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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Fort is Ready to Rock

On Derby Day, live thoroughbred racing returns to Fort Erie Race Track as track officials are set to start their 114th season at the border oval. This is the first full season that Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC) will be handling day to day operations at the track and there are a number of noticeable changes in store for racing fans.

Mike Dimoff has been hired as the new track announcer. Mike made the move from Western Canada where he had been calling races at Northlands Park in Alberta. Dimoff will also be writing the tip sheets and working alongside Elissa Blowe on the simulcast show, which will feature guest handicappers from time to time. Yours truly will make a guest simulcast appearance on Monday, May 16, if you want to get a glimpse of the Space Man!

Jennifer Morrison, a fellow member of the Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance (TBA), will be setting the morning line odds and will be hosting a series of handicapping seminars throughout the season to assist both old and new racing fans. Ms. Morrison is the editor of Canadian Thoroughbred magazine.

Some significant changes in timing will occur during the 2011 season, most notably is that post time has been moved up one half hour to 12:45 p.m. However, this will change during the months of June, July and August when twilight cards will be commence with a 4:00 p.m. post time and feature local bands after the racing concludes. I think this is a great move by the new management team as horseplayers from Buffalo will be able to cross the border after a long day at work to enjoy the twilight schedule.

Other changes that race trackers will notice are the addition of a Tiki Bar near the finish line and the new Race Book that will lead out to the track apron that was opened during the winter months. Some interesting promotional events announced by the FELRC include Buffalo Jills Night, The Friendship Festival of Racing, The Puss n’ Boots Festival and Sandy Hawley Day to name a few.

Of course the meeting’s signature event will be the 76th running of the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown. The premier race of the Fort Erie season will be run on Sunday July 17.

Quarter Horse racing will return for the second straight year in the month of October with some dates also added in July. The Fort will have 82 live racing dates for 2011 starting with Derby Day where a license plate cover giveaway will kick off the promotional calendar.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Fort!


The_Knight_Sky said...

The Fort? I was sure you were going to put up a pic of Wilton Parmenter. Not even Wrangler Jane I see.

Well then good luck then to you and Krista Carignan who I follow on Twitter. And keep pressing for lower takeouts up there. ;-)

EquiSpace said...

TKS...have to admit you sent me to the google archives for that one...and what fond memories...I was a huge F Troop fan...Ken Berry kinda looks like that loony British comedy actor.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

The Turk said...

I'm headed to the Fort on Mothers Day. Look forward to a cigar soon Geno!


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