Vernon Downs Harness Racing
Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Central New York, Vernon Downs 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. In 2009, Vernon Downs was the home of The Night of Champions bringing in over 2000 people to enjoy the greatest names in racing. Combine that with a casino, daily simulcasting, gaming promotions, good food and an all suite hotel...makes Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel a great place to have fun at an affordable price.
HistoryHarness racing debuted at Vernon Downs 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 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 bankrupty 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.
Schedules and other race information for our fans (PDF).
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!
PromotionsVernon Downs Live Harness Racing, located in Vernon New York, offers the excitement of Live Harness Racing, great promotions, good food and lots of family fun.
SimulcastingVisit 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.
Handicapping ResourcesShowdown contest, James Witherite's Analysis and Selections, Trackmaster Race Programs and more.
Order Race DVDs or Pictures
To order Race DVDs, please contact Jason Bluhm (607) 372-1693 or email@example.comTo order Race Pictures, please contact the Track Photographer, Frances Blazer, at (315) 725-1496.
- Meadowlands Race Office Text Messaging Info ...Or text MEADOWLANDS to 84700
- HarnessRacing.com News & data for racing, breeding and sales, by the horseman magazine
- Harness Horse Association of Central New York
- Harness Horse Breeders of New York State
- United States Harness Writers Association
- Harness Tracks of America
- United States Trotting Association
- New York Sire Stakes Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund website
- Upstate New York Chapter of United States Harness Writers Association
- Morrisville Sale
VERNON DOWNS CASINO & HOTEL
4229 Stuhlman Rd
Vernon, New York 13476
PHONE: 1-877-88-VERNON (1-877-888-3766)
Sunday - Thursday: 9am - 2am • Friday & Saturday: 9am - 3am
YOUR CLUB HOURS
Sunday - Thursday: 9am-12am • Friday & Saturday: 9am - 2:45pm
NY LOTTERY CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER
Monday - Saturday: 9am -10pm • Sunday: Noon - 10pm
Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel is 100% Smoke Free!
Vernon Downs Hotel is AAA Approved
Gambling problem? Please call the 24-hour toll free help line
1-877-8-HOPE-NY or visit the NY Council on Problem Gambling.