Qualifiers set for Tioga's Tuesday "media" night
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Tioga Downs' annual "Dress Rehearsal" will take place this Tuesday evening with 4 qualifiers under the lights at 6:50 pm.
Each season, the local press is invited to attend a session of qualifying races to generate interest in the live racing season. Media access to racing personalities, press guides with the season's highlights listed and delicious hors d'oeuvres will compose Tuesday's menu.
Also on display is the brand new race paddock, located near the top of the stretch. All horsemen shipping into Tioga should go directly to the stable gate and will be able to unload and park their rigs near the paddock.
Tioga live racing begins on Saturday, May 5, with an early post time of 5 pm. On that day, the first three races will go, then live racing will be suspended until the conclusion of the Kentucky Derby (post time approx 6:25 pm) and resume around 7 pm.
Highlighting the opening weekend of live race are the New York preps for 3 year olds, designed to give trainers a place to start their sophomore sires stakes hopefuls before the actual New York Sire Stakes events begin the following week.The first draw is on Wednesday, May 2, with the box closing at 9 am. The first condition sheet is available here and you may phone entries into the Racing Office at (607) 699-7688. (Tioga)