Tioga/Vernon 2014 stakes schedule announced

10:44 AM 04 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Nichols, NY -- Horsemen are now able to access all information for Tioga & Vernon Downs live and stakes racing season on each track's website.

The 2014 season at Vernon Downs will begin on Friday, April 11 and conclude with a stakes-laden card on Saturday, November 1. The $200,000e Artiscape (mare pace), Muscle Hill (mare trot) and $200,000e Kindergarten Trotting Classic final have been scheduled for the closing night card as a logical springboard to the 2014 Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands.

Friday, August 29 is another red-letter day at Vernon, with the $700,000e Zweig Memorial three year old trot and the newly christened $200,000e Crawford Farms Open Trot (formerly known as the Credit Winner) sharing the spotlight. The first leg of the 2014 $50,000 Tioga/Vernon Drivers' Challenge is scheduled for that evening, as well.

Tioga will begin, as has been the custom each year, on Kentucky Derby day (Saturday, May 3). Season highlights include the $200,000e Roll With Joe Open Pace on Sunday, June 1 and the $350,000e Cane Pace-the first jewel of pacing's Triple Crown-on Labor Day, September 1. The second half of the Drivers' Challenge is set for that Labor Day card at Tioga as well.

Visit tiogadowns.com and vernondowns.com for stakes nomination forms, live racing calendars and other pertinent information.

by James Witherite for Tioga Downs

 

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