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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.

Stepping into a New Era

After spending the summer driving past the Century Mile site on Hwy II, it was an absolute delight for members of the press and industry representatives to be invited on site to watch the first horses step onto the freshly laid surface of the homestretch.  For the longest time, what appeared to be another dirt field with some non-descript frame work off to one side, now resembles an actual racetrack.

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.