erie, Pennsylvania - MAY 12, 2014-- It’s off to the races as today's horses kicked-off the first day of the tracks being open. It was a busy day for the opening of Presque Isle Downs and Casino's horse racing. For more than 7 years the live thoroughbred racing has brought in fans from all over. This year is no different, with eight races on Sunday that officials say had several good horses in the running. Sunday’s races featured the inaugural stakes and the event had hundreds of people out at the tracks. People coming to the races say they come year after year for the opening of the season and enjoy testing their luck and betting on their favorite horses. The best part for many people is getting to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the nice weather. Officials say a great deal of work has gone into getting this season ready. It takes a lot of work to make each racing season a success.