Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tioga Downs to offer New York Sire Stakes prep races

Tioga Downs will offer New York Sire Stake Prep races to all NYSS-eligible horses.

The unofficial "Preps" are for New York-bred 3-year-olds of each sex and gait.

These races are designed to insure the sire stakes horses a start against other sophomores heading into the first leg of the program.

The "Preps" require entrants to be NYSS-eligible and do not count toward the point total kept for the NYSS Finals.

The purse for each is $10,000 and there is a $110 starting fee.

Horses must show a clean line in 30 days meeting Tioga's qualifying standards.

The Prep races will take place over the first two weeks of live racing with the 3YO colt trotters and pacers racing on opening day, Saturday May 5th; the filly trotters on Sunday, May 6th and the filly pacers on the second week of racing going forward on Friday, May 11th.

Tioga kicks off its 61-day meet on Kentucky Derby day, Saturday May 5th, with a special post time of 5:00 PM.

The first draw takes place Wednesday, May 2nd, box closes at 9:00 AM.

For more information, please visit the Tioga Downs website at or call the Race Office at (607) 699-7688.