Harrington Raceway will race a total of 84 days in 2014, beginning its 68th year of live harness racing on April 21.
Starting one day after Easter Sunday, the half-mile racetrack will race primarily on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule until July 3. The final night of the spring season (July 3) will take place on a Thursday. There will be no racing on Sunday, June 29. The track's annual Governor's Day program, showcasing Delaware's top owned and bred horses in a battle for local bragging rights, will take place during the Delaware State Fair on July 24 (special 7 p.m. post time).
Racing will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule on Aug. 18 until Oct. 23. Contrary to previous years, qualifying races will be conducted on Wednesdays throughout the meet and will be drawn on Tuesdays.
Harrington's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will go postward with eliminations (if necessary) on Sept. 8 and final on Sept. 15. Last year's event featured a stirring stretch duel between aged pacing stalwarts Foiled Again and Clear Vision with the latter prevailing in a track record equaling 1:49.2.
Dates for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old races have been changed to begin on Sunday, June 15, with the colt and gelding pacers heading the charge, followed by the filly pacers on June 16. The sophomore trotters will begin on June 17 as the fillies will be the first to hit the track, while the colt trotters will complete their first leg of stakes on June 18.
For a detailed look at the stakes schedule, please click here.
The first draw of the 2014 season is slated for Tuesday April 15. (Harrington)