Race Program @ Shenandoah County Fair

Race Program
Shenandoah County Fair Association, Inc.
Woodstock, Virginia 22664 (540)-459-7303 (Race Office)
TWO DAY BOX (closing @ 11:00 AM)
August 30 – September 2, 2017
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POST-TIME 1:00 PM

Due To Limited Stabling During The Fair, Horses that are racing in overnights races can arrive between Noon – Sunday, August 27, 2017 and Friday, September, 1, 2017 for stalls .  Horses that are racing only on Saturday, September 2, 2017 will not have stalls available until the Friday race card is over.  Horse’s arrival for overnight races Sunday August 27, 2017 understand the Track Will Not Open until Tuesday Morning for jogging.  Each race is to go two Heats, a distance of 1 mile each; failure to race second Heat purse money will be for forfeited. Must Have 4 horses to start in all overnight races. Please Use Online Entry.

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
BOX closes Monday @ 11:00 am

 Sub. 1. Trot- Va. PREF. 2-year olds   (Must Have 4 to Start) 1-Dash               Purse $800.00
Sub. 2. Pace-Va. PREF. 2-year olds (Must Have 4 to Start) 1-Dash                 Purse $800.00
3. Trot- Non-Winners $2,500 Last 5 Starts-(AE) Maidens and 3-year olds  Purse $1,000.00
4. Pace-(Rocking Rose Pace) – Non-Winners$2,500 Last 4 Starts (AE) Maidens and 3-year olds     Purse $1000.00

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Box CLOSES Tuesday @ 11:00 AM      

1. Pace – Non-Winners $10,000 in 2017                                                           Purse $1,000.00
2. Trot-Bernard Offutt Memorial Open Trot                                               Purse $1,200.00
Sub. 3 –Trot – 5 Year Old and under   (Must Have 4 to Start)              Purse $1,000.00
4. Pace – Aldine Jenkins Memorial Open Pace                                            Purse $1,200.00
Sub. 5 – Pace – 5 Year Old and under (Have 4 to Start)                           Purse $1,000.00

Friday September 1, 2017
(Box closes Wednesday @ 11:00 AM)

1. Pace-Non-Winners $5000 Last 5 Starts (Princess Rose Pace)         Purse $1,000.00
2. Trot-Non-Winners $10,000 Last 5 starts                                                 Purse $1,000.00
3. Pace-Non-Winners $10,000 Last 5 starts                                                Purse $1,000.00
4. Trot – Non-Winners $5,000 Last 5 Starts                                               Purse $1,000.00

Saturday, September 2, 2017
(BOX CLOSES Thursday @ 11:00 AM)

1. Trot- Marvin G. Sigler – Free For All Trot               Purse $1,500.00
2. Pace-C R Associates – Veterans Free For All Pace-        Purse $1,500.00
3. Trot – Non-Winners of Meet winners over $5,000 in 2017 not eligible     Purse $800.00
4. Pace – Non-Winners of Meet, winners over $5,000 in 2017 not eligible   Purse $800.00

 

2 & 3 YEAR OLD ELIMINATION/PREP RACES SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND
Box Closes Thursday @ 11:00 AM – Please Use OnLine Entry 

5. Pace -Two Year old Colt – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/Prep.       Purse $2,000.00

6. Pace – Two Year old Filly – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/Prep. Purse $2,000.00          

7. Trot – Two Year old Colt – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/Prep. Purse $2,000.00

8. Trot – Two Year old Filly – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/Prep. Purse $2,000.00 

9. Pace – Three Year Old Colt – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination / Prep Purse $2,000.00

10. Pace – Three Year Old Filly – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/Prep. Purse $2,000.00

11. Trot – Three Year Old Colt – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/ Prep Purse $2,000.00   

12. Trot – Three Year Old Filly – Virginia Breeders Fund Stakes Elimination/Prep. Purse $2,000.00

 

 2 & 3 YEAR OLD ELIMINATION/PREP RACES SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND

PURSES FOR THE ELIMINATION/ PREP RACES ARE $2,000.00.

ALL HORSES MUST BE ENTERED IN ELIMINATION / PREP RACES TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RACE IN THE FINALS.

EIGHT PLUS ENTRIES CONSTITUTE AN ELIMINATION RACE.

EIGHT OR LESS ENTRIES CONSTITUTE A PREP RACE.

IF YOU ARE NOT YET QUALIFIED YOU MAY USE THESE RACES TO QUALIFY.

YOU MUST HAVE A CHARTED FLAT LINE THIRTY (30 DAYS) PRIOR TO THE FINALS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RACE.

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO SCRATCH YOUR HORSE FROM AN ELIMINATION RACE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RACE IN THE FINALS BUT WILL BE PLACED ON THE AE LIST.

