DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Aug. 23, 2016 - Harness racing "county fair style" is coming to Delray Beach, Palm Beach County in Florida this September as the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village hosts two days of racing on their one mile racetrack.
The elite equine training facility has reached an agreement with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) to hold races for 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 17. Rain dates will be on the following Sunday.
"We are very excited that Sunshine Meadows has agreed to host the two days of stakes races," said Brandon Mills, general manager at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village. "We estimate that there will be in excess of $50,000 in purse money over the two days of racing. It will be exciting as the management team at Sunshine Meadows is committed to making the two race days a county fair type atmosphere centered on the live racing."
Post time each day for the racing is set at 11 a.m. It is estimated that there will be from 10 to 11 races on each program.
"We are very excited about hosting these races," said Mills. "It is an opportunity to share our great facility with the general public and to have a fun community event for everyone to attend." There will be free parking and free admission for the races. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as there is no grandstand or seating, only beautifully manicured lawns to watch from. There will also be fair-style foods available for purchase. "We are working to make this a very special event," Mills said. "Something that people can look forward to attending every year. So many people drive by and see our signs on 441 but never think to come on in and check us out. We have a great facility here and want to share it with our community." He continued, "... we also are inviting local businesses to show their support as we have photo finish sponsorship spots available for marketing."
The Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village features a one mile racetrack, a five-eighths mile training track and a half mile Euro strip. The equine facility, is literally a few miles from Delray Beach's new hot spot Delray Marketplace! Tucked away, this hidden gem hosts nearly 200 acres, 18 barns that can house more than 650 horses, numerous show and jump rings and turnout paddocks.
The facility is the winter home to world-renowned Standardbred trainers Tony Alagna, Chuck Sylvester and Frank Antonacci. World class trotters Maven, Spider Blue Chip and D'Orsay trained all winter at Sunshine Meadows. Also stabled at Sunshine Meadows are many riding horse trainers for English, Western and Dressage, who have shown successfully world-wide.
Any vendors wanting to reserve rental space during the two days of Sunshine Stakes racing, businesses wishing to advertise in the race program, sponsor races or host sponsorships can contact the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village by calling 561-495-1455 (tel:562-281-7659) or emailing [email protected], their website is sunshinemeadows.com. (Sunshine Meadows).