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The Cane Pace to be raced at Tioga Downs

03:40 PM 24 Jul 2011 NZST
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Tioga Downs Racing Casino & Entertainment

Tioga Downs is proud to announce that beginning with this year's $450,000e Cane Pace, it will be the new host of the first leg of the harness racing Pacing's Triple Crown. Freehold Raceway and Tioga Downs' management have worked out an agreement to move the prestigious race from New Jersey to New York for 2011 and 2012.

“We worked out a deal with Freehold to be the host track of this prestigious event for the next two years and we are extremely excited. We would like to thank the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association for working with us to be able to host the Cane Pace and continue to promote our industry. The final will take place on closing night at Tioga Downs which always draws a huge crowd and has a great atmosphere” said VP of Racing and Simulcast, Jason M. Settlemoir.

"Freehold has been a proud host of the Cane Pace since 1998, unfortunately, due to expected purse payments from the NJSEA as part of our contract for Casino Purse Enhancement funds not being released, Freehold has been placed in a serious purse funding situation. We appreciate Tioga's willingness to step in quickly to keep the Cane Pace going for the next two years," said Penn Wood Racing President Christopher McErlean.

The eliminations (if necessary) for the Cane Pace will take place on Saturday, September 3rd with the final going post ward on closing night at Tioga Downs, Saturday, September 10th with a post time of 6:50 pm. Horses not eligible to the Cane Pace can supplement to the race with a $35,000 supplemental fee due at time of declaration. As part of the Pacing Triple Crown special supplemental declaration, a horse not eligible to the Little Brown Jug can still get in by one way only. The horse must win the Cane Pace (First leg of the pacing Triple Crown) and then pay a supplemental payment of $45,000 to be eligible.

In addition to the $450,000e Cane Pace, Tioga Downs will also host its counterpart, the $150,000e Shady Daisy, for 3-year old pacing fillies, on the night of the final (Saturday, September 10th). Supplemental entries can be made to the Shady Daisy with a $7,500 payment due at time of declaration.

For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at

Dustin ROSS

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