An enthusiastic crown turned out for the track's annual Media Night festivities and watched 17 trotters and eight pacers try to convince the judges of their abilities to compete in pari-mutuel races at the central New York harness track.
Ashton Seelster, owned by trainer/driver Gary Clark and his wife, Fay, turned in a brisk 1:58.4 performance over a "sloppy" 7/8ths-mile oval to earn fastest-mile-of-the-night honors. The bay 7-year-old horse is a son ofand out of the -mare Angelina Seelster.
Vernon will begin its 2014 schedule with a 10-race program this Friday night (Apr. 11) that will include five trotting and a like number of pacing events. A $10,000 Miracle Mile-1 trot will serve as Friday's feature in race two. First post will be at 6:45 p.m.
Veteran announcer Jim Moran will end 52 seasons at the track after calling Friday's first race. It will mark his 50th year as the track's "race-caller."
DOWNS DOINGS--Vernon will complete its opening weekend with an 11-race card at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday (Apr. 12)...Former Vernon horseman Jeff Tallarino has been named Presiding Judge for the track's 90-card campaign...A final pre-season qualifying program is planned for Friday morning.By Jim Moran, for Vernon Downs