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Harness Racing

Harness Racing
Often known as the Kentucky of Canada, visitors come from around the world to experience this authentic Island tradition. The history of Harness Racing runs deep in the roots of Islanders dating back to 1886.

You’ll find small training facilities and racetracks as you drive throughout Prince Edward Island but the real action takes place at Red Shores located in Charlottetown and Summerside, offering live race cards at both locations during the racing season.

The Charlottetown location of Red Shores Racetrack & Casino is home of the Charlottetown Driving Park that opened its doors for Standardbred racing in 1888. The building itself houses 2 restaurants and a gaming floor with slot machines, table games & poker. Every August, Red Shores Charlottetown plays host to the Gold Cup & Saucer Race in part with Old Home Week – this $60,000 purse race is the most prestigious harness race east of Ontario.

Summerside Raceway is believed to be the oldest, continuously racing track in Canada and has been in operation since 1886. Like its sister location in Charlottetown the building offers dining and gaming facilities. Every July, spectators gather for the $25,000 Governor’s Plate race at Red Shores Summerside in part with the Summerside Lobster Carnival Week.

Immerse yourself in the culture and take part in an Authentic PEI Experience as an owner for an evening, or sit back and hear the thundering of the hooves and the crowd cheering their favorites to the finish line. This is an Island tradition you’ll not want to miss!

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