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HRBC is proud and excited to announce that driver Bill Davis is donating his driving  fees from Sunday, February 1st to Jim Marino to assist him while he is on the road to recovery and would like to challenge all fellow drivers to do the same. Thank you Bill!


WAYS TO HELP JIM ...Thanks to the great effort of some very special people (you know who you are) a fundraiser is planned to assist Jim Marino while he is on the road to recovery. On Sunday, March 1st @ 6pm at SAMZ PUB in Surrey,  you will get a burger & bevy (certain drinks will apply)  for $25. There are only 140 dinner tickets available so please get your tickets early. In addition, you can purchase raffle tickets 1st 2nd, & 3rd prizes for $25.  If you are unable to attend, auction items and donations will be greatly appreciated. Please come out and show your support.  For further information contact Lexi McLaren O'Neill, Cindy Postnikoff, Emily Leak or Kelly Hudon. 



We have experienced a lot of changes in the last few weeks with the passing of Jim Vinnell and Jackson Wittup taking a position with Century Downs in Alberta.  In the short term, the Board Executive, Bill Pambrun, Jim Mohorich, and Heather Davies, together with our staff are managing things....as best we can.

Our first priority is to find a new Executive Director.  The posting for the position should be available February 2, 2015 with a closing date of February 20, 2015.  It will be posted nationally.

The rest of our time will are focussing on upcoming issues like what to do about summer stabling, and following through on intiatives and events that were already begun.

While none of us can be in the office all the time, we are attempting to be there some time every week.  And of course, if you need to contact us, you can ask at the office.  It's not a perfect system but in the short term, it is all we can do.

Heather Davies, on behalf of the Board




January 26, 2015

Members: HRBC is asking that if anyone is wanting an update on Jim Marino's progress after the horrific track accident that occurred on Friday evening, please feel free to contact Heather Davies at 604-615-5680 or the HRBC office at 604-574-5558.  


January 25, 2015

Today has marked a new winner of the 2015 Powder Puff race, our very own HRBC Director, Sandra Roberts, congratulations!!!!  At this time HRBCwould like to congratulate all the ladies who participated in this years' Powder Puff, job well done! 

We are happy to report that this year that over $1,200 was raised for the Nite of Hope Campaign.  To all who supported this cause, we say thank you.


January 24, 2015

Friday evening an accident occurred when 2 hoses/drivers collided. Jim Marino was taken to the hospital at which time, injuries are not known. Our prayers and thoughts are with all drivers and horses involved.

January 23, 2015

BONUS PAYOUT - Payout for the BC Bonus and BC Broodmare Bonus will not be ready for distribution on Friday, we are hopeful for cheques to be ready on Monday, January 26th.




Attn: Members

On Friday, January 23rd at Fraser Downs, Dan Jukich will be having a Moment of Silence for James Vinnell at approximately 6:35pm.



January 21, 2015

HI -5 Update :  The .20 Jackpot SUPER HI-5 which began on January 18th has a carry-over for Friday, January 23rd of $5,800......see you at the races!




January 19, 2015

Call for Nominations:  Director nominee forms are now available, you should receive your package in the mail in the next 7 days. HRBC will need to fill 6 director positions.  Of the six, two must be Owners, three must be Breeders, and One Trainer/Driver. Deadline to submit your nominations February 16, 2015.

Feel good story: Pureform Olympia makes BC proud! The double-gaited mare continued her trotting win streak on Saturday at Flamboro Downs, wiring her competition in the evenings 3rd race by five lenghts.  Owned by Shelley Nyuli of Abbotsford, the pacing mare took a liking to the diangonal gait late last year and was shipped to Ontario to compete against other trotters.  She has since won seven races in a row at Flamboro Downs.  Congratulations Cal & Shelley!

January 15, 2015

Very sad news....

Jim Vinnell passed away this week.  I was very lucky to see Jim this last Friday and informed him that a new aged stake race was going to be named after him in honor of all the time and dedication he spent for all of us in BC racing.  He seemed very pleased and thanked everyone for that.  Jim was in a lot of pain and I can assure you he is a lot more comfortable now.  Please put Jim's family in your prayer's and thoughts as this all happened very quickly.  More details to follow as we get them.  A Celebration of Life will be held sometime in the future.

I would like to thank the HRBC Board for giving me the opportunity to work in the BC industry.  I truly care about BC horse racing and Standardbred racing in Canada.  We all dislike change but I believe the BC Breeders program is a good program.  I know the short FD schedule is tough on Trainers/Drivers in general and I will do all I can to keep the doors open to BC Horsemen as it was this year at Fraser Downs.

Thanks and good luck everyone, I will be watching.


The High 5 will be the 5th race with a $5,000 seeded pool.  Check with Fraser Downs for details but the popular bet is where there must be only one winning ticket or the pool gets carried over to the next day. 

Please be advised that your 2015 Membership is due January 31, 2015.  If you are a trainer, driver or owner, fee is $75.00 and if you are a groom or breeder only, fee is $40.00 for the year. 

January 15, 2015

2015 spring stakes schedules and nomination forms are now available in the office and on the website.


The Board approved to have the awards banquet at Newlands Golf Course on Monday, April 20th, more details to follow.

Discussions are still taking place with Sagebrush Downs in Kamloops for summer racing.  Jim Mohorich and Dave Hudon will be continuing on with this project.

A motion was passed for HRBC to commit to a 2015 yearling sale with a sale stake attached to be raced as 2 year olds in 2016.  The stake would be raced in divisions for each gender for a purse of $40,000 each.  If divisions are required for either gender the purse will be $30,000 per division.

Conditions:  There must be 20 BC Bred yearlings entered in the sale for the sale to be held and therefore to create the sales stake.  There will be no exceptions accepted.

The Show Barn has been booked for Saturday, November 28, 2015.

The Board also approved the foal incentive be increased to $1,750 for foals born in 2016.

The plan is to have the bonus cheques available by the end of January.

The Board approved a motion to advertise for a full time Executive Director.  Job description and application dates for closing will be announced soon.


Cherie's picture has been chosen as a finalist for the Standardbred Canada Media Award that will be presented at the O'Brien's February 7th in Mississauga.  I have put out a challenge for anyone to match my $50 and send Cherie to the banquet, the response has been great as we are just about there.  Thanks everyone!!! 

For anyone that accepted my challenge, will you please make out a cheque to HRBC and send it to our office as we will handle the paperwork for Cherie.

Thanks everyone!!!

Interesting facts...

As of Sunday, January 11  (40 days into the meet) the average number of starters per race is 8.37.




2015 Membership is due, January 31, 2015



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2015 STAKE SCHEDULE - The 2015 schedule / forms for the upcoming stakes for March and April have now been posted! To view, please go to Stakes and click Scheduel/Forms or pick up a copy in the HRBC office.


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