Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tioga Downs Cancels Thursday, Friday and Saturday - Cane Pace to Pocono Downs/NYSS To Vernon Downs

Due to the extreme conditions resulting from record flooding and impassable roads, live racing has been canceled at Tioga Downs for Thursday, Friday & Saturday of this week.

As a result of those cancellations, some stake races have been moved to other venues.

The Cane Pace and Shady Daisy will be moved to Pocono Downs intact and will be raced on Saturday, September 10 as they have been drawn.

The two divisions of the Shady Daisy will be raced before the card at 5:00 and 5:15PM.

The Cane Pace will be raced as the 13th race on the Pocono Saturday night card.

There will be a detention barn for the Cane Pace only of six (6) hours prior to post time for the race, which works out to be no later than 3:45PM on Saturday.

No detention for the Shady Daisy.

Questions on the detention barn should be addressed to the Pocono Race Office at (570) 831-2127.

The New York Sire Stakes for two-year-old filly trotters (3 divisions) will be raced at Vernon Downs on Saturday, September 10th.

Those races will be raced 5:30 - 5:40 - 5:50 PM.

Questions should be directed to the Vernon Race Office at (315) 829-6825.

All overnight races scheduled for those days have been cancelled.

The management at Tioga Downs wishes to convey our heartfelt thanks to Pocono Downs and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association for coming to the aid of these classic events and allowing us to avoid the cancellation of the races.

Thank you to all horsemen who have been inconvenienced by these changes; they are unavoidable.

Residents of the Southern Tier area are experiencing a tremendous hardship with the flooding and subsequent evacuations.

Racing under these conditions has become literally impossible with resources directed to people in need.