Monday, April 23, 2012

Live Racing Returns to Tioga Downs and Derby Fest 5

Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols will host Derby Fest 5 on Saturday, May 5th, celebrating the 138th Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs and the official kick-off of the 2012 Live Harness Racing Season.

This year, Tioga Downs has another reason to have a party, Cinco De Mayo.

On top of having Mint Juleps, there will be Margaritas, a Sombrero Hat contest, and our ever popular Kentucky Derby Hat Contest.

The exciting day of events, which drew over 12,000 patrons in 2011, begins with simulcast racing from Churchill Downs starting at 10:30 AM. Guests can watch and wager on all the races leading up to the 138th Run for the Roses (post time approximately 6:24 PM).

Tioga Downs live harness racing season kicks off with a special post-time of 5:00 PM and will break to air the Kentucky Derby at 6:24 PM.

Kentucky Derby Fest 5 will be bigger and better than ever with more excitement and entertainment, including seven live performances throughout the day including an authentic Mariachi Band at 4:30 PM, and more.

The Derby and Sombrero Hat Contests will be held on the track side apron at 3:00 PM with registration beginning at 2:00 PM. Wear your best Kentucky Derby or Sombrero hat for a chance to win a $500 race voucher.

Live harness racing will continue following the Kentucky Derby at approximately 7:00 PM and will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

Go to for further information and event times.