Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spectacular fireworks among highlights of harness racing kickoff this month

Vernon Downs opens season April 22

Vernon, N.Y. – April 19, 2016 – Final preparations are underway at Vernon Downs to open the 63rd season of live harness racing on Friday, April 22. Racing is set to begin that evening with a post time of 6:45 pm. Fans will receive the traditional race date T-shirt and schedule magnet (free while supplies last). All are welcome to stay after the last race for a fireworks show worth waiting for, beginning at approximately 10 pm.

Other highlights of opening night include the chance to get to know Vernon Downs drivers through a special meet and greet beginning at 6 pm. As part of a 60 second wagering spree, three lucky winners will be able to place as many $2 bets as they can manage in one minute with Vernon Downs paying the wagers and the contestant keeping any winnings!

The second big event of the 2016 season is Kentucky Derby Day on May 7. Guests can spend the day at Vernon Downs and celebrate southern style while watching and betting on the Derby. Everyone 18 and older who attends can enter to win the $1,000 Derby Dream Bet. Live harness racing follows that evening. Other highlights of the 2016 season include two ongoing special promotions, the Horseplay Car Giveaway and Million Dollar Ball Drop.

On the track, Vernon Downs will host live racing primarily Thursday thru Saturday with a few Sunday and usual holiday Monday races planned. Several top-class stakes races including the Crawford Farms Trot, Zweig Memorial and the Muscle Hill Trot round out the 2016 racing calendar.

A special benefit concert* on August 12 will feature musical sensation, Grand Funk Railroad.
This American rock band first rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as "We're an American Band," "Time Machine" and "Walk Like a Man." Rain or shine, the summer concert will take place at 8 pm outside and under the stars at the track Grandstand. Tickets are selling for $15 at all Ticketmaster outlets and Vernon Downs Players Club. All proceeds will benefit The Food Bank of Central New York. Plus, Chairman of American Racing & Entertainment, Jeff Gural will personally donate an additional $15 for each ticket sold. Help us reach our goal of $100,000!

In addition to its video gaming machines, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.  In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com.

*Proceeds from the August 12 Grand Funk Railroad concert to benefit The Food Bank of Central New York.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Vernon Downs to hold open interviews at upcoming job fair

Racino hiring for positions in food and beverage

Vernon, N.Y. - March 25, 2016 - Vernon Downs is looking to add to its food and beverage staff at its special "Recipe for Success" job fair next week. The racino is hoping to fill a variety of full time, part time and seasonal positions through the event Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31 from 10am - 4pm both days at the hotel convention center.

Everyone who visits the job fair will have an opportunity to interview for a position with the chance of being hired on the spot.

Included among the open positions are bartender, sous chef and a variety of other kitchen functions. For a complete list of open positions in food and beverage and across the property, visit www.vernondowns.com/careers. Those interested may also apply online to work at Vernon.

The seasonal positions will remain filled throughout harness racing, which officially opens Friday, April 17 with a post time of 6:45 pm and runs through late fall. Opening Night includes the traditional race date T-shirt and schedule magnet giveaway and a spectacular fireworks show following the night’s last race.

In addition to its video gaming machines, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.  In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Vernon Downs invites engaged couples to 'high stakes' bridal show

Wedding bands up for grabs in 'Dig for a Diamond' contest 

Vernon, N.Y. - February 17, 2016 - Couples with plans to tie the knot won't want to miss the upcoming bridal show at the Vernon Downs Event Center, set for Sunday, March 6 from 12 pm until 3 pm. Brides and grooms-to-be can save time by getting inspiration and meeting photographers, DJs, cake bakers and more all under one roof in a single afternoon.

"We are bringing together the best wedding vendors in Central New York to showcase what they have to offer in one convenient location," said Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural. "Whether couples are just getting started planning their big day or need to solidify a few details, we know planning a wedding can be a huge undertaking. We are offering this bridal show to the community to make it a little bit easier and more enjoyable."

Guests can get an up close glimpse at wedding wear while models walk around the show in the latest fashions. Don't want wedding guests to have to choose between another glass of wine and dessert? Sample Mercer Dairy's wine ice cream, the ultimate indulgence.

All are welcome to attend the bridal show. There is no admission charge, but guests are asked to register online in advance at www.vernondowns.com. Those attending can register to win vendor prizes, including the highly anticipated set of wedding bands from Weisser's Jewelers. Brides-to-be can participate in a "Dig for the Diamond" contest and sift through an actual sandbox in search of the diamond.

The bridal show is being hosted by Kenny the Promo Guy, and decorations are being provided by Exclusively Yours Wedding Warehouse.

In addition to its video gaming machines, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.  In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Vernon Downs to host qualifiers for harness racing championship

Two upcoming opportunities offer entries into main event

Vernon, N.Y. - February 5, 2016 - Vernon Downs will send two lucky contestants to the largest harness handicapping event of its kind, the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Competition. Qualifying tournaments at Vernon Downs are set for February 20 and March 19, with one seat to the finals up for grabs at each event. Contestants can enter either tournament for a $60 entry
fee. The format of the tournaments requires contestants to make ten $2 win and place wagers on ten designated contest races. Contestants keep any winnings. The grand prize winner will also receive two nights of hotel accommodations and a $100 travel credit to the WHHC Final.

