Simulcasting just got better! Now Vernon Downs offers a second simulcast facility for your race wagering pleasure. Visit us at our new State of the Art Simulcast room located just off the hotel lobby. Featuring three giant “movie like” screens with the most popular tracks. 27 individual carrels and 11 private tables all with LCD TV’s. Provided cocktail and food service along with total seating for 75 and all self bet and teller ready make this a fabulous room you don’t want to miss.
January Handicapping Contests – Free to Enter!
Saturday, January 28th @ 12pm – Thoroughbred
Saturday, February 18th @ 7pm – Harness
Saturday, February 4th @ 12pm – Thoroughbred
See Promotions Page under the Racing tab for more info.
Simulcast Open 7 Days a Week.
Hotel: Sunday 11:45am – 9:00pm
Hotel: Monday – Saturday, 11:45am – 11:00pm
Cash Rebate Program
Cash Rebates are available to guests that wager at least $3,000 in a calendar month on the list of eligible tracks using their Player’s Club card. Cash rebates will be deposited onto eligible accounts by the 15th of the following month. Click the links for more information.
The 1 1/4 mile race track at Churchill Downs is world famous, and for good reason. Since 1875, the best thoroughbreds and jockeys around have come together in Louisville, Kentucky to race with the nation looking on. If you’ve never been to the Derby, you simply don’t know what you’re missing as it’s one of the most unique and highly anticipated events around the sporting world. Don’t miss your chance to see a great race that everyone will be talking about for years.
The 1 3/16 mile (1.91 km) race is the second and shortest event in the famous Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Don’t miss out on this fantastic race! Three-year-old thoroughbreds have been making the journey to Maryland for the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May annually ever since Survivor won the pot in the first race.
The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Horse Racing Triple Crown. The most physically demanding of the three races, the Belmont is one and a half miles long. As the final race in the Triple Crown series, The Belmont Stakes is where a spectator has the chance to see a horse make history by winning the Triple Crown, a feat most recently accomplished by American Pharoah in 2015. The last Triple Crown winner before that was Affirmed in 1978.
North America Cup
Canada’s richest harness race is the season’s first major highlight for the 3-year-old pacers. The 2016 edition marks the 33rd anniversary of the race that has been won in the past by such legendary superstars as Somebeachsomewhere, Well Said and Gallo Blue Chip.
Meadowlands Racing & Ent., East Rutherford, NJ
The Meadowlands Pace is one of the sport’s premier classics for 3-year-old pacers. With a purse of $750,000, it is also one of the richest races. The race is part of a stakes-filled night of racing at the Meadowlands that is often referred to as “Harness Racing’s Biggest Party.” In 2014, New York sired He’s Watching equaled the all-age world-record of 1:46:4 giving driver Tim Tetrick back-to-back victories in the Meadowlands Pace.
New Meadowlands Racetrack
Held the first Saturday in August, the Hambletonian is America’s Trotting Classic. The premier 3-year-old trotters descend on New Jersey to compete for a $1,000,000 purse. Going back to its roots, the Hambletonian is raced in a same-day elimination format. The horses are divided into elimination heats. The top finishers then return later in the afternoon to compete for the big bucks in the final. The Hambletonian was first raced in 1926 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. While it has had several other homes over the years, the Hambletonian has called the Meadowlands home since 1981.
The Little Brown Jug
Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio
The Little Brown Jug is one of the greatest spectacles in harness racing. The event for 3-year-old pacers takes place on the half-mile track on the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. The Little Brown Jug is contested in heats. The first heat is split into several divisions, with the top finishers in each division returning to contest the second heat. A horse wins the Little Brown Jug by winning both heats. If a horse does not win both heats, a raceoff is conducted between the first heat division winners, and the winner of the second heat, to determine the champion.
New Meadowlands Racetrack
The Breeders Crown is harness racing’s championship event featuring rich finals in each of 12 divisions for the sport’s top horses of all ages and genders, both pacers and trotters.