Batavia Downs ‘flexes’ Dec. 17 post time

Batavia, NY — The management of Batavia Downs announced Tuesday (Dec. 6) that post time for the final card of racing for 2022, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, has been changed from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m. This was done after the National Football League “flexed” the Week 15 game between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins to 8:15 p.m. the same day.

Don Hoover, general manager of live racing and race secretary at Batavia Downs, said, “After the NFL announced that the Bills-Dolphins game had been flexed to Saturday night, it was decided to move our post time to 3 p.m. to accommodate the fans of both live harness racing and the Buffalo Bills.”

With that change in place, several other times have changed as well.

Horsepeople should be advised that the track will close for training at noon on Dec. 17 to prepare it for the night’s races.

The clubhouse will open the doors at 2:30 p.m. and will offer a prime rib and shrimp buffet that will be served from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Railbar will be open at 2:30 p.m. until the end of the last race, which will be approximately 7 p.m., however it will not remain open for the Bills hame.

The final day of racing will also host the “Night of Distinction” year-end awards, which will be presented by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association and Batavia Downs to honor all the human and equine stars of the 2022 meeting.

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