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Racing conditions ‘perfect’ at Fraser Downs, as hundreds turn out to open house

Twelve trainers won 12 races at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino Friday, and Saturday's open house drew hundreds of fans.

The weather continues to be amazing and the racing conditions are perfect at Fraser Downs.

Thursday night was the Bill Davis show as Bill was able to guide four horses to the winners circle that he also trains. Bill won with three horses for JJJ Stables, one of those was with prohibitive favorite, Need You So Bad, taking the first leg of the Robert Murphy Stakes. Bill also won the second division with Making The Mark for long time owner Evert Vandenborn.

I was glad to see that 12 different trainers won the 12 races on Friday. Not only does this spread the purse money around but most of the wins came from smaller stables.

The three-year old-fillies were in the spot light in the Mary Murphy Stake. The two winners were Go To The Windows (Dennis Johnston) and T Squared (Rick White). A horse to watch along the way will be Run And Tell as she raced very well.

I was very happy with the Harness Racing B.C. open house on Saturday, when hundreds of people enjoyed barn tours, harness demos, cart rides, shoeing demos, a craft table, face painting and barbecue. The editor of this paper, Jennifer Lang, went for a jog cart ride. Hopefully, Jennifer will tell you how she had a great time. Thanks to all of the volunteers and to those of you who came out. Please call the HRBC office if you ever have more questions about Standardbred racing.

Live racing at Fraser Downs gets underway tonight at 6 p.m. and Friday at 7 p.m., with stakes races both days.

– Jackson Wittup is executive director of Harness Racing B.C.

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