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Barn Notes 2017 #1


Wed, May 17, 2017

2017 Meet Opens


Presque Isle Downs will open its annual 100 day Race Meet, Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Races will be contested Sunday through Thursday.

The track has made improvements on the backside and will be opening its recently constructed barn which also houses the Chaplain and H.B.P.A. offices.

Purses will remain at the same level as they were when we left in 2016.  Average daily (all source and average starters per race) had a slight increase in 2016.

Most of the core stables on Presque Isle’s backside will return, including 2-time Trainer Champion, Teresa Connelly who will have a full barn to defend her title and go for a 3- peat!  Ron Potts, Tim Hamm, Gerald Brooks, Dale Capuano, Wayne Rice and sons Kevin and Adam will have the stock to dethrone Teresa.  Several new trainers here this season include Carl Deville, Adolfo Exposito, Elliot Sullivan and Jerry Thurston.

Last year’s leading rider, Antonio Gallardo will ride on a part time basis.  Pablo Morales, Mario Pino, Ronnie Allen, Willie Martinez, Huber Villa-Gomez all will return.  Several old journeymen, Louis Garcia, Jason Lumpkins, and Jeremy Rose will ride on a full time basis.  Promising “bug boy” Addiel Ayala will also set his tack here throughout the summer.

Presque Isle will offer 12 Stakes!  Highlighted by the Grade II - $400,000 Masters Stakes for 3 year old & up Fillies and Mares going 6 ½ furlongs, which will be run Monday, September 18. 

The 1st stakes of the year (The Tom Ridge) for 3 year olds going 6 furlongs with a purse of $100,000 had 39 nominations with the draw set for Wednesday, May 17.  The race will be run Monday, May 22.

Presque Isle Downs will offer 8 daily races with post time at 5:25pm!



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