Foiled Again at Shenandoah Downs on Sept. 29
August 23, 2018
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The third annual harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Va. kicks off Sept. 15 and continues every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 14. Special cards will be offered on Monday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 12.
One big difference fans will notice this year is a new post time. The first race will be pushed back an hour to 2 p.m. as opposed to last year's 1 p.m. start time.
"We felt the later start time would give fans more of a chance to complete their regular weekend errands and rituals and as a result, have a better chance to come out and enjoy an afternoon at the races," said Virginia Equine Alliance executive director Jeb Hannum.
Parking and admission remain free, and wagering will be offered in the main grandstand area at both manned teller stations and at self betting terminals. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta betting will be available. Past performance programs can be purchased for $1, and that price includes a tip sheet.
Prior to the pari-mutuel meet itself, four days of County Fair racing will take place on the same half-mile oval at the Shenandoah County Fair from Aug. 29-Sept. 1.On the following Saturday, Sept. 8, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will present a family themed Open House at the track in conjunction with the Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA). Tickets are $8 for a single participant or $15 per family, and can be purchased at http://www.scpr.com/. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 1.The camp runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and a picnic lunch is included for all attendees.More details are available at http://www.vhha.net/.
Various promotions and special events will complement the races each day. Key events include a commemorative t-shirt giveaway on opening day, a new Breast Cancer Awareness weekend on Oct. 6-7, an "After-Work Hops 'n Hooves" event with $1 dollar draft beer on Oct. 12, and the Shenandoah Valley Autumn fest celebration on Oct. 13.
Fans will also have a chance to enjoy "one of a kind" experiences, like owning a horse for a day, taking a ride in the starter's car during an actual race, and even riding in a double-seated sulky behind the horse in an exhibition race. On several occasions during the meet, fans will be drawn at random to "own" a horse competing in a $3,000 race. They will get to meet their horse, trainer and driver, take pictures of the occasion, enjoy complimentary lunch, and most importantly, keep the amount of purse money their horse wins in that race. The winning horse gets 50 percent of the purse ---$1,500 in a $3,000 race. Details of these events are at http://www.shenandoahdowns.com/ and at the Shenandoah Downs Facebook page.
The season's highlight will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, when harness racing's top money-earning horse ever will appear for a Meet & Greet session with fans, then compete in a pari-mutuel race. Foiled Again is the star attraction--a 14-year-old pacer who has bankrolled over $7.5 million in his spectacular career. He won his 100th race on July 6 this year and he has made 317 starts. He is a three-time Older Pacer of the Year and the 2011 Pacer of the Year, and he will be retiring at the end of 2018.
"This is such a great and unique opportunity for racing fans in the area," said Shenandoah Downs' race secretary Dee Lineweaver. "Foiled Again is a racing legend. Fans can get their picture taken with him, then see him compete in one of his final races ever. We expect a full house that afternoon."
Shenandoah Downs is located in Woodstock, Va., halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg on I-81 at Exit 283. The track itself is located at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. A number of hotels and restaurants are located within a half mile of the exit and Fairgrounds. (Shenandoah Downs)