Presque Isle Downs Making its Own History

Category : News - Thu 04/07/2013 - 14:30 EDT

As one of the newest thoroughbred horse racing tracks in the US, Presque Isle Downs doesn’t have the storied history of the Twin Spires at Churchill or the fame attached to Santa Anita. But that’s not to say the track on the shores of Lake Erie doesn’t have anything to add to the story of horse racing. First opened in September 2007, Presque Isle was the first track in the country to build an all-weather track using Tapeta footing, a mixture of sand, rubber and fibers.

Early week and evening racing at Presque Isle

Live evening racing is offered at Presque Isle from May 12 to September 26, five-days a week, Sunday through Thursday, with the first post at 5:25. The track is also open for simulcast wagering from January through to the start of the live racing season. As a gaming destination, Presque Isle offers all the standard casino games, a half-dozen options for restaurants and bars, and has partnered with local hotels to provide discounts on accommodations.

Groupie Doll goes on to win at Breeders’ Cup

On the track, the highlight of the racing season comes in early September, with the running of the $250,000 Presque Isle Mile for three-year-olds and upwards, followed the next day by the $400,000 Grade II Presque Isle Downs Master Stakes for fillies and mares. As an indication of the quality of runners that appear at Presque Isle, last year’s Presque Isle Masters winner, Groupie Doll, went on to capture the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, the sixth graded-stakes victory of her career.

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