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.
Harness racing is a fast paced, exciting and dynamic sport, here’s the basics you need to know to be ready to watch your first harness race!
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.
The fact that these amazing athletes have had an entire other career will mean that some steps in this process will come faster, and some steps will come a little slower. This has nothing to do with their breed, but everything with the fact that they have been taught something different previously.
We’ve all heard someone say, “But my horse never raced.” There seems to be this odd concept circulating that because the horse doesn’t have an extensive race history that they were never taught any of the skills, or learned any of the habits, they would have acquired in a lengthy career as a racehorse. So what do they know?
“The heart of racing is when a group of people drop everything to stand in a stall for five hours to save a horse that they don’t own.” – Karen Sobey, owner of Prince Sharka
Times have changed. With the introduction of social media, society has completely changed in how it sends, receives and accesses information. But horse racing here in Alberta seems to be struggling to adapt. Why?