Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino

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Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino, founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and slots racino located at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers, New York, near the New York City border.wikipedia
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Yonkers, New York

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Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino, founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and slots racino located at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers, New York, near the New York City border.
The city is home to several attractions, including Untermyer Park; Hudson River Museum; Saw Mill River daylighting, wherein a parking lot was removed to uncover a river; Science Barge; Sherwood House; and Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track that has renovated its grounds and clubhouse and added legalized video slot machine gambling in 2006 in a "racino" called Empire City.

MGM Resorts International

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It is owned by MGM Growth Properties and operated by MGM Resorts International.
In January 2019 the company took over Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY and also recently opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.

Scarsdale Handicap

Among the notable thoroughbreds who raced at Empire City, in 1936 Seabiscuit won the Scarsdale Handicap.
The Scarsdale Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race open to horses age three and older first run on October 16, 1918 over a mile and seventy yards on dirt at Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, New York.

Cane Pace

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In 1950, William H. Cane, for whom the Cane Pace is named, headed a syndicate formed as the Algam Corporation which acquired Empire City and converted it to Yonkers Raceway. Yonkers used to be the site of the Cane Pace, one of the legs of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers.
The race was first run as the William H. Cane Futurity in 1955 at Yonkers Raceway in New York.

Barney Oldfield

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One such event occurred in 1902 when Barney Oldfield set a one-mile (1.6 km) record in an automobile at Empire City Race Track.
Two months later, he drove one mile in 55.8 seconds at the Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, New York.

Empire City Handicap

The Empire City Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race inaugurated on October 22, 1900, as part of the opening day racecard at Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, New York.

Seabiscuit

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Among the notable thoroughbreds who raced at Empire City, in 1936 Seabiscuit won the Scarsdale Handicap.
Improvements came quickly, and in their remaining eight races in the East, Seabiscuit and Pollard won several times, including the Detroit Governor's Handicap (worth $5,600) and the Scarsdale Handicap ($7,300) at Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, New York.

Butler Handicap

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The Butler Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race first run at Empire City Race Track in Yonkers, New York in 1935 as the Butler Memorial Handicap.

James Butler (grocer)

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The facility was purchased by New York grocery store magnate James Butler, who reopened it for Thoroughbred horse racing in 1907.
In early 1907, he purchased the closed Empire City Race Track, a "trotting" track, and reopened it for thoroughbred racing.

Harness racing

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Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino, founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and slots racino located at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers, New York, near the New York City border.
The most notable harness tracks in North America are the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey, Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York, The Red Mile in Kentucky and Mohawk Raceway in Ontario.

Rooney family

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In 1972, the Rooney family acquired Yonkers Raceway.
Their maternal grandfather, Timothy James "Tim" Rooney, has run Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York since 1972.

MGM Growth Properties

It is owned by MGM Growth Properties and operated by MGM Resorts International.
In January 2019, the company bought another racino, Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino, for $625 million, and leased it to MGM Resorts.

Messenger Stakes

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It is now the host track for another leg, the Messenger Stakes.
From 1988 to 1994, the race changed locations several times, from Yonkers Raceway (Yonkers, New York) to Freestate Raceway to Rosecroft Raceway (both in Maryland).

Dan Rooney

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At the time of publication, they owned Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track outside of New York City, and Palm Beach Kennel Club, a greyhound racetrack in West Palm Beach.

Yonkers Trot

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Yonkers is also home to the Yonkers Trot, one of the legs of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters.

Saratoga Casino Hotel

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Despite a "soft opening", with no major advertising or promotional campaigns, Yonkers netted $3.8 million in revenue in its first week, outpacing its nearest competitor, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, by two-thirds.
The racino measure also allowed Saratoga Casino and Raceway to offer the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions in 2005 and 2006 while Yonkers Raceway was being renovated to allow for video slots.

Ice Bucket Challenge

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The casino has hosted an annual Ice Bucket Challenge event each year since 2014, reaching the fifth year running in 2018.
The Empire City Casino in Yonkers announced it would hold a Challenge event for the fifth year running.

Art Rooney Pace

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The Art Rooney Pace is an American harness racing event for three-year-old standardbred pacers run each year at Yonkers Raceway with the exception of 2006 when it was hosted by Monticello Raceway.

Studio V Architecture

In January 2013, Empire City Casino completed a new $50 million expansion designed by Studio V Architecture that added 66,000 square feet to the casino.

Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters

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Yonkers is also home to the Yonkers Trot, one of the legs of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters.

USA Cross Country Championships

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The track was the site of the 1941 USA Cross Country Championships.

Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers

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Yonkers used to be the site of the Cane Pace, one of the legs of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers.

Glidemaster

Glidemaster, by virtue of winning the $728,000 Yonkers Trot, became the eighth horse to clinch the Trotting Triple Crown; the trotter would go on to be named 2006 Harness Horse of the Year.
Glidemaster was the first trotter since 1972 to win the Trotting Triple Crown on the traditional format of two mile tracks, The Hambletonian] at The Meadowlands and the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile and a half mile track, the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway.

Freehold Raceway

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The Messenger was moved to Harrington Raceway in Delaware in both years, and the Yonkers Trot was moved to Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, IL in 2004, and Freehold Raceway in New Jersey in 2005.
In 2005, Freehold was also the temporary home of the Yonkers Trot, part of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters, while renovations took place at Yonkers Raceway.

Standardbred

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Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino, founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and slots racino located at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers, New York, near the New York City border.