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 a hotel…makes Vernon Downs Casino Hotel a great place to have fun at an affordable price.
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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.
How to Bet
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Visit us at our Simulcast Room located just off the hotel lobby. Featuring three giant “movie like” screens with the most popular tracks.
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 Pictures
To order Race Pictures, please contact the Track Photographer, Frances Blazer, at (315) 725-1496.
- Harness Horse Association of Central New York
- Harness Horse Breeders of New York State
- Harness Tracks of America
- Meadowlands Race Office Text Messaging Info …Or text MEADOWLANDS to 84700
- Morrisville Sale
- New York Sire Stakes Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund website
- United States Harness Writers Association
- United States Trotting Association