Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Off To The Races
A little bit of info on harness racing. Harness racing goes back to the end of the 1700's and the founding sire for Standardbreds was an English horse called Messenger. The standard was being able to do a mile in 2 minutes and 30 seconds at a trot or pace. Horses that could meet that standard were eligible to be registered as Standardbreds. They are similar to Thoroughbreds that are used for regular flat racing, but they are a little heavier and less high strung. Standardbred horses sometimes have the ability to pace which means that instead of trotting with diagonal legs moving at the same time, the two legs on the same side move at the same time. The races are set for either trotters or pacers as pacing is a slightly faster gait than trotting. Most Standardbreds are bays or dark brown, but they can be any colour.
Many small towns in Canada had a track similar to this one. It used to be the only legal way to gamble. Now even the large tracks are struggling to stay afloat as there are lots of other ways to gamble.