Located in Fredericton, the Fredericton Raceway offers an exhilarating live harness racing experience. This historic track, which is nearly two centuries old, is part of a large exhibition ground, originally named the Fredericton Race Course Grounds. Its popularity quickly soared, becoming a preferred location for annual fairs thanks to the successful events and accompanying festivities.
The track’s fortunes took a turn for the better in 1863 when the York Driving Club contributed a one-mile track. Prior to this, the raceway had gained recognition as the first in the Maritimes to achieve a 2:30 mile trot. Meanwhile, plans were underway to construct the splendid Exhibition Palace. The expansion continued with the introduction of a ½ mile track on an adjacent plot, making it an oasis for harness racing enthusiasts. This passion soon evolved into a significant industry in this part of Canada. Click here for a detailed history of the Raceway.
The modern-day Fredericton Raceway and Exhibition facilities are equipped with a ½ mile track, stables for 130 horses, covered seating for 1,200 spectators and open seating for 200 more. It also hosts two excellent restaurants, the Winner’s Canteen and the Winner’s Lounge. Additional facilities include a cattle barn, a heavy horse barn, a coliseum, and an exhibition center. The centrally-located Capital Exhibit Centre is versatile, offering 18,000 square feet of display area, canteen, and restroom facilities. The track also features simulcasting three nights a week, with the live racing season commencing in May and concluding in September. Entrance is granted upon paying a general admission fee, which includes clubhouse access.
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