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BC Gets Back 10-Month Schedule


Published: May 9, 2011 4:21 pm ET

Last Comment: May 10, 2011 9:17 am ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Harness Racing British Columbia announced today that they have been granted a return to a ten month schedule of standardbred racing.

HRBC CEO Doug McCallum confirmed the news in an interview with Trot Insider, saying on Tuesday he will be meeting in Victoria with government officials , including British Columbia’s new Solicitor General, Shirley Bond, who gave the go-ahead for the expanded schedule.

Executives from Great Canadian Gaming, owners of Fraser Downs, will also attend as the details of the plan will be ironed out.

Stay tuned for an interview with McCallum upcoming on Trot Radio.

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May 10, 2011 - 9:17 amSandra and Daves Showboat

jim cauchon SAID...

Sandra and Daves Showboat clearly made a difference.

thanks to them and all involved...

as I said a couple weeks ago,,,,,the west coast start times,,,4.15 e.t., 10.15 e.t. make this very palatable for Eastern timzone horseplayers....

10 months of 5/8, with a passing lane,,,,,,,,,Ill be looking for it at my local Champions and on line in the days ahead..

thanks BC horsemen and lovers of harness racing.


May 10, 2011 - 1:07 amThank you to those that made

Darren Lupul SAID...

Thank you to those that made this happen, Doug McCallum and special mention to Sandra Roberts and Brent Hill who did a lot of grassroots legwork in keeping the issue in the media. Now lets get a longterm deal signed for the next 9 years so that the industry can build on a strong and certain foundation.

May 9, 2011 - 9:23 pmCongratulations to the CEO

David Aldred SAID...

Congratulations to the CEO Doug McCallum and the Board of Directors at Harness BC. Well done to Doug and all of the backstretch supporters at Fraser Downs, I am personally very pleased to see the return of the 10 month racing season, which is vital to the health of standardbred racing in British Columbia - This is a well deserved victory for everyone. Have a great Summer everyone and return fresh for racing! - David Aldred

May 9, 2011 - 9:21 pmRight on B.C. members Maybe

Right on B.C. members Maybe other harness racing associations across Canada can get inspired by your BC group. Let us know more of what you did out there to get this positive result.

May 9, 2011 - 7:17 pmAll the horsepeople in B.C,

All the horsepeople in B.C, are deeply indebted to Doug Macallum, who has stick handled this issue with real finesse,and also to Paul Gilley a Harness B.C. director who secured the services of Doug for Harness B.C. This is a great victory and the support of all the backstretch, was vital. Sandra Roberts deserves special mention for supplying the harnessed horses for the protests outside the Track. With summer racing the only way is up. My forecast is that we will bet more than 250, day next summer. Hopefull some horsemen who went East will come home

May 9, 2011 - 6:22 pmCongratulations to the BC

Rick Karper SAID...

Congratulations to the BC horsemen. They now have a full-time job again.

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