The winner of each contest will earn a spot in the WHHC Final to be held April 30 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Contestants there will vie for $50,000 in prizes (payouts to the top ten) and the coveted title of "harness handicapper of the year."

"The World Harness Handicapping Championship is a big event that people look forward to every year," said Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural. "We are so pleased to be able to offer two highly sought after opportunities at our Tioga and Vernon properties to earn a spot to participate."

Qualifying events are also being held at Tioga Downs, the Meadowlands and numerous other racetracks and online sites.

In addition to its video gaming machines, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.  In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Vernon Downs to give away two thousand Powerball tickets tomorrow

Free tickets give the public a chance at the record $1.5 billion jackpot

Vernon, N.Y. - January 12, 2016 - The excitement surrounding the 44 state Powerball frenzy continues as the jackpot, which hasn't been won since early November, continues to swell to a record number.  Experts estimate that the jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing will be upwards of $1.5 billion, making it the largest jackpot in United States history.  To join in the excitement, Jeff Gural has announced that Vernon Downs will be giving a voucher for a free $2 Powerball ticket to the first 2,000 people to visit the Players Club tomorrow between 9 am and 9 pm.  The boca ticket/voucher received at the Player's Club can then be redeemed for a free Powerball ticket at Ring Eyed Pete's Bar at Vernon Downs. This offer is only valid tomorrow, Wednesday January 13, between 9 am and 9 pm at Vernon Downs while supplies last.  Tickets are limited to one per person and each guest must be at least 18 years of age and have a Vernon Downs Your Club card in order to receive the free ticket.  The public is encouraged to come down to Vernon Downs for their free chance to be a part of history.

"This historic Powerball jackpot has taken the country by storm, dominating conversation, news headlines and social media.  We at Vernon Downs are also excited and happy to do our part to give others a chance at history by offering a free Powerball ticket to the first 2,000 guests who come to our Players Club.  Nothing would make me happier than to see someone from our community win this tremendous prize," commented Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment.

Tioga Downs, the sister property of Vernon Downs, has announced that they will be giving 2,000 free Powerball tickets tomorrow to guests on a first come first serve basis as well.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. No players have correctly selected the six numbers required to win the jackpot in the last 19 drawings dating back to Nov. 11.  Retailers say that the demand for tickets to the drawing at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday has been off the charts, raising the possibility that the payoff could climb even higher than the current estimated jackpot of $1.5 billion.

In addition to its video gaming machines, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY, and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended for the State's final full gaming license and is in the process of expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vernon Downs clarifies position on embattled Lago Casino project

Owner makes official statement on behalf of entertainment complex

Vernon, N.Y. - November 19, 2015 - While the Lago Casino project continues to be debated, Vernon Downs' owner Jeff Gural has released a statement clarifying their official position on the matter. This comes just after a minority owner of Vernon Downs, made a statement to the media earlier this week backing Lago.

"Mr. Greenburg owns an extremely small percentage of Vernon Downs, is not involved in the daily operation of the property and his unsubstantiated statements and opinions do not reflect that of Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs or American Racing and Entertainment, LLC," said owner Jeff Gural. "We want to let the media and public know that we have not taken a position on the matter involving the Lago Casino. We trust that state regulators will determine the appropriate course of action on the project once all factors are considered. Obviously cannibalization is a concern but for the moment our focus is on the Tioga Downs expansion project in anticipation of the full gaming license.  We are continuing to effectively operate Vernon Downs to best position it for the future and as winter sets in we hope the new indoor garage will make it easier for our customers to visit.  Members of the media are welcome to contact me at any time if they would like a comment on American Racing and Entertainment or its associated properties," Gural added.

Tioga Downs recently broken ground on its own expansion in anticipation of receiving the state's final full casino gaming license.  The official gaming licenses are expected to be issued to the four New York State Gaming Facility Location Board recommended locations at the end of this year.

In addition to live harness racing, Vernon Downs offers 767 of the most popular slot machines. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY, and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Vernon Downs prepares for close of live racing season

November 21 event features "war horse" finale, fireworks

Vernon, N.Y. - November 16, 2015 - Another exciting season of racing is coming to a close at Vernon Downs on Saturday, November 21. Fans are invited to cheer on a veteran horse expected to make one last career race on this final night. Fourteen-year-old "My Fella" is required to retire at age 15 and will race against other "war horses" who are at least ten years old and have amassed more than $100,000 in career earnings over at least 200 starts.

Live racing begins with a post time of 6:45 pm. Several special promotions are planned, including a Snow Camouflage Long Sleeve T-Shirt giveaway (while supplies last). A Fall Fever Handicapping Contest will allow guests to enter to win up to $250 by accumulating the largest "mythical bank account." Fans should arrive early to join the contest, as all entries must be received prior to the start of live racing.

Lastly, guests are invited to stay after the end of racing that evening and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display marking the conclusion of the 2015 racing season.

"We want to make the last night of racing something special for our loyal fans," said owner Jeff Gural. "Those who have never been to a race are also more than welcome to join in the special events we have planned to wrap up another exciting season."

In addition to live harness racing, Vernon Downs offers 767 of the most popular slot machines. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY, and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit www.vernondowns.com.