Horse racing season winds down in Shenandoah County – WHSV

SHENANDOAH, Va. (WHSV) – Horse racing season is about to wrap up once again in Shenandoah County.

Shenandoah Downs is in its second year of Harness Horse Racing. Each fall, they come to the fair grounds in Woodstock, and Darrell Wood, the Communications Director for yjr Virginia Equine Alliance, says interest has grown since last time around.

Harness racing is different from racing in something like the Kentucky Derby, because instead of a jockey, a “driver” sits behind the horse in a two-wheel cart.

This is an opportunity for people to make some money by betting on races. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to bet on horses. Other people come to watch the races and cheer the horses on.

“Here it’s all about live racing, so the people are all around the finish line, there’s an energy in the crowd, it’s a very intimate experience, the grand stand is literally at the track itself,” said Wood.

The last weekend for races in the 2017 season is Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15. It is going to be during the Autumn Festival on the fair grounds, where there will be BBQ competitions and other events. There is a cost for the ticket to the Autumn Festival, but admission to Shenandoah Downs is free.

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