Horse Racing

HORSE RACING began in BC at BEACON HILL PARK in VICTORIA in the mid-1850s. The park held a Queen's Plate race open to all horses and in the 1860s featured the horse Wake Up Jake, namesake of the famous Wake-Up-Jake Saloon in BARKERVILLE. Horse racing in early BC towns often took place through the main streets. One of the first recorded races in VANCOUVER, for instance, ran along Granville St from Beach Ave to Georgia St, approximately three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km), for a $100 first-place...

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