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 AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢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.