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Organizers say spring racing season a success at Fraser Downs

Drivers will return in September for fall season
Drivers sit atop their sulkies as they compete at Fraser Downs. The spring season just wrapped and organizers say it was a huge success. (Photo submitted: B.C. Racebook)

It’s been another successful season of racing at Fraser Downs, say organizers.

Drivers completed the last race of the spring season at the Cloverdale track May 3.

According to a press release sent out by B.C. Racebook, two drivers combined to win 54 per cent of all races.

Driver Kelly Hoerdt entered the winner’s circle “an impressive” three in 1o races, finishing the season with a 30 per cent win rate. And driver Scott Knight finished a “strong second,” entering the winners circle in 24 per cent of races.

“Scott solidly led the pack in money earned with some impressive performances this year.”

Dawn Lupul, manager of racing and communications, said the spring season was a lot of fun for those involved.

“There has been great support from the race office and our horsepeople to deliver competitive racing,” she said. “The response has been fantastic and we are very encouraged and thankful for the progress.”

According to the release, Fraser Downs enjoyed a double-digit increase in total wagering over last year’s mark.

“This year’s meet witnessed an impressive 18 per cent increase in the amount wagered per program.”

Even though the track hosted two fewer races than last year, betting was up.

“Total wagering … reached $6.97 million, marking an increase of $613,000 and a 9.7 per cent boost in overall wagering for the first half of the 2024 harness meet.”

The release noted all three racing months—March, April, and May—saw record wagering.

Now the horses, trainers, and drivers will begin to prep for the fall racing season, which opens at Fraser Downs on Sept. 12.

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Malin Jordan

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Malin is the editor of the Cloverdale Reporter.
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