Vernon Downs prepares for upcoming racing season

Vernon Downs paints an optimistic picture, with some minor challenges, as it gets ready for a new racing season.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 11:22 PM

VERNON -- Vernon Downs paints an optimistic picture, with some minor challenges, as it gets ready for a new racing season.


Vernon Downs was on the verge of closing last year, but the racino is pushing forward and kicking off a brand new racing season.


Reps at Vernon Downs held a press event, Tuesday, to talk about the upcoming racing season.


Organizers went over big events they have planned for the season and, even had a check presentation for the Food Bank of CNY.


The racino was preparing to close its doors for good last year due to financial reasons.


After receiving money from the state to help it stay open, the casino is moving forward and gearing up for a brand new racing season.


The general manager at Vernon Downs says despite financial setbacks, the casino will make a comeback.


"We all have challenges in the casino atmosphere right now," general manager Scott Freeman said. "There's a lot of competition and people have choices. So you really have to be on your A-game, and you have to find new and better ways to attract customers. And all of us are doing the same thing. Some do it better than others, and we'd like to think we've carved a little niche out here. People know what to expect and we deliver it."


When asked how he feels the casino is holding up amidst the competition, Freeman declined to answer. He said he wanted to focus on the night's event.


Vernon Downs will hold their first race of the season Friday. They also have a Kentucky Derby and a benefit concert, with Wynona and the Big Noise, planned for the season.

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