(May 31, 2019) Live harness racing kicks off this Sunday, June 2, at Ocean Downs Racetrack on Route 589 in Berlin for the 70th season.
Post time is slated for 7:05 p.m. with a free T-shirt giveaway while supplies last, an appearance from racetrack mascot, “Lucky U,” carriage ride tours around the facility, and a sketch artist will be in attendance to draw attendees’ caricatures.
“We have an exciting new promotions calendar and new members can win up to $500 in Slot Dollars,” said Bobbi Jones, director of marketing for Ocean Downs Casino.
During June, July and August, race attendees will have the opportunity to catch T-shirts thrown into the crowd. There will also be carriage rides, opportunities to meet the drivers and appearances by “Lucky U.”
Races will take place on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday through Sept. 4 — except June 6, June 13, July 4 and July 25. A special post time will take place on June 8, at 12:35 p.m. There will be up to 12 races each night.
Several special events will also take place throughout the summer, such as the “Salute to our Armed Forces” on Saturday, June 15, where members of the military will give several presentations and demonstrations throughout the night.
Race qualifiers for pacers and trotters take place each Thursday through Aug. 31 at 10 a.m., except June 6, June 13, July 4, and July 25.
Ocean Downs Racing General Manager Peter Szymanski said he anticipates an average of 1,000 attendees or more each night.
Szymanski added the season’s daily purse would be approximately $85,000.
“On top of that, we will be giving out $1.2 million in purses for Maryland 2- and 3-year olds in events called the Maryland Sire Stake program and the Maryland Fund race program,” Szymanski said. “Our total purse outlay for the year in overnights will be $4.1 million. So add on the $1.2 [million] and we are handing out $5.3 million in purse money this season.”
Race attendees must be 18 years or older to bet on a horse race and 21 years old to enter the casino.
For more information about events and racing, visit www.oceandowns.com or call 410-641-0600.
Sunday, June 2: First night of live racing kicks off at 7:05 p.m. Free T-shirt giveaway to the first 300 people, an appearance from mascot, “Lucky U,” face painting and carriage rides
Sunday, June 12: Camel and Ostrich Races, face painting
Saturday, June 15: “Salute to our Armed Forces,” 7 p.m. United States Navy Blue Angels pilots and team members meet and greet in addition to US Socom Para-Commandos jumpers landing on Ocean Downs track. Live entertainment, face painting, giveaways, an appearance by “Lucky U,” Ocean Downs Race Track mascot and fireworks at dusk
Sunday, June 16: Hats for Dad, Dollar Day ($1 for hotdogs, beer and soda)
Monday, July 1: Bouncy Horse Races, sketch artists, fireworks, face painting
Thursday, July 4: Fireworks
Sunday, July 7: Driver Meet and Greet
Sunday, July 14: Racing Under Saddle
Monday, July 15: I Love Horses Day with the Clydesdales
Sunday, July 21: Free Ice Cream Sandwich with Program Coupon
Monday, July 29: Chicken Dance Contest
Sunday, Aug. 4: Free Chocolate Chip Cookie with Program Coupon
Thursday, Aug. 8: Dollar Day ($1 hot dogs, beer, soda), face painting
Sunday, Aug. 11: Dollar Day ($1 snow cones), carriage rides
Sunday, Aug. 25: Sketch artists
Sunday Sept. 1: Fireworks