Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway provides a year-round race track for harness racing. Yonkers Raceway hosts harness events such as the Yonkers Trot, Art Rooney Pace and Messenger Stakes.
Harness racing is a type of horse racing that requires the horse to move at a specific pace or gait. Raceways commonly hold two different types of races: trotting and pacing. The type of harness race determines which gait the horse must use. In harness racing, the jockey sits on a sulky, a two-wheeled cart that is pulled behind the horse during the race. In North America, only Standardbred horses are allowed to compete in harness racing.