July 16, 2015. Drivers rest between races at the Fredericton Raceway. Harness racing has been in decline in Fredericton, with the 2016 season seeing only three races, and 2017 seeing only one as part of the annual exhibition.
Racers get into position before the start of a race. Fredericton Raceway, established in 1887, is Canada's oldest. However the track is no longer in regular use after the offices of Horse Racing New Brunswick and a betting lounge were relocated off-site.
Riders pull up to the back of the motorized gate. Harness racing employs a 'rolling start' where riders line up behind a motorized gate (in this case, a modified Ford pickup).
The gate operator overlooks the horses and drivers coming into starting position. As the truck crosses the starting line, the wings of the gate close and the truck speeds away, out of the way of the racers.
Driver and horse race toward the finish line in the final race of the day. Horses must keep a specific pace during the race; if a horse begins to gallop, it must be taken to the outside of the track until it slows down and resumes its pace.
Driver and horse make their way back to the stables as the sun sets. While horse racing in Fredericton is next to nonexistent, the industry in neighbouring PEI is doing better, with nearly 100 races scheduled for 2017.