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Batavia Stall Applications Available

Published: June 15, 2021 1:45 pm ET

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Horsepeople wishing to race at Batavia Downs for the upcoming 2021 summer / fall meet should note that stall applications are now available on the track’s website.

Stall applications, available at this link, are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association office located on-site at Buffalo Raceway.

Batavia Downs will conduct a 59-day meet in 2021, up from 42 days during the pandemic last year and the complete racing schedule can also be found at the track's website. Purse levels were raised at the end of the 2020 season and this year, they are expected to exceed those values.

“We are looking forward to getting back to normal and welcoming our fans back to the track,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing. “As the vaccination rate in New York has hit the 70 percent mark, we anticipate that most COVID restrictions will be lifted by our opening day and everyone here is excited to see a full in-house crowd enjoying live harness racing at our track once again.”

Racing Secretary Joe Zambito has stated that stall applications must be received by the track no later than Tuesday (July 6). For more information please contact the race office at 585-344-6161 starting Thursday (July 8).

The backstretch will open for tack on Thursday (July 15) at 8 a.m. and for horses on Saturday (July 17) at 8 a.m.

The first condition sheet of the year will be out the week of July 12. The opening night card will feature the New York Sire Stakes two-year-old trotting fillies who will vie for $90,000 (est.) in purses.

Batavia Downs offers a text messaging service for notices about draws, entries and changes to the racing schedule. Horsemen are strongly encouraged to text the word “HORSEMAN” to 51660. You will then need to reply “YES” and you will be opted in for race office text message updates.

The 74th season of live harness racing at America’s oldest lighted harness kicks off on Wednesday (July 21) and runs through Saturday (Dec. 11).


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