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Vernon Downs will conduct a double draw on Wednesday, August 21 for Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 races. The box will close at 9:00AM. The race office phone is (315) 829-6825. Chief among the events for the weekend are the $700,000 Zweig Memorial trot, open and filly divisions, which will be raced on Sunday along with the first leg of the 2013 Drivers' Championship. The Excelsior/State Fair races for 2 year old trotting and pacing colts will be raced on Saturday evening. Post time for both Saturday and Sunday's cars is 6:45PM. The Vernon condition sheet is available here. by Nick Salvi  

NICHOLS, NY – Harness racing’s version of the All-Star Game returns to Upstate New York when North America’s premier drivers compete in the 7th Annual Tioga/Vernon Drivers’ Championship. The continent’s top six money-winning drivers have been confirmed to participate led by Tim Tetrick, whose mounts have earned more than $9.2 million in 2013. Tetrick has led North America in earnings for an unprecedented six straight years; however, he’s never finished first in the Drivers’ Championship in six appearances. This year’s field will also include Hambletonian winning driver and Florida native Brian Sears, two-time champion Yannick Gingras, defending champion Ron Pierce, David Miller and first-time participant Corey Callahan, who will also be honored with a bobblehead doll giveaway during the event. Those six drivers will compete against leading Tioga Downs driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and leading Vernon Downs driver Rick Plano. The final competitor in the nine-man field, the sponsor’s exemption, will be announced tomorrow. The first round of the event takes place at Vernon Downs during a special Sunday night of racing on August 25 with a 6:45 p.m. first race post time. The leader after the Vernon round will receive $10,000. The drivers and their accumulated points will then head to Tioga Downs on a special Labor Day card, September 2, with a 1:30 p.m. post time. The overall winner of the event receives $25,000. The Vernon Downs leg of the challenge shares a card with the $700,000 Zweig Memorial Trot featuring Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life racing on his home track. The Tioga Downs leg of the challenge shares a card with the $400,000 Cane Pace, opening leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. The Cane is expected to feature a long-awaited showdown between top-rated 3-year-olds Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation. In addition to the racing on the track, fans will be treated to a variety of giveaways and promotions including the annual bobblehead giveaway and t-shirt giveaway while supplies last and drawings to win iPads and laptop computers. There will also be pre-race autograph sessions with the drivers on both days of the event. Justin Horowitz

With the $1,000,000 Hambletonian Trot, harness racing’s most prestigious race, snuggled safely away with an ultra impressive two-heat victory, Royalty For Life has stamped himself as the top three-year-old trotting colt in the world. But the race season is just half way through and there are more challenges that await Royalty For Life and one of them will be the $400,000 Zweig Memorial Trot at Vernon Downs on Sunday, August 25. “We are hoping if all goes well to race him in the Colonial Trot next,” said co-owner Paul Fontaine, “And then we plan on sending him to the Zweig.” This week Royalty For Life will get a much earned rest and then his schedule gets tough again with the $500,000 Colonial Trot on August 17 at Pocono Downs followed the very next week with the $400,000 Zweig Memorial. Sired in New York by RC Royalty, who stands at Morrisville State College in upstate, NY, Royalty For Life is his top offspring. This year he has won four of his seven starts with earnings of $694,000 and lifetime has 11 wins in 20 starts and earnings of $1,029,000. He is trained by George Ducharme and is co-owned by Alfred Ross (who bred the horse), RW “Chip” Campbell (who raised him) and Paul Fontaine, all of whom are from New England. But it won’t be a walk in the park for Royalty For Life, as the best trotting colts in the nation are eligible to this year’s classic event and they will not allow Royalty For Life to just walk away with the top purse money. Also eligible is Smilin Eli, who was second to Royalty For Life both in the first heat and the final of the Hambletonian. And joining him may be Corky, winner of the $500,000 Beal Memorial and was third in the Hambletonian. In fact, of the 23 horses that raced in the $1,200,000 Hambletonian heats, 12 are eligible to compete in the Zweig. Some of those standouts include Spider Blue Chip, who captured an elimination division of the Hambletonian in 1:53.4 for his fifth win in nine starts this year; the 2012 Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Wheeling N Dealin, Aperfectyankee, Dontyouforgetit and High Bridge. Conditions for the Zweig state that the top nine money winners in 2013 will be entered in the $400,000 final and the next nine top money earners will race in the $80,000 consolation race. On the same day at Vernon Downs, the fillies will also be in action in the Zweig Memorial Trot Filly division and the purse for the main event is $170,000 and a $40,000 consolation race. The top contender so far this season is NY bred, To Dream On by Credit Winner and she was the 2012 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. This season To Dream On has gotten off to a rough start with just one win in seven races for the Jimmy Takter Stable, but in her last start, despite making a costly break, she was able to rebound and come back to finish third in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. To Dream On is owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfield and Sam Goldband of Ontario and is a career winner of $820,000 and has nine wins in 15 lifetime starts for trainer Jimmy Takter. Frau Blucher is another top filly eligible to the Zweig. Earlier this season she won at Pocono Downs in 1:52.3 and has four wins in seven starts this year for trainer Chris Oakes. Also a standout is Mistery Woman for trainer Jonas Czernyson. She has three wins in eight starts and a record of 1:53. Other contenders include Fashion Athena, Handover Belle and Time To Kill. By Steve Wolf

