Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Holiday weekend offers three days of racing at Vernon Downs

Special Memorial Day promotions planned

Vernon, N.Y. - May 25, 2016 - Harness racing fans looking for something to do this holiday weekend need to look no farther than Vernon Downs. Three days of racing are planned along with special promotions to celebrate the traditional start of summer.

Memorial Day Weekend racing begins Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 with a post time of 6:45 pm both evenings. A special promotion Saturday gives the first 500 fans over age 18 a chance to scratch and win up to a $250 first prize. Plus, New York's premiere three-year-old filly trotters compete in the New York Sire Stakes.

Monday afternoon racing is scheduled for Memorial Day beginning at 1:25 pm. Fans arriving early will receive a red, white and blue themed Vernon Downs baseball hat with program purchase, while supplies last.

Live local harness racing continues throughout the season at Vernon Downs primarily Thursday thru Saturday with a few Sunday and holiday Monday races planned. Nearly 100 additional races, including the June 11 Belmont Stakes, are streamed each week in the state of the art simulcast room. Three large screens bring the action from the most popular tracks across the country to Vernon Downs. Individual carrels and private tables also feature LCD TV's.

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