Although the track is called Truro Raceway, it is located in the adjoining village of Bible Hill, on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
A lot of work takes place during the week for prepare a horse for race day, with regular jogging and training keeping the equine athletes fit.
While some horses are stabled on the grounds, others arrive earlier that day just to race.
The horses which compete in harness racing are standardbreds. They usually weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds and are longer bodied than thoroughbreds. Most standardbreds are bay in colour, with brown and black showing up fairly often, and a few chestnut, roan and grey coats. In some places - mainly in Australia and New Zealand- skewbalds are also seen.
Most standardbreds are pacers, which means that both legs on one side of the body move forward at the same time the legs on the other side move back. Pacers often wear hobbles on their legs to help them maintain their gait.
Trotters move the right front and left rear legs forward and back at the same time.
The grandstand currently at Truro Raceway was constructed after the old one was destroyed by fire in 1981. The building offers seating both upstairs and downstairs, a canteen, Top of the Turn Diner, and the Trackside Lounge.
The track record of 1:53.2 was set in July 2006 by Dunachton Gale, with Phil Pinkney driving.
Although horses are now faster and the cost of most things has gone up, admission to the races - as well as parking - is free.
Standardbreds who have retired from racing, and those who are not fast enough to ever compete, can make excellent pleasure horses. The Maritime Standardbred Please Horse Association
and Morningstar Acres
are both working in Atlantic Canada to promote the horses and help find them suitable homes.