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Kentucky Derby Day Kicks Off 136th Season at Bangor Raceway

May 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The 136th season of racing at historic Bangor Raceway gets underway on Saturday afternoon with a day of events leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Doors open to the grandstand at 12 noon with opportunities to place wagers before the Derby post time of 6:46 p.m. Hollywood Casino will be offering prizes for the best derby hat and attire. Live music will be provided by LUX and Frankie’s Grandstand BBQ will be hosting a pig roast and BBQ. A full bar will be available with Mint Juleps being served in the Win Place & Show Lounge. Coverage of the Kentucky Derby begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be on display under the grandstand with more than 50 TVs focused on the events.

“The Kentucky Derby is such a time-honored tradition with harness racing, we love to have fun with it,” said Michael Hopkins, Manager of Racing Operations at Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. “Harness racing at Bangor Raceway is also a tradition that is embedded in the fabric of this community. We are entering the 136th season of racing in Bangor, and it’s always exciting to get underway. We’re looking forward to another exciting season and a day full of fun and events for the whole family this Saturday.”

Opening Day of the 2019 harness racing season is on May 14 with a 5pm post time. Racing continues every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday through July 19, and Thursday, July 4 will feature a special Independence Day race card at 6:30 p.m. Following fair season, racing will resume for a 3-date stint in September, and with a regular schedule resuming Tuesday, October 8.

Simulcast wagering will be available at the track on days with live racing at the Win, Play & Show Lounge under the grandstand. All races at Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway will be simulcast throughout the country. The permanent simulcast wagering Race Book remains at Hollywood Casino’s main facility at 500 Main Street in downtown Bangor. On days with live racing at Bangor Raceway, racing fans will have the option of simulcast wagering either at Hollywood Casino or at the track.

Admission to the grandstand is free. Race programs will be sold at the track starting the day before racing for $1 each. For more information visit http://www.hollywoodcasinobangor.com/Racing/Schedule.

The Race Book Lounge at Hollywood Casino is open daily from noon – midnight, and Hollywood Casino’s gaming floor is open daily from 8 a.m. – 3 a.m.

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