|Grandpat (me) enjoying the races.|
Harness racing is a form of racing where horses trot or pace while pulling a driver (not called a jockey) in a sulky. At Inverness the horses pace around the half mile track for a distance of a mile. The horses line up behind a slow-moving, hinged gate mounted on a motor vehicle, which then leads them to the starting line. At the line, the wings of the gate are folded up and the vehicle accelerates away from the horses.
|Driver in the sulky with his pacing horse.|
|Horses lining up behind the mobile starting gate.|
Going to the races here reminds me of attending a Durham Bulls baseball game back home in NC, because both are essentially family events where folks of all ages are just having a a lot of fun It’s fairly inexpensive entertainment. Admission to the harness race is free. One can buy a program listing the races with the entries and info about each horse for $2.50 and for $2.00 one can place a bet I placed a few bets and spent $15.00 total for a fun evening.
On the first race I bet on a quinella. That means I chose two horses to win and place, and they can win or place in any order. I chose horse number 1, Liberal Arts Major, and horse number 5, Little Wubbs. Horses 1 and 2 came in first and second, so I didn't win. I chose number one because of her name and just randomly chose number 5.
|Gwen (on left) owner of Liberal Arts Major, the winning horse in the first race.|
|Program for the harness racing.|