Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Live Racing Returns to Tioga Downs with Derby Fest 3

Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols will host Derby Fest III on Saturday May 1st, celebrating the Kentucky Derby and the official kick-off of the 2010 Live Harness Racing Season.

The exciting day of events, which drew over 16,000 patrons in 2009, begins with simulcast racing from Churchill Downs starting at 10:30am. Guests can watch and wager on all the races leading up to the 136th Run for the Roses (post time approximately 6:24pm).

Kentucky Derby Fest III will be bigger and better this year with more excitement and entertainment, including a Mint Julep Jamboree, Derby Day Hat contest, an “All You Can Eat” buffet in the trackside tent, live bands throughout the day, and the Buffalo Jill Cheerleaders will cheer the crowd into race day with autographs and photos.

The Derby Day Hat Contest will be held on the track side apron at 5:30 pm with registration beginning at 4:30 pm. Wear your best Kentucky Derby hat for a chance at a $500 race voucher.

Then, Live Harness Racing returns for the season, post time 6:50pm, followed by a fireworks spectacular! The fun-filled day will be capped off with a performance by popular local band “Bad Hair Day” at 10pm on the Coasters Stage.

Tioga Downs Casino is open year-round with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

You must be 18 years old to play video gaming machines, please play responsibly.