Vernon Downs details highlights of upcoming racing season

The event was complete with detailed highlights of the 2019 racing season.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 3:16 PM

VERNON, N.Y. – Vernon Downs is promising an eventful racing season this year, and announced exactly what visitors can look forward to at a media event Tuesday.

The luncheon held at the Gold Cup Buffet at Vernon Downs was an informational look into the upcoming season.

A check was presented to the Food Bank of Central New York at the event for $44,250. 

The event was complete with detailed highlights of the 2019 racing season, including:

Kentucky Derby Day: This event will be held at Vernon Downs on Saturday, May 4. Post time for racing is 4:30 p.m. Registration will begin for our fun derby hat contest at 4 p.m., and food trucks will be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m. The day’s featured promotion is a $1,000 Derby Dream Bet, which will be awarded to two winners at $500 each.

Memorial Day: Fans can look forward to the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for the 3-year-old Trotters, and an estimated $250,000 in purses. There will also be an umbrella giveaway for all guests that day while supplies last. Post time is 1:05 p.m.

Fourth of July: There will be more than just racing to take in on Thursday, July 4. Post time is 6:10 p.m. Guests will be able to catch a glimpse of a spectacular fireworks display and a fun-filled night of quality racing.

Music: On Friday, August 9, it’s all about good music and a great cause at Vernon Downs. Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood will perform a special benefit concert to benefit the Food Bank of Central New York. All ticket sales will be donated to the organization and in addition, Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural has generously pledged to match all ticket proceeds. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

Zweig Stakes Day Highlights: This event will take place on Saturday, August 17. This exciting racing event will feature 3-year-old trotters and an estimated $630,000 in purses. There will also be a hat giveaway. Post time is 6:10 p.m.

Million Dollar Ball Drop: This event will also take place on Saturday, August 17. Post time is 6:10 p.m. The ball will drop during live racing. Fans have a chance to win up to $1,000,000.

Horseplay Car Giveaway: There will be another major prize up for grabs during this event on Saturday, August 31. Post time is 6:10 p.m. Make a $1 donation and receive a rubber horse for your chance to toss and enter to win a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback! This season there will be three winners per horseplay promotion.

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