Grazing in the grass before $1 million International Trot

by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Raceway does not have a turf course — the last anyone checked — but that didn’t stop some of the participants for Saturday afternoon’s (Oct. 13) $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino.

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France’s Up And Quick (with caretaker Angelique Beaufils) took to the track’s infield Friday.

France’s Up And Quick (with caretaker Angelique Beaufils) and Lionel from Norway (with caretaker Per Pergenius) took to the track’s infield Friday (Oct. 12) for a stroll and a bite, respectively.

They, along with the other eight entrants, were to be in the Raceway paddock by 1 p.m. Friday in preparation for the 40th International.

The detention rules and regulations were as directed by, and administered through, the New York State Gaming Commission.

Saturday’s race schedule:

Race 1 – 1 p.m.
Race 2 – 1:20 p.m.
Race 3 – 1:40 p.m.
Race 4 – 2 p.m.
Race 5 – 2:20 p.m.
Race 6 – 2:40 p.m.
Race 7 – 3:10 p.m. ($250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot-1-1/4 miles)
Race 8 – 3:40 p.m. ($1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino-1-1/4 miles)
Race 9 – 4:10 p.m. (Open Trot)
Race 10 – 4:40 p.m. Trot (races seven through 10 simulcast to French-hubbed audience)
Race 11 – 5 p.m. ($250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace)
Race 12 – 5:20 p.m. (races 11 and 12 simulcast to the ‘Down Under’ audience)

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