The 66th season of live harness racing begins at Vernon Downs on Friday night.

Stephan Gibson, Marketing Services Manager at Vernon Downs, says they're looking forward to getting the season underway.

Highlights of the 2019 season include:

  • Kentucky Derby Day, on Saturday, May 4th.  Post time for racing is 4:30.
  • The Empire Breeders Classic Finals on Memorial Day.  Post time is 1:05.

The racing season will run through November 2nd.

A concert to benefit the Food Bank of Central New York will take place at Vernon Downs on August 9th, featuring country music legends Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood.

A check for over $44,000 from last year's benefit concert featuring Wynonna Judd was presented to the Food Bank

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX