Yonkers, NY—Yonkers Raceway rings in its 2018 racing season this Sunday, January 7th, with a dozen races on a matinee card and a first post of 11:30 AM. It’s the first of 238 live cards at Empire City Casino’s historic half-mile oval.
Races 2 ($50,000 Open Handicap, post time 12:15 PM) through 8 (post time 3:15 PM) go as overflow-field, added-distance ‘French’ trots. Final race post time is 4:35 PM.
Note that the sequence for Sunday’s “New York, New York Double,” featuring one race from Aqueduct and one race from Yonkers, has not been finalized. Updates, with program pages, shall be sent when available.
Yonkers’ January schedule includes all Sundays (remaining post times TBA), along with Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings (post time 7:10 PM). Dates are pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.
Perennial leading driver Jason Bartlett, who captured his seventh driving title at Yonkers in 2017, tries for a fifth straight championship. Leading 2017 conditioner Richard Banca is in defense of his trainers title.