Plans are being finalized for the second season of pari-mutuel harness racing at Shenandoah Downs, scheduled to take place this fall from September 16th - October 15th.
Pacers and trotters will compete in ten races every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM. The half mile oval, which was completely renovated a year ago, will also play host to four days of Shenandoah County Fair harness races (non-betting) from August 30th thru September 2nd. This is the 100th anniversary season of Fair racing at the grounds in Woodstock, which is located halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg off I-81 at Exit 283.
Featured event is the Virginia Breeders prep and elimination races for two and three year olds, which will take place during the Fair session on September 2nd. The $40,000 (estimated) championship for each division will occur during the Shenandoah Downs meet itself. The two year old finals are scheduled for Saturday September 16th while the three year old finals are set for Sunday September 24th. A total of eight divisional titles are up for grabs between the two weekends, and over $300,000 (estimated) in purse monies will be awarded.
The meet itself will offer free parking and admission for fans every race day. Betting windows are conveniently located in the grandstand. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta bets are available each race and can be placed with a teller or via a self bet terminal.
Every Saturday will feature a different themed festival. Hops ’n Hooves, a craft beer tasting event, kicks off the slate on September 16th followed by a Food Truck Festival on September 23rd. The popular Wine & Trotter Festival is on September 30th and features tastings from Shenandoah Valley wineries. Seafest, where various seafood related vendors are on premise, is on October 7th and Autumnfest highlights closing weekend on October 14th. The latter event is a heritage themed festival that includes a barbecue tasting competition with 43 contestants, live music, log splitting competitions and more.
There are separate admission charges to access the Autumnfest, Wine & Trotter, and Hops ’n Hooves sampling areas at Shenandoah Downs but general admission to the harness races is free each day. Details are available at VirginiaHorseRacing.com.
1. Race Number
2. Amount of Money You'll Wager Per Bet
3. Type Of Wager
4. Horse NumberHAVE YOUR MONEY OUT...to avoid delays
• You can bet with cash only; the wagering terminals will not accept credit or debit cards
• When wagering, bet by using the horse's program number, not its name
• You can place a bet AND collect your winnings at any of the betting windows
• You can bet more than one race at a time!
• Still have questions? Ask any of our friendly staff - we are here to help!
Win - The horse you choose must finish first
Place - The horse you choose must finish first OR second
Show - The horse you choose must finish first, second OR third
-- ($2 Minimum Bet on each of these three wagers)
Hint: Increase Your Chances by trying an "Across The Board Bet"
-- Pick a horse and you'll get a $2 Win, Place AND Show bet them. Cost is $6.
Exacta - The horses you choose must finish first AND second in exact order
Trifecta - The horses you choose must finish first, second AND third in exact order
Hint: Get more value for your money by "boxing" your selections -- the horses you choose can finish in ANY order, and you can pay as little as $1 per combination!
Exacta Box - The horses you choose must finish first and second in EITHER order.
Example - a $1 exacta box on the #2 and #5 is a winner if the order of finish is either 2-5 or 5-2. Total Cost is $2 ($1 per combination)
Trifecta Box - The horses you choose must finish first, second and third in ANY order.
Example - a $1 trifecta box on #1, #2 and #3 is a winner if the order of finish is either 1-2-3, 1-3-2, 2-1-3, 2-3-1, 3-1-2 or 3-2-1. Total Cost is $6 ($1 per combination)
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