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Friday, October 9, 2015


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

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 8, 2015—All the cash associated with Yonkers Raceway’s million-dollar International Trot won’t be disbursed on the racetrack.  

Yonkers Raceway, in conjunction with the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the U-S Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering, shall offer a $75,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool for the special matinee Trot program (first post 2 PM) as this marquee event returns after a two-decade hiatus.

The wager includes $25,000 of “seed money” and encompasses races 2 through 6 on the card, with the 10-horse International scheduled as the fourth race (approximate post 3:10 PM). Yonkers’ Pick 5—a 50-cent base wager—usually goes from races 7 through 11.

“We are  all very excited to see the International come back,” Raceway president Tim Rooney said. “We’ve put together an excellent field and we invite all our fans to enjoy it and test their handicapping skills.”   

Some other notes regarding this special guarantee…

--though additional monies may be carried over should the gimmick not be hit before Saturday, the total guaranteed pool remains at $75,000;
--as always, the Pick 5 is not a “must-pay” wager, so if no one selects all five winners in the sequence, the entire pool (minus takeout) would move to the Monday, Oct. 12, program;
--program pages for this wager accompany this release and shall be available at

Again, please note the International is part of a matinee card, with first post at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:10 PM. Also note that a superfecta has been added to the International Trot wagering menu.