IF YOU SCRATCH YOUR HORSE FROM PREP RACE YOUR ARE STILL ELIGIBLE TO RACE IN THE FINALS.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO YOU MUST ENTER IN THE PREP/ELIMINATION RACE AND ARE OBLIGATED TO PAY THE DECLARATION FEE WHETHER YOU RACE IN THE FINALS  

                                                                                  

Conditions

Rules of United States Trotting Association govern, unless otherwise specified­Entry fees $15.00

Money divided 45, 25, 15, 10, and 5 percent. Each class is to go two heats, a distance of 1 mile each. Two or more horses under the same ownership may start in any race. Horses will start in classes in which they are eligible, (VHHA Member Preferred). (Stabling Limited)

Rights reserved to decline an entry, or call off any event that does not fill satisfactory. If an event does not fill, a substitute event may be scheduled for available horses. Right reserved to cancel any race due to weather conditions, or other good or sufficient cause. Four or more horses must start each class. Right reserved to handicap any race.

Horses must be declared in no later than 11:00 am two days prior to races and entrance fee paid.

Right reserved to declare any race off at any time. All horses racing and stalled at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds are at risk of owner. The Shenandoah County Fair Association, Inc., will not be responsible or liable for any accident to any person or property or loss by fire, theft, storm, or from any other causes. All horses must have a current Coggins test and health papers available for inspection upon request. Driver Accident Insurance Is Not Provided. Entries Accepted On These Terms Only.

Entries: Terry Lee Kibler, Cell 540-335-8768 / Beginning August, 27, call Race Office 540-459-7303

 

Licensing Requirements for Shenandoah Downs Races

All owners, trainers, drivers, and grooms participating in the Shenandoah Downs races are required to be licensed by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC).  The easiest way to obtain a license is by going to the Commission’s website at www.vrc.virginia.gov and clicking on “Virginia Racing License” in the upper left hand side of the home page or by clicking here.  You will then see a list of documents including the “Racing Application for Participants”, “General Application Instructions, “Fee Schedule”, and “Credit Cart Verification Form”.  Simply print out the application and complete it by referring to the fee schedule and general instructions.  Once the application is completed, signed, and dated you may either mail it along with the appropriate payment to:

VRC
5707 Huntsman Road, Suite 201-B
Richmond, VA 23250

You may also scan the application along with the “Credit Card Verification Form” and email to VRCLicense@VRC.Virginia.gov.

If you would like your badge mailed to you before the races, your application and payment must be received by August 28th, otherwise badges will be distributed at the VRC table in the Lilly Barn.  The VRC will be on site in the Lilly Barn on Wednesday, September 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday. September 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for licensing or picking up badges.  (Please note:  All licensing must be completed before participating in a race)

If you have any questions or require assistance with this process, please contact Rhonda Davis at (804) 966-7415.

Virginia Racing Commission Approves Inaugural Shenandoah Downs Season At Its Thursday Meeting

(Richmond, VA—8/18/16) —- The Virginia Racing Commission gave unanimous approval at its Thursday (August 18) meeting to bring pari-mutuel harness racing back to the Commonwealth this fall at Shenandoah Downs. The limited license request was submitted by the Virginia Downs Foundation. The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) will provide race office personnel and conduct the races, and the Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association (VHHA) will provide $800,000 from its purse account to fund the races.

In the request presentation Thursday, VEA Executive Director Jeb Hannum noted ten days of racing will occur this fall over five consecutive weekends from September 10 – October 9, and races will be held every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM. An extensive $700,000-plus track renovation project reached the completion stage this past week and everyone is looking forward to getting horses on the track for the upcoming meet.

Mr. Hannum also noted the weather challenges workers faced early in the renovation process when an unusually wet spring caused delays. Despite those issues, work was completed on schedule. He extended special thanks to Dr. Scott Woogen, President of the VHHA, Tom Eshelman, GM of the Shenandoah County Fair, and David Lermond, Executive Secretary of the VRC.

Woodstock renovation pic2 aug 4

Dr. Woogen also thanked all parties for their cooperation in the ambitious project. “Shenandoah Downs is a track that Virginians should be proud of and it will be one of the finest half mile ovals for racing in the country.” The VHHA President added he was thrilled at the response horsemen have shown in support of the track and he is expecting a full barn/stable area.

“This is a very significant day,” added D.G. Van Clief, Chairman of the Virginia Racing Commission. “The Commission approved a new racetrack and meet today along with a slate of racing officials. This is a big step forward as we rebuild the Virginia racing industry.”

The Transformation Of a Harness Track From Fair Oval To Pari-Mutuel Oval

The 99th season of harness racing at the Shenandoah County Fair will take place in Woodstock, Virginia over a 4 day period this year from August 31st – September 3rd. Then, for the first time ever, a pari-mutuel meet will be held there over five consecutive weekends, from September 10th – October 9th.

The difference? Fair races are non-betting but pari-mutuel races will have wagering. Bets that will be offered include win, place, show, exacta and trifecta. In order to accommodate the longer meet, the existing half mile oval at Woodstock had to be widened to allow horses to start eight across the track (behind the starters car), and the turns had to be banked. A tractor pull strip and permanent concert stage also had to be relocated — all part of a $750,000 renovation project.

Cooperation among several key groups made this project a reality. The Virginia Downs Foundation, Virginia Equine Alliance, Virginia Harness  Horsemen’s Association and the Shenandoah County Fair Association all teamed up. The stable area will be filled with horses come opening weekend. Additional promotional activities and festivals are planned for nearly every weekend to complement the trotting and pacing action. ten races will be carded every Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 PM. And the track has a name – Welcome to Shenandoah Downs!

