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  1. Vernon racing applications, late-closer forms availableRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 12 |

    The deadline for applications is March 16. The entire barn area will open April 1 with the main track opening on March 16. Vernon Downs would like to remind all horsemen that nominations for both the Catherine Burton Trotting Series and the Anthony Farina Pacing Series are due April 1. The Catherine Burton Trotting Series will conduct preliminary legs on Friday, April 24 and Friday, May 1. The Anthony Farina Pacing Series is slated for Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2. The finals for each will be on Mother's Day . The preliminary legs of each series will be contested for $4,000, with $10,000 added to each final.


  2. Halloween Night Vernon has all grey horse raceRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 30, 2014 |

    VERNON, NY Vernon Downs is getting into the Halloween spirit by hosting a race exclusively for grey horses on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31. The race has drawn a field of seven including local favorite The Grey Bullet. The excitement will happen in Race 8 on the 11-race program that begins at 6:45 p.m. "Fewer than one percent of the Standardbred racehorse population is grey so we had to work hard to find enough horses to put this race together, but we think it will be exciting for the fans and so perfect on Halloween night to see the grey horses racing through the stretch at Vernon Downs," said Scott Warren, Director of Racing.


  3. World champion Centurion ATM preps for Breeders CrownRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 23, 2014 |

    On Friday, October 24, world champion colt Centurion ATM travels to Vernon Downs to headline three divisions of the Simpson Stakes for two-year-old trotters. Four other divisions featuring freshman filly trotters and colt and filly pacers make up the thirteen-race card that features purses totaling more than $140,000.


  4. Maywood Park open up busy Grand Circuit weekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 15, 2014 |

    This Week: Maywood Park Grand Circuit, Maywood Park, Melrose Park, Ill.; Lady Maud, Messenger Stakes and Yonkers Trot eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Fall Four Stakes eliminations, Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ontario; and Kindergarten Classic leg, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday at Maywood Park with the $180,000 Windy City Pace for 3-year-old open pacers, the $92,300 Galt for 3-year-old open trotters, two divisions in the $75,200 Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers and the $57,100 Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers.


  5. All-Star drivers labor all weekendRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 1, 2014 |

    Labor Day weekend harness racing began with a bang at Vernon Downs on Friday night as the opening leg of the Tioga-Vernon All-Star Drivers' Championship shared the spotlight with the Zweig Memorial, the Jack Bailey Memorial and the Crawford Farms Trot.


  6. Grand Circuit spotlight on Mohawk, Vernon & TiogaRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2014 |

    Canadian Pacing Derby final, Metro final, She's A Great Lady final, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Zweig Memorial, Zweig Memorial Filly and Crawford Farms Trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; and Cane Pace, Shady Daisy and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Grand Circuit action kicks off on ... (more)


  7. Table Games rolls the dice to Vernon's win circleRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2014 |

    She led the way past three-quarters in 1:25. Table Games opened up a lead of two lengths through the stretch and held off a late charge from closer That's My Dream ( The less than even-money favorite in the race, Bad Girl Vegas, was never really a threat and ended up fifth after racing in mid-pack throughout the mile.


  8. Little Santamonica comes up big at BataviaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 30, 2014 |

    For the second week in a row, an outside invader laid claim to the top pacing prize for fillies and mares in the distaff Open at Batavia Downs.


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