Racing began over 140 years ago when men would race their horses for bragging rights after church. It turned into an afternoon of festivities for the families as the children would play between dashes while the wives would enjoy some "girl time" with each other. When the races started they would cheer for their favourites.
Things became more organized at Dresden Raceway when a group of men including Jack Martin, George Deacon, Jack Latimer, Ray Unsworth and a group of others got together to build the track where it currently stands.
Known as Ontario's Little Saratoga, the Dresden Raceway comes alive every May with horses tearing around the half mile track. You can join other fans in the delightful town of Dresden to cheer the horses on from the grandstand. The harness racing season generally wraps up during the Civic Holiday weekend in August.