Wednesday afternoon is B.C. Breeders Classic Day at Fraser Downs, hosting the biggest day of the year in harness racing.
Two- and three-year-old horses from B.C. will race for over $400,000 in purses on Nov. 11.
Such outstanding performers as IllwinifIcan, and Watch my Luck will be hoping to grab the lion’s share of the Robert Murphy and Mary Murphy stakes for three-year-olds.
The Murphys always began their horses’ names with the moniker “Red Star” and were a dominant force in B.C.’s breeding industry for many years.
For two-year-old honours, there are even more contenders for the Millbank Stakes.
One Big Cat, Bettor’s Mark, Mach and Roll Baby, and Hanalie Bay will all be the ones to beat for the $100,000 finals.
Ontario-based, but B.C.-raised Billy Davis Jr. will be driving at Fraser Downs on Breeders Classic Day, for father Bill, and others.
A graduate of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, he consistently places among the top 10 drivers in Canada. This year he has already won 241 races and earned over $1.4 million.
Perhaps the greatest accomplishment in his young driving career is that in 2012, representing Canada, he won the International Prix des Rencontres in Paris, France.
Billy, along with all our drivers, will be in the Homestretch at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino, meeting patrons and signing posters at noon before the races start on Nov.11.
Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Live harness racing continues on Friday night (starting at 7 p.m.), and on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. There will be live racing on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons to the end of December, including Boxing Day.
For more information, visit www.fraserdowns.com/racing.
You can also search entries by track and date at Standardbred Canada.