Many of the nation’s top three-year-old trotting colts and fillies are eligible for the estimated $700,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trots in 2013. The races will be held on Sunday, August 25 at Vernon Downs, just three weeks after the prestigious Hambletonian. And over the past two months many of the best Zweig-eligible trotters have been winning major stakes races throughout the country. The Zweig Memorial is named after Dr. Harry M. Zweig, a distinguished veterinarian who played a pivotal role in improving Standardbred racing and breeding in New York State, and will feature both an Open division for colts & geldings and a separate filly division. The colts & geldings will race in the final for an estimated $400,000 with consolation divisions totaling $80,000. The fillies race in the final for $170,000 and $40,000 in the consolations. What make the Zweig Memorial different is that upon being entered in the box, the top nine highest money earning horses in 2013 will go in each of the finals. Then the same procedure is in place for the consolations divisions. Emerging in the spotlight just this past week is Royalty For Life. The New York-bred and owned colt by RC Royalty, beat many of the top sophomore trotters in the nation with his impressive neck triumph in the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands on July 13. Trained by George Ducharme and co-owned by Alfred Ross, Raymond W J Campbell and Paul Fontaine of MA and RI respectively, Royalty For Life posted his first win in four starts with a 1:52 victory for driver Brian Sears. He was a $334,000 winner at age 2. Finishing second to Royalty For Life in that photo was Spider Blue Chip, another top Zweig eligible colt, who hails from the Chuck Sylvester Stable and owners David McDuffee of FL and Melvin Hartman of Ontario. This son of Andover Hall has three wins in six starts and $140,000 in earnings in 2013. He has a record of 1:52.3 taken at the Meadowlands in winning the $50,000 Reynolds Stake. Also in the race and finishing fourth was $600,000 career winner Corky and scratched from the race was Smilin Eli, a $146,000 winner this year. Both colts are expected Zweig starters.  The undefeated 2012 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year, Wheeling N Dealin, had made just one start in 2013 and was fourth against older horses but is expected to be ready for the Zweig. Also eligible are recent winners, Aperfectyankee, High Bridge, Jurgen Hanover and Crazy About Pat Heading the filly division of the Zweig Memorial is the 2012 USHWA two-year-old Trotting Filly of the year, To Dream On. This royally bred daughter of New York sire Credit Winner has had it rough so far in 2013. She was fourth last week in the $265,000 Del Miller Memorial Trot, but two starts back won a $27,000 division of the Reynolds Stakes at the Meadowlands in 1:54. Another standout is Frau Blucher, who was second in the Stanley Dancer last week. That was her first loss in five starts this year. Earlier she had won her first four starts, the fastest an impressive 1:52.3 victory at Pocono Downs in the PASS. She has career earnings of $581,000 and is sired by Broadway Hall. And yes, she is named after the old housekeeper (played by Cloris Leachman) on the movie, Young Frankenstein. Also a big contender is Mistery Woman, who was third in the Del Miller and is a career winner of $216,000 and has already won a $59,000 PASS division in 1:55.2. Other eligible fillies are Fashion Athena, who is a career winner of $264,000 and recently won at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:56.3 but last year took a fast mark of 1:53.2,  Royal Assets, Perfect Alliance, Hall La La, Handover Belle and Holy Mary. It may be mid July, but August 25 will be right around the corner and all eyes will then focus on Vernon Downs for the Zweig Memorial! By Steve Wolf

Most of the best three-year-old colt and filly trotters in North America have been made eligible for the estimated $700,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot in 2013.

He was known as the 'good Doctor' and on August 25 this year the late Dr Harold M. Zweig will be honored again when the $400,000 Zweig Memorial 3yo Open Trot and the $180,000 Zweig Memorial 3yo Fillies Trot will be raced at Vernon Downs.

Fans were treated to the best harness racing has to offer this past Sunday afternoon at Vernon Downs. Ron Pierce secured his second Drivers' Championship victory and $25,000 first place check by winning the last race of the contest with a 16-to-1 longshot.

Win Missy B, a three-year-old New York-bred daughter of Conway Hall, wasn't good enough to defeat superstar Check Me Out in the $150,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot at Vernon Downs Sunday afternoon, but she put up a great fight to finish second by a length and a quarter in a World Record-tying 1:51.3.

Hambletonian winner Market Share added the $350,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial to his portfolio of stakes victories on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Vernon Downs. The New Jersey-sired son of Revenue was a two-length winner over Magic Tonight in a stakes and track record time of 1:52.1.

Multiple Standardbred stars were in orbit around the fast 7/8ths-mile harness racing oval at Vernon Downs on Sunday afternoon (August 26) as the track's State Fair racing weekend concluded with a power-packed 13-race program. As the dust settled, the brightest stars at day's end were Check Me Out, Market Share and Ron Pierce.

Archangel will see familiar foes in Sunday's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters, but this time it is on his home turf.

Historic Vernon Downs will revisit its former glory on the afternoon of Sunday, August 26, the final day of the recreation of State Fair weekend. Being raced for the very first time at Vernon, the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial has attracted harness racing's very finest three year old trotters in the land.

Vernon Downs is gearing up for the harness racing 'State Fair' weekend (August 24 - 26) featuring the 2-year old New York bred races, the $ 700,000 (e) Zweig Memorial Trot, and the Sixth Annual $ 50,000 Drivers' Championship.

Vernon Downs is gearing up for the State Fair weekend (August 24 - 26) featuring the 2-year old New York bred races, the $ 700,000 (e) Zweig Memorial Trot, and the Sixth Annual $ 50,000 Drivers' Championship.

The State Fair weekend kicks off on Friday, August 24 with the 2-year old filly trotters and pacers with a post time of 6:55 pm. Vernon Downs will be hosting a carnival like atmosphere all weekend long (August 24 - 26) leading up to Sunday's (August 26 - post time 1:15 pm) harness racing Drivers' Championship and $700,000e Zweig Memorial Trot.

There have been several changes made for this season's harness racing $50,000 Vernon & Meadowlands Drivers' Championship, the most noticeable of which is the new location.

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