BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 26, 2016—We can’t vouch for the ‘bright,’ but there’s no disputing the ‘early,’ with Yonkers Raceway returning from its Thanksgiving break Sunday morning at 10 minutes past 11.
The 11-race program features the first seven races as ‘French’ trots, all with overflow fields at the mile-and-a-quarter distance.
The $56,000 Open Handicap Trots goes as the opener, with Not Afraid (Dan Dube), off last week’s 18-1 upset, starting from post position No. 9 in the second tier.
Sunday’s earlier-than-usual start does amend the ‘New York, New York Double’ a bit, using Yonkers’ sixth race (post time 1:40 PM) as the back end instead the fifth race. The gimmick begins with Aqueduct’s third race (post time 1:18 PM).
This past Sunday’s two-track, two-breed double was scrapped due to Aqueduct’s high-wind cancellation, though it’s scheduled to be in play three more times (this Sunday, Dec. 4, Dec. 18) this season (this week’s program pages accompany).
Speaking of Dec. 4, Yonkers’ first post that day is 11:30 AM.