10 People You Need to Know in the Backstretch

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. It takes an army to get a Standardbred onto the track for its first race. From trainers to judges to race announcers and everyone in-between. Here’s a starters guide to a few people you need to know that are all part of the harness racing puzzle.

When the Going Gets Tough,

We see it in harness racing, and we see it in eventing.  They’re two very different sports, but both with their own sets of risks. While these moments are frequently outweighed by the amazing, breathtaking moments that everyone in the horse world strives and lives for, they still happen. And they suck. There’s no way around it. Sometimes it’s just a terrible situation, and you’re left wondering how exactly it happened, and what your next step should be.

Harness Helps Alberta

After what seemed like a never-ending winter, spring has finally sprung in Alberta. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the season of Harness Racing is well underway at Century Downs in Balzac, just outside of Calgary. The backstretch is buzzing with the start of stakes season, and the return of many horses who spent the winter away in either California or BC. Despite this, there is one topic that remains constant through all the chatter – how can we give back?

The Future of Horse Racing in Alberta

At the end of the day, fancy new racetrack or not, there’s yet to be the major shift in mentality so desperately needed in Alberta. It’s going to take risk, and it’s going to take something new, and something that hasn’t been done before to bring back those crowds and the sheer love and joy for the sport.

Support for San Luis Rey

When the going gets tough the community surrounding these amazing horses has never failed to come together. The global Thoroughbred community was there to support Classy Lane and the Standardbred community when we were faced with an unimaginable loss, and now they need our help.