Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Historic Series races to Tioga & Vernon in 2011

The Historic Series races, which have recently resided at The Meadowlands, will get a new home for the 2011 race season at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.

The 2-year old races, including the E.H. Harriman Cup, Acorn Stakes, Goshen Cup, and Debutante Stakes, will all be raced on Friday, September 2nd at Vernon Downs, the same night as The Muscle Hill for Open mare trotters and The Credit Winner for Open Free-For-All Trotters.

The 3-year old events for trotters, including the Historic-Dickerson Cup for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and the Coaching Club Trotting Oaks for sophomore trotting fillies, will be held at Tioga Downs on Saturday, June 25th.

Tioga Downs will showcase the Jersey Cup for 3-year old colt and gelding pacers and the Ladyship Stake for 3-year old pacing fillies a week later on Saturday, July 2nd.

The Historic Series races have always been a stepping stone for some of the top Grand Circuit horses gearing up for the heart of the stakes season.

In 2010, Muscle Massive used the Historic-Dickerson Cup as a prep on the road to the Hambletonian, finishing second to freshman standout Holiday Road.

In the sophomore colt pace, Rockin Image captured a division of the Jersey Cup in a lifetime best of 1:48.2.

“I remember when I was much younger going to Goshen to watch great horses compete in these races, and I’m thrilled that we were able to bring these races back to New York," said American Racing and Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gural. "Hopefully we will be able to create some interesting races for our customers at Tioga and Vernon in 2011."