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: Sep-01-2014 07:10

Horse Jockey Odds
LILSHARKSHOOTERJason Bartlett 3/1
BAY FISHEN DOCDaniel Dube 3/2
VODKA IS TERRORGeorge Brennan 3/1
MAYFLOWERMOONSHINEJordan Stratton 15/1
LONG FIGHT HANOVERLarry Stalbaum 7/1
ONE TOUGH HOMBREJeff Gregory 20/1
FOX VALLEY LEOAustin Siegelman 20/1
FOX VALLEY TYRESEBrent Holland 20/1

Second Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 07:30

Horse Jockey Odds
ATLAS ALLIANCE NSteve Smith 3/1
SOMETHING FOR DOCBrent Holland 9/5
ART FOR ARTS SAKEDaniel Dube 6/1
AMERICAN VENTUREGeorge Brennan 5/2
OK FANTASTICJordan Stratton 20/1
PACIFIC DESPERADOJason Bartlett 20/1
HEMER'S CARD SHARKJeff Gregory 20/1
KNOCKING AROUNDLarry Stalbaum 20/1

Third Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 07:50

Horse Jockey Odds
J'S SMOOTHJAZZJd Lewis 5/1
HARTWELLBrian Connor 10/1
CHOCOLATE XPLOSIONHaralabos Giannoulis 15/1
THE FRESH PRINCEDaniel Dube 5/1
DRAMA FREELarry Stalbaum 5/1
CUDA SIXTY SIXJason Bartlett 8/5
COUNTRYGIRL ASGeorge Brennan 5/1
MUSCLE MASSACRESteve Smith 20/1

Fourth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 08:10

Horse Jockey Odds
BLUE FINJason Bartlett 2/1
IWANNARACE HANOVERGeorge Brennan 4/1
IDEAL FAMEJordan Stratton 3/1
WOODMERE TRAKEATERLarry Stalbaum 20/1
WILD SHOT HANOVERJeff Gregory 3/1
CRITICAL ACCLAIMAustin Siegelman 15/1
CUMULUS HANOVERBrent Holland 20/1
EIGHT TEN EOMDaniel Dube 20/1

Fifth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 08:30

Horse Jockey Odds
SAINT PATTY'S DOLLLarry Stalbaum 7/2
GO JESSE GOJason Bartlett 9/5
FLOWING JAMESJordan Stratton 20/1
NOWERLAND FIREBIRDEric Carlson 2/1
DREAM LAKEGeorge Brennan 7/1
DIAMONDS R USJeff Gregory 20/1
WINWOOD SCOUTDaniel Dube 20/1
NICE DREAMBrent Holland 20/1

Sixth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 08:50

Horse Jockey Odds
JOANN'S PRINCESSGeorge Brennan 3/1
H-ANDNHARLEYTHEJETSteve Smith 3/1
THE PERFECT DREAMJason Bartlett 5/2
GOTTA BE MEAustin Siegelman 10/1
ROLLATINIJeff Gregory 8/1
MOREMUNKYBUSINESSDaniel Dube 6/1
AMERICAN ALIVEEric Carlson 20/1
GORDJUSLarry Stalbaum 15/1

Seventh Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 09:10

Horse Jockey Odds
IDEAL DANNYDaniel Dube 7/2
KID CRUISERJordan Stratton 3/1
NO REAL SURPRISEJason Bartlett 3/2
BAD AS BARTEric Carlson 20/1
NASSAU COUNTYBrent Holland 20/1
WINDSUN THUNDERGeorge Brennan 8/1
ROLANDALE BUSTERJeff Gregory 12/1
IRA'S BIG GUYLarry Stalbaum 20/1

Eighth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 09:30

Horse Jockey Odds
SILOUETTEJason Bartlett 9/2
SHESAIDHESAIDISAIDGeorge Brennan 2/1
HIGHLAND ROCKSTARJeff Gregory 7/2
SHERKIN HANOVERJordan Stratton 7/2
MY CAROLINELarry Stalbaum 15/1
ROCKLINDAROCKEric Carlson 10/1
SANDY HOOK HANOVERDaniel Dube 20/1
ROCKNROLL MEGBrent Holland 20/1

Ninth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 09:50

Horse Jockey Odds
PAMS LEGACYGeorge Brennan 4/5
PENCE HANOVERDaniel Dube 4/1
SIMPLY BUSINESSEric Carlson 8/1
LUCKY MANJeff Gregory 12/1
SEEK THE DRAGONJason Bartlett 9/1
KEHMMYWOODBrent Holland 20/1
CONNERY BLUE CHIPJordan Stratton 12/1
BETTORS CURSELarry Stalbaum 20/1

Tenth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 10:10

Horse Jockey Odds
DIAMOND SAIDJason Bartlett 2/1
JOHNNY ZDaniel Dube 5/1
P H POWERPLAYEric Carlson 5/1
GRAB A CRABAustin Siegelman 3/1
LITTLE PRINCEJeff Gregory 8/1
BROOKSTONEBrent Holland 20/1
MOVEOUTOFMYWAYLarry Stalbaum 20/1
KEYSTONE RAPTORGeorge Brennan 10/1

Eleventh Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 10:30

Horse Jockey Odds
ORJeff Gregory 9/5
ROCNROLWILNEVERDIELarry Stalbaum 6/1
ANDERLECHTEric Carlson 7/1
OUR CULLENSCROWN NBrent Holland 12/1
CODE WORDGeorge Brennan 2/1
THUNDER'S FURYJordan Stratton 15/1
BJ'S BEQUIADaniel Dube 15/1
LETTUCEROCKU AJason Bartlett 12/1

Twelfth Race Post Time: Sep-01-2014 10:50

Horse Jockey Odds
SEAFOOD ANNIEEric Carlson 7/2
DIRT DIAMONDBrent Holland 7/1
UBETTORBETURLIFEJeff Gregory 15/1
RUSTY'S BLISSJason Bartlett 6/5
GET YOUR ARMORLarry Stalbaum 9/1
FIYONCEGeorge Brennan 5/1
CRAZY EIGHTSJordan Stratton 20/1
KATE CAN'T WAITDaniel Dube 20/1