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 teller:

"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 correct.

You've placed your bet!

Step 3: Cheer Your Horse Home!

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 your winnings.

Odds are you're a winner already. In any case, you can try again with the 2nd Race, which is coming right up!