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Yonkers’ Thursday Pick-5 gets attention
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway’s Thursday Pick-5, buoyed by a $25,000 guaranteed pool—had the requisite guaranteed interest.


A total of $24,825 of fresh money was tossed in to accompany the $7,500 carryover (via a Tuesday non-hit), so the till was oversized.


The winning combination of 8/5/5/7/1, just one double-digit proposition and one delivered-the-goods favorite, returned $1,741.25 for every two quarters.

The Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.

The Pick-5 offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday (in conjunction with the US Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program), with program pages for those “guarantee” days available at

Also of note during a brisk Thursday night at the office, driver Mark MacDonald—sidelined since the last week of January after post-accident (he wasn’t sure which one) surgery on his nose and cheekbone–made a successful return. MacDonald won with his first drive back, angling McEver ($19.80) off the cones to win the $6,500 third-race pace going away in 1:58

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