Here’s a before, during and after look at the renovation. See you September 10th!

 

United Tote To Provide Wagering Services For Upcoming Harness Season at Shenandoah Downs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Vic Harrison, Senior Director of Sales, United Tote #502-394-1165

United Tote Company Announces New Tote Service Agreement with Virginia Equine Alliance at Shenandoah Downs 

LOUISVILLE, KY. (August 8, 2016) – United Tote, a leading worldwide supplier of pari-mutuel totalisator operations, systems and financial services, announced today that it has entered into a new agreement with the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) to provide tote services and equipment to Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Virginia.

“It’s an honor to be the first tote operator to offer pari-mutuel wagering at the Shenandoah track, which for the past 98 years has run racing with no wagering available to fair-goers,” said Vic Harrison, United Tote’s Senior Sales Director. “And it’s personally gratifying to be a continued meaningful part of the rebuilding of Virginia’s racing industry.”

Even while the Shenandoah Downs racing oval is being renovated and prepared for a September 10th debut, United Tote is installing its equipment.  Jeb Hannum, VEA Executive Director, said, “It will be a fun five weeks here in Woodstock, Virginia this fall. There’s a lot of enthusiasm about this project, not just from the horsemen, but from the community as well. It’s taken a tremendous effort from many different parties to ensure that Shenandoah Downs is the new home of harness racing in the

Commonwealth and we’re pleased that United Tote is partnering with us in this venture.”

United Tote has deep experience with short term meets in Virginia as the tote operator for the prestigious Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplechase and Thoroughbred events and last year’s Harness Racing fair meet at Oak Ridge.  This news follows the recent announcement that United Tote has expanded its roster of special event customers to include the Little Brown Jug in Ohio and the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo.

Nate Simon, President of United Tote said, “We are very pleased to be working with the VEA and building upon the success of our Virginia Gold Cup partnership.  We share their zeal and commitment to the bright future of Virginia racing and we are excited about the continued growth of racing and wagering in the state.”

ABOUT UNITED TOTE

United Tote, wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated, is a leading supplier of totalisator systems, services and equipment, pari-mutuel settlement services, and technology that processes wagers and payouts, and is a provider of pari-mutuel tote services to racing operations such as leading racetracks Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Canterbury Park and The Fairgrounds. United Tote designs, manufactures and operates pari-mutuel wagering systems for more than 150 racing companies and numerous OTB facilities in North America and around the world.

SHENANDOAH DOWNS TO HOLD INAUGURAL MEETING BEGINNING SEPT. 10

The newly enlarged and renovated track at the Shenandoah Fairgrounds
(formerly Woodstock Raceway) will host its first pari-mutuel meet
beginning Saturday, Sept 10 and it will race on Saturday’s and Sunday’s
for five weeks.

Among the renovations are enlargement and improvement to the fair track
which has served horsemen for 98 years. At this point the horses will
score 8 across on the starting gate, improved services, temporary stalls
and a general “freshening up” of the physical plant, while keeping the
“county fair” charm.

The Shenandoah County Fair will be held the week immediately before the
parimutuel meet opens so any issues will have been identified and
handled before pm racing starts. We anticipate the smallest purse being
$3,500 and total purses daily of approximately $50,000. Each card will
have approximately ten races. There is stabling available for the entire
meet with both a campground and local hotels available for horsemen
electing to come to the first meet. VA Preferred horses will have
preference in all races, but it is anticipated that most events will be
opened up.

Stall applications are available here and they
must be returned to Shenandoah Downs by noon on Monday, August 8th. If
space allows horsemen will be able to ship in for the weekend, but that
won’t be decided until the available stall is determined. There will be
approximately 150 stalls available and the stall allocations will be
available on Wednesday, August 17.

Important note to all considering racing at Shenandoah Downs, per
Virginia State Law:

HORSES ENTERING THE GROUNDS:

ALL HORSES ENTERING THE GROUNDS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A VALID:

1) HEALTH CERTIFICATE DATED WITHIN 30 DAYS (THE RACING OFFICE MAY
REQUIRE ADDITIONAL HEALTH CERTIFICATES AT ITS DISCRETION;

2) VERIFICATION OF NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST DATED WITHIN 12 MONTHS; AND

STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT COGGINS TEST REPORT MUST BE HARDCOPY (ORIGINAL
OR PHOTOCOPY) AND MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR PRESENTATION ON THE GROUNDS.

ENTRIES FOR RACES:

HORSES ENTERING RACES AT SHENANDOAH DOWNS MUST HAVE A COGGINS TEST
POSTED ON THE USTA WEBSITE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, OR MUST PRESENT A
HARDCOPY OF THE CURRENT COGGINS TEST REPORT TO THE RACING SECRETARY,
BEFORE ENTRY.

HERPES VACCINATION DATED WITHIN 7 TO 90 DAYS IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

For more information on the upcoming meet please contact Mike Wandishin
302-509-1861.