Day At The Track

Tioga Downs live racing set to open

04:00 AM 30 Apr 2019 NZST
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Courtly Choice, harness racing
Courtly Choice won the 2018 Empires Breeders Classic
Fred Brown Photo

Tioga Downs will begin their 14th season of harness racing with a live card on "Derby Day", Saturday (May 4), with a special post time of 5:00 p.m.

The celebration will include a Derby Hat contest, t-shirt and magnet giveaways. The day will also include a $1000 Derby Dream Bet Promotion.

The two Dream Bet winners will receive $500 to wager on any horse in the Kentucky Derby. They will take home any winnings. The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on our large Tote board screen as well as on TV's all around Tioga Downs.

A spectacular fireworks display will follow live racing.

Tioga Downs will once again be the home to some of the best harness horses in the country.

On Sunday, June 9th Tioga will feature a leg of The Graduate Series ($75,000), for 4-year-old pacers and trotters.

On Sunday, August 11th the five-eighths mile track in Nichols, NY, will feature the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, with races for both 3-year-old fillies and colts. Also featured on the card it the Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot ($175,000), as well as the Crawford Farms Open Trot ($175,000).

In the 2017 version of the Joie De Vie, Emoticon Hanover set a world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a five-eighths mile track with a time of 1:50.2. She owns the overall Tioga Downs track record for all trotters as well.

On Sunday, August 18th Tioga Downs will feature the Empire Breeders Classic finals with both 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts, each racing for a purse of $250,000 (Est.). Also on that day will be the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($175,000), and the Artiscape Open Mare Pace ($175,000).

For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com

John Horne for Tioga Downs.

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