Image Courtesy of Yonkers Raceway

Located just two miles from the Bronx, the historic Yonkers Raceway at Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts is just carrying on a racing tradition begun over 100 years ago. Founded in 1899 as the Empire City Track by William H. Clark’s Empire City Trotting Club, the half-mile dirt track was built for standardbred harness racing, a practice that continues to this day. This August, Yonkers Raceway is opening its barn doors for a behind-the-scenes tour like no other. Enter the raceway’s legendary paddock where harness racing’s premier horses await their turn to claim victory, get up-close-and-personal with the horses while hearing from a world-class driver and harness racing expert. You will even get some tips on how to bet on the ponies while watching the races from the private Drivers’ Building and the Winner’s Circle. You can join this free VIP experience if you are an Untapped Cities Insider. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!


  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and racing experience
  • Go inside the paddock where horses wait for the races
  • Meet & greet with world-class racing driver and racing expert
  • Watch the races from the Driver’s Building and Winner’s Circle
  • Wagering lesson and complimentary racing program
  • Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts swag bag
  • Group photo opportunity inside the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse and driver

DATE: Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, 6:15PM-7:15PM AND 8:00PM-9:00PM (These are two separate tours, so more Insiders can be accommodated!)

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

REGISTRATION: Tuesday, August 13th at 12PM EST

The adjoining casino complex boasts more than 5,000 slot machines and hosts twelve live harness races a night, five nights a week, year round. Every race night nearly 100 horses from around the Tri-State area travel to the historic track to carry on the century old racing tradition. Insiders are welcome to stay for the remaining races or head inside to try their luck in the casino, enjoy free live music in the Entertainment Lounge, or stop by The Pub for one of their new and refreshing cocktails.

Check out photos from our first Insider’s visit to the track!

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See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.

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