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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.

The Zweig Memorial 3YO trot will have both a new location and harness racing format in 2012. Raced on Sunday, August 26th over Vernon Downs' highly regarded seven-eighths mile strip for the first time, the race is expected to attract the top sophomores in training.

Some significant changes have been made to the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) harness racing program for 2012.

Harness racing tracks Tioga Downs and Vernon Dows have finalized their 2012 race and stakes schedule for the upcoming race season (pending regulatory approval).

The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for harness racing three year old trotters has undergone several important changes for this year's edition. The conditions for the race have been revised from split divisions to a format that puts the top nine money winners for 2012 into the main event with a consolation for the next nine that enter.

Canadian superstar Jody Jamieson won his second World Driving title in 2011 solidifying his spot amongst the elite harness racing drivers in the world with a dominant win in the fifth Annual $50,000 Drivers' Championship at Tioga Downs.

In the Zweig Memorial for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters, Broad Bahn rebounded off of his loss in the Colonial to take home a division of the Zweig in 1:55.3. Harness racing driver George Brennan gained control of the field and cut through fractions of 27.3, 58, and 1:26.1 before going away from the field with ease to win for the fifth time in ten seasonal starts.

Due to concerns about the weather and traveling conditions along the east coast, Tioga Downs has postponed the Sunday, August 28th harness racing card in its entirety to Monday, August 29th with a post time of 6:30PM. The card will be moved intact, the Zweig Memorial stakes and the Drivers' Championship will be contested as planned on Monday.

Tioga Downs has cancelled the scheduled detention for those horses racing in the Zweig Memorial 3YO Colt Trot on Sunday, August 28, due to weather concerns. Harness racing horsemen are urged to ship to Tioga sooner rather than later and stalls will be available to those that desire to stay overnight Saturday, but there will be no formal detention and an overnight stay is not mandatory.

The nine harness racing drivers competing in the six drivers championship races on Sunday afternoon (August 28) at Tioga Downs have all selected a charity and agreed to donate their 5% earnings on those races to those charities. David Miller, Ed Hensley, Tim Tetrick, and Yannick Gingras have all selected the Standardbred Retirement Foundation as their 2011 charity.

This Sunday (August 28th) will be a feature harness racing day for Tioga Downs with the $50,000 Fifth Annual Drivers' Championship along with the Zweig Memorial Trot beginning at 1:30 pm. Also, adding to the excitement for Sunday afternoon is a $5,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool that will be on the final four races of the afternoon card.

The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial stakes for 3YO colt & filly trotters will be raced on Sunday, August 28 at Tioga Downs as part of the 5th annual harness racing Drivers' Championship card. Among the eligibles are Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn, Colonial winner Manofmanymissions and Colonial Consolation I winner Charlie De Vie.

Canada's Jody Jamieson captured the $10,000 prize in the first leg of the Tioga/Meadowlands Drivers' Championship on Saturday night with 23 points earned over four competition races. Hot off his sweep of the World Driving Championship, Jamieson is now in the best position to land the $25,000 grand prize in the final round of the harness racing contest on Sunday, August 28 at Tioga Downs.

Four races have been slated to make up the opening leg of the harness racing 2011 Fifth Annual Drivers' Championship to begin on Saturday, August 20th on closing night at The Meadowlands. The Championship will kick off in race number two at the Big M featuring Yannick Gingras, David Miller, Ron Pierce, George Brennan, Ed Hensley, Tim Tetrick, Andy Miller, Brian Sears, and Jody Jamieson.

In an effort to keep the sport's stars racing longer, the Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will change their harness racing stakes conditions to make horses sired by 4-year-old stallions ineligible to participate.

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