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Tuesday, May 30 first post 04:30PM Race Schedule

One week until opening day

The 125th racing season is about to begin at Fort Erie Race Track, and fans will be in the stands to kick off the season. Opening day at the border oval is Tuesday, May 31 with the first race going off at 4:05 p.m.

“We’re really looking forward to getting this season underway, and welcoming back fans to help us celebrate our milestone 125th anniversary year,” said Drew Cady, general manager of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium. “We have a great season planned and are happy to once again be hosting our loyal fans for live racing and our special events.”

Opening day racing highlights will include the Summer Solstice Cup and the Sprint into Summer Cup, as well as a mandatory payout of $21,789.48 in the Jackpot Hi5 pool. The first 2,000 fans will receive a free 125th anniversary t-shirt with program purchase. After the races, Jonesy will keep the party going with a free concert at the Tiki Bar.

“I’m looking forward to a really good season after all we’ve been through over the last couple years,” said trainer Michael Cohen. “Last year I had a good season and I’m looking forward to continuing the trend. I’m wishing everyone the best for this season.”

Trainer Paula Loescher is also looking forward to getting things started. “I hope everyone has a good year. I have some nice young horses coming up this year, and of course some of my older horses, but all in all it looks like it should be a good season at Fort Erie.”

Live racing will run primarily Mondays and Tuesdays from May 31 to October 18 with some special event Sundays, including Father’s Day on June 19, wiener dog races on Sunday, July 17, and basset hound races on Sunday, August 14. The 87th Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown and Fort Erie Race Track’s signature event will take place on Tuesday, September 13.

Admission and parking are free, and all ages are welcome to attend our family-friendly venue. More information about the upcoming racing and event schedule can be found at