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Vernon Downs Harness Racing

Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Central New York, Vernon Downs Casino Hotel offers a long running history of fast paced Harness Racing.

From April to November you can listen to the beat of the Horses featuring some of the finest races in the area. Vernon Downs Casino Hotel is home to some of harness racing’s premier stakes events including the Empire Breeders Classic, Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot, and multiple New York Sire Stakes races. Combine that with a casino, daily simulcasting, gaming promotions, good food and an all suite hotel…makes Vernon Downs Casino Hotel a great place to have fun at an affordable price.

Attention Customers:


As per NY State Racing & Wagering Rules:
Any money for any uncashed 2020 Mutuel tickets will be turned over to NY State on March 31st.
Vouchers may still be accepted and processed but no tickets will be accepted.

Race Fans

Race Fans


Fridays and Saturdays, Post Time 6:10pm

ATTENTION GUESTS- In accordance with current guidelines Vernon Downs Racetrack will have limited fan capacity for live harness racing. Capacity will be limited to 650 fans at any given time, each day/night. All fans must have a proper form of identification, proof of a negative Covid test 72 hours prior, or a double vaccination card and will be temperature checked prior to entry into the track area. Masks must be worn at all times. There will be a limited food selection available at the track concession stand and Miracle Mile Restaurant. All patrons must be seated when eating and drinking. Limited tellers will be available for taking wagers and cashing tickets. As more guidelines are issued, Vernon Downs will post the information accordingly.

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Racing Entries

Entries / Results

Handicapping Resources

Handicapping Resources

Brett Risi’s Analysis and Selections, Trackmaster Race Programs and more.

Racing Promotions


Vernon Downs Casino Hotel Live Harness Racing, located in Vernon, New York, offers the excitement of Live Harness Racing, great promotions, good food and lots of family fun.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no racing promotions for the 2021 Season.



Forms and racing information for our Horsemen.

Racing How To Bet

How to Bet

Racing College:

Enjoy coming to the races to watch the thrilling finishes and action packed race cards? Well now you can handicap like the pros with Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs Racing College packet. Begin with Racing College 101 and read through the information and in no time the programs will be much easier to read and understand. Handicap like a pro…enroll in Racing College today!

Harness Racing University



Visit us at our Simulcast Room located just off the hotel lobby. Featuring three giant “movie like” screens with the most popular tracks.

Vernon Downs Racing History


Harness racing debuted at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel on a revolutionary six-furlong oval. The first race on opening night, July 1, 1953, was won by Bob Abbe II. He paid $38.60 to win on a $2.00 wager. The track featured 24 barns each with 24 stalls and beautiful natural backdrop with hills and sprawling countryside. Over the years, Vernon Downs Casino Hotel has been host to some of the biggest stars of the sport including Adios Harry, Niatross and Moni Maker. After suffering through financial hardships, New York City businessman and harness racing enthusiast Jeff Gural purchased the track out of bankruptcy in 2006, bringing a new, prosperous era of racing to Central New York. In recent years, the track has become home to some of the sport’s premier races including the Crawford Farms Trot, Muscle Hill and Zweig Memorial.

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

View Virtual Tour of the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel Racing Facility.

Order Racing DVDs

Order Race DVDs or Pictures

To order Race DVDs, please contact Brett Risi:
Phone: (315) 985-8717

To order Race Pictures, please contact the Track Photographer, Frances Blazer, at (315) 725-1496.


In the midst of growing concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to inform you of what Vernon Downs Casino Hotel is doing to maintain a clean and healthy environment for our guests and team members. We continue to actively monitor developments and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that we are taking the most comprehensive actions.

Here are some of the added protections that we have put in place:

  • Our employees are required to wash their hands often, and we encourage all our guests to do so as well. It is recommended that hands be vigorously washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • We have placed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the property, especially in high-visibility areas. We are also increasing our reserves of hand sanitizer for use over an extended period.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces in public areas across our property including casino, hotel, restaurants and bars, spa, fitness center, pool area, public restrooms, hotel rooms, elevators, as well as frequently touched areas on the casino floor.
  • If an employee appears to be suffering from flu-like symptoms, they will be asked to promptly seek appropriate medical attention and to remain at home until they are free of symptoms.
  • We are encouraging guests who are ill to seek appropriate medical attention, and to avoid public exposure as much as possible.

For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at, or your local health department website.

We appreciate your continued business and loyalty. We are committed to implementing recommendations from the health authorities to give you peace of mind as you visit our properties now and in the future. The health and safety of our guests and employees will always be our most important consideration, especially during these challenging times.

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel is OPEN!
- For your safety, certain occupancy restrictions apply.
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