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The Vernon Downs Horse Track in Vernon, New York

Vernon Downs is a horse track in Vernon, New York that features
harness racing. Located approximately 30 miles east of Syracuse
and 12 miles west of Utica. The track is found in a picturesque,
rural setting in the geographic center of upstate New York.

Vernon Downs began racing operations on July 1, 1953. Its
prominent reputation in the harness racing industry has been
painstakingly built on quality, competitive racing and fast

The legendary pacer Adios Harry christened Vernon Downs as
"The Home of the Miracle Mile" with his 1:55 world record
performance in July of 1955, a racing standard that stood for 18

For more than 50 years, many of harness racing's brightest stars,
equine as well as human, competed in Vernon Downs' unique
three-quarter mile track. However since July 1, 2000, horses have
been racing over a modern 7/8ths-mile oval.

Vernon Downs Track Facts

Width of Stretches: 100 feet
Homestretch Length: 900 feet
Speed Rating: v1:58
Standing Start Positions: 10
Clubhouse Seating Capacity: 1,500
Grandstand Seating Capacity: 3,500

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