Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New York Sire Stakes 3YO Preps Added at Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will begin its 2012 live racing season on Saturday, May 5 and some changes have been made to this season's opening schedule of races.

The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) will start in mid May this year, resulting in the late closers restricted to 3YO's offered in past seasons at Tioga being discontinued.

The concern was that with the vast majority of nominees to the series being NY-sired in past years, this change would render the 3YO closers ineffective.

In place of the Late Closing series, Tioga will offer NYSS preps for a purse of $10,000 as overnight races (no payment required), restricted to NY sired 3YO on opening weekend.

This will provide a start for those looking to put a race in their colts and fillies before the NYSS begin.

The races will be listed on the Tioga condition sheet for opening week.

Tioga will offer Late Closing series for 3-5YO of each sex and gait that are Non Winners of 5PM races or $60,000 lifetime through April 14 with two $10,000 legs and a $40,000E final.

Those races require a $400 payment due April 15 and will be raced during the month of June.

They may be accessed by visiting the Tioga Downs website.

While you're there, you may fill out the online stall application to request stabling for the 2012 racing season.

Tioga's new race paddock, located in the stable area, will be in use when the meet opens.

The new location will make racing several horses on one card far easier for horsemen.

Call Racing Secretary Jason Bluhm at (607) 699-7688 with inquiries.