Churchill Downs may bask in its glory as one of the most renowned horse race tracks in the nation, but let’s not forget the horse racing scene that draws in thousands within the state of Pennsylvania.

The Keystone State harbors six race tracks that host a variety of stake races, including both harness and thoroughbred events. From the electric energy of Parx Racing to the scenic beauty of Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania offers a horse racing experience that is nothing short of captivating.

Whether you’re a casual racegoer seeking a thrilling day out or a dedicated racing enthusiast, Pennsylvania’s many horse racing scenes offer something for everyone.

 

#1 The Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania

Located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Downs is nestled within the Pocono Mountains and features electrifying live harness racing from March until November. Come down to the race track to wage your bets or visit the off-track racebook at Mohegan Pennsylvania at Lehigh Valley Race.

 

Harness Racing at The Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania
Harness Racing at The Downs at Mohegan Pennsylvania

 

The 18,000-square-foot racebook is nothing short of first-class and features:

  • 27 high-definition TVs, each of which is a portal to the heart-pounding spectacle of jockeys and drivers and their noble steeds galloping toward victory.
  • A full-service bar, where you can savor the finest libations as you indulge in the equestrian drama.
  • State-of-the-art betting terminals, with cutting-edge technology that ensures that your wagers are swift, secure and imbued with the excitement that comes from being at the forefront of racing action.
  • Comfortable seating, where you can settle into camaraderie and friendly competition, share tales of past triumphs and eagerly exchange whispers of insider tips.

 

#2 Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack

One of the fastest ⅝ mile tracks in North America, Harrah’s Philadelphia holds 130 yearly harness racing days, each packed with action. The season runs from April to December, with featured race days on the following holidays:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Father’s Day
  • Christmas Eve

Plus, you don’t have to be in the seats to enjoy the fun: Harrah’s Philadelphia offers live stream videos of every race, ensuring that you stay connected and up to date on the latest winners, regardless of your physical location. Whether you’re lounging in the comfort of your own home or sipping a refreshing beverage at a local bar, the exhilaration of the races is just a click away.

 

Harness Racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia
Harness Racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia

 

If you grow weary of the action, mosey down to the venue’s many restaurants, which serve up a variety of eats, from traditional tap food to Asian-fusion dishes:

  • Caesars Eats, featuring classic American food for pick up or delivery to your seat
  • Market Express, for quick bites
  • Mien Noodles, for delicious twists on Asian favorites
  • Philly Tap and Tavern, a gastropub overflowing with craft beers and pub fare
  • The Market, located on the casino floor and serves soups, salads and pizza

 

#3 Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

In addition to a bevy of entertainment and gambling to-dos, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course hosts live thoroughbred racing, as well as simulcast (live stream) racing, in which race lovers across the country can watch and wager.

 

Thoroughbred Racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
Thoroughbred Racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

 

The one-mile track echoes with hooves every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Those who trek to the venue can view the races from three seating options:

  • Standard box seat – The standard box seat can hold you and four friends for $25/night.
  • Box seat suite – This option seats eight to 10 spectators and is available for $100/night.
  • Private boxes – Available on a seasonal basis for $500/night.

 

#4 Hollywood Casino at the Meadows

Like its Penn National Race Course counterpart, Hollywood Casino at the Meadows is open 365 days a year for live horse racing — and it’s home to the ADIOS Pace, a prestigious harness racing event held annually at The Meadows Racetrack in Washington, Pennsylvania. As part of the Grand Circuit, it spotlights three-year-old Standardbred pacers, who compete for a substantial purse and the honor of capturing the coveted ADIOS title.

Of course, simulcast racing is also broadcasted daily. There are plenty of dining options, too, including pub fare, Italian food, gourmet burgers and more.

 

Outrider at Hollywood Casino at the Meadows during ADIOS
Outrider at Hollywood Casino at the Meadows during ADIOS

 

 

#5 Parx Racing at Parx Casino

Home to the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion Stakes, Parx Racing is sure to delight. Live racing events are also held every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition to thrilling races, the track also hosts family-friendly events in the picnic grove, featuring:

  • Live music and DJs
  • Souvenir merchandise
  • Specialty food and beverages

 

A crowd gathered at Parx Racing
A crowd gathered at Parx Racing

 

 

#6 Presque Isle Downs & Casino

The racing season at Presque Isle Downs Casino runs from May to October. And horses aren’t the only things that come galloping to the race track in Erie Pennsylvania: You’ll also find a herd of food trucks, including:

  • Happy Camper
  • Redneck Grille
  • Brady’s Chuckwagon
  • A Waffle Miracle
  • JEB’s Concessions

 

Food Truck at Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Food Truck at Presque Isle Downs & Casino

 

Watch, Wager and Enjoy with PHRA

Whether you wield your bets with the prowess of a wager warrior or analyze the races with the finesse of a honed handicapper, Pennsylvania proudly boasts race tracks that will make your day at the races absolutely unforgettable.

Here at the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA), we invite you to immerse yourself in the exhilarating world of horse racing, where every moment is infused with excitement and anticipation. We provide a collection of resources where you can learn about horse racing, peruse upcoming events, view racing schedules, and explore the latest news in waging and winning.

 

Sources: 

  1. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pennsylvania. Live Harness Racing.  https://moheganpa.com/racing.html 
  2. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack. Live Horse Racing. https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly/racing 
  3. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Hollywood Casino. https://www.hollywoodpnrc.com/ 
  4. Hollywood Casino at the Meadows. Horse Racing. https://www.hollywoodmeadows.com/racing 
  5. Parx Racing at Parx Casino. Parx Racing. https://www.parxracing.com/
  6. Presque Isle Downs & Casino. The Excitement is Always High at Presque Isle Downs & Casino! https://www.presqueisledowns.com/

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