Penn National Gaming Announces Harness Racing Series
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(December 7, 2017 – Wyomissing, PA) Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of Standardbred racetracks in North America, today announced the inaugural Penn National Gaming Harness Racing Challenge, to be conducted throughout the 2018 racing season.
The series includes six separate stakes events with purses totaling an estimated $800,000. The races will be conducted at three Penn National Gaming owned, or jointly owned racetracks – Freehold Raceway (Dexter Cup Final and Lady Suffolk - May 5), Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (Dayton Trotting Derby and Dayton Pacing Derby - September 28) and Plainridge Park Casino (Spirit of Massachusetts and Clara Barton Distaff - July 26.)
The series will feature two events at each track, both conducted on the same day. A new stakes race on the calendar this year will be the Clara Barton Distaff for aged pacing mares to be conducted at Plainridge Park Casino. “The Clara Barton fills a needed void for this division in this time frame and is a great compliment to our Spirit of Massachusetts (aged trot) which debuted last year as the richest harness race ever in the Commonwealth,” said Steve O’Toole, Director of Racing for Plainridge Park Casino.
Complete rules and the point system for the Penn National Harness Racing Challenge are posted here.