Condition sheets for the first week of racing at Batavia Downs Gaming, America's oldest lighted harness track, located in Western New York, are now available online at http://www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing/racinginfo/condition/. Simply click on "Live Racing” and then the "Horsemen" tab.
Batavia Downs is the latest racetrack to participate in the United States Trotting Association's Online Entry Program. Trainers will be able to enter their horses online, effective Wednesday, July 16, according to Batavia's longtime racing secretary Joe Zambito.
Even though the track remains under construction, purses will be increased by $200,000 this season.
"Our purse account is in much better shape than in recent years and despite our ongoing construction project we're happy to be able to raise purses,” said Todd Haight, director/GM of live racing. "I wouldn't be surprised once we get back to normal and our front entrance reopens that we could be looking at another increase.”
The 2014 season gets underway on July 23. Horses may begin arriving on July 17.
The 68th racing season at Batavia Downs features 72 race dates. There will be a total of eight matinees, six Sundays, (the last Sunday in July and all five in August) and the extremely popular Labor Day and Columbus Day matinees.
Evening post time is 6:35 p.m. while afternoon post time is 1:15 p.m.
The New York Sires Stakes season, featuring the glamour division, the 3-year-old colt pacers, kicks off on July 27. (Batavia Downs)