The Pinehurst Harness Track, known as the “Winter Home of Champions,” will host the 70th annual Spring Matinee Races on the historic track. The Matinee Races, presented by the Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department and the Pinehurst Driving and Training Club, have been a highlight of the spring season in Pinehurst. The races feature a special opening ceremony that is followed by eight individual races and a post-parade commemorating the rich history of the Harness Track. An estimated 2,000-4,000 harness racing fans are expected to attend. The Matinee Races feature two-year-old horses from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, trained by some of the top trainers in the country, and this event marks the first time that the horses are exposed to a race with cheering crowds and accompanying fanfare.