The 138th season of harness racing at historic Bangor Raceway will get underway with a nine-race card on Sunday (April 11). First race post time is 12:15 p.m.
“It’s always exciting to get a new racing season underway, and this year, with an earlier opening than in previous years, we have made a few changes, including an earlier post time on Sunday that will allow for more families to come and watch the races,” said Michael Hopkins, manager of racing operations at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. COVID-19 precautions, including phyhsical distancing and mandatory masks for all visitors, will be enforced.
Live racing will be conducted Wednesdays and Sundays through July 21 with no live racing on May 9 and 12. Post time for the Wednesday race cards will be 3 p.m. Independence Day (July 4) will feature a special 6 p.m. race card culminating with Bangor’s famous fireworks display over the waterfront.
The fall racing season will start on Sept. 7 and continue through Oct. 30 with live racing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The highlight of the fall meet will be the Oct. 16 Maine Sire Stakes Finals.
Admission to the grandstand is free daily. Race programs will be sold at the track starting the day before each race date for $1 each. For more Bangor racing information, please visit the Bangor Raceway website.
Simulcast wagering from top racetracks around the country will be available every Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Win, Place & Show Lounge located under the grandstand. Simulcast wagering at the Race Book inside the Hollywood Casino Bangor remains closed until pandemic precautions are lifted. Hollywood Casino’s gaming floor is open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight.
Horse racing fans that can’t make it to the track can watch and wager on their favourite tracks at home or on their mobile devices at www.hollywoodraces.com. Free live and replay video of the Bangor races can be found on the track's website.