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Horse Racing Season Begins

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  Sunday was opening night for horse racing season at Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Summit Township.  More than one thousand people attended the start of season seventh season of racing.  It kicked off with a 100-thousand dollar inaugural stakes race.  There will be another 100-thousand dollar race, the Tom Ridge stakes  on Monday. 

Opening day was Mother's Day, and though there were some big betters in the crowd, there were also plenty of families watching the races just for fun.
Maryann Curry said, "It's exciting being here and the kids can come, look at the horses and pick the lucky ones, and I pick by name."

One of the younger visitors, Grace Sweet said, "I ride horses and I like horses and they're my favorite animal."  
    
Racing runs Sunday through Thursday, but there will be a couple of Saturday race days too, to tie in with legs two and three of the triple crown. One of those is coming up May 17.
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