2017 Harness Racing Begins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono March 21

Post Time 6:30 pm

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)-They’re off! It is a sure sign of spring; the horses are ready to race at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The new harness race season officially opens on Tuesday, March 21 post time is 6:30 pm.

     The track was set to open on Saturday but due to the blizzard the post time was postponed.  The team at the Downs worked overtime cleaning the snow from the track and getting it ready for racing.  

    On Monday, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted a media day to announce some of the exciting events.

      The big announcement, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host the 2018 Breeders Crown,  Harness Racing's most prestigious year-end divisional championship series. The Downs hosted the race in 2010 and 2013.

  “Due to the success we experienced in the past, we are excited to host the 2018 Breeders Crown” said Dale Rapson, the Vice President of Racing.

Rapson told Eyewitness News " We're honored that they picked us and we'll start preparing this year to get ready, that's how big of a night it is."

Tony Carlucci , Mohegan Sun Pocono President and General Manager told Eyewitness News  he was excited about the new season of racing and added how the Casino and Horse Racing are a perfect match "The casino customer has something, if they have something to do for the weekend they can enjoy the harness racing and vice versa, if the harness racing customer wants a little more excitement they can also go into the casino after they're done."

    It was also announced that during the season there will be visits from celebrities like legendary Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight and New York Yankee great Don Mattingly.

     Jennifer Starr, the Downs Racing Marketing Manager announced another exciting event for fans, the Kentucky Derby.    Starr said the double card race day will feature a day filled with exciting horse racing and one big party. There will be an 11 a.m. post and a 7:30 pm post time.   The event will also feature the very popular and much celebrated Derby Hat contest.

       Starr also told the group the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will once again host the Harness Racing Youth Camp.  The camp is open to youngsters ages 12-14 and will be held July 18-22.   The Harness Horse Youth Foundation horsemanship camps are a one of kind interactive experience. Youngsters will drive, groom, harness and learn.   The deadline to sign up is May 15.   Call 317-908-0029 for more information.   Click here to download an application and learn more about the camp.

      Again, live racing at the Downs at Mohegan Sun begins Tuesday, March 21, post time 6:30 p.m.

    Click here for the race schedule.

    The Downs at Mohegan Sun Website.

 

 


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