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Friday, February 28, 2014


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 27, 2014—Yonkers Raceway’s Thursday Pick 5, buoyed by a $25,000 guaranteed pool—had the requisite guaranteed interest.

A total of $24,825 of fresh money was tossed in to accompany the $7,500 carryover (via a Tuesday non-hit), so the till was oversized.
The winning combination of 8/5/5/7/1---just one double-digit proposition and one delivered-the-goods favorite--returned $1,741.25 for every two quarters.

The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.

The Pick 5 offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday (in conjunction with the US Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program), with program pages for those “guarantee” days available for perusal at

Also of note during a brisk Thursday night at the office, driver Mark MacDonald—sidelined since the last week of January after post-accident (he wasn’t sure which one) surgery on his nose and cheekbone–made a successful return. MacDonald won with his first drive back, angling McEver ($19.80) off the cones to win the $6,500 third-race pace going away in 1:58

The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.