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Harness racing season opens here

Shenandoah Downs changes post time, announces series of promotional events
Posted 2018-09-20

    Shenandoah Downs will open its third season Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.

    Harness races are scheduled each Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 14.

    Post time for races at Shenandoah Downs, Virginia’s premier venue for harness racing, has been changed to 2 p.m., an hour earlier than earlier years.

    Virginia Equine Alliance executive director Jeb Hannum said the later post time would give fans time to “complete their regular weekend errands and rituals…and come out and enjoy an afternoon at the races.”

    Shenandoah Downs offers free admission and free parking, and fans can place bets at teller stations or self-betting terminals at the fairground grandstand.

    Special events are planned during the season, including a Breast Cancer Awareness weekend Oct. 6-7. An After Work Hops ‘n Hooves event featuring draft beer is planned for Oct. 12, and the Shenandoah Valley Autumnfest Oct. 13.

    A highlight of the upcoming season will be a Sept. 29 appearance of Foiled Again, a 14-year-old horse whose $7.5 million in winnings makes him harness racing’s top money earner ever.

    Foiled Again, who has started 317 races and twice been Horse of the Year, won his 100th race in July. He will retire at season’s end.

    Shenandoah Downs race secretary Dee Lineweaver described Foiled Again as “a racing legend.”