Harrington opens 68th meet Monday
April 21, 2014
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Harrington Raceway's 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening.
Most of the track regulars are back in action including 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., and leading drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, who finished in a deadlock last season.
There is also a new face on the opening day program, as one of leading drivers on the Yonkers Raceway circuit, Eric Goodell, will be in town competing in nine races.
The featured $17,000 Open is carded sixth on the program and will wrap up the pick four wager (races 3-6). Cataway Racing Stable's Lollipop Kid (2-1, Victor Kirby), who was claimed on Feb. 27 at Dover Downs for $25,000, was installed as the morning line favorite on the heels of a lifetime best win in 1:49.1 at Dover.
The wagering format will appear similar in years past to the Harrington faithful, as superfecta wagering will be available in all races but race three, the first leg of the pick four.
Harrington's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held on Sept. 8 (eliminations if necessary) and Sept.15 (final) Last year‘s event featured a stirring stretch duel from Clear Vision and Foiled Again with the former prevailing in a track record 1:49.2.
Harrington will race on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of closing night for the spring/summer season on July 3. There will be a hiatus until the annual Governor's Night at the Races program on July 25, before the meet resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule on Aug. 18.
Customers wishing to make clubhouse reservations are encouraged to do so by calling (302) 398-5920. (Harrington)