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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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  • My husband and I came to Vernon Downs primarily to have a little getaway (we won a free 2-night stay at the hotel, dinner included). We decided to try our luck at the casino, attached to the hotel, an...  more »
  • Since no one actually wins at this place....same old machines for the last decade...they have a wonderful singing feature when you win $2.00 to make the walking Dead think they hit big! Lmao Stay away...  more »
  • The last time we went there it was on a Sunday and the casino was not very full and you definitely had your choice of machines. What we do like about it is that is is smaller and less 'chaotic' than s...  more »
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  • Went for a bite to eat at triple 7's. Good food quick service. Drinks were good too had a nice conversation with a few other guests. I
  • 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.
  • The hotle rooms are nice. Pretty pricey if you dont have reward points. Very welcoming staff.
  • Took my mom, she likes it because it is smaller than turning stone. She enjoys her self every time.

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