How to Play
The best way to learn about the harness
racing game is to jump right in and play. Follow these simple
step-by-step instructions and in no time you'll have a horse going
for you in a race at Fraser Downs - with a good chance of making a
profit on your $2 investment!
After a taste of the action, you'll find it
easy to learn more about harness racing and wagering. The
information here will help and so will the friendly staff at Fraser
Downs. You'll discover that harness racing is a game everyone can
play - and win!
It's 1-2-3 Easy!
Step 1: Pick Your Horse
When you arrive at Fraser Downs, buy an Official
Program for only $2. Turn to the page which lists the horses
entered in the 1st Race. The large numbers on the left side of the
page are the horses' betting numbers. Following each number is the
name of the horse. (For now, just ignore all of that other
information in very small type.)
Now look near the top of the page, on the
left side, for the words: "Morning Line Ratings." The
three numbers which follow the words are the numbers of the horses
expected to be the "betting favorites" in the race. If
one of these numbers is 1, then write the number 1 in the space
below. If number 1 isn't among the three numbers, select the first
number listed and write that number in the space. Write in the
horse's name, too. Of course, you may select any horse you wish; the
choice is up to you.
Step 2: Place Your Bet
For your first play, we suggest you make a
show bet. The minimum wager is $2 and you'll be holding a winning
ticket if your horse finishes first, second or third. When you're
ready to place your bet, go to any betting window and say to the
"Two Dollars to Show, Number...." (Use the number
of the horse you picked in Step 1)
In return for your $2, the teller will
issue a "tote ticket" with details of your wager on it.
Before you leave the window, check to be sure your ticket is
You've placed your bet!
Step 3: Cheer Your Horse
The distance of all races on the new
five-eighths (5/8) mile track at Fraser Downs is one mile. The
horses go around three turns and finish at "the wire" in
front of the Clubhouse. As the race begins, look for your horse and
listen to the announcer's call. When horse and driver reach the home
stretch, it's time to give them all you've got: yell, cheer,
whistle, stomp - whatever it takes to get them to finish first,
second or third!
While you're catching your breath, check
the results of the race - they'll be announced, posted on the
infield "tote board" and displayed on the video monitors.
Within a few moments, the race will be made "official" and
payoff prices will be posted. If your horse is officially one of the
first three finishers, take your ticket to any teller to collect
Odds are you're a winner
already. In any case, you can try again with the 2nd Race, which is
coming right up!