The first qualifying races of the harness racing season will be offered at Tioga Downs at 11am on Friday, April 20. Entries will be taken at (607) 699-7688 until the box closes at 10AM on Thursday.
The big news on the grounds is that the brand new paddock, built over the winter by Chenango Builders, will be making its debut on Friday morning.
"Having the paddock adjacent to the barns will make the process of racing several horses on one card much easier for trainers on the grounds and those shipping in," was Southern Tier Harness Horseman's Association (STHHA) President Guy Howard's assessment of the new location.
The new paddock is located just off the track at the top of the stretch. It offers great convenience to horsemen, containing room for eight races and positioned next to the ship-in barn (barn M).
To access the paddock, enter the barn area via the stable gate and pull into the unloading area near barn M. There is a new area designated for trailer parking after the unloading.
Jeff Gural spoke of the cooperation between the STHHA and Tioga, "When we asked the horsemen how we could improve the experience of racing at our track, the top response by a wide margin was to relocate the paddock. We made that a priority and with the help of the STHHA and the mild winter got it done in time for the 2012 season."
Paperwork necessary for entry to the Tioga barn area is listed here.