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Penn Seeks 202 Days, Revised Schedule in 2011

Penn National will request 202 racing days for 2011.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course said Nov. 24 it will ask the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission for 202 racing days and a new weekly racing schedule in 2011.

Rather than race Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Penn National has requested to run Monday and Tuesday evenings to capitalize on the simulcast market. The four-day-a-week schedule would include live racing Friday and Saturday nights.

Track officials said the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has signed off on the plan.

“Penn National will be one of the few Thoroughbred signals available in North America on Monday and Tuesday nights,” Penn National vice president of racing Mark Loewe said in a statement. “As always, our focus is to continue to provide local fans an exciting racing show and large fields. And we look forward to the opportunity to introduce that same excitement to many new simulcast and online players that could help grow our export handle.”

The most prominent Thoroughbred signal on Monday and Tuesday nights is that of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia. Though it hasn’t announced its 2011 dates, Mountaineer is again expected to be closed in January and February.

Penn National also plans to adjust post times. First post time would be 5 p.m. Eastern time in January, February, March, and December, and 6 p.m. the rest of the year.

On Triple Crown days in May and June, first post would be 7 p.m. On July 30, when the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Handicap is scheduled, post time would be 5:30 p.m.