Fort Erie Racecourse celebrates the record launch of its 125th anniversary season.
Over 5,000 people were on the track yesterday for opening day.
More than $1.65 million was wagered on the ten-race card, a record number for opening day, except for the 2020 season where Fort Erie Race Track was one of the first tracks in North America to begin racing without spectators following COVID-19 closures.
“It was great to see so many of our loyal fans and new customers on our opening day. Everyone was happy to be back at the races and in-person events. sending off for our 125th anniversary season”, said Drew Cady, general manager of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium.
The first to cross the finish line were Erratique and jockey Helen Vanek. Trained by Nick Mileni Jr. for owner Colebrook Farms, she returned $5.20 to her backers.
The opening day card was highlighted by the Summer Solstice Cup and the Sprint into Summer Cup, two early $30,000 races.
The Summer Solstice Cup was won by Natasha’s Bizniz and jockey Kirk Johnson, trained by Barrington Siddo for owner Radcliffe Racing Stable. She returned $21.70 to her backers.
MV Speed and jockey Pierre Mailhot were the first to cross the Sprint into Summer Cup wire for trainer Richard Davis and Bruno Schickedanz, returning $13.40 to win.
Local band, Jonesy, also performed a free concert for the crowd.
The next race day is Tuesday, June 7 at 4:05 p.m.
Races will take place primarily on Mondays and Tuesdays until October 18, with some exceptions for special event Sundays.