Complex remains an important asset as major attraction for visitors coming to work or play in the region.
Harrisburg, PA – Penn National Race Course located in Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region (HHR) announced it will be celebrating 40 consecutive years of live horse racing at the Grantville location on Saturday, September 1, 2012.
On August 30, 1972, five years after thoroughbred racing was officially conceived in the Commonwealth by Governor Raymond P. Shafer, a group of Central Pennsylvania businessmen and civic leaders who had obtained one of the four initial licenses issued, welcomed a crowd of 10,686 to opening night at Penn National Race Course.
Today that race course is adjoined to a world-class Hollywood Casino and is experiencing one of its best seasons in recent years, according to course operators.
“We want to give as many of our fans, young and old, a chance to join us for the 40th anniversary,” said Mark Loewe, VP of Racing.
According to Loewe, the evening will include chances to win prizes and dining coupons for those placing wagers on the live races that start at 6 pm that night, and they will roll back the prices on many of the most popular concession treats at the Paddock Café, Mane Event, and Homestretch Pub and Deli. Those viewing the races from the comfort of a trackside table in the Mountainview Dining area will be able to purchase dinner for two, including individual appetizers, entrées, and desserts for $40.
“The entire Hollywood Casino and Penn National Race Course complex is a major asset for attracting leisure visitors, business travelers, and meeting planners to our region,” said Mary Smith, President of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau. “It is a big selling point for clients to know we have a world-class casino with live horse racing action and fine dining centrally located to both Hershey and Harrisburg.
Penn National is currently offering horsemen the largest purses in its history, averaging $175,000 for the 2012 campaign. Average field size of more than 8 horses per race is one of the largest in the country, and total wagering on the track’s live races has shown year-over-year increases for the past six months.