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And they're off! Race horses get first experience on track

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CANFIELD, Ohio - The Canfield Fairgrounds was host to a horse racing matinee Sunday morning.

It's the first opportunity for young horses to race in an exercise and training mile. The matinee, which means a showing with no betting, gives the horses their first experiences leaving the starting gate.

"They'll be behind a starting car with other horses then they're going to take and school them one lap like a practice lap," explains Brenda Bates, a member of the Canfield Harness Horsemen's Association. "They'll hear all the noises then the starter course will let them loose and they'll actually go and train their miles."

Bates says it's also a chance for the public to see how the horses are prepared to race.

You'll be able to see many of the horses involved in Sunday's event at the Canfield Fair and surrounding fair events.

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