Fraser Downs racing schedule finalized

The 2013 harness racing calendar at Fraser Downs is confirmed, while industry awaits draft strategic plan.

Harness racing at Fraser Downs.

The 2013 live harness racing schedule at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino has been finalized.

There will be 10 months of racing, with 82 race days over 39 weeks. That’s the same number of days as the 2012 schedule, the B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee’s director of racing sustainability said in a letter to the industry.

A formal announcement will be made once the thoroughbred schedule is approved, and consultation with the city of Vancouver is underway. In July, the city and Great Canadian Gaming Corp. announced a two-year renewal of the operating agreement for Hastings racecourse.

The season gets underway Jan. 1, 2013 and runs to May 11, with the second half of the season starting up again on August. 17 and running to Dec. 29.

Meanwhile, the committee continues to study the long-term viability of the industry, and a draft strategic plan to be released in December, with a final version expected in the new year.

See also: ‘Hastings Deal Shelves Horse Track Merger Idea.’And: Meet the Stars of Harness Racing at Fraser Downs.

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