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Vernon's plans for big state fair stakes weekend

July 11, 2012
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Vernon Downs is proud to invite all owners and horsemen participating at Vernon Downs during the State Fair weekend (Aug. 24–26) to be part of their weekend celebration. Vernon will be putting on a carnival like atmosphere at the track all weekend long, holding owner barbeques and cocktail parties before the races, and hosting a free horsemen's golf outing.
 
The State Fair weekend kicks off on Friday, Aug. 24, with the 2-year-old filly trotters and pacers with a post time of 6:55 pm. There will be an owner's barbeque and cocktail reception at the Vernon Downs rooftop terrace at 5 pm before the races.
 
On Saturday, Aug. 25, Vernon Downs will be hosting a free golf outing for all horsemen and owners in the morning (planned tee time: 9 am). The tournament will be held at a local golf course (To Be Announced) and will be a four-person captain and crew format tournament. Another barbeque and cocktail reception will be held on Saturday evening at 5 pm leading up to the 6:55 pm post for the 2-year- old colt and gelding pacers and trotters taking center stage in the State Fair races.
The weekend is capped off with the $700,000 (e) Zweig Trot for 3-year-old trotters, and the $50,000 Drivers' Championship on Sunday, Aug. 26, with a 1:15 pm post time. The Drivers' Championship which has been a huge hit at Tioga Downs in past years will be re-located to Vernon for 2012, along with our annual bobblehead giveaway featuring last year's champion, Jody Jamieson.
 
As always bobbleheads will be given away before the races and the drivers participating in the Championship will be on hand for an autograph session and driver meet and greet beginning at 12:15 pm on the trackside apron.

Hotel rooms are available at Vernon Downs for the State Fair celebration (August 24 – 26), and all reservations and golf sign ups can be directed to Jason M. Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast at 607.699.7588 or jsettlemoir@tiogadowns.com .

For more information on Vernon Downs please visit us online at http://www.vernondowns.com/ .

(Vernon)
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