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Live Racing Returns Sunday!

For Immediate Release

Thu, May 18, 2017


Jennifer See



Erie, PA – Live thoroughbred racing is set to return this Sunday, May 21 – October 6, 2017. The live racing card is set to feature eight races each Sunday through Thursday with a 5:25 PM post time.

On Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22, Presque Isle Downs will celebrate the grand opening of the 100 day live race meet by giving away T-Shirts to the first 500 adult fans through the gates beginning at 4:30 PM at both the north and south entrance. The first 500 fans will receive a free Smith Hot Dog and the first 500 kids will receive free ice cream. 

The Tom Ridge Stakes is slated to run Monday, May 22 with a $100,000 purse. This ten horse field is slated to run at 7:05 PM. Jose L. Ortiz, who is currently ranked as the number two jockey in North America will ride En Hanse (KY) during Monday’s stake race. Mitchell Murrill will ride Proforma (KY) and Albin Jimenez will mount Balandeen (KY). Both jockeys finished in the top 100 jockeys of 2016, 68 and 53 respectively.

Family night at the races will continue this year on both Sundays and Wednesdays beginning May 24, 2017 which features $2 Cheeseburgers, $1 Smith Hot Dogs, and $1 Fries from Favre’s Grill located on the trackside apron.


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About Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Presque Isle Downs & Casino features live poker, table games, slots, entertainment and live thoroughbred horse racing, and simulcast racing.  The casino features the latest technology and amenities designed for guest comfort and expectations.  It also features a state-of-the-art seven table poker room which offers tableside dining in a smoke free environment.  The property also features four restaurants, including the award-winning LBV Steak & Pasta and The Brew Brothers, the newest addition to the Erie casino which offers spectacular seating section to watch live thoroughbred racing. The Brew Brothers features 30 beers on tap and live entertainment.


If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available.
Call 1-800-GAMBLER.



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