Located in the heart of Central New York's rolling hills and overlooking historic Vernon Downs Racetrack, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel is your home-away-from-home for a uniquely fun and exciting getaway! There's something for everyone - from an indoor pool for relaxing and great food at our family-friendly restaurants, to conference rooms, banquet facilities and harness race track... it's all here at Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel!
A select field of five contested the $8,000 featured event on the Friday (May 2) program at Vernon Downs, and despite having things largely his own way, Pennsylvania shipper and odds-on favorite Sand Top Gun was just collared by House Money ($6.80) in the last strides of the Miracle Mile 2 trot.
House Money (foreground) prevails in Miracle Mile 2 trot (Fotowon photo)
Trainer/driver Roman Lopez tracked from the pocket through sensible fractions, keeping House Money just behind the pacesetting Sand Top Gun (Tyler Raymer) throughout the first seven-eighths of a mile. Locked in by the first-over Ilovemymommy (Chris Lems), House Money resorted to wedging through at the pegs--and he found room in the last sixteenth. The five-year-old Angus Hall gelding emerged with the lead in deep stretch, scoring in 1:55.0 by 3/4 length. Sand Top Gun held second, while Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) saved ground for third.
Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday, with a 10-race card featuring the finals of the Catherine Burton Trotting Series and Anthony Farina Pacing Series kicking off at 5:10 p.m.