HUGE CANADA CELEBRATIONS SET FOR DRESDEN RACEWAY
June 27 – (DRESDEN) – Dresden Raceway will not be racing Sunday this week but will be holding a special card of racing on Saturday afternoon, July 1st to celebrate Canada Day.
Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday this Saturday but compared to horse racing Canada is just a young foal.
We all learned in elementary school history class that The Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 gave way to British rule in Canada.
The Plains of Abraham was home to another historic footnote in Canadian History as the first recorded horse race occurred there in 1767.
The Quebec City Gazette’s record of the race was as follows: ““The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday, first of the month, on the Hill of Abraham. It was easily won by Captain Prescott’s mare Modesty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money.”
From that day forward horse racing has been part of the fabric of our country. From coast to coast, generation after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass-root tracks, at agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today’s modern facilities.
Dresden Raceway will be no exception as Ontario Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies will be in town as well as a Racing Under Saddle Race. Off the track fans can celebrate by taking a piece of an 8ft cake that will be decorated like a Canadian Flag as well as dozens of free giveaways that will include Canada Day T-shirts and other prizes.
Saturday’s Post time is the usual 1:30pm.