Old Home Week is just around the corner!

06:22 AM 29 Jul 2014 NZST
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Old Home Week is just around the corner at Summerside

The biggest week in Maritime harness racing, Old Home Week is less than two weeks away. Ten-days of power packed action at Red Shores' Charlottetown starts on August 7, 2014.

There will be 16 cards of racing over 10 days. Old Home Week will play host to many key racing events including the Atlantic Sire Stakes, P.E.I Trotting Series, Spud Island Classic for Open Mares, the Premiers Pace and one of the biggest shows in harness racing, the $75, 000 Gold Cup and Saucer on August 16, 2014.

With the construction complete for the new barn structure, unlike any other Old Home Week, Red Shores' Charlottetown is able to offer a large amount of "on-site" stabling to the Maritime racing community.

"The success of Old Home Week, from a bottom line revenue perspective, is significantly aided by having a robust inventory of horses for the race office to card full fields, and competitive race cards," said Tom Clark of the P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association. "In order that we are successful in this regard, we need to have the support of our neighbours around the region. Stabling has always been a challenge in years past, and this year we are in a position that with the old barns still standing we can extend an invitation for folks to come join us."

Horsemen that are interested in on track stabling for Old Home Week 2014 are asked to call (902) 629 - 6636 before Monday, August 4.

For Old Home Week this year the P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association announced on May 31 2014, there will be a 10 per cent increase to all over night purses for Old Home Week.

Some other Old Home Week enhancements in that announcement were purse increases for the Gold Cup and Saucer, The Premiers Pace, Spud Island Classic and the P.E.I Trotting Series.

Horsemen are reminded this year, Old Home Week event passes are $20.00 for the 10-day event. Daily admission is $12.00. Week-long passes are available at Murphy's Pharmacies across P.E.I., Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Gift Shop, Eastlink Centre Box Office and the Old Home Week office.

by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

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