Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tioga Downs to Provide Exclusive Finger Wine List

Tioga Downs Casino is pleased to announce that they will be offering a wine list composed exclusively of wines produced in the Finger Lakes Region.

In an effort to strengthen both the relationship of the Casino to the local economy and to increase awareness of the great wines produced in the Finger Lakes Region, Tioga Downs undertook the unprecedented step of creating a wine list that features only Finger Lakes Wines.

The wine list will begin by featuring seven regional wineries. The wineries included on the list are featured because the regional offerings are the jewels of the Finger Lakes, and deserve to be touted, along with the other great aspects of the Region.

Tioga Downs Casino food and beverage staff anticipates that the list and the wineries included on the list will expand over time, as the popularity of Finger Lakes Wines continues to grow. In addition, Tioga Downs Casino will be producing beverages from some of the featured wines, including sangria and frozen wine beverages.

Tioga Downs will begin providing wines on the list beginning May 23, 2009, which coincides with the Vino at the Casino Wine Festival to be held trackside from 2:00pm until 9:00pm.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

May 23: "Vino at the Casino"

Tioga Downs Casino is pleased to announce the "Vino at the Casino".

Saturday, May 23
2:00pm - 9:00pm
$20 per person
Includes Wine Glass
Wine Tasting Class Available for $5 per person

Sponsored by Tioga Downs Casino and Finger Lakes Wine Country.

A number of great wineries from the Finger Lakes region will be represented, serving up their best from one of the greatest wine-producing regions of the world. In addition, a number of terrific local artists will be on hand showcasing their original works.

Follow up your afternoon of Vino with Live Harness racing, with post time starting at 6:50pm. Group packages are available! For more information, e-mail Bob Griffin @ bgriffin@tiogadowns.com

Monday, April 6, 2009

Stable Tours Available

Tioga Downs is pleased to offer Stable and Trackside Tours to groups of 7 or more (large groups may be taken 7 at-a-time). Reservations must be made a minimum of one week in advance of a visit by a group. These tours are complimentary with any group package. Race day restrictions may apply. Tours may take place daily (weather permitting) from 9:00am until 1:00pm, and include a visit to a barn, with a presentation by a member of the on-site Racing staff.

Tours available April 23 - September 11.

To add this to a group package or make a reservation, please contact Bob Griffin @ bgriffin@tiogadowns.com, or 607.699.7689.

Summer Concert Series Announced...

Tioga Downs is pleased to announce our summer concert series. Tickets will run $10 or $15. Once Tickets go on sale, further information will be posted both here on our blog and at www.TiogaDowns.com.

Monday, May 25th @ 3pm
Tommy James and The Shondells

Friday, June 12th @ 8pm
Joan Jett

Thursday, July 2nd @ 8pm
The Spinners

Friday, August 21st @ 8pm
Blood, Sweat & Tears

Thursday, September 3rd @ 8pm
Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders

Handicappers gearing up at Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY --- Tioga Downs is gearing up for its National Harness Handicapping Championship qualifying tournament on Saturday, Apr. 4.

The handicapping tournament will include the first five races from The Meadowlands and races six through 10 at Yonkers Raceway. The first place finisher will receive an entry in the National Harness Handicapping Championship, hotel accommodations, and fuel reimbursement. Second place will receive a $200 betting voucher, and the third place finisher will receive a $100 betting voucher.

Contestants will be asked to simply pick the winner of each of the 10 races that night. In the case of a tie, the winner will be based upon a $2 win payoff for all of their winners that evening.

To register for either handicapping contest call Patrick Coleman at (607) 699-7651.

Vernon Downs held its handicapping contest on Saturday, Mar. 28, and more than 130 contestants showed up for a shot at an entry into the National Harness Handicapping Championship, which will take place at The Meadowlands.

Tioga Downs will kick off its 2009 live racing season on Saturday, May 2, while Vernon Downs will begin its live meet on Friday, Apr. 17, starting at 6:55 p.m., eastern.

For more information, visit www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Tioga Downs Casino now has a blog. We'll use this space to update you on upcoming events and activities, as well as the newest racing buzz, special packages, and more. So stay tuned!