7. Celebrities Used to Frequent the Racetrack
Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra at Yonkers Raceway. Photograph Courtesy of Yonkers Raceway
During the heyday of the track in the 1970s, Yonkers Raceway saw a record average daily attendance of 25,800 people! Many of those were big names you would probably still recognize today. Yonkers Raceway has been frequented by the likes of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Ed Sullivan, famous athletes like Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Jack Dempsey and even presidents including Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
This noteworthy clientele could often be found at the Empire Terrace Restaurant, where each table had a screen to watch the races and great views of the track out of the floor-to-ceiling windows.