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