Pocono Downs announces 2019 schedule
February 04, 2019
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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce their 2019 racing season schedule. The track in Northeast Pennsylvania is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing.
Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 16, and there will be a limited schedule in the month of March, with racing on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Starting in April, the track will move to the full schedule of four days a week. Post time for Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, with some exceptions, will be 7 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays will have a 4 p.m. post. During the months of March and April, fans will receive a free live racing program on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Opening night will also be 50/50 night. Racing fans receive $100 in live racing vouchers for $50. The very popular promotion will start with a line for wristbands at 4 p.m., and all fans receiving the wristbands at 5 p.m. will receive this offer, while supplies last.
Stakes action kicks off on opening night with the Secretary’s Series for 4 and older, and the finals for the series starts Sunday, April 19. In addition, the Bobby Weiss Series returns Monday, April 1, and continues throughout the spring. Finals for the Bobby Weiss begin on Monday, April 29. Other stakes action in the spring and summer includes the PA All-Stars beginning on Saturday, May 11; the PA Stallion Series starting May 19; and the PA Sire Stakes kicking off on May 19 as well.
The prestigious $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday is June 29, featuring the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot; $500,000 Ben Franklin Free For All Pace; 500,000 Max Hempt Memorial Pace; and the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial Pace. Eliminations will take place on Saturday, June 22.
A doubleheader of live racing is once again planned for Kentucky Derby day, Saturday, May 4, with a first post of 11 a.m. and the second card approximately 7:30 p.m. Racing follows the Preakness Stakes on May 18 and Belmont Stakes on June 8, and will also be an approximate post time of 7:30 p.m.
Qualifying dates have been set for Tuesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 7, and then every Wednesday thereafter for the remainder of the season.
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is extremely excited to welcome all horsemen and fans back for another season! (Pocono)