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 casinodaily simulcastinggaming promotions, good food and an all suite hotel...makes Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel a great place to have fun at an affordable price.
Vernon Downs History

History

Harness 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.
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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!

 

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Entries

Entries

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Racing Promotions

Promotions

Vernon 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.
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Simulcasting

Simulcasting

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.
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Handicapping

Handicapping Resources

Showdown contest, James Witherite's Analysis and Selections, Trackmaster Race Programs and more.
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Horsemen

Horsemen

Forms and racing information for our Horsemen.
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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

View Virtual Tour of the Vernon Downs Racing Facility.
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Order Race DVDs or Pictures

Order Race DVDs or Pictures

To order Race DVDs, please contact Jason Bluhm (607) 372-1693 or jbluhm@tiogadowns.com

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