Bonus: Horses are Drug Tested

Just like human athletes, horses are drug tested to check for performance enhancing substances. After every race the winning horse must take a urine test, which is conducted in the paddock. Drivers can be subjected to random drug tests as well. There is always a vet on staff at the races to take care of any physical issues the horses may have.

The paddock is where horses and drivers wait and prepare for their races. Untapped Cities Insiders got to go inside on our special access tour. Check out some more pictures from our tour below and become an Untapped Cities Insider to join us for our next night at the races on November 19 at 6 p.m., and to take part in free behind-the-scenes tours and special events all over New York City year round!

horse and people at Yonkers raceway

Behind-the-Scenes at Yonkers Raceway

Next, check out A Day at the Races at Belmont Park, A Historic Track Just Outside Queens and 

A Day at the Races: Behind the Scenes at Monmouth Park Racetrack for the Haskell Invitational