The tiny Canadian province of Prince Edward Island has a long history of horse racing, and now spectators can enjoy being an owner for an evening at the Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park in the province’s capital.
Farmers raced their horses on the island back before Confederation in 1867. It has evolved into an important sport in the Maritimes with one of the country’s most significant races taking place in Charlottetown every summer – the Gold Cup and Saucer Race. It attracts some of the top horses and drivers from across North America in pursuit of this prestigious trophy.
Members of the public can experience being an owner for a day – without the outlay of actually buying a horse. The track is offering packages for $190 + gst per couple, which includes an Island host, exclusive access to paddock, buffet dinner for two, official ownership certificate, photo with horse (if it wins) and great memories.
The host takes owners for a tour of the grandstand which features a 30 foot high diorama depicting the history of harness racing on Prince Edward Island, and they’ll also hear about great horses and colourful drivers who’ve competed over the years for the coveted Gold Cup and Saucer.
“After you’ve visited the paddock area and been introduced to your horse where you can talk to your trainer and discuss race strategy, your host will take you back up into the grandstand to the fabulous dining room.”