Harness racing coming to Desert Park

This may be a summer harness racing fans in the South Okanagan can really embrace.

The Desert Park Exhibition Society, working with Harness Racing BC, has applied to host eight days of racing at the Desert Park racetrack in June and July.

The eight Saturdays and Sundays of racing between June 18 and July 10 would involve more than 60 horses from Fraser Downs on the Lower Mainland.

“If this trial period is successful, we will have the option to extend the meet to the end of August,” said Ross Sharp, the driving force behind bringing harness racing to Osoyoos.

“There is an absolute ton of work to do, but thus far the Exhibition Society, the Town of Osoyoos and Destination Osoyoos have been highly supportive in helping the HRBC to bring Harness Racing to the interior of B.C.”

Post times would be at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays.

This will be the fourth year in a row Desert Park has hosted horse racing, including two exhibition races featuring harnessed horses in 2014. This will be the first year harness racing will be offered as the main event.