Fort Erie Meet Opens

Quarter Horses will race July 2 at Fort Erie.

June 28, 2012

Fort Erie

Racing fans of all ages will have plenty to see and do this July long weekend at Fort Erie Race Track in Fort Erie, Ontario.

The action gets underway bright and early on Sunday, July 1, with the first Breakfast Club of the summer. Patrons are encouraged to make their way to the trackside Tiki Bar patio beginning at 8:15 a.m. to watch the morning workouts. Track announcer Mike Dimoff will host the event, which features an $8 breakfast buffet and a free program. This is a rare opportunity for fans to learn more about training and get a chance to meet racing personalities. The Breakfast Club runs until 10 a.m. and will continue each Sunday until September 2.

On Monday, the World’s Fastest Athletes return to Fort Erie as the Quarter Horse take to the track for the first four races on the mixed card. Featured races include the $40,000 Merial Fort Erie Distaff Challenge, the $100,000 Bank of America Fort Erie Championship Challenge; and the $35,000 Battle of The Breeds, where Quarter Horses will line up against the Thoroughbreds.

Tom Bishop’s Wild West Show will be on site to entertain fans of all ages throughout the program and will feature trick riding and roping. Also on track will be Denis Blake from the Q-Racing Aces who will be on hand to answer questions about Quarter Horse racing.

A “Best of Six Picks” handicapping contest will be offered at Customer Service with a $1,000 purse. Fans must select the most winners from races two through seven. Entries must be in before the start of the second race. The contest is free to enter and there is prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

First race post time for Monday is 1:15 p.m.

On Tuesday, Twilight racing returns featuring a brand new “Show Parlay Contest.” Ten lucky fans will win a $20 betting voucher which they will use to make a “show” wager at the Tiki Bar. The contest gains momentum as each contestant can choose to cash out or continue to “parlay” their winnings in the next race and continue right through until the final race of the night.  To be eligible, patrons must be 18 years of age or older and be present at the Tiki Bar. The Prince of Wales Dining Room will feature a Hawaiian themed buffet beginning at 4 p.m.  Reservations are recommended by calling 905-871-3200 ext. 3617.

Fort Erie’s free concert series will continue on Tuesday night with the band Heads Up Lincoln who will perform at the
Tiki Bar after the races are complete.

First race post time for Tuesday is 4:15 p.m.

Parking and admission are always free.