Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers Raceway is one of the East Coast's most popular harness racing facilities.

Located at Central and Yonkers Avenues in Yonkers, New York, Yonkers Raceway has been the home of the historic Empire City Trotting Club since 1899.

Yonkers Raceway is still one of today's most preeminent attractions in the tri-state area.

It hosts the annual New York Night of Champions which is the culmination of the multi-million-dollar New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) program.

The race showcases the "best of the best" among 2 and 3-year olds of both sexes and gaits.

The New York Night of Champions began at Yonkers Raceway in 1991 and has been hosted there ever since.

A Brief History of Yonkers Raceway

In 1899, the track opened as Empire City Trotting Club. It was built at a cost of US $780,000 by copper magnate William H. Clark and grocery tycoon James Butler; the actual construction was done by Seth Griffin. Opening day, September 4, drew 12,000 patrons.

Here are more of Yonkers Raceway's historical highlights:

  • The track was dark from 1900 to 1906 but reopened in 1907 offering thoroughbred racing. It would become a fixture up to 1942. Major stakes such as the Empire City and Westchester Handicaps attracted the top runners of the era, including Seabiscuit, Discovery, and Questionnaire.

  • Pari-mutuel wagering was legalized in 1940. The Westchester track was enlarged and improved at a cost of $600,000. A new building for pari-mutuel machines was created at the end of the grandstand.

  • Harness racing returned in 1943, where the Hambletonian was held that year. Volo Song, with Ben White at the controls, won the prestigious event.

  • In 1950, the track took on major renovations under direction of William H. Cane, the 'Father of the Hambletonian'. The facility was renamed Yonkers Raceway. A half-mile oval replaced its one-mile predecessor. The venue reopened April 27, 1950 to 21,178 patrons who wagered $688,009. Yonkers achieved the first $1 million handle in trotting history on May 20, 1950. Crowds averaged 14,766 and wagered $688,335 per night over 73 programs that year.

  • In 1954, Yonkers Raceway became the first harness facility to top $2 million in handle in a single night.

  • In 1955, the Trotting Triple Crown originated with the Yonkers Trot. The Trot conceived to complement the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity. The first Cane Pace was also held in that same year.

  • In 1962, Yonkers Raceway became the first harness track to top the $3 million handle mark for a single night. It achieved this mark on the night of November 30. A crowd of 35,677 wagered an amazing $3,191,020 on that unforgettable evening.

  • On December 15, 1969, Yonkers Raceway achieved its highest ever single-night handle - $3,220,686.

  • In 1990, the 'Hubless Rail' consisting of two-foot Styrofoam pylons, was installed at Yonkers on September 10.

  • In 1993, Silver Almahurst (Jim Morrill Jr.) set a world record on a half-mile track by capturing the George Morton Levy Memorial Final on April 24 in a sizzling 1:50:4. American Winner (Ron Pierce) set a new Yonkers Trot record on July 10 by capturing the first jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown in 1:56:2. This mark also set a new Yonkers Raceway track record. On August 14, the USA's Giant Force captured the 35th International Trot in 2:27, a world record for the mile and 1/4 distance.

  • In 1996, Yonkers Raceway "stretched the stretch", elongating the homestretch by 50 percent from 440 feet to its present 660 feet.

  • In 1997, Yonkers Raceway underwent a dramatic facelift. That same year, Western Dreamer won the Raceway's final Cane Pace en route to capturing the sport's first Pacing Triple Crown since Ralph Hanover some 14 years earlier.

  • In 1998, driver Walter Case Jr. won 978 races at Yonkers, smashing the record for the most wins by one driver at one track in a single year. Case's 1,076 total wins also set a single-season standard.

  • In 1999, Yonkers Raceway celebrated its centennial with grand festivities.

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First Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 01:01

Horse Jockey Odds
VENGANCEMatt Kakaley 4/1
DAVID ON ICETyler Buter 10/1
THESEYESRCRYINGEric Carlson 3/1
HELLO HOT SHOTScott Zeron 10/1
OPEN WATEREric Abbatiello 4/1
ACHILLES BLUE CHIPDaniel Dube 9/2
UF FAST FEELINMark Macdonald 9/1
WESTERN COLEJason Bartlett 10/1

Second Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 01:21

Horse Jockey Odds
MOVEMENTTyler Buter 2/1
SUN OF A VICTORYDaniel Dube 7/2
PRINCE LAUXMONTJason Bartlett 5/2
DIAMONDS R USScott Zeron 9/1
NICE DREAMMatt Kakaley 20/1
MARQUESASMark Macdonald 12/1
CABO SAN LUKASJordan Stratton 20/1
AMALFI COASTEric Carlson 6/1

