Above:   Trotter Lane Park... board includes 2 game math charts, 2 game reminder panels, both facing opposite player directions, and more decorative, harness racing images.
HRTG  extension includes;  box, board and score book with 56 carded races on scoring charts.

On the  left a closer look at the 10 post position cards, backside and numbered fronts. On the right you can see a closer look at some of the horse and driver pieces, and below right, the cover of the Rules, Entries and results, scoring booklet.

Harness Racing "Track Game"

A simulation board game that amazingly reflects the action of real harness horse racing!

In 1971 I designed and created the board game, "Harness Racing, Track Game". The game was designed to give

​me and fellow harness racing friends a way to enjoy the excitement of harness racing when actually going to the track wasn't always on option and there were no OTBs or televised races back then. The idea of marketing and selling the game was not an incentive to invent the game, only the desire to simulate "the action" and excitement.

 

Literally hundreds of races have been run and recorded since 1971 and changes were made along the way to perfect the game play and increase the potential for more excitement, but in 1992 life had a more pressing agenda and "Track Game" was put in the back of the closet and not taken out again for 23 years, until January of 2016, when I had an idea to use the amazing modern technology to archive the game by photographing it digitally.


One thing led to another, and I decided to write out the complete game rules. I then took the board, actually two different tracks, two different boards, and enhanced their appearance in Photoshop, including adding some of my favorite images that I have personally photographed of harness racing. Then I took the game further by creating 10 new player pieces, ten post position draw cards, a professionally printed booklet which included the rules and instructions (in just 5 pages, so easy to learn and play!),  and carded races on scoring pages.


Now you can own the game on an 18" x 36" folded board that comes in a decorated 10.25" x 10.25" box.


I have further added a stable of over 1000 horses, placed them into an Excel (2013) spreadsheet designed to look like a list of each horse's past performances, showing the horse's; name, sex, ability level, name of track, date of race, class of race, post position, driver, leader and length of lead from 2 positions in the stretch, finish result, and the winning or losing margin in lengths, listed in board spaces, and also recorded is each chance any horse had to potentially or actually complete a winning move in that race and what minimum throw of the die or dice was needed to the secure the victory.


As my own game's racing secretary, I filter the Excel spreadsheet to bring up potential horses at any specific class of racing desired, from maidens or claimers to major Invitational Stake horses, shuffle the ten post-position draw, poker style cards to determine the 10 post positions, then list them on the booklet scoring page and finally, before the actual game racing, I become the official, track handicapper too, and I determine and record the pre-race odds. Any time after the race is concluded the hand recorded information can be added to the Excel spreadsheet to keep the past performances accumulating just like the real racing programs to an extent . So Cool!


Once a race is ready to be run it takes only about 20-30 minutes to play. Recording the racing info into Excel is of course, optional, and takes about 5-10 minutes more per race.


Every race run is different than those run before! Horses can break stride, finish in a dead heat, get disqualified, win on the front end or come on from last to win. Picking winners is as difficult as it is in the real sport it represents and the percentage of favorites winning is very close to the percentage that wins at the real tracks, but by percentage a little bit less, making the racing even more exciting to all player's chances of winning. 10 horses per race is the norm and the game can be played solo or with as many as 10 players.


If you love horse racing and enjoy board games that feature a fun balance of luck and strategy you'll freak at the "ACTION" provided by "Harness Racing, Track Game". Own the game and you become the racing commissioner. Use my web-site, contact-me page to ask questions or learn more if you are interested. Check back here for more details as even more TRACK GAME news develops.

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There is an option to buy a second racetrack with a home stretch longer in length (28 board spaces) than the original racetrack, Harness Raceway (22 board spaces). The second track is named Trotter Lane Park and the game board will include a score book with 56 carded races and arrives in a similar, decorative box. 

 

I am also working on making additional Racing Programs and Score Books available for purchase including;
​Programs with: 
56 carded race entries and charts, Or blank race chart booklets with 100 race charts or 200 race charts, 
each decorated with harness racing artwork & photography on the book front and back covers.​

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Harness Racing
​"Track Game"

​NOW AVAILABLE for purchase at $59.95.


Add $15 for shipping, handling and insurance.


Illinois residents must add 8.25% state tax. ($4.95)

Above:  More samples of front and back cover images.

8.5 X 11 inch  program, shown above with front cover image, sample race chart page, and back cover image.  
32 pages:  
56 Carded Races and 4 full-page, racing images in each program .
$14.95...plus $3 shipping for 1st program and add $1 for each additional program to be  shipped to you.
Illinois residents 8.25% tax ($1.24 per program)


Race the greatest pacers and trotters in the history of the sport against each other!

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Trotter Lane Park 
(Harness Racing Track Game Extension)

​NOW AVAILABLE for purchase at $49.95.


Add $15 for shipping, handling and insurance.


Illinois residents must add 8.25% state tax. ($4.12)

​​​Al Brodsky Photography

For no extra charge you can receive by e-mail attachment a stable of over 1000 horses in 3 separate files;  a printable PDF list, a horses-yet-to-have-raced spreadsheet, and a file of horses like  those shown just below, initially raced by  the designer,  where you can continue the racing from that point and record the past-performances as you continue their board game careers.


The files will be Excel 2013 spreadsheets. The stable includes all Hambletonian winners and winners of other great stakes events where you can run races to determine the best ever, and also included are other levels of racing like maidens and claimers .     Be your own racing secretary!

Racing Programs: