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Tioga Downs to Kick Off 2018 Harness Racing Season on Derby Day

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NICHOLS, N.Y. -

Tioga Downs is gearing up for its 13th year of harness racing with the 2018 season kicking off on Kentucky Derby day this Saturday, May 5th.

Races begin at 5 p.m. and will include a Derby Hat contest, giveaways, performances, and a $1,000 Derby Dream Bet promotion. Dream Bet winners will receive $500 to wager on a single horse, and they will take home any winnings.

The Kentucky Derby will be shown between live races.

Future events for the track include a Memorial Day celebration on Sunday, May 27th, with a fireworks show after the races, and a Father’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 17th. The Camel and Ostrich Races will return to the track for the race, and one lucky attendee will leave the track with a ride-on lawn mower.

Additional events include an Independence Day race on July 4th, the Miss Tioga Downs Beauty Pageant on Saturday, July 21st, and a series of high-stakes races in August.

The season is packed with a total of 58 races and is set to end on Saturday, September 22nd.

For more information on the 2018 season, click here.