Batavia Downs to open 65th racing season Monday

Jul 24, 2011

BATAVIA -- The 65th season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs Casino begins on Monday.

The pacers and trotters will meet at America’s oldest lighted harness track for another 72 race dates. Post time remains at 6:40 p.m. for all evening races.

Three matinees will take place on Aug. 28, Sept. 5 and Oct. 10, each with a post time of 1:15 p.m. Back this year is a doubleheader on Labor Day, a Batavia Downs staple for many years.

Racing will be conducted on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday night basis with Tuesdays replacing Mondays after Labor Day.

Opening night features New York Sires Stakes action with four divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers and five divisons of 3-year-old trotting fillies. More than $275,000 in NYSS purse money will be up for grabs.

New this year are casino free play coupons in every Downs racing programs. Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday programs will contain a $5 free play coupon. Friday-Saturday-Sunday programs will offer a $2 coupon.

The entire racing season will be broadcast via live streaming video at www.bataviadownscasino.com.