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Vernon Downs, Vernon

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Vernon Downs is a horse racing track, racino and entertainment facility located in the town of Vernon in central New York. The track was established in 1953 but, as tastes changed, its attendance and revenues decreased. It has added simulcast harness racing, video gaming, and entertainment, in addition to building a 173-suite hotel.HistoryThe harness racing track was opened in 1953 near Syracuse, New York, and operated successfully for many years. As tastes changed in the late 20th century, attendance declined. At the same time, the state authorized forms of gambling to raise money. Beginning in the 1980s, Native American tribes began to establish bingo halls on their reservations and later, gaming casinos to generate revenues.Racetracks applied to add gaming to their venues to increase traffic and revenues. Vernon Downs added simulcast harness racing, on which bets could be placed, and video gaming. Some, like Vernone Downs, also began to host entertainment acts, particularly rock music. The owners of the track built an associated hotel for visitors to the facility. In the 21st century, owners appealed for lower taxes in order to make their operations viable.
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  • It's a nice clean casino with 3 dining restaurants. It is all video, poker and slot machines only. This casino doesn't have any table games ei Black Jack. Lots of penny slots...my style.  more »
  • You don't have to fight to get on the machines you like. Very friendly staff. NON-SMOKING which is awesome.  more »
  • Small casino but seems to pay well. Entertainment on friday and saturday at the bar with a small dance floor.  more »
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  • The hotel staff was pleasant and the room was clean and pretty nice. The casino isnt amazing but there is turning stone just down the way if you want to play something other than slots. The hotel pool was actually very nice, and the food at the hotel is pretty good too. The horse racing track is another attraction and that all seemed pretty standard to me although some of the facilities appear a little run down. The restaurants within the racing track did not have very good food and I found it to be overpriced. Overall I would say my stay was enjoyable and i would not mind coming again if I were attending an event, although I would not stay on pleasure. The hotel is nice but don't go to the casino or the racing track expecting something great.
  • Kentucky Derby race was today, my horse didn't win but it's cool cause the buffet food was somewhat reasonable. The machines always worked which is cool. No system failures stopping betting. Thanks.
  • Took my mom, she likes it because it is smaller than turning stone. She enjoys her self every time.
  • The food was excellent. Bartender(Sherry) was awesome. Rooms were great.
  • Well.. I was lucky on my favorite slot machine .... food was good... yummy cheeseburger and fries! I had fun, will go back!