Friday, March 23, 2012

Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs set to open barn areas on April 1st

Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, in preparation for the 2012 race seasons, will open their barn areas on April 1st.

The main racetrack at Vernon Downs will open on Monday, March 26th due to the warm weather, while Tioga will open on Monday, April 2nd, to gear up for the first qualifying events (April 13th – Vernon), and (April 20th – Tioga).

Management would also like to inform horsemen that if they shipped from Saratoga, or have raced at Saratoga Raceway since March 1st, that they will be required to show a negative culture reading for strangles for every horse in their barn.

This requirement is in effect for both horsemen stabled on the grounds and for horsemen that choose to ship-in to train.

The management at Tioga and Vernon will monitor the situation closely and will continue to correspond with its horsemen.

With opening day fast approaching for both facilities we want to be very cautious with this matter. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.