Yonkers Empire City Casino announces 2021 Racing Program dates
Empire City Casino officials say opening day of the 2021 Racing Program is scheduled for Jan. 11, pending approval by the State Gaming Commission.
According to a news release, the 234-race day calendar includes a stakes schedule featuring the return of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, and two Triple Crown events.
News 12 is told the calendar will shift to a five-consecutive weekday schedule. The plan offers live harness racing Monday through Friday as the city moves the Saturday race card to Wednesday.
The raceway also plans to reduce takeout rates on Pick 4 and Pick 5 races from 25% to 20%. They say the change was done to the benefit of bettors. A $1 Pick 6 wager will also be added.
Alex Dadoyan, director of racing at Yonkers Raceway, says “We are pleased to be able to lower the takeout rate on these popular multi-race wagers to the lowest levels allowed by the state.”
Due to current state regulations, races are to be run without fans in attendance. Only essential personnel and owners will be permitted on the track and required to adhere to strict health and safety protocols.
To view or wager a simulcast of the races, visit www.EmpireCityBets.com. Racing fans can create an account free of charge and view live racing at Yonkers Raceway and tracks across the country.
For further information on the race schedule, visit their website.