Yonkers Raceway track opened in 1899 as the Empire City Trotting Club. The raceway was built at a cost of $780,000 by copper magnate William H. Clark and grocery tycoon James Butler. Its opening day in September 4 drew 12,000 patrons.
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Yonkers previously was the site of the Cane Pace, one of the legs of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers. It is now the host track for another leg, the Messenger Stakes. Yonkers is also home to the Yonkers Trot, one of the legs of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters.
Yonkers Raceway is also home to the Art Rooney Pace for three year olds. The final of the 2007 Art Rooney Pace, run on June 2, 2007, was the richest race in Yonkers history, with a $1 million purse.