith Clark for another big price tag of $25,000 and 4th in line was hip #4 Old Brown Truck owned and bred by Deborah Burstyk and sold to Justin Currie for a  price tag of $20,000.  To all of the consignors and new owners, CONGRATULATIONS!!

A special thank you to all of the sale staff for a job well done!!!  To see the results from last nights sale, go to Events and click the file - 2019 HRBC Sale Results.


Total sales amounted to $256,500.00 with an average of $7,125.00. 

2019 Horse Population Incentive of $750

In keeping with the commitment to increase the horse population for the Standardbred horse racing industry in BC, HRBC recognizes the importance of horses committed to racing at Fraser Downs Racetrack.

To view the conditions of this incentive please review the Letter of Commitment and Agreement below:

2019 HORSE Population Incentive Letter of Commitment and Agreement - Printable

ATTENTION MEMBERSHIP - EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2019 Harness Racing BC will be charging an ENVIRONMENTAL FEE of $20.00 per stall. 

DRIVER FEE POLICY EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 - Beginning September 19th Harness Racing BC will be implementing a driver fee policy whereas driver fees will be deducted once a month off purse cheques from the said owner(s).

                               QUALIFIERS - Attention Horseman:

Qualifiers will begin on September 5th and September 12th @ 12:00 noon.

Jim and Bev Mohorich would like to ask for the cooperation of the members; it would be most helpful if you check your horses brand, you may have to clip to reveal the brand.

If after clipping the brand still is unreadable, get a printout of the brand and notify Jim as he will gladly chip your horse.

Time is of the essence as Jim and Bev Mohorich will be leaving the first week of September for Saskatchewan and Manitoba and will not be returning until mid or late September. If you take this opportunity and have a re-do, this will be done at no cost.


Please be advised that Harness Racing BC Society has been given notice by the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association that the Agriplex building which we had booked for our sale will be undergoing significant renovations that will necessitate a full closure from August 2019 – December 2019.

The HRBC Board of Directors has discussed several possibilities for the venue and a decision was made to have the Sale on grounds (FD backstretch).   We would like to reassure you that a well put together sale can still be accomplished by renting the equipment needed to seat our guests comfortable and ensure the safety of our horses. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Pennington at the HRBC Office.




 Members, please be advised that HRBC will be implementing a new policy regarding purse cheques that have multiple owners. The following options available to owners are as follows:


1. Owners must appoint an Athorized Owner allowing purse cheques to be made payable to only ONE OWNER.


2. Owners may fill out the HRBC Cheque Authorization form allowing HRBC to split the cheques accordingly.  To have the form accepted, HRBC will need signatures of all owners of said horse with appropriate percentage of ownership listed.



 Please Note:  Standardbred Canada Authorized Agent forms are to be completed with Standardbred Canada, BC Representative, Sandra Isbister.  Please do not confuse the authorized agent forms with the CHEQUE AUTHORIZATION form you may be required to complete with HRBC.



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