10. Races Start from a Moving Gate Attached to the Starter Car

And they’re off! While most thoroughbred races start at a gate with horses stationary in pens, in harness-racing the horses are already moving when they get to the starting line. Horses are lined up in their positions and start to trot or pace behind a starter car that has motorized gates which fold up at the starting line. On our tour of Yonkers Raceway one lucky guests got to actually ride in the starter car and experience this amazing view: