Ocean Downs Horse Racing Track in Maryland
Ocean Downs in Berlin, Maryland, is a top-class harness racing facility and simulcast wagering establishment. Offering a full calendar of live racing during the season, Ocean Downs Raceway is particularly popular amongst vacationers holidaying on the east coast. Just 6 miles from Ocean City, Ocean Downs Racetrack is in a convenient location and offers great harness racing, excellent simulcasting and fantastic facilities.
Ocean Downs was opened in August 1949 when it hosted 20 racing nights. A Clubhouse was later built beside the grandstand in 1981. In 1995 Mr. Bonebreaker and his rider Jim Porter set the world record for the ½ mile open trot. The following year, 1996, Sanabelle Island impressed many with her first year achievements. She won 2 Maryland Sire Stakes plus another 15 races, going down in history as a top pacing mare. The Ocean Downs clubhouse was renovated in 2001 to include the Pacers Restaurant and a video wall.
Ocean Downs’ live harness racing schedule runs from July to August. The total area of the property is 170 acres, on which you will find a ½ mile harness racing track with a stretch length of 440 feet and width of 70 feet. Ocean Downs Racetrack’s speed rating is 2:01. The banking on the turns of the raceway are 6 to 8 degrees. Each live harness racing season boasts 40 nights of exciting racing events. Amongst these are the Isle of Wight Bay, Hal Belote Memorial, C’mon Tuff Guy, Austin Thomas Memorial, The Bay Bridge Pacing Series, Alan Myer Memorial, Ocean City Pacing Series, Miss Conna Adios, Robbert Cotton Jr. Memorial and others. Ocean Downs’ daily post time is 7:35 pm.
Complementing the outstanding harness racing at Ocean Downs are superb facilities. The establishment has a capacity to seat some 5 000 eager racing fans in the clubhouse and grandstand. There are 40 mutuel windows as well as 20 self-service wagering machines. For the convenience of racegoers the facility has 2 ATMs. The latest improvements at Ocean Downs raceway include lighting of walkways and a better track surface. Simulcasting is available daily throughout the year at Ocean Downs from 12:00 noon until midnight. Broadcasting from 60 harness and thoroughbred race tracks around the USA and Canada, Ocean Downs offers many opportunities for simulcast wagering. Other live sport broadcasts are football, baseball, basketball and hockey. In addition to these amenities, Ocean Downs offers exquisite dining at Pacers Restaurant, Clubhouse Turn and Winners Circle Lounge as well as at 4 concession stands.
Ocean Downs truly offers an all-round racing experience with all the modern conveniences.