Yonkers Raceway was founded in 1899, as the Empire City Trotting Club. From 1907 through 1943, thoroughbred racing replaced harness racing. Seabiscuit was one of the many famous thoroughbreds that graced this track.
In 1972, the Rooney family acquired Yonkers Raceway and has maintained live harness racing for over 35 years.
In 2001, New York State enacted legislation authorizing slot machines at eight specific horse racing facilities, including Yonkers Raceway.
In June 2005, Yonkers Raceway closed its doors to construct the new gaming operation. The original six-story club house was renovated on the first two floors to accommodate over 2,000 video gaming machines and restaurants. A new one-story building was constructed to hold- 3,000 additional video gaming machines, an international food court, bars, an entertainment lounge and much more.
Yonkers Raceway remains one of harness racing’s few year-round facilities, with world class racing available throughout the calendar year. The racing schedule is five days per week, with first post at 7:10PM ET on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We also race on 11 Sundays through the year, post time varies – please see our race calendar for details.
Our purses are adjusted throughout the year – please contact our Race Office or check our daily program for the latest information.
Yonkers is the proud home of three major harness events: the Yonkers Trot, Art Rooney Pace and Messenger Stakes. The Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes are part of the Trotting and Pacing Triple Crowns, respectively, making Yonkers the only track to host legs of each gait’s Triple Crown.
Yonkers Raceway augments its year-round harness schedule with 12 months of simulcasting from North America’s leading harness and thoroughbred venues. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live racing programs, while afternoon simulcasting is available around the NYRA schedule (usually Wednesday through Sunday).