Harness racing fans and horsemen alike are advised that Vernon Downs adds Thursday programs to their racing schedule beginning May 1. Post time for Thursday cards will be 6:45 p.m., consistent with the Friday and Saturday evening start time.
This Thursday features a 10-race program, headlined by an $8,000 Miracle Mile 2-3 event for distaff pacers. Artic Byrd () and Market Dynamics ( ) headline the field of nine mares to contest the ninth race on the card.
In addition to the usual offering of 50-cent trifecta, Pick 3, and Pick 4 wagers, this Thursday's program at Vernon marks the beginning of the $1,500 Showdown handicapping contest. Players select one horse on each night of racing, advancing to the next night if their selected horse finishes third or better. The last contestant remaining wins the $1,500 first prize. For full details and to sign up, visit showdown.vernondowns.com.
by James Witherite