Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's Fall Harvest Festival Saturday night. Eight, $50,000 events for New York-bred harness racing 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits highlight the parimutuel portion of the program. They go as the first eight races on the dozen-race card.
However, the Fall Harvest Festival--a joint effort with the Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York--features events both on and off the racing surface.
Activities include pony rides, face painting, live music, a blacksmith demonstration, sampling of fine New York-grown products (including apples, wine and cheese), the chance to have your picture sitting on a sulky...and the ever-popular T-shirt giveaway.
There's also a raffle to win a set of colors from Yonkers' leading drivers, and the good folks from Blue Chip Farms, the Harness Racing
Museum & Hall of Fame as the well as the New York Sire Stakes and the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State are also coming down to participate.
ier in the evening, nine of New York's elected officials settle their differences on the track in the Legislators Challenge, where political protocol goes out the window in a pair of pre-card events beginning at 6 PM.
Not taking this lightly, all participants--two senators (majority leader Pedro Espada Jr. and Joseph Griffo) and seven members of the assembly (Nelson Castro, Michael Cusick, Michael DenDekker, Tim Gordon, Rory Lancman, Gary Pretlow and Mike Spano)--are in serious training leading up to the Challenge..
The Fall Harvest Festival--which includes a VIP tent for horse owners--gets underway at 5:30 PM on the track apron, with first post at the customary 7:10 PM.
Yonkers' regular five-night-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) remains in effect. First post for all racing programs is 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.