Third Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 01:41

Horse Jockey Odds
OUTBURSTTyler Buter 9/5
KEENANJeff Gregory 7/1
JUSTANOTHERSPURMatt Kakaley 20/1
ELINJason Bartlett 2/1
BELIEVABLEJordan Stratton 12/1
BRICKYARD TOOTSRay Baynes 4/1
PACIFIC MARGAUXJohn Plutino 20/1
HESGOTLEGSMark Macdonald 20/1

Fourth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 02:01

Horse Jockey Odds
CANDY STASHAndy Miller 6/1
YAGOT CLASSDaniel Dube 7/1
PINE TABMark Macdonald 15/1
THERAPUTICMatt Kakaley 7/5
DREAM DEFENCE NScott Zeron 15/1
GAELIC AND GARLICTyler Buter 15/1
LENNY MACEric Carlson 7/1
PROUD MOMENTJason Bartlett 7/2

Fifth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 02:21

Horse Jockey Odds
LUCKY COLBYEric Carlson 7/5
JACKIE GOLDSTEINDaniel Dube 9/2
RUSSELL THE MUSCLEJim Marshall III 20/1
BELL A CHICKJim Marohn Jr 7/2
ABC CROWN ME QUEENMark Macdonald 5/2
BROOKROADDONNIEJordan Stratton 15/1

Sixth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 02:41

Horse Jockey Odds
DETROIT RAPPERJim Marohn Jr 9/5
WARRAWEE PREFERREDScott Zeron 9/1
SCHLIM SCHLAMMADaniel Dube 12/1
MARCH AWARENESSMatt Kakaley 5/1
VALLEY GLIDERMark Macdonald 15/1
BENTLEY KARANJason Bartlett 8/5
A COOL MILLIONJordan Stratton 10/1

Seventh Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 03:01

Horse Jockey Odds
DOT DOT DOT DASHDaniel Dube 3/2
BLOCKING THE WAYAndy Miller 8/1
WILD SMILEJim Marshall III 6/1
STRIKER ACETyler Buter 20/1
MASSIVE TALENTJordan Stratton 6/1
TIME WILL TELL ALLMatt Kakaley 5/2
MICHAEL'S WILD BOYJason Bartlett 12/1

Eighth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 03:21

Horse Jockey Odds
JUSTIN ON BROADWAYAndy Miller 5/2
MERGATROIDJim Marshall III 4/1
EXPLOSIVE VICTORYJason Bartlett 6/1
KEYSTONE WASABIJordan Stratton 3/1
BRICKYARD CLASSICRay Baynes 20/1
CHOCOLATE XPLOSIONAlessandro Spano 20/1
ADRENALIN JUNKIEDaniel Dube 20/1
MARKUP HANOVERTyler Buter 4/1

Ninth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 03:41

Horse Jockey Odds
VIBE BLUE CHIPMatt Kakaley 6/1
SHELIKESCANDYJim Marshall III 7/1
FIRE IN THE CELLEric Carlson 7/2
EXPLOSIVE ACTIONTyler Buter 5/2
GENIUS AT WORKAndy Miller 20/1
MASSACAIAJason Bartlett 2/1
BINGO QUEENDaniel Dube 15/1
SUEGRABBITNRUNJordan Stratton 20/1

Tenth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 04:01

Horse Jockey Odds
WESTERN CREDITScott Zeron 5/2
SON OF NORDICTyler Buter 6/1
BLUEBIRD KIDSQUEENEric Abbatiello 15/1
WINWOOD SCOUTJordan Stratton 4/1
DREAMSTEELERJason Bartlett 2/1
POCKET PASSERMark Macdonald 20/1
CELEBRITY BLUECHIPEric Carlson 10/1
SEAGRAMDaniel Dube 20/1

Eleventh Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 04:21

Horse Jockey Odds
MR FANTASYEric Carlson 5/1
RIVER RUNS DEEPJordan Stratton 9/2
WACO BRUISERJason Bartlett 4/1
SECRET DELIGHTJeff Gregory 7/1
ARROWDaniel Dube 20/1
AWESOME DEORay Baynes 20/1
JK ALLNITELONGMark Macdonald 5/2
MR JULIANTyler Buter 6/1

Twelfth Race Post Time: Apr-14-2015 04:48

Horse Jockey Odds
A EXSCAPE ARTISTEric Abbatiello 3/1
DONT TELL WAYNEJason Bartlett 2/1
HARDTS OR BETTORDaniel Dube 9/1
MOVE BLUE CHIPJordan Stratton 20/1
SIR SAM'S Z TAMJeff Gregory 3/1
BIG CITY JEWELEric Carlson 6/1
FAIRYTALE PRINCETyler Buter 20/1
LISCLOONMark Macdonald 20/1