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.
UNCASHED 2020 MUTUEL TICKETS
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.
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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How to Bet
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 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.
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.