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Saturday, September 6, 2014


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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 5, 2014—When Yonkers Raceway hosts the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions next Saturday (Sept. 13), all the available cash won’t be reserved for the participants.

Along with a cool $1.8 million in purses—eight sire stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits at $225,000 each—Yonkers is offering a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool. The 50-cent base wager shall be sequenced as races 5 through 9, all of which figure to be very competitive statebred events.

“The Night of Champions is one of our best programs of the season, and by adding a Pick 5 guarantee we hope to attract even more interest,” Raceway Chief Operating Officer Bob Galterio said. 

Please note that, as per existing Pick 5 rules, should no one select all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) would carry over to the Monday (Sept. 15) card. The Night of Champions Pick 5 guarantee is a partnership of Yonkers Raceway, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the US Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The races are to be drawn Tuesday (Sept. 9), with program pages for the “guarantee” available soon after at

            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.